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Reproduce Video

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Here's another video from the Innocent Sin album, "Reproduce".
It's a play on a classic Journey video, with a few twists.

The cast is Susan Kopp, Amy Jordan, Kate Lovelady, and Billy D.
The musicians are Billy D, Dan Ingenthron, Ken Moore, plus singers Kate Lovelady, Susan Kopp, David Taylor, and Joe Koepke.
Available at CD Baby, iTunes, and other outlets.

Innocent Sin Video

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And so it came to pass, the "Innocent Sin" video was thus revealed to the world.

Video stars are Billy D, Kate Noshame, Susan Elaine Kopp, Seth Weissman, Rose Taschner, Stephanie Recht, with help from Rick Nelson.
Musicians are Billy D, Ken Moore, Dan Ingenthron, Mark Youngbauer.

Of course, you can get the album at CD Baby.

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Digital Downloads available!

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So the new album is now offically out via digital download on CD Baby. The CDs are yet to ship, so hold your horses. Kickstarter contributors, naturally, have their free CDs coming to them in the next few weeks.

The rest of you and your firends should buy it immediately!

Also, the album should slowly proliferate through all the major download and streaming companies (except Spotify) in the next few weeks. So keep those iTunes searches happening!

We also shot a silly, psuedo-'70s video for the title track this weekend. So look for that when it's ready. (I could easily hold another Kickstarter campaign just to get a Mac that can handle editing those enormous HD video files...)

Happy Spring!
Billy D


Innocent Sin, first song

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After great anticipation, Billy releases his new CD, Innocent Sin, in June 2015. It's a bouncy irreverent ride of wit, philosophy, and innuendo. The first track of the same name is available on Soundcloud now.

All of Billy's CDs are on CD Baby.

White Albums
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This week is the 40th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti. We cranked the brand new remaster up last night, and it was awesome. I consider it to be one of the great White Albums.

What is a White Album? The original is, of course The Beatles, from 1968. We can define it, or them, as a sprawling/over-sized double or triple LP that is experimental and weird. It may come after a more commercial AND artistic success (Sgt. Pepper), where the band has earned great freedom in the studio. So much freedom that they end up making something self-indulgent. This weird album may not sell as well in the short term, but in the long run is considered an artistic goldmine. May contain raw rock interspersed with acoustic gems.

Another possible factor is inner strife within the band. But that is so common within bands that you may not be able to isolate it to one album.

There are more Peppers out there than White Albums. For example, Queen's Pepper is arguably A Night at the Opera, but they never released any double albums, let alone indulgent experimental freak outs. Likewise, merely being any double/triple album doesn't count.  So no to All Things Must Pass, or Welcome to the Pleasuredome.

Here are some of my favorite white albums:

  1. The Beatles (aka The White Album) - The Beatles (Follows Sgt. Pepper.)

  2. Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin (Follows Zoso and/or Houses of the Holy.)

  3. Tusk - Fleetwood Mac (Follows Rumours.)

  4. Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones (Sprawling genius, but not after any particular Pepper-esque album.)

  5. Sandinista - The Clash (Sprawling and experimental for sure, but again not following up a masterpiece.)

What am I forgetting? Do these count?

  • The Basement Tapes - Bob Dylan and The Band (Sprawling and experimental yes, but not built on the shoulders of success. More of an archive collection of home recordings from before they were big. A true white album's excesses are born of commercial success. Greatest hits or other compilations don't count either.)

  • Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan (Probably.)

  • Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix (I'm on the fence with this one. Definitely freaky and sprawling, but all of Jimi's stuff was out there, so it was a continuation, rather than a break in direction.)

  • English Settlement - XTC (Double album that could have been single album if each song weren't so long and repetetive. I say nay! Not a white album. Also no less slick than its predecessors.)

  • Sign o' the Times - Prince (I think yes, but don't know it that well.)

Kick Ass Video

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Here is the music video from "Kick Ass", a song on my upcoming CD, tentatively called Innocent Sin. Featured are Bill & Frantz as autumnal outlaws, chased by Sheriff Tucker Bodman. Enjoy.


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This is a drug idea I've had since high school in the 1980s. I finally got around to making an ad for it.
From The Bill & Frantz Show, Ep. 311:

Hold On to Harvest

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Back in 2003, The Billy Dechand Band played a special show to celebrate our new CD, Hold On, at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. For the first set, we played songs from the new album, and other Billy hits. In the spirit of The Last Waltz, we had several guests join us for our second set. We played Neil Young's Harvest in its entirety, in sequence. With the variety of talent and styles, many of the arrangments were substantially different from the originals. As it should be.
Here is the complete show.


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Frantz wrote a script called "Shattered", starring me as a crazy man who likes to yell at his wife, Helen. On The Bill & Frantz Show (episode 406), he interviews me as self-satisfied French actor, Guillaume Dechand.

The Bill & Frantz Show Season 3

Season 3

The Bill & Frantz Show, Ep. 318

Dec. 1, 2013
- Kate Lovelady
- Building a Shed
- Yard Art & Welding
- Paul Walker
- Obomacare/ACA
The Bill & Frantz Show, Ep. 317

Oct. 21, 2013
- World Series
- "a Walk in Forest Park"
- 12 Years as a Slave
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Midwest Decency

Living in the midwest for a few years now, I've met a lot of nice people. When I first arrived, I embraced St. Louis as the antithesis of New York City: affordable, spacious, polite, and importantly, unpretentious. Now that I know it better, I see its downsides as well. A big one is racism, but I'll address that another day.

What I've been noticing lately is how kind and gentle people can be in person, but when they reveal their politics, they turn out to be quite ungenerous, if not downright hateful.

This seems somewhat decent: whatever your beliefs, still show respect for your fellow human being. It's usually called "tolerance". The crazed radical view is opposite: stick to your guns. If you have strong feelings about something, act to your convictions. If that means coming across as an asshole to some sinner, so be it. Their feelings are secondary The Truth.

As you might expect, I don't subscribe to the latter viewpoint. But the "tolerance" approach is starting to wear thin. Are all these people who are outwardly nice to me while holding fundamentally opposed opinions lying through their teeth every time they smile? Is it not important to keep one's actions and values consistent?

Do I recommend all the bigots and zealots stop being kind? No, obviously not. Most believe "common decency" is a good thing. So if consistency is important, but your values aren't respectful, there's really only one solution left. Change your values. Stop being two-faced and teach yourself that kindness and respect are a higher calling than judgement and condemnation.

Barbarians follow their hate. Civilized people learn to live together in peace.

Shorts: Songs, Skits, and Rants
As you know, we at The Bill & Frantz Show include a little video clip in the middle of each episode, to break from the talk show vibe. Well, on Frantz's prodding, I've compiled them all in one place. They're in no particular order, but it should be fun to just let it flow.
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Gay Marriage and Conservatism
Today's news that "at least 75 top Republicans have signed a legal brief ...arguing that gay marriage is a constitutional right" is an excellent example of conservatism in action.
No, not equality, silly!
Conservatives, by definition, oppose social progress. With violence and arrogance of biblical proportions, they condescend your foolish wrongths, until suddenly, they agree. At that point, they act as if said recent progress has always existed -- a fundamental truth about life, central to all for which the conservative movement stands.

It's not a joke, is it? the first time I saw the headline, I thought it was from The Onion.

Please Please Me

Please Please MeFifty years ago today, the Beatles recorded their first album, Please Please Me, at Abbey Road. They basically recorded the whole thing in one day -- twelve hours, they say. Everything. They basically showed up and played their live show in the studio. Bearing that in mind helps to appreicate their unique energy as a band.

  1. I Saw Her Standing There
    When you think of Lennon/McCartney, John's name is always first. But on this album, all their songs are listed "McCartney/Lennon". Only this first album. While John suffers from a cold that day, feverish at his guitar, Paul leads off this first track mightily, so it's a believable scenario, with no crystal ball to the future. His bass is great, pulsing with the perfect drums. As a little four-piece combo, they are so locked, you can understand why everyone took to the dance floor.
  2. Misery
    An obviously co-written song, Lennon and McCartney both sing lead the whole time. They immediately create a unique third voice as they match in unison, only occasionally breaking into shimmering harmony. This is even better demonstrated in "There's a Place", toward the end.
  3. Anna (Go to Him)
    As part of their standard bar-band set, there are several covers from the era. This song's smoothly lopsided groove has always fascinated me. That's the Beatles as a rhythm section again. Under-stated, slightly strange, always in the pocket.
  4. Chains
    George Harrison steps up to the mic, and yelps out this Goffin/King hit with attitude. Early, part of their schtick was to take Motown/girl group tunes and make them their own. Pretty shrewd, to emphasize thier harmonies while rockin' out.
  5. Boys
    Ringo Starr sings another girl group song, not even bothering to change the gender. Interesting, considering the times. Lazy, or British humor?
  6. Ask Me Why
    An early Lennon/McCartney, and it sounds like it. Charmingly simple, considering where they took it. "I love you, 'cause you tell me things I want to know." Intentionally cynical, or innocently honest?
  7. Please Please Me
    The title track, for obvious reasons.
  8. Love Me Do
    Another hit, less rock, more quirk.
  9. P.S. I Love You
    Obviously a McCartney song first, though John probably had a hand in its professionalism. They helped each other with everything at this stage.
  10. Baby It's You
    Another girl group song that Lennon totally owns. His vocal style early on still shows reflects his influence. Combined with his fearless and vibrant youth, he sings as slick as any man in a suit. But still, there's that edge.  Can't get enough. This all while he suffers from a horrible cold.
  11. Do You Want to Know a Secret
    John and Paul wrote this, and gave it to Harrison, ostensibly cuz it was easy to sing. The real reason is they didn't want to sing anything so corny themselves. Just conjecture, of course.
  12. A Taste of Honey
    Paul croons a standard. My childhood chum and I used to get a kick out the awkward backing vocals in the middle. One particular note sticks out; I still smile to myself when I hear it.
  13. There's a Place
    There's that "third voice" unison blend, that splits to the glorious harmonies
  14. Twist and Shout
    They saved this song for last. Legendarily, John Lennon's voice was shot from singing all day. So they put everything into the first take. He screamed (some say shirtless), the band nailed it. You gotta do what you gotta do

First album by the greatest band. It was released in the United States on Vee Jay records only, and no one cared. It took the heavy hand of Capitol Records to hype them up a year and a half later, and the rest is history. Well, it's all history, isn't it? The Beatles live