Last year, Brett Terpstra of Systematic interviewed John Roderick about how he became a professional musician. The conversation evolved into a compelling, serialized narrative that couldn't be contained in not just one, nor two, nor even three episodes.
The resulting four-part epic was presented uninterrupted, with the exception of brief transitions from one chapter to the next. Think of The Origin of John Roderick as an improvisational book on tape, with each chapter recorded a few weeks apart.
Chapter 1: Time to Get Serious, Chapter 2: Amsterdam to Istanbul, Chapter 3: Sergeant-at-Arms, Chapter 4: Youth and Potential
It's been rather quiet with The Long Winters news since John Roderick announced that he is running for citywide Position 8 on the Seattle City Council. But if you thought this meant John's guitar days are over, think again.
On Thursday July 23 at the fabulous Triple Door, an all-ages rock-show will feature John and co. in the first The Long Winters set in who-knows how long! We'll be joined by the amazing Stereo Embers, as well as other special guests, some of whom we cannot yet speak of.
Join us for a night of Rock n Roll and Postage Awareness, as we celebrate the arrival of everyone's ballots by mail. Let's get them filled out and sent back! For you younger folks we'll be selling "stamps" which are small squares of paper that you affix to your ballot, enabling it to be mailed. Ask your parents.
Show time: 7pm-9.30pm.
John Roderick was a guest on Song Exploder, where he talked about his song The Commander Thinks Aloud from the Ultimatum ep, in honor of the last flight of the Columbia. Song Exploder is a podcast hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway, where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. The interview was recorded with a live audience.
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For the fifth consecutive year, Jonathan Coulton is organizing the JoCo Cruise Crazy extravaganza. From 31 January to 8 February, 2015, you can take a Caribbean cruise with on-board musical and comedy performances by the likes of The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo), Rhea Butcher, Cameron Esposito, Jean Grae, Paul and Storm, and of course Jonathan Coulton himself. This year John Roderick will join the cruise as one of the Featured Guests, who will not have a main stage performance of their own, but will host events, hold Office Hours and meetups, and will very likely appear as guests during other performers’ shows and/or other Main Stage events.
» Booking is open, for full info check out the JoCo Cruise Crazy website.
Alone & Together is a unique short tour where John Roderick will join Ryan Miller (Guster), Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats) and The Parkington Sisters for some wonderfully intimate shows. For the occasion some incredible historic locations will be playing host to these shows: the Dreamland Theatre in Nantucket (8 and 9 July), and Union Chapel (11 July) and the Old Whaling Church (12 July) on Martha's Vineyard. In Massachusetts some new history may be written with some beautiful performances and unique collaborations.
Tickets are available now, full details in the shows section of this website
[Edited: ALAS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED] John Roderick will be one of the artists participating in Write Doe Bay, a unique writing workshop at the beautiful Doe Bay Resort and Retreat on Orcas Island, Washington. Write workshops aim to bridge genre gaps along the feather of storytelling, where songwriting presents as poetry, poetry as memoir and memoir as narrative song. 25 participants can join, and through shared meals and shared housing, a new vision for a writer’s retreat will take place.
Each edition has artists to stimulate the writing process, and this workshop will have five style-setters in music, poetry and nonfiction to push your creativity to new frontiers. Alongside John Roderick, this will be singer/songwriter Daniel Blue of Motopony, performance poet Matt Gano, biologist and author Thor Hanson, and author and blogger Matt Logelin.
Tickets are for sale now. The Write workshops fill up quickly, so don't wait too long, if you want to take part in this unique retreat.
At the end of the year looking back is the fashionable thing, so naturally we're inclined not to do so. But we do want to thank everyone for coming out to the When I Pretend to Fall shows in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland. With old and newer friends Sean Nelson, Michael Shilling, Andy Fitts, Nabil Ayers, Eric Corson and Chris Caniglia it was great fun to recreate When I Pretend to Fall and play some other songs for everyone who could attend.
If you couldn't be there: long time fan Michelle Shiers shot some great photos at the Los Angeles show, a few of which we've added to the Tour Photo section of our website.
These concerts were inspired by the 15 year anniversary of Barsuk Records, and here's what John Roderick wrote about it for Rolling Stone.
And because in the end it's all about music, here is a song off When I Pretend to Fall, recorded by Seattle's Channel 21: Prom Night at Hater High.