On this day in 1994 the Yoyo a Gogo festival began in Olympia, WA. Curated by Pat Maley, the festival featured five days of music by an incredible lineup of artists including: Beck, Jad Fair, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Halo Benders, Lois Maffeo, Some Velvet Sidewalk, Built to Spill, New Bad Things, The Softies, Rancid, Cub, The Crabs, Girl Trouble, Bunnygrunt, Yo La Tengo, The Spinanes, Mecca Normal, Crayon, Go Sailor, Heavens to Betsy, Unwound, Team Dresch, Kicking Giant and many more!
It was totally punk and 100% independent – nothing like the corporate music festivals that pretend to be “punk” today. It was truly an amazing event.
Here is a homemade video which includes some great footage of many of the bands at the festival. For some reason, this video features the terrible Jefferson Starship song, “We Built This City.” (Crayon appears briefly at the 2:38 mark). Enjoy!
On this day in 1994 Crayon and The Softies were on tour together in Burlington, Vermont. While washing our clothes at a local Laundromat, we were greeted by an east coast rain storm. During this unusually heavy downpour, Rose and Jen (The Softies) took shelter in the Crayon tour van and wrote a song called “Empty Patches.” Here is a live recording of that song performed at the Yoyo-a-Gogo festival in Olympia a couple weeks later.
Also, here is a live recording of Crayon performing “The Snap-Tight Wars” at the Burlington, Vermont show.
On this day in 1986 Madonna released her third studio album, “True Blue.” Nine years later, in 1995, Tullycraft would release their debut 7″ [“True Blue”] on Harriet Records. The song “True Blue” paid homage to Madonna’s “Like A Virgin.” As it turned out, college radio would play the B-side of this single much more than the A-side. The B-side featured the songs: “Skyway” and “Superboy & Supergirl” – staples of the Tullycraft live set for many years.
On June 15, 2008 Tullycraft played in Washington DC with the terrific bands: Sprites, From Bubblegum To Sky, and Sad Crocodile.
On this day in 2011, D. Crane (from BOAT) and I recorded a demo of the song “Grind Like Gears” for a potential home recording project called CASTLE FANTASY. Nothing became of the project, but an updated version of “Grind Like Gears” would eventually appear on the 2013 BOAT album, Pretend To Be Brave. Here is the never before heard demo of “Grind Like Gears. Enjoy.
On this day in 2007 Tullycraft started recording the album, Every Scene Needs A Center. Initial tracking began at Soundhouse Studio with producer Kip Beelman. The first two days were spent almost entirely on drums. At one point, Jeff appeared to reach his limit when Kip asked him to play a song “again” – for what was probably the fifteenth time. Jeff responded by quietly setting down his drum sticks and simply walking out of the studio. I caught up with him down the street, and I eventually convinced him to return. Needless to say, the drums on this album sound great. Thanks Jeff!
Earlier this year Magic Marker Records reissued Every Scene Needs A Center on limited edition vinyl. There are a few copies still available.
Hey! Bunnygrunt is about to release their fifth studio album titled “Vol 4.” This is their first new album since 2009. I’m sure the title, “Vol 4,” will confuse some folks, seeing as how this is actually their fifth album. I can only assume the band is viewing this as the fourth record released by Bunnygrunt 2.0 – including the odds and ends compilation, “In The Valley Of Lonesome Phil” (2004).
Brief Bunnygrunt history: the band released two albums between 1993 – 1998. These were the years of the famous Tullycraft/Bunnygrunt tours. After a tour of Japan in December 1998, Bunnygrunt broke up. They reemerged in 2003 with a new line-up and a decidedly less twee sound (aka the post Jen Wolfe era).
Rumors are swirling that “Vol 4” may be the band’s last album. The deluxe pre-order includes lots of Bunnygrunt goodies (drink koozie, coasters, bottle-opener keychain). The album is available in three formats: LP/CD/CS. Act fast!