Category Archives: Recorded Music

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: Carlos Forster – Disasters

Carlos Forster – Disasters (2015, Acuarela Discos) Heartbreaking songwriter Carlos Forster is back with his second solo outing, Disasters, on super rad Spanish label Acuarela Discos. Like his first solo release (Forster once led the fabulous Bay Area band For Stars) … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: small plans – My Life Won’t Live Me

small plans are new to the Ball of Wax fold, but half of their members are old pals. The double-Josh rhythm section has also performed as a fearsome duo under the moniker Wyoming Young and Strong, whom you might have … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Ainara LeGardon – Every Minute

My god, has it really been four years since we last heard from Ainara LeGardon? How the years fly. It was almost exactly that long ago that she released We Once Wished, the blistering LP I wrote a bit about … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Goodies – Others

I really should have an “Alex Drum” tag on this blog by now. [OK, now I do, but I don’t know when I’ll get to retroactively tagging the other relevant posts.] It would at least be a start in trying … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Lasers Lasers Birmingham – Warning

Writing short song reviews that appear on Ball of Wax volumes for Ye Olde Blog of Wax is different from other music writing I’ve done in the past, most notably because I don’t get a press email or a one sheet to … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Webelos – Living in Another City

Seattle veterans Webelos bring a nice slice of hazy indie pop to Ball of Wax 39 with “Living in Another City.” Layering strings and electric piano over straightforward pop instrumentation, Webelos employ boy/girl vocals for an overall feel of longing … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Darryl Blood – Dead and Gone

There’s no theme to Ball of Wax 39, but there is an interesting thread of mortality, whether the fear or acceptance thereof, that has woven itself through a number of these songs, from “The Long Haul”‘s brooding meditation on illness … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: The Foghorns – If You Can’t Get Lucky Please Get Up

I’ve typed more words about the Foghorns on this here Blog of Wax than any other band, and this post will certainly add to the digital pile. Their contribution to Ball of Wax 39 is called “If You Can’t Get Lucky … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Colin Ernst – Slim Skeleton

“Slim Skeleton” is the third song Colin Ernst has contributed to Ball of Wax in as many volumes. As with his previous contributions, Ernst steeps “Slim Skeleton” in a mix of absurd humor and Kurt Weill-esque cabaret music. The result … Continue reading

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