Thursday, July 31, 2008

MP3 of the Day

If you were in England on this day in 1982, you could have seen The Police, U2, The Beat (aka The English Beat), and Gang Of Four play at Gateshead Stadium in Newcastle... or you could have seen Aztec Camera play at The Warehouse in Liverpool. Which show would you have attended? While pondering this question, you should listen to today's song: Elizabeth Duke by the Essex-born, DARREN HAYMAN from the album, DARREN HAYMAN and the SECONDARY MODERN.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1976, Bruce Jenner won the gold medal in the decathlon at the Montreal Olympics. His 8,617 points set a world record in the event. After his win, Jenner was given the unofficial title of "world's greatest athlete" and he appeared in movies, on television and of course... on a Wheaties box. He was voted the 1976 AP Male Athlete of the Year. Today we have a cover of the Peter Gabriel classic Solsbury Hill by RUBY ISLE featuring Dan Geller and Amy Dykes from I Am The World Trade Center.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


We’ve received a few inquiries about the new Tullycraft / Smittens split 7” – and as luck would have it, we were just sent a small batch of them. If you would like to purchase one of these singles, they are currently available on our merch page. We don’t have very many in stock, so they will only be available for a limited time. If you are interested in hearing the Tullycraft song from the single ("On Tape") it is currently posted on our MySpace page.

Monday, July 28, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1945, a B-25 Bomber, with two pilots and one passenger aboard, crashed into the Empire State Building, killing 14 people. The freak accident was blamed on heavy fog. An 18 x 20 foot hole was left in the side of the building, but its structural integrity was not affected. Today we have the song How We Know by THE THERMALS performed live at the Echoplex in Los Angeles.

Friday, July 25, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan performed for the first time with an electric guitar. He surprised his audience when he came onstage with other musicians, including an electric bassist and electric guitarist, and launched into "Maggie's Farm." The crowd, who were used to hearing him play folk songs, erupted in boos and catcalls, shouting “sellout.” After three songs, Dylan left the stage. Undaunted, Dylan continued to play his shows electric and his defiant attitude and quest for artistic integrity influenced later bands, including many playing at this weekend’s Indietracks festival in the UK. The festival starts tomorrow and some of the bands playing this year include: Milky Wimpshake, The Wedding Present, Darren Hayman, The Smittens, Ballboy, The Manhattan Love Suicides, Red Pony Clock, Darren Hanlon, Comet Gain, and Los Campesinos! Today we have the song Nightclub Voyeur Cliche by MILKY WIMPSHAKE. Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

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In 1982, Kevin Mitnick (age 17) allegedly hacked into NORAD with his Commodore VIC-20 and inspired the movie WarGames. To commemorate the film's 25th Anniversary, select theaters will be screening WarGames TONIGHT in cities across the country. This is a one-night only event! Some of those cities include: Boise, Kalamazoo, Reno, Philadelphia, Sioux Falls, Olympia, and Seattle. Click here for a complete list of theaters and cities. Today we have the song Yeah, Tonight by PLASTIC MASTERY.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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Vanessa Williams, the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America, resigned her crown on this day in 1984 (ten months into her reign) when nude photos of her, prior to her pageant days, had surfaced. Williams believed the photographs were private and had been destroyed. Hugh Hefner, the publisher of Playboy, was initially offered the photos, but turned them down. Hefner stated: "Vanessa Williams is a beautiful woman. But the photographs clearly weren't authorized and because they would be the source of considerable embarrassment to her, we decided not to publish them. We were also mindful that she was the first black Miss America." Days later, Bob Guccione, the publisher of Penthouse, announced that his magazine would publish the photos in their September 1984 issue. Today we have the song Miss Nude Black America by BMX BANDITS.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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Steve Albini was born on this day in 1962. In addition to playing in the bands Big Black, Rapeman, and Shellac, Steve is also the owner and engineer of Electrical Audio, a recording studio located in Chicago. He estimates that he has recorded 1,500 albums, mostly by rather obscure bands, but he has also worked with some higher profile artists including: Pixies, Superchunk, PJ Harvey, Cheap Trick and Nirvana. Today we have the song Heart Beat by BIG BLACK.

Monday, July 21, 2008

I'm back!

Nothing to see here but a paragliding llama, move along

12 years ago today...

THE SPICE GIRLS single, "Wannabe" reached the top of the UK Singles Chart on this day in 1996. It remained there for seven consecutive weeks, and received a platinum certification. By the end of 1996 it had topped the charts in 22 countries. In January of 1997 the song was released in the United States topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, becoming The Spice Girls only number-one single in the US. It eventually became the best-selling single by a female group in history topping the charts in 31 countries. Today we have a video of The Spice Girls performing the song in Turkey in 1997.

Friday, July 18, 2008

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Dutch film director, Paul Verhoeven was born on this day in 1938. In 1995, he made the poorly received movie Showgirls, about a stripper in Las Vegas trying to start a career as a showgirl. The film won seven Raspberry Awards including worst film and worst director. Paul Verhoeven was the first director to accept the award in person. After Showgirls, Verhoeven made the Sci-fi film, Starship Troopers (1997), based on a controversial science-fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. Today we have the 'studio angst' version of Sun Blows Up by CARS CAN BE BLUE. Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

MP3 of the Day

Disneyland opened on this day in 1955 in Anaheim, California. Opening ceremonies were led by Walt Disney. Disneyland holds the distinction of being the only theme park to be designed, built, opened, and operated by Walt Disney himself. Today we have the song Disney Time by JARVIS COCKER.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

MP3 of the Day

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released on this day in 2005. The book was the sixth of seven novels in J. K. Rowling's popular Harry Potter series. It sold nine million copies in the first 24 hours of its release, and I'm pretty sure Jenny (Tullycraft) bought at least one of those copies. Today we have the song Save Ginny Weasley by HARRY and the POTTERS.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Today's MP3 is the song She's Got The Beat from The Singles. This CD is a 22 song collection of seven inch singles, compilation tracks, and a couple live radio performances. It’s next to impossible to track down the various compilations, out of print singles and split singles that Tullycraft has appeared on, so this collection does most of leg work for you. The Singles was just made available on our merch page. If you’re interested, you may order a copy here.

Monday, July 14, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1969, the circulation of high-denomination bills was officially discontinued by the Federal Reserve. This included the $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills. They are still technically legal tender in the United States, but most of these bills are effectively gone. There are only about 200 $5,000 and 300 $10,000 bills known to still be in existence. The decision to discontinue the bills was an executive order by President Richard Nixon in an effort to combat organized crime. Today we have the song Hard Earned Money by FISHBOY. If you caught Fishboy at the Sunset on Saturday, then you are lucky. They were great!

Friday, July 11, 2008

MP3 of the Day

The Harper Lee novel, To Kill a Mockingbird was first published on this day in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American fiction. The novel was loosely based on Harper Lee's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.

TONIGHT (Friday, June 11th), TULLYCRAFT will be playing an in-store at Easy Street Records in West Seattle. The store is located at 4559 California Ave SW (in the Alaska Junction area of West Seattle). The show starts at 10PM. Hopefully, we'll see some of you there. Today we have the song Corner Store by JONATHAN RICHMAN. Support small businesses!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1890, Wyoming was admitted as the 44th U.S. state. Today we have the song Wyoming by THE LUCKSMITHS from the album A Good Kind Of Nervous. Hopefully, this makes up for not posting "Aviatrix" on the July 2nd post.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

MP3 of the Day

Happy Birthday! All of these people were born on July 9th: Lee Hazlewood, Bon Scott (AC/DC), Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), John Tesh, O.J. Simpson, Courtney Love, Marc Almond (Soft Cell), Tom Hanks, Fred Savage (The Wonder Years), Jack White (The White Stripes) and Spencer Elden, the baby on the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind album. Today we have THE CAT'S MIAOW covering The Magnetic Fields' song Born On A Train.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Show(s) on Saturday!

I know most of the "show-going" people in Seattle will be seeing The Vaselines this Saturday (July 12th), but for those of you who couldn't get tickets, Tullycraft will be playing at The Sunset (in Ballard) with Fishboy and BOAT. The Denton, Texas band, Fishboy released what I considered to be one of the best pop albums of 2007, 'Albatross: How We Failed to Save the Lone Star State with the Power of Rock and Roll', and BOAT have a terrific new 7" EP called Topps. Doors are at 10PM. No matter where you end up, this is going to be a great evening for music in Seattle. A while back, Dave Crane (from BOAT) sent me some of the demos he was working on for their new 7" EP. Today we have the demo version of the song Four Beds For Boat by D. CRANE. You may purchase the hi-fi version on their Topps 7" at the show. 

Monday, July 07, 2008

Beware of Tullycraft T-shirts!

If you thought the new Tullycraft T-shirts were dangerous, check out what happens when you wear one of the Postage Stamp Ts!

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1947, a rancher named Mac Brazel discovered strange metal strewn across a wide area of land he tended. Because of the material's unusual characteristics, Brazel took pieces of the debris to the authorities in Roswell, New Mexico. Intrigued by the debris, Colonel Blanchard, the commanding officer at Roswell Army Air Field, quietly ordered that the ranch area be cordoned off. Soldiers removed the debris, sending it to Army headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. Initially, the Army issued a press release announcing it had recovered a "flying disk." This press release was soon retracted, and further press coverage restricted. At a press conference in Fort Worth, the Army explained that the intelligence officer and others at Roswell had misidentified the debris, which was, in fact, the remains of a downed balloon with a metallic radar reflector attached, and not a UFO. The case is widely-recognized as the most famous alleged UFO incident, and Roswell has become a part of UFO folklore. Today we have the song Never Be Lonely Again by SLOW DOWN TALLAHASSEE.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

MP3 of the Day

The biggest explosion in the history of rocketry occurred on this day in 1969 when the Soviet N1 rocket exploded and subsequently destroyed its launchpad. The biggest explosion to rock West Seattle is going to occur on Friday, June 11th when TULLYCRAFT make an in-store appearance at Easy Street Records. The store is located at 4559 California Ave SW (in the Alaska Junction area of West Seattle). I believe we hit the stage around 10PM. See some of you there... hopefully? Have a great three day weekend! Happy 4th of July! Today we have the song Blue Ring by SAFETY MATCHES.

4th of July Safety Tips

With the 4th of July just a day away, here are a few safety tips you should always remember. We had to learn a couple of these the hard way in NYC.

* Always purchase fireworks from a reliable source
* Don't experiment with homemade fireworks
* Never point or throw fireworks at another band member
* Never carry fireworks in your pocket or guitar case
* Never give fireworks to the audience
* A responsible adult should supervise the merch table at all times

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1937, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's plane disappeared as they flew from New Guinea in search of tiny Howland Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The unresolved circumstances of Amelia's disappearance, along with her fame, have attracted a number of theories relating to her last flight. Several of these unsupported theories have become well-known in popular culture, including: Earhart was acting as a spy for FDR, Earhart and Noonan were captured and executed by the Japanese on Saipan Island, Earhart was captured and forced to make propaganda radio broadcasts as Tokyo Rose, and Earhart survived the flight, moved to New Jersey, remarried and changed her name to Irene Craigmile Bolam. Today we have the song Love Takes Flight by THE PUSH KINGS.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008


Today we have a video of Tullycraft playing the song "Twee" at the NYC Popfest a couple weeks ago. We had a great time in New York. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the show!