Category Archives: Recorded Music

Ball of Wax 35 Songs: Kate Noson – “Fly”

Kate Noson‘s voice was first heard by Ball of Wax listeners harmonizing with Sam Russell on Volume 30′s “All These Passing Fields.” Sam, plotting his own love song for Volume 35, recommended Kate’s country ballad”Fly” for this volume, and I’m … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 35 Songs: Harbor Island – “If I Needed Someone”

Joshua Schramm is a busy fellow. Outside of his country band Modern Relics, he has at least two other more or less solo projects, both of which submitted lovely love songs for Ball of Wax 35. Jon has already delved … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 35 Songs: The Lonely Coast – “Koj će Ti Kupi al Kanariče”

Seattle-based folk vocal duo The Lonely Coast (Valerie Holt and Anne Mathews) bring us this beautiful Balkan wedding song, recorded at Smoke Farm and ably backed by a small stringed instrument (I might assume ukulele, but it could easily be … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 35 Songs: Olie Eshleman – “Baby, I’m Only 4 Area Codes Away”

Corespondents’ Olie Eshleman made his solo guitar-based debut – I think – on Ball of Wax 33 (though you should really check out his sample-based submission to the naughty-language-ridden Vol. 13), and he returns a couple volumes later with a … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 35 Songs: Aram Bajakian – “Medicaid Lullaby”

Aram Bajakian is quite the get for Ball of Wax. Not only has the New York-based guitarist played with the likes of Lou Reed, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Yusef Lateef, John Zorn, Nels Cline, and Diana Krall, but he’s also … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 35 Songs: Inly – “In the Morning”

Inly‘s “In the Morning” is a hardened love song, more “look out for that guy” than “that guy is the greatest.”  Mindie Lind’s sweet, rootsy voice croons a tale of warning (“in the morning / he’s going to fool you”) … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 35 Songs: Virgin of the Birds – “Minmae Shall Be Revealed”

Jon Rooney continues his campaign of shedding light on underappreciated cultural figures (cf “Victor Bockris”) with Virgin of the Birds‘ low-key ballad “Minmae Shall Be Revealed.” It’s nice to hear Jon mixing it up a bit with this simple recording, … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 35 Songs: Robert Deeble – “To Find You”

Not all love songs are of the romantic variety. There are love songs to parents, siblings, and pets, and of course there’s the whole sub-genre of “love songs to one’s child,” which can often be particularly heart-melting, as is the … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 35 Songs: Joshua Schramm featuring Fairy Robot – “Drink Until You’re Dry Again”

Westerly‘s Joshua Schramm makes his first contribution to Ball of Wax with “Drink Until You’re Dry Again,” a collaboration with Fairy Robot, known by most folks as Sarah McGuinn (who also plays with Schramm in Modern Relics). ”Drink Until You’re Dry … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 35 Songs: Joey Beltram – “Bleed Through”

Joey Beltram’s amorous contribution to Ball of Wax 35 came to me via a mutual friend who had collaborated with him in his current home of Cleveland. It seems Mr. Beltram had visited our fair state of Washington, written a … Continue reading

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