Category Archives: Bands You Should Know

Get On With It: Going Home with the Foghorns

The Foghorns – . . . on a Dog’s Ass Sometime (2017, Knick Knack Records) The older you get, the more the memories pile up. The Foghorns’ new album . . . on a Dog’s Ass Sometime (a companion piece … Continue reading

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Let’s Live it Up While We’re Alive: Thoughts on the Foghorns . . . on a Dog’s Ass Sometime

The Foghorns – . . . on a Dog’s Ass Sometime (2017, Knick Knack Records) “Oh, the way you used to look at me / like an old Trans Am on the road” – so begins . . . on … Continue reading

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Sam Russell and the Harborrats release Born to Hurt single

Seattle-via-Kenosha, Wisconsin anachronistic troubadour Sam Russell just released a new single and it’s fantastic. The anthemic “Born to Hurt” feels like a defining statement for Russell, an artist with a body of work spans a live EP with his ace … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 45 Songs: Sindri Eldon/Electric Dylan

Maybe it’s because I’m most of the way through volume 5 of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s epic autobiographical novel My Struggle, but I find something very Knausgaardian about the solipsistic, manic intensity of Sindri Eldon‘s “I Can’t Feel Anything” – and … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: Karaoke Hottiez – Get on By

When I first wrote about Karaoke Hottiez (and that still-atrocious moniker) for volume 43, I had no idea that the band was the side project of one Matty P, he of the Foghorns choir, Plastic Jet Airline and all-around good … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: Heather Duby – Miles to Meters

There’s a lot packed into the less-than-two-minute running time of “Miles to Meters,” the first recorded music the world has heard from Seattle expat Heather Duby in several years. A first it sounds like a solo vocal, Heather’s husky alto … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: The Lonely Coast with Annie Ford – The Ravens’ Feast

“The Ravens’ Feast” sounds like a timeless folk song, composed of a simple, repeated melodic figure that gives way to a soaring resolution in the last third of the minute-and-a-half or so track. As far as I can tell, however, … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: Ainara LeGardon – Last Day

The 44th volume of Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly – containing only sounds originating from the mouths of humans – starts with this stark, haunting beauty by Ainara LeGardon. “Last Day” opens Ainara’s most recent album, Every Minute, which I’ve … Continue reading

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On Cadillacs and Confusing Winters: Storm the Palace Travels to Seattle from the United Kingdom

Ebullient praise. I am able to contribute less and less frequently to Levi Fuller’s amazing project due to life, rent, etc; however, there are moments when you discover a great band or record, and you realize that you can at … Continue reading

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Album Review: Aaron Semer – Love Amidst Collapse

Aaron Semer – Love Amidst Collapse (2015, Knick Knack Records) Seattle songwriter Aaron Semer describes his debut Love Amidst Collapse as “a campfire at the end of time.” The songs on Love Amidst Collapse are both familiarly rustic and oddly … Continue reading

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