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General Board / Ben Folds Five on Japan's Top Music
« on: July 31, 2013, 06:36:53 PM »
I happened upon this old gem that I hadn't ever seen before.  Thought I would share:

Nice interview with a few less standard questions:

Also, a recent interview with standard questions:

News / Do It Anyway Music Video!
« on: September 17, 2012, 01:26:47 PM »

A nice interview with Ben:

Q&A: Ben Folds On The Ben Folds Five Reunion And Taking A John Lennon-Like Approach To Life

Some good quotes:

Does Ben Folds sit down while he pees?

f*ck no, man! I hang from the ceiling with a massive splash guard.

Getting the guys back together, you know, it's actually a pay cut for me. But I'm into it because this is inspiring.
This surprised me.  Given how quickly the reunion show sold out and how good the new record is (in my opinion), I thought BFF reuniting would be a cash cow (relatively speaking).

I'd played solo gigs before [BFF got together], so even though, I don't know, I had 100 fans, that was our fanbase. So we put my name in it, but I don't think we wanted to do it too earnestly.
Never knew this.

News / Ben Folds Eats Humble Pie
« on: September 13, 2012, 08:12:21 AM »
Interesting article/interview:

Ben Folds eats humble pie

"You would have never heard me in an interview in 1999 [the year before the breakup of the Five] say that I played with the best bass player in rock and roll, but I did. Why didn't I say that? It's true now, too," Folds says. On the live recordings, Folds says, "I would hear myself talking at the shows and just go, 'Who in the hell was this guy? This guy's just a jackass.' And then I would hear the band play together, and it would seem so evolved."


"I've given up my ego enough to be able to submit myself to the band, and I think it's been really rewarding," Folds says.

News / New Ke$ha Album
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:58:28 PM »

News / Ben Folds & Bob Saget Album?
« on: January 26, 2012, 12:10:21 PM »
From Talking with the good Bob Saget—or is it the bad?:
You seem to have reached that moment in your life where you can do anything and people will love it. In other words, you’re just like William Shatner. So when is your spoken-word CD coming out?

That’s so funny. Ben Folds [who produced William Shatner’s 2004 CD Has Been] is a good friend of mine, and we became friends 10 years ago, and I really care about him. We had him over for Thanksgiving. He’s a great guy and we always talk about doing something together. We have a really high regard for each other. I directed Dirty Work and wanted him to be the composer, but he was in Australia on tour and couldn’t do it.

Wait a minute. You’re saying there’s a possibility you would do something like Has Been?

I definitely want to do something with Ben one day. I don’t know what it is—besides dinner. I did do “Bitches Ain’t Sh*t” with him at the Wiltern. I read it off my iPhone … (Raps) “Bitch can’t hang with the streets, she found herself short/So now she’s takin’ me to court …” I had a little American Idol moment at the end of it.


discovered this today. not bad. not for me.

News / New PopMatter Intervew
« on: December 06, 2011, 06:37:29 PM »
So Ben did an interview with Pop Matters.  Here are some interesting quotes:

I would have loved to put some Shatner stuff on it, I would have loved to put some Fear of Pop on it, but the answer is just to make another Fear of Pop record.
Yes please

(On Ben Folds Five Reuniting)
We’re gonna record and make an album. And that’s a good thing. Anytime you have something to offer, that’s a good thing. We’re hitting a point where, if we don’t do it, we’re kind of being stingy if that makes sense.
I agree
We don’t have to follow this up with a tour, we don’t have to make another album, we don’t have to do anything.
I disagree

Tour Board / The Luckiest "Grobin" style
« on: November 13, 2011, 06:07:44 PM »
I discovered this video of Ben singing a duet of The Luckiest "Grobin" style on November 5th at Creighton University.  Its quite something.

Ben Folds and Kerry Marsh sing "The Luckiest" with special flair

General Board / The Sing-Off: Ben Folds Takeover
« on: October 10, 2011, 09:55:05 PM »
NBC released this dark web exclusive video clip featuring some of the best acting I've ever seen out of Ben.

Ben Folds Takeover

Tour Board / Hollywood, CA 9/26/11 - Bardot
« on: October 10, 2011, 06:42:54 PM »
I wasn't there, but a couple weeks ago I noticed Ben tweeted last-second that he would be playing Bardot Hollywood for their free Monday School Night show.  Upon further review, the set featured some real gems and rarities as well as a couple guest appearances.  Here is a non-exclusive list of songs he performed:

That Jeep Song (Dresden Dolls Cover)
Philosophy>Pyser>Misirlou>Chopsticks (Liz Phair Cover)
Zak and Sara
Bitch Went Nutz
The Secret Life of Morgan Davis
You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly (duet with Alana Sweetwater)  (Originally performed by Lorretta Lynn & Conway Twitty)
Not The Same
Levi Johnston's Blues
Not The Same
The Last Polka
Picture Window
From Above (featuring Lady Danville)
Jackson Cannery (Acoustic Version)

Additionally, I came across a photo album from the evening in my research.

Was anyone there?  Is there any other awesomeness missing from this list?  I admit I had to google Alana Sweetwater, what's the connection there?  I also noticed that a little more than a week earlier Ben made a very brief appearance at the same venue during Lady Danville's Show.

News / "Keys to Music City" Campaign
« on: October 10, 2011, 04:01:16 PM »
From Ben Launches “Keys to Music City” Campaign To Support The Nashville Symphony:

Standing in the historic RCA Studio A on Music Row where Ben creates, produces and engineers his music as well as music for other world renowned artists, he and Giancarlo Guerrero presented keys from Folds’ former tour grand piano that was damaged in May of 2010 when flood waters deluged Soundcheck Nashville storage facility where it had been stored.

Ben said he wanted to give new life to the piano on which he had performed around the world by salvaging, autographing and then donating each key to the Symphony to help kickoff a “Keys to Music City” campaign that will benefit the Symphony’s many community initiatives, including providing instruments to students in Nashville’s public school music programs.


Autographed keys will be available to the public for a minimum donation of $88 each. Personally signed by Ben, these collectible keys can be purchased online at .

Remembering Ben interviewing and tweeting about this (plus this video clip), I immediately followed the link eager to add such a unique item to my super-fan collection while supporting the Nashville Symphony.  However, I was disappointed to discover the fine print in the fundraiser description which read:

(Please note that not all keys are from Ben’s piano, but all have been personally signed by him.)

Bummer.  That's not what had been advertised.  For $88 I don't need another signature on just any random piece-of-insturment.  I wonder how (or if) they distribute the genuine keys?

Tour Board / Seoul, June 9 2011 - AX Hall...Paper Planes?
« on: June 23, 2011, 05:02:46 PM »
So I was watching this video of the band playing Army recently in Seoul, and I noticed near the end of the song (at 2:34) a lot of audience members threw paper planes on the stage pretty much in unison.  

Recently, Ben has done a couple "paper plane request" shows (see Richmond, Tokyo).  In those shows the instructions to make paper plane requests came from Ben's tweets.  From watching the videos of the Richmond show, it seems like the planes all came at the beginning and at the direction of someone on the house mic.  

The paper planes in Seoul, however, came mid-song and Ben seemed surprised once they start coming.  Instead of the second "I've been thinkin a lot today" lyric Ben sang "Y'all are pretty damn funny today" (I think).  It looks like Army was Ben's last song before encore and once they finished he picked up a bunch of the planes and made a gesture to suggest he'll come back and play a few of the requests.  I unsuccessfully searched for anything to suggest that the paper planes in Seoul were invited by Ben.  I'm led to believe that the Seoul paper planes were a product of audience initiative, which would be extremely impressive given the good timing and large amount of paper planes thrown.

Does anyone know more info about the paper planes in Seoul?

If in fact it was the audience collectively pulling a trick on Ben, very impressive.  This is probably why Sam and Ben tweeted about such a great audience.

Well done Seoul!

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