“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:

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






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
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)
my best friend’s girl (cars)
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)
baba o’riley (who)
radio radio (elvis costello & the attractions)
movie star (cracker)
sabotage (beastie boys)
helter skelter (beatles)