Thursday, April 30, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 2004, the film Mean Girls was released in the US. It starred Lindsay Lohan and co-starred Tina Fey (who also wrote the script). The movie was based on the non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman, which describes how high school social cliques operate, and the effect they can have on girls. Jenny (from tullycraft) still hasn't seen this movie, and I was just telling her last week that I thought would like it. Today we have the song Southern Girls by THE BANGS from the album Sweet Revenge. In case you were wondering... yes, this is a Cheap Trick cover.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

SF Popfest Preview #1

As part of this year's San Francisco Popfest, Northern Portrait (from Denmark) will be playing at the Rickshaw Stop on Saturday, May 23. The show is all-ages and tickets may be purchased here. Today we have the song What Happens Next by NORTHERN PORTRAIT.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1978, Cheap Trick played a concert (and recorded it) at the Nippon Budokan in Japan. The recording was released as a live album titled: Cheap Trick at Budokan. It was originally intended to be exclusive to Japan, but it was a popular import in the United States. The demand for the album became so great that Epic Records finally issued a US version in 1979. Not one of Cheap Trick's first three studio albums made it into the Top 40 in the United States, but Cheap Trick at Budokan went triple platinum in the US, and it launched the band into international stardom. Today we have the song Southern Girls by CHEAP TRICK from their Budokan performance.

Monday, April 27, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1986, a video pirate calling himself ''Captain Midnight'' managed to override the satellite transmission of an HBO movie with a printed message protesting HBO's scrambling of its satellite-to-earth television signals. Over the next 2 months, he would regularly interrupt HBO's signal with derogatory messages about the service and hints on how to descramble it for free. Today we have the song Midnight Station by THE ELEPHANTS.

Friday, April 24, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1998, The Push Kings released their second studio album, Far Places on Sealed Fate Records. The album was recorded in the Summer/Fall of 1997 and it was produced by Eric Masunaga (of The Dambuilders). Today we have the song Lonely Times by THE PUSH KINGS from the album Far Places. Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1991, Superchunk wrapped up recording on their second studio album, No Pocky for Kitty. The album was recorded at the Chicago Recording Company by Steve Albini (although, Albini was not credited in the album's liner notes). Today we have the song Skip Steps One And Three. This was the first track on No Pocky for Kitty, but this is not the version that appeared on the album. This version was recorded a couple weeks earlier by Pat Maley at Yoyo Studios in Olympia, WA.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 2003, The Flaming Lips released the single "Fight Test" from their album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. When they recorded the song some members of the band thought that it sounded a bit like the Cat Stevens song "Father And Son" but didn't think to get clearance from Stevens' record company. When the subject of the song was raised to the band's frontman, Wayne Coyne, in an interview after its release, he claimed that he was unaware of the songs' similarities until producer Dave Fridmann pointed them out. Coyne stated: "I do regret not contacting his record company and asking their opinion. Maybe we could have gone 50-50. As it is, Cat Stevens is now getting 75 per cent of royalties from 'Fight Test.' I am really sorry that Cat Stevens thinks I'm purposefully plagiarizing his work. I am ashamed. There is obviously a fine line between being inspired and stealing. But if anyone wanted to borrow part of a Flaming Lips song, I don't think I'd bother pursuing it." Today we have both songs... Father and Son by CAT STEVENS and Fight Test by THE FLAMING LIPS. You be the judge.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

MP3 of the Day

Former Who's The Boss star, Tony Danza and former Tullycraft lead guitarist, Harold Hollingsworth are both celebrating birthdays today. Happy Birthday Tony & Harold! Today we have the song Angela by JARVIS COCKER from his soon to be released solo album, Further Complications.

Monday, April 20, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1992, Pavement released their debut album, Slanted and Enchanted. Copies of the record had been floating around on cassette tape for almost a year prior to its official release on Matador Records. In 2005, Slanted and Enchanted ranked #4 on Spin magazine's Top 100 Albums of the Past 20 Years, and #134 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest albums of all time. Today we have the song Here by PAVEMENT recorded live for BBC 1's John Peel Show in December, 1992.

Friday, April 17, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1982, Siouxsie Sioux (of Siouxsie and the Banshees) appeared topless on the cover of NME. The stunt would be imitated by P.J. Harvey (in 1992) and Beth Ditto (in 2007). Each of these NME covers received enormous press exposure. Today we have Siouxsie and band-mate Steven Severin explaining the inspiration for the song Christine by SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1972, Apollo 16, the fifth of six U.S. lunar landing missions, successfully launched on its journey to the moon. On April 20, astronauts John Young and Charles Duke descended to the moon's surface and remained there for nearly three days. On April 23, the astronauts returned to Earth, safely splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Today we have the song Sent To The Moon by TULLYCRAFT from the album Beat Surf Fun.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American in the major leagues. During his first season in the majors, Robinson played in 151 games, hit .297, stole more bases than anyone else in the National League and was awarded the first-ever Rookie of the Year title. In 1949, he was named the National League's Most Valuable Player. In 1955, Robinson helped the Dodgers defeat the New York Yankees to win the World Series. He retired from baseball in 1956, with a career batting average of .311, 1,518 hits and 137 home runs. Today we have the song Brooklyn Bridge by DARREN HANLON.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1981, The Cure released their third album, Faith. The album is often seen as the mid-point in a 'Dark Trilogy' that began with the band's second album, Seventeen Seconds and ended with their fourth album, Pornography. The first single off Faith was the song "Primary." Today we have the song Descent - it was the b-side of the Primary 7". Not one of The Cure's best b-sides (if you ask me), but still a rarity.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

MP3 of the Day

Happy Easter!

Today we have the song Easter Sunday by SIX CENTS AND NATALIE (my pre-crayon/tullycraft lo-fi project). Have a great day!

Friday, April 10, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1993, Jeff and I spent the entire day recording with our first band Crayon, at Yoyo Studios in Olympia, WA. We were working on a couple songs that would eventually become The Snap-Tight Wars 7" and few more that would be given to some compilations. That night we stayed with producer Pat Maley. At the time, Pat was living at the ABC House in Olympia. If you don't know, the ABC House is a collectively run, 100 year old home, located on Olympia's Westside. It has hosted all-ages shows in its basement for over 20 years. On that particular evening a young band called Sunny Day Real Estate was playing at the house. Tired from a full day of recording, Jeff and I (and a few other housemates) opted to skip the show in the basement, and watch Jason Alexander host Saturday Night Live upstairs in the tv room. In our defense, Peter Gabriel was the musical guest, and if you ask me, you can't see "In Your Eyes" performed live too many times. Today we have The Snap-Tight Wars by CRAYON. Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1984, R.E.M. released their second album, Reckoning on I.R.S. Records. The album was recorded at Reflection Sound Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina over a 16 day period in December 1983 and January 1984. It was produced by Mitch Easter and Don Dixon who intended to capture the sound of the band's live shows. It took seven years, but the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1991. Today we have the song Harborcoat by R.E.M. from the album Reckoning.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1997, the band Cold Cold Hearts released their self titled debut album on Kill Rock Stars. This would be their one (and only) album. The Washington, D.C. based-band was comprised of songwriter Allison Wolfe & guitarist Erin Smith (both formerly of Bratmobile), along with bass player Nattles, & drummer Katherine Brown. Cold Cold Hearts broke-up in 1998. Today we have the song Lady! Reversable! (Alleged.) by COLD COLD HEARTS.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1976, the film The Bad News Bears was released in the US. The movie starred Walter Matthau as Morris Buttermaker, an alcoholic former minor-league baseball player, who becomes the coach of a terrible Little League team called the Bears. It also starred an 11-year-old Tatum O'Neal as Amanda Whurlizer, a skilled pitcher who is recruited by Buttermaker. In 2005, a truly awful remake of The Bad News Bears starring Billy Bob Thornton was released. Avoid this version if at all possible. Today we have BRIGHT EYES covering the Magnetic Fields' classic Papa Was A Rodeo.

Monday, April 06, 2009


Special thanks to everyone who came out to our Seattle show at the Crocodile on Saturday night. We had a bunch of fun! For those of you who missed it, I found this video of "Every Little Thing" on YouTube. It appears to have been recorded on a cell phone... so it's almost like you're there! Happy Monday.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Music for your Weekend

Our big show in Seattle is TONIGHT at the Crocodile. If you're looking for something to do... join us! Here is some Music for your Weekend.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Big Weekend

Since the March 9th post on this blog, Chris' goat farm and Cori's adult book store have been discussed on a few blogs. We've found this to be quite amusing. This past Wednesday night the topic was briefly mentioned on Luke Burbanks radio talk show, Too Beautiful To Live on KIRO News Radio (97.3 FM). You can listen to an MP3 of the exchange HERE. Funny stuff.

Recently, Tullycraft was interviewed by the band iji for the Three Imaginary Girls website. If you’re interested, you can read that interview HERE.

Hey! Don't forget, Tullycraft is playing a show tomorrow night (April 4th) at the Crocodile in Seattle. The evening is being hosted by the fabulous Three Imaginary Girls and it promises lots of surprises and treats! We will be joined by the amazing bands: Awesome, BOAT, and iji. Today we have Cell Song by the band AWESOME. Hope to see you there... happy Friday!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1972, Charlie Chaplin returned to the United States for the first time since 1952. During the era of McCarthyism, Chaplin was suspected of being communist sympathizer, and J. Edgar Hoover instructed the FBI to keep extensive secret files on him. In 1952, Chaplin left the US for what was intended as a brief trip to the United Kingdom for the London premiere of his film, Limelight. J. Edgar Hoover learned of the trip and issued instructions to the Immigration and Naturalization Service to deny Chaplin's re-entry to the United States. Hearing this, Chaplin wrote: "Since the end of the last world war, I have been the object of lies and propaganda by powerful reactionary groups who, by their influence and by the aid of America's yellow press, have created an unhealthy atmosphere in which liberal-minded individuals can be singled out and persecuted. Under these conditions I find it virtually impossible to continue my motion-picture work, and I have therefore given up my residence in the United States." Chaplin then made his home in Vevey, Switzerland. He triumphantly returned to the United States on this day in 1972, with his wife, to receive an Honorary Oscar. He was welcomed warmly. Today we have the song The Big Trip by THE WINTER CLUB.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 2008, Los Campesinos! released their debut album Hold on Now, Youngster... The album actually has 12 tracks, despite only 11 being listed. "2007: The Year Punk Broke (My Heart)" appeared as an unlisted track. Today we have a remix version of the song Death To Los Campesinos! by LOS CAMPESINOS! You can catch them live at Neumo's (in Seattle) on Friday, April 10th.