Category Archives: Recorded Music

Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Virgin of the Birds – In the ’90s

Our old friend Jon Rooney takes a bit of a left turn with this newest Virgin of the Birds track, which fits very nicely in the electro-chill section of Volume 39 in which we find ourselves. Not unlike the Harvey … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: The Harvey Girls – The Long Haul

The Harvey Girls, who first contributed to Ball of Wax with volume 38, are back for volume 39 with “The Long Haul,” which also closes their 2014 full length release, Complicated Lady. “The Long Haul” has a mellow, spacey vibe, … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Soft Blows – Landine

Soft Blows‘ “Landine” opens with a decidedly disco drum part, which makes sense because, for a little over 3 minutes, the song lays down a sweaty, dance-y groove in the tradition of rock bands seemingly inspired by Prince to get funky, … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: season of strangers – Yellow Moon

season of strangers‘ “Yellow Moon” is a brief burst of retro indie rock, recalling at times both the crooked fuzz of Archers of Loaf and Superchunk and the flanger pedal-drenched dreaminess of Cocteau Twins and the Cure. High-pitched voices lay low in the … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Sean Kiely – This Might Be True

New Jersey’s Sean Kiely is a newcomer to Ball of Wax, making his first contribution with “This Might Be True.” “This Might Be True” begins with voice and acoustic guitar looping through a melodic figure which largely drives the song. … Continue reading

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Left Field Finds: They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

“Open up the boxes, tumble down the walls, let them be the thing they want to be, not necessarily like you and me!” This is the message of the group, a community youth band from 1968 South Side Chicago led … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Ball of Wax Volume 2

Let’s take another trip back to 2005, shall we? We continue our archival investigation with Ball of Wax Volume 2, released in the fall of that long-ago year. The release celebration for Volume 2 was the second (and, to date, … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Ball of Wax Volume 1

This has been a long time coming, but I am at long last making my way through the many volumes of Ball of Wax released before the Bandcamp era, acquiring permission from the artists, and uploading the music, art, and … Continue reading

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Album Review: Levi Fuller and the Library – The Wonders That There Are

Levi Fuller and the Library – The Wonders That There Are (self-released, 2014) The Wonders That There Are is the first LP Levi Fuller has made with his new-ish band the Library and his fourth overall. Like last year’s Social … Continue reading

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Left Field Finds: Sebastian Temple – The Universe Is Singing (12 Songs In The Spirit Of Teilhard De Chardin)

Sebastian Temple – The Universe Is Singing (12 Songs In The Spirit Of Teilhard De Chardin) (GIA, 196?) Less a concept album than a lecture series, this is novel religious music, in the style of American folk and country and … Continue reading

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