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News / Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds! (SPOILERS-ish)
« on: December 15, 2008, 10:25:23 AM »
up on ben's myspace blog currently.

We're giving away a new 2 disk set to all current members of my fan club, The People's Front Of Judea and to anyone who joins the fan club before Feb 15th.

As you may have noticed, records have been getting louder and more compressed over the last ten years or so. Many like a loud record, many do not. The official version of "Way To Normal" is very loud and this was the intention. Loud records sound good on car stereos, iPods and on the radio. Quieter records are more dynamic and while they don't compete so well on a mix tape, they often sound better on good audio equipment.

Many of my fans are audiophiles and there have been requests for an alternate less compressed version of Way To Normal to be made available.
Although I stand behind the official version of this album and have the utmost respect for the producer and engineers involved, I'm a populist at heart and saw no reason not to provide a slightly different approach for those who prefer more old fashioned dynamics along with a sequence that builds.

And so we have "Way To Normal: Stems and Seeds" - two disks. One disk is a remix, remaster, re-sequence of "Way To Normal" along with the now legendary (in our own minds) 'fake' tracks, the Japanese version of "Hiroshima", the Conan Rehearsal of "You Don't Know Me" and the Piano Orchestra version of "Cologne" - a total of 20 tracks.

The other is a disk of files, called stems, which will pop up in Garageband and allow you to mix the album yourselves. Just click on the file of the song you want to mix and you'll quickly understand how it works.
If you'd like to turn the drums off or down, or if you want to use loops or turn that damn singer off and sing it yourself, its all possible. We've included extra loops with the song "You Don't Know Me" hoping someone could maybe come along and make a hit out of this f*cking song.

Ben Folds


General Board / crossword puzzle
« on: December 11, 2008, 02:47:41 PM »
check out 17 across!

also, who killed amanda palmer was in yesterday's!

News / Petition to Remaster Way to Normal!
« on: October 29, 2008, 06:30:13 PM »
alright, children.  there's been enough complaining about WtN that i think a petition is warranted.  so, if you want WtN remastered, go here ( and sign the petition.  cause, honestly, what's the worst that could happen?  we could be ignored.  fine by me.  at least we could say that we tried, ya know?

SIGN THE PETITION.  we will be heard.

Transcription / Bitch Went Nuts
« on: September 17, 2008, 09:08:04 AM »
The answer you seek my son
Only poses more questions
Ask many women why relationship has failed
Each woman offer unique reason for demise
One woman may say "Man could not commit"
Or man is douche and is now free to make love to himself instead
Another woman may say man had changed or even man no longer satisfactory da-da?
But my son, ask many men same question all over the world "Why has relationship failed?"
Each man each time will give same simple answer....

The bitch went nuts
She stabbed my basketball
And the speakers to my stereo
She called me c*nt
But nothing prepared me for
What I found when I came ho-oh-oh-ome

Oh and I make my own bed
I lie in it
You lie in yours (you lie, you lie in yours)
But they want more
They’re at my door
With torches
Please leave me alone
You know just shut it just shut it just shut it

The bitch went nuts
She photoshopped my face
Onto every boy who’d done her wrong
Then she burned them telepathically
Onto the brains of all her embittered drones

Oh and now they want more
They’re at my door
With torches, scores and scores and scores
To settle with themselves
Who would’ve thought I’d scorned them all
They’ve got a doll of me
They’re burning they burning they burnin’ their own memories
Oh oh oh oh, why do they call go? X 2

The bitch went nuts y’all
But everyone said she might
Oh, holy f*ckin’ shit
Seriously now they want more
they’re at my door with torches, scores and scores
You would’ve thought I’d scorned them all
They’ve got a doll of me
They’re burnin’
Why do they all go?  Oh oh oh oh oh

General Board / Jesusland
« on: July 22, 2008, 10:01:13 PM »
i don't think i've shared this before, but i figured you lot would find them amusing.  i went to my parent's side of town (the uber baptist flashy side) a few months ago and took pictures of a few particular sites that indicate the presence of Jesusland.  this is what i came up with...
there's a mega-church in town.  instead of spending their tithes and what not to feed some hungry children/do something good, they opted to build a man-made lake and fountain out front and put GIANT crosses by the interstate to make their presence known.

crosses next to the Saturn/Hummer dealership

hovering above a super wal-mart

near the Texas Roadhouse

Tour Board / new US tour date(s)?
« on: July 12, 2008, 09:19:11 AM »
there's a new one up on ben's myspace.  hopefully this marks the beginning of the release of some US shows.  *crosses fingers*

anyway, the show is
Oct 8 2008     8:00P
   Ohio University    Athens, Ohio

hey, ben.  my birthday is october 5.  come see me?

Tour Board / new UK tour dates!
« on: July 07, 2008, 01:17:52 PM »
they're up on Ben's myspace.

Nov 21 2008 8:00P
 Schouwburg The Hague, Holland
Nov 26 2008 8:00P
 Vicar Street Dublin, Dublin
Nov 27 2008 8:00P
 Vicar Street Dublin, Dublin
Nov 28 2008 8:00P
 SECC Hall 4 Glasgow, Scotland
Nov 30 2008 7:00P
 Shepherds Bush Empire London
Dec 1 2008 8:00P
 Arena Nottingham
Dec 2 2008 8:00P
 BICC Bournemouth
Dec 4 2008 8:00P
 Centre Brighton
Dec 5 2008 8:00P
 Wembley Arena London
Dec 7 2008 8:00P
 Arena Newcastle
Dec 8 2008 8:00P
 MEN Manchester
Dec 10 2008 8:00P
 Arena Cardiff
Dec 11 2008 8:00P
 NEC Birmingham

General Board / top albums of '08
« on: June 22, 2008, 11:34:54 AM »
last year was far too hard to choose by the end of the year.  so, this year, i've decided to keep up with the albums as they come out, thus making it easier at the end of the year.
this is what i've got so far. 

1. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
2. Mates of State - Re-Arrange Us
3. Sigur Ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum
4. Eef Barzelay - Lose Big
5. Colin Meloy - Colin Meloy Sings Live!
6. Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
7. Portishead - Third (this one will probably climb after a few more careful listens)
8. The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
9. Flight of the Conchords - Flight of the Conchords
10. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Pershing

what are yours/are there any fantastic ones i'm missing?
some top contenders to knock a few off the list are AP's solo and Ben's.
this is a good year for music.  i just know it.  starting out well enough.   :)

News / Ben Folds on North Carolina Public Radio
« on: May 27, 2008, 05:18:36 PM »

already downloadable from the site as an mp3.

News / Ben Folds to tape TV show at Bonefish Grill
« on: May 23, 2008, 10:58:49 AM »,0,6128321.story

i wonder if we can go to this...
it's the day off in between VA and NC. 
except... we're scheduled to be in morehead city that night for chuck and steve. 

Tour Board / 4.4.08 Centenary Gold Dome
« on: April 05, 2008, 01:31:15 AM »
i was indeed there.  i'll take this brief moment to give you people the set list and a few snippets.  as it's 4 AM, i'm not promising much coherency though.  here it goes...

my friend, jaime, and i arrived and sat down in the line that already consisted of 3 young girls.  a few of the workers from the venue were standing outside talking to them.  they're talking about how many times they've seen Ben.  for most of the girls, this will be their second.  i said, in an off handed way, "twice?  that's it?  pssh.. this is 8 for me."  one of the workers looks over at me and says, "what's your name?"  me: melissa lamb.  him: i recognize you from facebook.  awesome!  then, the girl sitting next to me in line asks if i have a lastfm.  she recognizes me from there.  (i think i've been hanging out with weiner too long)  anyway, i tell them that i've seen him 8 times and i drove 12 hours one time.  the worker just hands me something that appears to be a laminated flier.  i inquired as to what it was.  he turns it over for me and i read that i have just won a backstage meet and greet with Ben.  well, that was unexpected, but fantastical. 

anyway, eef was fantastic, as always.  he mentioned that he had a few 'advanced copies' of his cd Lose Big for sale at the merch table.  unfortunately, i had no cash and the merch table closed early.  booo!  i want that cd!!

Ben came out.  he must've been in a cursing mood.  he replaced quite a few lyrics with curse words.
set list:
Errant Dog ft. tambo man
Landed ft. tambo man
You To Thank
Free Coffee - extended solo at the end
Hiroshima - replace 'oh my god' with 'oh my f*cking god'
Still Fighting It
Effington ft. tambo man - replace 'start a new life...' with 'get a tambourine and play it'
Losing Lisa
Zak and Sara
Philosophy -> Inc. Misirlou
- SOLO -
The Luckiest
- Back With Band -
Bitches Ain't Shit - extended jam
Freebird jam session
Hava Nagila (out of nowhere, loved it)
Rockin' the Suburbs
Improv - Ben started playing some sort of flowy solo.  he looked at sam halfway through and commented how sh*tty it was.  started saying how some people make good money playing piano like that, but they're actually good at it.  then, he tentatively nicknamed the song, "Flowing Waters of Shit Creek"
Underground - replace 'get down' with 'shit yeah' - i was the only one in the audience who yelled, "who the f*ck are you?"  apparently, people had never heard it because it got a lot of laughs.  then, Jared stared right at me and gave me the finger.   ;D  i just gave him the 'what, i had to!' face.
- Encore -
Annie Waits

a few more notes--
- at one point, at the back of the audience, they got a chant going.  half the people would yell BEN, while the other half followed with FOLDS.  Ben couldn't figure out what they were saying, so he went into a short little diddy much like the RTB in Berlin (at least i think it was berlin, you know what i'm talking about...).  a few songs later, he says, "i really wanna know what they were yelling."  so, he walks to the front of the stage, kneels down right in front of lindsey and i and asks us.  he finally understands and says, "hey, that's me!"  ha.  so, the crowd starts chanting again and Ben promptly adds in the word 'Sucks.'
- the album is for sure coming out in September.  he said it with mass amounts of confidence.
- some proposed titles made up by Ben on the spot were "No Jacket Required", "Duets", and "Kiss My f*cking Ass." 

that's about all i've got for you children.  i did have to watch the encore from backstage in order to meet Ben after.  it took him forever to come around and take a picture with the group of us.  apparently, he found a basketball and wouldn't stop playing.  one of the workers had to steal the ball from him.  lol  so, he came around, took a few group pictures.  got a single picture with him.  it's very myspacey, as i took the picture.  turned out pretty well.  i'll get the e-mail with the group picture tomorrow.
Ben did stick around after the show.  he was headed straight to the bus, but saw a few fans still waiting, so he veered and made the effort to meet them/take pictures/give autographs.  so, yay for that!  i didn't get a chance to really talk to him though.  :-/  i was gonna ask about whether he's going to possibly be touring with Kweller or AP, since the album releases are in sync.  shucks!  didn't even get to see Sam and Jared.  they were already in the bus when i came out from backstage.   :-\ 

all in all, it was a fantastic show.  Ben was in great spirits.  probably the happiest i've seen him.  ever.

General Board / it's that time of year again...
« on: December 23, 2007, 02:55:36 PM »
no, not Christmas.  the end of the year!  it's the perfect time to choose your top 10 albums of 2007.
i've made a tentative list.  it'll most certainly change after hearing some of your top cds, considering i've probably forgotten a few.  anyway, here are mine.

1. The Fragile Army - The Polyphonic Spree
2. The Meaning of 8 - Cloud Cult
3. Combinations - Eisley
4. Ripe - Ben Lee
5. Under the Blacklight - Rilo Kiley
6. Wincing the Night Away - The Shins
7. Pieces of the People We Love - The Rapture
8. Places Like This - Architecture in Helsinki
9. Cease to Begin - Band of Horses
10. Armchair Apocrypha - Andrew Bird

General Board / it's Steve's birthday!
« on: August 12, 2007, 09:42:36 PM »


(in case you're not in the know, Steve is 'whenlabratsgobad')

General Board / Amanda speaking of Ben
« on: June 08, 2007, 09:23:27 PM » did a phone interview with Amanda a few weeks back.  the text can be read here:
she starts talking about Ben on the second page.
sad to hear the album isn't even halfway done yet, but oh wells.

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