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Ball of Wax 48: Virgin of the Birds – “Maintenant Blanchissant les Rayons”

The thing I like most about this song is the arrangement and instrumentation. Virgin of the Birds‘ Jon Rooney has an uncanny sense of balance that shines through in this reflective addition to Ball of Wax 48. His approach is … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 47 Songs: Virgin of the Birds – “Henry Kissinger Is A War Criminal”

“He will die free and we’ll let him.” This is as much a protest song against others’ actions as it is a protest against our own failings which let others actions win out. This song implicates Henry Kissinger as well … Continue reading

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Album Review: Virgin of the Birds – Secret Kids (Ball of Wax Midwives a Lit-rock Masterpiece)

Virgin of the Birds – Secret Kids (2016, Abandoned Love/Song, by Toad) I. Virgin of the Birds is celebrating the release of a uniquely outstanding record October 22, 2016 at Substation. Secret Kids, the band’s sophomore LP (out today), is … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 45 Songs: Virgin of the Birds/Matthew Brown/Duodenum

Virgin of the Birds sings a pointed question in his “Condemned Stages Become Stellar,” with well-delivered words, consonants, timing, and delivery that make you ponder while listening to beautiful light doodles on the electric guitar floated above rhythmic strumming and … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: Virgin of the Birds – Cardinal Points

At this point in Ball of Wax 44 we’ve strayed into some pretty strange territory, pushing at the outer limits of what you might call music. Jon Rooney/Virgin of the Birds’ a capella version of “Cardinal Points” takes us some … Continue reading

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Dad on the Road: An Interview with Jon Rooney

This Ball of Wax thing has been fascinating over the years I’ve been involved. One key figure in the shaping of this project has been Jon Rooney, who matched wit and energy with Levi Fuller to grow the presence of … Continue reading

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On Cadillacs and Confusing Winters: Storm the Palace Travels to Seattle from the United Kingdom

Ebullient praise. I am able to contribute less and less frequently to Levi Fuller’s amazing project due to life, rent, etc; however, there are moments when you discover a great band or record, and you realize that you can at … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 42 Songs: Virgin of the Birds – The Meaning of Life

In this season of thankfulness, I would like to take a moment to declare my gratitude for the existence of Jon Rooney/Virgin of the Birds. Since his first appearance way back on Volume 5, he’s been one of the most … Continue reading

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10 years, 40 musicians, One CD: Ball of Wax Turns Ten!

Ball of Wax Volume 40/10th anniversary celebration weekend: Saturday, June 20, Conor Byrne Pub 5140 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle The Great Um, Sam Russell and the Screen Soul Explosion, Eggshells, Virgin of the Birds, Screens, and special guests Doors 9pm … 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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