Chateau Dietrich

If You Would Like to Hear This Record

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

1976 – Songs That Made the Charts #10

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1976 was a very special year for me. I got out of high school. I moved away from home. I was old enough to legally drink. (Back then, you only had to be 18.) Carter got himself elected president. The top songs on the Chart that year were Tonight’s the Night (by Rod Stewart), Silly Love Songs (Paul McCartney) and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John and Kiki Dee). But, there were other songs on the chart that year. Many, many more. Some, even though they were hits, that you may not remember or want to remember. Thus this blog. 527 songs made it onto the Billboard chart that year. Here are a few that didn’t quite make it to the top.
(I wasn’t actually going to do anymore in this series, but I keep hitting gem after gem. Songs that must be heard again!!)

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John Paul Young – Yesterday’s Hero (#234) – This starts off a little goofy, but overall it’s a pretty good pop song. It warns of the mercurial nature of fame. John Paul had a much bigger hit with a song that is still sung to death today. (that little song is below)



Love is in the Air – This is his big, big hit.


John Paul Young’s Wiki page is here:

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Don’t Harrison Band – Sixteen Tons (#261) This band is probably most famous for having Stu Cook and Doug Clifford in the band. (Both former members of Creedence Clearwater Rivival) This is a nice rendition of the old Tennessee Ernie Ford. It has a little bit of a Creedence feel to it.



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Here is the Tennessee Ernie Ford version:



The Don Harrison Band Wiki page is her:

Here is the Wiki page for the song “Sixteen Tons”

Tennesse Ernie’s Wiki page is here:

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Norman Connors – You Are My Starship (#158) I had to put this song in as an example of the taste of American music buying public. This is not a good song. It’s fucking awful. It has nothing going for it. The lyrics are stupid. (You are my starship. Come take me up tonight. And don’t be late. And don’t you come to soon.)The tune is almost none existent. If there’s a hook in this song, I have yet to find it. BUT!!!
It charted higher than: Styx “Lorelie” - Carole King “Only Love is Real” – Roxy Music “ Love is the drug” – Kiss “Shout it Out Loud” – Abba “Mama Mia” Bob Dylan “Hurricane” Art Garfunkel “Breakaway” – Paul Simon “Still Crazy After All These Years” – Electric Light Orchestra “Showdown” – The Tubes “Don’t Touch Me There” – David Bowie “TVC15” Alan Parson’s Project “The Raven” Steely Dan “king Charlemagne” Bruce Springsteen “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” Sweeny Todd “Roxy Roller” – Poco “Rose of Cimarron” – Steve Harley – “Make Me Smile” – Manfred Mann “Spirit in the Night” All these now classic and semi classic songs weren’t as popular in their day as You Are My Fucking Starship.



Norman Connors Wiki page is here:

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Discount Romance’s latest single and video is here. If you like marijuana or can splle marijuana, then this video is definitely for you!



Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.

Friday, September 16, 2011

1976 – Songs That Made the Charts #8

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Behold the sporty man's car in 1976.

1976 was a very special year for me. I got out of high school. I moved away from home. I was old enough to legally drink. (Back then, you only had to be 18.) Carter got himself elected president. The top songs on the Chart that year were Tonight’s the Night (by Rod Stewart), Silly Love Songs (Paul McCartney) and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John and Kiki Dee). But, there were other songs on the chart that year. Many, many more. Some, even though they were hits, that you may not remember or want to remember. Thus this blog. 527 songs made it onto the Billboard chart that year. Here are a few that didn’t quite make it to the top.
(I wasn’t actually going to do anymore in this series, but I keep hitting gem after gem. Songs that must be heard again!!)

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Country Joe McDonald – Breakfast for Two (#482) This is fucking awful. Not only does it have almost no tune and two chords, the lyrics are stupefying in their banality and he barely fit them in the song. It’s almost like he’s making them up as he goes along. There are a lot of bad songs that mad the charts in 1976 and this is among the worst. This is a long way from Feelin’ Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag. And just what does the end of the song have to do with the rest of the song? What’s the connection? It’s just a big pile of poopy plop.



Here are the dreaded lyrics in question

Country Joe McDonald
Breakfast For Two lyrics

We went out to dinner
Boy, what an appetite
We just couldn't stop eating
We stayed up most of the night


And after three or four hours
Our stomachs began to hurt
But everything tasted so good
We didn't stop until after dessert


[CHORUS]
Ooh la la, breakfast for two
Ooh la la, you got me and I got you

I've eaten in Italy
Yes, I've eaten in Spain
I must admit I'd be licking my lips
If I ever was to eat there again
But last night at dinner
You really, really blew my mind
The way we supped just filled me up
I think about food all of the time


[Repeat CHORUS 3x]


People always come up to me
They say, hey, man
How about a little smile
Don't take life so seriously
Lighten up for a little while


I say that a man's a fool
If he don't know how to cry
When I get down, I sure get down
But when I'm up, I know how to fly

Country Joe’s Homepage is here:

And his Wiki page is here:

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Michel Polnareff – If Only You Believe (Jesus for Tonite) (#266)– This is one of the dumbest most narcissistic songs perhaps ever written. It’s a terrible idea for a song. Things in life are pretty rotten in this world so, “let me be your Jesus to night. If you believe in me.” Wow! Who knew 1976 was this fucking dumb? Wait till you see him in the video. He looks like the drug pusher in Withnail and I.



Lipstick (#316) This was his other hit in 1976. Yes, there were two of them! (at least he doesn’t sing in this one) And if you thought the last video was a little strange, wait to you get an eyeful of this disco disaster. This guy is one strange dude.



Mr. Polnareff’s Wiki page is here:

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Bill Cosby - Yes Yes Yes (#251) This beat some really good songs. I suppose this is supposed to be funny. It’s not. It’s Bill trying to be charming over some banal tune. It seems to be made up as he goes on. This is a complete waste of time, for everyone concerned.



Dr. Cosby’s Wiki page is here:

And his official website is here:

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Discount Romance’s latest single and video is here. If you like marijuana or can splle marijuana, then this video is definitely for you!



Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

1976 – Songs That Made the Charts #7

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Check out the primo wheels from 1976!

1976 was a very special year for me. I got out of high school. I moved away from home. I was old enough to legally drink. (Back then, you only had to be 18.) Carter got himself elected president. The top songs on the Chart that year were Tonight’s the Night (by Rod Stewart), Silly Love Songs (Paul McCartney) and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John and Kiki Dee). But, there were other songs on the chart that year. Many, many more. Some, even though they were hits, that you may not remember or want to remember. Thus this blog. 527 songs made it onto the Billboard chart that year. Here are a few that didn’t quite make it to the top.
(I wasn’t actually going to do anymore in this series, until I hit Mr. Mann’s song. Then, I realized there was more gold to be mined from this special year!)

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Barry Mann – The Princess and the Punk (#408) – This is one of those typical “Story” songs. And what a terrible story it is. With Cynthia Weil, he wrote a lot of great tunes. (I’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place is a particular favorite) This is so bad, it practically negates all his earlier work. How it even made it to 408 is a miracle.


Barry’s Wiki is here:

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Sundown Company – Norma Jean Wants to be a Movie Star (#440) Candle in the Wind this ain’t. Another story song and at least we know the story. It doesn’t help much. It’s a big pile of schmaltz with forced lyrics and a pretty bland tune.



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Edwin Starr – Abyssinia Jones (#523) – We all remember Edwin from “War”. He’s still got the scream. Except now he’s screaming at a woman rather than international conflict. This is a bizarre tale of a guy trying to get away from a woman and then, because he doesn’t add very well, fails to do so. This is one kooky song.



Edwin’s Website is here:

Mr. Starr’s Wikipage is here:

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Discount Romance’s latest single and video is here. If you like marijuana or can splle marijuana, then this video is definitely for you!



Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.

Don’t Tell Betsy (Acoustic) – Live at Room 5

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Well, this was a night to remember. The acoustic version of Don’t Tell Betsy (the band minus second guitar and bass) took the stage for their premier performance and it was a magnificent success.

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At times, the entire was quiet and listening to the lovely Carissa sing. How many bars have you been in where people have actually shut up to listen to the act on stage. It’s hard enough at a major concert to get the audience to pay attention.  They did three covers.  The stand out was Real Man.  Carissa has just the right bluesy tone to put this over big time.  Of the originals, I Am Your Waitress had the audience absolutely quiet as they followed the story.  Carissa did a little acting as she sang her way to the punchline.  A great job.  The boys did a very nice back and forth guitar/bongo piece The Way I Do.  There wasn't a moment that night where the other acts didn't wish they were somewhere else.  Bravo!

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Here are a couple of songs from the show. We encourage everyone to come out to the next performance. Don’t worry, we will let you know what that will be.

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Why Don’t You Call Me – this has a little bit on an island feel to it and Ellis’ bongos hit just the right note. Carissa’s dreamy, laidback singing is wonderful on this. And Kevin throws in some tasty guitar.



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Stupidest Girl in the World – The sound isn’t quite as good on this, but a very nice version of this heartfelt ballad.


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Discount Romance’s latest single and video is here. If you like marijuana or can splle marijuana, then this video is definitely for you!



Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Two Cellos – Largo – Concert Review

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I’ve just seen The Two Cellos at Largo tonight. The show was exceptionally short, so I have plenty of time to write my review before turning in.
To begin with, their show is a lot of fun…and they certainly leave you wanting more. These two guys have come upon a neat trick. They play simple pop songs in a creative way. But because they’re so simple, it allows them to put an awful lot of showmanship into their performance.
The audience were very enthusiastic and the boys were young, cute and talented. I’m sure there were a lot of young ladies more than ready to accompany them back to their hotel…and a number of very elderly Eastern European women!
They do a few jokes. A tiny bit of slapstick. They trade of rhythm and lead, all to keep the tunes interesting. They did two AC/DC tunes in a row. They perhaps has fewer notes in them than all the other songs. A drummer was brought out to give them a little extra punch. The trick is, to keep the punters entertained by mixing things up and they did that in spades. Green Day had two songs. Also represented were The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the bands below. And that was about it. When they originally left the stage, people were a little confused. Then they came back and did one song and left again. The people in front of us turned around and asked if this was intermission. Artists don’t usually do an encore before intermission, so my guess was not. And when the lights came on and the exit doors were opened a few seconds later, I was proved right.
People were quite disappointed (and surprised) that the concert ended so quickly, but then again, they loved it. The key to a successful show is leave the audience wanting more and they did. There is only so much you can do with two cellos. These guys know how to entertain and have you coming back.
A very good show and I would recommend it. And you’ll have plenty of time to do something else with the rest of your evening.

Welcome to the Jungle – The opening number. Right away the audience is with them.



Smells Like Teen Spirit – They up the volume a notch and add a little distortion. Very effective.


With or Without You – A very nice change of pace. They dedicated this to the ladies. I’ll bet they did! The cello is a beautiful sounding instrument. It thing there was more than enough room in the set for a full on, very tuneful ballad later in the set. They chose to go out with a roar.



Smooth Criminal – This is the first piece I ever saw them perform. (on Youtube) It’s sort of their big hit and the audience really responded.


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Discount Romance’s latest single and video is here. If you like marijuana or can splle marijuana, then this video is definitely for you!



Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Reefer Songs #3

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Discount Romance (Who’s first single can be found at the bottom of this fine blog) is about to put out a new video entitled, “Sweet Leaf”. The subject matter is pretty well self evident. As a tribute to this grand premier, which is but a scant few days off, I thought I’d present some other artists who have performed songs on this very subject. There are some pretty groovin’ tunes out there about tying one on with a doob.
And here they are for your enjoyment.

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I couldn’t find out anything about this guy on the web. Perhaps his habit had a deleterious effect on his career.
Buck Washington – Save the Roach For Me – A very pleasant song that bops along. You could hear Louis Armstrong singing this. (and he was no stranger to pot himself.) Short, sweet and catchy. Two thumbs up on this one.




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Cleo Brown – The Stuff’s Here – The first thing you notice is how dreamy her voice is. (that’s her playing the piano) I really like this. This really cooks.



When Hollywood Goes Black & Tan – This seems to be dealing with the race issue in our fair town. A very interesting song.



Cleo’s Wiki page is here:

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Sidney Bechet with Noble Sissle’s Swingers – Viper Mad – Probably the most famous of this bunch. (certainly more famous than poor old Buck!) Lots of mainstream artists did songs about wacky tabaccey. (Mr. Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway) This study in medicinal use music has allowed me to discover some pretty nice tunes.



Summertime - This song was made for that clarinet. Very, very tasty.



Sidney’s Wiki page is here:

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Buster Bailey’s Rhythm Busters – Light Up – This starts up like a cartoon and then goes into that Wartime Jive kind of groove. Not the most original of tunes but a very nice groove.



Planter’s Punch – Probably no drug reference here. No words at all in this one. It cooks along though. Very enjoyable. They must have been a fun bunch to see live.



Buster Bailey’s Wiki page is here:

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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.

Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-10 & 11 - 2011

A special thanks to http://rave-and-roll.com/ for letting us repost their playlist and to David Marsden for allowing us to link to his great podcast. This is simply amazing music that you can download and listen to anytime. All you need to do is look at this list of tunes and you know there's no other radio show like it. Enjoy!

Here is a video from Mr. Marsden’s birthday bash last week. As Neil Young so eloquently sang, “Long My You Run.”


Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-10-2011
September 10, 2011
David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.
Once again, personal matters prevent me from providing a complete list on Saturday nights….if anyone is willing to cover from 10 pm until midnight on Saturdays, it would be greatly appreciated. Meanwhile, be sure to tune in for David’s musical remembrance of 9/11 tomorrow (Sunday) night. The special segment will take place for approximately one hour between 10 and 11 pm.
69 Eyes – Betty Blue
Blancmange – Blind Vision
Boomtown Rats – Dave
Boys Brigade – Melody
Breeding Ground – Reunion
Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Cliks – Red & Blue
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
Diodes – Tired Of Waking Up Tired
Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses
Eight Seconds – Kiss You (When It’s Dangerous)
Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Spacticus Artisticus
Iggy Pop – Bang Bang
Isley Brothers – Shout
Japan – Transmission
Jim Carroll Band – People Who Died
Love & Rockets – Ball Of Confusion
Modern Romance – Bring On The Funkateers
Oingo Boingo – You Really Got Me
Rammstein – Dalai Lama
Roger Waters – Sunset Strip
Sisters Of Mercy – This Corrosion
Spoons – B Movie
Status Quo – Caroline
Stranglers – Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
TBA – Love Across The Nation
Teenage Head – Picture My Face
Tin Star Orphans – Jaw Wire Shut
Water Walk – Never Leaving Eden Again

Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-11-2011
September 11, 2011
David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.
It was a special night in the theatre, as we remembered the horror of 9/11/2001. David has always done a wonderful job of paying homage to the victims and their families, and tonight was no exception. I was able to catch this special and heartfelt presentation. The list below is complete up until 11 pm.
Alan Parsons Project – Another Brick In The Wall Part II
Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
Band – Shine A Light
Danny Marks – Any Other Way
David Marsden – 9/11 Introduction
David Marsden – Would They Do It Again
David Usher – Black Black Heart
Don Henley – New York Minute
Dream Academy – Life In A Northern Town
Dylans – Planet Love
Elton John – Song For Guy
Enya – Only Time
Eric Clapton – Let It Grow
Fixx – Secret Separation
Fools – It’s A Night For Beautiful Girls
Frank Zappa – Peaches En Regalia
Freedom Or Death – Nobody Listens
Genesis – The Carpet Crawlers (1999)
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Green Day – Wake Me Up When September Ends
Harlem Choir – Imagine
Harrison Fjord – Docking With Jesus
Hidden Cameras – Colour Of A Man
King Crimson – I Talk To The Wind
Kinks – A Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy
Leonard Cohen – The Future
Lewis Furey – The Sky Is Falling
Lion King – We Are One
Living Colour – Glamour Boys
Lou Reed – Ride Sally Ride
Muppet Movie – Rainbow Connection
Moby – One Of These Mornings
Patti Smith – Because The Night
Payola$ – Never Said I Loved You
Peter Godwin – Baby’s In The Mountains
Powder Blues Band – Sweet Little Girl
R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts
Rise Against – Like The Angel
Robbie Robertson – Houdini
Roger Waters – Towers Of Faith
Scissor Sisters – Mary
Silencers – Bulletproof Heart
Slave To The SQUAREwave – My Beautiful
Spoken Word – Flight Attendant 911 Call
Spoken Word – Description Of Crash
Spoken Word – Whenever A Plane Goes By
Spoken Word – There Are No Words….
Spoken Word – A Date Etched In History/Flight 93
Spoken Word – Who The Victims Are
Spoken Word – The United States Is Under Attack
Spoken Word – Underground Fires/People Walking
Spoken Word – Conspiracy Theorists
Spoken Word – Impossible To Understand
Supertramp – Cannonball
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
Violent Kin – The Honesty

http://www.therock.fm/ 

Click on the Saturday part of the icon to download or stream the Saturday show and the same for Sunday.




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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.