Long Rectangles, Big Fat Spheres
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Richard Buckner - "Loaded at the Wrong Door"

Listening to the first verse of this song lumber forward with all instruments perfectly in line, you can’t possibly be prepared for the chorus that awaits you in which everything spreads out on a bed of synth, the bass steps out of line, plays counterpoint to the vibraphone (so much power in the mere addition of one quarter note).

Every instrument is used sparingly, except Buckner’s weary voice. His vocals are warm, but removed - a fire seen through a delicate fabric. He sings with cobwebs in his throat. He is not in the least bashful about vocal flourishes, rarely limiting himself to one note per syllable. He’s the Mariah Carey of alt-country. [Buy]


John McGlinchey - "Spider"

“Spider” is a playful song, in the way that the Unicorns were a playful band. That is, the song is playful, but not silly. Playful, but still serious, dark, spooky. It takes bizarre turns, follows unexpected, treacherous paths into dark woods and pitch-black back alleys. The off-kilter chord changes, guitar digressions, and multi-tracked vocal experimentation are reminiscent of Syd Barrett.

OK, but who is John McGlinchey?

John McGlinchey plays all of the instruments on “Spider.”

John McGlinchey emailed me this song a few days ago. His email was four lines long. It was at least curt, and at most hostile. He did not mention whether or not “Spider” is from an album, nor did he provide a website. He is pretty much unGoogle-able. He is a mysterious psychedelic troubadour who inspires fear in my tender heart. Say his name three times, I dare you.

Posted by Jordan at January 4, 2006 1:29 PM

Ooh, I like it.

Posted by Red Ruin at January 4, 2006 1:55 PM

*In reference to the spider song particularly.

Posted by Red Ruin at January 4, 2006 1:56 PM

The McGlinchey song rocked harder than the Buckner, in my opinion. Hope he emails you again with more info. or another tasty track.

Posted by Jamie at January 4, 2006 7:04 PM

this blog has been putting up a lot of artists lately I have never gone near in the past but I have enjoyed hugely after getting them here. many thanks. head over to http://tommyshots.blogspot.com if you get a moment, cheers

Posted by Adam at January 4, 2006 7:21 PM

John is the Drummer/ producer from the band Nouveau Riche out of Philly.

Check them out at NouveauRicheMusic.com

Posted by Tayyib at January 4, 2006 10:32 PM

I really like this song John McGlinchey has a nice sound pure even. I like it like a clear summer day. Give hem LOVE I also like the band he plays for Nouveau Riche.

Posted by irahk at January 5, 2006 7:34 PM

John is an awesome drummer and guitarist. he is also great at playing pretty much any instrument he can get his hands on. one of those annoying naturals who has music theory built into his brain. i've been enjoying john's wide range of music, from psychedelic folk-ey stuff to hip-hop beats/hooks for many years now...being that i'm his sister. i'm biased. it's okay.

Posted by meredith at January 5, 2006 7:41 PM

Hey, I think I found this guy again on www.crowdedserpents.com. Can you confirm? Thanks!

Posted by Liam at August 3, 2007 9:38 PM

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