Monthly Archives: April 2011

Album Review: The Stares – Meridians

The Stares – Meridians (2010, self-released) (Listen and purchase on their site.) The Stares – Drew Whittemore, Angie Benintendi, and the various other brilliant musicians they surround themselves with – are slow and quiet, and not just in the music … Continue reading

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I Saw Some Great Music This Weekend

This was a busy weekend for me. I went out to the NW Folklife Pre-Festival show on Friday, and (after an ill-advised road trip to look at tulips) played a show at the Josephine with Mike Dumovich on Saturday night. … Continue reading

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This Scottish Guy You Should Hear Has an Honest Heart AND a Brain: Check out Withered Hand

Two years ago, I went to Scotland on tour, and a very good friend sat me down and played an EP by Withered Hand (Dan Willson is his non-stage name). The EP blew me away for its songwriting. The singer, … Continue reading

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Welcome Bart Cameron to the Blog of Wax Fold

Our newest contributor, Bart Cameron, is not only the leader of an international musical phenomenon (the Icelandic/Seattleite Foghorns – heard on Ball of Wax volumes 15 and 19), he’s also an actual, published journalist and writer. This alone should disqualify … Continue reading

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Northwest Folklife Festival, the Indie Roots Stage, and the Pre-Festival Show This Friday

I am a big fan of the Northwest Folklife Festival. I have been for years, and it just keeps getting better. It really is the perfect festival, as far as I’m concerned: It’s free (although you really should donate a … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 24 release show: 5/11/11 at the Sunset

This is going to be a good one! Through no particular planning of my own, the release show celebrating the next volume of Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly (Volume 24, Spring 2011) will be quite the old-school BoW affair. Everyone … Continue reading

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Welcome to Town: Isaac Pierce

I first met Isaac Pierce trading mini-sets at Citizen Coffee in Lower Queen Anne. Mattie P (a totally unique soul who just left town last month) had invited me to join one of his periodic afternoon gatherings of songwriters playing … Continue reading

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Knick Knack Records Has Some Treats for You This Record Store Day

As I hope you are aware, this coming Saturday, April 16th is the fifth annual (I think) Record Store Day, an unofficial holiday (though I’m sure Congress will recognize it any year now) started to help support and recognize the … Continue reading

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Album review: Yarn Owl – Montaña Y Caballo

Yarn Owl – Montaña Y Caballo (2011, self-released) Way back in 2006 I played in Pullman with a band called Ether Hour, a piano-driven, Elliott Smith-esque indie rock band that I found on MySpace, back when it was still useful … Continue reading

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Back in MY Day: Happy Music

Bah! What’s with all this happy music? From synthy dance stuff to quirky Juno-soundtrack pablum, it’s like they’re piping prozac into the water system. Back in MY day, indie rock meant whining about the girlfriend that done you wrong, or … Continue reading

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