Wednesday, January 31, 2007

MP3 of the Day

Today we have Time For Turmoil by BOYRACER from their NEW full length album flickering B+W. What can I tell you about Boyracer that you don't possibly know already? The songs on this record are a little longer, and maybe lyrically more mature. I can tell you that this CD is a bit more audible than previous Boyracer offerings... which is good. The pressing of flickering B+W is limited to 300 copies worldwide, so if you would like a copy act fast. You can order one here. They are only $10!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Each Tuesday we try and feature a band (or artist) covering a Tullycraft song. Today we have a cover of Superboy & Supergirl by URANIUM DAUGHTERS (aka Julie Kantner). Julie used to be in the notable Harriet bands Fertile Virgin and Twig in Boston, MA. Hey! If you're in a band or know a band that covers a Tullycraft song, send it our way and we'll put it on the site!

Investigation: Limoges

Still haven't uncovered any Tullycraft fans in France, but I think I've created one! I met this garçon at a small cafe near the Cathedral St. Etienne in Limoges, and played him a rough mix of "A Cursed Miss Maybellene" form the forthcoming album. He shouted "Zut alors!" and invited me over for dinner. We shared a €1.50 bottle of vins rosé, strung some onions, and discusssed the all the complex historical references in the song. Score one for Tullycraft.

Monday, January 29, 2007

MP3 of the Day

I'm not sure how I feel about this. This new generation of OC Soundtrack bands - that we'll all care about and maybe remember for the next eight months - has been covering 80's classics. Today we have YOUTH GROUP covering Forever Young by Alphaville. Is this suppose to be ironic? Is it that the young OC audience doesn't know the original and YOUTH GROUP can score an easy hit? Is the fact that Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie produced the song supposed to add some street cred? Someone please tell me!

Friday, January 26, 2007

MP3 of the Day

Today we have the LINDA SMITH cover the Magnetic Fields song All The Umbrellas In London, from their album Get Lost.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

MP3 of the Day

Today we have Stolen Children by PARENTHETICAL GIRLS from their album, Safe As Houses.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

MP3 of the Day

Today we have When Love (Gets In The Way) by LOVENOTES AND LITHIUM from their 7" single released on Harp Records in 1992.

Investigation: Nice

Phase THREE of my quest to discover the answer to the strange and complex question, "Why don't the French like Tullycraft?" brings me to the sunny Côte d'Azur, in Europe's favorite Mediterranean city; Nice. I walked up and down the Promenade. I climbed up to the ancient Roman ruins on La Colline du Château. I searched throughout the old town. No signs of Tullycraft love. No on responded to my T-shirt that said "Cracher si vous aimez Tullycraft!" At this cafe near the beach I sat for an espresso and watched two Italian babes leaning into a tinted SUV window. The bar owner asked if I'd like another coffee. I said, "No, merci. Pourquoi ne faire pas le français comme Tullycraft?" She replied, "C'est le musique des infants." Hmmmm...

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Each Tuesday we try to feature a band (or artist) covering a Tullycraft song. Today we have a video of BOAT playing a live cover of the "The Last Song" from the Tullycraft album Disenchanted Hearts Unite.

Monday, January 22, 2007

MP3 of the Day

CLIENT combine Scandinavian airline hostess uniforms with harsh electronics to create a sound reminiscent of early forays into electronic music and New Wave. They are from Rotherham, England and their names are Kate Holmes and Sarah Blackwood. Kate Holmes is married to Alan McGee (the founder of Creation Records). Today's song, Down To The Underground features Pete Doherty (formerly of The Libertines).

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Investigation: Coussac-Bonneval

Phase TWO of my quest to discover the answer to the mysterious question, "Why don't the French like Tullycraft?" has brought me to a village called Coussac-Bonneval (pop. 1,600) where I met these three French donkeys, none of whom had ever heard of Tullycraft.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Investigation: Paris

The start of my quest to discover the answer to the very puzzling question, "Why don't the French like Tullycraft?" places me in France's bustling cultural epicenter, Paris. I walked around, looking for indie-pop buttons. Rien. I searched every nook for young people wearing messenger bags or sweater vests, any telltale signs of indie-popdom. Rien. I climbed around the Sacré Coeur, through Montmatre, and down to the Moulin Rouge. Still, rien. I stopped in the bakery next door, and asked the man at the counter, "Why don't the French like Tullycraft?" He scowled at me, and said something I did not understand. Then he spit on my calfouti. Strike one.

MP3 of the Day

Sweden's FREE LOAN INVESTMENTS hinted at starting an unpretentious twee revolution in their homeland. If they hadn't disbanded, who knows the fire their vocal hooks 'n' handclaps would have sparked? Today's song, Kick His Balls Out, is from a live P3 Pop Radio broadcast in 2003.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

MP3 of the Day

When they're good, commercial jingles are fun almost 100% of the time. Today we have The Bumblebee Tuna Theme Song by THE RIVERTUBES. This song fits perfect on a mix CD or iPod playlist you may be playing on a long road trip. I promise at least one (if not all) of your passengers will be singing along.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Investigation: France

Over the years Tullycraft has received a large number of letters and emails from all over the world, but for some reason we have received very few from France. It can't be that the French don't like indie pop. They've given us Stephen's Library, Fugu, Tahiti 80, and My Diet Pill... all wonderful indie pop bands. What can it possibly be? The question: "Why don't the French like Tullycraft?" has bothered us for far too long, so finally we intend to investigate. We are sending Tullycraft guitarist, Corianton Hale to France for one month to see if he can find any Tullycraft fans in that country. He will periodically be reporting his findings back to this blog. I must say, we are more than a little curious to see what he discovers.
Today's MP3 is: Frenchy, I'm Faking by ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI from their album, In Case We Die.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Today we have a live recording of TULLYCRAFT covering The Magnetic Fields' song, Yeah, Oh Yeah from their famous album, 69 Love Songs. Near the beginning of the song, you may hear Chris' guitar come unplugged briefly - but we manage to get back on track. This was the only time we ever preformed this song live.

Monday, January 15, 2007

MP3 of the Day

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Today we have Do Ya? by THE OWLS from their album, Our Hopes And Dreams.

Friday, January 12, 2007

MP3 of the Day

Today we have the Kathleen Hanna side project SUTURE. This was a one-off 7" Kathleen made while living in DC with members of Nation of Ulysses. The song is called Pretty Is. I apologize for the poor quality - I had a bit of trouble getting a good recording off the vinyl.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

MP3 of the Day

TUSCADERO was an indie rock band from Washington, DC - one of the most prominent on the Washington-based TeenBeat Records roster. Formed in late 1993, Tuscadero released several 7" singles, an album, and an EP on TeenBeat before signing to Elektra Records in 1995. Tullycraft played a few shows with them on the east coast after they had signed to their major label. I think it's safe to say they weren't the friendliest band. They felt they were rock stars and they definitely acted like it. The only other band I've seen such inexcusable backstage behavior from was Camera Obscura, but that's another story. Anyway, Tuscadero's Pink Album was still a pretty amazing record regardless of how awful they were in person. Today we have Dime A Dozen from this 1994 TeenBeat LP. Although the band broke up in 1999, they reunited in February 2005 for a one-off performance at TeenBeat's twentieth anniversary celebration.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

MP3 of the Day

Liz and I are going to Washington, DC on Thursday for a long weekend. I've been there a few times, but I've never had the time to be a tourist. We're going to see the monuments, visit as many museums as we can, and of course, spend a day at the Smithsonian. It should be be fun. For the rest of the week we'll be showcasing Washington, DC's indie pop history. We're starting with the kings of the DC pop scene, UNREST. Today we have Suki [160 B.P.M.] from their (almost) flawless 1992 album, Imperial F.F.R.R..

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Today is the very first Tullycraft Tuesday of 2007, and we have something a bit special. AP World History teacher, Tim Forslund and his Analy High School class in Sebastopol, CA sent us their spin on the song 'Molly's Got A Crush On Us.' Their version takes a whimsical look at the African kingdom of Oyo and their competition with the fallen kingdom of Mali. They titled their song, (Oh Oyo!) Mali Had A Crush On Us. We were very flattered.

Monday, January 08, 2007

MP3 of the Day

The B-GIRLS were an all-girl group that formed in Toronto in 1977. After some success in Canada they up & moved to New York City and wound up hanging out with the hipster-elite including Sid Vicious, Johnny Thunders, Joey Ramone and Stiv Bators (The Dead Boys). Bassist Cynthia Ross was actually briefly engaged to Stiv. The band broke-up 1981, and the girls only ever managed to record 16 songs in the four years they were together. Today we have one of their lost hits called,Who Says Girls Can't Rock.

Friday, January 05, 2007

MP3 of the Day

Today we have Ace Ain't The Face by the Sacramento, California Band, THE LOOKYLOOS from their album, You're Looking Very Beautiful Man.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

MP3 of the Day

On this Day in 1950 RCA Victor announced it would start manufacturing long-playing (LP) records. One side of a 12-inch LP would now play for 23 minutes, compared with four minutes for one side of a standard 78 rpm record. Some record companies resisted the LP, and it took several years for the standard to become universally accepted. Today we have Hold Onto Your Breath by SIMON JOYNER.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

MP3 of the Day

Today we have a true indie pop classic, Dusty Springfield by THE HAYWAINS. This song is from their album, Never Mind Manchester, Here's... The Haywains released in 1991.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

MP3 of the Day

Happy 2007! I hope everyone had a great New Year's Eve. Today we have Throw Silver by the British Columbia Band, MECCA NORMAL from their album, Dovetail.