Monthly Archives: May 2011

Casey Ruff and Sunset Tavern’s Memorial Day Weekend Show: Sunday May 29

I hate to interrupt the Northwest FolkLife love, and the Sasquatch hype, but Ballard’s putting its own foot into the Memorial Day weekend music scene, and in a refreshingly appropriate way. Casey Ruff and a number of the more straight-ahead … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax Artists at NW Folklife This Weekend

As I mentioned a while back, I’m pretty excited about the Northwest Folklife Festival, occupying Seattle Center this weekend. Of course there’s the Ball of Wax showcase on Sunday, which features myself and four other fine artists that have graced … Continue reading

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Live Video from the Ball of Wax 24 show (part 1)

As I hope you know, we recently released Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly Volume 24. If you don’t already own it, I do hope you will pick up a copy of your own for the low low price of $5 … Continue reading

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Trips and Falls: “And in Real Life He Wears Corduroy Pants”

Trips and Falls, whom we discovered with Ball of Wax Volume 23, have recently released a delightfully creepy video for their song “And in Real Life He Wears Corduroy Pants.” It’s a not-exactly-heartwarming tale of young love in its first … Continue reading

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Album Review: Art Deco Cathedrals – Every Pain & Every Pleasure

Art Deco Cathedrals – Every Pain and Every Pleasure (2011, self-released) Portland’s Art Deco Cathedrals makes sparse, purely instrumental music with plucked strings, reverb, and the occasional drum machine. Rather than the quiet->less quiet->kinda loud->loud loud->quiet comedown arc of contemporary … Continue reading

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Thank You Chico, Goodnight

Apparently this is “Levi reminisces about road trips” week. A friend on [Social Networking Site] just posted a link to a song, and since I wasn’t listening to anything at the time, I went over to check it out. Turns … Continue reading

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Back in MY Day: Video

Bah! I’m back! And I’m still unhappy about things and you should be too! So anyway . . . what’s up with all the blasted music videos these days? Back in MY day, you only made a music video if … Continue reading

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Album Review: Stellarondo

Stellarondo – Stellarondo (2011, self-released) I’ve had a soft spot for Missoula, Montana since the first (and only) time I ever visited there. My band The Luna Moth drove the 8 or so hours out, played a show at a … Continue reading

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Working Troubadours: Joe Pug, Ben Gilmer, and Strand of Oaks at Tractor May 13, 2011

To explain why I admire the North Carolinian gone Chicago Joe Pug— a very young songwriter with a bawdy nasal style compared to Gaslight-era Dylan– I point to the third time I heard him play. I already liked his manners. … Continue reading

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Peter Vukmirovic Stevens’s Duets for Piano and Buddha Machine

One of the artists featured on Volume 24 of Ball of Wax (coming out tonight!) is a local composer named Peter Vukmirovic Stevens. He has composed for everything from solo piano to symphony orchestra, but the pieces of his that … Continue reading

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