Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New t-shirt!

Since the original "Fangs on Bats" Tullycraft t-shirt was introduced some time ago, we have had a few requests to make this design available on black shirts. Well... just in time for 2010, a limited number of these shirts have been produced in black featuring the classic bats design. I hesitate to call these goth. Maybe bubblegum goth would be more appropriate? Just like the original blue shirts, these new ones are also American Apparel and quantities are limited. Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Tullycraft w/ Santa

Pictured above are: Cori, Sean, Jenny & Chris with Santa (John Roderick) and his elves at the Three Imaginary Girls: Winter Holiday Spectacular in Seattle on December 23rd. The Special Places (Jenny & Cori) performed at the event.

Friday, December 25, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day Twelve

Today we are finishing up our Twelve Days of Christmas. On this twelfth, and final day we have the song Spend Christmas Day With Me by Darren Hanlon. Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day Eleven

Happy Christmas Eve! Today we have The Sonics' classic, Don't Believe In Christmas performed by Junior Varsity.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day Ten

In 1980, RSO Records released a seven inch single for the song "What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)" by The Star Wars Intergalactic Droid Choir. The b-side of the single featured the very first professional recording by Jon Bon Jovi (credited as "John Bongiovi", his birth name), who sang lead vocals on the song "R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas." Today we have What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?). This song reached #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart that year.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day Nine

Years ago, I was asked if I would contribute a Christmas song to a compilation on Kindercore Records. I had never written a holiday themed song, but I gave it my best. I'm not sure it was a success. Today we have Secret Santa (You Could Be The One) by my old casiocore project Six Cents and Natalie.

Monday, December 21, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day Eight

In 1964, The Beach Boys released The Beach Boys' Christmas Album. Five of the album's 12 tracks were original Christmas songs written by the band, which was unusual at the time. Today we have the song Santa's Beard written by Brian Wilson & Mike Love. Brian Wilson often used studio musicians to record instrumental tracks for the band to sing over, but on this song The Beach Boys recorded their own backing tracks. Brian played piano, Dennis played drums, Carl is on rhythm & lead guitar, and Al Jardine played the bass.

Friday, December 18, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day Seven

Today we have a Norwegian Christmas song called Deilig Er Jorden by Kings Of Convenience. Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day Six

Today, as part of our Twelve Days of Christmas we have one of my very favorites, My Christmas Card To You by The Partridge Family. Actually, if you're looking for a good Christmas album, A Partridge Family Christmas Card, is pretty hard to beat.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day Five

Today we have Santa! Don't Pass Me By by Jimmy Donley. Donley wrote many songs in the mid to late 1950's that went on to be hits for a number of early rock 'n' roll artists, including Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. Unfortunately, he was never properly credited or compensated. Jimmy Donley committed suicide in 1963.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day Four

Continuing with our Twelve Days of Christmas, today we have the song Christmas Wish by Autumn Teen Sound.

Monday, December 14, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day Three

It would be difficult to put together a collection of holiday songs without including at least one from Sammy, Dean or Frank. So... today we have Baby, It's Cold Outside by Dean Martin. A classic.

Friday, December 11, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day Two

We're continuing our Twelve Days of Christmas today with the song, Four Years of Christmas by Angry Moofah and the Joints. Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day One

Today we're kicking off our Twelve Days of Christmas with the song, Sleigh Bells, Reindeer And Snow by Rita Faye Wilson.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1994, the band, Nothing Painted Blue appeared on the radio show Brave New World on KCRW-FM in Santa Monica, CA. The show was hosted by Tricia Halloran and engineered by Scott Fritz. They played a number of songs including a cover of The Minutemen classic, My Heart and the Real World. Since the trio split-up in the late 90's, each member has pursued new endeavors. Franklin Bruno (guitar/vocals) has gone on to write music criticism for The Village Voice and Time Out New York. He is currently is a visiting professor of philosophy at Bard College. Kyle Brodie (drums) is a Superior Court Judge in San Bernardino County, and Peter Hughs (bass/vocals) is in The Mountain Goats.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

12 Days of Christmas

Starting Thursday we’re going to be kicking off The Twelve Days of Christmas, featuring 12 of our favorite holiday inspired songs. Some you may know, and some you may not. But, before we begin the yuletide fun, we’d love to know…. which holiday songs do you love (or not love)?

Monday, December 07, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the US Constitution. I was just in Delaware last month and they're still talking about this (no joke). Today we have the song The Day I Was A Horse by CHEAP RED.

Friday, December 04, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1952, a dense fog settled over the city of London, England. Although the city was accustomed to thick fogs, this one was denser and longer lasting than any seen previously. The fog mixed with chimney smoke, vehicle exhaust, and other pollutants, which blanketed the city. The absence of significant wind prevented its dispersal and it hovered over London for four days. Initially, there was no great panic, as the city was renowned for its fog. However, in the weeks that followed, statistics compiled by medical services found that the fog had killed over 4,000 people. Today we have a cover of The Magnetic Fields' song All The Umbrellas In London by LINDA SMITH.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1968, NBC aired an Elvis Presley Television Special. The program has commonly been referred to as the '68 Comeback Special. After coming home from the Army, Elvis recorded a number of hits, but only performed three concerts in 1961. It wasn't until this 1968 television special that the public saw Elvis perform live again. Today we have the song Elvis by WIMP FACTOR 14.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1973, The Stilettos played at the Boburn Tavern in New York City. The band featured vocalist, Debbie Harry and guitarist, Chris Stein. The two would go on to form the band Blondie in 1975. Today we have an interview with Debbie Harry and a live recording of the song Hanging On The Telephone by BLONDIE.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1959, twelve nations, including the United States and the Soviet Union, signed the Antarctica Treaty, which banned military activity and mineral mining on that continent. It was the first arms control agreement signed during the Cold War period. To date, forty-six countries have signed the treaty. Experiments and scientific research are currently ongoing by more than 4,000 international scientists in Antarctica. Today we have the song C & F by ANTARCTICA TAKES IT!