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.
update: 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.
John is going to open for Steven Page (of the Barenaked Ladies) at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle on November 30 and at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland on December 1.
Many, many moons ago, in early winter of the long-forgotten year of 2008, John Roderick took up the task of writing a weekly column for Seattle Weekly's online blogs. Affectionately referred to as the Roderick Reverb Residency (after all, who doesn't love alliteration?), the weekly blogs were a welcomed collection of musings and recollections filled with the unique wry and biting humor that has become just as much a part of The Long Winters' live acts as the music itself. » Read more
John will be the MC at The Novel: Live!-Happy Hour on Thursday, Oct.14 at the Hugo House. 36 Northwest authors are going to write a novel in 6 days; net proceeds from this fundraising event go to literacy programs in Seattle.
Just a few weeks after a sold-out gig at the Triple Door, John and Eric will make yet another appearance as a musical duo: On Saturday, October 23 they will be playing a couple of songs at the Paramount Theatre as part of Rainn Wilson’s fundraiser “Rainn Wilson & Friends”. Seattleite Wilson, a.k.a. Dwight Schrute from NBC’s “The Office” will be treating his hometown to a very special one-off event: He managed to assemble such a sizable amount of talent that the show had to be moved from the cozy Moore to the venerable Paramount Theatre.