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Ball of Wax 47 Songs: Solvents – “Song for President Trump (I’m Gonna Fight)”

Less than two weeks after the unfortunate events of Election Day 2016 (and two weeks before I sent out the call for this volume of Ball of Wax), I received an email from Solvents with their response to the situation: … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 47 Songs: Danbert Nobacon & the Axis of Dissent – “Revolution 9.01”

This is a banjo and snare drum marching song that seems to be lightly channeling the Pogues. I can see the band walking down the streets of downtown Seattle like in a Macklemore video. Slowly picking up more and more … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 47 Songs: Julia Massey – “Carry On”

The theme of looking forward with hope and determination continues with Julia Massey‘s “Carry On,” a 2017 take on the acoustic political folk song. The song starts with a personal moment, a sister wondering how to explain this election to … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 47 Songs: Caroline Keys (w/ Nate Biehl + VCCA Chorus) – “Hope Resists!”

It’s been pretty hard to feel good for the past few months, so the concept of a “feel-good” song – especially as part of a compilation directly addressing our current situation – might make you cringe or roll your eyes, … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 47 Songs: Darryl Blood – “Germania”

Our old pal Darryl Blood‘s “Germania” does a great job of packaging an earnest expression of incredulity and horror at our current situation with a simmering groove that keeps your head nodding with the rhythm even as it’s shaking at … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 47 Songs: Wiscon – “My First Day”

Welcome to Ball of Wax 47: Songs of Resistance and Rebuilding. When I put out the call for this volume a little after November 8th, I could never have predicted the variety of musical responses it would generate. This collection … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 47: Resist! 2/26 at the Sunset

Ball of Wax 47 Release Show: Songs of Resistance and Rebuilding Sunday, February 26, 7pm doors The Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave NW $8 [tickets] – entry includes a BoW 47 CD All profits to the NW Immigrant Rights Project … Continue reading

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Wisconsinites against Fascism: Benefit for Planned Parenthood

As we all know by now, per the machinations of the electoral collage, the presidential election swung because of the collective voting decisions of Michigan, my home state of Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, the birth place of many of Ball of Wax‘s most … Continue reading

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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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