Author Archives: Louis O'Callaghan

Ball of Wax 49 Songs: Strong Sun Moon – “Lovebird”

Mike Antone and Camelia Jade are mainstays of a Snoqualmie Valley folk scene loosely centered around the Black Dog Cafe. They’ve been writing and playing together for a long time, the last several years among other longtime collaborators in a … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 49 Songs: Darryl Blood – “Dead Memories”

Smooth as molasses on a hot summer day (if you will), Darryl Blood‘s “Dead Memories” is laid back and perfect. It’s the sound of afternoon light through a dirty window falling on a shag carpet. It’s the soundtrack to your … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 49 Songs: Michele Khazak – “A Song for the Willful”

If not for its one reference to texting on a cellphone (and a contemporary eff bomb) you might think this track from Michele Khazak was recorded many decades ago. With its minimalist piano over a gothic, soulful blues vocal and … Continue reading

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Album Review: Kat Terran – Lion & Blue

Kat Terran – Lion & Blue (2002, Little Roar Records) I acquired this CD in Neenah, Wisconsin after playing with Southerly, and with Kat Terran’s band Snowdrift. Snowdrift — who are from Seattle — didn’t have much recorded at the … Continue reading

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Album Review: Stray Kites

Stray Kites – Mieux (2011, self-released) I’ve found this to be true: lo-fi twee bedroom pop can be polarizing. I love the stuff, much of the time . . . for sure, the genre is littered with a lot of … Continue reading

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Album Review: Man Man

Man Man – Self-titled EP (2004, Ace Fu Records) I got to see Philadelphia’s Man Man at New York’s Mercury Lounge in 2004.* Their set was a spectacle — everyone on stage was an excellent player, each attending to his own intricate … Continue reading

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Album Review: Southerly – Best Dressed and Expressionless

Southerly – Best Dressed and Expressionless (2004, Dead Letter Records) In that heady, fateful summer of 2004 of which I have now rambled on about several times, I ended up one July evening at a coffee house in Neenah, Wisconsin, … Continue reading

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Album review: Yarn Owl – Montaña Y Caballo

Yarn Owl – Montaña Y Caballo (2011, self-released) Way back in 2006 I played in Pullman with a band called Ether Hour, a piano-driven, Elliott Smith-esque indie rock band that I found on MySpace, back when it was still useful … Continue reading

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Album Review: Car Scars – A.M. Gold

Car Scars – A.M. Gold (2005, Funkytonk Records) [Note: this review is part of the Bad at Listening series.] Car Scars is one of the many bands that Tim Leingang of Richmond, Washington has played in. Tim has been a central … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Lido Venice

The Lido Venice – Songs Written around the Campfire in the Belly of a Whale (EP – 2004 ECA Records) [Note: this review is part of the Bad at Listening series.] At that same previously-written-about Missoula show, the Lido Venice played … Continue reading

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