The Long Winters

The Long Winters

"…classic-rock guitar work melts into sunny vocal harmonies, creating songs that practically squirm with joy." - Magnet, Feb. 2003

2013 marks the tenth year since the release of When I Pretend To Fall, the indie-classic second album from Seattle indie rockers The Long Winters. Fronted by honorary Seattle cultural mayor John Roderick, and largely defined by his extraordinary songs that bring hooks and deft lyrical twists in equal measure, Roderick and his band have become an institution in the Pacific Northwest and around the world among fans of smart songwriting. (As Roderick says, "I like chairs that don't creak and songs that don't suck.")

Sean Nelson

The first official batch of recordings to bear the name of Seattle musician Sean Nelson isn't a solo album in the classic sense. Make Good Choices includes playing/songwriting/recording contributions from, among others, Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie), Peter Buck (R.E.M./Minus 5), Matt Pence & Scott Danbom (Centro-Matic), Howard Draper (Shearwater), Dave Depper (Loch Lomond, Fruit Bats), Rachel Blumberg (Decemberists/M. Ward), Adam Selzer (Norfolk & Western), Steve Fisk (player: Pell Mell, Pigeonhed; producer: Nirvana, Beat Happening, Unwound), and others. Sessions arose casually over the course of several years, between Nelson and his collaborators' other projects, with no deadline, no master plan, and above all, no rush. The unorthodox process yielded great results, but required he take the long view . When he realized he'd been taking it for nearly a decade, it was probably time to write a press release.

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