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Sep 4, 05 12:41 PM

This Will Freak You Out.

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Last night, at an opera house in Seattle, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Death Cab for Cutie, and I rocked a version of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" together.

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Awesome show. We raised $18,000 for 826 Seattle. Daniel Handler is a hell of an accordion player; in addition to "Wolf" we did "Move On" together, the first time I've played that tune I think literally since November 1, 2004. Daniel did a fake quiz show onstage in which one of the questions was, What's Mike Doughty's favorite David Bowie album? (it's Hunky Dory). Sara Vowell did a long tale of the history of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," for which Def Cab did periodic musical examples. (very very interesting to me, as I know nothing about it, other than ganking the lyric "His truth is marching on" for my own symbolic purposes) Def Cab did a brief rendition of the "Entertainment Tonight" theme. Dave Eggers, accompanied by Def Cabber Ben, read a long epistle, purported to have been written by a dog named Steve.

Portraits of myself and fellow performers are as follows. Above: Daniel aka Lemony. Below: Dave Eggers; Def Cabbers Ben, Nick, and Jason; Sara Vowell; Def Cabber Chris.

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Posted by Mike at September 4, 2005 12:41 PM