penn treaty park, philadelphia, pa 7/2/15

our third year performing outside in penn treaty park before the city fireworks and this year we had special guests with us. halfway through the set we turned our instruments over to riot, featuring pete’s sons calvin and myles, who performed a green day song as their first public performance. our set was a big mix of originals and covers.

i need to know (tom petty & the heartbreakers)
surrender (cheap trick)
goshen 97 (strand of oaks)
even
my best friend’s girl (cars)
spotlight
outtasite, outtamind (wilco)
friday i’m in love (cure)
none of them
growin’ up (bruce springsteen)
good intentions
basket case (green day)(performed by riot)
don’t change (inxs)
starting now
psycho killer (talking heads)
butterfly
baba o’riley (who)
radio radio (elvis costello & the attractions)
movie star (cracker)
sabotage (beastie boys)
helter skelter (beatles)

abbaye 13th anniversary party 1/16/16

for the 10th year (9th consecutive) our friends at the abbaye asked us to join in their anniversary celebration by performing live band karaoke and it was just as fun as ever. this year’s list reached 235 songs that people could choose from to come up and sing with us as their backing band which we all did for four and a half hours. this year went seamlessly and everyone did a great job singing. as in every other year abbaye owner meghan choose a secret song ahead of time which we learned and kept off the list just for her to perform. her song this year was “don’t change” by inxs and it was definitely a highlight of the evening. as usual we started the night off with two of our original songs and then we let the crowd take over. here is everything that was performed in both sets:

good intentions
butterfly
miss world (hole)
tired of sex (weezer)
creep (radiohead)
academy fight song (mission of burma)
breed (nirvana)
saving my ticket (superchunk)
the seeker (who)
fuck & run (liz phair)
gold star for robot boy (guided by voices)
song 2 (blur)
molly’s lips (nirvana)
last caress (misfits)
attitude (misfits)
(you gotta) fight for your right (to party!) (beastie boys)
be my baby (ronettes)
our lips are sealed (go-go’s)
twist and shout (beatles)
fell in love with a girl (white stripes)
don’t want to know if you are lonely (husker du)
(love is like a) heat wave (martha reeves & the vandellas)
queen bitch (david bowie)
psycho killer (talking heads)
glad girls (guided by voices)
basket case (green day)
hey hey, my my (neil young)

all day and all of the night (kinks)
should I stay or should I go (clash)
don’t change (inxs)
gigantic (pixies)
buddy holly (weezer)
range life (pavement)
last caress (misfits)
girlfriend in a coma (smiths)
a salty salute (guided by voices)
motor away (guided by voices)
happiness is a warm gun (beatles)
under pressure (david bowie & queen)
just like heaven (cure)
radio radio (elvis costello & the attractions)
mary jane’s last dance (tom petty & the heartbreakers)
creep (radiohead)
suspicious minds (elvis presley)
smells like teen spirit (nirvana)
seether (veruca salt)
jumping jack flash (rolling stones)
here comes your man (pixies)
color me impressed (replacements)
anarchy in the uk (sex pistols)
roots radicals (rancid)
girl who lives on heaven hill (husker du)

ortliebs, philadelphia, pa 9/18/15

great show with friends howling fantods and sick panda. we went way off set list so this is an approximation of what happened:

attitude (misfits)
good intentions
know my name
finders
spotlight
everything pales
my valuable hunting knife (guided by voices)
stock
humpty
alison’s starting to happen (lemonheads)
weekend politics
none of them
wrong (archers of loaf)
happiness is a warm gun (beatles)
last caress (misfits)
movie star (cracker)

live band karaoke – johnny brenda’s, philadelphia, pa 6/4/15

a live band karaoke event for philadelphia beer week sponsored by yards brewing. we had a list of 232 songs which people were invited to choose from to come onstage at johnny brenda’s to sing with us. Everyone that came up did an amazing job and there are a few video links in the set lists below to prove it.

left of the dial (replacements)
miss world (hole)
detroit has a skyline (superchunk)
today (smashing pumpkins)
she don’t use jelly (flaming lips)
song 2 (blur)
wrong (archers of loaf)
girlfriend in a coma (smiths)
have you ever seen the rain? (creedence clearwater revival)
creep (radiohead)
up in arms (foo fighters)
just like heaven (cure)
cut your hair (pavement)
dreaming (blondie)
ziggy stardust (david bowie)
psycho killer (talking heads)
celebrated summer (husker du)
tired of sex (weezer)

(what’s so funny ’bout) peace, love and understanding (elvis costello and the attractions)
harnessed in slums (archers of loaf)
academy fight song (mission of burma)
femme fatale (velvet underground)
tractor rape chain (guided by voices)
your little hoodrat friend (hold steady)
the bends (radiohead)
unfair (pavement)
basket case (green day)
helter skelter (beatles)
motor away (guided by voices)
kicker of elves (guided by voices)
fell in love with a girl (white stripes)
elevate me later (pavement)
happiness is a warm gun (beatles)
sabotage (beastie boys)
under pressure (david bowie & queen)
paranoid (black sabbath)
drain you (nirvana)
that’s how i escaped my certain fate (mission of burma)
game of pricks (guided by voices)
debaser (pixies)
frances farmer will have her revenge on seattle (nirvana)
then he kissed me (crystals)
tractor rape chain (guided by voices)
seether (veruca salt)