Author Archives: Jon Rooney

Ball of Wax 51 Songs: The Lonely Children – “Turnaround Phase”

The Lonely Children‘s contribution to Ball of Wax 51, “Turnaround Phase,” is almost 13 minutes of slinky, spaced out electric guitar – like Ry Cooder sitting in with Luna. There are prominent lead lines and a pedal steel part that … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 51 Songs: Whetzel – “Slow Waves”

We last heard from Seattle producer James Whetzel back in volume 48, [he was also on volume 49; he’s a busy guy -ed.] and he returns to this volume of long songs with “Slow Waves.” With a wash of reverberating … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: Elisa Flynn – “Sugar”

Brooklyn’s Elisa Flynn is a newcomer to Ball of Wax, though her gritty, wired music evokes a lot of the touchstones (PJ Harvey, Infinity Girl, Lync) that many of us old-timers grew up absorbing. “Sugar” is the kind of sweaty … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: Screens – “Delridge”

I’ve been writing about music in some form another for about 20 years now, and I’ve never before had the occasion to use the phrase “psychedelic electro-funk,” but here we are. Seattle’s super inventive and fun Screens‘ “Delridge” (recorded at … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: Faith Eliott – “Grouper”

Edinburgh-via-Minnesota songwriter and visual artist Faith Eliott contributes the stunning “Grouper” to Ball of Wax 50, a track recorded with Ball of Wax stalwarts Colin J Nelson and Paul Beaudry (the Foghorns, Caleb & Walter, my band Virgin of the … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 48 Songs: Yas/Whetzel – “Wonder Arc en Ciel”

Yas/Whetzel is the project of local Seattle producer James Whetzel and French rapper Yas. I presume “Wonder Arc en Ciel” is about a rainbow (wonder arc in the sky), though you wouldn’t guess that by the nervous, driving pace of … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 48 Songs: Ju. – “¿Quieres Hacer el Favor de Callarte, Por Favor?”

“¿Quieres Hacer el Favor de Callarte, Por Favor?” is the Spanish title of a collection of short stories by Raymond Carver – Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? in English. Hailing from Madrid, Spain, Ju. seems to dwell in that golden … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 48 Songs: Odd Couple – “Flügge”

I’m not sure that German Grunge Rock was ever a bona fide genre like, say, Brazilian Psych, but it certainly seems like it should have been. Odd Couple are decidedly German and, per “Flügge,” devotees of dirty, fuzzed-out rock and roll. … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 48 Songs: Die Geister Beschwören – “Cerro de la Muerte”

Despite their name, Die Geister Beschwören appears to hail from greater Cascadia, from parts of Oregon and Northern California. And despite adopting a spectral name in German, their contribution to Ball of Wax 48 is in Spanish. “Cerro de la Muerte,” … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 48 Songs: Winston Seedlark – “Quand J’avais Dix Huit Ans”

“Quand J’avais Dix Huit Ans” translates to “When I Was Eighteen Years Old” in English, and that sounds about right. The rough, dry, basement punk from Ireland’s Winston Seedlark (an Irishman writing in French is very Beckett – nicely done) … Continue reading

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