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Q&A: John Roderick of the Long Winters

Source: 
City Arts
Author: 
Mark Baumgarten
Publication date: 
September 26, 2011

Q&A: John Roderick of the Long Winters

It’s been five years since John Roderick released an album with his band the Long Winters. For fans of the Seattle native’s lyrical wit and propulsive, hyper-melodic pop, it’s been a long wait made both more bearable and more befuddling by the 43-year-old musician’s inescapable presence. In this time, Roderick has found a bride, fathered a child and transmitted his every waking thought to nearly 13,000 followers on Twitter. 

It seems that you are always working on something aside from the next Long Winters album. You’ve helped BOAT out with their next record, appeared on various podcasts, are taking care of a baby, you update your Twitter account obsessively, and attend photo shoots in garish clothing. If you had time to add one more thing to that list, what would it be?
I would pursue some money-earning activity. None of the things you mentioned pay me a cent.  » read more

From the Archives: John Roderick of The Long Winters

Source: 
Songs to Learn and Sing
Publication date: 
May 16, 2010

From the Archives: John Roderick of The Long Winters

Songs to Learn and Sing, a Dublin-based radio show, has a blog with playlists, old interviews from the show and various bits of gig memorabilia.

When I interviewed Ken Stringfellow we chatted about Ken's work with John Roderick and The Long Winters on their second album When I Pretend to Fall (2003, Munich Records). Ken told me all about producing one of my favourite tracks off that album, Cinnamon.  » read more

People Talking and Talking

Source: 
The Stranger
Author: 
Jonathan Zwickel
Publication date: 
November 7, 2007

People Talking and Talking, A Conversation with Dave Eggers and John Roderick

This week is the third annual People Talking and Singing benefit for 826 Seattle—one of seven writing centers across the country co-founded by author Dave Eggers. This year's gala is hosted by the loquacious if dentally challenged John Roderick of the Long Winters and features readings by Eggers and New Yorker pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones, comedians Todd Barry and Eugene Mirman, and musicians Rosie Thomas and Geologic of Blue Scholars. The Stranger got in on a three-way call between Roderick and Eggers to find out exactly what Ben Gibbard wears under his fuzzy sweater.

THE STRANGER: Rock stars aren't typically considered good role models for kids. Does that trouble you at all?

EGGERS: That's a good point. How do you answer that, Roderick?  » read more

Best Record-Store Tag Team: Sonic Boom Records

Source: 
Seattle Weekly
Author: 
Aja Pecknold
Publication date: 
August 1, 2007

Best Record-Store Tag Team: Sonic Boom Records

Jason & Nabil's Picks

BEST PLACE TO BUY A STEREO:

Nabil: Hawthorne [Stereo, 6303 Roosevelt Way N.E.]. "I'm sure we'll both have the same answer on that one. Great people, great stuff, not as expensive as everyone thinks, and they've always been cool with me testing out shitty music on their really nice equipment."

Jason: "They have great used stuff and amazing new tables and amps."

BEST PLACE TO SCROUNGE FOR DEALS ON RECORDS (THAT Isn't SONIC BOOM):

Nabil: "It's got to be in Seattle, right? Garage sales, which I don't do nearly enough of these days. But that's where I've always found the best surprises."

Jason: Crossroads in Portland. "Great space full of different vendors—always a good find in there."

BEST LOCAL BAND:  » read more

BYT interview: The Long Winters

Source: 
Brightest Young Things
Author: 
Svetlana
Publication date: 
April 2, 2007

BYT interview: The Long Winters

Our illustrious BYT captain Svetlana, who may or may not have a monster crush on singer/songwriter John Roderick of The Long Winters, asks the important questions. They'll be swinging by the Rock and Roll Hotel tomorrow night along with The Broken West and Stars of Track and Field.

BYT: Last time you were in DC, Travis Morrison of Dismemberment plan showed up to see you. Anyone special you are (sort of secretly) hoping will stop by at the Rock and Roll Hotel show in April?

JR: I'd love to see Travis again, of course, but I'd really dig it if H.R. from Bad Brains came. Not that I expect he would, but I'm a big fan.  » read more

Death to the Encore

Source: 
Weekend America / PublicRadio.org
Author: 
John Moe
Publication date: 
August 11, 2007

Death to the encore

You know the drill: Artist plays music. Artist is showered with applause. Artist leaves the stage. Applause continues. And after a few minutes the artist returns for the encore. But do some bands just not deserve an encore? Weekend America's John Moe talks with John Roderick from the band The Long Winters, Sebastian Bach from the band Skid Row, and Jim Anderson the sound engineer at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe to find out what the encore is all about.

Notes from Senior Reporter John Moe:  » read more

Monday morning check-in: John Roderick and the warmest day of the year

Source: 
Three Imaginary Girls
Author: 
Imaginary Liz
Publication date: 
September 12, 2011

Monday morning check-in: John Roderick and the warmest day of the year

Happy Monday morning!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and was able to make the most of what the experts have claimed to be the warmest day of the year. My weekend was packed with some mundane blah stuff which was thankfully overshadowed by one hellava Saturday night in Columbia City. After an amazing dinner at my new favorite restaurant (Island Soul, do not leave without trying one of their coconut corn muffins!), my friends and I headed over to the Fishboy / BOAT / Aqueduct show at the Columbia City Theater.  » read more

Sean's Tour Diary - Part 6 of 6

Source: 
The Long Winters official website
Author: 
Sean Nelson
Publication date: 
June 30, 2003

Sean's Tour Diary
Part 6 June 17-21

Day Twenty-Four

Tuesday, June 17
Toronto, Ontario. Horseshoe Tavern.
w/ The Trews, two other bands (sorry)
"When I asked you why Ontario, you said it sounds good on the radio."
Another day, another border crossing. An uneventful one, too, thankfully. It was a close call, actually. It looked like we were about to get the full treatment, but then our guards got called away to some urgent matter at another car, and we were waved away. While we were waiting, a small hatchback pulled up and four distinguished looking Arab men stepped out, walking ruefully towards the office inside. Nodding hello to them, I couldn't help but think how unbelievably worse the prospect of a border crossing must be for them. But enough cryptosociological pseudopolitical insights. It's time to rock the Horseshoe.  » read more

Sean's Tour Diary - Part 5 of 6

Source: 
The Long Winters official website
Author: 
Sean Nelson
Publication date: 
June 30, 2003

Sean's Tour Diary
Part 5 June 13-16

Day Twenty

Friday, June 13
Philadelphia, PA. The Khyber.
W/ 3 other bands.
"Jacob Javits, I'd like to thank you for everything (primarily, your glass house)."
It's almost not worth writing about this show, because it was almost not worth playing this show, because it was almost not worth travelling through three hours of nightmarish traffic and pissing rain to arrive at a bar with a lousy PA and an aggro jukebox, where we would be first on a bill of five bands, playing from 8-9, before any reasonable person would be at a rock show in the first place, especially since it's not all-ages.  » read more

Sean's Tour Diary - Part 4 of 6

Source: 
The Long Winters official website
Author: 
Sean Nelson
Publication date: 
June 30, 2003

Sean's Tour Diary
Part 4 June 8-12

Days Fifteen, Sixteen & Seventeen

Sunday-Tuesday, June 8-10
Bethel, NY. Governor's Bluff.
Three days off.
"Time passes slowly up here in the mountains. We sit beside rivers and walk beside fountains."  » read more

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