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
stock
(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)

 

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)