Monthly Archives: December 2011

Johanna Kunin’s Prolific Boxing Day

So, what did you do on Boxing Day? I had the day off and, while it wasn’t entirely unproductive, I don’t think I’ll remember anything I did that day in a few months. Johanna Kunin (Bright Archer) decided to make … Continue reading

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2011 Releases You Should Hear from Ball of Wax Artists

Given the astounding length of our contributors list, I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that I can put together a list of 16 excellent albums and EPs that were released in the past year by artists who have appeared on … Continue reading

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[glocal scene] Phil’s 2011 review

Upon turning over my calendar at the beginning of this month, it came to my attention that in a short time 2011 will be no more. 2012, and the possible end of the world, will follow. In the limited time … Continue reading

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2011 in Review: New Is New, Old Is New and Lulu Is the Future

A couple of weeks ago I asked a friend what she thought would end up being the consensus album of the year.  A potent combination of aging, new fatherhood, acute self-absorption, and YouTube-fueled distraction kept me from really having a … Continue reading

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For All the Girls: “Yvonne”

The fickle-hearted playboy of Provo, Damien Fairchild (aka For All the Girls), seems to have a pretty good thing going: a seemingly endless line of girls to fall for, a knack for writing succinct pop songs about them, and a … Continue reading

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Album Review: Western Ghost House – Kaleidoscope Tower

Western Ghost House – Kaleidoscope Tower (2011, self-released) Western Ghost House‘s second release,  Kaleidoscope Tower, is a tasteful, thoughtful collection of songs from a young Austin band that evokes the likes of Calexico, Shearwater, and Papercuts. Brooding, cowboy-esque opener “Varicose Veins” … Continue reading

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Submit to Ball of Wax 27

The dust is starting to settle on the incredibly successful Volume 26 of Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly (though you can still get your copy right here), and it’s time to look forward to the next one. After a couple … Continue reading

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Animal Hospital Ensemble: What I’d Be Doing This Weekend if I Were on the East Coast

Regular listeners to Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly should remember the mostly-instrumental gorgeousness of Kevin Micka’s Animal Hospital song “. . . And Ever” from Volume 17. Animal Hospital has always been a solo project, its many layers of rhythm … Continue reading

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[glocal scene] Old Man River Japan Appeal

Australian band Old Man River embarked on a heart-warming project earlier this year to offer disaster-stricken Japan some good tidings in the wake of their devastating earthquake. An old Japanese tradition states that whomever folds a thousand origami paper cranes … Continue reading

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