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.
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.
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.
If someone puts the word out that they want to make an indie Led Zeppelin compilation, how can you not want to participate. So when The Long Winters heard about the Portland-based project that would eventually become the double cd From the Land of Ice and Snow, they set out to record their take on the English band's epic 8.46 minute song In the Light. Recordings started when Nabil was still around to lay down a drum track, over which Eric played all the instrumental parts, so all John had to do was show up and sing.
There are 50 bands participating in the project, playing ... » Read more