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Album Board / Reinhold Messner released in high-res
« on: January 29, 2018, 03:58:39 PM »

Appears that the Kevin Gray remaster of this album, which was pressed onto vinyl by Analog Spark, has been released in high resolution on 24 bit, 192 kHz, which is probably the highest res Ben Folds release ever. Pretty neat.

Tour Board / Paper Airplane Show Highlights
« on: October 18, 2016, 07:41:38 PM »
Sports and Wine! First time since late 90s in Japan.

Carrying Cathy! God knows the last time this one came up.


Losing Lisa / Jane during soundcheck

Battle of Who Could Care Less

In Between Days

Champagne Supernova during soundcheck

Alice Childress


Also as a bonus, some rare footage of the Five playing Queens College back in 1997.

It appears there are other songs he did, such as Jane, Don't Change Your Plans, Doc Pomus, etc that don't have videos up

General Board / Ben endorses Bernie Sanders for President
« on: February 28, 2016, 03:32:54 PM »

Interesting post by Ben today, who usually doesn't get that political

General Board / Rockin' the Suburbs 180g 2-LP reissue
« on: January 01, 2016, 09:52:32 AM »

Another Folds reissue by ORG Music. WAEA was a decent quality reissue on nice quiet vinyl but the mastering and album artwork left a lot to be desired. I'm curious to see how this one pans out since I'm sure the master and album art are in better shape. This reissue also seems to include Hiro's Song. I'd be ecstatic if this new issue was mastered with less dynamic compression.

Tour Board / Huntington, NY - November 1 2015
« on: November 02, 2015, 07:02:13 AM »
1. Beautiful Mechanical
2. So There
3. Long Way to Go
4. Not a Fan - "This is a song about the beginning, middle, and end of a two-week relationship." The piano intro is prerecorded - which he joked about by turning his back to the keyboard - so I guess he has trouble playing it live?
5. Effington - "I wrote this song about a town and then I realized it wasn't called that."
6. I'm Not the Man - Ben started this song, stopped after the first line - "that f*cking sucked" - and started over.
7. Rock This Bitch - One of the coolest renditions of Rock This Bitch I have ever heard. Ben rambled on a little bit here, said he was sleep deprived. Ended up as an awesome jam over an E7 chord.
8. Phone in a Pool - One of the interesting things here was that he said the phone was a Blackberry, which dated the story a little bit.
9. Mess
10. Music in Circles
11. Yes Man
12. Erase Me - The whole ensemble just brings the house down on this song. It's AWESOME. CJ's trumpet is SCREAMING.
13. Free Bird - This was an audience request which I thought would be a 30-second noodle on Free Bird, but then yMusic joined in and it lasted several minutes. He introduced the band through the lyrics.
14. Jesusland
15. Capable of Anything
16. Steven's Last Night in Town
17. You Don't Know Me

18. Evaporated - Didn't know he was using this as an encore now! I really loved hearing this one.
19. Not the Same - Conducted the audience of course, and he no longer plays the piano during this song. He sat on the keyboard and sang. It was interesting.

  • Ben is sporting a much thicker beard than I have ever seen before. It reminded me of early 70s Elton, like on the cover of Honky Chateau.
  • Still drinking on stage, which does worry me. He said he was sleep deprived so maybe that's why he was out of it, but the past few shows I've seen involved him drinking a few glasses of scotch and being less "in it" than the shows I had seen before.
  • The opening act was boring as hell.
  • I thought that the little break in touring would mean more changes to the setlist, but it was by and large the same thing we saw in the first leg of the tour. A little disappointing, but a good show nonetheless.

Sorry admins, remove if this is not allowed, but AFAIK this is not widely available elsewhere... This is a (rather amateur) rip from my own Jackson Cannery 7" single. It is imperfect but it seems to be the best quality of this available online now. The rip on Wokeupwaytoolate is noisy and generally unpleasant sounding, and the one on YT is in mono. It is just a FLAC of the B-side Eddie Walker, since the A-side Jackson Cannery is available on Naked Baby Photos. 24 bit/96 kHz FLAC and MP3 V0 versions.

FLAC (67.3 mb):

MP3 V0 (5.8 mb):

Album Board / Another Ben Folds song makes it into a commercial
« on: October 04, 2015, 06:43:43 AM »
New Honda commercial features "Cologne". Think Ben is making good money off these commercials these days?  ;D

Album Board / Ben's usage of autotune
« on: September 14, 2015, 02:39:55 PM »
I know Ben has not shied away from autotune on his albums - it's plainly evident on Army and Secret Life of Morgan Davis, and I think I just heard it on So There. Some artificial pitch changing on "I'm Not the Man," the line "dancing on my own grave." Anyone else hear it?

Tour Board / Brooklyn, NY - April 28 2015
« on: April 29, 2015, 04:13:12 AM »
No setlist this time, I was too busy enjoying the music. Lots of new songs, and they were all fantastic. This is going to be one hell of an album. yMusic is a group of incredibly talented musicians. I fist bumped CJ, the trumpet/horn player on his way off the stage. Ben took a few requests at the end of the show, including Bitches Ain't Shit and Still Fighting It. At some point during the encore, I think someone proposed to their girlfriend and she said yes, so he played The Luckiest. yMusic came back on for a little more time, he closed with Army. The old stuff arranged for yMusic sounded awesome, especially Steven's Last Night in Town and Effington. Honestly I'm blown away by the musicianship of these people. It was an incredible show.

Setlist courtesy of

Edit: One last thing. The energy level in this show is tremendous. It's clear that the youthful energy and skill brought to the table by yMusic is doing wonders for Ben. Everybody is clearly having an awesome time, and I'm saying that knowing that I've seen shows where Ben seemed less-than-happy to be there.

Album Board / Yet another compilation album?
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:27:33 PM »

Looks like we'll be getting a Playlist: The Very Best of Ben Folds Five released in about a week. Am I the only one who thinks this is kinda overkill? BF5 only released four original albums, and it is pretty much wall-to-wall high quality work. I'm not sure how you can pare it down to one CD. Also, Retrospective wasn't released all that long ago, and that basically had everything you'd need from a "best of" compilation. I wonder what the tracklist could be.

Ben's Old Five / Cool picture Ben just posted on Twitter and Instagram
« on: October 10, 2014, 02:40:02 PM »

University Of Miami 1985. After flunking finals I threw my drums in Lake Oceola and went back to NC. #DramaticYouth

For those who don't know, this is basically the prologue to "Army."

Tour Board / East Hampton, NY [[REVIEW]] - August 30
« on: August 31, 2014, 07:37:28 AM »
1. Annie Waits

2. All U Can Eat
Compared to the "Shit My Dad Says" Twitter page, but says he wrote it way before that was ever a thing. Also said that he took some artistic liberties with it, and that his dad's not actually that big of an assh*le.

3. Jesusland
Talked about how, after composing this song, several Christian publications contacted him for interviews. He said his favorite piece ever written about him was an interview he conducted on the phone from the walk to his house from Studio A in Nashville. At one point in the interview, he spotted a dog running back and forth across the street. It was clearly a lost dog so he ran out to save it. When he got ahold of it, he spent the rest of the day looking for its owners and returning the dog to its home. He said the interview had to be conducted "one minute at a time," and that the guy was probably unhappy because he didn't get all the info he wanted.

4. Eddie Walker
Had a friend in high school who was super smart but otherwise was mentally unstable. When he left high school, his life imploded and he ended up in a halfway house after being diagnosed with schizophrenia. Said his friend would always be uncomfortable, playing songs he wrote on an electric guitar and a microphone but sitting five feet from Ben. He wrote a song that went "Virginia... I want to touch you," dedicated to his girlfriend who had a restraining order against him. Eventually Ben gave up and started just bringing stacks of old pictures to look through so they would have something else to talk about.

5. Best Imitation of Myself
Signed a publishing deal where he needed to write 12 songs a year. The publisher signed him when he was very young and by the time the last years of the deal rolled around, he "wasn't the same person anymore" and didn't write the same songs as he used to. He wrote this song as a passive-aggressive message to his publisher.

6. One Down
The same publisher withheld his pay for years since he wasn't meeting his publishing quota. He began pumping out songs that took no effort to write, such as this.

7. The Secret Life of Morgan Davis
Another song from the publishing deal. Said this one took 30 minutes to right. Talked about how Frally was actually scared at how naturally and quickly the song came to him.

8. Cigarette
The entire first line of the song was a run-on sentence taken from the front page of the Nashville Banner, circa 1993. He didn't publish it in the Whatever and Ever Amen album insert for fear of copyright infringement. Since so much time has passed and the Nashville Banner has since gone out of business, he had no problems stating exactly where the line came from. Ben's lawyer was actually in the audience for the show and he was like, "I think my lawyer is here, are you?" He raised his hand and said "I'm here." Ben goes, "It's okay that I'm doing this, right?" To which the lawyer was completely silent. Everybody was laughing, and eventually the lawyer said he probably had artistic license and nobody would be mad. He segued this song right into Fred Jones Part 2.

9. Fred Jones Part 2

10. Effington
Said he made this song up at a show in Normal, IL. One of the towns nearby is called Effingham. Ben claims he was offered a free burial plot in that town as well, so I'm not sure what the exact story is. He made up the song onstage and got mixed up, accidentally calling the town Effington. The song ended up on an album after some polishing. He claims 90% of the song was made up onstage.

11. Rockin' the Suburbs
One of the most popular radio formats "back in the day" was modern rock, which Ben describes as a bunch of pissed-off, middle class white guys. Lots of nu-metal. He also says a nu-metal band was outspoken about how Ben Folds Five were a bunch of pussies. Said that band heckled him at a show in Japan with BF5. Then he claims he had no press for years until that nu-metal band was in Spin Magazine and called him out specifically, stating "Ben Folds Five are a bunch of pussies." He really messed the song up and in the middle began improving about how he can't remember songs that he wrote, and even played some of the song as a ballad.

12. Landed

13. Zak and Sara

14. Erase Me
He prefaced this one by saying that he often feels an album is shit after he's done writing it, but in retrospect they're often good. He felt this way about Sound of the Life of the Mind. He had the lyrics on a printed sheet with him onstage, which he needed to refer to at least once in the song. He said Erase Me was "written in the key of holy f*cking shit." He seemed very proud of the song and its lyrics. This song was a great surprise, along with the next one.

15. On Being Frank
Started off by saying that some songs you write often have vague meanings, even to the writer. On Being Frank was a song he had a whole idea for. Some people get so lost in relationships that they forget what they themselves are like. They don't know how to be alone. This song is about Frank Sinatra's tour manager who doesn't know how to live alone once Sinatra is gone. He said that he was in Las Vegas with Bob Saget, one of his best friends, and they had dinner with Don Rickles who is 88 years old. Turns out Rickles' tour manager is actually Sinatra's old tour manager who Rickles hired after Sinatra died. Ben talked to him about the song, and when he asked the tour manager if that resonated with him, the guy said "not at all."

16. Steven's Last Night in Town
He had a friend from England named Steven. He was a studio engineer who was very charming but once the charm wore off, he actually came off as a little sinister. Said that he kept saying he was leaving and never actually did. Also brought up that he once told a group of women that he couldn't love a woman with cellulite, and they all "beat the shit out of him."

17. Brick
We all know the story of this song. About his high school girlfriend who had to have an abortion.

18. Not the Same
Said he always likes playing this because he likes hearing audiences harmonize. I would like to think last night's audience did a pretty solid job.

19. Philosophy
By request.

20. Army

At least, I think that's the whole set.

Guild Hall is a gorgeous venue of less than 300 seats so the concert as a whole was a rather close, intimate experience. He came onstage with a small cup of scotch and he was definitely a little tipsy already judging on how he was talking, and how much he was talking. At one point he had actually finished the cup and asked one of his guys to get him more. Which he did.

Unlike Westbury this was not a request-laden show, but that is not to say there were no surprises. I cried when he played Cigarette. I'm in love with that song. When I play it at open mics, I often play it in sequence with Fred Jones Part 2, which he did here. It was really cool to see.

I left the little stories he told for each song interspersed in the set. Some of them I had never heard before.

At the end of the show, we kept clapping for him to come back out (even after the encore). He did twice. The first time he just waved. The second time, he climbed up on his piano (using his stool and the keys, respectively, as stairs) and led a little singalong to "All By Myself" which he plays at the end of his shows.

Oh yeah, and another big thing...


Yes, Ben Folds is in the process of writing a brand new album!! I just about pooped my pants when he said it. Can't wait!

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