Monthly Archives: November 2016

Ball of Wax 46 Songs: Jon Garcia – the river will fall

It’s been several years since we’ve heard from Jon Garcia – I think he’s been taking a break from music to focus on his work as a filmmaker – so it was quite a pleasant surprise to receive some new … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: James Kelly Pitts – Night Shift

James Kelly Pitts cuts to the core of 21st century living with the beautiful simplicity of “Night Shift.” It’s an anthem for all of us who at one time or another feel beat down upon by working for our wages … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: Karaoke Hottiez – Grandma, Grandpa

All around local treasure¬†Matty P returns to Ball of Wax under the inexcusable moniker of Karaoke Hottiez with the lovely, nostalgia-rich “Grandma, Grandpa.” Is this a vaudeville ditty from ages long past? Is the Coney Island suitcase organ a stroke … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: Like, Listen To – What I Avoid

We haven’t talked much about Drew Danburry here since he totally conned us with those delightful For All the Girls tunes a couple years ago (no hard feelings!), but he’s been steadily making music since then, and recently saw fit … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: Amanda Winterhalter – What’s This, Death?

Golden-throated¬†Amanda Winterhalter returns to Ball of Wax with “What’s This, Death?,” a somber ballad in a traditional folk style that features only voice and finger-style acoustic guitar. “What’s This, Death?” is appropriately somber and menacing, issuing the warning “you don’t … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: Robert Deeble – Coal Miner

It’s been quite some time since we’ve had a full-length release from our old friend Robert Deeble, but he has a very good reason – which also happens to be the inspiration for the album he’s working on now. Two … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: Boring Ghost – Hypnagogic

‘Hypnagogic” is an extremely easy listening song. It hovers over a state of nearly falling asleep, when at last, you fall into the trance. It has one of the most beautiful guitar refrains I’ve heard, ever. Original, catchy and inspiring. … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: The Echolarks – Little Boots

The Echolarks work the concept of space brilliantly into their song “Little Boots.” A space which allows the richness of the guitar tones and the singer’s timbre to shine. The song flows seamlessly through 6/8 time as if a painter … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: Darryl Blood – Flavor of the Day

Our old friend Darryl Blood has been getting quite avant garde with his Ball of Wax submissions of late. While I’ve sincerely enjoyed his experiments with heavily processed vocals, re-edited cellos, and spacey ambience, it’s also always a pleasure to … Continue reading

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Sam Russell and the Harborrats release Born to Hurt single

Seattle-via-Kenosha, Wisconsin anachronistic troubadour Sam Russell just released a new single and it’s fantastic. The anthemic “Born to Hurt” feels like a defining statement for Russell, an artist with a body of work spans a live EP with his ace … Continue reading

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