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Album Board / Re: General Lonely Avenue Discussion
« on: June 08, 2011, 04:54:02 PM »
Big wave to everyone. Helloooooo.  (Who the hell is this? they ask)

I'll try and stick around for a while - depends if I get a new job or not. the Suburbs is a bit of a time sucker :) ... it's why I stay away!

..although, having said that Allison and Melissa know how much I blather on on Twitter sometimes.

Anyway, I'm not going to trawl through 7 pages of discussion at er... 1.30am, so I just wanted to ask the question: is everyone ok with the idea that Lonely Avenue is like an eighties homage album? From a music perspective, I mean. Most obviously Claire's 9th, which is almost like a John Hughes movie in a song?

Interestingly, well... to me anyway, went with some friends to the one (nnnggg) gig Ben did in London, and he really under played the new album. We kind of thought that whereas Way To Normal was very much a live-context record, which didn't come over as well on er, CD / MP3 / kind of thing, Lonely Avenue might be more of an 'album' than a live... 'thing'. If you see what I mean. He didn't play Claire, and the tracks he did play kind of seemed a bit blanketed, somehow. Yet, I really do think the album is fantastic. So much goodness on that thing.

So.. what's going on? Apart from Ben's cryptic tweet the other day about a 3 CD set or at least, that's what it sounded like?

A weird thing: my friend is married to a writer, who got to know Neil Gaiman in the last few years. My friend put a photo on Flickr of her, and the writer, and Himself, and Ms Palmer all out to supper. My six degrees of separation to Ben have suddenly shrunk somewhat. Although I would have to go through Neil Gaiman to do it. Not sure if that would work.

Hope you're all well. I'm reasonably happily unemployed atm. They gave me a bunch of cash, so I decided to absent myself from having a job for a couple of months. Anyway, looks like I might hang out for a while!


Tour Board / Re: ben really needs to post his fall tour dates.
« on: September 16, 2010, 02:03:43 AM »
Hello hello hello

Nnnggg-- can't let myself get dragged back in. Argh... too much to do.

Meanwhile, I had the *weirdest* dream last night in which I had to go on holiday to the US in order to visit Ben en famille and stay with them for the weekend (near Chicago, for some reason!)

Which must have been my subconscious saying BEN WILL YOU COME TO THE UK AND DO SOME GIGS PLEASE!!!

I want a special Royal Festival Hall evening with readings from Mr Hornby and a gig *and* I want seats and not the crap house Shepherds Bush Empire where I made my toes numb for a week last time (wearing high heel boots so I could see!)

*And* I want a special under 14's gig with no swearing (ha ha) so I can take my piano learning 6 year old and explain that *this* is the guy she's not allowed to listen to much of yet but isn't he just the bestest piano player ever.


In other news: hello all! I'll hopefully go away again now ;) Sorry I missed Ben's birthday if you all did a thing.

A gig in our front room would also make up for the otherwise deficient number of gigs ;)

General Board / Re: Quick question: Ben's Management / phone number?
« on: September 21, 2009, 06:27:10 AM »
Hmm - actually it wasn't a big deal and it couldn't happen anyway, as it turned out.

It was eventually getting round to talking to a friend who works at Radio 2 about BBC concert orchestras and a very Radio 2 friendly arteest we know and love. Unfortunately, the concert orchestra is charged out, costs bazillions and therefore the only artists who get to have orchestra'd gigs are super Radio2-friendly middle of the roady type of people like Smokey Robinson. Apparently.

Ho hum. Well, at least I tried.

General Board / Re: Quick question: Ben's Management / phone number?
« on: September 18, 2009, 06:50:29 AM »
Too "busty"? Ooer

That obviously should have read "busy". Doh.

And the news is, I've got the number etc - managed to dig extra deep. I tell you what though, it's a devil to find if you haven't got the record sleeves in front of you. CD sleeves, I should say.

So. Will give you the "actually it's not a particularly big deal, but will be nice if it happens" news as it comes... or not. as the case may be ;)


General Board / Quick question: Ben's Management / phone number?
« on: September 18, 2009, 05:53:43 AM »
Hello all. Long time no see! Hope all is well. I've been keeping up with Allison and SuburbsUK on the ole' Tweet box but as usual been too busty to come and yack. So I missed if everyone did anything for Ben's birthday (sent him a message though I guess).

I'm working on a sekrit plan for something which I'll tell you about if it comes off*. Meanwhile, in order for it to work, I need to be able to pass Ben's management details to a person.

I'm sure it's printed on every blinking record sleeve but I keep forgetting to look, and good god, it is *insanely* difficult to find the deets on t'internet. unless I want to book Ben for a corporate event. Which... er... no. 

Has anyone got their numbers etc to hand so I can make the call I have to make by the end of today? If you want to mail it to me direct, the email address is cait hurley at gmail dot com.

*It's nothing AMAZING or anything - just could be something rather sweet, particularly for UK people.

Thank yoooooo my Ben-friends. Hope all is well and dandy. Meanwhile, make sure you go and see the new Ricky Gervais film.


News / Re: Burbs chat with Ben
« on: April 29, 2009, 04:56:15 AM »
Astonishingly, I actually just watched the thing in my lunchbreak.

you guys were very funny before he came in. As if you were all like kids whispering under the blankets or something!

The end was rideeeeculous - everyone talking at 200 miles an hour.

I used to run chats where it was only the moderator and the guest could talk - everyone fired qu's & comments through the moderator. More boring but more manageable!

Allison, thanks for re-jigging my qu!

General Board / Re: lets get Ben and the orchestra to the UK
« on: April 28, 2009, 03:25:40 AM »
Hold on.

This is a Radio 2 thing, surely?

It's a brilliant idea. Inspired. I used to work at a radio station in the UK that changed alot of its staff and they all went to Radio 2 (that's when it became good). I'll see what I can do, digging around.

What strikes me is that they could do it as a session, with an invited audience?

It's great that Way to normal got to number 11 in the States. It pushes up the worthiness quotient somewhat.

Has anyone got a sensible management number for the UK that I can give them if they look like they're biting? Andy? Allison? (Email me offline maybe - cait dot hurley at gmail dot com).

General Board / Re: Folding@Home
« on: April 28, 2009, 03:18:41 AM »
these kind of things are great, but  being good and viruous green types, don't we all switch off our laptops and computers overnight?

Slight conflict which can only end in feelings of guilt!

News / Re: Remix Winners Announced
« on: April 28, 2009, 03:17:12 AM »
...Just doing a teeny catchup whilst I should be working.

Andy - yours is 100% better than the other 2. Because it's funny, original and clever. Brainwascht already rocks out in the funk department so i5t's hardly a stretch to ramp up the dance-ness.

Sounds like Ben Vs Beck!

...when we (eventually) get our new Mac, I might even be able to load up these things and start twiddling. Only 3 months too late!

News / Re: Burbs chat with Ben
« on: April 28, 2009, 02:22:03 AM »

What would I ask Ben. What would I bore him silly with, pinning him to the bar whilst he would no doubt be looking at someone he knows and thinking "When will this woman shut up so I can go talk to Allison?" ;)

-Alot of your songs are about people or situations that have happened in your life. Do you stop yourself writing lyrics that are about your family or do you get that stuff out of your system but keep those songs private?

-You're the same age as my husband, who is definitely not the kind of guy who could front a band playing to college kids (lecturing to them, maybe ;). How do you feel about the whole age difference thing? Do you find you have a different relationship with fans than you had when you were in your twenties?

-What advice do you give to any youngsters learning to play the piano? Who did you listen to who inspired you to carry on learning?

-Do you think that being reasonably well known has made you turn out alright? What I mean is, have you ever winced at something you've done as a direct result of being 'famous'? It must have its downsides? (Please note, before an onslaught of insecurity: Everyone thinks you're a lovely guy, it's kind of the reason we stick around)

-Presumably after this touring onslaught you're going to take a bit of a break / be with the kids for the summer etc so have you got to the stage where you have a pretty good idea what's happening next?

That's me done.

News / Re: Good Read; Some Nick Hornby info, some acappella info
« on: February 16, 2009, 08:25:23 AM »
I knew my husband for only a few months before we decided we'd be together forever--and I was barely 18.... (cont)

Hmm - the thing is, a relationship is like a stew. Doesn't matter how many times you've had one, thhey're always a little bit different - like, you need more seasoning, or they take a little bit longer to cook.
I fell hook, line, sinker - the works. I knew he was the first person I'd ever wanted to spend the rest of my life with. That was when I was about 24. Guess what? He wasn't remotely in the same ball park! McK and I were together for seven years and had a little girl before we got married (definitely didn't do the 'be a virgin' thing ;). My Mum and Dad, similar to Allison's - stayed together 'for the sake of the children' for about ten years too long. That's ten years of aggravation and wasted opportunity for happiness for both of them!

The first guy I fell in love with, he thought he was in love with me. 3 months later, he decided he wasn't. What if we'd got married! Erk.

First *girl* I fell in love with already had a husband and that got very confusing, but we won't go in to that one ;)

News / Re: Good Read; Some Nick Hornby info, some acappella info
« on: February 16, 2009, 01:12:18 AM »
This may be an english thing, but over here we find people live together for a looong time before getting married - or at least, that has tended to be the norm in London amongst myt contemporaries.

Therefore people do definitely get divorced, I mean the divorce rate is as high as it is anywhere, but frankly, I don't think people have time to get married/dovorced/married/divorced ad infinitum. They may just about have enough time to fit 2 in!

It does seem a bit weird, to me, making what is supposedly a lifelong commitment to somoene so quickly, you can't really have even got properly used to them yet.

Tour Board / Re: LONDON: Enter to win Meet and Greet Passes!
« on: February 15, 2009, 05:43:07 PM »
He looks like one of my friends. I don't know whether this would be an advantage.

I have a terrible feeling it might be something that I might say, after I'd run out of similarly dumb "Omfg I love your rekids so much" type you know. 'Stuff' that I'd inevitably burble!

If I ever do meet people I admire, I've found that when the meeting is by accident rather than design, you don't have time to feel dorkish about it, and you can just yack. The worst was Mark Eitzel from "American Music Club" - he has a voice in a million, that man. He's amazing. I met him when he'd supported Neil Hannon at a gig in Brixton, and he was obviously 'in a bad place'. I was asking him about projects and stuff and none of them had come off! It was absolutely dreadful - he ended up walking off in a slightly distressed huff.

So I try not to go out of my way to try and meet people these days!

News / Re: What have I missed?
« on: February 15, 2009, 05:19:24 PM »
It's funny until it happens to you. Most awkward conversation ever. Okay, maybe not ever, but, it was really weird for an ex to tell me that. o.0

I hada a b/f who turned out to have a really bad temper and who came off as really - bloody hell, I don't really want to be around you that much. I fell in love with my now husband whilst I was away at the Edinburgh fringe festival in Scotland which was an incredible relief, so called the boyf as soon as I got back in to town from the trip, during which he had made no attempt to contact me at all.  So, I was expecting, and desiring him to want to split up with me - and was being very selfless,  giving him the opportunity of thinking that it was all his idea. I mean, no skin off my nose, really.

So he told me that I was obviously a lesbian, and I should never go out with a man again, during the course of him laying out every reason why he was splitting up with me. I declined to tell him what had happened.

12 years and 2 kids later, I don't really think I'm a d*ke.


News / Re: Ben on the Radio Monday. Feb 16.
« on: February 15, 2009, 05:04:33 PM »
I've got a Google news email alert going, which seems a bit extreme but it is interesting. It picks up *every* damn thing. At least, everything in English.

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