Author Archives: Bart Cameron

Dad on the Road: An Interview with Jon Rooney

This Ball of Wax thing has been fascinating over the years I’ve been involved. One key figure in the shaping of this project has been Jon Rooney, who matched wit and energy with Levi Fuller to grow the presence of … Continue reading

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On Cadillacs and Confusing Winters: Storm the Palace Travels to Seattle from the United Kingdom

Ebullient praise. I am able to contribute less and less frequently to Levi Fuller’s amazing project due to life, rent, etc; however, there are moments when you discover a great band or record, and you realize that you can at … Continue reading

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The Edinburgh Waxers: Storm the Palace

I’m still reeling from the experience of watching 40 random musicians from Seattle come together in draw-from-a-hat collections to become bands and produce music. Levi Fuller demonstrated, in 24 hours, that the only thing keeping Seattle from being a massive … Continue reading

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Attempting to Capture Lightning: Casey Ruff and the Mayors of Ballard

Casey Ruff – Pomp and Circumstance (2014, self-released) You know Casey Ruff before you know him. The honest bartender, the dude who looks the same at 2 AM as 11 AM, who will speak freely, and humorously, at any time.  … Continue reading

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No Longer Local: Virgin of the Birds Ready for the Big Stage with Winter Seeds

Virgin of the Birds – Winter Seeds (2014, Abandoned Love Records/Song, By Toad) We were watching a Ball of Wax show, arms folded and quiet, like proper Seattle concertgoers, and there had been some high level musicianship from someone who … Continue reading

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Marc Laurick’s Thesis on Album-oriented Rock: tourbillons

Marc Laurick – tourbillons (2013, self-released) Marc Laurick is part of the rhythm section for a growing number of Seattle-based musicians– something like a contemporary Leland Sklar of The Section. I can’t think of how many songwriters he’s sat in … Continue reading

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Comets Flame Out: Empathy Loses to Nostalgia in Seattle as We Lose a Landmark and a Big Piece of our Humanity

Transplants to Seattle, at least normal transplants, (people who like conversation with humans and not conversation with mountain trails or, I’ll say it, bored baristas pointing at tip jars) get miserable quick. My wife and I moved to the Capitol … Continue reading

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The Smiths and The Cure to Provide Health Care Coverage: Lino Fernandez Fundraiser November 1 at Sunset Tavern

While one really doesn’t need a reason to celebrate Robert Smith and Morrissey, the sheer insanity of existence in Seattle Washington in 2012 has allowed a perfect cause. Lino Fernandez, a friend to quite a few in this town as … Continue reading

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Brite Lines Enter the Workshop

As Columbia City turns into the Lower East Side of Seattle, (with I guess Tacoma serving as our Brooklyn), the scene at Columbia City Theater gets more and more compelling. That’s where I found Brite Lines singer Zach Gore– enthusiastic … Continue reading

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Big Boy Music: Fort Union Has Made the Album of the Summer for Anyone over 30

Fort Union – self-titled (2012, self-released) I thought I had the wrong album, truthfully. The opening chord pattern played on an atmospheric synth without rhythm or resolution seems like it could go forever. But somehow, it segues into an arpeggiated … Continue reading

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