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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.

John w/ Steven Page

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.

Roderick Reverb Residency Returns!

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

The Novel: Live!

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.

Rainn Wilson & Friends

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.

Triple Door Details

We said John Roderick was going to find some friends to play with him this Thursday at The Triple Door. And guess what: he picked his most faithful The Long Winters friend Eric Corson to be on his team. Whether this means that you will hear some of the new songs the two of them have been working on, or a two-hour guitar jam to celebrate the upcoming Black Sabbath tribute album they participate in, no one knows. In fact, if you have further suggestions, post them here and it may prove inspirational.
John is very happy to announce that great Seattle band Goldfinch will be opening the evening.

Mark your calendar: The Triple Door on September 30

Luckily the guys at the Triple Door know how to stop a leak quickly and efficiently, so the venue is back to its previous dryness and splendor, and more than ready for John to take the stage on Thursday September 30. We cannot tell you yet what the show is going to be like—whether there will be new songs, very old songs, blues jams, trained monkeys or fire-eaters, is still up in the air. What we do know though is that the show is tentatively called "John and Friends," and John is positive that he is going to "find some friends" before the end of the month. And like every event John puts together, this one is going to be very special. You can buy tickets at the Triple Door.

Come Together

A few days after his own show, John will return to the lovely Triple Door to take part in the John Lennon Tribute on October 9. You can buy tickets at the Triple Door website.

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