Tonight in Seattle:  

This long weekend of Long Winters (and other) shows... what did you see?

Happy end of the nice, long holiday weekend! Did you all have nice Independence Days? Blow anything up? See any good shows?

I was all excited that tonight I'd be writing to you about how awesome the Long Winters' show at the Showbox was on Saturday night. I'd been looking forward to the show for weeks, especially since our pals at Barsuk let it slip that Roderick and co. would be unleashing some brand new songs on our expectant ears! But instead of spending my Saturday night feeling fine, with a scent of lime, I was home, tending to our very old and sick kitty, who decided that day to start displaying some very unhappy behaviors and excrete some very foul-smelling fluids.

I'll spare you any further deets -- except to say our sweet kitty is feeling better now, for which I am most grateful. I am, however, itching to hear about the show. How were the new songs? Is it true John sported pigtails during the set? (thanks @jimray for that image). We have a full imaginary review of the show coming very soon, and in the meantime I would love to hear more details, pretty please.

We'd also love to hear about any other show-going or firework-exploding madness that ensued during your holiday weekends. Please share!

Speaking of sharing, here's a photo of John Roderick (and all his flowing hair) from the forthcoming Long Winters review, taken by the amazing Laura Musselman...

John Roderick 

My friend just so happens to have a 15 passenger van; this van just happened to be filled with 15 rather drunk passengers.

It was in the midst of rolling through a crowded parking lot during fireworks, with all of us shouting "USA! USA!" at the top of our patriotic lungs, that I spotted my mother looking in at us.

Well if it makes you feel any better, you didn't miss any new songs. I suppose a very short cover of "Hot for teacher" and a passionate rendition of Pink Floyd's "Wish you were here" (or at least the first verse) might fall into that category.
It was as expected a wonderful Long Winters show complete with all the usual hilarious John Roderick banter. He did put his hair into a pony tail after being challenged to do so by someone in the crowd, then one-upped that by turning it into 2 pony tails and playing the rest of the show that way.
They also played my favorite Long Winters song "Nora", which I hadn't seen them play at any of the previous 3 Long Winters shows I've been to over the years and had given up hope that it would ever make it's way into a set list. Now I guess there's hope that maybe they'll play "Everything is talking" although for some reason that still seems unlikely.

Boat and the Cops were both very good and it seemed that most of the people in attendance were enjoying both bands as well.

If you want to see video of the show, a nice gentleman in front of me was filming it for the Seattle Weekly and said it would be up on Monday.

I missed Boat, thought the Cops were ok, and really enjoyed the Long Winters. John Roderick is a gem.

I like how this post was tagged under "The Long Blondes" - which seems fitting w/ J-Ro's hair in the above photo.

BOAT were incredible as always.

I was reminded at how much I love the Long Winters, despite their only playing one song off of The Worst You Can Do Is Harm (they opened with "Give Me A Moment"). They did, however, play "Scared Straight" and I nearly melted.

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