Ball of Wax is an audio quarterly put out by Levi Fuller, a fine musician in Seattle. Each Ball of Wax release is a like a great mix CD featuring lots of cool underground bands and singer-songwriters. Many of the artists are from Seattle, but others hail from bases as diverse as Missoula, Montana; Brooklyn, New York; and the Basque Country of Spain. Fuller also curates a related live show, quarterly, and is at the helm of a related blog. Check out the Facebook page too.
Some Ball of Wax compilations have a loose theme. The theme for Volume 35 was love, inspired by Valentine’s Day, so this compilation is a bunch of love songs. According to Fuller, 14 of the 21 tracks on this volume are by
Seattle-based artists. It’s a great sampling – lots of variety on this record. Sam Russell (track 1) sounds a little like Bruce Springstein, Quichenight (track 3) sound like the song “Love Potion No. 9,” Joey Beltram (track 4) sounds a little like Bon Iver, Robb Benson (track 19) sounds a little like Neutral Milk Hotel. Also there’s track 18, which is my song, which prominently features a laugh track and recorded sample of children saying, “Yay!” Proceed with caution.
RIYL: Seattle, or any music whatsoever
Track Picks: All are great