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General Board / Happy Birthday JBJ!!
« on: September 29, 2009, 07:10:30 AM »
From one old timer to another,

Hope that it is a great one.


General Board / Summerstage on HDNet
« on: July 20, 2009, 06:39:00 AM »
Yesterday, while scrolling through channels looking for something to watch after the British Open, I came across a listing on HDNet for "Live from Central Park: Summerstage--Ben Folds."  While it was from several years ago, I don't recall ever knowing that it had been taped for airing or knowing where it was available for viewing.  During the course of the show, there were several promos for other Summerstage shows so maybe this is a package that HDNet picked up recently??

Anyway, it was a good show and included appearances by Rufus Wainwright and Guster. And had Ben's commentary interspersed in between most all of the songs.

Not sure it's gonna reair any time soon, but if you get HDNet, you might want to check the listings for upcoming airings.

General Board / Solana Beach--8 Years Ago tonight
« on: July 16, 2009, 08:04:58 AM »
Eight years ago tonight, Ben played his first solo show at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach CA.  And in attendance that night were at least three members of the Burbs: myself, Jane_Be_Jane and The_In_Betweens.

Anyway, it was a great show. Glen Phillips was the opening act, supporting his album Abulum if I recall. Ben came on stage joined by Snuzz, Jim Boggia and a bass player whose name escapes me right now. He played the first couple of songs then introduced himself by saying "I'm Ben and I'm nervous as shit." He played all but one or two of the tracks from the still unreleased [but widely leaked on the nets] Rockin the Suburbs along with Hiro's Song. Then came back and played a couple of encore songs including Philosophy on which he messed up the lyrics. I'm still amazed how many folks knew the words to so many of the new songs. And one of my favorite moments was when everyone clapped at just the right spot in the opening of Annie Waits.

And to think that we had completely lucked into the show because it was a 15 minute drive from the hotel where we were staying on a long previously planned vacation. I still wish we had been at the Cradle 51 weeks earlier, but it's still pretty cool to have been one of 4-500 who saw his first solo show.

General Board / Happy Birthday Morry
« on: December 30, 2008, 07:00:40 AM »
We're both long gone from being active burbians and we're probably both out of the top ten by now (where we long resided), but here's where we met and here is where I will try to wish you a Happy Birthday on this December 30th.  Hope all is well with you.


General Board / Anniversaries
« on: December 08, 2008, 01:40:43 PM »
Today marks the 28th anniversary of the assasination of John Lennon outside the Dakota--his apartment building on the Upper West Side.  I still cannot believe we lost him so early.  He would've turned 68 this past October.

Tomorrow marks the 7th anniversary of Ben's Bowery Ballroom solo show.  Which only took place because his September 13 show that year (to which my wife and I held tickets) was cancelled due to the attacks on the Twin Towers.  Greyseal and the Bowery Bandit recorded that show and made it widely available for fans.  Heck, a copy made its way (at his request no less) to Ben down under and before the next year was out, we had Ben Folds Live.

Hello to Andy, James and other long time burbians.  Hope all is well with each of you.


News / Ben on this week's (November 5-11) Mixed Bag Radio
« on: November 05, 2007, 09:41:59 AM »
Mixed Bag Radio is a 60-minute weekly show featuring radio legend Pete Fornatale, who interviews the most influential musicians of our time and showcases live in-studio performances. Pete's guests run the musical gamut: rock, folk, jazz, pop, legends, heritage artists, newcomers... truly a Mixed Bag. Pete was one of the architects of progressive rock FM in the '60s, and has been a fixture on New York radio for four decades. Now you can hear the legendary Mixed Bag Radio program from coast to coast on The Loft at XM 50.  Tuesday 3pm, Wednesday 9pm, Saturday 6am and Sunday 11pm, all times Eastern.

General Board / Happy 41st Mr. Folds
« on: September 12, 2007, 07:49:36 AM »
You youngster you.

General Board / Buddy List??
« on: April 12, 2007, 07:13:43 AM »
What happens when I "add this person to your buddy list"?

Either a fairly new feature....or just further evidence of my relative absence from suburbia.

Tour Board / Houston, Texas Concert Review
« on: November 02, 2006, 08:42:58 AM »
Ben played with the Houston Symphony Orchestra last night.  He had a 17 song setlist and played just over an hour and a half.  Below is the setlist along with a little commentary:

1. Zak & Sara
2. Smoke
POLITICAL SPEECH where he talked about the endangered buffet
3. All U Can Eat
4. Jesusland
5. Lullabye
6. Landed
7. Philosophy (pretty much like BFL version) after which he talked about the musicianship of the symphony and how 80+ of them play in unison and make the hard look easy whereas rock musicians make the easy look hard.
8. Stephen's Last Night in Town
9. Cigarette. This appeared to be an audible since I think he was really just setting up FJ2 and since it was without the Symphony. He said the article was "one long run on sentence." He then sang it and after the last word uttered simply "Period."
10. Fred Jones Part 2
11. Not the Same while directing the audience in the three part harmony. The orchestra members really warmed up to him after this one because of the way that he was able to get the audience not only involved but in performance.
12. The Ascent of Stan
13. Gracie--if I knew this I had forgotten that Louis and Gracie, while twins, actually have different birthdays and even different astrological signs. As Ben said, "I shit you not."
14. Brick
15. One Angry Dwarf--where he commented on the "very disco cool orchestration"
16. Narcolepsy with an operatic accompaniment to the end of the song
17. The Luckiest

Then, even though the entire Hall was on their feet clapping and cheering for more, the house lights came up and the show was done. There was a Symphony sponsored "mixer" on or back stage after the show, but at $40 a pop, there was no way I could justify the cost for the 4 of us.

Anyway, you can read the Houston Chronicle's classical music critic's review of the show here:

News / Houston Chronicle Concert Preview/Interview with Ben
« on: October 26, 2006, 08:58:23 AM »
In our weekly Thursday entertainment section, there appeared a full page picture of Ben on the cover along with the following preview/interview with Ben.  Enjoy.

General Board / Five Years Ago Tonight
« on: July 16, 2006, 11:13:09 AM »
Tonight marks the 5 year anniversary of Ben's first solo show.  At the Belly Up Tavern.  In Solana Beach, CA.  And I was there. Along with my wife.  And so was JBJ and TIB.  Thought I met neither of them that night.  Or since.  :(

Anyway, twas a great show. And sort of historical. And by happenstance I got to partake.

Hope all of you oldtimers (Andy, James et al) are doing well.

General Board / XM50--The Loft Sessions--Setlist
« on: December 19, 2005, 09:43:55 AM »
Listened to XM50's The Loft Sessions just now and here is the setlist:

Fred Jones Part 2
Sentimental Guy
(makes up a jingle for the Loft)
Gracie ("she needed her song, so I wrote her this one")
Still Fighting It
Zak & Sara
Don't Change Your Plans
Kate (appropriate given that Kate Bradley hosted the show)

The show runs approximately 42 minutes and is fabulous. Unfortunately I do not have an XM receiver with recording capabilities.  But maybe someone does and the show will be repeated three more times this week.  For the schedule go to and click the picture of Ben and Kate.

Tour Board / Houston TX November 18, 2005
« on: November 21, 2005, 08:16:30 AM »
Subtitled: Why Does Ben Folds hate Ben_Folds_Fan

Well, my wife and I caught Friday night's Ben Folds show here in Houston at Numbers (most of it anyway). First of all, what a sh*tty venue. It was not the original venue for the show. That one didn't open in time and so a bunch of shows had to scramble for new sites. The place we saw Hootie the Friday before was already booked. Ditto for the Verizon. So Numbers it was.

By the size of the crowd I'm guessing that Warehouse Live has (or is supposed to have a larger capacity). It was packed. We didn't get there till about 9:35 or so due to other commitments earlier in the evening. He was on the 5th song of the setlist posted below. I'm glad that I'm 5'10" so that I could at least have a sort of decent view through the heads. My wife had a less than ideal view.

Okay, you think to yourself, there's a 26 song setlist there. What's Fan bitching about in the title of his post? Well, I'll tell you what I'm bitching about.

I'm now 0 for 8 and 0 for 4 on my favorite BFF and Ben-post-BFF songs in the times that I've seen him in concert. Twice in 97. Twice in 98. Twice in 01. Once in 02. And now in 05. Has he yet played "Emaline" with me in attendance? How about "The Luckiest"? A big NO to both thank you very little.

Look I know we all have our favorites. And he plays a lot of songs I like a lot. In fact, I'm particularly disappointed that I missed "Gone" maybe my favorite RTS song. But could he maybe just play "The Luckiest" once while I'm there? Just one time. And to make matters worse, what are the odds of never having heard "Emaline"?

Back to the show. We thought to ourselves: meet the new band, same as the old band. Only not so much. The piano-drum-bass trio was a welcome return to the sound that we had first loved almost a decade ago now. And while the personality issues will prevent us from ever seeing the Darren-Robert-Ben triangle again, all other iterations measure up to their memory (or rather our memory of them).

As for what he did play, I thought it a little too Songs for Silverman heavy (8 of that disc's 12 tracks), but otherwise a pretty fair mix of his body of work: 6 RTS, 3 Messners, 3 WAEA, 2 BFF and 2 EP songs plus snippets of two songs that he's working on (probably one seriously; the other not). And some of the performances have become almost caricatures especially the audience participation in Not the Same as well as Army.

In sum, I still love Ben. But not as much as I once did.

Setlist courtesy of Kitchings on .com

Annie Waits
Jesusland (Pop version)
All U Can Eat
Prison Food
You To Thank
Bitches Ain't Shit
Don't Change Your Plans
The Ascent of Stan
Where's Summer B.?
(What Ever Happened To) Tony Bego*
NY Times(?)*
Zak and Sara
Not The Same

Still Fighting It
One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces

*These were 2 new songs only half finished that he played anyway and made up words to as he went.

News / Ben on Loft Sessions
« on: November 14, 2005, 07:37:51 AM »
Just opened my weekly email from XM50 and this was the first sentence:

We are out-and-out giddy after a weekend with Ben Folds (he was here recording this past Saturday), so mark your calendar for Ben’s Loft Session, airing the week of 12/19/05 and pick up Songs For Silverman in the meantime!

The usual air times for this show are:  Monday 12noon & 9pm, Thursday 3pm & 9pm and Saturday 6pm, all times Eastern.  I don't know if it will change the week of Christmas or not, so check the Loft's website as we get closer to airdates.

Two notes about this:
1. Yes, I know that XM radio is currently limited to the U.S. and
2. Unfortunately the XM radio that I have does not have any sort of taping abilities.

General Board / Happy Birthday JBJ
« on: September 29, 2005, 11:14:09 AM »
Probably doesn't mean much to those of you currently populating the board, but I just wanted to send birthday wishes to Jane_Be_Jane--one of this board's original mainstays.

Hope it is a good one.


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