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November 3, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Moonglow

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

Today’s song teaches us about space.  The room awareness of “Nobody Cares (You’re Sitting at Home) by Moonglow is uncanny.  The song starts with dry yet brash drums and in your face vocals repeatedly singing “You’re sitting at home, and nobody cares about you”.  You feel like you’re sitting in the room with the band, at home I suppose.  There is a nice drum break with what sounds like a keyboard adding tiny bird like sounds.  There are choir-esque backup vocals in the first verse, they are washed with so many filters and a bucket full of reverb where they are almost unrecognizable as vocals.  Despite all of the effects they work in the mix really well.  The song decrescendos with the bird like sounds again and the vocalist repeating “nobody cares about you” until we fade out completely.  The song is smooth and simple yet has some heavy lyrics that are stated quite frequently.  The words gently flow from the vocalists mouth like he is jaded by years of being out of the house and uncared for.  You can imagine him telling the song like a story over a cigarette.  The drums and keyboard are simple as well but important to the melody and rhythm.  I liked the song, it was over before I knew it but you can always listen again….

November 3, 2022

The B-Side: Paul Cook & The Chronicles

Nothing quite as difficult as playing it simple and true. It’s the true part where most people get hung up. Luckily for us Paul Cook & The Chronicles nail both parts of the equation with “Before I Embarrass Myself.” A lower tempo melodic indie rocker leaning into the singer-songwriter vein / vibe it feels like a lost classic from the very best of the softer side of early 90’s alternative. Shades of The Lemonheads are present with maybe a dash of The Connells thrown in for good measure. It’s catchy and a tad melancholic and perfect for this season. Put on your oversized sweater and curl up with this one, because it’s a good one.

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