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recommended boston area events

tuesday, december 4th

kelly hogan

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 6th

conor oberst

@ converse hall, tremont st.

thursday, december 6th

jason isbell &

the 400 unit

@ the sinclair

friday, december 7th

the weisstronauts 14th

annual holiday jubilee

with guests tsunami of sound

preacher jack, & the derangers

@ the midway cafe, jp

friday, december 7th


moving mountains


@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

patrick watson

@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

the faint perform

"danse macabre"


icky blossoms

@ the paradise

sunday, december 9th

band of horses

@ house of blues

sunday, december 9th



@ the paradise

wednesday, december 12th

concrete blonde

jim bianco

@ the sinclair

thursday, december 13th

annual boston christmas cavalcade

benefit for the homeless

featuring tons of artists

(see fb event for details)

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 13th

nada surf

eternal summers

@ the paradise

thursday, december 13th

mates of state

in the valley below

@ brighton music hall

friday, december 14th

forgetters (blake from

jawbreaker's band)

& more tba

@ democracy center, harvard square

sunday, december 30th

sufjan stevens

sheila saputo

@ the royale

monday, december 31st

my morning jacket

@ agganis arena

monday, december 31st

deer tick

two gallants

@ the sinclair

monday, january 7th


@ the paradise

tuesday, january 8th


@ great scott

saturday, january 19th

mission of burma

@ the sinclair

sunday, january 20th

camper van beethoven


@ the middle east down

sunday, january 20th


@ the orpheum

sunday, january 20th

ra ra riot

@ the paradise

sunday, january 27th


@ great scott

tuesday, january 29th

kathleen edwards

sera cahoone

@ brighton music hall

wednesday, february 13th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

saturday, march 2nd

unknown mortal orchestra

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 12th

tame impala

@ house of blues

thursday, march 14th

jukebox the ghost

matt pond pa

lighthouse and the whaler

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 26th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

wednesday & thursday

april 3rd & 4th

they might be giants

@ the paradise

visit tourfilter for more shows

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Live Mp3s: Tullycraft in Somerville

If you need to put a smile on your face, or at least widen your already-existing one, there's no surefire way to do that than to see Tullycraft play live. There's an exuberance to their shows and songs, a sincerity of sweetness and light that could knock over even the most jaded hipster. So it was with no slight sadness that I read their MySpace update back in March that said the following...
"Each of us has had a wonderful time, but over the years it's become increasingly difficult to balance our personal lives (i.e. Chris' goat farm, Cori's adult bookstore, etc...) with our time in the band. While we're excited to continue to write and record music together, we've decided to take a step back from playing live shows".
To say goodbye, at least for now, the band played two more (west coast, unfortunately) shows in the spring, including a May appearance at the SF Popfest (setlist), then packed their tour cases away. Being a Seattle-based band, we didn't get a ton of Tullycraft visits here in Boston, but when they did come, it was a guaranteed good time. The world needs more of those, not less, but we can take comfort in knowing that the band hasn't clearly not called it quits (more on that below).

To mark their live hiatus, I figured it was time to (finally!) share up this set I recorded last summer at PA's lounge, with the kind permission of TC's Sean Tollefson. Even though he claims this wasn't the best performance of the tour, and the fact that the sound at PA's is rarely perfect, he gratefully gave his consent anyway (and I quote: "Tullycraft has never been a band that has been known for being tight or our playing ability, so I'm cool with [it]."). Thanks, Sean.

Here it is, a rough and ready 12-song set from Somerville, MA last summer. Be sure to scroll down below for some info and links...

As regular readers of the 'Nac know (or at least those that read the fine print below), I capture all the shows I go to on a little Minidisc recorder, a little machine that never really caught on, but still has a few loyalists. Was nice to find out from Sean that Tullycraft guitarist Chris is a fellow MD fan. Sean also let me know that while things are now quieter in band-land, they're not completely quiet: Sean is working on new song demos and Chris is rebuilding their recording studio, which includes setting up a new 16-track analog machine (their last four albums were recorded on 8 tracks). So fans take heart that more music is on the way.

Some Tullycraft links...
  • Their official site, MySpace page, Wikipedia entry, and their Magic Marker label page.

  • Additional Audio: The band has freely downloadble songs from each of their albums on their own Mp3s page, and you can stream 5 tracks on MySpace.

    And get this: Tullycraft's Sean maintains his own date-appropriate "Mp3 of the Day" feature on the TC blog, offering up songs he likes by non-Tullycraft artists. It's a daily visit, and you'd do well to throw this feed link in your RSS reader.

  • Required reading: Tullycraft wears their "Twee" badge with honor, and Sean took some time to pull together a little "Twee Primer" for the Washington Post's Post Rock music blog last summer. Some great recommendations to be found in there.

  • Video: There's one for "Georgette Plays A Goth" from their latest album, "Every Scene Needs A Center". You can try a full Tullycraft YouTube search for live clips.

  • Photos: My Flickr-hosted shots from the PA's show are here. Check out the full Tullycraft Flickr tag search.

  • Easily stream any and all 'Nac-hosted Mp3s at the Hype Machine.

  • ye olde fine print... If anyone has an issue with these Mp3s being made available, just let me know (my contact info in the 'nac faq). Live sets recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps Mp3s. Files are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.


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