mittenfest V (alternatively, for four days i’ve been drinking)

we love our ann arbor / ypsi / detroit music family.  its awesomeness has been established again and again, the most recent 15,000 bits of evidence being the dollars raised by Mittenfest, local musicians, fans, and businesses for the Ann Arbor chapter of the 826 Foundation.

this happened:


drunken barn dance played last.  it was nuts.  i lost my unpracticed voice hours prior to our set.  i meant to protect it, but instead stood too close to the bar or the stage for too long.  we debuted two new songs, one of which i’ve played solo a couple of times (failing glow) and the other the band conceived in a manner of minutes based on skeletal  ideas (kaizen (MI)).  here’s the formula for kaizen (MI): drinks + lots of words + energy = new dbd song.  pretty elementary.  i don’t think we’re giving up the store by putting that on paper…


we also yanked the wurlie onto stage for the first dbd piano sounds ever.  after seeing the world from stages far and near, we figured the wurlie, bum leg and all, deserved some mittenfest…

here are some videos (thanks to jeremy peters). and thank you for singing along because i think i was singing from my colon by this point…

a winter’s tale




we swimmers




here’s the DBD setlist:

a failing glow (the hardest truth)*

kaizen (MI)#

the last desperate stand of the last fair man

we swimmers

no love

asshole brother

a winter’s tale

ain’t no weather fouler

promises end

the real tina turner

evelyn wears a tiara

leaving las vegas, reno, Laughlin


*full band debut


our dear friends, thank you for such revelry and dedication to each other…

much love


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