Category Archives: Recorded Music

Ball of Wax 38 Songs of Protest: Mindie Lind – “For Palestine”

I don’t think Mindie knows this, but this song is part of the reason I decided to make Ball of Wax 38 a collection of protest songs. It was one of those particularly awful weeks this summer, when the violence … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 38 Songs of Protest: The Harvey Girls – “Cool, Free Water”

Portland’s the Harvey Girls make their first contribution to Ball of Wax with “Cool, Free Water,” a noisy, scratchy collage of sound that declares the seemingly self-evident human right for free access to clean drinking water. Vocal soundbites decrying the … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 38 Songs of Protest: Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount – “Nuclear Disarmament”

Singer-songwriter Julia Massey and her gang have been making delightful noises around Seattle for at least a few years now, but this is their first appearance on Ball of Wax. I’m so glad they had a protest song all ready … Continue reading

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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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