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General Board / Re: Selling my collection
« on: July 18, 2019, 10:53:00 AM »
I'm interested in the Fear of Pop tape.

News / Re: New CD-Set out on June 22nd 2018?
« on: August 11, 2018, 09:14:07 AM »
The box set arrived today, and I gotta say, it's pretty neat. There's an extensive interview with Ben that has some fun new snippets, and there's a lot of bonus materials packaged in with most of the albums (for example, all the b-sides released during the RtS era are included as a bonus disk with RtS).

The box is larger than I thought it would be but creates a nice "time capsule" presentation. I do wish it went past 2012 and included everything released up through now, but since this is clearly a Sony cash grab I doubt they wanted to license the newer material.

News / Re: New CD-Set out on June 22nd 2018?
« on: June 15, 2018, 06:21:17 AM »
The release date has been pushed back to the end of July, for those interested.

Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: September 24, 2017, 08:03:32 AM »
Agreed 110%, but as a completist I’ll get whatever is released. How often I spin it is another matter entirely.


I have mixed feelings about this. I love the EPs, don't get me wrong, but I do not like this release. I don't like the re-visited versions of these songs. I really think that Ben should have just let them be!! I also don't like how it skims over half the stuff he wrote on the EPs.

This would be a good opportunity to just release all three EPs as they originally were, in a vinyl format.

Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: September 12, 2017, 03:19:32 PM »
Just found this listing on Amazon - Supersunnyspeedgraphic, the LP (LP). Release date is 2017/10/20.

Tour Board / Re: Elgin, IL 11-5-2016 Ben Folds and a Piano
« on: February 14, 2017, 10:21:44 AM »
Well... with a 21 month-old around it's been difficult to find time to edit and split the audio recording (which sounds much better than the video I shot) but here is a quick upload of The Luckiest and the unreleased yMusic song and Emaline (Jpar's requests).

If you're still swamped I have editing software and could do this for you, FishyRec.

General Board / Re: Who's on your Ben Folds Mixtape?
« on: January 04, 2017, 04:03:41 PM »
Eef Barzelay singing "Not the Same"

Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: November 29, 2016, 09:23:04 AM »
The price on those will eventually go down.

Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: November 25, 2016, 12:43:41 PM »
I emailed New West Records asking when/how we can download the album.

So just picked and am listening to the vinyl....really good sound actually. The digital download isn't available on the website so I don't know what is going on there. Hopefully it will be up soon; looking forward to the three bonus tracks.

Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: November 23, 2016, 12:36:20 PM »
Ben Folds w/ yMusic in Concert 2015-2016
Date: 11/25/2016
Format: 10" Vinyl
Label: New West Records
Quantity: 2000
Release Type: RSD Exclusive Release

Side One
1. Not A Fan
2. Erase Me
3. Capable of Anything
Side Two
1. Phone in A Pool
2. Steven’s Last Night in Town

Each purchase also includes a digital download with three bonus tracks.

The tracks will be released digitally to all DSPs on December 9.

Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: November 23, 2016, 12:32:41 PM »
I haven't seen anything about a colored variant for Messner.

I'm stoked about the Reinhold vinyl. Does anyone know if there's going to be a limited color release for this one? I got the W&EA orange version, but I jumped the gun on the Rockin' the Suburbs release and pre-ordered from a standard black vinyl version and missed out on the yellow release. Just curious if Reinhold is getting a red release or something along those lines. Don't want to miss out on that.

Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: November 09, 2016, 12:48:58 PM »
Amazon just notified me the ship date for TUBoRM has been pushed back to January 27, 2017.

Tour Board / Re: Elgin, IL 11-5-2016 Ben Folds and a Piano
« on: November 06, 2016, 03:32:27 PM »
Thanks for the in-depth review!

I did the VIP package, which was worth it. The Masterclass session was very cool and just meeting him at the piano was like a once in million opportunity. I felt like a nervous little kid though. For the masterclass I asked Ben what made him go back to the piano arrangement (heard at the end of the Silverman DVD) to turn that into So There. Interestingly, he said that piece was  going to start off his last three albums, but he could never tie everything together for it. I guess that would explain why at the end of the DVD he says, "...that's it" aka I'm stuck at this point. He said he keeps musical phrases for later use and gave up on the piece for a little bit because he began to associate it with failure...hard to believe Ben is human after all huh? He said he pulled it out again with Ymusic and it just finally clicked. The other questions were surrounding his music education and about trying to help some frustrated musicians in our group who were getting stuck writing songs. Ben's advice was actually pretty cool: if you aren't happy and just getting frustrated with it...not everyone is cut out to be a singer-song writer. If you go do something else with your life, that's fine, and if you try something else and get pulled back into music, that's a sign to stick with it. He said then you need to go pick up your sword again and go fight the beast. When I went up to get my picture, I also asked him about the 9:00 Don't Change Your Plans version, and he said it did exist at one point but is gone forever as the mix tape was edited, cut and thrown away. He said the piece was way too long and his producer had to cut it because the album was too long already. Reinhold was supposed to be one continuous piece of music that flowed from song to song. He even got up and played the piano reminding how Army should have flowed directly into Regrets with that chord progression. Really cool. I'm not a big fan of the soundcheck for two reasons, first, he ended up playing some of the songs during the paper airplane segment, second, it's just kind of weird having him play like two bars of a song and then moving on to something else. Sports and Wine was really cool though.

1. Carrying Cathy
2. Army
3. Adelaide
4. Sports and Wine (Stunningly just sat down and played this easily like he plays it every day.)
5. Levi Johnston's Blues
6. Underground
7. Do It Anyway (had to pull out the note book to look)
8. Gracie
9. The Luckiest
10. Hiroshima
11. Cologne

Set List:
1. Phone in a Pool
2. Annie Waits
3. Last Polka
4. Late
5. The Ascent of Stan
6. Bastard (4 piece harmony crowd help)
7. Bitch Went Nutz
8. Effington
9. You Don't Know Me
10. Landed
Paper Airplane:
1. Where's Summer B
2. Fred Jones Part II
3. Gracie
4. Piano Concerto Snippets (for some reason lots of Classical Music requests?)
5. Not the Same
6. Cologne
7. Fur Natalie Klein/Rock This Bitch (Requested Beethoven's Fur Elise....obviously turned into a Rock This Bitch)
8. The Luckiest
9. Ymusic Unreleased Song (Jpar on his 80th?? Show (Congrats Man!) requested something new, so he went in the back, got his phone and played a recording directly off his phone into the microphone...sounded really good, typical Ben lyrics though which were more comical than serious).
10. Emaline
11. Come On Eileen (Dumb, just repeated it over and over for a minute).
12. Underground

13. Kate
14. Zak and Sara (EPIC)

Tour Board / Re: Elgin, IL 11-5-2016 Ben Folds and a Piano
« on: November 06, 2016, 03:31:32 PM »
I recorded audio of this show and got pretty decent video of some songs... will try to get things edited and uploaded soon.

Brillant! I'd love to hear this (for very selfish reasons).

General Board / Re: Rockin' the Suburbs 180g 2-LP reissue
« on: February 28, 2016, 04:57:05 PM »
The vinyl packaging was always a bit fuzzier as compared to the CD, which was a slightly higher quality image. The WeaEA reissue artwork was clearly just a poor scan of the original cover - this doesn't look to have been created in the same way - the colors are just off creating an overall darker image (easiest way to notice the variance is by looking at the tones of green on the back of the sleeve) but otherwise the image quality not a huge difference from the 2001 copy. That photo was always fuzzy.

Audio-wise, like the WEaEA reissue this was not remastered for vinyl so it's pretty much identical to the first release but pressed on 180 gram vinyl so audiophiles can balance it on their erection while enjoying the warmer tones of wax-based audio.

A great price for those who don't have an OP, or who want to preserve their 2001 pressing, but not an essential re-release with significant improvements like the self-titled release was.

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