Monthly Archives: July 2014

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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Songs about Animals Is Out Now!

Ball of Wax 37: Songs about Animals is now available for purchase. Go get it right here, or at Sonic Boom Records in Ballard. (More retail locations coming!) [Edit: Now available at Magpie in the Central District, Clover in Ballard, … 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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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): Monica Schley – “All the Pretty Horses,” Illustrated by Laura Szumowski

“‘All the Pretty Horses’ is a lullaby, so I wanted to draw something whimsical and soothing– an illustration that felt somewhere between awake and dreaming. I chose muted colors to accompany bedtime, when we turn down the lights and play … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): The Whizpops! – “Sea Turtle,” Illustrated by Charles Spitzack

Ball of Wax Volume 37: Songs about Animals by The Whizpops!

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): Caroline Keys and Nate Biehl – “The Deep Above,” Illustrated by Tim Kirkpatrick

“It’s hard not to love Caroline & Nate’s song. My inspiration came simply from the playfulness of the song’s cadence. The lyrics and melody reminded me of a playful ‘day-in-the-life-of’ the giant squid – a sort of walk in the … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): Cleemann – “The Sloth,” Illustrated by Sarah Kulfan

Ball of Wax Volume 37: Songs about Animals by Cleemann

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): Colin J Nelson – “Koala,” Illustrated by Scott Bilstad

“I think of great children’s books as having many little things in the art and story that you discover each time you read it.  I tried to make an illustration to Colin’s song that reflected koalas being high up in … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): Sun Tunnels – “Woodpecker Song,” Illustrated by Emiko Blalock

Ball of Wax Volume 37: Songs about Animals by Sun Tunnels

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): GreenhornBluehorn – “Don’t Play with Fire Ants,” Illustrated by Sam Jansons

Ball of Wax Volume 37: Songs about Animals by GreenhornBluehorn

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