John will be one of the guests at this year's MaxFunCon, a gathering devoted to things and people that are awesome. MaxFunCon will take place at Lake Arrowhead, CA, from June 10 to 12, 2011, and will also feature the talents of John Hodgman, Paul Feig, and the crew of You Look Nice Today, among many others. For more information, please visit MaxFunCon.com.
John and Eric recently went into the studio with musician Shelby Earl to work on her upcoming debut album. Shelby is a self-described singer, songwriter, lover, pal from Seattle — and a lovely lady to boot, who happily agreed to share with us what it was like working with Two Winters in the studio.
"I started making Burn The Boats just over a year ago. A few months into the process I met up with Roderick and played him rough mixes of the basic tracks I'd done with the help of some friends (members of SHIM, the Maldives, some former Fleet Foxes, and others). At that stage there wasn't really an official 'producer' involved, but Ben Kersten (Grand Archives' producer) engineered the early sessions and had done a great job capturing the sounds. Roderick was excited about the songs at that point, but there was a lot of work still to be done. He knew I was feeling a little lost and he said ‘you're making a killer rock record and I'd love to help you finish it as a sort of 'creative advisor'.’ We didn't really know what that would look like, but we scheduled a few days with Eric Corson at his home studio, with the idea that we'd at least work on some lead vocals and maybe try some overdubs. That first session was totally stellar! It was clear from the get-go that the three of us were a great team and that John in 'producer' role was working really well, so we decided to officially define it as such from then on. » Read more.
Thanks to the indefatigable efforts of the friendly fans of Jonathan Coulton, John's complete performance on the cruise is now available online. You can watch all the songs and all the banter at Cernoise's youtube playlist.
What happens if you put a passel of comedians, nerds and musicians on a boat? The JoCo Cruise Crazy should give us the answer. John Roderick is going to join Jonathan Coulton, John Hodgman, Wil Wheaton, Paul & Storm, Molly Lewis, Kevin Murphy & Bill Corbett, Mike Phirman and Paul F. Tompkins on this adventurous tour. The ship, the MS Eurodam, will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Sunday, January 2, 2011, cruising the Eastern Caribbean Sea for 6 days. There will be rambunctious comedy, lovely music, fruity cocktails, song and dance, and lustruous beards. You can book tickets and entertainment passes at the JoCoCruiseCrazy website.
Unfortunately Santa Roderick's magic sleigh isn't quick enough to get him from Seattle to New York within a day, so John had to cancel his appearance at the TIG Office Party on December 16. The good news is, John Vanderslice will be borrowing Santa's beard and take JRod's place instead.
Also, Steven Page's shows in Seattle (Nov. 30) and Portland (Dec. 1), for which John was slated to open, have been postponed. Needless to say, we will let you know if these shows will be rescheduled with John's participation.