Putting The Days To Bed

bark54: The Long Winters / Putting The Days To Bed

bark54 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · July 2006
tcg037 · LP
The Control Group · October 2006

1.
Pushover
2.
Fire Island, AK
3.
Teaspoon
4.
Hindsight
5.
Sky Is Open
6.
Honest
7.
Clouds
8.
Rich Wife
9.
Ultimatum
10.
(It's a) Departure
11.
Seven

"Brimming with short bursts of power-pop energy, but spiced with the residue of resentment due to the loss of time and opportunity, Putting The Days To Bed is a grande-sized mug of Roderick's best songwriting. There's craftsmanship to burn on Days, and a breezy confidence that's eluded him until now." (Paste)

Ultimatum

bark48: The Long Winters / Ultimatum

bark48 · CD-EP / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · October 2005
tcg036 · LP
The Control Group · October 2006

1.
The Commander Thinks Aloud
2.
Ultimatum
3.
Everything Is Talking
4.
Delicate Hands
5.
Bride And Bridle (live)
6.
Ultimatum (live)

Ultimatum is a spare six-song snapshot of the oblique and poetic-minded side of astounding songwriter and Winters bandleader John Roderick. At times sparse, at times warmly lush, this collection of songs is always intensely beautiful, stretching from simple vocal-and-guitar folk balladry to orchestral grandeur to band-driven electro psych-pop and largely leaving aside the guitar pop rave-ups with which Roderick is equally comfortable. The band's first release since 2003's When I Pretend To Fall, the EP is an enticing set-up for the band's upcoming '06 full-length and that rarest of things: an EP that stands on its own as a great record from a band that has already set a high standard for themselves.

When I Pretend To Fall

bark31: The Long Winters / When I Pretend To Fall

bark31 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · May 2003
tcg035 · 2XLP
The Control Group · October 2006

1.
Blue Diamonds
2.
Scared Straight
3.
Shapes
4.
Cinnamon
5.
Bride And Bridle
6.
Blanket Hog
7.
It'll Be A Breeze
8.
Stupid
9.
Prom Night At Hater High
10.
New Girl
11.
The Sound Of Coming Down
12.
Nora

John Roderick has already established himself as one of the best young American songwriters around, based on the strength of The Long Winters' debut record and their handful of US tours last year. On this new album, the band ups the ante and delivers an astounding record, chilling in its unrelenting excellence. Co-produced by Roderick, Ken Stringfellow (Posies, Big Star), and Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie), When I Pretend To Fall features guest appearances by Peter Buck (REM), Scott McCaughey (Minus 5), Sean Ripple (American Analog Set), and many others.

The Worst You Can Do Is Harm

bark22: The Long Winters / The Worst You Can Do Is Harm

bark22 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · January 2002
tcg034 · LP
The Control Group · October 2006

1.
Give Me A Moment
2.
Carparts
3.
Samaritan
4.
Mimi
5.
Medicine Cabinet Pirate
6.
Unsalted Butter
7.
Government Loans
8.
Scent Of Lime
9.
Copernicus
10.
Untitled

Simply stated, The Worst You Can Do Is Harm is one of the finest debut records in recent memory. From the subterranean menace of give me a moment to the gothic country of samaritan to the kitchen table post-mortem unsalted butter, the collaboration delineated by John Roderick's lyrical/melodic sense, Sean Nelson's lush harmonies and Chris Walla's totally messed-up production hits its mark almost too many times to be believed.

Guest players include Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, REM), Joe Bass (Sky Cries Mary, Sunny Day Real Estate), Jim Roth (Delusions, Built to Spill) and other friends.

Connections In Nashville

mfr133: The Long Winters / Connections In Nashville

mfr133 · 7"
Mt. Fuji Records · September 2010

1.
Spiral Stairs - Dreams They Guide Us
2.
The Long Winters - Connections In Nashville

Split 7" with one song from Spiral Stairs, and one from The Long Winters. Only 500 copies were pressed on limited edition, clear vinyl. All singles come with a download code for free mp3's with purchase.