March 2, 1996

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This is another poster Chris and I discovered when we were cleaning out the old practice space. I don’t recall much about this night. I do remember that shortly before this show Tullycraft recorded a cover of the Jonathan Richman song “They’re Not Trying on the Dance Floor” at a small studio in Seattle. It was a last minute idea, and we tracked the song live in a single take. This show at the Rendezvous was the only time we ever performed that song in public. I don’t think it went over very well, maybe it was too slow for a Saturday night crowd? I’m not sure why we never attempted to play it again. I guess it just fell through the cracks. Anyway, the Tullycraft recording of “They’re Not Trying on the Dance Floor” eventually appeared on the Friendly Society compilation in 1998 – which ended up being the last record released by Harriet Records. One thing I do remember about this show is that Incredible Force of Junior was much better than the other three bands on the bill. They ruled the night!

Here is the song “Kid Champion” by Incredible Force of Junior



… and if you’re curious, here is the Tullycraft version of “They’re Not Trying on the Dance Floor.” (This song also appeared on The Singles – a b-sides, rarities and early singles compilation released on Darla Records in 1999.)

March 2, 2015 at 4:36 am Leave a comment

20 Years of Tullycraft

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On February 28, 1995, Tullycraft played their very first show at a small club in Seattle called Re-Bar. It was a Tuesday and there weren’t many people in attendance that evening, but among them was Jeff Smith from the pre-Mudhoney band Mr. Epp & the Calculations. Jeff ended up writing a review of the show in a zine he published at the time called Feminist Baseball (see review below).

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Also on the bill that evening were the bands Incredible Force of Junior and Sno*Boy. Ironically, Chris (from IFOJ) and Harold (from Sno*Boy) would both eventually join Tullycraft. Chris is still in the band today. Here is a live recording of the song “Mental Obsession” from that fateful night. Enjoy.

February 26, 2015 at 3:44 am 1 comment

February 22, 1980

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“Miracles Are Hard To Find” by The Bartlebees.

February 22, 2015 at 9:47 pm Leave a comment

The Punks Are Writing Love Songs!

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Today we have the duo Moustache of Insanity featuring Bill Botting (of Allo Darlin’) and Nik Vestberg – covering the Tullycraft song “The Punks Are Writing Love Songs.” Enjoy!

February 22, 2015 at 8:24 pm 2 comments

Tullycraft b-side

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In 2005 Little Teddy Recordings, an indie label based in Germany, released a 7” for the Tullycraft song “Our Days in Kansas.” The b-side of this single featured two songs: a live recording of “Wild Bikini” performed on the radio in Stockholm, Sweden and “Sad, Sad Day” – a track recorded during the studio sessions for the album Disenchanted Hearts Unite. “Sad, Sad Day” featured an accordion part played by Corianton Hale. Cori wasn’t in Tullycraft when he recorded this part, but shortly after this record was released he became an official member of the band. We ended up mixing “Sad, Sad Day” a couple different ways, but ultimately the song wasn’t included on the Disenchanted Hearts Unite album. Lost but not forgotten, here is the song “Sad, Sad Day.”

February 19, 2015 at 3:44 am Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day… 25 years ago

Crayon_first practice_cassette

On February 14, 1990 Crayon practiced together for the very first time. Brad took Jeff and I to Griffenshire, a legendary house outside Bellingham owned by Michael Griffen. At the house Michael had a drum set, a few amplifiers and various musical instruments set up and ready to play. He graciously allowed us to make noise on them, and I can’t overstate how much his encouragement meant to us. Jeff took to the drums fairly quickly, while Brad and I were simply awful on the bass and the guitar. That afternoon we attempted to play music together, and with absolutely no idea what we were doing it was a complete mess. Convinced this event would someday be legendary, Brad recorded the entire practice on cassette. Needless to say, this tape is almost unlistenable, but our confidence overshadowed our lack of ability, and on that day we all agreed: “We should start a band!” Eddie Argos would have been proud. Happy Valentine’s Day.

February 14, 2015 at 12:53 am

Georgette Plays a Goth (live)

Today we have a live performance of “Georgette Plays a Goth.” The audio on this video isn’t that great, but it’s still fun. I think this was shot shortly after we’d written the song. The version of “Georgette Plays a Goth” that appears on the album, Every Scene Needs a Center, features a different guitar intro that Cori wrote just before we recorded it. Speaking of Every Scene Needs a Center, the vinyl re-issue of that album is almost completely sold out. If you would like a copy of this limited edition LP (only 300 pressed), you may order one HERE.

February 12, 2015 at 4:34 am

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