Nov 24, 2022

Billy's Books 69: Shattered Sword

Billy reviews a historical book, Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully. It's a detailed account of the battle from the perspective of the Japanese navy, but analyzed by Western authors. The conclusions are rather damning. Anyways, it's fascinating if you're into details, logistics, and strategy.

Nov 22, 2022

"Buttered Up" video and UP Playlist

If you've been reading my blog all along, you know my goal has been to make some sort of video for every song on the UP album. Today, after more than a year in the making, it is done. The first song that was created for the album, "Buttered Up", is the last to get its own video. Here it is, with a little help from my friends Seth, Jeff, and Tony's chickens.

Naturally, these videos are all in playlist to match the album sequence:

After the regular album songs are done, I've added some bonus videos. They're stuff like promos, demos, and live cuts. Thanks for listening!

Nov 13, 2022

Billy's Books 68: The Princess and the Scoundrel

Billy revioews the latest Star Wars novel, Shadow of the Sith, by Beth Revis. It takes places immediately after episode VI, as the Ewoks celebrate the destruction of Death Star #2.

As usual, thanks to the Saint Louis Public Lirbary. Support your local library!

Oct 16, 2022

Do What You Do (Don't What You Won't) Music Video

I'm almost finished with my task of making a video of every song from my Up album. This one's pretty simple, a ska song for the independent thinker. Aren't they all, really?



Performers: 

  • Matt Kaden - drums 
  • Matt Schickele - organ 
  • Mark Youngbauer - guitar 
  • Billy Dechand - voice, bass, guitar

Sep 29, 2022

Billy's Books 67: When the Mississippi Ran Backwards

Billy reviews a history book, When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-12, by Jay Feldman.