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Santa Roderick is back!

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.

Rock Star Guide to the Galaxy: Seattle

John Roderick took the people from the Rhapsody Blog on a tour of his favorite hometown spots. Join him at Seattle's architectural salvage yard and more on the Rhapsody Soundboard site.

John Roderick, Reverb Guest Editor


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.

» Seattle Weekly's Reverb homepage
» John Roderick's Reverb Residency

JWH Cabinet of Wonders

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.

Get Out the Vote

John Roderick, Sera Cahoone, PUSA, Say Hi and many others will be "playing your favorite folk songs" at the Get Out the Vote Rally & Free Concert at Neumos on Monday, November 1. Concert is all-ages!

Reykjavik Calling

John will take part in a Sister City Showcase at the Croc on Friday, November 5.

Chase Jarvis' Seattle100

John is featured in Chase Jarvis' photography project "Seattle 100", alongside 99 other noteworthy ladies and gentlemen from Jet City. You can see the photos of John and purchase the book at Chase's homepage.

Mt. Desolation debut album out now

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.

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