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Tour Board / Awesome Video from 11.11.2006 Geneaso, NY show
« on: December 24, 2006, 02:16:21 AM »

Just. Do. It. Like Nike used to say.

News / 56 songs qualify to vie for Oscar.... Ben has three of them!
« on: December 11, 2006, 12:32:33 PM »
Fifty-six songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures have qualified to vie in the best original song category at the 79th Annual Academy Awards.

Alphabetically, they range from "Believe It" from the Heart of the Game" to "You Know My Name" from "Casino Royale."

Both the musical "Dreamgirls" and the animated film "Over the Hedge" placed three songs each. The original tunes from "Dreamgirls" that qualified are "Listen," "Love You I Do" and "Patience," while "Hedge" will be represented by "Family of Me," "Heist" and "Still."

And "Borat" earned a spot on the qualifiers' list with its mock national anthem "O Kazakhstan."

On Jan. 16, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the music branch in both Beverly Hills and New York City. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.


To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

Nominations will be announced Jan. 23, and the Oscar ceremony will be held Feb. 25.

The complete list of qualified songs includes:

"Believe It" from "The Heart of the Game"

"The Best" from "Everyone's Hero"

"The Book I Write" from "Stranger than Fiction"

"Broken Bridges" from "Broken Bridges"

"Chan Chan" from "Water"

"Circle in the Sand" from "Friends with Money"

"Coming Back to You" from "Deja Vu"

"Definition of Love" from "Akeelah and the Bee"

"Dreamz with a Z" from "American Dreamz"

"Encarnacion" from "Nacho Libre"

"Every Word" from "Wordplay"

"Family of Me" from "Over the Hedge"

"A Father's Way" from "The Pursuit of Happyness"

"The Girl in Byakkoya - White Tiger Field" from "Paprika"

"Heist" from "Over the Hedge"

"Hillbilly Holla" from "Barnyard"
"Hollywood Familia" from "Hollywood Familia"

"I Belong" from "Open Season"

"I Need to Wake Up" from "An Inconvenient Truth"

"In Rosa Vernat Lilium" from "The Nativity Story"

"It's a Fight" from "Rocky Balboa"

"Ju Hua Tai" from "Curse of the Golden Flower"

"Keep Holding On" from "Eragon"

"Khalbali" from "Rang de Basanti"

"Kingdom of Love" from "One Night with the King"

"Listen" from "Dreamgirls"

"A Lonely Man" from "Don't Come Knocking"

"Love You I Do" from "Dreamgirls"

"Luka Chuppi" from "Rang de Basanti"

"The Motion" from "3 Needles"

"My Little Girl" from "Flicka"

"Never Gonna Break My Faith" from "Bobby"

"Never Let Go" from "The Guardian"

"O Kazakhstan" from "Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"

"Open Your Heart" from "Saving Shiloh"

"Ordinary Miracle" from "Charlotte's Web"

"Our Town" from "Cars"

"Patience" from "Dreamgirls"

"Philosophy" from "Step Up"

"PJ & Rooster" from "Idlewild"

"Quest for Love" from "Arthur and the Invisibles"

"Real Gone" from "Cars"

"Really Nice Day" from "The Wild"

"Shine on 'Em" from "Blood Diamond"

"The Song of the Heart" from "Happy Feet"

"Star Mile" from "The Last Kiss"

"Still" from "Over the Hedge"

"Suenos" from "Hollywood Familia"

"Sweet Music" from "Glory Road"

"Til the End of Time" from "Little Miss Sunshine"

"Tonight" from "Night at the Museum"

"Try Not to Remember" from "Home of the Brave"

"Upside Down" from "Curious George"

"When You Taught Me How to Dance" from "Miss Potter"

"Won't Let You Fall" from "Poseidon"

"You Know My Name" from "Casino Royale"

News / Random about Ben Blog from someone who knew the boys as kids.
« on: December 09, 2006, 02:38:13 PM »

"She was a good dog." That made me smile.

News / Oscars? Ben? Wha?
« on: December 09, 2006, 02:28:07 PM »

Oscar Songs Analysis

This has always been an Oscar category that confounds me with its commerciality—name stars like Phil Collins and Sting tend to win nominations and awards for providing songs for movies, often of the animated variety. So who will be winnowed out of this unwieldy group of 56 eligible songs? The ones with stars and studios spending money on ads. And who deserves to? You tell me.

Borys thinks that John Mayer's unusual Curious George crossover hit album, for which he wrote all the songs and inspired a younger generation of fans, will earn him a nod for the song "Upside Down."

He also mentioned “Shine on ‘Em” from “Blood Diamond," performed by Nas.

After last year's Hustle & Flow hip-hop song win, maybe OutKast's PJ & Rooster from their disappointing Idlewild has a shot.

Never underestimate Harvey Weinstein, who nabbed soul great Aretha Franklin to sing "Never Going to Break My Faith" for Bobby, which Academy Liberals will want to recognize in some fashion.

After director George Miller showed Prince Happy Feet, in order to get permission to use the song "Kiss," Prince wrote him a rousing original, "Song of My Heart."

Paramount Vantage is pushing the song from An Inconvenient Truth, “I Need to Wake Up” from Melissa Etheridge.

Even though I thought Sarah MacLachlan's "Ordinary Miracle" from Charlotte's Web was sappy when I heard it on Oprah, "it's no sappier than other Oscar tunes," points out THR film editor Gregg Kilday, "plus, Danny Elfman did the score, so the music branch may listen to it."

Alos sappy is the Flicka song "My Little Girl," from country start Tim McGraw, who starred in the movie. Just what the music branch tends to go for.

At least one song from strong Oscar contender Dreamgirls will get in, probably Beyonce Knowles' showstopper “Listen."

One song from Cars should get in, either Sheryl Crow's upbeat country song "Real Gone," or "Our Town," a slower ballad by James Taylor.

Dreamworks will push Ben Folds' “Heist” and “Family of Me” from “Over the Hedge.”

Seal's “The Father’s Way” should also register, from the Will Smith holiday heart-tugger “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

Less likely possibilities include:

The Last Kiss song, "Star Mile," sung by one Joshua Radin. Gregg thinks he sounds a lot like Simon and Garfunkel.

The Little Miss Sunshine song, "Till the End of Time," sung by Devotchka.

General Board / Not Fair!
« on: December 09, 2006, 12:57:08 AM »
with Hotel Lights
Soho House, New York
29 Ninth Avenue
The Drawing Room
Wednesday, December 13
8:00 pm

What do I get to do that day? Take two final exams? Oh yeah, great time.

News / New things on Ben's site.
« on: December 06, 2006, 09:35:05 AM »
Now there's a featured "Bitches" video if you go to the site, I wonder how frequently they'll change. Best of luck to those of you who made them. And did I just miss this memo or is this completely new?

Also new is seemingly some Paste Magazine give away of an autographed SSSG, deluxe SfS and the three EPs. I wonder if that means that Paste has talked to Ben again. I like the little snippet of it though...
Want to hang out with Ben Folds? Well so do we. So until you figure out how to make that work

And just because I'm nice, me and my luck are not entering. I have all of that. Why get it a second time?

Album Board / Live 2003 show to download
« on: November 23, 2006, 07:20:05 PM »
If someone can get this, and send it to me I can upload it to I just can't get to it for some dumb dumb reason. Nice looking set list.

Tour Board / The Imposters Speak
« on: November 21, 2006, 02:48:36 PM »
Check this out, it's full of the guy who pretended to be Ben's photos and story and uh, VIDEOS!

Musical discovery / Alternate Routes
« on: November 20, 2006, 09:26:18 PM »
I just worked their show here at school. And they're great guys, and uh, they had a converstation about Ben with me. Ridiculously amazing, that and they knew where in NYC Ben's playing tonight. Weird!

Anyway. "Ordinary" is my favorite track by them, and haha! it's free to download from myspace.

News / Miss Ben TV appearances last year?
« on: November 14, 2006, 10:05:50 PM »
William Shatner Living in TV Land:
Sat, Nov 18 6:00 PM(CST) on TVLAND

There's some Ben in it. And some very funny Ben in it. Not as much as I would have liked, but then again, it IS a special on Shatner, and not Ben. Heh.

And then Ben on Austin City Limits is on again whenever your showing of that is on your Public Broadcasting Channel on December 2nd. Same show as October last year. But funny. Specially the removal of swear words. Haha.

Tour Board / "he'll burn the house down without even seeming to try" Review
« on: November 13, 2006, 02:19:23 PM »
Sounds Like Ours: Power of Pop


Pop star Ben Folds awes Cain's audience

Give Ben Folds a match and he'll burn the house down without even seeming to try.

He used only a grand piano, a bassist and a drummer to draw in a sold-out crowd at the Cain's Ballroom on Saturday. He had them hanging on his every word.

"That sounds like 'The Final Countdown,' " Folds said, messing around with the synthesizer following "Gone," like a kid who just discovered he could ramp his bicycle a greater distance. "Sorry to practice in front of you, but this is a real revelation."

A few seconds later, Folds hammered out a two-part harmony of Europe's 1986 cheesy hit single about space exploration. At other times, Folds inched the audience through a bathroom-humor journey that was supposed to trigger bowel-loosening.

Folds also carried the audience of mostly teenagers and 20- somethings into earlier favorites, "Brick,""Army,""Rockin' the Suburbs," and "Fred Jones Part 2." Bassist Jared Reynolds and drummer Lindsay Jamieson provided the "ooo-weee-ooos" and the three-part harmonies.

Cameras flashed. The crowd danced and sang along to Folds' mind- numbingly catchy pop songs.

Three girls from the University of Arkansas tried to get me to dance with them. They split cool beers, glancing furtively for bouncers enforcing the no-smoking ban while the girls puffed on their light cigarettes.

A man in front of me proposed to a girl next to him while Folds coaxed out "The Luckiest" alone under the spotlight.

Corn Mo, Folds' opening act, may have been the unheralded surprise of the night. He belted out his songs from behind a microphone with blond hair in his face. His only instruments were an accordion and occasionally a synthesizer.

Corn Mo can sing. He rambled into songs that played out like stories. He sang a dead-on version of Queen's "We Are the Champions," handling the late singer Freddie Mercury's vocals without stumbling.

He told the audience how he once wanted to go back in time and make love to a Victorian woman, so he spent a lot of time on the Internet looking into genealogy. That's because he said he wouldn't want a 37-year-old man coming up to him later identifying himself as the singer's son.

"I'd say, 'I don't have any change,' " he said.

-- M.E.

Tour Board / My BenAdventure as a whole, as a long review. Late, I know.
« on: November 12, 2006, 01:22:20 AM »
Anyway. Here it is. Oh, and incase you didn't know. I went to the Tulsa, OK show on 11/4, Columbia, MO 11/5, and Lawrence, KS on 11/6. This is going to take several posts.
Well, the entire thing began sometime in September when there were very few dates released on the tour, and Brooke and I made a pact that if the Kansas date was the closest date, we'd go. Then the Columbia, Missouri date was released for the day prior to the Kansas show, and we decided to make a weekend out of it. All planned and everything, before tickets went on sale.

Well, then tickets did. And the Kansas University show sold out to their students before general public tickets were even possible. So, Brooke calls me that night and we up and decided right then and there to go to the Tulsa show instead. So the weekend became Saturday and Sunday shows instead of Sunday and Monday.

All of our plans were set, we were going to stay with Brooke's friend in Lawrence all the same, and then, sometime mid week I got a livejournal comment from Corn Mo on my post about him in about being the opener, about if we needed tickets still send him an email. And I wasn't really sure if I should, he had really left it for someone else, but I got it in an email because it was my post. Brooke said I should go for it, so I did. And he responded that he still had plenty of comp tickets for the Kansas show. Responded with our names and it was great.

Then Brooke came out Thursday/Friday morning and spent the night. I went to my 10:45 and we headed out to Lawrence, Kansas. Met her friend Robert, went to The Departed. And drove around town and didn't do much else. Oh, I got to drive the bug. That was rather funny, her shifter's inbetween the seats and mine's behind the wheel, so I turned on the wipers a couple times instead of shifting gears. Ha. Hilarious. We jammed to Les Miserables on the way down.

Anyway, Robert didn't know much about Ben. Well. Not a Folds Fan. A Brooke fan, well the three of us that morning got into his Jeep and drove the fourish hours down to Tulsa, Oklahoma. When we got there I had to pee. Like nobody's business. Really. So, I went to the bar that was connected to Cain's Ballroom. Well, they wouldn't let me pee there because I'm not 21 yet. Rawr. So, I started to walk around. Same story. Went all around Tulsa, walked past people filming either a commercial or something, professionalish with people in these awesome robot outfits and people falling out of buildings. Well. I finally found the corporate building of IBM. Where the security gaurd buzzed me in, and let me pee, even though he wasn't supposed to let me. Boo. Ah, well, it was relieving, and then I had to find my way back. It was a good 45 mintue walk I'd wager. All to pee. I really wished I was a boy and could have just whipped it out and done my job. Alas, not possible.

So, we met these pretty awesome kids in line, Caitlyn, and her boyfriend (I don't remember his name, crap.) Anyway. They had come down from  Witcheta, KS because the Lawrence show had sold out for them too. So Caitlyn showed me where the backstage door was because she'd previously been to a show here, and forewarned me that they're normally nasty about it there.  Anyway, they were these really nice Seniors in High School kids, and their friends were flying down. One of their friends had just gotten accepted into some top pilot's school and he and his dad were flying down with two of their other friends. They showed up and we talked all day. One of the kids that had flown down had known me from here (which I'm not sure what his username is) which is always so weird. He was like; "Oh, it's such an honor to meet you." Allllrriiiggghhttt. Anyway. We talked and were all BenFriendy together.

Then they opened the house. And we got some freaking amazing seats. We were like the 7th, 8th and 9th people in. So slightly to Stage Right of Ben. Nice view of his ass mostly.

Corn Mo is f*ckING AWESOME. Go, find him on myspace, or Jon's hilarious, and great. Oh, I'll need to order his CD. Too many amazing songs that aren't on his site to download like "Bye Bye Girls" and "Robert Holiday" GREAT guy.

And look at that! He plays the cymbal with a drumsick in his shoe! It's f*cking amazing. Oh good God that man rocks. Sideburns and all.

Micheal, Praytor, came out between sets, and I yelled hello at him, pretty sure that doesn't happen by name normally. He seemed startled and waved back.

And this man rocks no matter what:

Anyway. Good show. Ben freaking loves the synth. And I love that he f*cks with it in just about every song. Really makes me look forward to that new album in 2007! Hooray hooray. Anyway, pretty Silverman/Suburbs heavy set list.
Set list is as follows:
1. Trusted
2. Cooler Than You
3. I am OK Rock this Bitch, plus this story about how according to the army 10 htz is enough to make your bowels release. And how he can make that noise on his synth, he's just too worried to do it this early in the set, so he got us down to like 12, or 11 or something like that.
4. Gone
5. All U Can Eat, 6. Roll Out the Barrel (which he didn't sing, BUT I DID! I'm pretty sure I'm the only there that knew all the words. Brooke was suprised, but, little did she know that we sing that all Brewers games! Yeahuuh!)
7. Jesusland, during which I called lj user="irishdancerchick" because well, I need to share my BenFortune with the less fortunate.
8. Learn to Live, which is still one of my all time favorites, and I called Chloe during it
9. You to Thank
10. "Tulsa, I don't know what the f*ck I'm singing about".
11. Annie Waits, in which I called my friend Dani. Also not sure if she realized that. Anyway.
12. Bastard.
13. Landed.
14. Bitches Ain't Shit. Which people next to me always get such a kick out of me singing along with every. word. It's a hilarious song. And I've seen it soooo many times. It may be the only song that I've seen at all 11 shows. Because he didn't do Zak and Sara at the studio. Maybe Landed. I'll have to do some comparisons. Anyways.
SOLO: 15. Fred Jones part II, and I get that Ben thinks this is the best track off of RtS, but, really, I grow weary of it at EVERY show. Break out something more ancient dude! Make me happy!
16. Brick. I won't even talk of my disdain of this song being at just about every show.  I like change up and suprises. Ha.
BAND BACK: Which, I might add, what a short solo set! I love J-ROD and LindZ a lot, but there's so much magicalness in the Ben and a piano bits.
17. Army. HA. Ben doesn't even explain the parts anymore, he just draws the line and we're done. He conducts and it's hilarious. I think he gets that we know now.
18. Ascent of Stan.
19. Such Great Heights. Haha. The audience got way too excited. Guess they don't watch youtube. Which that video (mine) keeps showing up in my google alerts.
20. Kate. KKK-KATE.
21. Zak and Sara.
22. Solo: The Luckiest.
23. Rockin' the Suburbs.
24. Narcolepsy "I should warn you you'll shit your pants."
25. One Angry Dwarf which was stool throw less. Ben put the foot of the stool on the 10 htz key and ran off stage, and as Lindsay came off he nodded at me, and yes, know it was us to me due to eye contact. Or at least it sure seemed that way. We were *right* there.

Tour Board / Lawrence, KS set list
« on: November 07, 2006, 10:03:51 AM »
With a review to come after class.
So, this basically matched Columbia and Tulsa again. However, with a nice little suprise in there.

1. Trusted
2. Final Countdown Jam
3. Pyser
4. Cooler
5. Gone
6. All U Can Eat
7. Jesusland
8. Learn to Live
9. Annie Waits
10. You to Thank
11. "Bitch" jam/Rock this Bitch in Lawrence
12. Bastard
13. Landed
14. Bitches Ain't Shit
15. Lullabye (I freaked. This was on my list of "f*ck, I always am at the show before or after he does it." And I, of course, freaking love this song.)
16. Columbia Missouri Can Suck My DICK. (He was starting to introduce the next song saying; "last night at where ever I was playing" us; "COLUMBIA, MISSOURI" and "Yeah, Columbia, Missouri" the crowd booed, guess they're some sort of major rivals with each other, anyway that jam came out and then he continued- "anyway, so someone that I met in columbia last night asked for this song, and I haven't played it in a reallly reallly long time so if I f*ck it up you can blame that person." Well, that person was definately Brooke, my road tripping buddy. and he breaks out into---
17. Selfless, Cold and Composed (HELLS YESSSS. Gotta say that I got a little teary eyed because he f*cking remembered, and well, SHIT MAN, it's SC&C. and he did f*ck it up a little bit, couldn't remember the second verse so were were yelling it to him, and a little bit at the beginning of the notes, but he rocked right through it after he got going)
18. The Luckiest
19. Underground (audience actually knew it rather well for being such a stand still audience.)
20. Micheal Praytor likes peanut butter and rice
21. Army
22. Stan
23. Such Great Heights
24. Kate
25. Zak and Sara
26. Rockin the Suburbs
27. Narcolepsy
28. One Angry Dwarf.

Solo set made the entire damn trip.

When we met Ben after the show he appologized for f*cking it up, and the rest of the crowd thanked us for requesting it.

I'm glad to be home. I'm so tired, and I have a shit ton of homework to do. But, I love being a groupie. Haha. I mean, we did get in to the Kansas show on the guest list afterall.

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