Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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On this day in 1927, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford became the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Today we have Unfair Kind Of Fame by THE PASTELS.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Hey! Here are the TULLYCRAFT East Coast dates with venues & line-ups:

June 11th - Winooski, VT at The Monkey House w/ The Smittens

June 12th - Boston at PA's Lounge w/ Pants Yell! & The Smittens

June 13th - NYC Popfest at Pianos w/ Pants Yell!, The Besties & From Bubblegum To Sky

June 14th - Philadelphia at The Barbary w/ Scary Monster

June 15th - Washington, D.C. at Red and Black Bar w/ Sprites & From Bubblegum To Sky

Today we have the song I Want You Back by SPRITES.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

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On this day in 1930, the first night game of organized baseball in history took place in Independence, Kansas. The Independence team lost 13-3 to the Muskogee, Oklahoma team, its Western Association rival. Today we have the song Opening Night by THE POOH STICKS.

Friday, April 25, 2008

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President Harry S. Truman officially opened the White House bowling alley on this day in 1947. The West Wing bowling alley had been intended to open as part of Truman’s 63rd birthday celebration on May 8, but construction was completed ahead of schedule. Truman’s favorite pastime was poker and although he had not bowled since he was a teenager, he hoisted the first ball, knocking down 7 out of 10 pins. One of the pins is now on display at the Smithsonian. Today we have The Mayflower Compact by FOXGLOVE HUNT. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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How can the NYC Popfest afford to put together such a stellar line-up? Well in part, thru benefit shows like the one going on tonight at the Cake Shop in NYC (152 Ludlow St between Stanton and Rivington). For only $3 you can catch Brasilia (members of Mahogany), The Bright Lights (Brooklyn), and Hands and Knees (Massachusetts), and you'll be supporting the NYC Popfest. Now that's a bargain priced indie dance party! Today we have Prized Fighter by BRASILIA.

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The KRAFTWERK single "Pocket Calculator" was released in the US on this day in 1981. The single came packaged in a faux Japanese, see-through sleeve. It was pressed on dayglow yellow vinyl and the non-LP flipside, "Dentaku" was "Pocket Calculator" sung in Japanese. Today we have the song Pocket Calculator by KRAFTWERK.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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Last year the Skatterbrain blog conducted an un-scientific poll to determine the Royal Court Of Twee. In other words, the top 10 twee bands as voted on by its readers. While I found the final list to be pretty well rounded, I was disappointed that THE ORCHIDS hadn't been included on the list. The Orchids were certainly one of the more interesting bands on Sarah Records. They developed musically far more than any band except, maybe, The Field Mice. In my opinion, they encompass twee. Today we have the song Caveman by THE ORCHIDS. You can catch them at this year's NYC Popfest.

Monday, April 21, 2008

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A lot of folks are celebrating birthdays today. Happy Birthday: Robert Smith (The Cure), Charles Grodin (actor), Harold Hollingsworth (former Tullycraft guitarist), Iggy Pop (The Stooges), Paul Carrack (Squeeze), Melissa Coish, (Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 1996), Michael Franti (Spearhead), Queen Elizabeth II, (English Royalty), and Tony Danza (Who's the Boss). Today we have Hungover (And Over Again) by THE TOOTHACHES.

Friday, April 18, 2008

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Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco on this day in 1956. While filming the Alfred Hitchcock movie, To Catch a Thief (1955), in the French Riviera, she met Prince Rainier. It wasn't love at first sight for Kelly, but the prince initiated a correspondence, which led to their marriage in 1956. She became Princess Grace of Monaco and retired from acting. Grace Kelly died tragically at the age of 52 when her car plunged off a mountain road in September 1982. It was the same stretch of highway that had been featured in her 1955 movie To Catch a Thief. Today we have the song Hey Princess by POPSICLE. Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

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Pete Shelley, the singer, songwriter and guitarist of The Buzzcocks was born on this day in 1955 in Manchester, England. Today we have the song Love Battery by THE BUZZCOCKS.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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On this day in 1940, Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians pitched his first no-hitter. He went on to throw two more no-hitters in his career. Nolan Ryan holds the record for most no-hitters, with seven. Sandy Koufax had four, while Cy Young and Larry Corcoran, along with Feller, recorded three in their pitching careers. Today we have the song I am the White-Mantled King by CATS ON FIRE.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


TULLYCRAFT is going to be playing a handful of East Coast dates in June!

June 11th - Winooski, VT
June 12th - Boston
June 13th - NYC
June 14th - Philadelphia
June 15th - Washington, D.C.

Today we have a live version of the song Stowaway.

Monday, April 14, 2008

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Burl Ives died at his home on this day in 1995. Ives was a traveling musician during the Depression. In New York City in 1933, he became a folk singer after meeting up with other musicians, including Woody Guthrie, who were reviving the genre. Ives recorded many hit songs and also appeared in several films, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and East of Eden. He also narrated the classic TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. In his later years, Ives and his wife Dorothy, lived in a home alongside the water in the small town of Anacortes in Washington State. Today we have I Felt Your Shape by THE MICROPHONES (aka Phil Elverum) who grew up in Anacortes.

Friday, April 11, 2008

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On this day in 1931, Dorothy Parker resigned as drama critic for The New Yorker. The witty and sophisticated Parker symbolized the roaring twenties in New York for many readers. She was close friends with Robert Benchley, and Robert Sherwood, the managing editor and drama critic at Vanity Fair. The three became the core of the famous Algonquin Round Table – a group of newspaper and magazine writers, playwrights, and performers who lunched regularly at the Algonquin Hotel and tried to outshine each other in brilliant conversation and witty wisecracks. Parker was known as the quickest tongue among them and became the frequent subject of gossip columns. Today we have The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker by PRINCE from the album Sign 'O' The Times. Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

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THE JUDY'S, a band from Pearland Texas, released their first 7" on this day in 1980. The three tracks on the Teenage Hang Ups EP were "Space Age," "You Let Me Down," and "All The Pretty Girls." The band sold copies in the cafeteria, and out of their lockers, as all three members were still in high school. Today we have the song All The Pretty Girls from this debut EP.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

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On this day in 1940, Germany invaded Oslo, Norway, and Copenhagen, Denmark. Denmark surrendered almost immediately, but the Norwegian government refused and the Germans responded with an additional parachute invasion. The accelerated German offensive ultimately resulted in the occupation of Norway. Today we have Modern Nature by Lillian Samdal & Norwegian songwriter SONDRE LERCHE.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


TULLYCRAFT is excited to announce that we will be playing at this year's NYC Popfest. We are scheduled to play the festival on Friday, June 13th. Here are a few of the other bands I've heard may be playing as well: Love Is All, The Cannanes, Pants Yell!, Cats on Fire, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Oh! Custer, From Bubblegum To Sky , and The Hermit Crabs. It's going to be awesome! Today we have a live version of the song Our Days In Kansas for the Kansas Jayhawks who won the NCAA Championship last night in San Antonio, defeating the Memphis Tigers in overtime. I may have to learn the Kansas fight song after all.

Monday, April 07, 2008

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Christopher "Kit" Lambert, the producer and manager for The Who died on this day in 1981. Far more influential than many realize, Kit Lambert played a key role in shaping the sound and image of The Who. It was Lambert who suggested Pete Townshend's trademark "windmill" strumming style. Always capable of understanding the minds of the youth culture, Lambert convinced Townshend to write about deeper issues than the typical boy-meets-girl fare, and to produce a more mature sound. This encouraged The Who to progress from the more quirky sound of The Who Sell Out to the deeper themes of Tommy. Pete Townshend has acknowledged that it was Lambert who influenced The Who to combine rock music and opera with the rock/opera Tommy as the result. The Who's success led to differences between Lambert and the group. He was replaced as their producer in 1971, and went on to produce some early punk bands. On the night of his death Lambert was seen drinking heavily at a popular nightclub in Kensington. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage after falling down the stairs of his mother's house. He is buried in Brompton Cemetery in London. Today's MP3 is Not Today by AFRAID OF STAIRS.

Friday, April 04, 2008

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Jamie-Lynn Spears, the sister of Britney Spears, was born on this day in 1991. Today we have the song 1991 by CRYSTAL CASTLES. Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

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At his small wilderness cabin near Lincoln, Montana, Theodore John Kaczynski was arrested by FBI agents and accused of being the Unabomber on this day in 1996. The elusive Kaczynski was charged with sending 16 mail bombs that killed three people and injured 23 during an 18-year period. Today we have Positive Bomb by PUSSYCAT TRASH.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

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On this day in 1977, the racehorse Red Rum won an historic third Grand National Championship at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. Red Rum had won in 1973 and 1974 and finished second in 1975 and 1976. He remains the most successful horse in the history of the Grand National, which is considered by many to be the world’s toughest steeplechase race. Today we have a cover of the Echo & the Bunnymen classic Bring On The Dancing Horses by NINETY AND NINE.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

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On this day in 1976, British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio 2 that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur, and that listeners could experience it in their very own homes. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth's own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. When 9:47 AM arrived, BBC2 began to receive hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported that she and her eleven friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room. Happy April Fool’s Day! Today we have My Favorite Fool by THE ETHNOBABES.