Tuesday, March 31, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1999, the film 10 Things I Hate About You was released in the US. The movie starred Heath Ledger & Julia Stiles, and it was a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew set in a modern American high school. Much of the film was shot at Stadium High School in Tacoma, Washington. I have to admit, when I come across this movie on cable on a Saturday afternoon, often times I actually stop and watch. Today we have the song Let It Slip by THE SCHOOL.

Monday, March 30, 2009

MP3 of the Day

In case you haven't heard, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart are going to appear on Last Call With Carson Daly this Wednesday (April 1st). You may ask yourself: "Is this a good thing? Carson Daly is a tool!" It's true, Carson Daly is a total tool, and his show is terrible, but you gotta be happy for Mike at Slumberland Records. He's been fighting the good fight for a long time and he deserves for one of his bands to play on national television. Today we have the song I Wanna Go All the Way by THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Top of the Croc!

Please join Tullycraft next Saturday (April 4th) at the Crocodile in Seattle. Three Imaginary Girls will be hosting the "Top of the Croc!" bash. Joining Tullycraft will be the terrific bands: Awesome, BOAT, and iji. Not only will there be great music, but Top Pot will be providing commemorative Crocodile doughnuts and the VAIN hair salon will be providing Crocodile-themed quickie updos. I don't care if you live in Ellensburg, Port Townsend, Tacoma, or Bellingham - this is the show you wanna be at! You'll be kicking yourself if you miss it. Hope to see you there! Today we're going waaay back to the first TULLYCRAFT album, Old Traditions, New Standards for the song Dollywood. Happy Friday.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1937, Crystal City, Texas unveiled a six-foot-tall, brightly colored concrete statue of Popeye during the city's second annual Spinach Festival. It would be America's first monument to a comic strip character. Today we have the song Monument by MIRAH from her album Advisory Committee.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1978, Meat Loaf appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. That evening, actor Christopher Lee introduced him by saying,"And now ladies and gentlemen I would like you to meet Loaf." Then he paused, and looked a bit confused. He continued, "I beg your pardon, what?" (the director corrected him) "Oh! Why...why I'm sorry, yes, of course...ah... Ladies and gentlemen, Meat Loaf!"
I'm pretty sure if I had discovered the Bat Out of Hell album in junior high instead of The Clash, I would be a different person today. I didn't find Bat Out of Hell, and the songs of Jim Steinman until I was in college and by that time I had already been ruined by Calvin Johnson - but still I had a period when I was pretty into that record (actually, I still am). Today we have the song You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth by MEAT LOAF from the 1977 album, Bat Out of Hell.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1973, Roxy Music released their second album, For Your Pleasure on Island Records. It would be the last record to feature synthesizer player Brian Eno, who would later gain acclaim as a solo artist and frequent U2 producer. Eno co-produced The Unforgettable Fire (1984), The Joshua Tree (1987), Achtung Baby (1991), and All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) for U2 with his frequent collaborator Daniel Lanois, and produced 1993's Zooropa for the band alone. Today we have a live recording of the song Do The Strand by ROXY MUSIC from the album, For Your Pleasure.

Monday, March 23, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1992, The Jesus and Mary Chain released their fourth studio album, Honey's Dead on Blanco y Negro Records. The album was recorded at the band's London studio, and produced by Mark Ellis. Today we have Taste Of Cindy by THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN recorded live at the Roxy in Los Angeles in 1985.

Friday, March 20, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1969, Yoko Ono and John Lennon were married in Gibraltar. They spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam and staged a "bed-in" for peace. The couple recorded a batch of songs in their room on March 22nd between 11 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. The world was invited to share in the celebration when the songs were released as the Wedding Album. John and Yoko were separated for a year in 1974. They reconciled in 1975. Today we have the song Wedding Bells In D# by SIX CENTS AND NATALIE (my lo-fi pre-Tullycraft home-recorded Casio project). Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1992, Weezer played their very first show at a club called Raji's on Hollywood Boulevard. The band somehow got offered an opening slot for Keanu Reeves's then-brand-new band, Dogstar. Apparently, there was no show booked at the club that night when Dogstar asked to play. Then there was a sudden need for an opening act. Meanwhile, Weezer had been itching to start playing out, and was calling around that day to try and book some shows. When they called Raji's, the guy said "how about tonight?"...and so it was. The band called everyone they knew, and got 17 people to show up. Weezer’s 30 min. included: “I Can’t Forget the Way,” “Undone,” “The Biggest Animal,” “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here,” and “M.E.” (a Gary Numan cover). Today we have a live version of the song El Scorcho by WEEZER.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 2002, The Ramones (Johnny, Joey, Tommy, Dee Dee, and Marky) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, and the induction introduction was given by Eddie Vedder. Today we have the song Danny Says from THE RAMONES' fifth album, End of the Century. This 1980 album was produced by Phil Spector and many saw it as a departure from the bands' original punk rock formula.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1980, Young Marble Giants released their one (and only) album, Colossal Youth on Rough Trade Records. The album was recorded in three and half days at Foel Studios in North Wales. The band was able to record fast and inexpensively by keeping many of their first takes. It was a deliberate attempt to make the music feel 'alive'. Kurt Cobain said in a 1992 Melody Maker interview that Colossal Youth was one of his five most influential records. In 1992, Young Marble Giants guitarist Stuart Moxham co-produced the Beat Happening album You Turn Me On. Today we have the song Brand New Life by YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS from the album Colossal Youth.

Monday, March 16, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 2004, K Records reissued the second Beat Happening album Jamboree on CD/LP. The album had originally been released on Rough Trade/K Records Records in 1988. The record included what would be perhaps the band's best-known song, "Indian Summer," which has been covered by everyone from Ben Gibbard to Luna. Dean Wareham once joked that the song was "indie's 'Knocking on Heaven's Door'... everybody's done it." Today we have Indian Summer being covered by THE MANHATTAN LOVE SUICIDES.

Friday, March 13, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1999, The Push Kings played a show in Seattle at the Breakroom. For those of you who may not remember, the Breakroom eventually became the club we now call Chop Suey. Today we have live recording of THE PUSH KINGS performing the song Pop Phenomenon from that show. It was recorded on a handheld cassette recorder so the quality isn't terrific. If you listen close, you can hear Chris (tullycraft) remark: "so far two of the three new songs have included 'freak-out'... a lot of freak-out" Apparently, The Push Kings were writing new songs with the phrase 'freak-out' in them at the time. Who knows, maybe they were in their freak-out phase? Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1969, the London Drug Squad appeared at the home of George Harrison his wife Pattie Boyd with a warrant and a drug-sniffing canine. Harrison was not there at the time, but he returned to find his house turned upside down. He was reported to have told the officers: "You needn't have turned the whole bloody place upside down. All you had to do was ask me and I would have shown you where I keep everything." Officers found a considerable amount of hashish, and Harrison & Boyd were arrested. A few weeks later, the couple were allowed to plead guilty. Despite the large amount of hash recovered from their home, authorities were satisfied that it was all for their personal use. Ten years later, Pattie Boyd divorced George Harrison and married Eric Clapton. Today we have the song Julie's In The Drug Squad by THE CLASH.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Limited Edition Vinyl

If you didn’t make it to the Magic Marker Records 10th Anniversary show last month in Portland, you can still feel the magic thru the Magic Marker 10th Anniversary 7" Collection. This box-set of 7” singles features Magic Marker bands covering the songs of other Magic Marker bands. All of the tracks are exclusive including: Dear Noras version of "Air" (by The Owls), Tullycraft covering "Welcome to the Big Ten Conference" (by Vehicle Flips), and BOATs version "Nosebleeders on the Track" (by The Faintest Ideas). In total, there are 10 bands featured on the five singles. There were only 250 pressed, making this colored vinyl box-set a rare catch. If you ask me, The Manhattan Love Suicides’ cover of "Superboy & Supergirl" (by Tullycraft) is worth the $20 price tag alone. If this even remotely interests you… act fast. I’m sure these won’t be available for long. You can order one HERE. Today we have the original version of Nosebleeders On The Track by THE FAINTEST IDEAS. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1997, the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired its very first episode on the WB network. The show enjoyed a cult following and ran until 2003. On September 17, 2006 the WB network ceased operation. On that day they would re-air the first episode of their "most memorable series".... Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Today we have the song Secret Vampires by BIS.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Old Traditions, New Chapters

As you may have seen by our February 27th post, Tullycraft has been a band for a long time now. Each of us has had a wonderful time, but over the years it's become increasingly difficult to balance our personal lives (i.e. Chris' goat farm, Cori's adult bookstore, etc..) with our time in the band. While we’re excited to continue to write and record music together, we’ve decided to take a step back from playing live shows. If you would like to catch Tullycraft live before our self-imposed hiatus, we have two shows scheduled: April 4th at the Crocodile (in Seattle), and May 23rd at the Rickshaw Stop (in San Francisco). Thanks so much.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Happy Birthday Chris!

Treat yourself to an ice cream sundae on this Sunday... it's Chris Munford's Birthday today.

Friday, March 06, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1998, the film The Big Lebowski was released in the US. The movie was written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and it starred Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey Lebowski, an unemployed avid bowler, who referred to himself as "the Dude". Hey, don't forget to catch The Besties & Iji this Sunday (March 8th) at the Dancelvania House on Capitol Hill (Harvard Ave E). Today we have the song Helgafell by THE BESTIES from their album Home Free. Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1960, Elvis Presley was discharged from the army after a two-year stint. He had been posted in Friedberg, Germany, with the 3rd Armored Division. Today we have the song Long Branches And Roots by the band IJI from their album In Celebration.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 2003, The Thermals released their debut album More Parts Per Million on Sub Pop Records. The album was recorded in Portland, OR. on a four-track cassette recorder and mixed by Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) to a quarter-inch two-track at The Hall of Justice studio in Seattle, WA. Today we have live recording of THE THERMALS performing the song Back To Gray from the album More Parts Per Million.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 2000, the Britpop band Elastica released their second full-length album The Menace. The album contained a cover of the 1981 Trio song "Da Da Da" featuring Damon Albarn (Blur) on keyboards. He was credited on the record as Norman Balda. Today we have the song Da Da Da by ELASTICA from the album The Menace.

Monday, March 02, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1962, Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points against the New York Knicks. It was the first time that an NBA player had scored 100 points in a single game. Chamberlain gained a different kind of notoriety in 1991 by claiming in his autobiography, A View From Above, that he had slept with over 20,000 women in his lifetime. Wilt Chamberlain died of a heart attack on October 12, 1999 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 63 years old. Today we have the song I Give You Two Seconds To Entertain Me by NORTHERN PORTRAIT.