Category Archives: Glocal Scene

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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Ball of Wax 42 Songs: Ju. – El Sentido de la Vida

Madrid’s Ju. (pronounced, I assume, like the English word ‘who,’ but I could be mistaken) is the newest international addition to the Ball of Wax coterie, and I couldn’t be more pleased to have them. The band first came to … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Unai Azkune – Coming Home

Spanish songwriter Unai Azkune returns to Ball of Wax with “Coming Home,” a stark, sublime folk mediation not unlike “Bálsamo de Tigre,” which appeared on Volume 34. Featuring only voice, acoustic guitar and some delay, “Coming Home” is spooky and timeless; the … Continue reading

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The Edinburgh Waxers: Storm the Palace

I’m still reeling from the experience of watching 40 random musicians from Seattle come together in draw-from-a-hat collections to become bands and produce music. Levi Fuller demonstrated, in 24 hours, that the only thing keeping Seattle from being a massive … Continue reading

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Album Review: Meursault – The Organ Grinder’s Monkey

Meursault – The Organ Grinder’s Monkey (Song, By Toad Records, 2014) Back in January, Scottish band Meursault did a Kickstarter to raise money for travel to the USA for SXSW and a two week tour of the East Coast. Despite a goal … Continue reading

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[glocal scene] European Road Book – download

For those with a fantastic memory, you may remember Ball of Wax’s 2011 post on Ryan Bartek’s road book on European counterculture. After transcribing over 100 hours of interviews, Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol II)  is ready for download. … Continue reading

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[glocal scene] Made in Iceland

You would be daft if you think you could go to Iceland and not come into contact with incredible music. Unless you listened to nothing but the radio stations, that is. Iceland in May is a curious concoction of near … Continue reading

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Album Review: Swimwear – The Kissing Machine EP

Swimwear – The Kissing Machine EP (2012, self-released) Breezy and bright, Sydney’s Swimwear is a colorful collage of synths, dance beats and guitars. The Kissing Machine is a feel good debut E.P. to keep the record player bathed in sunlight … Continue reading

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[glocal scene] Give Me Something Beautiful

A recent trip to Montreal brought me into contact with a fantastic band with a grand name – Give Me Something Beautiful. Currently in the studio recording their first full length, Give Me Something Beautiful have a selection of EPs … Continue reading

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[glocal scene] Albuquerque, NM

As a ‘treat’ for Blog of Wax turning 1 year old, I have decided to write a post that will take a year to read. Below is a tale from the Glocal Scene team’s journey to Albuquerque, NM. I hope … Continue reading

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