Monthly Archives: September 2011

We are all Absolutely Kosher

Last week, venerable Bay Area label Absolutely Kosher announced that they would cease releasing new music this fall due to financial hardship and the inability to find a model that makes running an independent label viable. While not a mega-indie … Continue reading

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Vanish Valley Gets Good

Ball of Wax’s relationship with Vanish Valley‘s Andrew McAllister goes back to our earliest days. Before his band Conrad Ford went by that name, they appeared on Volume 2 as Toy Tractor. Conrad Ford then showed up on Volume 4, … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Foghorns – To the Stars on the Wings of a Pig

The Foghorns – To the Stars on the Wings of a Pig (2011, Knick Knack Records) Count this review as another in a long line of conflicts of interest here at the Blog ‘o Wax. The Foghorns are a Seattle … Continue reading

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Tango Alpha Tango at Comet Tavern Tonight–Slow Skate Should Assist in the Forceful Adoption of Portland’s Bluesy Up-and-comers

The rivalry between Portland and Seattle is unmentioned on this blog. I won’t give it voice here. I’ll just say, we locals get a bit tired of bands from the city with the NBA team. I won’t explain it, because … Continue reading

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That’s What Ballard Was Missing: Sax at the Hattie’s Hat Back Room

I got stopped on the street and told about Prawnyxx. Saxophone, drums and heart, I was told. This band’s playing tonight at the newly up and running Hattie’s Hat back room. This, to me, could possibly make up for the … Continue reading

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Oh Ho! oh lo lo

New band alert! Long-time listeners to Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly (and I do mean looooong time) might remember a singer-songwriter known as Kelli Hanson and her song “Risk Free” from Volume 2. Kelli released a fine album called Lullaby … Continue reading

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Lonesome Shack: “Sexual Release”

Why haven’t I talked about Lonesome Shack here before?I have no excuse. Despite the fact that they don’t have the correct number of members, according to Indie Rooney, the local duo of Ben Todd and Kristian Garrard have been crafting … Continue reading

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Now Playing: The Pica Beats – Better in Color

Fans of Ryan Barrett (heard on Ball of Wax Volume 25/Songs about Books) and The Pica Beats (heard on volumes 8 and 18) should be thrilled, as I was, to hear of the release this week of their new album … Continue reading

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Blog of Wax Legal Corner: WSLCB Proposes Loosening Up a Bit

This is very exciting news for musicians who perform in Washington State. If you’re neither a musician nor a Washington State resident, I beg your indulgence for a minute. For years now – I don’t know exactly when it started, … Continue reading

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Free Album of the Day: An Invitation to Love – Boxcar

It’s no secret that Louis O’Callaghan (The Graze, Sun Tunnels) has long had an affinity for the quiet-loud dynamics, overblown guitars, and tortured vocal stylings of the musical art form known to many as grunge. Much of his output has … Continue reading

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