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Sean's Tour Diary - Part 3 of 6

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

Sean's Tour Diary
Part 3 June 2-June 7

Days Ten & Eleven / Monday-Tuesday, June 2-3

Booth Bay, ME. Anderson home. Two days off.
“We are the victims of the pleasures of the sense of hearing.”  » read more

Sean's Tour Diary - Part 2 of 6

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

Sean's Tour Diary
Part 2 May 28-June 1

Day Six & Seven / Wednesday, May 28-Thursday May 29

Detroit, MI/Windsor, Ontario. Border crossing.
“My name’s Tim and I’m a criminal.”  » read more

Sean's Tour Diary - Part 1 of 6

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

Sean's Tour Diary
Part 1 May 23-May 28

Day One / Friday, May 23

Denver, CO. Lion's Lair
w / The Wind-Up Merchants

"We are out drinking. We are out smoking. You think this is living?
Well, you got to be joking."
  » read more

Imaginary. You could call it that.

Source: 
Three Imaginary Girls
Author: 
Imaginary Dana
Publication date: 
May 13, 2003

Imaginary. You could call it that.

We all know good things come in threes. It took a band as brilliant as the Long Winters to finally think of playing at all three fabula-riffic Sonic Boom Record stores in one day, to promote the release of their long-awaited sophomore release When I Pretend to Fall. I was determined to follow them all day like the Dead Head I never was, and not just because I wanted to get the limited edition Long Winters Sonic Boom tour t-shirt, either.

I was there because I am a Long Winters superfan. {There, I've said it}. And that is just what superfans do.

Sonic Boom Capitol Hill

"No, you are!"  » read more

They Might Be Giants. Or Long Winters

Source: 
Three Imaginary Girls
Author: 
Imaginary Liz
Publication date: 
May 6, 2003

They Might Be Giants. Or Long Winters

Having Sean and John of The Long Winters open up for They Might Be Giants was the icing on the cake. Or was it vice versa?

Either way, the duo characteristically charmed the crowd with tracks from the old (The Worst You Can Do Is Harm) and the new (When I Pretend to Fall). This evening they cooked up the usual recipe of acousticated songs from the Long Winters catalog, but what truly left the crowd awestruck was their cover of Soundgarden's "Mystify" in honor of John Flansburgh's birthday. I hope the Behind the Music re-enactment of Sean gospelic wrenching, twisting and tangling will do the performance justice.

These shows were just the beginning of Seattle's "Long Winters Week." igDana saw them a few days later on the first ever Sonic Boom Records Tour celebrating the release of When I Pretend to Fall.

Some of the best moments of my life have been at They Might Be Giants shows:  » read more

The Long Winters at The Crocodile

Source: 
Three Imaginary Girls
Author: 
An Imaginary Girl
Publication date: 
April 9, 2003

The Long Winters at The Crocodile

Oh God, how I adore The Long Winters. With this, our... I believe... sixth review of this spectacularly gorgeous band, I believe I can safely say I have crossed the line from super-fan to potential stalker. But have no fear: my adoration has only benevolent intent. Tonight's show featured just the frontmen John Roderick and Sean Nelson, with John playing his acoustic guitar and the rest of the songs carried by voice only, all Simon and Garfunkel-esque.  » read more

Up & Coming March 20, 2003

Source: 
The Portland Mercury
Author: 
Chazz Madrigal
Publication date: 
March 20, 2003

LONG WINTERS, CARISSA'S WIERD, STARS OF TRACK & FIELD, THE PROM
(Berbati's)
One can't help taking a look at the Long Winters onstage, and thinking the band is way too smart to be playing indierock. Everyone knows it's usually a dead-end profession that ends up in drinking problems, extreme jadedness, and careers as either baristas or, even worse, record store clerks. The Long Winters need to be teaching Quantum Physics to inner-city kids, or inventing hybrid cars--anything but making addictive, countrified, Pernice Brothers pop. Since their debut record, The Worse You Can Do Is Harm, is undeniably great, I'll cut them some slack--but once they start slipping, I want to see them hang up the denim coats for lab coats or those jackets with tweed patches on them. CM

The Long Winters at Seattle Art Museum

Source: 
Three Imaginary Girls
Author: 
An Imaginary Girl
Publication date: 
January 17, 2003

The Long Winters at Seattle Art Museum

Oh God, how I adore The Long Winters. With this, our... I believe... fifth review of this spectacularly gorgeous band, I believe I can safely say I have crossed the line from super-fan to potential stalker. But have no fear: my adoration has only benevolent intent. No rabbits boiling on stoves or anything scary like that.

I was just elated to be able to hear them play live after a many-month hiatus (during which time they've been recording their second album with the likes of Ken Stringfellow and Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla). We got to hear a smattering of new songs as well as some creative versions of my old (well, old in a last year kinda-way) favorites.

So without further ado, a set list, with imaginary observations and exclamations, as appropriate...  » read more

A Long Winters Wonderland

Source: 
Festive!
Author: 
DJ El Toro
Publication date: 
November 27, 2008

A Long Winters Wonderland

The following Q&A originally appeared in Festive! #8, in slightly altered form. All photos of John Roderick as Santa at the 2004 Three Imaginary Girls Christmas party courtesy of Kelly O.

IN THE BLEAK MID-WINTERS:
Christmas With John Roderick Is The Best  » read more

Dispatch from Seattle 2: Writing Workshop with John Roderick of the Long Winters

Source: 
The Pitch, Wayward Blog
Author: 
Jason Harper
Publication date: 
February 12, 2009

From: GREG FRANKLIN
To: Local Aspiring Songwriters
Re: Writing Like John Roderick

One of the first things that I did upon my move from KC to Seattle was to make contact with 826 Seattle. Dave Eggers (author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, among others) started 826 as a nationwide non-profit organization to provide free writing help to students age 6 to 18. Part of their fund-raising efforts includes various writing workshops across the country, featuring local and national authors, poets, musicians, and assorted interesting characters.  » read more

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