Author Archives: Levi Fuller

Ball of Wax 49 Songs: Temple Canyon – “Doris”

Temple Canyon is a newish local rock band fronted by the powerful voice and guitar of Mariko Ruhle. They refer to themselves as “Nostalgic Seattle Rock,” but – at least on their newly-released EP Thank You for Not Caring – … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 49 Songs: Møtrik – “Impossible/OK”

Portland master-Krautrock-practitioners Møtrik make their Ball of Wax debut with “Impossible/OK,” from a forthcoming album that I haven’t heard yet but that has already ratcheted (or maybe sprocketed) to the top of my 2017 favorites list. That driving motorik beat … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 49: August 19th at Conor Byrne!

Ball of Wax 49 Release Show w/Who Is John Smith, Caroline Keys,  Robert Deeble, Michele Khazak Saturday, August 19, 9pm Conor Byrne Pub In case the drought conditions and ludicrous temperatures hadn’t already alerted you to the fact, I am … Continue reading

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Submit to Ball of Wax 49 and/or 50!

Another Ball of Wax is behind us, which means yet another Ball of Wax is in front of us. To wit: Volume 49, which will have no theme but be full of wonderful music. Send us some wonderful music for … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 48 Songs: Thuraya Ahmad Hasan Ghannam w/ Moe Provencher – “تذكروني”

This song – whose Arabic title is pronounced “Tethekrooni,” and loosely translates as “Remember Me” – is the result of an impressive, heartfelt collaboration across generations, cultures, and the great divide between the dead and the living. The primary vocal … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 48 Songs: Ainara LeGardon – “Déjalo (mientras)”

A while back, longtime Ball of Wax contributor Ainara LeGardon told me the album she was working on was going to be sung in Spanish – a first for her. Of course I immediately suggested she send me a song … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 48 Songs: The Lonely Coast – “Rachuli Iavnana”

Like Pampa, The Lonely Coast were a group I knew I needed to have on this English-free volume of Ball of Wax. Their phenomenal voices and tireless ear for old songs from all over the world make for a powerful … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 48 Songs: Racingpaperplanes – “Det Vita”

Richard Wilson has performed and recorded for over fifteen years under the name Racingpaperplanes, but to my knowledge he sings almost exclusively in English. I was delighted that he responded to my call for non-English songs with “Det Vita,” a … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 48 Songs: Pampa – “Entre Balas y Batman”

Welcome to Ball of Wax 48, a collection of songs in languages other than English. Our first track is from Pampa, a band whose participation in this volume was mandatory. “Entre Balas y Batman” (which I just learned means “between … Continue reading

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BoW 48 at Conor Byrne! Songs of Resistance at Folklife!

Hello there, Friends of Wax. There are a couple events coming up that you should know about if you like music, or resistance, or languages. I hope to see you at both. (Or at least one. [But really, come on, … Continue reading

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