Monthly Archives: February 2015

Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Colin Ernst – Slim Skeleton

“Slim Skeleton” is the third song Colin Ernst has contributed to Ball of Wax in as many volumes. As with his previous contributions, Ernst steeps “Slim Skeleton” in a mix of absurd humor and Kurt Weill-esque cabaret music. The result … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Tucker Theodore – Thoughts and Chain

Tucker Theodore is another brand new addition to the Ball of Wax fold (although he did previously appear on Volume 21 as a member of the dear, departed These Creatures). Tucker was referred to me by the same Friend of … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Spit Shine – Oh My Love

We have a couple of artists performing at the Ball of Wax 39 show on March 7th under names that don’t actually appear on the CD. One of these is Shannon Jae, whose spine-tingling voice is the centerpiece of this … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Doby Watson – Pickup

Doby Watson is an artist I’ve known aboutĀ for a decade or so, from back when he used to go by the name Boo Hiss and release musicĀ on Tract Records (like this and a split EP with the mighty, departed Grumpy … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Joseph Allen Beltram – Meditation in D

Cleveland’s (soon to be Seattle’s) Joseph Allen Beltram has quickly become a BoW regular. He first joined us with a swoony love tune on Volume 35, and “Meditation in D” marks his third contribution since then. This is an older, … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Coast – Beads of Light

Port Townsend’s Coast is another new band to Ball of Wax, and another band so new to the world that they didn’t have a name when they first sent me their music. Singer-songwriter (I think?) Spencer Johnson is accompanied by … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Virgin of the Birds – In the ’90s

Our old friend Jon Rooney takes a bit of a left turn with this newest Virgin of the Birds track, which fits very nicely in the electro-chill section of Volume 39 in which we find ourselves. Not unlike the Harvey … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: The Harvey Girls – The Long Haul

The Harvey Girls, who first contributed to Ball of Wax with volume 38, are back for volume 39 with “The Long Haul,” which also closes their 2014 full length release, Complicated Lady. “The Long Haul” has a mellow, spacey vibe, … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Lost Wisdom – Who’s from Aleppo Again?

Ball of Wax 39 contains songs from a bunch of new artists – some of them so new that they didn’t have band names when they initially submitted their songs. One of those artists, Taylor Delph, contacted me out of … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount – Turn It Into Everything

Julia Massey and her band return to Ball of Wax for the second volume in a row, giving us another track from their fine new album, A.L.I.T.E. (You know I really like this band because I keep having them back, … Continue reading

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