Monthly Archives: July 2011

Songs about Books: Hear 5 Songs and Pre-order Now!

Three weeks from today we will celebrate the release of Ball of Wax 25: Songs about Books with a very special concert at the Fremont Abbey (have you gotten your tickets yet?). We’ve been talking about this project for a … Continue reading

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Album Review: Klak Tik – Must We Find a Winner

Klak Tik – Must We Find a Winner            (2010, Safety First Records) Klak Tik’s textured Must We Find a Winner has a distinct taste for the theatrical, majestically carried out for just under an hour. The London-based band have produced … Continue reading

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New York Guitarist Terrence McManus in Town Tonight and Tomorrow

If you like your music spare, unconventional, enthralling, and perhaps slightly unsettling, I recommend you head out to LoFi tonight and/or Gallery 1412 tomorrow to catch a performance from guitarist Terrence McManus, visiting us for a couple days from New … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Vladimir Nabokov – Pale Fire

Alex Guy was assigned Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire, the only book in the Songs about Books project to have been published in the twentieth century – all the others are relatively recent – and the only one that at this … Continue reading

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Album Review: Shenandoah Davis – The Company We Keep

Shenandoah Davis – The Company We Keep (2011, self-released) Shenandoah Davis is a Ball of Wax alumnus (see volumes 16 and 18). In fact, she’s the first example I point to for the beauty of the concept of such a … Continue reading

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Fulton Lights: Staring out the Window

As a person who enjoys the music of Andrew Spencer Goldman’s Fulton Lights and a well-documented fan of crows, this video was seemingly designed specifically by director Ninian Doff to make my brain happy. Apparently the delight rendered by seeing … Continue reading

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Album Review: Carlos Forster – Family Trees

Carlos Forster – Family Trees (2011, HUSH Records) Carlos Forster once led a fantastic, woefully unheralded band called For Stars, about which I’ve written wistfully elsewhere. It’s been 7 years since the release of For Stars’ swan song, It Falls Apart, … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Michel Houellebecq – The Possibility of an Island

It’s not a revelation to say that great literature – or great art of any kind – does not have to be an enjoyable experience for the reader (or viewer, or listener). In fact, whether you’re talking about James Joyce, … Continue reading

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Back in MY Day: Wrong Number

Bah! Time keeps on tickin’ and all you young people keep on sickin’. Sicking me out that is! With your young people ways that are different from mine. Let’s see, what’s on the docket today . . . right! Rock … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Matt Ruff – Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls

The book Paul assigned to Johanna Kunin (Bright Archer) for Songs about Books is Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls, by Seattle-based author Matt Ruff. I was well into it by the time I posted my piece … Continue reading

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