Posts filed under ‘On this Day’
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.
On this day in 2004 Tullycraft and Camera Obscura played at Neumos in Seattle. After the show I was approached by two guys introducing themselves as Charles and James. They handed me a demo EP of their new band Math and Physics Club (see photo). Little did I know that this band would soon become indie pop stars with fans all over the world. Now, nine years later, Math and Physics Club are about to release their eagerly awaited third album, Our Hearts Beat Out Loud on Matinee Recordings. Check out their new single “Long Drag” HERE.
On this day in 1994 Crayon and The Softies performed at Gabe’s Oasis in Iowa City, Iowa. Gosh that makes me feel old.
Here is a live recording of The Softies playing “Fragile Don`t Crush.” Enjoy.
On this day in 2009 Tullycraft played at The Richshaw Stop in San Francisco, CA. Prior to this show we decided to take a break from performing. We haven’t played live since.
This was our set list that evening:
Georgette Plays a Goth
Every Little Thing
Willie Goes To The Seashore
If You Take Away The Make-Up…
Bored To Hear Your Heart Still Breaks
Superboy & Supergirl
The Secret History Of Devil’s Paw
The Punks Are Writing Love Songs
Our Days In Kansas
Rumble with the Gang Debs / Pop Songs…
Yeah, Oh Yeah (Magnetic Fields cover)
Miss Douglas County