penn treaty park, philadelphia, pa 6/30/18

set list from penn treaty park before the fireworks display over the delaware river.

the kids are alright (who)
surrender (cheap trick)
good intentions
my best friend’s girl (cars)
psycho killer (talking heads)
even
don’t change (inxs)
finders
i’ll feel a whole lot better (byrds)
just like heaven (cure)
no matter what (badfinger)
starting now
she said, she said (beatles)
sabotage (beastie boys)
radio radio (elvis costello & the attractions)
fly me to the moon (frank sinatra)
spotlight
listen to her heart (tom petty & the heartbreakers)
fortunate son (creedence clearwater revival)
st. nick
under pressure (david bowie & queen)
suspicious minds (elvis presley)
butterfly
highway to hell (ac/dc)

“l’maskin” record release show, johnny brenda’s, philadelphia, pa 2/24/18

definitely one of the highlights of our 20+ years: our first time headlining johnny brenda’s to celebrate the release of l’maskin. we had our good friends kevin and ken open the show and both were amazing. We played 9 out of 10 songs from the new album and assorted taggart favorites. The four of us each chose a cover song which we scattered throughout the set and then threw in an elvis song at the end for good measure. here’s how it all went down:

butterfly
spotlight
good intentions
st. nick
you never seem to mind
infinite space
afternoon is better
she said, she said (beatles)
geometric mean
lifeboat
(i’m always touched by your) presence, dear (blondie)
humpty
deferent
shattered leaves
starting now
brand new love (sebadoh/superchunk)
skin i’m in
weekend politics
my victim (supersuckers)
nutso
none of them
suspicious minds (elvis presley)
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abbaye 15th anniversary party 1/20/18

this year we celebrated 15 wonderful years that the abbaye has been our favorite place to eat and drink in philly. as always we celebrated by performing live band karaoke for a packed house of abbaye employees and loyalists. this was the 12th year of karaoke and the quality of singers seems to get better every year.  this year’s song list hit a high of 248 songs and everyone took full advantage. we started things off with two of our originals and then the crowd took over the mic. as always we had some very special guests from the abbaye join us throughout the evening. in addition to the many employees who performed owner marc played drums on “queen bitch” and “the kids are alright’ (and an impromptu rendition of “the gold heart mountaintop queen directory”) and to start off the second set owner meghan sang david bowie’s “heroes” (which was kept off the list as her surprise song) and later on her annual favorite “glad girls’. The night ended at almost 2:30 with our friend steve on top of the bar belting out “(what’s so funny ’bout) peace, love and understanding”. it was another amazing year at the abbaye and all 48 songs performed are listed below for those of us who’s memories of the night are a little hazy.

butterfly
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(you gotta) fight for your right (to party!) (beastie boys)
fuck & run (liz phair)
about a girl (nirvana)
color me impressed (replacements)
girlfriend in a coma (smiths)
paranoid (black sabbath)
creep (radiohead)
psycho killer (talking heads)
surrender (cheap trick)
paranoid (black sabbath)
just what i needed (cars)
jumping jack flash (rolling stones)
queen bitch (david bowie)
web in front (archers of loaf)
o valencia (decemberists)
motor away (guided by voices)
dreaming (blondie)
cut your hair (pavement)
where is my mind? (pixies)
that’s when i reach for my revolver (mission of burma)
headache (frank black)
anarchy in the uk (sex pistols)

“heroes” (david bowie)
american girl (tom petty & the heartbreakers)
free fallin’ (tom petty)
a salty salute (guided by voices)
say it ain’t so (weezer)
last caress (misfits)
glad girls (guided by voices)
our lips are sealed (go-go’s)
here comes your man (pixies)
tired of sex (weezer)
highway to hell (ac/dc)
suspicious minds (elvis presley)
the gold heart mountaintop queen directory (guided by voices)
the kids are alright (who)
the bends (radiohead)
whole wide world (wreckless eric)
breed (nirvana)
attitude (misfits)
100% (sonic youth)
that’s how i escaped my certain fate (mission of burma)
i need to know (tom petty & the heartbreakers)
helter skelter (beatles)
i wanna be sedated (ramones)
(what’s so funny ’bout) peace, love and understanding (elvis costello and the attractions)

abbaye 14th anniversary party 2/11/17

for the 11th year we performed live band karaoke for our friends at the abbaye to celebrate their anniversary. the enthusiastic party goers chose from our list of 235 songs to come up and sing with us as their backing band. each year everyone seems to get better and better and this year we probably had the most people come up and sing without looking at lyric sheets. every year abbaye co-owner meghan chooses a secret song ahead of time which we learn and kept off the list just for her to perform. her song this year was “where you get love” by mattew sweet which started off the second set. she also closed the night with her song from last year “don’t change” by inxs. the other owner marc played drums on “just what i needed” by the cars which gave ward an opportunity to come up front and sing lead. we also had other abbaye employees who played drums on “she don’t use jelly” and sang “fight for your right”. as usual we started the night off with two of our original songs and then the crowd took over. here is everything that was performed in both sets:

good intentions
butterfly
fell in love with a girl (white stripes)
roots radicals (rancid)
slot machine (superdrag)
phaser (superdrag)
take the skinheads bowling (camper van beethoven)
sick of myself (matthew sweet)
tame (pixies)
then he kissed me (crystals)
queen bitch (david bowie)
just what i needed (cars)
basket case (green day)
range life (pavement)
dreaming (blondie)
tired of sex (weezer)
(what’s so funny ’bout) peace, love and understanding (elvis costello and the attractions)
sliver (nirvana)
game of pricks (guided by voices)
hyper enough (superchunk)
that’s how i escaped my certain fate (mission of burma)
smells like teen spirit (nirvana)
friday i’m in love (cure)
femme fatale (velvet underground)
100% (sonic youth)
last caress (misfits)
attitude (misfits)
happiness is a warm gun (beatles)
our lips are sealed (go-go’s)
don’t want to know if you are lonely (husker du)
gigantic (pixies)

where you get love (matthew sweet)
she don’t use jelly (flaming lips)
misty mountain hop (led zeppelin)
web in front (archers of loaf)
(you gotta) fight for your right (to party!) (beastie boys)
should i stay or should i go (clash)
under pressure (david bowie & queen)
be my baby (ronettes)
wrong (archers of loaf)
no matter what (badfinger)
glad girls (guided by voices)
twist and shout (beatles)
throwing things (superchunk)
fell in love with a girl (white stripes)
teenage fbi (guided by voices)
breed (nirvana)
attitude (misfits)
cut your hair (pavement)
debaser (pixies)
seether (veruca salt)
smells like teen spirit (nirvana)
left of the dial (replacements)
twist and shout (beatles)
roots radicals (rancid)
don’t change (inxs)

penn treaty park, philadelphia, pa 7/2/16

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)