Author Archives: Louis O'Callaghan

Ball of Wax 51 Songs: The Luna Moth – “Paean”

Some music makes you want to be in a rock band. My first thought on hearing The Luna Moth‘s “Paean” was “oh hey this is live.” You can practially hear the room, maybe even the rain outside, the dark. It … Continue reading

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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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