Monthly Archives: February 2011

Webelos: “Hansel and Gretel”

Our friends Webelos (as heard on Ball of Wax volumes 10, 18, and 21) have a new record coming out. You can listen to it here, then head to the Sunset on February 27th to celebrate its release. I’m sure … Continue reading

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Back in MY Day: The Physical World

Remember the physical world? You know, before the iNTeRNeTz0rz? Back when you had to hunt for specific ink-stained pieces of ground-up trees to get little bits of misinformation regarding HUGELY IMPORTANT but obscure MUSICAL BANDS, and you had to buy … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Savings and Loan – Today I Need Light

The Savings and Loan – Today I Need Light (2011; Song, By Toad) Scotland’s The Savings and Loan serve a heavy duty blend of dour drunkenness, religious dread, and spartan arrangements on their debut, Today I Need Light. Stark and … Continue reading

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Check Out This Song: Man Rockwell – “OEHG and OJ”

Norman Baker is a tough guy to pin down. He’s got his solo thing (as heard on Ball of Wax 19), which is all finger-picked acoustic and hushed vocals, and quite nice. He’s got Particle Gods (as heard on Volume … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Way It Is – Music Is My Boyfriend

The Way It Is – Music Is My Boyfriend (EP) (2011, self-released) (Purchase or stream at Bandcamp) Michael Sanchez may not be the most prolific musician out there, but he is a polymathic talent whose work – whether in music, … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax Volume 23

As mentioned before, we are celebrating the release of the 23rd volume of Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly this Wednesday at the Sunset Tavern. (Facebook event here, if you’re into that sort of thing – oh, and while I’m at … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Lido Venice

The Lido Venice – Songs Written around the Campfire in the Belly of a Whale (EP – 2004 ECA Records) [Note: this review is part of the Bad at Listening series.] At that same previously-written-about Missoula show, the Lido Venice played … Continue reading

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Album Review: Bill Horist – Covalent Lodge

Bill Horist – Covalent Lodge (North Pole Records, 2010) (Purchase or stream at Bandcamp) Bill Horist is something of an institution here in Seattle. A musician’s musician known primarily for his madcap electric guitar experimentation, he has played in more … Continue reading

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Songs about Books: The Last Book

The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq goes to Ryan Barrett. This is surely the most controversial book of the five, the one that a lot of people will hate. It’s fashionable to dislike Houellebecq nowadays, since Updike gave … Continue reading

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Corespondents: “Demon Mustache”

Corespondents is a band you will be hearing about here again. I’ve been a fan of their thoughtful, playful, meticulously crafted instrumental music since I first laid ears on it. I was thrilled to start my morning with this Guy-Maddin-meets-David-Cronenberg-in-Luc-Besson’s-foyer … Continue reading

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