Monthly Archives: September 2015

Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Golden Eels – Human Heart Attack

I don’t know how Athens, Georgia’s Golden Eels first found Ball of Wax – and lead Eel Neil Golden couldn’t remember either – but I’m very happy they did. Their album Periscopes in the Air, from which”Human Heart Attack” was … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Invisible Hours – Wake the Ghosts of Night

Invisible Hours‘ “Wake the Ghosts of Night” is moody, dark guitar rock with a few interesting twists. “Wake the Ghosts of Night” has the woozy, fuzzy feel of much of the modern psych revival, but elements like a quasi-prog breakdown around the … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Puget Power – SF Bust

I’m always a sucker for a good, solid baritone voice, and Puget Power‘s Barry O’Hara is the owner of a pretty exemplary one – rich and textured in the quiet bits, with just the right amount of heart-wrenching yowl when … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Darryl Blood – What This Means

Longtime Ball of Wax friend Darryl Blood (first heard all the way back on Volume 1, most recently heard getting feisty on Volume 38) has brought us “What This Means,” a sneak preview of his forthcoming album Arden Eevin Vol. … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Brenda Xu – Trumpet Song

Seattle artist Brenda Xu‘s “Trumpet Song” is a clever, sophisticated pop song featuring, you guessed it, a trumpet that make a couple of cameo appearances at the middle and the end. Trumpet aside, the song’s strongest elements are Xu’s understated, … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: GreenhornBluehorn – The Noise

I don’t know how Brent and Chris Antal would feel about this comparison, but it occurred to me recently that GreenhornBluehorn has made a case for itself over the past couple years as the Simon and Garfunkel of our little … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Cold Comfort – My Appetite

It’s still summer for another week or so, and I’m gonna milk it for all I can. If the Kings’ horns and skanking beats hadn’t already gotten the message across, the chiming guitars and slinky rhythms of Cold Comfort‘s “My … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: The Kings – Jenzone

Instrumental ska on Ball of Wax? Indeed, instrumental ska on Ball of Wax. Levi stretches his curatorial wings to the plaid, Dr. Marten-wearing heavens for Volume 41 and returns with “Jenzone,” an almost 4 minute, horn-driven, skronky workout from a … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Visceral Candy – Catastrophe

I love the way new Ball of Wax artists beget more new Ball of Wax artists. The sexy party outfit Soft Blows only just joined our ranks for volume 39, but at the next possible opportunity member Seth Swift sent … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Electric Dylan – 1998

Before hearing a single note, I decided that Electric Dylan‘s “1998” is in my wheelhouse. Electric Dylan is the best Dylan (Street Legal foreva!) and I come from the ’90s, so this is a natural fit for my blurbage. Electric … Continue reading

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