Posts filed under ‘On this Day’
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 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.
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.
On this day in 2007 Tullycraft, Fishboy and Eux Autres performed at the Department of Safety in Anacortes, Washington. The venue was freezing cold and there were maybe 12 people in attendance. Despite the small crowd, all the bands played enthusiastic sets. Tullycraft attempted to play the song “Every Little Thing” live for the very first time, and Fishboy performed their album ‘Albatross: How We Failed to Save the Lone Star State with the Power of Rock and Roll’ in its entirety. It was amazing!
Today we have the Tullycraft song “Anacortes” from the album ‘Lost in Light Rotation’
On this day in 1986, R.E.M. performed at the University Of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. During the song “Seven Chinese Brothers,” someone from the audience jumped up on stage and tried to grab Peter Buck’s guitar. He was unsuccessful, but he managed to escape back into the crowd. Peter immediately tore off his guitar and jumped in after him. From the stage Mike Mills yelled: “If anybody sees that guy, grab him and bring him backstage after the show.” And Michael Stipe commented: “So the Republicans won in this state, huh?” After a few minutes, Peter made his way back on stage and the crowd cheered. He re-tuned his guitar, and the band started into the Velvet Underground song “Femme Fatale.” Today we have a live recording of R.E.M. performing “Femme Fatale.”
On this day in 2002 Tullycraft performed 18 songs (maybe our longest set ever) at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard, WA. Chris broke five strings during the performance.
Here is a live performance of “Glitter & Twang” from John Richard’s show on KEXP from around the same time.