Monthly Archives: December 2016

Submit to Ball of Wax 47: Songs of Resistance and Rebuilding

Like many people these days, I’ve been thinking about how best to deal with the reality of the next four to eight years. There’s a lot we need to do, but part of that should be, I think, turning our … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: Guma – Great Neck

Ball of Wax 46 closer “Great Neck” by Austin’s Guma is an unexpected delight. Rich and nuanced but impossibly airy, “Great Neck” draws on the same African and Island music¬†(like the great King Sunny Ade) that’s inspired everyone from the … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: Stereo Sons – Basilisk

Stereo Sons – the production duo of Chris Klepac and Mike O’Doherty – make their BoW debut with “Basilisk,” a cool slice of electronically-based music with an actual, honest to goodness song and a healthy dose of soul embedded in … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: Happy Tourists – Another Day

This song brings back pleasant memories of the ’90s to me. And it deserves ’90s music video treatment, for sure. This song sounds too witty, subtle, and clever to come out of Seattle. In fact, according to the Happy Tourists’ … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: Modern Relics – Stay with Me

Modern Relics‘ “Stay with Me” is a catchy, well constructed, and polished tune. The song transitions seamlessly between the main groove of “Please stay with me for awhile” to the driving chorus “listen darlin’, I have fallen.” The song is … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: The Winterlings – Science

Veteran Seattle duo the Winterlings‘ “Science” is an enjoyable, confounding mix of styles. The song combines¬†elements of classic pop with lo fi folk, like the Shangri-Las if they were an Elephant 6 band. The simple repeated drum part is paired … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: Pampa – The Battery Is the Lullaby

Once again, I’m excited to share new music from an old friend and long-time contributor to Ball of Wax. Brian Baillie has appeared under various monikers over the years, but he’s been fronting Pampa for a while now, and they’ve … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 46 Songs: The Laughing Group – Black Dress

Longtime Ball of Wax contributor Seth Howard has at long last taken the plunge and given his band a proper name. The Laughing Group comprises Seth on guitar, voice, and some other stuff; Sam Jansons on drums; and Jeffrey Henry … Continue reading

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