Adam Selzer: Set Lists

Hi, folks! S.J. here from the Smart Aleck Staff. Adam is a set-list junky. When a band he likes is on tour, he gets up every morning to see what songs they played the night before (or, in the case of Bob Dylan shows, he'll stay up late waiting for the set to be posted). He doesn't play live much himself (and no one comes to see him when he does), but he enjoys keeping track of his setlists and makes us record them, along with his notes. Why he posts them, we don't know. But it's his webpage, and he can do what he wants, I guess!

Note: This Adam Selzer is not to be confused with the OTHER Adam Selzer, the one who lives in Portland, plays with Norfolk and Western (not to mention M. Ward) and is an ace producer. Adam (Chicago) occasionally notes that he feels bad that some of his own music gets spread around to people who think it's the other guy's stuff and probably makes Adam (Portland) look bad - that's why Adam (Chicago) plays as "The Broken Chimneys" half the time now!


11/12/11
Windycon
Lombard IL
"The Back Row Hooligans"
Amy McNally on violin, Eric Coleman on drums

The show was completely unrehearsed (Eric and Amy had never heard half the songs) but was possibly the most fun I ever had playing music.

Setlist:
Uncle Herbert's Extra Rowdy Funeral
My Aunt Judith Smokes
Pirates Always Cheat at Bingo
She Lets Me Watch Her Mom and Pop Fight (song from MAD magazine)
Axl Rose is Coming To Town (song From MAD)
Glumpy the Elf Who Got Drunk and Sawed His Leg Off
Heavy Metal Vomit Christmas Party
Ebenezer Walked
Doorbell Ditching at the Pearly Gates (Woody Guthrie version)
The Three Bean Casserole War
Song to a Bratty Sister
Straight Outta Daycare (rap)
A Batman Villain
Stay Out of the Toilet
The Old Lady Who Drank Old Milk
Things Were Cheap in Grandpa's Day
The Burning of the School


Now I want to write up a bunch more songs just so I can record them with Eric and Amy! This band will definitely be back. More info on the Back Row Hooligans page.



6/18/11
DucKon
Schaumburg, IL
Amy McNally on violin

The Burning of the School
Satan's Parents' Basement
I Thought She Was a Goth
Spider-man Needs a Beer
Stop Talking ABout Comic Books Or I'll Kill You (song by Ookla the Mok)
One Last Short Poem
Long Way Home
The Radio is Haunted
Last Squish (Dance, Teenagers, Dance) / The Sound of Donald Duck Fighting with Charlie Brown's Teacher
Howl (for Mayor McCheese)
Doorbell Ditching at the Pearly Gates
The Inner Glow
The Death of Me Yet

First Adam Selzer and his Revolving Door All-Stars set in over four years! Mix of old songs and new. "Sound of Donald Duck" was recorded at Wet Mix Studios in 1998, but never released and never played live before (I always like it when bands that have taken time off come back and bring up obscure songs that they didn't used to play). Mostly stuck with funny songs, except for the "serious song" block in the middle. My voice is way out of shape, but I had a good time and Amy McNally (who played on the "Geeks Gone Wild" album) ROCKED throughout. Recording will be posted soon.





6/2/11
SCAPEGOAT
Gallery Cabaret

Something Scapegoat This Way Comes
Country Abortion Song
The Voyage of the Matador (Adam on kazoo)


Scapegoat was formed in 1995 in an eighth grade algebra class. They reconvene every so often to write and record an album of oft-inappropriate songs. This three song set was their first live appearance on Earth since February, 1995. Crazy! The Gallery Cabaret is the sort of place where a band like Scapegoat can thrive.



6/17/09
a bar in Chicago
also on bill: Elizabeth Bagby

Long Way Home
Doorbell Ditching at the Pearly Gates ("Scapegoat version")
New York Rain
Friday Avenue
Smoke
I Don't Believe in Summer
Satan's Parents' Basement (or most of it; I kinda forgot how to play this one)
How Mark Got Sane
The Three Bean Casserole War


Got a call asking me if I'd come do this set for a charity thing at the last second. Very glad I didn't have to go on AFTER Bagby. She blew me away.


4/16/07
Mercury Cafe
Chicago
Jeff Brown on guitar, accordion
New York Rain
One Last Short Poem
Long Way Home
Friday Avenue
Stop Talking About Comic Books (by Ookla the Mok)
An Intellectual Country Song About Joan Baez
Uncle Herbert's...
Pushing Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
Ebenezer Walked
I Don't Believe in Summer
I Thought She Was a Goth
Never Break a Stalker's Heart
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes
The Radio is Haunted
The October Waltz
Bob Dylan's Dream (by Bob Dylan)
DIAMONDS AND RUST IN PIECE (or, Peace Sells, but Who's Joan Baez? a MEGADETH MEDLEY)
(Rust in Peace, Foreclosure of a Dream, Holy Wars, Five Magics, Peace Sells)
Saturdays with Satan / Gates of Evil Medly
(Jump in the Fire / Leper Messiah / Master of Puppets / Dead or Alive / Night Train / Burn in Hell / To Hell with the Devil / Thriller)
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine (by Bob Dylan)
Recorded for the live album


4/15/07
MoJoe's Hot House
Chicago
Jeff Brown on guitar, accordion
New York Rain
An Intellectual Country Song About Joan Baez
The Death Of Me Yet
Punk Rock Tango Girl
One Man's Poetry
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
Valentine's Day
City Limits
One Last Short Poem
Friday Avenue
Stop Talking About Comic Books Or I'll Kill You (by Ookla the Mok)
Uncle Herbert's Extra Rowdy Funeral
Pushing Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
Ebenezer Walked
Long Way Home
I Don't Believe in Summer
I thought She Was a Goth
Never Break a Stalker's Heart
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes
I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine (by Bob Dylan)

Recorded for the live album!

3/2/07
Consonance
San Jose, CA
with Michelle "Vixy" Dockrey on backing vocals, Dave Rood on trumpet/backing vocals

Punk Rock Tango Girl
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
One Man's Poetry (with new verses)
An Intellectual Country Song About Joan Baez
Valentine's Day
One Last Short Poem
The Death Of Me Yet
Lucy Loves Lincoln
Stop Talking About Comic Books Or I'll Kill You (song by Ookla the Mok)
I Thought She Was a Goth
Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes
Friday Avenue
Dragoncon Gospel Song

Adding Dave, the trumpet player from Suburban Post Modernist, and Michelle, who sang backup on Clark Street Carols, made some of these songs sound better than they ever had before by a considerable margin. The original plan was to record this for a live album, but the recordings didn't turn out quite clean enough for release - with the exception of the last song, which is already on myspace.

8/19/06
Cafe Ciao
Chicagowith Jeff Brown
After it Rains Again
I Don't Believe in Summer
New York Rain
How Mark Got Sane
Friday Avenue
Wake Up Septemer*
The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (song by George Leybourne)*
City Limits / One Last Short Poem
Your Neighborhood Gives me the Creeps
The Radio is Haunted
Long Way Home
Been calling myself "retired" since the Gallery Cabaret show, but this was fun. Capacity crowd and no amplification, which was challenging, but it was a fun show to do.

5/12/06
Gallery Cabaret
Chicago
W/ Brian Feltner on piano
opening act: Kevin Davis
New York Rain
I Don't Believe in Summer
Your Neighborhood Gives me the Creeps
City Limits
One Last Short Poem
Long Way Home
Lucy Loves Lincoln
Cheerleaders
Crooked Houses
Valentine's Day
Saturdays With Satan / Gates of Evil Medly
Medly included "Pour Some Sugar On Me," "Master of Puppets," "In My Dreams,""Dream Warriors",
"Peace Sells," "To Hell With the Devil," and more.



5/03/05
MoJoe's HotHouse
Chicago

w/ Jeff Brown on guitar
How Mark Got Sane
New York Rain
I Don't Believe in Summer
Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps
City Limits
One Last Short Poem
Lucy Loves Lincoln
But Not the Songs
Valentine's Day
This set is approximate. Very cool place, though. Looks like a kitchen from the 50's.

1/14/05
Uncommon Ground
Chicago
A Night of Acoustic Metal
guest during Jeff Brown's set

Polly Wolly Devil
Axl
Saturdays With Satan / Gates of Evil Medley
this may be imcomplete

12/28/05
Gallery Row
Carrollton, GA
Adam Selzer and his Revolving Door All Stars:
Jamie Warner on lead guitar, Bryan Hall on upright bass

New York Rain
One Last Short Poem
Medly: Salvation (by Rancid) / Born to Run (by Springsteen)
Black is the Color
I'll Follow You Anywhere
The Gent From Kent (theme from Marlowe: Gay Atheist Spy)
Friday Avenue
The October Waltz
Pushing Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
Axl Rose Song
I Thought She Was a Goth
Failed (The Emo Indie Blues)
Goodnight Irene (contained verses from "Innocent When You Dream" by Tom Waits and "Don't Let Us Get Sick" by Warren Zevon, plus the "animal" ending)
A short gig prior to an Uncle Calvin's Reunion Bash - many regulars from the early days were there, including
Geoff Weaver, original Maritime Band bassist. Lots of old songs brought back in
for the occasion. (note: setlist is approximate, will be finalized later). "Friday Avenue" was probably the highlight.

12/22/05
The Mutiny
Chicago, IL
opening for Julie Jurgens and Marble Train Wreck


Barbara Allen's Grave
Medly: Salvation (by Rancid) / Born to Run (by Springsteen)
Human After All
One Last Short Poem
Long Way Home
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes
New York Rain
Always Keep a Diamond In Your Shoe
Saturdays With Satan
The combination of opening for a punk band and having to play with gravelly vocal chords
led to an odd setlist. Weird joint. The ceiling is caving in, and the stage is also a storage
area stocked with old file cabinets, broken vcrs, etc. Like playing in someone's old
basement, which they tried to make into a rec center in the early 80's.



12/4/05
Red Line Tap
Chicago, ILwith Jeff Brown

New York Rain
The Girl That's Never Been* (song by Michelle Dockrey of Escape Key)
One Last Short Poem*
Barbara Allen's Grave*
I Don't Believe in summer
* - Jeff on accordion
also played harmonica on Jeff's songs - "One Last Mistake," "Umbrella," and "A Little Song I Wrote."


11/14/05
Big Horse Cafe - Chicago
Adam Selzer and His Revolving Door All-Stars:
Jeff Brown on guitar and accordion
Brian Feltner on piano/organ

Barbara Allen's Grave
One Last Short Poem
Wake Up, September
New York Rain
I Don't Believe in Summer
Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps
Jeff played accordion on the first three songs, then switched to guitar for the last three. The sound system
was such that every loud rhythm guitar strum yielded a sound from the amp like Snap, Crackle and Pop
dying a terrible death, so several guitar-based songs that were supposed to be played were dropped. The songs were re-arranged on the spot into much slower-than-normal versions.
They sounded great on the stage, but the mix was probably so bad that they would have sounded awful from
anywhere else. This band will make up the core of the sound on the new album
.



10/10/05
Coffee on Milwaukee - Chicago

Crooked Houses of Armitage Avenue
I Don't Believe in Summer
Cheerleaders
Barbara Allen's Grave
La Boheme on the Radio
Smoke(And other Halloween Decorations)
An Intellectual Country Song About Joan Baez
New York Rain
Valentine's Day (on piano)
Viktor (on piano)
One More Cup of Coffee (by Bob Dylan) (electric guitar)
Sixty-Six (electric guitar)



9/30/05
Gallery Cabaret
also on bill: Julie Jurgens, Narcisso Lobo, The Wenni-Freds

I Don't Believe in Summer
One Last Short Poem
Valentine's Day
Pushing Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
After It Rains (slow version)
Crooked Houses of Armitage Avenue
Smoke and other Halloween Decorations
I Thought She Was a Goth
The Singer But Not The Songs


9/29/05
The Hideout - Chicago
Benefit for "The Minx," a film by Michael G. Smith
Also appearing: Mia Park, Rock Star Club

New York Rain
Barbara Allen's Grave
Valentine's Day
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine (Bob Dylan cover)

9/7/05
Gallery Cabaret
Jeff Brown on lead guitar

Intro (Barbara Allen / The Briar and the Rose (by Tom Waits)
Barabara Allen's Grave
October Waltz
New York Rain
Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps (Jeff on electric guitar)
I Don't Believe in Summer
Valentine's Day
Friday Avenue
Saturdays With Satan/Gates of Evil Medly*
encore 1:
One Last Short Poem
Nights Are So Long
encore 2:
She's Your Lover Now (by Bob Dylan)
An Intellectual Country Song About Joan Baez (w/ Julie Jurgens on backup vocals)
Let the Toast Pass

* - medly included "Shout At the Devil" (motley crew), "the four horsemen" and "creeping death" (metallica), "peace sells but who's buying" and "Train of consequences" (megadeth), "to be with you" (by Mr. Big), "countess bathory" (by venom), "Youth Gone Wild" (by Skid Row), "march of the pigs" and "Head like a hole" (by nine inch nails), "To hell with the devil" (by Stryper), and ended with Vincent Price's "rap" from "Thriller."Hear it on myspace!
Probably the best show ever.
A recording of the performance of "Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps" (a newly-revived and redone Storm Shadow outtake)
can be heard at http://www.myspace.com/adamselzer

Also played guitar and sang backup on Jeff's "Umbrella" during his set.



7/29/05
Blackwater Cafe
Chicago

New York Rain
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
Death of Me Yet
Crooked Houses of Armitage Avenue
Valentine's Day
Intellectual Country Song About Joan Baez (duet w/Julie Jurgens)
Friday Ave / I Don't Believe in Summer
One Last Short Poem
Barbara Allen's Grave
Nights Are So Long / Wild Untamed Thing
St. James

Lots of new songs, one of the best shows in a long time. First live version of "St. James" in about five years.


5/6/05
Crush
chicago
Jeff Brown on lead guitar

New York Rain
One Last Short Poem
For You (by Springsteen)
Smoke (and other halloween decorations)
Pushing Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
Valentine's Day
Sixty Six
Friday Avenue
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
GATES OF EVIL MEDLY:
Saturdays With Satan
   Every Rose Has Its Thorn (by Poison)
   We're Not Gonna Take It (by Twisted Sister)
   Peace Sells But Who's Buying (by Megadeth)
   Head Like a Hole (by Nine Inch Nails)
   March of the Pigs (by Nine Inch Nails)
   Closer (by Nine Inch Nails)
   Heresy (by Nine Inch Nails)
   Creeping Death (by Metallica)
   To Hell With the Devil (by Stryper)
   Shout At the Devil (by Motley Crue)

3/7/05
Consonance
San Jose, California

I Thought She Was a Goth
The Death of Me Yet
One Man's Poetry
"Hamlet Does Ozzy"
How Mark Got His Sanity Back
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
Smoke
Cheerleaders
Uncle Herbert's Extra-Rowdy Funeral
Lucy Loves Lincoln
Kevin Shapiro: King of the Streets
Valentine's Day
One Last Short Poem
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes
A Boy Named HTML
The MTV
Registration Line Gospel Song
Playing at a con required a set skewed towards sillier songs, but the whole thing went
very well indeed. "One Last Short Poem" is a new song, which, along with "New York Rain," has
been appearing at most of my sets at the Gallery Cabaret and Subterranean in Chicago, which aren't
really kept track of around here. The con was an absolute delight. Got to hang out with Terrence Chua, Rand and Adam from Ookla the Mok, Escape Key, Blake Hodgetts and others. Stayed at a hippie commune for a couple of
days outside of San Fransisco. Got to see the City Lights bookstore, the pirate store at 826 Valencia, and the view from the hills.



12/16/04
Gallery Cabaret
Chicago, IL


Valentine's Day
Cheerleaders
Smoke
The Death of Me Yet

Just an open mic, but I've moved to Chicago with no backing band to speak of,
and am finally getting my feet in the water after eight months of no real playing - haven't played a
full show since the album came out!

9/04
Dragoncon
"Mr. Star Wars Pageant"

Mr Star Wars Theme
Registration Line Gospel Song
The grand Dragoncon tradition of trotting out the same material as last year.



4/12/04
Amici
Adam Selzer and his Revolving Door All-Stars
Bryan Hall on upright bass/tuba
Jamie Warner on lead guitar

Set 1:
Metallica Hoedown
City Limits / Snowflakes In Your Hair
Smoke
Cheerleaders
The October Waltz
Tango Til They're Sore (song by Tom Waits)
Some Of My Best Friends Are Weirdoes
Friday Avenue
Sixty Six
Valentine's Day
Fourth of July, Asbury Park (song by Bruce Springsteen)
Stormy Season
One Man's Poetry
SET TWO:
intro (tuba solo)
The Radio is Haunted
One More Before I Go
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
Lucy Loves Lincoln
Axl
At Night All Cats are Grey
Let the Toast Pass

The final Milledgeville appearance, in all likelihood. So long, southeast!


3/23/03
Milledgeville - Amici
If I Loved You
Sixty Six
The October Waltz
Valentine's Day
Blind Willie McTell (by Bob Dylan)

10/29/03
Mayfair Art Gallery
"Adam Selzer and His Revolving Door All-Stars"
(Jamie Warner on electric guitar, Brian Hall on tuba)
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2003

One Man's Poetry
Smoke
I Thought She Was a Goth

Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
Valentine's Day
Cheerleaders (Halloween version)
Dread
The Nights Are So Long (solo acoustic)
Friday Avenue
Lucy Loves Lincoln
Uncle Herbert's Extra Rowdy Funeral
The Radio is Haunted / If I Just Kept Driving

Let the Toast Pass
Much better than the last Halloween show, despite the standard technical difficulties that
always seem to come up. It's quite a shock how well tuba works on a lot of these songs.
Best ever versions of "Lucy," "UHERF," "Cheerleaders," and "Friday Avenue," and
very cool arrangements of "Dread" and "Toast," which was done as an old timey waltz.

10/7/03
Milledgeville

Once More Before I Go
City Limits Intro / Smoke
How Mark Got Sane
Sixty Six
The Radio is Haunted

Go Cubs Go (by Steve Goodman)
Lucy Loves Lincoln
One More Cup of Coffee (by Bob Dylan)
Jersey Girl (by Tom Waits)
Played while the playoffs were on TV; first time a baseball cap has been worn onstage at a show. Highlights were the first four songs, plus Sosa's home run in the middle of "Radio is Haunted."
9/30/03
Milledgeville

Once More Before I Go

Smoke (and other Halloween Decorations)
Russian Winter
How Mark Got Sane
Radio is Haunted
Valentine's Day
Werewolves of London (by Warren Zevon)
Started late, so technically an October 1st show (I love October 1st shows). "Russian Winter" is new. Everything
after that was by request.
9/23/03
Milledgeville


Human After All
Carmelita (by Warren Zevon)
Cardboard Box
Valentine's Day
Stormy Season
Radio is Haunted
Axl
Last song was by noisy, repeated request.

9/9/03
Milledgeville,GA

My Shit's Fucked Up (By Warren Zevon)
Carmelita (By Warren Zevon)
Lucy Loves Lincoln
Valentine's Day
The October Waltz
Stormy Season
Werewolves of London (By Warren Zevon)

8/30/03
Dragoncon - Hiatt Regency Hotel
Atlanta, GA
During "Mr. Star Wars" Pageant:
Theme From Mr. Star Wars 2003
The Registration Line Gospel Song
Theme From Mr. Star Wars (reprise)
During Carla Ulbrich's set

What if Carla Ulbrich Was Gone
During late-night filk party, with Gwen Knighton, Emerald Rose, The Boogie Knights, and others
The Death of Me Yet
The Registration Line Gospel Song
Cheerleaders
It Used To Be a Cantina
...and other assorted filk songs
7/29/03
Amici


For You (Springsteen)
Valentine's Day
One Man's Poetry
Radio Is Haunted (extended)
Love is Just a Four Letter Word (Dylan)
Extension of "Radio" was "If I Just Kept Driving" and "Bat Out of Hell (Steinman)." Highlight of the set was "Valentine's Day."
7/15/03
Amici

Smoke

Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
I Want You (Dylan)
The Death of Me Yet
Friday Avenue
Best show in a long time, excellent new vocal monitor makes singing in this place less harrowing. Most of the setlist (including MC Hammer's "Addams Family," which was rapped during soundcheck) was dictated by my roommates, which explains the first "Death of Me" and "Friday Avenue" in a rather long time.

7/8/03
Amici

How Mark Got His Sanity Back

For You (Springsteen)
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
Ray of Light (Madonna)
Cheerleaders
First acoustic version of "Mark," and "Ray of Light" was done as a slow country ballad.

4/8/03
Amici

Sixty Six

New York Rain
I Thought She Was a Goth
If I Loved You
Cum On Feel the Noise
Very good set. Rednecks who noisily insisted that I play "freebyrd" might disagree.

2/25/03
Amici

Punk Rock Tango Girl

Snowflakes In Your Hair
Kevin Shapiro: King of the Streets
Stuck Inside of Mobile (song by Bob Dylan)
The Radio is Haunted
November Smoke
Cheerleaders
New York Girls (trad)
2/22/03
Housefilk (at Mary Crowell's house)

Mobile, AL

various filk songs


1/11/03
GaFilk 2x10s
Atlanta, GA

The Death of Me Yet (with Benjamin Newman on mandolin)
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England (with Dave Rood on trumpet)
Best "Polly Vaughn" ever.See also The Recordings Page for details on the live recording
of "How Mark Got His Sanity Back."

1/7/03
Punk Rock Tango Girl
Til the Novelty Wears Off (Slow version)
If I Loved You
Kevin Shapiro Song
Cheerleaders
Irene
"Punk Rock Tango Girl" is a brand new song, "Kevin Shapiro Song" was an improvised
thing around a central joke about a guy and his dad getting lost on the way to the civic
center on their way to see Up With People, winding up in the ghetto, and thinking that that
gives them "street cred."

12/3/02
Lawyers Guns and Money (warren zevon)
The Radio is Haunted
Lucy Loves Lincoln
Sixty Six
Puccini on the Radio
Cheerleaders
accordion solo
For You (Springsteen)

The opening song probably should have been rehearsed first, but the rest of the set
went very well. "Puccini on the Radio" is a reworking of "Snow Tonight." Highlights were
probably "Sixty Six" and "For You."

11/26/02
Human After All
Big Bad Retail Wasteland
Til the Novelty Wears Off (extended)
The Hanging Medly:
--Gallows Pole (trad)
--Renegade (Styx)

--Seven Curses (Dylan)
Winter
Bicycle Built For Two (accordion solo)
Sixty Six
Extension to "Novelty" was part of "An Innocent Man" by Billy Joel.
11/19/02
Radio is Haunted / The Cold Air (medly)
Til the Novelty Wears Off
Lucy Loves Lincoln

Foreclosure of a Dream (Megadeth)
If I Loved You
Cheerleaders (GNR version)
Motorbreath (Metallica)
Snow Tonight
Muddy sound, but, otherwise, a very interesting set. Lotsa witty banter, and a
heavy metal theme throughout. I was asked for "Axl" and "Cheerleaders" at the same time,
so I threw a bunch of GNR refs into "cheerleaders," which was fun. "Snow Tonight" has
been rewritten.
11/12/02
One Man's Poetry

If I Loved You
Times They Are a-Changing (Dylan)
Cheerleaders
Thought She Was a Goth
Snowflakes In Your Hair
Worst Episode Ever
It was noisy tonight, so I screamed my way through the whole set. It must've worked,
I sold far more records than normal.
10/27/02

WMGZ FM - "Almost Famous with Philip and Sarah"
Jamie Warner on guitar

Interview
Midnight in the Schoolyard (Adam on accordion)
Dread (Adam on organ)
Cheerleaders Halloween
Worst Episode Ever
Should be available online soon!
10/26/02

Lake Laurel Lodge, Milledgeville
THE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL!
Joe Cato on drums, Jamie Warner on guitar

Tain't No Sin
Thought She Was a Goth (Adam on organ)
Midnight in the Schoolyard (Adam on accordion)
Skin and Bones (trad)
Black is the Color
The Vampire Club (Voltaire)

5 Little Pumpkins (Trad)
Uncle Herbert
Radio is Haunted / If I Just Kept Drivin
Lucy Loves Lincoln
Cheerleaders Halloween
In Search of His Grave
Headless Horseman (Disney)
The Way That London Looks At Night
Dread (Adam on organ)

Puttin' On the Ritz (Irving Berlin)
Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon)
Worst Episode Ever (Mandy Malone on background vocals)
Many highlights ("Radio," "Midnight," "London," "Grave") and a bunch of lowlights ("Vampire Club," "Uncle Herbert").
Many unusual songs; "Black is the Color" hasn't come up in a long time, "Midnight In the Schoolyard" was
recorded back in 1998, but never properly played live before this. I think it was played
once as an acapella track before.
10/23/02
Soulshine Coffee
"The Fault Line Reading Series"

included

The, er, Hard Sell
Frank's Problems
Well, Said the Hooker
How Marc Got Sane
Pirates of the Retail Wasteland (excepts)
Howl for Mayor McCheese
Ich Bin Ein Cruller
Not really a show, just a reading or poetry and fiction, but I sold more records
than at any show in months. Lotsa fun! The album can now be purchased at Soulshine.

10/22/02
La Tango de la Cardboard Box
Lucy Loves Lincoln
Pretty Polly (trad)
Goth
Cheerleaders (Halloween Special)
Like an Axl Rose
Accidentally Like a Martyr (Warren Zevon)

First "Pretty Polly" in a very long time.

10/15/02
For You (Springsteen)
La Tango de la Cardboard Box
Cold Cold Ground (Waits)
I Want You (Waits)
I Want You (Dylan)
Let's Pick on Iraq
Stormy Season
Once More Before I Go

Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon)
Felt like playing a bunch of covers, and some really old stuff, tonight, along with the
all-new "Let's Pick on Iraq." Turned out to be a very good show.
10/8/02
Smoke
Til the Novelty Wears Off
Lucy Loves Lincoln
The Way Out of Here
Wiseblood (song by Kurt Stevens)
Odd and disjointed set, but fun.

10/1/02
Amici

Dance Around In Your Bones (jazz standard)
In Search of His Grave
Don't Forget Your Hat, Justine
Radio is Haunted
66
Crime of the Century

Sullivan Street (Counting Crows)
I went on a bike ride on October 1st of 1994. The week before, my friend
Seth and I had gone riding (searching for garage sales, as usual) through the
"historic" part of town (which dated back to about the 40's) and found an old fire
station. On the first, I drove all over that neighborhood, but couldn't find the
fire station again. But I had "Sullivan Street" stuck in my head that night, so I tried
it tonight, along with the brand-new "Don't Forget your Hat, Justine" a rewritten "Crime of the Century,"
and the never-played-by-me "Tain't No Sin (Dance Around In Your Bones)" Lots of new stuff
for one set.
9/24/02

Radio is Haunted (long harp intro)
Smoke
Cheerleaders (Halloween Special!)
Worst Episode Ever
Cheerleaders featured the premiere of the "Halloween Special" version, which features a
new verse. Very good crowd.

9/10/02
Amici

Once More Before I Go
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
One Man's Poetry
Radio is Haunted
Lucy Loves Lincoln
Cheerleaders

Visions of Johanna (Dylan)
The Way Out of Here
Always Keep a Diamond In Your Shoe
8/27/02
Amici

In Search of his Grave
Polly Vaughn (with "Cyril Had a Hard War" intro)
Snow Tonight

A Good Man is Hard to Find (Waits)
Dread
Cheerleaders
8/20/02AmiciGood-bye, Bob Barr!
In Search of his Grave
It's All Over Now Baby Blue (Dylan)
Lucy Loves Lincoln
Radio is Haunted

Cheerleaders
Thought She Was a Goth
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
Irene (trad)
Played the set just after driving back from Gwinnett, where I did my part to
vote Bob Barr out of office. Some might remember that I mentioned him a LOT
when I was playing in his district. Well, he's finally been booted out of office!
"Baby Blue" and "Irene" were just for him. One of the best sets I've done in a while, actually.
First "In Search of His Grave" in a very long time, but it may be back to stay.
8/13/02
Amici

Til the Novelty Wears Off
One More Cup of Coffee (Dylan)

Thought She Was a Goth
Old Men All Play 66
After it Rains Again
Cheerleaders
Back in Milledgeville. Yippie.
8/3/02
The Narrows
Fall River, Mass (immediately after the Newport Folk Festival)

Talkin' Bob Dylan Impersonator
I and I (Dylan)
Once More Before I Go

7/26/02
Confluence
Pittsburgh, PA
Jamie Warner on lead guitar


Uncle Herbert's Extra Rowdy Funeral
Come Home, Father
Thought She Was a Goth
One Man's Poetry
Boy Named HTML
Big Bad Retail Wasteland
The Radio is Haunted
We Have Ways
The Death of Me Yet

Cheerleaders
Lucy Loves Lincoln
Some of My Best Friends Are Weirdos
Song for Lee Greenwood
The MTV
Snowflakes In Your Hair

Pittsburgh is a lovely city, and the show was standing room only. More than average technical difficulties, but the rocky start gave way to an excellent set in the end. Some songs could've used a bit of rehearsal, but, then again, many were written in the last three weeks.
More details are on the livejournal


7/23/02
Amici
Mandy Malone and Tabby Murphy on bg vocals (first song only)

Worst Episode Ever
Old Men All Play 66
Snow Tonight
Cheerleaders

The Death of Me Yet

Mandy and Tabby form the Van Atta Jr High School Girls' Chorus (beat Degrassi!). That song was, by far, the highlight of the set. Two new songs, "Snow Tonight" and "Death of Me Yet."

7/16/02
Amici
Mandy Malone on solitaire

Human After All
The Nights Are So Long /Wild Untamed Thing

Come Home, Father
PCDTS
ITSWAG
Radio is Haunted

Jamie Warner couldn't make it, as originally planned, so, since I couldn't get a guitar player, "West Side Mandy" was recruited to play solitaire onstage. First Nights/Wild medly in quite some time.
note: a couple of setlists between this one and the last one are missing.

6/19/02
Peckerhead Brewery, Douglasville

Jamie Warner on 12 string guitar
Joe Cato on cardboard box


After it Rains Again (new arrangement)
The Radio is Haunted
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
Cheerleaders
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes (extended)
A.R.M.D.


A fine set, if I do say so, the first show with Joe in over a year! The extension of "Lullaby" was a verse from Bob Dylan's "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" at the beginning, and a verse of Dylan Thomas' "In My Craft or Sullen Art" at the end. "Rains" was a new rock arrangement. "Hallelujah" was a rocked up version of the Cohen song and a highlight of the set for me.

6/18/02
Amici

Once More Before I Go
One More Cup of Coffee (Dylan)
Cheerleaders
The Radio is Haunted (extended)

I Thought She Was a Goth

A very good set, as Amici sets go. Good crowd. The extension to "radio" was the second verse of Springsteen's "For You." Full band show at Peckerhead's in Douglasville tomorrow night!

6/11/02
Amici

Human After All
The River (Springsteen)
Radio is Haunted

Wagoner's Lad (trad)
Friday Avenue

6/4/02
Amici

Intro (from "Tower of Song" by L Cohen)
Human After All
The October Waltz
Dread

The MTV
These Important Messages Rag
Cheerleaders
The Way Out of Here
I Thought She Was a Goth

A fine set, I think. One new song (the opener) which went over well, and one ("...rag") which was written three years ago, but was never played, except once as an a cappella number a long time ago.

5/28/02
Amici


Once More Before I Go
Portrait of a City Woman Drinking
The Old Men All Play 66
Ravens (Mary Crowell)
I Thought She Was a Goth

Henceforth, "Once More Before I Go #2" is known only as "Once More Before I Go." The old song bearing that title is stricken from the record

5/21/02

Amici

Til the Novelty Wears Off
Radio is Haunted
MEDLY:
-Up To Me (Dylan)
-To Ramona(Dylan)
Present Company Excluded
The Old Men All Play 66

Cheerleaders

After the show, it was brought to my attention that this is probably the first time "Up To Me" has been played in a medly with "To Ramona" by anyone, ever. Neat, huh?

5/7/02
Amici

Reeperbahn (Waits)
Dread (with harp)
The Big Bad Retail Wasteland (w/harp)

Polly Vaughn Dreams of England (w/harp)
The Way That London Looks At Night
I Want You (Dylan (w/harp)

Been an awfully long time since I did "London" or "Retail," but "Retail" went over especially well.


4/30/02
Amici

Once More Before I Go #2 (w/harp)

Boy of the Moment (w/harp)
When I Paint My Masterpiece (Dylan)(w/harp)
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England(w/harp)
Mack the Knife (Brecht/Weill)
Friday Avenue
Cheerleaders

A reasonable set; "Mack the Knife" was entirely a spur-of-the-moment sort of thing. Had to make up a new translation as I went."Boy of the Moment" is a new one from "Wilde! The Musical."

4/23/02

Amici, Milledgeville

Once More Before I Go (with harp)
Rosebud (with harp)
Old Men All Play 66
Dread (with harp)
Radio is Haunted (with harp)(extension: "If I Just Kept Driving")
The Irish Ballad (Tom Lehrer)
Cheerleaders

Last Gentleman in Europe
Stormy Season
One Man's Poetry
Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (Dylan, with harp)

This was one of the best sets of the year so far. Good crowd, lots of harp, interesting song selection. Haven't played "Rosebud" in an awfully long time, for example, but it went over very well.

4/16/02
Amici, Milledgeville


Accordion intro
Christ, What a Weekend
The Last Gentleman in Europe
I Thought She Was a Goth
The October Waltz
Dread (faster version)
Motorbreath (Metallica)
Ride That Train on Home
Worst Episode Ever

Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes / Wouldn't It be Loverly

"Last Gentleman in Europe" and "Ride that Train On Home" were both written just today; the former is another one for "Wilde! The Musical," and the latter is a Johnny Cash-style song. Since nearly every song was either a new song or a new arrangement, the quality of the set suffered a bit, but it wasn't bad. At some point in the middle, I did about a verse of a country version of "Opposites Attract," the old Paula Abdul/MC Skat Cat duet.

4/9/02
Amici, Milledgeville, GA

If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Dylan)
Christ, What a Weekend
One Man's Poetry is Another Man's Poison

Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes / Wouldn't It Be Loverly
Down the Reeperbahn (Tom Waits)
Portrait of a City Woman Drinking
Cheerleaders
The Radio is Haunted

Amanda was too sick to play, so I took the opportunity to try new things, including two from the forthcoming "Wilde! The musical," which I am currently writing with Mandy Malone. Not a bad set, either!

4/2/02
Amici, Milledgeville, GA

Amanda Pratt on piano/organ

La Tango de la Cardboard Box
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
I Thought She Was a Goth
The Radio is Haunted
Cheerleaders

Up to Me (Bob Dylan) Amanda is getting better and better; everything sounded great tonight. Very large crowd.


3/27/02
Peckerhead Brewery, Douglasville, GA
Jamie Warner on lead guitar

La Tango de la Cardboard Box
Radio is Haunted
Intro/Cheerleaders
Just the Right Bullets (Waits)
Friday Avenue


A fine, rehearsal-free set, possibly the best Douglasville show yet. Things went very well, despite the fact that the guitar wouldn't stay in tune. Jamie did an excellent job as usual. This marks the first time I've managed to avoid playing "x" in Douglasville. 3/19/02
Amici
Amanda Pratt on organ/piano

I Thought She Was a Goth
Dread
Highwater (Dylan)
Cheerleaders
Snowflakes in your Hair

x (by loud request)
Til the Novelty Wears Off

Amanda Pratt's debut as a part of the band was a fine set indeed. A couple of kinks (mainly electrical) remain, but they'll certainly be worked out in time for the tour, and adding the organ/piano improved the overall feel of the set immensely. "x" was requested, loudly, by about 10 people at once, marking the first time I've played it in several months. The song has now been translated into Italian by the folks at www.thegunsonline.com . 3/12/02 (set 1)
Student Union, GCandSU

Once More Before I Go
The October Waltz
The MTV
I and I (Dylan)

Amazing Grace: Train Song
Cheerleaders

A very nice set with harmonica on nearly every song. Unusual venue.

3/12/02(set 2)
Amici

Crime of the Century
Red is the Rose (trad)

I Thought She Was a Goth
Friday Avenue
Shelter From the Storm (Dylan, on request)
Cheerleaders
I and I (Dylan, also on request)
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes

Not the greatest set, and certainly not as good as the earlier set from the same night, but I can't feel bad about any show where I get two requests for Dylan songs.

3/5/02

Amici - Milledgeville

Til the Novelty Wears Off
Solitary Man (Neil Diamond)
I Thought She Was a Goth
Portrait of a City Woman Drinking
The Radio is Haunted
Cheerleaders
Everywhere You Look (Worst Episode Ever)


Two new songs tonight; "Portrait..." is a song I'm going to write after I change my name to Wolfgang Adams. "Everywhere..." (alias "The Girl Who Looked Like Kimmy Gibbler") was written this morning (at the request of my friend Mandy) while I dissected a rat. It went over remarkably well, but I'm not likely to play it again in the forseeable future.

2/26/02 (2)
Amici

Crime of the Century
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
I Thought She Was a Goth
Friday Avenue

Til the Novelty Wears Off
Cheerleaders (w/ new intro)

Best Amici set yet! Good crowd and everything; I'd hoped to play a new song called "Portrait of a City Woman Drinking," but there wasn't time. Gave away nearly every sticker that I had with me!


2/26/02 (1)
The Cellar

(both pieces spoken-word only):
Howl For Mayor McCheese

Frank's Problems

This was the open mic night of the Fault Line reading series.

2/20/02
Buffington's
Milledgeville, GA

Crime of the Century/12 Cups of Coffee
Dread

I Thought She Was a Goth
Just the Right Bullets (Tom Waits)
Cheerleaders
The Radio is Haunted



2/19/02
Amici
Milledgeville, GA


Once More Before I Go #2
October Waltz
I Thought She Was a Goth
Radio is Haunted
Crime of the Century / 12 Cups of Coffee
Cheerleaders
The Old Men all Play 66
Star of the County Down (trad)

Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes

A fair set, the new "Crime of the Century / 12 Cups of Coffee" went over well.

2/12/01
Amici
Milledgeville,GA

I Thought She Was a Goth
After It Rains Again

Dread
Cheerleaders
I Want You (Dylan)
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
Til the Novelty Wears Off
The MTV
Friday Avenue / Cupid (Sam Cooke)
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes


More pre-Valentines day shenanigans, an enjoyable set.

2/11/02
A and S Auditorium
Milledgeville
also on the bill: Push Button 4, Bo Schell (sp?), and a bunch of people singing hymns

Uncle Herbert's Extra-Rowdy Funeral
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
Friday Avenue (extended)

Cheerleaders
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes (extended)

I need to learn to keep my mouth shut...word got back to the guy in charge that I was going to close my set with an a cappella rendition of "Folksingers All Want To Go To Hell," and he pulled the plug on me after "Lullaby." I went over well, though, got applause in the middle of a couple of songs. Everyone needs a plug pulled on them now and then.
The extensions to "Friday" and "Lullaby" were based on "Cupid" by Sam Cooke.

2/5/02
Amici
Milledgeville, GA


Once More Before I Go #2
The Nights Are So Long
I Thought She Was a Goth
The Radio is Haunted (extended)
Til the Novelty Wears Off
Cheerleaders
Let the Toast Pass

Never played a place quite like a Amici before, but it was nice and enjoyable. A good set, I thought. I'll be back.

The extension to "Radio" was a bit of "Cupid" by Sam Cooke.

1/23/02
Buffington's
Milledgeville, GA

Once More Before I Go #2
MEDLEY:
-Sight For Sore Eyes (Waits)
-Friday Avenue

I Thought She Was a Goth
MEDLEY
-Dread
-Gold Diggers of 1996 (Stiffs Inc)
At Night All Cats are Grey
Cheerleaders
Radio is Haunted
Stormy Season
Goodnight Irene


The first really good set of 2002, and it was, indeed REALLY a good set. The singing seemed good, the setlist was very good. I'd forgotten how hard "Cats" is to play. "Cheerleaders" really seems to be catching on in this town. "Irene" was, as usual, made up of verses from Waits' "Innocent When You Dream," but there was no "animal" ending.

1/22/02
The Cellar
Milledgeville, GA

Til the Novelty Wears Off
Friday Avenue
Cheerleaders

After It Rains Again
The Way Out of Here
The MTV

Better than most recent shows have been, vocals sounded gruffer than normal. Very nice to play a coffee place instead of a bar.

1/15/02<BRBuffignton's
Milledgeville, GA


Intro ("Our Family Banshee") by Maureen O'Brien)
I Thought She Was a Goth
The Old Men All Play 66
The Radio is Haunted
Cheerleaders
Come Home, Father (Henry Clay Work)
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
Down the Reeperbahn (Tom Waits)
Friday Avenue

Like a Prayer (Madonna) (on piano)

Better than last week's set; I think I'm getting a line on the place now. I've never liked playing in bars very much. Please excuse the format errors on this page; they'll be fixed when I'm back on my normal computer.

1/11/02
Gafilk
Atlanta, GA:

What If Carla Ulbrich was Gone (during Carla's set)
I Thought She Was a Goth
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes

and several other songs, mostly of the filk variety, over the course of the weekend

Just like last year, GaFilk was lots of fun. Met many new people, heard a lot of great songs, sold a bunch of records, ans was asked to play a show in Pittsburgh this summer.

1/9/02
>Buffington's
Milledgeville, GA
I Thought She Was a Goth
The Old Men All Play 66 / Rumania Rumania (Lebedeff)
Til the Novelty Wears Off

Cheerleaders
Stormy Season
Radio is Haunted
Once More Before I Go #2
Friday Avenue
The MTV
Well, it was a bar show. The house PA made the guitar sound too electric, but I got the feel of it after a while.
12/19/01
Peckerhead Brewery, Douglasville, GA

Jamie Warner on lead guitar

Once More Before I Go #2
The Radio is Haunted
The MTV
MEDLY
--Dread
--Gold Diggers of 1996 (stiffs, inc)

After it Rains Again
x Rose
Friday Avenue
It's All Right Ma (Dylan)
Pushing Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
Til the Novelty Wears Off
The Old Men All Play Sixty-Six
I Thought She Was a Goth
Come Home, Father (Henry Clay Work)


ENCORES:
One More Cup of Coffee (Dylan)
Snowflakes In Your Hair
Always Keep a Diamond In Your Shoe

Excellent show. Jamie and I hadn't rehearsed together at all, but he's a fine improviser. "Come Home Father" is a highly melodramatic Victorian parlor song about the evils of drinking; I always wanted to play it in a brewery. Jamie's work on the higher frets made it sound great. Other highlights included "Sixty-Six," the premieres of "After it Rains Again," (which was written the previous night) and "The Radio is Haunted." I hadn't planned on playing "Snowflakes In Your Hair" at all, but it was probably the best version of the song ever.

11/25/01
Moonsongs Coffee House, Lawrenceville, GA

Leaving of Liverpool (w/Ryan Clark)
Amazing Grace:Train Song (w/Ryan Clark)
Polly Vaughn Dreams of England
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes
The Old Men All Play Sixty-Six
Always Keep a Diamond In Your Shoe (on piano)

Started off the set with a fully impromptu Rosencrantz and Guildenstern reunion, then played a few songs from the new album plus the brand-new "Old Men All Play Sixty-Six," which sounded all right. I used to think that every R and G show would be the last one, but now I've come to think that playing with Ryan is like watching "E.T." Sooner or later, now and then, your just have to do it and that's all there is to it. Soundcheck included "Cum on Feel the Noise,(Quiet Riot)" "Gold Diggers of 1996 (stiffs inc)," and, with Ryan, "The Irish Ballad (Lehrer)." After the set, Ryan and I recorded a cover of the stiffs, inc song "Fear in the Night" to the tune of "Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes."



9/01/01
Dragoncon Filk Room, Atlanta
Also on stage: Voltaire, Carla Ulbrich, The Boogie Knights, etc.

Set included:
Little Debbie
I Thought She Was a Goth
What if Carla Ulbrich was Gone (during Carla's solo set)
It Used to be a Cantina

Uncle Herbert's Extra Rowdy Funeral
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes


6/23/01
Chicago, Illinois
Eloise Beltz-Decker's Place

songs played included (But may not have been limited to): I Thought She Was a Goth
It Used To Be a Cantina

Phyllis Diller
A Boy Named HTML
Watto's Junk Shop
Why oh Why
Jar Jar Binks in the UK
Communist Bloc
The MTV
Ex-Lover's Lover (Voltaire)
Last Squish (Dance, Teenagers, Dance!)

Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes
Pushin Cheerleaders Down the Stairs

I don't normally put up entries for filk affairs, but, well, this was an out of town gig, after all. Thanks to Eloise for the crash space!

5/30/01
Red Light Cafe
Atlanta, GA

The MTV

Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes

Not a bad bounce-back from the debacle that was Douglasville (though, listening to the tape, the Douglasville show really wasn't bad at all).

5/26/01
Douglasville Rock Festival
Jamie Warner on electric guitar, Kelly Warner on drums

Black is the Color
Once More Before I Go (new version)

x Rose
Friday Avenue
The Way Out of Here
Cheerleaders
I Thought She Was a Goth
The Way that London Looks at Night
Like a Prayer (Madonna)
Shelter From the Storm (Dylan)
The MTV

Irene

There's something about playing outdoor shows when the sun is out that I just don't like. The festival was held on a nature reserve which featured cabins dating back to the civil war (Hey, General Sherman - you missed a spot!). Every technical problem that could happen did - the guitar had to be miked, and couldn't be turned up very well. Due to monitor problems, no one on stage could hear what anyone else was doing (I myself could only really hear the drums for the most part), resulting in a set similar to Dylan's at "Live Aid." Not, in other words, the best show imaginable. There were some highlights, but a lot of these songs just don't sound as good during the day as they do at night. Luckily, minimal promotion resulted in a crowd which mostly already knew me from the Peckerhead Shows, so I didn't damage my reputation or anything. I must commend Jamie Warner for doing as well as he did, considering all of the monitor problems and everything. He could really only tell what to play by looking at my hands.

5/9/01
Peckerhead Brewery, Douglasville, GA

Cheerleaders
Friday Avenue
I Thought She Was A Goth

Set Two:
x Rose Must Die
The Nights Are So Long (incl. "Wild Untamed Thing"(O'Brien) and "Trinity Poem")
The MTV
Pot Shots (By request)
Let the Toast Pass
Communist Bloc

No guitar problems, a rather strong set. Spent some time rehearsing with Jamie Warner between sets; he's gonna play electric guitar for me at the Douglasville Rock Fest show. 4/25/01

Peckerhead Brewery, Douglasville, GA

Til the Novelty Wears Off
Friday Avenue
x Rose (Eminem version)

PLayed a decent set, despite guitar problems (had two guys working on the guitar-while I tried to play it- during "Friday Avenue"). Went over pretty well, sold a couple of records. Good to get away from the Mushroom for awhile. "x" was especially well received.

4/19/01
Calvin's

w/ Margret Chang on violin, Joe Cato on drums

Intro (Folksingers)
Black is the Color
Cardboard Box
I Thought She Was a Goth
Dread
Pushin' Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
Bright Blessings Bright Promises

The MTV
I Wanna Be Sedated (Ramones) (bluegrass-style)

Superduper! We had to shorten the set (this being the "finals" night of the great Calvin's Shoot Out), but it was, on the whole, possibly the best show we've ever played. "Black" was sped up and rocked up. "Dread" was spooky as ever (Margret really wailed on the violin tonight, moreso than usual). "Sedated," our tribute to Joey Ramone, went over very well indeed. To top it off, the recording came out great, Lucy King took a whole bunch of pictures (which'll soon be online, along with a really great set of pictures taken by Brent Green), and we won the "shoot out!" Can't give enough credit to Margret and Joe for playing as well as they did tonight. Closed off the evening by spending several hours at Huddle House (Happy Birthday to Brent!)

3/18/01
Mellow Mushroom

Cheerleaders
Black is the Color

i Don't Wanna Grow Up (Waits)
Stormy Season
The Way Out of Here
Irene

Not a bad set; got better with each song. "Irene" was especially good.

3/11/01
Mellow Mushroom
"John" on harmonica(after "Novelty")


Delia (Johnny Cash)
Til the Novelty Wears Off
Folksingers All Want To Go To Hell (Selzer/Clark)
86th Floor Homesick Blues
Seek and Destroy (Metallica)
Shiny Things

Also played accordion with house band


Neither great nor bad. "Delia" would have been great if the guitar had been turned up, "86th" wasn't bad for a song I hadn't played in months, as was "Folksingers." John did a decent job on harp.

3/5/01
Calvin's

Pray to the City
You Suck (The Murmers) (one verse only, by request)
Friday Avenue

Very short set spontaneously during a gap between sets (I wasn't actually scheduled). Both were very good versions, actually. Played without benefit of microphones.


Adam Selzer and his Maritime Band
3/29/01
Calvin's
Margret Chang on violin, Joe Cato on drums

Til the Novelty Wears Off
I Thought She Was a Goth
The Way Out of Here
Rosebud

Mr. Scary Monster
Dread
Motorbreath (Metallica)
In the Morning (Waits)
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes

SET TWO (solo)
Cheerleaders
Howl:For Mayor McCheese (read)

On the Road (kerouac)
I Got Yer Freebyrd Right Here!
Bright Blessings
The MTV
Snowflakes In Your Hair
Always Keep a Diamond In Your Shoe

Ah, nice to have Margret back. Lovely, really. We played a very good set, indeed, to a very good crowd. I could go on doing this sort of show forever (especially if the show were a little bit longer), and it may kill me if I can't. After the crowd thinned out, the 8-9 people remaining convinced me to do another set, which also went well. If all goes well, Margret will be back on April 19th. (note: the recording of the show is missing the first track and opening comment ("Hello, I'm not Johnny Cash"), and the violin sound isn't as loud as it ought to be.)

3/28/01

Mellow Mushroom

Til the Novelty Wears Off
Skeletons of Society (Slayer)
Pushin' Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
The MTV
Motorbreath (Metallica)
x Rose - Eminem Version
Dread

Work Work Work (Stiffs, Inc.)
Black is the Color

Decent show, notable for the first time I recall covering Stiffs Inc, the introduction of my new guitar (thanks, Gwen!) which I've dubbed "The Willing Mr. K" (hence the Stiffs Inc song), and the first time I've ended a set with "black is the color," which was written strictly to open sets. Also, as usual, played accordion in the house band, even getting to take a solo on "Knockin' On Heaven's Door."

3/15/01
Calvin's
Joe Cato on drums

Black is the Color (extended)

Fairytale of New York (MacGowan)
I Thought She Was a Goth
Communist Bloc
Little Debbie Rap
Dread
Some of My Best Friends Are Weirdos
Present Company Excluded
At Night All Cats are Grey / Marlene On the Wall (Vega)
Pushin' Cheerleaders Down the Stairs

Uncle Herbert's Extra Rowdy Funeral
Wagoner's Lad (trad)
Amazing Grace: A Train Song
I Feel Cheap (improvization)
The MTV
As He Goes On By
I'll Follow You Anywhere
Irish Ballad (Lehrer)
Mark's 1st Bagel Theme Song/Abercrombie for Fish


Between a scratchy throat and a nasty cough, I wasn't in good shape tonight. Felt like Shane Macgowan must feel on a normal night. So, I decided to screw with the set. Played a lot of old stuff, much of which I haven't played in a long time, and only a couple of songs that'll be on the next album (including the premiere of "Present Company Excluded.") While some songs were very good, others were decidely mediocre (mixing large portions of "Marlene on the Wall" into "Cats" seemed like a good idea at the time.) Between songs, I played the part of the old drunken rock star, telling silly stories that didn't make a lot of sense, but included the phrase "andthenIwrote" quite a bit. The highlight was the over-the-top dramatic version of "Dread."

3/14/01
Mellow Mushroom

Pushin' Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
Til the Novelty Wears Off
The MTV
I Thought She Was a Goth

The Sickbed of Cuchailain (Shane Macgowan(The Pogues))
Last Squish (Dance, Teenagers, Dance!)
Irene

The crowd was made up mostly of a group from the nearby highschool (at one point I commented that I had the strange feeling that I was in a commercial for The Gap), and I catered the set accordingly. Been a long time since I've found myself in a room that seemed so much as though it had been puked on by Total Request Live. That being said, though, it was a pretty good set, very enjoyable, and the crowd was actually far better than average. While I'm talking to you, let me just mention that a song recorded live at last week's Calvin's show, "Amazing Grace: A Train Song" is now at www.mp3.com/rosencrantz

3/8/01 - (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern)
Calvin's Coffeehouse
(Adam Selzer and Ryan Clark. feat. Joe Cato on drums)


Skin and Bones (trad)
Two Sisters (trad)
I Don't Need This Pressure, Ron (Billy Bragg)
Leaving of Liverpool (trad)
Pretend It's October (Ryan's version)
Amazing Grace: A Train Song
Cardboard Box (Ryan's version)
Angels In Heaven Sigh My Name (trad)/Wagoner's Lad(trad)
Face To Face

Let the Toast Pass
"'Crazy Train' as read by Hamlet"
The Rain it Raineth (Shakespeare(Marlowe))

Adam's solo set later:
Til the Novelty Wears Off
Ring of Fire (Cash)

Ryan flew in from Boston just this morning, and we hastily arranged this set. I've been 20 for months now, and Ryan will be 20 in a week and a half, so we used this to get one last use out of the "America's Favorite Teenage Traditional Folk Duo" title. It turned out rather well, with two guitars on nearly every song. "Face to Face" was the only new song played (written and played by Ryan), but there were several traditional songs that I've never played before (and I hadn't done "Amazing Grace: A Train Song" in quite a while). A few of the songs will be on the next R and G record, due this summer. When it comes out, "Circa" will go out of print, but selected tracks from both it and the long out-of-print "North-Northwest Line" (plus the Star Wars album and the Marlowe Opera) will be collected on a disc called "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: The Singles 1592-1999." You heard it here first (or second, if you were at the show). The R and G webpage is now at rgfolk.adamselzer.com, and you can get "Circa" for $6 at www.mp3.com/rosencrantz



3/1/01
Calvin's
no drums

Intro ("Fumbling with the Blues"(Waits))
Til the Novelty Wears Off (Extended)
Dread
x Rose (Eminem version)

My Grandmother's Song (Steve Martin)
Mama You've Been On My Mind (Dylan)
Pray to the City
Snowflakes In Your Hair (extended)
Some of my Best Friends are Weirdos
Rosebud
At Night All Cats are Grey
Goodnight Irene


No drums, but one of the best shows of 2001 so far. Just about half of the songs contained the "whisper tell me I am the one" section of "Fumbling with the Blues," which worked well for them, and served to put a unifying thread through the show. Even turned the ending of Irene into "whisper tell me I am the one," which I thought was clever. The extension on "Snowflakes," was part of Dylan's "Ain't Gonna Go To Hell For Anybody," which seemed to work oddly well to me. Much better than last week. Much.

2/28/01
Mellow Mushroom

Til the Novelty Wears Off (Medly w/ "Fumblin' With the Blues (waits))
Pushin' Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
Mama You've Been On My Mind (Dylan)
The Way Out of Here
x Rose (Eminem version)

Little Debbie
Irene

Reasonable set, "Mama" being the highlight. Dull crowd.


2/22/01
Joe Cato on drums

Intro / Til the Novelty Wears Off
I Want You (Dylan)

I Thought She Was a Goth
The Old Mill
The Big Bad Retail Wasteland
The Cold Air #1 (Adam on piano)
Snowflakes In Your Hair
x Rose (with even more Eminem bits)
Always Keep a Diamond In Your Show (Steve Sedberry on piano)

Didn't strike me as a terribly good set. "Old Mill" was pretty good. "Novelty" had some lyrical flubs, but could otherwise be called "blistering." "I Want You" wasn't as good as last night. Several songs had a verse of Dylan's "Buckets Of Rain" added in. The album was pitched in the following way: "What I hold here before me is new, improved, digital and old fashioned after a fashion. It's Uncle Herbert's Extra Rowdy Funeral, and it's germ-attacking, long lasting, fast-acting, tough-acting, over-acting, method-acting and lip smacking. If you don't like it, buy another and make a bicycle for your dog." I finished the set feeling fairly depressed for reasons unclear. Could've been longer, but I actually stopped it off by choice, which is rare indeed for me. They usually have to drag me off.


2/21/01
Mellow Mushroom

I Thought She Was a Goth
I Want You (Dylan)
x Rose (w/ "Eminem" bits added)
Motorbreath (Metallica)/ Walk (Pantera)
Friday Avenue
Irene


Been nearly a year since the last time I tried "I Want You." This attempt was 100 times better, at least. Nice set, but not great.

2/15/01
Uncle Calvin's
Joe Cato and Keith on drums

Til the Novelty Wears Off
Rosebud
I Thought She Was a Goth (w/ some adlibs)

Little Debbie (Rap version)
Imaginary Relationships
The October Waltz (Adam on piano)
Cold Cold Ground (Tom Waits)
Communist Bloc
Friday Avenue
Uncle Herbert's Extra Rowdy Funeral
Shiney Things
Rainbow Connection (Muppets)


Encore (much later):
Back in the Good Old World (Waits) (Adam on organ)

This was a very good show. Fine setlist, with possibly the best mix of old and new stuff in quite awhile. There are a couple of new lines in "Novelty," and ad-lips were added to "Goth." The piano segment was much, much better than last week, though the microphone stand fell over, and I had to hold it up with my mouth while singing, which really isn't quite as hard as it sounds. The lowlights were "Relationships," on which I couldn't remember all of the words, and "Rosebud," which sorely missed the violin part.I didn't find out the name of the second drummer until after the show, so he was introduced as Van Lingle Mungo.

2/14/01
Mellow Mushroom

Love Is Just a 4 Letter Word (Dylan)
20th Century Blues/Bright Blessings

I Thought She Was a Goth
Friday Avenue
The MTV
Irene (w/ David Pippen on electric guitar)

NOt bad. Much better than the last time David Pippen played along (he kept it to very tasteful lead fills). The Dylan song as the opener was my idea of a Valentine's day song. Throughout the set, I kept referring to the crowd as "Grand Rapids," and mentioned that the show tomorrow would be in Saginaw.

2/8/01
Uncle Calvin's
Joe Cato on drums


intro: Ringo No Uta
Til the Novelty Wears Off
Once More Before I Go
I Thought She Was a Goth
Pushin' Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
I Used to Be Cooler Than That Guy
Dread (first verse played by Adam on piano)
The MTV

Jar Jar Binks in the UK
Communist Bloc
Nights Are So Long (w/ Wild and Untamed Things (O'Brien)
Pray to the City
Little Debbie Rap
Snowflakes In Your Hair
Shalome(Trad)/To Life (from "Fiddler On the Roof")
Back In the Good Old World (Tom Waits) (Adam on organ)
Pagan Barbie

Black is the Color
x Rose (w/ improvised bit about Eminem)
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes
Motorbreath (Metallica)
Irene

I'd always wanted to try a bit on a keyboard or piano. Of course, if I'd known it would be tonight, I might've rehearsed a bit first. The piano segment of "Dread" wasn't what you'd call good. The organ version "Good Old World," however, was closer to tolerable. Other than that, it was a standard, longer-than-average set, with some uncommon songs and a badly buzzing guitar.

2/7/01
Mellow Mushroom


Til the Novelty Wears Off
The Way Out of Here
I Thought She Was a Goth
Pushin' Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
Shalome(trad)
x Rose
Irene

Pretty good set. Didn't tell the audience that I hoped they caught a dread disease. Instead, I said that I hoped an armory fell on their chest. It was, however, a decent, if smaller-than-average, sort of crowd. Shalome was done as a medly with "To Life To Life L'chayim," which worked out well.


2/1/01
Uncle Calvin's
Joe Cato on drums

Intro: The Parting Glass (Trad) (w/accordion)
Til the Novelty Wears Off
Pray to the City
I Thought She Was a Goth
Shiney Things

Stormy Season
Uncle Herbert's Extra Rowdy Funeral
Motorbreath (Metallica)
Snowflakes In Your Hair
Salvation (Rancid) (springsteen style)
The MTV
The Way Out of Here
Lullaby in 12 Nursery Rhymes
enc: Pushing Cheerleaders Down the Stairs


A very good set. Some recordings may be used on the "Snowflakes In Your Hair" demo which is now being compiled. After the show, outside, Matt (Chow) and I recorded a song called "Hobo Porn Theme," which consisted of me shouting odd lyrics over the two of us beating a couple of pop cans in shreds. Turned out very well; may be up on the "sounds" page at some point.

1/31/01
Mellow Mushroom
Joe Cato on drums (first time ever at the Mushroom)

Down the Reeperbahn (Waits)
Pray to the City
I Thought She Was a Goth

Shiney Things
Seek and Destroy (Metallica)
Irene

Bout time I got Joe to come to one of these shows, and he did an excellent job, as usual. Probably better than average as Mushroom shows go.

1/25/01
Uncle Calvin's
Joe Cato on drums


DURING STEVE SEDBERRY'S SET:
On the Road (Kerouac)

SOLO SET:
Til the Novelty Wears Off
Pray to the City
I Thought She Was a Goth
Snowflakes In Your Hair
Stormy Season

Little Debbie (non-rap version)
The MTV
At Night All Cats are Grey
Lullabye in 12 Nursery Rhymes

This was a very good show, excellent guitar, excellent vocals, and lots of fine drums. "Pray to the City" isn't quite done yet, but the rough draft went well. Went with the "Rocky Horror" version of "Little Debbie," and it went over quite well. Joe considers "At Night All Cats are Grey" to be the hardest thing he's ever had to play; I myself shouldn't sing it late in the set, as it takes a lot of voice to get through it. Of course, I'll never learn. Brother Steve did the best show I've seen him do to date.



1/24/01
Mellow Mushroom


Seek and Destroy (Metallica)
I Thought She Was a Goth
Pushin' Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
Snowflakes In Your Hair
"speech to see who's listening"
Last Squish
Polly Wolly Devil
Little Debbie Rap

Irene

I'm not too sure why I keep playing at the Mushroom; bar crowds really aren't for me. But I'll play about anywhere. I was only able to work one or two normal songs into the set tonight, in between requests for the gag songs. Did a speech in the middle to indicate that I hated most of the crowd, and hoped that they all got various dread diseases. I don't hate all of them, though. Just the bum bar bastards.

1/18/01
Uncle Calvin's

Intro: Home I'll Never Be (Kerouac)
Til the Novelty Wears Off
Dread

I Thought She Was a Goth
Polly Wolly Devil/Yankee Doodle Demon
Pushin' Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
Lullabye in 12 Nursery Rhymes
Black is the Color
Shiney Things
The Nights Are So Long (w/bits of "For Crying Out Loud"(steinman)
Always Keep a Diamond In Your Shoe


Not bad, but suffered badly from the lack of both violin and drums. Awhile after the show, Thomas the Heckler and I had a musical duel, with him on kazoo and me on accordion. That has to make a few nightmares come true.

1/17/01
Mellow Mushroom

Til the Novelty Wears Off
I Thought She Was a Goth
Pushin' Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
I'll Follow You Anywhere
Visions of Johanna (Dylan)

Irene

1/11/01
The Predestination, Carrollton, GA
Joe Cato on drums

Intro: Ringo no Uta
Til The Novelty Wears Off
Screamin and Fallin/I Thought She Was a Goth
Friday Avenue

The MTV
Snowflakes In Your Hair
On The Road (Kerouac)
Uncle Herbert's Extra Rowdy Funeral
Pushin' Cheerleaders Down the Stairs
Communist Bloc
Chick In the Chick Tract (partial)
Irene (w/Steve Sedberry on second guitar, vocals)
Always Keep a Diamond In Your Shoe (w/Steve Sedberry)


Singing when you only have half a voice can be a lot of fun. Makes you appreciate the amazing control Tom Waits has over his (what a range!). First proper performance of the slightly reworked "Snowflakes In Your Hair," which'll be the title track of either the third or fourth record. "On the Road" was sung in my most screwed up voice of the evening, which worked pretty well. "Diamond" was also a bit gravelly. The voice is returning, albeit slowly, but singing with it as is is a truly entertaining challenge, and brings out some interesting results. Wish I had a piano.

1/10/00
Mellow Mushroom

I Thought She Was a Goth
Snowflakes In Your Hair
x Rose Must Die
Cat's In the Well (Dylan)

Irene

Voice improving, but not yet back.

1/6/00 - GaFILK
"Two Shots"

It Used to Be a Cantina
Screamin and Fallin/I Thought She Was a Goth

Not so great a set, because my voice was all screwed up from a cold and cough which threatens to knock my uvula out. That worked outwell for a Waits parody, "Pagan Barbie," which I wrote at the open filk the night before (lyrics have been posted at rec.music.filk). A hearty "hello" to the many terrific people whom I met at the con!


12/16/00
STARBUCKS, Duluth GA

Seek and Destroy (Metallica)
The Cold Air
Black is the Color
Deportee (Woody Guthrie)
It Used to be a Cantina
Cardboard Box

In the Pines (Leadbelly)
Uncle Herbert's Extra-Rowdy Funeral
Communist Bloc
Nights Are So Long/Wild and Untamed Thing (O' Brien)
Xmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis (Waits)
Chimes of Freedom (Dylan)
Til the Novelty Wears Off
Lullabye in 21 Nursery Rhymes
SET TWO

The MTV
The Way Out of Here
Dread
Once More Before I Go
I Thought She Was a Goth
Alice's Restaurant(Arlo Guthrie)*
The Way out of Here
The Irish Balled (Lehrer)**
The Leaving of Liverpool**

Stormy Season
Rosebud

* - Ryan Clark on guitar \par ** - Ryan Clark on guitar, Adam on accordion

12/9/00
Mellow Mushroom

Seek and Destroy(Metallica)
Friday Avenue

Last Squish (Dance, Teenagers, Dance!)
Til the Novelty Wears Off
x Rose Must Die
Irene

Very good show, most Mushroom shows lately have been very good. The premiere of "Friday Avenue" went over pretty well, but Last Squish (which I plan to play very rarely)went over well. }}
12/7/00
The Predestination (Formerly Uncle Calvin's)

Joe Cato on drums
Intro:Things We Said Today (Lennon/McCartney)
Til the Novelty Wears Off
Dread
I Thought She Was a Goth
Xmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis (Waits)
The Way That London Looks at Night
Angelina

Dance, Teenagers, Dance!
The Way Out of Here
Happy Xmas War is Over / Working Class Hero (Lennon)

Terrific in the beginning, but after "Xmas Card" the strings refused to stay in tune for more than a verse at a time. Some might have been improved if Joe had been drumming, but he didn't feel that he knew "The Way That London Looks at Night" or "Angelina" or a couple of others well enough to add anything, I guess. The band's name may be changed from "Adam Selzer and his Maritime Band" to "Adam Selzer and His Heavy Metal Combo."

12/6/00
Mellow Mushroom
Black is the Color

Xmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis(Waits)
Motorbreath (Metallica)
Dance, Teenagers, Dance! (Partial)
The MTV
Stormy Season
Irene

Very, very good show. "Xmas Card" was jazzy and very good if I do say so. Hadn't planned to do any of the new, gloriously distasteful "Dance, Teenagers, Dance" (a parody of "Last Kiss"), but felt compelled to do so to get people to pay more attention. It worked. People loved it, sick and wrong though it was. "Motorbreath" was done as an impression of Johnny Cash. The maritime band recorded it that way last night.
11/16/00

The Predestination (formerly Uncle Calvin's)
Joe Cato on drums
Set One intro:Sheep's in the Meadow
Cat's in the Well (Dylan)
Angelina
Black Is the Color (slow jazzy version)/Supercalifrag…
x
Uncle Herbert's Extra Rowdy Funeral

Chocolate Jesus (Waits)
At Night All Cats Are Grey
When You're Evil (Voltaire)
The MTV (3 verse version)
Dread
The October Waltz
In Search of His Grave
Communist Bloc
Empty Hall in a Crowded Town

Lullabye in 21 Nursery Rhymes
SET TWO
Science Fiction Double Feature (Rocky Horror)
Two Sisters (trad)
Once More Before I Go
Ballad of Matt and Lew
Talkin' Bob Dylan Impersonator
These Important Messages Rag
Salvation (Rancid)

Patron Saint Tango
Except for Crows
Donkey Kong Demands a Sacrifice
Chick in the Chick Tract
86th Floor Homesick Blues
Alarm Bells
Amazing Grace - Train Song
Bright Blessings
One Too Many Mornings (Dylan)


Didn't know that Margret wasn't going to make it until right before the show...which made the cue sheet pretty well worthless. Hence, I gave my book o' songs to Brad, and let him pick which songs I should do (for the most part)(though some rare ones, like Empty Hall and In Search of His Grave, were my idea). This, of course, led me to play a lot of songs that I hadn't done in a while, and some I thought I'd never actually do. Many were entirely unrehearsed. Naturally, some of the songs weren't all that good, but some songs (such as "once more before I go," "Dread," "Uncle Herbert" and a nifty, on-spot re-invented version of "Black is the Color" stand out in my mind)were really well done. More than three times the length of the normal Calvin's set - 32 songs, over an hour and a half total, everything after "In Search of His Grave" was solo. This should cover for the fact that there may not be another Calvin's show for several weeks, due to various circumstances. (Wish it weren't so...I just don't get to play with margret often enough).

11/9/2000
Uncle Calvin's
Joe Cato on drums, Margret Chang on violin

spoken intro: "America" by Allen Ginsberg (partial, w/ some added lines)
I'll Follow You Anywhere/As Usual
Rosebud

I Thought She Was a Goth
Lullabye in 21 Nursery Rhymes
Let The Toast Pass
Communist Bloc
The Cold Air
The MTV
Chimes of Freedom (Dylan)

"The Purloined Election" continues. The same sort of political fervor as last night, but with much more humor (the whole election situation has become such a silly farce at this point). Political jokes between nearly every song."Follow" was a fine version, though not musically reworked, as last night, just some lyrics from "As Usual" thrown in. "Lullabye in 21 Nursery Rhymes" got it's debut, though we only did 12 of the 21. It still seems to be a bit uneven, but it was still good. Margret was really on tonight, especially considering the number of songs she hadn't really heard before ("Lullabye," "Chimes,") or hadn't heard more than once or twice, and not at all in a good month as far as I know ("Follow," "Toast.")...Joe was on, as well...drove "Follow" home hard, and provided a much-needed backup that kept "Lullabye" alive.Got a couple of fine black and white pictures which should be up soon. Really, really didn't feel like doing "Irene" tonight, but "Chimes of Freedom" made a great subsitute, and was perfectly timely. Last week, people were voting on a new name for Uncle Calvin's. Oddly enough, it was too close, and there has to be a re-vote. Really.


11/8/2000
Mellow Mushroom
"The Purloined Election"

harp intro:"the times they are a-changing"
I'll Follow You Anywhere (new arrangement)
Chimes of Freedom (Dylan)
The MTV
Let the Toast Pass

Irene

A set highly reflective of the situation in which we find ourselves (Gore wins popular vote, Bush may yet win electoral college via Florida recount). As I stated before "Chimes," "Dylan said that 'sometimes even the President of the United States must have to stand naked...' I don't know what's gonna happen, but I do know that a president who gets in without winning the popular votes is gonna have to be naked all the time." Chimes, by the way, was very, very good indeed. Enjoyed playing it a great deal, and the vocals were dead on. Managed to mention some more political stuff before "Toast," and did a verse about Bush and Gore in Irene. Very good set. Went over very well.

11/2/2000
Uncle Calvin's
Joe Cato on drums
INTRO:I Beg Your Pardon(Waits)

Good Evening Dear
Abercrombie For Fish (played during sound problems)
Once More Before I Go (with harp)
I Thought She Was a Goth
[speech about George W Bush.(negative)]
Let the Toast Pass
Angelina
Shiney Things
The MTV

The Nights Are So Long (extended w/"Wild and Untamed Things")
I Beg Your Pardon (Waits)/Black Is the Color
Irene/Innocent When You Dream/I Beg Your Pardon

Margret couldn't make it, and Geoff is no longer in his band. Didn't fire him or anything, he just got rid of his bass. Filled the set with stuff I haven't played before, or only played once. "Once More Before I Go" and "Angelina" were both written on monday. Also written this week, but not yet played, is one called "Lullabye in 21 Nursery Rhymes," and I'm quite pleased with it, just couldn't fit it in tonight. Opted to do "once more" instead, and it went over very well, despite the fact that Geoff and Joe spent the song trying to crack one another up. "Good Evening Dear" was better than the other time I played it, back in June. It still wasn't great, but the sound problems made it tough for anyone to know.
10/26/2000:
Early Evening:
Corner Cafe, Carrollton

Til The Novelty Wears Off

Rosebud
The MTV

10/26 - Late Evening
Uncle Calvin's (after Carolyn Aiken played)

The MTV

Wow, two venues in one night! Fun! The Corner set was very good, or at least it sounded good through the monitor (I hardly ever get to play with one of those). Lots of reverb, which helped the guitar sound a lot on "Novelty."

Mellow Mushroom

10/25/2000

Bright Blessings
Love Minus Zero (Dylan)
I Thought She Was a Goth(with harp)
The MTV
Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
x Rose Must Die

Gabe from Skagnetti played drums on the first two songs. Lots of banter revolving around the fact that a tv was showing the world series - "I can't compete with TV!" Ended because I had to go home and watch the Simpsons, though. Also played accordion with the house band before my own set.


UNCLE CALVINS
10/19/2000
SET ONE:
Joe Cato on drums, Margret Chang on violin

Black is the Color (ext: giving up on love)
Cardboard Box
I Thought She Was a Goth
The Old Mill

Uncle Herbert’s Extra Rowdy Funeral
The Cold Air (extended)
The MTV
Headless Horseman (w/violin)
Dread
Communist Bloc
Goodnight Irene

SET TWO (most are shortened, solo versions)


I Thought She Was a Goth
Motorbreath (metallica)
Salvation (Rancid)(springsteen impression)
Screamin’ and Fallin
Shiney Things
Skeletons of Society (Slayer)
Irish Ballad (Lehrer)
Union Folk Song (The Simpsons)

Now You’re A Man (DVDA)
I Got Yer Freebyrd Right Here
Jar Jar Binks in the U.K.
The Way Out of Here
Chocolate Jesus (Waits)
Rainbow Connection (Kermit the Frog)

First set was mostly very good, but a bit uneven at times (though the problem certainly wasn't the violin). Some great performances (possibly the best "MTV" ever) mixed with some mediocre ones ("Uncle Herbert" just didn't quite work out right). Set Two was rather impromptu. Some late-comers wanted to hear "Goth," and I decided to keep going afterwards. Nothing spectacular.

Mellow Mushroom

10/18/2000

Down the Reeperbahn(Waits)
The October Waltz
The MTV
Black is the Color
At Night All Cats Are Grey
Goodnight, Irene

Great opening song, the rest was just decent. That's what I get for going in without a cue sheet of any sort.


UNCLE CALVIN'S
10/12/2000
Joe Cato on drums, Geoff Weaver on bass

Down the Reeperbahn (Waits)
Snowflakes In Your Hair
I Thought She Was A Goth
The Old Mill
Dread

Stormy Season
Shiney Things
The Way Out of Here
On The Road (Kerouac)
Street Singer's Farewell (Weill)
Irene

Margret couldn't make it. Sad, but I took the opportunity to experiment a bit. Played some new stuff, and a few that I don't normally do. Considering the album is about to come out, I did very few album tracks. Very gravelly, beat-up voice tonight, which I liked very much. Irene was longer than normal, but better, as well. Margret should be back next week.

MELLOW MUSHROOM

10/11/2000

Down the Reeperbahn (Waits)
Snowflakes In Your Hair
x Rose Must Die
Til The Novelty Wears Off
Irene

Fun set. Changed the "little Hans" in "reeperbahn" to "David Pippen." I seem to recall playing more than five songs, but I don't recall any others that were played. Creepy, eh?


UNCLE CALVIN'S
10/5/2000
Margret Chang on violin, Joe Cato on drums

A Cappella Intro ("Tower of Song" by Leonard Cohen)
Black is the Color
Dread
I Thought She Was a Goth
The Way Out Of Here

Abercrombie for Fish
The Nights Are So Long
       (Extension included "Wedding Song"(Dylan) and "For                   Crying Out Loud"(Steinman))

Yankee Doodle Demon
Mr. Scary Monster
One More Cup of Coffee (Dylan)
Til The Novelty Wears Off
x Rose Must Die
Irene

A very good set, if I do say so. Possibly the best "Nights" extension yet. "The Way Out Here" sounds much better with drums "Coffee" will be on the "sounds" page shortly.

Mellow Mushroom, Carrollton

10/4/2000

The Way Out of Here
Stormy Season
Abercrombie for Fish
Things Have Changed (Dylan)
Til The Novelty Wears Off
Irene

Almost a klezmer set at times, in terms of meter. Decided to try out "The Way Out of Here," and it was decent. Also played accordion in the house band.


Uncle Calvin's, Carrollton
9/28/2000
Margret Chang on violin, Joe Cato on drums, Geoff Weaver on bass

Intro: September Song (Weill)
Til The Novelty Wears Off
Rosebud
I Thought She Was a Goth
The Briar and the Rose (Waits) (adam on accordion)

The Nights Are So Long (extended, w/ "All Through the Night(Lauper))
The MTV
At Night All Cats are Grey ("Like a Prayer" intro)
Headless Horseman Needs a Head (Disney) (beat jazz version)
Irene

ALSO, during Russ Bledsoe's set:
Oh Sister (Dylan) (Accordion and backup vocals)
ALSO, played accordion with Dead Alive


Mostly a good show, if a bit uneven. Guitar kept going out of tune. Lots of goofy adlibs. "Nights" was played much faster than normal. "Briar and the Rose" turned out fairly well, but could have been better. Not bad, considering that it wasn't exactly rehearsed beforehand. We do our rehearsing onstage.


Mellow Mushroom
9/27/2000

Set One: (w/ house band)
a bunch of classic rock songs (played accordion and sang backup)

SOLO SET:

Til The Novelty Wears Off
I Thought She Was a Goth
The October Waltz
The Glory of Love (from "karate kid 2")
Skeletons of Society (Slayer)
Yankee Doodle Demon
Bright Blessings
x Rose Must Die
Goodnight, Irene



WWGC FM
9/26/2000

With Russ Bledsoe:
Oh Sister (dylan) (backup vocals and accordion only)
Solo:
The Nights Are So Long
The October Waltz

With Russ and Brother Steve:
This Land Is Your Land (Guthrie)

For one night, I made my own Rolling Thunder Revue. Fun!
MELLOW MUSHROOM - 9/20/2000
Naked Pictures
Not Afraid of You Anymore
Hang Down Your Head (Waits)
Irene (improvised, bawdy lyrics)


Just a few new songs that I had to try out. Nothing spectacular.

9/14/2000
Uncle Calvin's
Joe Cato (drums), Margret Chang (violin), Geoff Weaver (bass)

Home I'll Never Be (Kerouac) (a capella intro)
Black is the Color /Azkaban/Paint it Black (rolling stones)
Rosebud

I Thought She Was a Goth
Dread
Star of the County Down (trad)
I'll Follow You Anywhere
Yankee Doodle Demon
The Nights Are So Long/Halloween Specials/Wild and Untamed Things (from "Rocky Horror")
x Rose Must Die
The October Waltz
Irene


Another fine set, with Margret really sawing away like mad on the violin, and with a great, noisy crowd as well. Lots of playing with the vocals, etc. Never thought I'd be adding bits from the Rocky Horror Picture Show into "Nights," but it worked really well. Don't worry too much if you missed this, lots of pictures were taken and the show was recorded to be put up on the page. Go to http://adamselzer.homepage.com/adamsounds.html it should be up by late saturday night, along with the pictures.

9/7/2000
Uncle Calvin's
w/Joe Cato (drums), Geoff Weaver (bass) and Margret Chang (violin)

Intro: Mary Had a Little Lamb (in Japanese)
Black is the Color / Azkaban
Rosebud

I Thought She Was a Goth
The October Waltz
Star of the County Down (trad)
Let the Toast Pass
Communist Bloc
Muirshin Duirkin(trad)
Dance in the Mirror, Fall in the Lane
At Night All Cats are Grey
The MTV

Irene/band introduction

Another very good show, except for a whole comedy of errors involving me stepping on chords, causing them to unplug from the PA. These past couple shows played with "Barbie and the Chipmunks" have been among the best shows I've ever played, certainly among the most enjoyable. ONe of them, or some future show, should be encoded into mp3 or realaudio and made available on this site. Keep watching! Sign the guestbook! Buy the album when it comes out (October 3rd!)



9/6/2000
Mellow Mushroom

Stormy Season
x Rose Must Die

Franz Kafka's Particularly Generic Blues #3
Star of the County Down (trad)
Let the Toast Pass
Irene/Innocent When You Dream

Pretty much your basic mushoom set. Wrote "Franz..." about twenty minutes before I went on, got David Pippen to play lead guitar and some guy to play drums during it. Fun little song, may or may not get played again outside of the Filk shows.

8/31/2000
Uncle Calvin's
w/Joe Cato on drums, Geoff Weaver on bass, Margret Chang on violin(!)

band name: alternately "Adam Selzer's Maritime Band" and "Barbie and the Chipmunks"

Home I'll Never Be (Kerouac)(a cappella intro)
Black is the Color
Rosebud
Screamin' and Fallin/I Thought She Was a Goth
The October Waltz
Cardboard Box (fast tango)
The Cold Air

Shiney Things (all but Geoff on percussion)
Dance in the Mirror, Fall in the Lane
Shalome (Trad)
Irene

Whheee!!!!! Best show EVER! I've wanted to play at least one live show with Margret playing violin for a long time (she's already recorded stuff for the album), and it was great! Everyone was very pleased. Geoff and Joe felt it was the best show we've done, I thought it was pretty close at least, and Margret was very happy as well. The band was introduced as "Geoff Weaver, Master of Men! Joe Cato, Master of Gentlemen, and the lovely Margret Chang, Mistress of the Dark!" I wrote "Dance in the Mirror, Fall in the Lane" just yesterday, and figured out how to play it about half an hour before the show. Margret added fine violin, though I had to wrack my brains to remember what the words were. Felt like doing "shalome" because Joe and I have been listening to a lot of klezmer music lately. Jeff was great, and Joe was, as per the usual, terrific. The lineup will be playing together as often as possible, as Margret, who had never been to Calvin's, really enjoyed herself. Things are very good indeed - though the addition of violin to "I Thought She Was a Goth" makes it more Voltaire than Voltaire. Just hope he doesn't want me dead!

8/30/2000
Mellow Mushroom


I Thought She Was a GOth
Cardboard Box (fast)
Things Have Changed (Dylan)
Innocent When You Dream/Irene

Best opening line ever: "hello! I'm going to play all of your favorite Dave Matthews Band songs...right after I got Bob Barr up here to ---- my --- with tinfoil!"

8/24/2000
Uncle Calvin's - Carrollton
Joe Cato on drums, Geoff Weaver on bass (band: Adam and the Rippers)


I Ain't Got No Home/Black is the Color
The October Waltz
She's a Goth Girl/I Thought She Was a Goth
At Night All Cats are Grey
Where the Sagebrush Grows
x Rose
The Cold Air
Stormy Season

Let the Toast Pass
The MTV
Goodnight Irene (Kerry Wentworth on backup vocals)

An excellent set. First time I've performed live with a bassist...it's great to have a drummer again. A very tight set, the new material went well. Went over really big with the crowd, but new faces and familiar.

8/23/2000
Mellow Mushroom - Carrollton

Set one:

harp and bg vocs in the house band playing classic rock covers Set two(solo):
I Thought She Was a Goth
The October Waltz
The MTV
x Rose Must Die
Let the Toast Pass
Goodnight, Irene

Good to back playing at the Mushroom - it was a fine show. Played in the house band with one guitar virtuoso and one Galaga virtuoso. See the misc. page.


8/22/2000
WWGC Studios
Guess on "Appalachian Trails" w/ Steve Sedberry

Let the Toast Pass
I Ain't Blending Anymore

Added at the last minute, this was just decent. The interviews between the songs were better than the songs themselves, in this case.

8/14/2000

The Final Starbucks Show - and how!
Black is the Color
Stormy Season
It Used To Be A Cantina, Now It's a Starbucks
Dread
The Cold Air
Science Fiction (Rocky Horror)
Bright Blessings
Cardboard Box Tango

I Thought She Was a Goth
Things Have Changed (Dylan)
Communist Bloc
The MTV
Let the Toast Pass
The Nights Are So Long
Where the Sagebrush Grows
Drive All Night
At Night All Cats are Grey

I Ain't Blending Any More
Rosebud
Irene

The new manager won't let me put up fliers, because "corporate hasn't approved them." He also decided that I don't have to be paid, contract or no. Bastard. But I got the last word tonight. This was the "When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose" final show, and all stops were removed. I wore my Java Joe's t-shirt. I made a few nasty remarks about the company, some witty words about the new manager, and stomped on a starbucks cup. Any dirty words that are normally altered were left in. Not one, but two anti-starbucks songs were played. I played "Science Fiction," with Josh shouting out the audience lines. The whole experience of playing at Starbucks has been like something out of "This Is Spinal Tap." The audience loved it. Even without the aid of fireworks, (this time), I guess you could say that I went out with a bang.

7/31/00
Same Old Starbucks

Motorbreath (Metallica)

I Thought She Was a Goth
Stormy Season
Rosebud
Head Like a Hole (NIN)
I'll Follow You Anywhere
At Night All Cats are Grey
Dread
Bright Blessings
Cholesterol

Irish Ballad (Lehrer)
Where the Sagebrush Grows
If I Just Kept Drivin
The MTV
Red is the Rose
Cardboard Box
Pretend It's October
Black is the Color
Yankee Doodle Demon

Hold On (Waits)
The Cold Air
Let the Toast Pass
The Nights Are So Long
"rant"

Good show if I do say so. At the opening, I was playing to the crowd (the part in the front, anyway) and they were digging it. When that part left, the crowd was lousy. Never aknowledged me, except to ask for "Freebird." I ended the show by saying "I'd say you've been great and I love you all, but you haven't and I don't! I hate all of you! And this town, too! I think with the proceeds from the tip jar, I'll go get a damn Happy Meal. I hate this whole damned region, not to mention this whole chain. Good night, ya mangy bums!" And I stick with that.

7/23/00
JAVA JOE'S

Des Moines, IA

Black is the Color
Stormy Season
I Thought She Was a Goth
86th Floor Homesick Blues
Let the Toast Pass
The MTV
The Cold Air

At Night All Cats are Grey
Communist Bloc
x ros Must Die
The Nights Are So Long/Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues(Dylan)
Bright Blessings, Bright Promises
Things Have Changed
Rosebud
Head Like a Hole(NIN)
Shiney Things

St. James
Hogwarts School Song (Rowling)
I'll Follow You Anywhere
Broken Bicycles (Tom Waits)
Empty Hall In a Crowded Town

SET 2
Where the Sagebrush Grows
In Search of his Grave

When You're Evil (Voltaire)
Just a Little Glass of Water
Talkin' Hell to Pay Blues
It's All Right Ma, I'm Only Bleeding (Dylan)
Amazing Grace - Train Song
Polly Wolly Devil/Yankee Doodle Demon
Cholesterol Gives Me Heart Attacks....
Cardboard Box
Pretend It's October

Jar Jar Binks in the UK
If I Just Kept Driving
Irish Ballad (Lehrer)
Two Sisters
Goodnight, Irene


One of the best shows ever (though the second set started out particularly shotty, and didn't really get good until "Train Song.") The first set, which was recorded on a multitrack minidisc rig for possible inclusion on the record or on this page, was almost perfect but for a few flaws (such as fluctuating guitar volume). One of the best attended shows I've ever played, one of the best paying as well. If you weren't there, you missed out on a fine show.

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