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Tour Board / BF5 at Summerfest June 28, 2012
« on: June 28, 2012, 10:22:53 PM »
Great show. Nice new pavilion. Sucky that the front seats weren't all sold (must have been for promoters and shit.) I spent most of the show surrounded by people who knew nothing.
Had a great view of Robert and Darren, and Sledge had a HELLOFA show. And Darren during Narcolepsy.... you can tell that they're getting more comfortable together. WHICH IS FANTASTIC. Of course.


1. Cannery
2. Pyser
3. Fair
4. SCC
5. Walter
6. Summer
7. Mess
- little interlude where ben talked about the fact that this was BEN FOLDS FIVE (yay) and that they haven't toured in 12 years, yada yada, so if you had seen him in the time in between it wasn't with Darren and Robert. But that he's played with "some other mother f*ckers.... who are friends of each of ours, and all of ours." And some other beautiful soul somewhere in the audience (so if it was you, please own up to it) yelled; SNUUUUUUUUUUUZZZZZ. Which made me so happy.
8. Battle
9. Brick
10. Emaline (which, I might add, I am enjoying SO much more than solo. Those harmonies, I tell you)
11. Army
12. Kate
13. Philosophy
14. Alice
15. Narcolepsy
16. SFTD
17. Underground

Yeah, there hasn't been much diversity in the set list yet ---- BUT WHO CARES? I will go see the same show tomorrow and love it again.

Tour Board / 2012 tour dates.
« on: March 12, 2012, 12:02:39 AM »
Mar 22 2012 Raleigh, NC    Progress Energy Center Meymandi Concert Hall
Mar 23 2012 Raleigh, NC    Progress Energy Center Meymandi Concert Hall
Mar 27 2012 New Orleans, LA    McAlister Auditorium @ Tulane University
Mar 29 2012 Edmonton, Canada    Winspear Centre, Edmonton, Canada
Mar 31 2012 Atlanta, Ga.    Emory University McDonough Field   
Apr 14 2012 Jacksonville, Florida    Moran Theater, Jacksonville, Florida   
Apr 16 2012 Washington, D.C.    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts   
Apr 27 2012 Ft. Worth, TX    Bass Performance Hall, Ft. Worth, TX   
May 25 2012 Pittsburgh, PA    Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts   

Confirmed Ben Folds Five:
Jun 02 2012 Hunter, NY    Mountain Jam Fest   
Jun 10 2012 Manchester, TN    Bonnaroo Festival   

General Board / General Sing-Off discussion
« on: October 11, 2011, 04:17:12 AM »
I am needing a place to talk about this show (like the groups. I'm vested now. Damn you Ben Folds for getting me attached to yet another hour long show on tv).

PS. I'm still pissed you're in Chuck's slot. (the show, not your brother.) This may mainly be fueled by my anger that the show is getting canned after this year. (Also, Chuck, not The Sing Off.) And I love that damn show. A shitton.

Anywho. I need to discuss groups and numbers and swan songs and blah blah blah blah blah. I do not need to discuss costumes, but if you need to here's the place. Yes/Yes? (note the no no option.)

Album Board / YOUR Folds Vault
« on: October 06, 2011, 03:36:11 PM »
So, just thinking. If you were the person putting together a "die-hard"s bonus track album, what would you have included.
There are not really rules with this. If there was a fantastic performance you saw somewhere that there is no known live recording of... go ahead, include it. This is the what-if world..... but don't create things that never happened. I'm going to ponder mine for a bit.... I already know of a few choice inclusions.

News / gets a new look
« on: October 06, 2011, 02:46:50 PM »

Me. I hate it. (Maybe it's chrome) but the font is not dark enough for me to read SHIT. SHIT i tell you. For the vault I had to highlite it to even read it. And I'm only 25. I'm not old...... yet.

Musical discovery / 2011 releases of note.
« on: September 16, 2011, 06:09:48 PM »
This is my annual list. Also, thus far... today is September 16. Please make suggestions!!

AA Bondy - Believers
Amanda Palmer - Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under
Antlers, The - Burst Apart
Architecture in Helsinki - Moment Bends
Arctic Monkeys - Suck it and See
Austra - Feel it Break
Battles - Glass Drop
Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears - Scandalous
Blind Pilot -  We are the Tide
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Bright Eyes - The People's Key
British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall
CAKE - Showroom of Compassion
Centro-Matic - Canidate Waltz
City and Colour - Little Hell
Civil Wars, The - Barton Hollow
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Hysterical
Cold War Kids - Mine is Yours
Cut Copy - Zonoscope
Dawes - Nothing is Wrong
Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys
Decembrists, The - The King is Dead
Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs Evil
Dodos, The - No Colo
Drive By Truckers - Go-Go Boots
Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs
Eisley - The Valley
Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys!
Elected, The - Bury Me in My Rings
Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Fair Ohs - Everything Is Dancing
Fatty Gets a Stylist - Fatty Gets a Stylist
Favourite Sons - The Great Deal of Love
Fionn Regan - 100 Acres of Sycamore
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Fruit Bats - Tripper
G. Love - Fixin' to Die
Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Givers - In Light
Gold Panda - Companion
Gomez - Whatever's on Your Mind
Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital
Hotel Lights - Girl Graffiti
Hugh Laurie - Let Them Talk
Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
James Blake - James Blake
Japanese Sleepers - Little Victories
Kaiser Chiefs - The Future is Medieval
Kevin Devine - Between the Concrete & Clouds
Ladytron - Gravity the Seducer
Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know
Lenka - Two
Liam Finn - FOMO
Low - C'mon
Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
Man Man - Life Fantastic
Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
Maria Taylor - Overlook
Maritime - Human Hearts
Mates of State - Mountaintops
Mountain Goats, The - All Eternals Deck
My Morning Jacket - Circuital
Neon Indian - Neon Extrana
Noah and the Whale - Last Night on Earth
Oh No Oh My - People Problems
Okkervil River - I Am Very Far
Old 97's - The Grand Theater, Vol 2
Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
Panda Bear - Tomboy
Peter Bjorn and John - Gimmie Some
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Portugal. The Man - In the Mountain In the Clouds
Radiohead - King of Limbs
Rapture, The - In the Grace of Your Love
REM - Collapse Into Now
Rosebuds, The - Loud Planes Fly Low
St Vincent - Strange Mercy
Tapes 'n Tapes - Outside
The Streets - Computers and Blues
They Might Be Giants - Join Us
Tim Kasher - Bigamy: More Songs from the Monogamy Sessions
Toro Y Moi - Underneath the Pine
tUne-yArDs - W H O K I L L
TV on the Radio - 9 Types of Light
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Various Artists - Muppets: The Green Album
Washed Out - Within and Without
Weird Al Yankovic - Apocolypse
White Lies - Ritual
Wilco - The Whole Love
Wild Beasts - Smother
William Fitzsimmons - Gold in the Shadow
Wye Oak - Civilian
Young the Giant - Young the Giant
Yuck - Yuck

« on: September 11, 2011, 10:34:57 PM »
Today's the 12th of September. Which only means one thing, Ben Folds gets another year older! 45 today!

Tour Board / Milwaukee 1/28/11
« on: February 04, 2011, 07:15:47 PM »

Street Corner Symphony:
Rule the World
Soul Sister
Beatles Medley
Army (yes, Ben's and very brief)
Ring of Fire
Shooting Star
Down on the Corner


- Working Day recording -
Tambo Man Jam
Attempted Jane. Didn't finish. Turned into Chopsticks by Liz Phair (who had just played in town the week before)


Musical discovery / 2010 favorites?
« on: January 14, 2011, 06:33:53 PM »
Here are my favorites from 2010. I write a list like this every year, for those of you who maybe were not here this time last year.

Normally I'm far more thoughtful when I do these. After Phoebe died I lost all sense of wanting to even finish listening. I basically went two weeks without listening to music at home (still did in the car to pass the time).... and yesterday I just decided to finish it. Cause I'd be mad at myself if I hadn't finished/written this by February. So two weeks into the new year, I give you my top 35 of last year.

This year I have no downloads, no pictures, no nothing. Just no motivation (on top of being still sick) to do all the research. BUT I did listen to my entire list.

35. Bad Books - Bad Books: It's a "supergroup" of Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine. Love both of their records from 2009, and Bad Books is good, but I surely prefer them on their own.

34. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love: Dunno what happened here, or if I've just moved on from Belle and Sebastian or, just not in a lovey mood? Doesn't grab me the way other records of theirs did on first listen. Then again, they've set the bar pretty high for themselves.

33. Old 97's - The Grand Theater, Vol 1: Love the idea behind this record. It sounds like it would be a live album based on the title, and in a way it is, just minus the audience. There are some great tracks on this record, though kinda feels a bit reused of their older stuff at times.

32. Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid: The record is great. But then falls apart after you've seen it live. Does that make any sense? No, probably not, but there is so much more energy behind these songs that just does not translate to the record, which is kind of sad.

31. Guster - Easy Wonderful: Grabbed me right from the start. Good record from a great band that has long been around and putting out great records. I have a feeling it will grow on me as I give it time.

30. Plants & Animals - La La Land: Surprise love on first listen. This was a random suggestion from a former co-worker. There is some great saxophone work on this record. Didn't know what to expect and found a new band to keep up with.

29. Uniform Motion - Life: A little half hour record that was recommended through indie_exchange that only is 8 tracks long, but I dare you not to be endeared by them. Folky, indie, goodness.

28. Jonsi - Go: Exactly what you'd expect from a partition of Sigur Ros. Love having some English in there. That being said, I still pick Sigur Ros tracks before this record.

27. The Weepies - Be My Thrill: A great record from this band. Have always loved them and both their vocal styling and the lyrics.

26. Drive-By Truckers- The Big To-Do: Pretty awesome Americana, pretty awesome record, pretty awesome lyrics.

25. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs: I know the mass public loved this record. It still hasn't grabbed me like they should be. I still prefer Neon Bible. Shrug. What're you gonna do?

24. Spoon - Transference: I read something really poignant about this band. (Don't know where I read it though)... wherever it was though, basically said that Spoon has been putting out flawless records since the beginning, but because they're flawless we don't love them as much as we love our flawed bands. I think I agree. There's nothing at all wrong with any Spoon record in my opinion, but they've yet to give me a huge reason to love them. But like mentioned, this record is totally solid.

23. The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever: The Hold Steady is not for everybody. Hell, they're not always for me. They've got a distinct style (however, they seem to be a great way to get people off of Kings of Leon into better taste)... anyway, this record is good. But I feel it falls just short of where it was trying to go.

22. The Thermals - Personal Life: I have really liked this record each time I listen to it. Better than their previous work. I have a feeling I'll like this record more and more each listen. There's just not simply enough time.

21. Tokyo Police Club - Champ: Champ is right. This record makes me understand the hype. It's good. It's certainly worth picking up. First song and I was hooked.

20. Deerhunter - Halycon Digest: A great, solid, just what you'd expect, record. Really love Helicopter.

19. Hot Chip - One Life Stand: Great dancey, get you off your butt music. And I can remember it weeks after listening.

18. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor: I know this is one of "those" records of the year. I've only, honestly, listened a few times. Maybe if I'd been listening since the record came out it'd rank higher.

17. Midlake - The Courage of Others: I love this record. But it just cannot compete either with their previous record (granted Trials of VanOccupanther is probably their quintessential record, Courage probably ranks second) and other records in 2010. Unfortunately. It is a good record. A really good record.

16. Cloud Cult - Light Chasers: Pains me to rank a favorite band so low, but Light Chasers is just so so so low key for them. And I expect a certain level of songs like Washed Your Car and Alien Christ on records. Wolves is a fantastic track, but LC was not the first place I heard it.

15. Ben Folds/Nick Hornby - Lonely Avenue: This is actually a surprise to me that it makes it into the top 15 records. Hell, top 30. When the record first dropped I was actually very underwhelmed. It has taken several listens for me to love 80% of this record. There are a few tracks that just make me skip them. That's awful. That being said the fun and poignanticy of Saskia Hamilton and Picture Window, respectively, save the record from non-inclusion.

14. The Old Ceremony - Tender Age: Another band (seems to be a category down here) that it kills me to rank so low, but for The Old Ceremony their only downfall here was that it's a bit too long of a record. And there are records that blew my mind more. Sorry Django and Co.

13. The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards: Talk about picking up right where you left off. Great record. As always Jack and Alison (I believe she's a one Ler).

12. Dr Dog - Shame, Shame: Beautifully executed, beautifully written, beautifully recorded. Put it on your shelf. This band draws influences from so many sides and does everything just as it should be.

11. The New Pornographers - Together: I don't know if the title is meant to be ironic or what, just makes me think about how AC Newman and Neko Case put out separate records last year, and this year they're.... Together. I dunno. Crosses my mind each time I listen. The record is solid. And grows each time you listen to it. Guaranteed.

10. Elizabeth and the Catapult - The Other Side of Zero: I knew from the first note I'd love this band when I saw them open for Jukebox the Ghost over the fall. Also knew I'd heard one of their songs before (it's in a Google commercial). Honestly the record is even better than I expected. Catchy as hell. Got that driving beat through pianos (the way they should be) and vocally Elizabeth's voice is right there. Somewhere in between Regina Spektor and Sara Barellis. This lady should be right up there with those other piano ladies. Go get the record.

09. Vampire Weekend - Contra: This record came out so long ago at this point (January of 2010) that it's hard to imagine it on this list. It's a great record. I, and the rest of the world, were worried Vampire Weekend couldn't compete with their Freshman record. No Sophomore slump here. At all. Just as catchy, smoother, and developed as it should be.

08. Miniature Tigers - F O R T R E S S: yes, it's technically that way, it seems. This record put them on the map with the rest of the music world. Have loved this band for more than a year, for sure. Dark Tower, Rock & Roll Mountain Troll, and Egyptian Robe should win anyone (and everyone) over.

07. Yeasayer - Odd Blood: You cannot deny the greatness of this record. It's that perfect blend of the psychedelic and pop. Ambling Amp, O.N.E. and I Remember are tracks that should make anyone sit up and listen the first time they even hear it. Did so for me.

06. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms: a smoother record from Band of Horses. A more mature record. A record where Ben finally realizes that it's his voice that sells this band. Sure they music is great, but you know a Band of Horses song when you hear it because of his distinct voice. Which is gorgeous. See Evening Kitchen, Blue Beard, Factory, hell... the whole damn album. IA has gotten a shitton of flac from reviewers, so did Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner... and now it's like the cult favorite record, I expect the same result here.

05. Skybox - Morning After Cuts: After having heard In a Dream months and months prior to the release, I knew I'd need to get this record. Morning After Cuts blows everything else they've done out of the water. There's not a track on the record that I do not love.

04. The Black Keys - Brothers: Way to get your blood pumping. Way to keep on bluesing and rocking boys. Way to continually blow my mind. There's not much else to say about this record except it's phenomenal.

03. The National - High Violet: Continuing to do what they do best. Bloodbuzz, Sorrow, Conversation 16, Afraid of Everyone... etc, the list goes on and on for all 11 tracks. A more than solid record. A record that changed my life.

02. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz: Another record that maybe didn't go over so well with the public. But really Sufjan changing styles should not have been a surprise. In fact, I'd have been a bit upset if the next record had been "Whisling Winter of Wisconsin" or some shit like that. (Okay, a little hurt that two of my neighboring states are the two states. I know. I'll get over it.) I have easily listened to Adz as much as I've listened to Illionise or Michigan. It's right up there in my top records of his with Seven Swans (which has very little explanation as to why it's my favorite.) I love that I can dance to Sufjan. I love that I can identify with Sufjan (which was a bit harder with the state records). I love/hate that it gets so stuck in my head.

01. Jukebox the Ghost - Everything Under the Sun: This really should be no surprise. This record dominated my airwaves by probably 300%. A listen that once it ends I start it again. There's not a bad track to be seen. There's not a missed step. There's not a thing I'd change (except if it would auto repeat). Ben, Jesse and Tommy have out done themselves this time around. If you do nothing else I ever tell you to do, go. buy. this. record. See this band live. Okay, that's two things. But seriously. This band is in that poppy-almost-happy-yet-sing-about-the-world-ending category. This is Jukebox the Ghost making you want to get up and dance. Making you smile your way through a whole record, while singing along. Schizophrenia right through to Nobody is twelve fantastic, no, spectacular, tracks that make you remember why you fell in love with music in the first place. I dare Jukebox the Ghost not to find a way into your heart. If they can make it into my roommates, then surely yours. There's not a soul I've introduced to this band that hasn't come back humming their songs.

Tour Board / A SNOW TIME Upper Midwest 2011 mini tour!
« on: December 06, 2010, 10:14:43 PM »
12.14.10 New York, NY   Beacon Theatre
01.23.11Minneapolis, MN   First Avenue
01.25.11 Champaign, IL   Assembly Hall at University of Illinois
01.26.11 Athens, OH   Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium at Ohio University
01.27.11 Madison, WI   Overture Center
01.28.11 Milwaukee, WI   Riverside Theater    (THIS IS A PERSONAL VICTORY, I HATE the venue he used to play up here. RIVERSIDE IS BBBBBBEEEEEEAAAAAAAAUUUUUTTTTTTTIIIIIIIIFULLL - saw Avett Brothers there in March)
01.30.11 St. Louis, MO   The Pageant

Tour Board / Grand Rapids 2010.11.07
« on: November 10, 2010, 09:19:47 PM »
Working Day Intro
Straight into regular ol Working Day
Wordless Jam
Sick & Die (Muddy Waters cover - short one)
Claire's 9th
Last Polka
Eddie Walker
Tom & Mary
Started Underground but Ryan seemed to have no idea it was his line... and some one clapped in the audience so Ben came up with a Happy Clapper Rock this Bitch
Not the Same

Wordless Jam with Ben in Chad's instruments

Tour Board / Detroit 2010.11.06
« on: November 10, 2010, 09:14:59 PM »
Fillmore Theater blows.
Just some of their stupid ticketing policies. Boo. Complained to Ben about it. Not that he can do anything about it, but he did apologize. Hahah.

Started off with that same Working Day thingy.
Lonely High Hat Improv
Oww Jam
Emaline !!
Evaporated !!
Lullabye !!
Band Back:

Encore 1:
Philosophy !!
Bitches Ain't Shit

Encore 2:
Hava Nagila

Much better show than the night before energy wise.

Tour Board / Chicago 2010.11.05 Set List
« on: November 10, 2010, 09:09:47 PM »
First show of the tour. First show with new bassist Ryan!

Started with the Working Day little thingy they've been doing all tour it seems. I'd try to explain it, but I'd fail.
1. Doc
2. Nutz (with no Piano cause ben was unhappy how it sounded - it was playing like he was holding the sustain pedal down, despite not)
3. Belinda
4. Gone
5. Saskia
6. Fighting
7. Bastard
8. Above
9. Effington
10. Your Dogs
11. New Shit Rock this Bitch
12. Landed
13. Annie
14. Levi
15. Claire's 9th
16. Cologne
17. Z&S
18. Kate
19. Army
20. Suburbs

21. Working Day
22. Underground

Musical discovery / 2010 Releases of Note?
« on: September 13, 2010, 02:20:08 AM »
So burbies, what have you heard that's come out this year that's struck you as "noteworthy"? / Anything else we all should be loving?

I'll come up with my annual list when i've got time. Probably should start listening through it soon given my lack of free time.

Album Board / Stream New Track from Lonely Avenue Now!
« on: July 16, 2010, 07:57:47 AM »
Levi Johnston's Blues is up to stream on consequence of sound.

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