Tonight in Seattle:  

John Roderick ate a hippie

The Long Winters photos by Laura Musselman

5 Jul 2008 at Showbox at the Market

Dudes, the Cops. The freakin' COPS. I love those guys something fierce. The rock put forth by the Fab five was extreme. It was intense. Beer was showered into the crowd. If you haven't had a chance to see the Cops, please take time right now to pencil them into yr Blackberry or Moleskine or MySpace calendar. You'll thank me for making you do this.

Holy balls. Every time I see the L-Dubs play, it is never for long enough. I could get a good solid two hour set, and that still wouldn't be satisfying. For those of you with (seemingly) more important things to do Saturday night, let me tell you: the show rocked. I noticed that a common lament amongst fans at the show was the fact that only one song ("Give Me A Moment") from The Worst You Can Do Is Harm appeared on the setlist, which seemed to be driven by audience requests and Roderick's delight in teasing the crowd.

Also making an appearance was the patented "John Roderick banter," much to the delight of everyone at the Showbox. Not that the people at the Showbox didn't give some sass back! Roderick has accepted, at least outwardly, his slow migration to the granola side. Every so often a "Hippie!" or some variation of, was shouted at him. This culminated in J.Rod tying his luscious locks back into not one, but TWO small ponytails. The effect was very "Karl Blau" to me, and I literally fell into the monitor in front of me, I was laughing so hard.

John Roderick in pigtails

It is hard to believe that it had been a year since I saw the Long Winters play. Can't we go back to when the band played every month? Please? KTHX.

Setlist!

Pushover
Fire Island, AK
Teaspoon
Hindsight
Honest
Seven
Commander Thinks Aloud
Blue Diamonds
Scared Straight
Stupid
Cinnamon
Nora
Give Me a Moment

(Did I miss any songs? If so, please comment with them!)

THE COPS

The Cops

The Cops

The Cops

THE LONG WINTERS

Long Winters

The Long Winters

The Long Winters

Long Winters

me and bunny make a good team! <3!

As per usual, Laura, your photos are oustanding!

i so wanted to go to this show!!!!!

and no shit, the last time i heard the commander thinks aloud live, i cried. fortunately, this took place in a sea of people at sasquatch in 2007.

very nice photos laura :]

I hadn't realized that "Give me a moment" was the only one from that album until now. I know he said he was going to play "mimi" and everyone kept shouting for "Carparts".
Is it just me or does he look a bit like a tall Bruce Vilanch with that long hair?

if there were ever some sort of "indie-rock stage banter olympics," j. rod would have more gold on his mantle than fort knox. he is, bar none, the best banterer in music. it's an added bonus that his tunes are really great.

and john in ballard, i think he looks more like a hybrid of jerry garcia and j. mascis.

thanks guys!!!

"give me a moment" was the best opening song choice possible. totally apropos, and it made me feel like a naughty 19 year old sneaking into a bar to see the long winters all over again.

I especially enjoyed this Roderick aside,
"What, is Ballard closed tonight? Look at all those beards out there!"

@Kirk hilarious!!

God, I haven't seen Long Winters OR been to the Showbox in forever!!!

I need a Showbox fix ASAP. Thanks for the reminder

Excellent review Heather! Just to be a nerd, here's the setlist in correct order:

Give Me a Moment
Seven
Stupid
Teaspoon
Cinnamon
Scared Straight
The Commander Thinks Aloud
Blue Diamonds
Fire Island, AK
Honest
Hindsight
Pushover
Nora
Ultimatum

The Weekly made a lil video profile of the show - look for Heather and Laura, side by side:

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