Monthly Archives: June 2014

Ball of Wax 37: Songs about Animals!

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Ball of Wax 36 Songs: Monica Schley – “In the Shadows (of Enchantment)”

Monica Schley‘s “In the Shadows (of Enchantment)” closes out Ball of Wax 36 with some sparse, roughly-recorded folk. The first minute of “In the Shadows (of Enchantment)” consists of just harp and violin. The fidelity is decidedly low – it sounds like an … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 36 Songs: Tuktu – “1. Tupilak Creation Song 2. Tupilak Walk”

I never saw prog coming (but then again, one never does). Tuktu‘s contribution to Ball of Wax 36 is an expansive, angular song titled “1. Tupilak Creation Song 2. Tupilak Walk.” And I’m pretty sure it’s prog, though I confess … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 36 Songs: Town Forest – “He Speak Bird”

Town Forest brings the foreboding and midnight clang with “He Speak Bird.” Driven by an eerie guitar vamp, evoking a Goblin riff played through a fuzzy Fender Twin, “He Speak Bird” stalks and hovers like some sort of rural Bauhaus or haunted My Morning … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 36 Songs: Music for Dead Birds – “A Better View”

Astute Ball of Wax listeners might remember Jimmy Monaghan’s band Christian Bookshop from Volume 30. Listeners with long memories might remember his other band, Music for Dead Birds, from way back on Volume 12. I was excited when Jimmy appeared … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 36 Songs: Casey Ruff – “A Broken Heart’s Immortal”

Bart recently wrote that Casey Ruff has a “unique form of charisma where when the person gets up on stage, you know it’s performance time, you know it means something,” heaping deserving praise on Ruff’s affable stage presence, equal parts Johnny … Continue reading

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