This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto. IN THE NEWS Bud Light's Sensation Festival coming to Toronto It was announced a few weeks ago that Bud Light's Sensation Festival , one of the largest EDM music festivals in the world, was coming to Canada for the first time. This past Friday , the city, venue, and date were finally revealed - Saturday, June 1, at the Rogers [...]
This'll help you Long Winters fans get through this lengthy pause between their albums. John Roderick is the latest friend of BOAT to cover a song off their upcoming album Pretend to Be Brave. This is a risky move by them; they've got such great covers in their Pretend to be BOAT series that we [...]
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Each year I shun Christmas music like it's the plague. It begins too early, is far too repetitive, and, quite frankly, is a bit boring. That is, until this year. It began with "The Week Between", a new track off One Christmas at a Time , an LP that finds Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick (The Long Winters) collaborating for a full album of original Christmas music. My thoughts began to change. If this song can be so amazing, what about other [...]
While numerous shows have had their share of holiday specials, none have quite captured the holiday spirit of Chrismukkah like Fox's The O.C . In fact, I'm pretty sure it's the only show that had an annual Chrismukkah episode. For the four seasons that the show aired, we were privy to the annual Cohen celebration of Chrismukkah, where Seth got to combine his two favorite holidays (Christmas and Hanukkah) into one mega winter festival. Despite all of the holiday cheer, drama was always soon to follow, as it is The O.C. we're talking about. Whether [...]
Back in 2006, The Long Winters released Putting the Days to Bed, one of that year's best efforts, but various personal issues resulted in frontman John Roderick taking an extended leave of absen... Continue reading "The Long Winters' John Roderick Talks Christmas Music, Becoming Mayor of Seattle" >
Black Friday is duly noted for causing havoc and stress in the mass marketplace. But if we greet its well-intentioned antithesis Buy Nothing Day with suspicion here at Cover Lay Down, it is because there is nothing inherently anti-commercial about merely deferring product-purchase if we still plan to make it to the mall eventually. Concerns about the way big business undermines and eats away at the profitability of direct creator-to-consumer relationships are real and valid, of course. But to see consumption as all or nothing is problematic: those who quite [...]
Jonathan Coulton played a sold-out show at Great American Music Hall on Wednesday night with support from John Roderick of The Long Winters.
Frank Yang Cosmic questions: What makes an artist put a respectable if underappreciated solo career on hold in order to play drums for a band that's sold hundreds of thousands of records and gone platinum in the UK? And what makes that same artist leave that band in order to not resurrect their former solo career but start a completely new one? Okay, the first one is kind of a no-brainer but the second one is more of a puzzle, one that Baltimore-born, Los Angeles-based Josh Tillman is uniquely positioned to answer. He was plugging [...]
It's no long list of great songs about death in space. David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and the Long Winters' "The Commander Thinks Aloud" both address this area with deft; Bowie spitting a magically real heartbreak about the relationship between Major Tom and Ground Control; John Roderick of the Long Winters documenting in the assumed first-person the last moments of the Space Shuttle Columbia,
This review runs live, first and in color at the Bowery Presents' House List blog. The first time I saw John Roderick was with his full band, the Long Winters, at a now-defunct East L.A. venue back in 2008. He was in rock-star mode with long hair and a loud maroon jacket, and he never took off his sunglasses. But on Saturday night, a mellower version, perhaps a more authentic Roderick,
Dear 2012, can we put on our wish list that PULASKI the band of Baltimorians make some more music for us this year? Whiskey and beer can sometimes coax the muse out of the best of bands in Pulaski's case it's the simple motivation like these except for maybe breakfast food. Ok they're prone to write the occasional break-up song like their classic "I want my records back" or the religious anthem the "Black Hand of g*d"? The inspiration is pleasantly misanthropic my friends so help reel in the vibe. They'll brew a song about almost anything using [...]
John Roderick ::: photo by Josh Lovseth In an industry and city obsessed with passive coolness, joy isn't a word on the lips of many music writers or musicians. Which is why John Roderick's performance with the School of Rock during City Arts Fest was so refreshing. As the cliche says, "a picture is worth a [...]
A few days ago I wrote a post about a track called Boeing 737 by The Low Anthem. In the lyrics of that song The Low Anthem intertwines the tragedy of the World Trade Center terrorist attack with hanging out in a bar with Philippe Petit (the man who strung a high wire between the twin towers). In that track there is a certain beauty found in what is ultimately a melancholy and utterly tragic experience. It takes a unique talent to capture the bittersweet emotions of certain events and forge from that fire something beautiful and worthy. [...]
[The New Classics is a reoccurring segment in which we examine our favorite indie releases that are bound to replace our parent’s “classic rock” stash hidden in the attic or the basement. These aren’t reviews, these are unedited testimonies and opinions about why we love what we love. Can we get a witness?] Words by Kelsey Album: Putting the Days to Bed Artist: The Long Winters Released: July 25, 2006 [...]
John Roderick of The Long Winters at the Showbox, October 20, part of City Arts Fest 2011 My recap and photos from my limp around City Arts Fest 2011 are up over at Bumpershine right now . Highlight was easily the set from The Long Winters. Having John Roderick backed by high school students (Seattle's School of Rock) might be the best indie rock idea since the 4-track. Other performances captured include Pickwick, Campfire OK, Cobirds Unite and a transcendent set from Sons of Warren Oates.
John Roderick of The Long Winters at City Arts Festival (10/20/11) Words and Photos : Drake Lelane Heineken City Arts Festival 2011 (Seattle, WA) After a fairly disorganized first year, the second annual City Arts Fest is starting to look more like an actual festival instead of a weekend of shows tied together in signage only. Many shows were located at least in the same neighborhood, so there was at least the opportunity this year to jump between some venues. Sadly, I had [...]
Male Bonding play Chop Suey, October 22 w/ Unnatural Helpers, Virgin Islands and Fucking Eagles The 2nd Annual Heineken City Arts Festival kicks off Thursday night, featuring headlining sets from Robyn , Crystal Castles , The Long Winters , The Felice Brothers and Allen Stone . I'm hobbled a bit, recovering from a torn calf muscle, so I'll be picking one venue and sticking with it, as the distance between venues is more than my limp and I are comfortable with. Since Allen Stone appears to [...]
The second annual City Arts Fest gets the weekend started early this Thursday with something for just about everybody: punk rock at the Comet, a soulful sold out show at The Triple Door, some of Seattle's finest songwriters at the Showbox, a dance party at The Paramount and more. We'll be sharing our daily City [...]
An unprofessional display of lackluster musicians trying desperately to re-capture their heydays while stumbling their way through unrehearsed, heinous renditions of Nirvana songs.