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Progress Report: The Long Winters

Source: 
Stereogum
Author: 
Jessica
Publication date: 
May 7, 2009

NAME: The Long Winters
PROGRESS REPORT: Recording their fourth full-length album at Electrokitty Recording, Bog Roll Studio, and Two Sticks Audio in Seattle.

“It’s been a pretty hilarious process,” say Long Winters main guy John Roderick of their transient recording process. Recording the followup to 2006′s Putting The Days To Bed, the Long Winters have seen the inside of “half a dozen different studios,” from producer John Goodmanson’s studio to home setups at Roderick’s place and (currently) Roderick’s mom’s basement. “Dave Bazan has suggested I record some of the vocals at his home studio, just to have a change of scenery and because he has some nice microphones, and Chris Walla has offered to help us record some horns and strings at his Hall of Justice in Portland,” Roderick says. “So if we take those guys up on their offers we’ll have been all over the place.”  » read more

Songs of the Sorting Hat: A Playlist for Each House of Hogwarts

Source: 
Paste Magazine
Author: 
Steve LaBate
Publication date: 
July 7, 2009

Songs of the Sorting Hat: A Playlist for Each House of Hogwarts

To help you get psyched for the sixth Harry Potter movie, The Half-Blood Prince, we've compiled these four playlists, one for each distinct House of Hogwarts. First, you'll need to figure out which house you're in, by taking this brief nine-question Sorting Hat quiz. Now, whether you came up Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin, we've got you covered.

Gryffindor
Mascot: Lion
Traits: Courage, Daring, Nerve, Chivalry

1. The Flaming Lips - "The W.A.N.D."
2. The Replacements - "I Will Dare"
3. The Hold Steady - "Stay Postive"
4. The Lovemongers - "The Battle of Evermore"
5. U2 - "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
6. Pink Floyd - "When the Tigers Broke Free"
7. Sigur Rós - "Hoppipolla"
8. Otis Redding - "That's How Strong My Love Is"
9. My Morning Jacket - "What a Wonderful Man"
10. Drivin' N' Cryin' - "Fly Me Courageous"
11. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Fight Like a Brave"  » read more

The Text Of Young America

Source: 
Maximum Fun
Author: 
Chris Bowman
Publication date: 
November 2, 2009

The Text Of Young America

John Roderick is the lead vocalist and main songwriter for Seattle-based band The Long Winters. Roderick’s lyrics are razor sharp, highly sing-alongable, and often detail the sweetness and the struggle of relationships. In short, the man can write a mean pop song. The Long Winters is recording the follow-up to 2006's Putting The Days To Bed, due out in late spring 2010. I spoke to Roderick about the new record and the band's new, loose approach to the singing-songwriting exercise. As for the new sound, it's familiar, but not too familiar. But not too not familiar.

Chris Bowman: One thing that comes up again and again when speaking to creative types is procrastination. It’s ever present when trying to get things done. You allude to it in 13 Songs, the series documenting the creative process behind The Long Winters new record. What does procrastination mean to you?  » read more

Long Winters Frontman John Roderick Talks Kathleen Edwards Collaboration

Source: 
Paste Magazine
Author: 
Christina Lee
Publication date: 
December 17, 2009

Long Winters Frontman John Roderick Talks Kathleen Edwards Collaboration

John Roderick has waited his entire life to have his own home studio, to serve as yet another way for him to make music on his own terms. But when he finally got that studio, he began wishing for an authority figure. “I’ve kinda worked really hard to get to a place where no one can tell me what to do, you know,” the Long Winters frontman tells Paste. “That’s been my goal for my whole creative life, to get to a place where nobody’s the boss of me. And now that I’m there, I’ve realized that I need a manager.”  » read more

NAFTA tour blog

Source: 
NAFTA Book Tour on Tumblr
Author: 
Mathew Stadler
Publication date: 
July 11, 2011

July 6, 2011, Seattle, WA: In many ways my big trip ended on Monday July 4th, when I took off from New York’s JFK and flew home to Portland. I hadn’t seen my kid in two weeks, and it was wonderful to arrive and head home from the airport with him. But one road date remained, and that was in Seattle, my old home town. My mother and brother still live there, so Mikko, my son, came with me, heading for a much-anticipated three days with his cousins. We stayed in the house where I grew up, where my mother and my brother and his children now live.  » read more

The Believer - Sedaratives

Source: 
The Believer Music Issue July/August 2011
Author: 
John Roderick
Publication date: 
July 1, 2011

excerpt:

SEDARATIVES
A MONTHLY ADVICE COLUMN

This month: guest columnist John Roderick

Dear Sedaratives,
How did railroads get to be so romanticized? Have you been on a train for any distance? It’s horrible. It’s an experience in bumpy patience, always overpriced, and always late. So why do people still love trains so much?
Cap’n Stan
St. Louis, Mo.

Dear Cap’n Stan,  » read more

The Morning News Tournament of Books

Source: 
The Morning News
Author: 
John Roderick
Publication date: 
March 29, 2011

The Morning News Tournament of Books Semifinals
James Hynes - Next
v.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender

Judged by John Roderick

Contrasting the two novels, Next by James Hynes, and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender seemed like it should be an easy task. In the first few pages Hynes introduced a callow, insecure male protagonist obsessed with sex and reflecting back on his life in a climate of modern anxiety, while Bender produced a thoughtful but guarded young female protagonist trapped in a dysfunctional family and fixated on food. Thank God contemporary fiction is moving beyond sweeping gender stereotypes, I thought.  » read more

2007's Over, but John Roderick Still Can't Get Out of 1981

Source: 
Seattle Weekly
Author: 
John Roderick
Publication date: 
December 19, 2007

2007's Over, but John Roderick Still Can't Get Out of 1981
By John Roderick, as Told to Aja Pecknold

I only ever listen to early-'80s metal, so here are Five Songs From the 1981 New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which express the alienation, fear, and sexual frustration that characterized the era:

1. "Electric Eye," Judas Priest, Screaming for Vengeance

This sarcastic indictment of satellite surveillance still resonates today. Judas Priest foresaw that privacy issues would be a major concern in the coming years, with lyrics such as: "I take pride in probing all your secret moves/My tearless retina takes pictures I can prove." This song also foreshadows the Skynet takeover made famous in the Terminator movies, which appears to be right on schedule. Hello, Google.

2. "No No No," Def Leppard, High 'N' Dry  » read more

Democrats Make Gains in Midterm Elections

Source: 
Spin
Author: 
Spin staff
Publication date: 
November 8, 2006

Democrats Make Gains in Midterm Elections

Judging by the midterm election results, yesterday's vote made it clear the country is ready for a change. After a bitter campaign, the Democrats easily recaptured the House, and while ballots are still being counted to determine if they won control of the Senate, some artists are already rejoicing over what they consider good news. Politically-loquacious Moby wrote in his online journal, "So the Democrats have won a majority...good work everybody. It's especially impressive because the Republicans outspent the Democrats by over $100,000,000.00. I find it incredibly encouraging that America seems to be freeing itself from the stranglehold of right-wing republican ineptitude and corruption."

We asked bands to weigh in on the results, and some offered responses that were as impassioned as those of Moby, others joked, and others still seemed confident yet hesitant.

Here's what the artists are saying:  » read more

Groupies maken bij The Long Winters geen schijn van kans

Source: 
3voor12
Author: 
Menno Visser
Publication date: 
October 31, 2006

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Groupies maken bij The Long Winters geen schijn van kans

John Roderick interviewen heeft wel wat weg van college lopen. De frontman van de Americana rockband The Long Winters uit Seattle heeft veel weg van een professor door zijn originele en gedetailleerde antwoorden. Het liefst stopt hij er nog een stukje hedendaagse geschiedenis in - naast muziek zijn andere grote passie.

Deze kleurrijke muzikant presteerde het bijvoorbeeld in 1999 om helemaal van Amsterdam naar Istanbul te lopen. Het waarom van de bijna een half jaar durende voettocht is hem zelf nog steeds niet duidelijk, al is hij wel een heel eind opgeschoten met een boek over zijn reis. Het fascinerende is volgens hem dat je al lopende de geschiedenis van Europa aan je voorbij ziet trekken: "Je ziet het grote verhaal van Europa in honderdduizend stappen."  » read more

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