Author Archives: Levi Fuller

Submit to Ball of Wax 51: Loooooooong sooooooooooooooongs!

With apologies for the relatively short notice, I wanted to make sure I publicly announced our call for submissions for Ball of Wax 51: Long songs! I love (and sometimes make) long-form music, but when I get a lot of … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band – “Battle Cry”

Beth Fleenor – aka Crystal Beth – is an undeniable, unstoppable musical force, and one of Seattle’s treasures. She uses her voice and clarinet – not to mention the deep connections she forms with her collaborators – to channel strange, … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: Modo72 – “Ritual”

We last heard from drummer/multi-instrumentalist Mike O’Doherty almost exactly a year ago, as half of Stereo Sons. With his Modo72 project, he has branched out to create his own music: instrumental, driving, percussive, with a satisfying blend of live and … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: KO SOLO – “Sunslip”

Saxophonist Kate Olson has been a fixture in Seattle’s multi-faceted jazz/improv/weird music scene for the past several years. As jazz musicians and improvisors tend to be, she’s an inveterate collaborator: I first heard her playing in the Syrinx Effect, her … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: Harbor Island – “Your Call”

The lovey mood continues (sort of) with “Your Call,” from Josh Schramm’s mellow, folky Harbor Island side project. While Harbor Island sometimes includes collaborations from the likes of Kevin Suggs, Nila K. Leigh, Kory Nagler, and Dave Bush, “Your Call” … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: Shenandoah Davis – “Supernatural Powers”

Leave it to me to pick the sweet, loving song on an album of breakup songs. Our old pal (last heard around these parts on Ball of Wax 31, covering Colin J Nelson and being covered by Emiko Blalock) Shenandoah … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: The Foghorns – “40 Watt Light”

The Foghorns are back (not that they ever really go away, bless ’em) with “40 Watt Light,” a tune whose warm, smoky swing belies the cold, bitter lyrical content. We seem to have here a portrait of a man trapped … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: The Laughing Group – “What Happens Stays”

A year after making their BoW debut as The Laughing Group, Seth Howard and co. return with “What Happens Stays,” a pretty little waltz number (replete with jazz chords, melodic Casio, and lush backing vocals) with subtle, evocative lyrics. I’m … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: Sun Tunnels – “I Guess Not”

Louis O’Callaghan (once the Graze, sometimes just Louis O’Callaghan, now Sun Tunnels) is one of Ball of Wax‘s oldest, dearest friends. He first popped up way back on Volume 2, and while he’s had some extended absences, he always finds … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 50 Songs: Visceral Candy – “Doot Doot”

Our pals Visceral Candy are back with more densely layered, thoughtfully constructed art-funk – this time in the form of an exasperated comment on the Current State of Affairs, this absurdist dystopia we somehow became trapped in about a year … Continue reading

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