Nov 22, 2021

Billy's Books 56: Get Back

The big news in the music world this week is the long-awaited release of Peter Jackson's documentary on the Beatles, Get Back. In case you didn't know, the original movie and album, Let It Be, was seen for the past 50 years as documenting the Beatles' miserable breakup story. That movie was grainy, with muddy audio -- such a bummer that they refused to re-issue it since the 1980s.

Given the rare opportunity to dive into the unseen footage, Peter Jackson discovered that a lot of the sessions were far more pleasant than expected. The Beatles themselves had absorbed the storyline of the original movie, and remembered it as a miserable time themselves. In 2020, Paul and Ringo were surprised and delighted to see so many smiles in the footage too.

Anyways, this is the book to go along with Mr. Jsckson's new documentary, to be released this Thanksgiving. It's mostly a day-to-day transcription of select conversations. It's fascinating and funny, just like those fellas.

The book, and presumably the docu-series, is broken into three parts:

  • Act I: Twickenham Studio, the cold, impersonal movie set
  • Act II: Apple basement, where they rehearsed and recorded album tracks
  • Act III: The Rooftop Concert

Thanks to the Saint Louis Public Library for the loan. Support your public library!

Nov 10, 2021

Wack [Lyric Video]

Here's another lyrics video from the new album, Up. This one features Seth Weissman lip-synching the clarinet part. Ths music itself is performed by Billy D and maestro Dan Sonenberg.

Nov 8, 2021

Billy's Books 55: Star Wars: Ronin

Yes, another Star Wars book, but this one's a little different. This could just as easily be ancient fuedal Japan as a galaxy far, far away. It's a nice change of pace. It also makes a lot of sense, considering how much Lucas was influenced by Japanese culture.

Thanks to the Saint Louis Public Library. Support your public library!

Nov 3, 2021

Two Live Songs

To celebrate the release of the new album, Up, we had a little show at Anchor Room Coffeehouse in Saint Louis on October 15, 2021. The lineup that night was Billy Dechand on bass, Doug Hilliard on drums, and Mark Youngbauer on guitar.

The first one is "Tired, Not Sleepy" from the new album.

Ths second song is called "Under The Tree", writtten by Corin See and Billy D. It's from Billy's 2000 album, Hocus Pocus.

Nov 2, 2021

Billy's Books 54: The Rising Storm

They keep squeezing out more Star Wars books. The Rising Storm is the next High Republic story written by Cavan Scott. This book is a little darker, and has lots of action.

Thanks to the Saint Louis Public Library. Support your public library!

Oct 8, 2021


Just one week before our UP CD Release Party, we get to see Al Hifi's "F-kt Up" [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO].


F-kt Up 
Words and music by Dechand/Heifetz/Sonenberg/Youngbauer
© 2021 Bucktooth Music (ASCAP) 

Billy Dechand - voice, bass, guitar 
Al Hifi - voice, bass, guitars, robots 
Dan Sonenberg - voice, drums, guitars 
Mark Youngbauer - guitars 

Nicole Colombatto - voice 
Leslie Sanazaro - voice 
David Taylor - voice

Video directed by Al Hifi