Monthly Archives: September 2015

Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Tomo Nakayama – Eye Soda Lite

Until very recently, Tomo Nakayama was one of those “why the heck haven’t they been on Ball of Wax yet?” artists for me. I’ve been a fan and acquaintance of his for pretty much the entire time this endeavor has … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Amy Blaschke – Silvery Dreams in Blue

Amy Blaschke‘s “Silvery Dreams in Blue” is all gossamer and atmosphere – pretty, floating, and a little eerie. It’s almost a duet between Blaschke’s gentle voice and the decidedly ’80s synthesizer pads, a torch song out of Twin Peaks or … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Alex Drum – Bells

Alex Drum swears he hadn’t seen my last blog post about him – wherein I lightly ribbed him on the many musical monikers he’s used over the years – when he decided to release his newest work under his own … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Blake DeGraw – Quartet IV

It’s really exciting to see Blake DeGraw’s bracing composition, “Quartet IV,” on Ball of Wax 41. While we tend to mean rock, folk, punk, and Americana when we talk about Seattle’s underground music scene, there are obviously other styles of music being … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Travis Champ – The Yellow Rose of Borges (demo)

Travis Champ’s “The Yellow Rose of Borges” is, at first glance, a simple cowboy song. Champ’s baritone drawl and campfire strumming makes it immediately familiar and, if you’re not really listening, easy to gloss over as yet more Americana aural … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Unai Azkune – Coming Home

Spanish songwriter Unai Azkune returns to Ball of Wax with “Coming Home,” a stark, sublime folk mediation not unlike “Bálsamo de Tigre,” which appeared on Volume 34. Featuring only voice, acoustic guitar and some delay, “Coming Home” is spooky and timeless; the … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Andrew Weathers – I Saw a Bald Eagle at Hurricane Ridge

Volume 41 continues with a track from Mr. Andrew Weathers, another Ball of Wax Guitar Hero. Knowing that this track was recorded in a small cabin in Sequim (something of an outtake from this recently-released collaboration with Seth Chrisman), I … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Blizzard Swan – RedWhiteBlue (In the Future, We Will All Be Rich and Beautiful)

You would be forgiven for thinking Blizzard Swan was yet another new addition to our global coterie at first glance, but as soon as you hear that seductively sideways guitar, you know you’re in the capable sonic hands of our … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Bucky Fereke & the Pony Express – Please Don’t Wreck Up My World

Bucky Fereke, out of Lowell, MA, is yet another newcomer to the Ball of Wax fold (always happy to have more folks from my home state), and he brings us the delightfully low-fi “Please Don’t Wreck Up My World.” There’s … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 41 Songs: Future Fridays – I Am Not You

BoW newbies Future Fridays – the duo of Eric Padget and Sari Breznau – keep the punk rock energy going on track 3 with “I Am Not You,” a stripped-down, propulsive little number with just about everything you need for … Continue reading

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