joe strummer tribute night, northstar bar, philadelphia, pa, december 22, 2011

featuring the music of joe strummer, the clash, the 101ers & the mescaleros  performed by the future unwritten, leland plumridge (of first capitol funk), tonight we strike, successful failures, lust2love, scarier area, mean streets and us. the proceeds were all donated to strummerville, a registered charity that gives support to aspiring musicians and help to projects that help change the world through music. set up by the friends and family of joe strummer in the year after his death, the charity seeks to reflect joe’s unique contribution to the music world by offering support, resources and performance opportunities to artists who would not normally have access to them. we performed four clash songs.

janie jones, career opportunities, safe european home, death or glory

chris parker – philadelphia weekly – december 21, 2011

critic’s pick: strummerville benefit – what better way to seize the seasonal spirit than by celebrating punk’s patron saint—joe strummer—and contributing to his namesake charity, which, naturally, helps young, broke musicians make their mark. the lineup’s strong, highlighted by taggart, a local fixture harking back to underground rock’s golden age during the half-decade leading up to nevermind. the guitars are sweet and crunchy like super sugar crisp, purveying tasty hooks coated in distortion and jagged edges with gruff, half-yelped vocals reminiscent of eric bachmann (archers of loaf). versatile trio mean streets’ medium is punk rock in the vein of acts like the adicts and toy dolls. it’s catchy, boisterous stuff you might describe as pop-punk before blink-182 came along. the successful failures specialize in blending melancholy jangle pop and alt-rock fury. The bill’s filled out by the groovement’s frontman leland plumridge, bloozy classic rockers the future unwritten, and high-energy pop-punkers tonight we strike. (Philadelphia Weekly)

murph’s, philadelphia, pa 12/17/11

fun night playing three sets of almost all covers at murph’s.

you can’t do that (beatles)
tree house (buffalo tom)
gun (uncle tupelo)
tractor rape chain (guided by voices)
outtasight (outta mind) (wilco)
low (cracker)
throwing things (superchunk)
i need to know (tom petty & the heartbreakers)
your little hoodrat friend (hold steady)
burned (buffalo springfield)
tired of sex (weezer)
christmas vacation (descendents)

know your onion! (shins)
harnessed in slums (archers of loaf)
fabricoh (archers of loaf)
nostalgia (archers of loaf)
you’re gonna lose that girl (beatles)
anarchy in the u.k. (sex pistols)
keep it close to me (superdrag)
o valencia (decemberists)
the kids are alright (who)
the goldheart mountaintop queen directory (guided by voices)
here comes your man (pixies)
born to lose (social distortion)
psycho killer (talking heads)
rock your ass (supersuckers)
death or glory (clash)
safe european home (clash)

makes no sense at all (husker du)
angels of the silences (counting crows)
sunshine state (superchunk)
hey bulldog (beatles)
nu bruises (superchunk)
father christmas (kinks)