Category Archives: Recorded Music

Ball of Wax 38 Songs of Protest: The Foghorns – “Sons and Daughters of the Molly Maguires”

Ball of Wax mainstays the Foghorns gift us all another gem with “Sons and Daughters of the Molly Maguires,” a seething, smart foray into our largely-forgotten history of labor strife and largely-suppressed tradition of class struggle. The Foghorns do righteous … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 38 Songs of Protest: Darryl Blood – “Gimme Some Soul”

Daryl Blood employs Bob Dylan’s cascade of words technique from “Subterranean Homesick Blues” for the verses of “Gimme Some Soul,” a song that seems to vent frustrations about the music industry (or what Adorno would call the culture industry – … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 38 Songs of Protest: Peter Colclasure – “Where’s My Bailout Muthafuckers?”

With apologies to any young listeners who might have joined our ranks with our kid-friendly Songs about Animals project, our friend Peter Colclasure has another take on the current economic state of affairs. Pete takes a less subtle – and … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 38 Songs of Protest: Shiv Hurrah – “Chicken Sip”

The newest volume of Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly – to be released Friday, October 17th at Conor Byrne – is a collection of new and original songs about protest, with folks protesting everything from privatization of water rights to … Continue reading

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Album Review: Meursault – The Organ Grinder’s Monkey

Meursault – The Organ Grinder’s Monkey (Song, By Toad Records, 2014) Back in January, Scottish band Meursault did a Kickstarter to raise money for travel to the USA for SXSW and a two week tour of the East Coast. Despite a goal … Continue reading

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Album Review: Bandolier – Steady Love EP

Bandolier – Steady Love EP (self-released, 2014) Seattle’s Bandolier contributed the title track from their Steady Love EP to Ball of Wax 35, tipping me off to their particular brand of melodic goodness. The other four songs that round out the … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): The Foghorns – “Alfred the Elephant,” Illustrated by Darryl Blood

Ball of Wax Volume 37: Songs about Animals by The Foghorns

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): Monica Schley – “All the Pretty Horses,” Illustrated by Laura Szumowski

“‘All the Pretty Horses’ is a lullaby, so I wanted to draw something whimsical and soothing– an illustration that felt somewhere between awake and dreaming. I chose muted colors to accompany bedtime, when we turn down the lights and play … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): The Whizpops! – “Sea Turtle,” Illustrated by Charles Spitzack

Ball of Wax Volume 37: Songs about Animals by The Whizpops!

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): Caroline Keys and Nate Biehl – “The Deep Above,” Illustrated by Tim Kirkpatrick

“It’s hard not to love Caroline & Nate’s song. My inspiration came simply from the playfulness of the song’s cadence. The lyrics and melody reminded me of a playful ‘day-in-the-life-of’ the giant squid – a sort of walk in the … Continue reading

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