Blicky’s new record drops on Wednesday January 5th and they’re playing a show at Neumos to celebrate. Come on out we’d love to see you there.
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Ball of Wax 18 is out now. Pick up a copy.
Levi and Emory put out a challenge to the bands all over the northwest to submit singles between 60 and 119 seconds long and they got more songs than they could fit on a disc. This episode of Ball of Wax takes you all over the musical map and flows together beautifully. The tracks are all great and you’re bound to find a band that you want to hear more of. Check out a random sampling of songs and more info at the official One Minute Singles Website.
Levi Fuller is releasing Ball of Wax 17 on August 13th at the Sunset Tavern in ballard. If you haven’t been to a ball of wax release you’re missing out. Levi will be wrangling at least 8 bands on and off the stage in a single evening in what always turns out to be a very cohesive night of music. Admission includes a copy of ball of wax and if you don’t have any old issues you can pick one up from Levi at the show.
This is an older Harry Candy track from back in the eastern house days. Way before the Harry Candy party.
First released on Ball of Wax #11 the Harry Candy Episode as part of the Harry Candy party.
was recorded for the Harry Candy party in 2007. We got 30 musicians together one morning, had them draw bands out of a hat, many of whom had never met each other and they all went off to ten different studios to write and record 10 different songs. We all met the next morning to listen to the songs and they were released as Ball of Wax 11.
We’re releasing our third compilation and our second in what we like to call the family tree series. This edition is two disks, a total of 37 tracks and all in hand made packaging. We’re having a little release party to raise money for Hollow Earth Radio on March 21st with 22 of the comp’s 37 bands playing live in one venue all in one day. We’ll be at the Holy Mountain from 2 til 3 for anyone interested. For the those of you who can’t make it we’ll have the disk up on the catalog after the release party. Here are the bands on the comp.
Autopilot is for Lovers
Beast, Please Be Still
Cock and Swan
H is for Hellgate
Happy Birthday Secret Weapon
Lake of Falcons
Low Red Land
Navigator vs Navigator
Old Man Smithers
Open Choir Fire
The Contraband Country Band
The Curious Mystery
Virgin of Birds
Have you been interested in the goings-on of the Northwest’s community-based online radio Hollow Earth, but haven’t had the extra time or resources to put in volunteering? What if you could support the station while attending concerts you probably would be out to see anyway? Well, Magma Festival sounds like just the fit then!
Serving as a benefit for Hollow Earth Radio, this year’s second annual Magma Festival will be held in venues across Seattle every Friday and Saturday throughout March. HER has pooled together some of their favorite bands to represent a diverse line-up throughout the eight nights. Even the Beep Repaired collective has an entire day dedicated to the release of the latest compilation.
Each show has a different set price, but why not pick up a month-long pass from the Hollow Earth website for only $35 and pay almost half price for the whole festival? You could use the extra cash to buy your very own HER t-shirt at the shows.
Tune into Hollow Earth Radio direct from your desktop: www.hollowearthradio.com
Oh WOW these new shirts!
Celebrate Hollow Earth Radio’s 2nd birthday with us and help support truly free form community radio!! Go to hollowearthradio.com to order! And Thank You!!
Dandelion Gold One will be out now. Scoot over to their site and pick up a copy or better yet go to the release show at the big blue house and pick one up in person!
DJ Dearbornagain will be broadcasting live from the Sunset this wednesday just after 11pm,
speaking with Levi Fuller about his (wonderful) Quarterly Audio Magazine and giving you the live music straight from the stage..
Ball of Wax 12 Release Show!
Wednesday, May 28th!
(Where else but) The Sunset Tavern!
with Jeremy Burk, The Crying Shame, Origami Ghosts, Poland, Ryan Dolliver, Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden, Peter Verdoes, Jack Shriner and Devoirs!
see also the BoW myspace page to listen, and for additional info.
The second in our inaugural year of quarterly musical games/projects. The first being the Harry Candy game that became Ball of Wax no.11, This one is a two CD free download.
The White Elephant Record Exchange Project was undertaken by 20 individuals in the late part of January 2008. The project involved sampling, composition, and ultimately all kinds of editing and manipulation of various original source materials. Participants were first to find the “worst” and “most unusable” 12″ vinyl record possible and hand it off to the curator. Those records were then distributed to the participants insuring everyone received a different record than the one they submitted. After receiving this record, the first goal was to complete one song.
The point of Song A was to compose a piece of around 1 minute, 30 seconds or longer, through editing and creative playback of the record alone. No pitch adjustment, time stretching, compression, or any digital effects were allowed in this phase of the project. This meant that the participant could basically just cut and paste, do a bit of layering, and then adjust track levels. It was essentially an exercise in composition to see what each individual could create with supposedly “unusable” source material and very limiting constraints.
Those songs were all finished and then given back to the curator. Once all the songs were gathered, they were then redistributed back to the original person that submitted the 12″ vinyl. For example, if you submitted Led Zeppelin “III” as your album, you then got the remixed, cut-up piece someone created from that album. Then the Song B phase began.
The creation of this song had no boundaries whatsoever. The idea was now to allow each participant total freedom (without the difficult constraints of the Song A phase) to create a remix of someone else’s Song A piece.
All March long Hollow Earth radio will be putting on events to cover their operating costs. There are tons of ways to get involved and help support this totally indepent, totally open format, community radio. If you haven’t listened to Hollow Earth yet… well you’re the only one, check them out here.
The best way to enjoy the Magma Festival is with a Magma pass that gets you into all of the shows for one low price.
See you there.
In 2001, some musicians in Seattle started a musical game using my name. “Harry Candy” is a game or process of writing and recording one song or piece of music in an evening or 24 hours. The only other rule is that there must be more than one person involved, collaboration being a key element.
On November 17, 2007, 35 people met up in the morning at Dearborn on Woodland, Seattle, and split up into 11 randomly selected bands to participate in the largest round yet, and to create the first Harry Candy album. The only rule in the selection was that no one who was already in a band together could end up working together.
Over the next 24 hours, each band wrote and recorded a song and came up with a band name, and the results will be Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly Vol. 11, which will be released very soon. A week later, some adventurous souls in New York took up the challenge and produced track 12, which was deemed by all concerned to be a fine bonus addition.
Frankly, I don’t quite understand all of this, but I’m honored to have been the namesake for such a bizarre undertaking. I do hope you enjoy it.
The most recent installment of our friend Jason Kopec’s Ground Up Series, “Release the Cheerfulness, China – Ground Up 2″ is officially being released February 12, 2008 along with Mark Johnson’s “Big Metal Boxes”.For those of you not familiar with Noise Order please check them out.A ton of work and love has gone into all of these projects. Jason takes trips half way around the world for the Ground Up series, spending months in countries who’s languages he can’t speak and carrying a recording studio on his back… oh plus dysentery, Tamil tigers, and communist governments. Here’s what some other folks think.
Corespondents played Jack Straw Studios for the Sonarchy Broadcast back in November. It’ll be airing for the first time on Saturday February 23rd at Midnight on 90.3 FM in Seattle and streaming at kexp.org. They played for an hour nonstop and even improvised because Olie broke a string. The show will be archived at kexp.org for two weeks afterwards. Corespondents also applied for a residency at Jack Straw, wish them luck!
Two of our very own Beep bands are in Three Imaginary Girls’ top NW albums of ’07 Reader’s Poll. Congrats to Joy Wants Eternity and Smile Brigade check it out!!!
Under the category of “Cutesy Bullshit”, our very own Smile Brigade gets worst band name of 2007 on A.V. Club Please do congratulate them on their special achievement.
35 of us got together on this past Saturday and split into 11 groups. The groups were drawn out of a hat, no bandmates could be in the same group. Then we went our separate ways to record a song in 24 hours. The result was 45 minutes of music composed, performed, edited, and mixed in one day!
The serendipitous matches were fruitful to say the least, the music is Awesome! It will be released as Ball of Wax vol. 11, due to be released in February or March 2008 sometime. The “bands” that were created will perform the song they made as well as some others? The release party and the cd itself will be a benefit for Hollow Earth Radio, as part of their fund-raising drive happening all through march. Tune into hollow Earth to hear some of the songs we made as well as music from all the musicians involved. Purple Ether Molasses and The Heat Lamps have made myspace pages too! Stay tuned, This is not the last you’ll hear about this.
Man, that was a lot of fun. We all got together Sunday and listened to everyone’s songs, and without exception they totally kicked ass. Ball of Wax 11 is going to destroy you with its greatness. If you hunger for visual stimuli, go check out some pics on Flickr. If you want to hear what Seth, Garrett, Bill and I cooked up, you should head on over to our Myspace page. Yeah, that’s right. While you’re there, check out Purple Ether Molasses‘s “Bones trilogy.” So good!
Thank you everybody for such awesomeness.
Ok, we clearly weren’t first but we’re done. Who else is done?
We’re a few hours into this now. We’ve had pizza, some beers. We’ve got a crap ton of tracks down and we’re loving it. We’re just stuck on Vocals. We think we have a little bit of a concept now. But we’ll probably take a break now and have more beers. Hopefully beers will grease the wheels a bit.
How are the rest of you guys.
Bill just showed up and is laying down some sweet pedal steel as I write this.
At this moment, in locations across the Seattle area (and even in NYC), dozens of Beep Repaired folks and friends are split into randomly selected bands and writing and recording songs today. They call it Harry Candy for some reason (I don’t know why, ask Olie or somebody).
My band features me, Seth Howard and Garrett of Beast, Please Be Still. We have no name yet, but our song might or might not be about a failed romance between employees of competing fast food chains. Hopefully more people will be blogging today with stories from their recording sessions.
The Curious Mystery will be on KEXP’s Sonarchy at Midnight on Saturday. Tune in to 90.3 or stream it on line at kexp.org
This Friday, October 12th, Smile Brigade are doing an in studio @ 107.7 The END to promote their new album and CD release show that night. Tune in @ 6pm. thanks.
Smile Brigade’s song LWB from their new album “Take the Precious Edge off This Treacherous Ledge” was featured as demo of the week on 107.7 the End’s Young and the restless. Good job guys.
Here’s a link if you want proof. click me
by the way. Their new album is out October 16th with a CD release party on the 12th. go see them.
The SS Marie will be greatly missed.
We’d like to invite you to share thoughts and memories and pictures of the SS here. Just cause it’s fun to revisit.
Here’s Corespondents way back in the day.
They Shoot Horses Don’t They – from Canada
Beard of Bees
The trusty sail… sign
We’re sad to report that the SS Marie Antoinette has lost their lease. They’ve had very little notice and all the artists are trying to find new work spaces. Help them out if you can. They’ll be having two more shows before they are completely moved out. One on Sunday Sept 2nd that is with tons of bands who are not to be missed. The very final show will be on Wednesday September 5th. Come out and join us and we send her off on her final voyage. We’ll miss you. You have been a much needed service to the community.
You should go to The Carousel Festival. We can’t take any credit for this event. We just want you to go to the festival and support the Seattle area creative/DIY community. Plus all the money they raise is going to Home Alive which is a good cause. See you there!
$15 3 day passes available @ Wall of Sound, Left Bank Books, Singles Going Steady, and 2nd Time Around. $5 per venue DOS. All ages, of course! All proceeds go to support Home Alive! For more info go to Carousel Festival or Seattle DIY
Megan Seling at the Stranger wrote a nice article about us in last weeks issue.
Read the whole article in their archives here.
You can now taste the various swirling flavors that make up Beep Repaired on our new fangled-dangled radio machine. Just click on LISTEN NOW on the Beep homepage. Then sit back, make some breakfast. Play Scrabble. Enjoy the weekend.
Corespondents have just released a mighty two-disc album, with one disc being a DVD. Check out noise | order records for more info on this and other releases.
Joy Wants Eternity and The Bismarck both hit the KEXP charts this week. Top ten in the ol’ Pacific Northwest, where there are plenty of talented bands.
Ball of Wax 8 comes out May 17th and Levi Fuller has thrown a ton of beeps on this one. Joy Wants Eternity, Snowman Plan, Corespondents and Emory Liu are on this edition with 14 other great bands.
Joy Wants Eternity, MiniVan, and The Bismarck all have new full-lengths! Buy albums at the Beep Repaired Catalog.
give love to Lake Of Falcons and Joy Wants Eternity. Check out “the future of Northwest music” for yourself in The Stranger’s Prime Time Nine.
PRKR accepted this year’s RPM challenge and recorded his new record “The Felt City” completely in the month of February. There were some other great Northwest artists who got involved including our dear friend Levi Fuller.
Take a journey into this Hollow Earth! Hollow Earth Radio is up and running! Drop by their site and stream some of the best NW music you’ll ever hear. Plus they were nice enough to ask us to do a half hour spot on the Family Tree Comp. We’ll be doing another on new Beep releases really soon, so keep listening.