Category Archives: Recorded Music

Ball of Wax 43 Songs: Darryl Blood – Mint

Longtime Ball of Wax contributor Darryl Blood returns with “Mint,” a big, classic rock-y number punctuated by some nifty lead guitar lines. The lyrics, which culminate in the chorus “don’t come to my defense unless you’re mint,” are a bit … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 43 Songs: The Jesus Chords – When the Man Gets You Down

For those of you who thought The Foghorns had a lock on Seattle’s working class anthem racket, allow me to introduce you to The Jesus Chords, a band that’s been grinding out their own brand of gritty, low-fi country since … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 43 Songs: The Foghorns – Like an Old Trans Am

Ball of Wax staples the Foghorns return with “Like an Old Trans Am,” a track off their upcoming LP, a companion to last year’s The Sun’s Gotta Shine. “Trans Am” is the Foghorns at their most wistful, defeated and wise. … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 43 Songs: Jack Shriner – January Dream

Jack Shriner (Another Wisconsin boy! What did I tell you?) has been a friend of Ball of Wax for quite some time, but his contributions have been few and far between (the most recent was his excellent submission to the … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 43 Songs: Fen Wik Ren – Witch in the Grass

Fen Wik Ren is the latest musical moniker of now-Portland-based R. Ren (known to some of us as Ryan) Barrett, who not too long ago led the well-regarded Seattle-based band The Pica Beats. “Witch in the Grass” is a throbbing, … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 43 Songs: Amina – Spice

Maybe it’s the fact that my dad’s from Green Bay, or perhaps there’s some kind of Boston/Seattle/Wisconsin triangle of compatibility that makes us all instantly dig each other, but whatever the reason, I keep finding myself surrounded by (and loving … 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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Ball of Wax 42 Songs: 3844 – The Meaning of Life

3844 is, in fact, Mr. Christopher Hydinger, whose songs as the Music of Grayface have appeared on Ball of Waxes going back years. As I’ve written elsewhere, the Music of Grayface’s “Averybriefstory” was the highlight of an extremely strong Volume 5 for … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 42 Songs: LEGEND OF SKELL – The Meaning of Life

LEGEND OF SKELL’s take on the meaning of life is the most metal thing I can remember hearing on any Ball of Wax; it’s eight-plus minutes of thundering awesomeness – a welcome breath of molten air. First, who – or … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 42 Songs: Invasion Boys – The Meaning of Life

Longtime Ball of Wax listeners should be familiar with the work of Mr. Kelly Minnis, formerly of Seattle but now well established in College Station, Texas. Kelly first showed up way back on Volume 1 with his long-running solo electronic … Continue reading

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