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Best at Tweeting

When The Long Winters' very own John Roderick joined new media social networking site Twitter, it's safe to say he didn't expect much fanfare. Fast forward a couple of years and not only has John published an acclaimed book collecting 365 tweets (Electric Aphorisms), but has now been granted the top spot on a list of "50 Musicians Worth Following on Twitter" as compiled by Paste Magazine.


The Long Winters have announced a (thus far) one-off show, performing at the Showbox in Seattle for the City Arts Festival on October 20th. Festival passes go on sale on August 5th at, and show specific tickets will be made available August 24th.

Whom exactly will make up the band, what this means for the still hush-hush new album, and whether it's the first of more end-of-year tour dates all remain to be seen, but a hometown Long Winters set at the Showbox is always something to get excited for.

Roderick and Coulton are Nemeses

John Roderick has recorded lead vocals on a song for Jonathan Coulton's forthcoming album, Artificial Heart. The album is set to drop in August, but you can stream John's contribution, the song "Nemeses", right now over at Paste Magazine.

Have a question about Bumbershoot?

Ask John! Send your questions to Chris Kornelis at with "QUESTION FOR RODERICK" in the subject field. The sooner the better!

Some words of advice

In the July/August issue of The Believer magazine, John offers his insights in the Sedaratives advice column. Read a preview here, or get the magazine at your local bookstore or the Believer website.

John spinning LPs on July 2nd

John will be DJing on Saturday July 2nd at the A Drink For Kids benefit at Hattie's Hat in Ballard. Proceeds raised from Pyramid Brewing Company beers and Medoyeff vodka drinks will go to support the Vera Project, hosting the evening will be Ben London.

John & Matthew Stadler

Matthew Stadler, author, editor and publisher of John's little book of tweets Electric Aphorisms, will be hosting an event of cooking, singing, and conversation on July 6 at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle. This will conclude his 12-city tour through the States to present his new novel, Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha. For his stop in Seattle he managed to secure John Roderick's services as guest musician and interlocutor. And Michael Hebb will present his creation of the Mexican classic dish carne en su jugo, "meat in its own juice."
For more information and to buy tickets, visit Publication Studio's website. This event is limited seating and tout compris: food, drink, service, and a special limited edition of Stadler's book are all included in the ticket price.

John's very short prose gets Huffin' recognition

The Huffington Post named John one of their 13 Funny Musicians You Should Be Following On Twitter who "have a habit of tweeting comedy gold on a regular basis."

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