Update: 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.
While Seattle Weekly's Chris Kornelis is on paternity leave, John will be taking over as Reverb's Guest Editor for the next few weeks. According to John, he will provide his readers with "a nice selection of blog posts, some of which might contain a gram of truth, about music and whatever, plus some interviews and tangents of every sort." Chris suggests that if there is a topic you would like John to address, you can give him a gentle nudge via Twitter.
John scored yet another gig as Santa, this time at John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders on Friday, December 17 in NYC. Also on the guest list are A.C. Newman, John Hodgman, Gary Shteyngart, Ollabelle, and Eugene Mirman. Tickets are available at the City Winery.
Earlier this year, John Roderick took a break from recording the new Long Winters album (which is going to be released some day, promise!) in order to join a group of Brits who have been working under the moniker of Mt. Desolation. The internet is already afloat with stories, myths and legends about this project, so you may already know that the core members of this alt-country outfit are Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin of Keane, and that it features guest musicians from British favorites like Noah & The Whale, Mumford and Sons, and The Killers. The songs, written and sung by Tim and Jesse, were mostly recorded live, with various friends and colleagues stopping by, picking up an instrument and adding some flavour to the tunes. John provided harmony vocals and guitar to various tracks of the album, causing him to tweet at the time about having to do backing vocals in a British accent.