Category Archives: Recorded Music

Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Spit Shine – Oh My Love

We have a couple of artists performing at the Ball of Wax 39 show on March 7th under names that don’t actually appear on the CD. One of these is Shannon Jae, whose spine-tingling voice is the centerpiece of this … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Doby Watson – Pickup

Doby Watson is an artist I’ve known about for a decade or so, from back when he used to go by the name Boo Hiss and release music on Tract Records (like this and a split EP with the mighty, departed Grumpy … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Joseph Allen Beltram – Meditation in D

Cleveland’s (soon to be Seattle’s) Joseph Allen Beltram has quickly become a BoW regular. He first joined us with a swoony love tune on Volume 35, and “Meditation in D” marks his third contribution since then. This is an older, … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Coast – Beads of Light

Port Townsend’s Coast is another new band to Ball of Wax, and another band so new to the world that they didn’t have a name when they first sent me their music. Singer-songwriter (I think?) Spencer Johnson is accompanied by … Continue reading

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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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