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KEXP @ Upstream Music Fest

Since The Long Winters don't play live that often, we gladly share this video with you courtesy of the wonderful KEXP , who hosted a The Long Winters session at the Upstream Music Fest. Plenty of banter, and some songs too.

The Long Winters at Upstream Music Fest

The Long Winters are playing a rock show at the Upstream Music Festival in Seattle with ALL the amps. The three-day Seattle festival and music summit in and around Pioneer Square has some 300 artists performing. Come and see The Long Winters on Friday May 12.

» Info about the line-up and passes

SAD! compilation featuring The Long Winters

Barsuk Records has released 'SAD! (A Barsuk Compilation for the ACLU)', a collection of previously unreleased tracks by Barsuk artists covering other Barsuk artists. Available only on Bandcamp, 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Civil Liberties Union, which works in the nation's courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve individual working rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

The Long Winters have contributed a rendition of Pedro The Lion's song Second Best, and the compilation opens with a version of The Commander Thinks Aloud by David Bazan.

“After the election, our staff felt compelled to speak out in defense of the civil liberties of all Americans,” says Grant McCallum of Barsuk Records. “Helping support the crucial work of the ACLU by releasing these new tracks felt like one way we could make a statement and help, and the artists involved were all excited to donate their work.”

» Buy or stream SAD! on Bandcamp

30 Days, 30 Songs: Make America Great Again

The Long Winters have not released any new music in the past years, but the silence has been broken as they contributed a song to the 30 Days 30 Songs campaign. In this song, written specifically for this project, John Roderick speaks from the perspective of Trump voters in the folk song tradition.

30 Days, 30 Songs is an independent website which releases a song each day from October 10 until Election Day. It features work from artists across the country who are united in their desire to speak out against the ignorant, divisive, and hateful campaign of Donald Trump. In fact, so many artists are participating that the project has now become 30 Days, 40 Songs.

On the 30 Days, 30 Songs website, John Roderick says: "While there are a lot of songs that express elements of what makes Donald Trump so appealing to his followers, like Desperado by the Eagles, Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Honky Tonk Badonkadonk by Trace Adkins and White Rider by Skrewdriver, there’s never been a song that put everything together under one roof. 'Make America Great Again' is a folk song, because it’s from the Volk, the people. If I can help condense all the feelings and issues that inspire Trump voters into a song, and then play that song for the world, well then I will have done my part."

» Watch the video and read the full lyrics on the 30 Days 30 Songs website

The Origin of John Roderick

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

» Listen to this Special, hosted by the Electric Shadow Network

Vote Roderick Pre-Primary Party, 23 July

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.

»Tickets are available now from the Vote Roderick website

John Roderick on Song Exploder

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.

» Go to the Song Exploder website and listen to the podcast
» Download the podcast from iTunes

Everyone deserves a mug

Need a gift for your favorite friend or enemy? Serve a nice hot cup of coffee with John Roderick holding your hand every step of the way. Featuring the original Twitter avatar design by Bambi Edlund.

Order now at: supertrain.spreadshirt.com
More goodies coming soon.

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