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General Board / Whatever & Ever ORANGE VINYL REISSUE
« on: November 27, 2014, 08:27:43 PM »
I seriously began to feel like this was never going to happen.

There is a God

http://www.bullmoose.com/c/11729/collectable-vinyl


Check it out, on that page. Just pre-ordered one for myself.  Such amazing news!!!!!!!!!

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General Board / Ben Less Chatty These Days
« on: March 31, 2013, 04:33:44 PM »
Might be an odd topic, but here goes

During the BFF days, Ben's interviews were sarcastic, humorous, and never taken too seriously. Once he hit the solo years, I found that he gave some seriously in depth words about his songs, and his outlook on life in general. I'm not quite sure what it is, but I can't think of the last time I read a really moving Ben Folds interview. I'm wondering if it has to do with the five being back together, or if he's just not as open to talking about his creations and life as he once was. I just miss all the blogs and great interviews he used to give, he's got some real role model status going on that I loved hearing him share.

Discuss

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General Board / Anna Goodman & Kate Rosen
« on: September 18, 2012, 07:58:07 PM »
I'm not one to pry into anyone's personal life, but has anyone ever seen pictures of either of Ben's first two wives?

I'd like to see Kate because she was around for such a tiny amount of time, kind of a ghost in the Folds' story

As far as Anna, she's ten times as mysterious to me, contributing lyrics to his early records (not to mention she has been a part of his life for nearly...his entire life)

Call it intrusive, call it nosy, I've just always wondered if pictures of these women existed.

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Album Board / New Song?
« on: May 04, 2012, 12:59:14 PM »
from facebook


Have a track from the new Ben Folds Five album. Merry Christmas!

It's hard to sit on this music so long. You needed to hear SOMETHING. Poof! You're now a record exec. You are now Vice President of Promotion. (There are always quite a few vices at a label.)

All you have to do is put up with my tweeting and facebooking about the release and recycle and retweet as much as you can deal with. We may do a few interviews as they come, but there will be no push to media. We're not on a label at this moment - this is the only place we're posting this track. The other 10 tracks will come out when the record is released in September.

I realize that it's a luxury for us to promote only to fans. We've had the help of labels for years which gave us a leg up. The years of traditional promotion, soul draining as they might have been, affords us that luxury now. A start up band cannot do it this way. Our intention is not to 'stick it to the man'. He's quite stuck enough. We don't care to create a new model. We're just doing it the way it feels best this time around. It's a time of a million ways to skin a cat. And why would anyone really want to do that to a kitten? I've never understood that.

One thing that has bothered me about record making in our day and age is the hype. A narrative and a collective opinion happens quickly, much of it fueled by artist and label. It's a ritual. You gotta have a 'story'. By the time I hear a new record I know the 'right' answer, I know what to expect. It's likely been leaked. I find that years later after I disassociate the story from the music, I can hear it with proper innocence. Maybe our anti-promotion promotion will mean the record can be played in a cleaner environment? Who knows. This particular album is an opportunity to try that. It's a theory - we'll see how that works.

The business has always been changing, it's just been changing much more quickly over the past 15 years. Frank Zappa sold albums by mail order for a while. Scott Joplin owned his publishing and started a piano scroll business. All we're doing is putting flyers on your proverbial windshields at the mall.

We'll credit Vice Presidents of Promotion in the artwork somehow to show our thanks for recycling and helping get the word out. If we run out of room we'll use the credits to make posters. If you become VP after artwork is turned in then we'll credit you in the poster. I recall being very excited to have had my name put on a knife in a glass case at a restaurant for having been there so many times. I am one of many but I still beam with pride to point it out. Once had a star named after me too. I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff.

We may sign a distribution deal - we're chewing over plans. But we'll go ahead and put album on pre-sale soon ourselves and tweet like the wind.

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General Board / What is this from? When is this from?
« on: August 13, 2011, 02:53:12 PM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1w6pxyT6mE&feature=related


just came across this.....anyone know the story?

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General Board / Ben Folds Art - Post Yours!
« on: October 13, 2010, 07:22:38 PM »
Just thought it would be neat to see if anyone out there has some fan art focusing on Ben that they'd like to share.


post yours! or just your favorite that you've seen!

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General Board / What does Ben Folds and his music really mean to you?
« on: September 26, 2010, 09:21:50 PM »
There’s something to be said about a creative individual. Creativity is without a doubt inside all of us, but very few of us ever dig deep enough to see what we’re capable of. There’s something to be said about a talented individual. Everyone has their fair share of talents, but so few of us find the determination, or better yet the patience, to nurture those talents into truly masterful abilities. There’s something to be said about Ben Folds.

Since I was fifteen, I’ve been a huge music fan. Music from any genre, any era; everything is fair game. I’ve listened to hundreds upon hundreds of artists, and I’ve gained a small group of favorites that I’ve listened to so much that I can barely listen to them anymore. Once every few months, I “rediscover” them for a day or two, get my mind blown, then put them back on the shelf until next time. On that list of favorites, you’ll see some obvious choices such as The Beatles and Neil Young, some trendy staples such as Radiohead and The White Stripes, and some obscure artists that I can’t believe the world hasn’t discovered yet. Among all these artists, none have ever hit me quite as hard as Ben Folds. Whenever I “rediscover” Folds, it tends to grow into a “become re-obsessed with his entire body of work for a week.” I’ve heard his albums so many times over the years, yet I continue to come back for more.
One has to ask themselves “why?” There has to be a reason for such an immense appeal to what can ultimately be considered standard pop/rock music. I’ve grown up quite a bit since buying my first Ben Folds Five record, and after all these years I can safely say that the reason I love this music so much is because Ben Folds, intentionally or not, has created one of the most down to earth, honest, and relatable bodies of work I’ve ever come across.

If Ben Folds was your neighbor, you’d probably think of him as the friendly, intelligent, funny guy who lives next door who you occasionally share a few words (and possibly a few beers) with. You don’t see him every day, but when the two of you do happen to have a conversation, you tend to talk about the smallest, simplest details of everyday life from interesting perspectives. We all know people like this. People who can talk about a walk they took last week and leave you thinking “Wow. That must have been great.” Ben Folds is one of those guys. What separates Folds from your introspective neighbor, however, is the fact that he can take that story about the pleasant walk and turn it into a four minute song, presented with all the appropriate words and melodies that make the storytelling six hundred times more powerful. When you hear “Alice Childress”, you see yourself walking down the street on a summer’s evening, wishing your friends were with you in this new chapter of your life (even though you know deep in your heart that they just wouldn’t fit in.)

 Ben Folds has done what surprisingly few creative types have attempted, and that is to build a musical career on the complexities found in everyday human life. I’m willing to bet this wasn’t intentional, seeing as how nothing he has ever written seems unnatural or forced. Just as David Bowie wrote songs about starmen and velvet goldmines, capturing the minds of his listeners with whimsical fantasy, Ben Folds has captured his listeners with songs about everyday life from the perspective of someone who takes a step back and looks at it all “from above.” He’s made us wonder what it would be like to take a random exit off the highway and start a new life (Effington), made us ponder about life choices we made years ago (Army), and made us realize that in the big scheme of things we will all be replaced and forgotten (Fred Jones Part 2). He’s also been known to take a tiny iota of a thought and develop it into a fully blown life realization. In “Cologne,” we find the character disconnected from someone who once was a big part of his life. As he reads the astronaut story in his hotel room, he thinks to himself “I wonder if she’s read that story too.” Your ex-girlfriend who hasn’t spoken to you in five years has more likely than not been watching the same movie, on the same channel, at the same time as you at least once. Despite break ups and other life changes, we’re all still living in the same world. There is no such thing as total separation. It’s these unique outlooks on details that most people would overlook that make the foundation of a Ben Folds song.

The best thing about music is that no matter what mood you’re in, there’s an artist who has created music that perfectly describes how you’re feeling. When you’re depressed, pessimistic, or angry, Nirvana can be the perfect remedy. When you’re having an upbeat, great day, some guilty pleasure pop music can keep you going. To me, Ben Folds has always been the music to describe the parts of your day when you’re too busy living life to really think about what you’re actually feeling. While KISS would write a song about the crazy rock concert you went to last night, Ben Folds would write a song about the two hour drive home from the concert. I don’t know of anyone else who can pull that kind of stuff off in such a thought provoking manner quite like he does.

I would consider myself a creative individual  When I die, I’d like to leave my mark on this world that I’ve been born into. Ben Folds has done nothing but inspire me to keep trying to perfect my skills at expressing my ideas via the creative process. His hard work has certainly paid off for himself and for his fans. I can only dream that something I create will cause a total stranger to sit down for an hour and write a mini essay about their admiration, appreciation, and passion for my work. There’s something to be said about Ben Folds.

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Album Board / How Well Will "Lonely Avenue" Sell?
« on: September 26, 2010, 10:57:31 AM »
Ben's solo records have been  charting higher and higher as his career has gone on, and with LA dropping in a couple days, one has to wonder how this one will fare. It's certainly had a lot of publicity, not so much for being a ben folds record, but the mere concept of the collaboration with Hornby.  I really hope it does well. This is a great album, and I'd love to see it break the top ten.

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Ben's Old Five / A Complete Ben Folds Five collection
« on: December 04, 2009, 11:21:51 PM »
I've recently decided that I wanted to hunt down any and all releases by Ben Folds Five. I obviously already have all the studio albums, but finding all the singles is a bit more of a challenge. I originally wanted to get all his solo singles as well, but living in a digital age, the majority of them never got a physical release. The point of this thread is simple. I'm here to find out if anyone has a complete list of all the official releases by Ben Folds Five. I'm not so much interested in radio-only promos and rare things that were never meant for the public's hands. What I want is a collection of all the official releases that were meant to be able to be purchased. I'm planning on displaying them all in a pretty unique way once I get a complete collection. I realize this might be a little bit much to be asking, but I've looked around this board and never found a solid, concrete topic about collections. So feel free to use this as a place not only to help me find my direction in collecting these items, but to also show off what you have! CDs, Vinyl, Cassettes, whatever it may be!

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