[Edited: ALAS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED] John Roderick will be one of the artists participating in Write Doe Bay, a unique writing workshop at the beautiful Doe Bay Resort and Retreat on Orcas Island, Washington. Write workshops aim to bridge genre gaps along the feather of storytelling, where songwriting presents as poetry, poetry as memoir and memoir as narrative song. 25 participants can join, and through shared meals and shared housing, a new vision for a writer’s retreat will take place.
Each edition has artists to stimulate the writing process, and this workshop will have five style-setters in music, poetry and nonfiction to push your creativity to new frontiers. Alongside John Roderick, this will be singer/songwriter Daniel Blue of Motopony, performance poet Matt Gano, biologist and author Thor Hanson, and author and blogger Matt Logelin.
Tickets are for sale now. The Write workshops fill up quickly, so don't wait too long, if you want to take part in this unique retreat.
At the end of the year looking back is the fashionable thing, so naturally we're inclined not to do so. But we do want to thank everyone for coming out to the When I Pretend to Fall shows in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland. With old and newer friends Sean Nelson, Michael Shilling, Andy Fitts, Nabil Ayers, Eric Corson and Chris Caniglia it was great fun to recreate When I Pretend to Fall and play some other songs for everyone who could attend.
If you couldn't be there: long time fan Michelle Shiers shot some great photos at the Los Angeles show, a few of which we've added to the Tour Photo section of our website.
These concerts were inspired by the 15 year anniversary of Barsuk Records, and here's what John Roderick wrote about it for Rolling Stone.
And because in the end it's all about music, here is a song off When I Pretend to Fall, recorded by Seattle's Channel 21: Prom Night at Hater High.
If the prospect of Christmas feels slightly daunting, perhaps this will help: John Roderick and Jonathan Coulton sharing their take on the holidays in 10 original songs. If you missed out last year, here's where to catch up:
One Christmas at a Time
The album includes 10 original Christmas songs (technically one is a Chanukah song), 8 of which were written just for this album by Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick, a super team of creative geniuses. There is also an original Jonathan Coulton song from Thing A Week and an original John Roderick song from a compilation he contributed to in 2004.
John Roderick will be performing along with Joe Russo, Eric Earley, Nels Cline, Marco Benevento, Cass McCombs, Binky Griptite, Marc Black, Stuart Bogie, John Roderick, Jordan McLean, Nicole Atkins, Matt Vasquez, Sam Cohen, Jeff Chimenti, Richard Swift, Eric D Johnson, Andy Cabic, Alecia Chakour, Jocie Adams, Jeremy Black, The Parkington Sisters, The Antibalas Horns and more.
The Capitol Theatre in Chester, NY will host this amazing evening which is 18 and over. Don't wait too long, tickets are available now.
» Tickets and show details
When one Seattle show was announced for The Long Winters performing When I Pretend to Fall in its entirety, one could only hope that this seemed like such a good idea that it wouldn't just remain this one show. Luckily, more shows have been added, but some don't seem to have made the front page yet, so here's a list of the Pretend to Fall shows:
10/18 New York NY @ Bowery Ballroom - sold out
11/08 Seattle WA @ Neptune Theatre
12/04 Los Angeles CA @ Bootleg Theater
12/05 San Francisco CA @ The Independent
12/07 Portland OR @ Star Theater
In between reciting quotes from the video for Blue Diamonds ("Vous voulez un peu de crème glacée? Elle est très bonne.") and being in a limbo which original WIPFT band member to be most excited about to join the Long Winters on stage once more, we'll keep it short, so that you can get tickets for these shows before they're sold out.
» Full details and links for tickets on the Shows page.
The Long Winters newsdesk is slowly working its way through all the news that is flooding the desks. So please forgive us for combining two very different shows in one go.
First up, John Roderick will once again join Wesley Stace, aka John Wesley Harding, for his Cabinet of Wonders, a vaudeville night of music and literature. John will appear at six of the shows in October and November, which will take him to Chicago, Minneapolis, Iowa City, Grinnell IA (!), San Francisco and Santa Barbara. After this we will have no more complaining that John never performs in Iowa - agreed?
Then, in January John will join Colin Meloy on four West Coast shows of his solo tour. Slightly disappointingly, the tour doesn't seem to have a name, like Decemberists tours always do, but suggestions are welcome. Tickets are on sale already, so don't wait too long.
» Cabinet of Wonders
» Colin Meloy tour dates
We are excited to announce that The Long Winters will do a band show during CMJ in New York. On Friday October 18th, The Bowery Ballroom will see the band perform the 2003 album When I Pretend to Fall in its entirety. This concert precedes a similar show in Seattle in November, celebrating the 15th anniversary of Barsuk Records.
The line-up for these shows will consist of the original When I Pretend to Fall band: Michael Shilling on drums, Eric Corson on bass and Sean Nelson on keyboard, with John Roderick guitar and vocals [due to other obligations Eric Corson won't be able to join the band in NY].
The band haven't performed together in this line-up since early 2004, but toured the WIPTF album solidly in 2003, to much acclaim, across the USA and all the way to Europe:
"With the release of their latest stellar offering, When I Pretend to Fall, local boys the Long Winters continue making a great impression both in and outside their home town of Seattle." - Portland, OR.
"After all, when these two [Roderick and Nelson] are singing together there is something magical in the air." - Rotterdam, Netherlands;
"It offered from the start all that makes The Long Winters so special: the energy, the wonderful harmony vocals, the fun in playing and the wonderful lyrics in every song - Münster, Germany
» Tickets on sale from Friday September 6th on the Bowery Ballroom website. Doors 6.30, show 7.30 pm. 18+.
Record label Barsuk Records celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and The Long Winters will join the festivities with a special show on November 8th, playing When I Pretend To Fall in its entirety. To add to the festivities, this will be a full band show - there haven't been any for several years now, so this is indeed a show not to be missed.
When I Pretend To Fall has an anniversary of its own: it was 10 years ago that Barsuk released the album.
This night is part of a four-night anniversary celebration on November 7-10 with Barsuk artists past and present for four once-in-a-lifetime shows in favorite Seattle venues. The show will also feature special guests from the Barsuk roster, including a very rare performance by Chris Walla, the Seattle debut of new Barsuk signing Minor Alps, and David Bazan.
This show and all three others will benefit Gilda's Club Seattle, a cancer support organization in the Seattle area.
This all ages anniversary show will take place at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle's University District. Doors open at 6.30, show at 7.30 pm.
» Tickets available now at the Neptune Theatre website, or a 4-day-pass from the Barsuk website