Monthly Archives: February 2011

Free Album(s) of the Day: Snailface

As today is the last day of February, which for several years now has been RPM Challenge month around the world, I thought I would pay tribute to a band that sprouted out of an RPM Challenge and has so … Continue reading

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Tied to the Branches: “A Sword”

Marc Manning has been with Ball of Wax since volume 1, track 1. “A Sword,” from his newish electro-goth-gaze band Tied to the Branches, is featured on Volume 23. And now it has a video. “A Sword,” unlike some of … Continue reading

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[glocal scene] – Loop Jockey

The first ever Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly I got my grubby little hands on was the DVD special edition, comprised of 17 music videos for my audio and visual pleasure. First up was Plan B’s superb “Double Crossing Little … Continue reading

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New Contributor: Phil Heron on the Glocal Beat

Some time in early 2007 or late 2006 (can it really have been that long ago? yikes), I met a pair of energetic young Brits who were traveling around the country (and, in fact, the world) embedding themselves in and … Continue reading

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[glocal scene] – An Introduction

Can you remember the Kaiser Chiefs? I’m not sure whether they were big in the US, but they had some clout over the water. Their debut album produced such indie dancefloor hits as “I Predict a Riot,” “Oh My God,” … Continue reading

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The Curious Mystery: “Night Ride Reeling”

The guys at Sospunwespunwest really have a good thing going. They have a great approach to making music videos, which seems to be to employ various methods of collage (both physical and software-based) and simple camerawork to make them as … Continue reading

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Album Review: Heatwarmer

Heatwarmer – self-titled (2009, self-released) (Purchase or stream at Bandcamp) Heatwarmer (heard on Ball of Wax volumes 9 and 14), fronted by the intimidatingly skilled Luke Bergman, is a very odd band, and I mean that in the best of … Continue reading

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Hollow Earth Radio’s Magma Festival

Hollow Earth Radio is a local institution which I am both thrilled at the existence of and honored to be a very small part of (I DJ a two-hour show every other Sunday and help out here and there with … Continue reading

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Free Album(s) of the Day: Eyes

The band Eyes, sadly no longer with us, was a psych-kraut-groove-freakout project led by the multi-talented singer/songwriter/saxophonist Scott Pinkmountain (also of P.A.F., Scott Pinkmountain and the Golden Bolts of Tone, Pink Mountain, and probably myriad other projects). Pinkmountain is an … Continue reading

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Show Tonight: Shannon Stephens at Empty Sea Studios

If you’re a fan of quiet acoustic music – and of actually being able to hear what’s going on at a live performance of such music – you should absolutely head over to Empty Sea Studios tonight. I was very … Continue reading

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