Category Archives: Recorded Music

Ball of Wax 51 Songs: great unwashed luminaries – Sunspace Quasar (for Miles)

My word, has it really been almost six years since we’ve heard from great unwashed luminaries? As far as I can tell, that name last graced a volume of Ball of Wax on #28,  our excellent Dance Party volume. (Although … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 51 Songs: Freeway Park – “Paintings of Famous Satanists”

Freeway Park make their long-anticipated Ball of Wax debut with “Paintings of Famous Satanists,” an expansive, extra-dirgey version of their brand of noisy, dissonant rock woven together with the prose-based (but never prosaic) verbal arts of vocalist Graham Isaac. The … Continue reading

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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 51 Songs: Nachthexen – “NightWitch III/draft”

It’s been a while since I gushed about local guitar hero Bill Horist, and even longer since he graced a volume of Ball of Wax with his guitarical prowess, so I’m excited that both are happening again right now! I’ve … Continue reading

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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 51 Songs: autOaudiO – “Belzinbox”

Ball of Wax 51 is going to be quite a long ride, so I thought it would be nice to get off to a mellow start. If you’ve been to a Ball of Wax show in the past few years … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: Tom Pearo – “Plains”

Not that words absolutely have to be the end all be all. Tom Pearo, by appearances a good-natured Vermonter, can say a lot relying on soaring guitar tone. On first hearing “Plains,” I was reminded of pleasant nights when some … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: James Kelly Pitts – “I Knew Those Words”

Leave it to the author of the previously drooled over “Night Shift” to present a somewhat optimal set-closer. You can follow a lot about James Kelly Pitts in the recent issues of BoW. He’s been building expressive seemingly DIY tracks … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band – “Battle Cry”

Beth Fleenor – aka Crystal Beth – is an undeniable, unstoppable musical force, and one of Seattle’s treasures. She uses her voice and clarinet – not to mention the deep connections she forms with her collaborators – to channel strange, … Continue reading

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