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Yeah, I remember the RtS promo materials actually saying something to the effect of Carrying Cathy being "the last Ben Folds Five song."

Album Board / Re: For Giggles: Favorite Song off of "So There"
« on: September 13, 2015, 06:46:12 PM »
So There.  I refrained from searching for live clips or spoilers before the tour with Y Music this summer, so the Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church show ended up being my first exposure to the new Y Music material.  That was the first time in a very long time that I've gone into a BF show not knowing what to expect at all.  So There was the first song they played, so it's stuck with me ever since.  Also, I'm always fascinated by "lost" songs like Break Up At Food Court, New York Times, and Ain't Got No Words, so I was happy to have a final studio version of the latter.

Tell me What I Did and Secret Life of Morgan Davis were both played live pre- breakup

Album Board / Re: Official 'So There' reviews thread
« on: September 10, 2015, 05:50:52 AM »

News / Ben Folds on Late Show (9/8)
« on: September 08, 2015, 08:53:11 PM »
Anyone just see Ben among the special guests at the end of Colbert?

Colbert's studio band, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, had a bunch of guests with them to perform Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People."  Ben was there, along with Mavis Staples, Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), Paul Janeway (St. Paul & the Broken Bones), some others I'm probably forgetting. 

No solos from Ben and they only had one brief close up (the pre-album release beard is looking a little rough), but still pretty cool he was included.

Once CBS posts the segment I'll include a link.

Album Board / Re: Another album cut: Phone in a Pool
« on: July 16, 2015, 05:17:35 PM »
It'll be interesting to see where Phone in a Pool lands in the track listing. I always like when albums have a good dynamic of intensity (Messner and Suburbs both to a supreme job at it), and 9/11 will tell.

Well. Probably earlier cause I'm sure a place like NPR will have it streaming a week in advance - but I will wait. I always wait till the physical copy arrives. 
Here is the track listing according to Amazon:

    Capable Of Anything
    Not A Fan
    So There
    Long Way To Go
    Phone In A Pool
    Yes Man
    I'm Not The Man
    Concerto For Piano and Orchestra, Movement 1
    Concerto For Piano and Orchestra, Movement 2
    Concerto For Piano and Orchestra, Movement 3

Is F10-D-A the silly little improv thing that's at the very end of Ben's last Nerdist appearance?

(Starts at 1:25:55)

It's a music theory joke and a penis joke at the same time  ;D

Album Board / Re: Another album cut: Phone in a Pool
« on: July 16, 2015, 05:15:43 PM »
It'll be interesting to see where Phone in a Pool lands in the track listing. I always like when albums have a good dynamic of intensity (Messner and Suburbs both to a supreme job at it), and 9/11 will tell.

Well. Probably earlier cause I'm sure a place like NPR will have it streaming a week in advance - but I will wait. I always wait till the physical copy arrives. 

I can't remember if it was in one of little instagram videos or at Bonnaroo, but either way, at some point Ben said that Phone in a Pool is the first track on Side B of the first disc.

re: the Five, I like this analogy Ben made a few years ago:

“[Ben Folds Five] can be more like Neil Young and Crazy Horse, if I can be so pompous as to compare myself . . . He plays with Crazy Horse sometimes — sometimes he goes out in other forms. A Neil Young and Crazy Horse reunion doesn’t really need to be stated, it’s just like ‘Oh, he’s playing with them this time.’ That’s the way it really feels with [Ben Folds Five].”

Album Board / Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
« on: June 09, 2015, 06:23:43 PM »
Funny, I've been racking my brain trying to figure what Phone in a Pool reminds me of.  The chord progression reminds me a little of the main riff in Draw a Crowd and the flute line at the end reminds me of the whistle solo from Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay.  But neither of those are really what I'm trying to think of though.  I feel like there was some pop song from the mid-90s that it sounds just like - especially the beginning when it's just Ben and the piano - but for the life I me I can't place it.  Maybe I'm just misremembering my youth.  :P

Tour Board / Re: Chicago w/ Youth Symphony - June 6, 2015
« on: June 07, 2015, 05:09:23 AM »
In all these years of following Ben, this was my first symphony show.  Very glad it was with CYSO.  My wife and I were both band nerds growing up (still are I suppose) and had several good friends go through the CYSO program.  The organization I work for shares a fundraiser with them too, so always happy to support the program when I can.  Being my first symphony show, I had never seen how he does Rock This Bitch with a symphony before.  That was truly amazing and those kids really deserved the mid-show standing ovation they got for pulling it off.  That's one of the few times I've actually appreciated someone yelling for Rock This Bitch.  Normally I think it kills the momentum of a show, but that was actually incredible to witness last night.

I totally agree Allison - I'm really looking forward to this new album!!  I absolutely love the new material he wrote with yMusic.  I almost wish he'd make a full album of that and just release the concerto as a non-album single.  (Trey Anastasio has done that with some of his orchestral pieces - Time Turns Elastic and Petrichor).  So There and Capable of Anything sounded great last night, it's probably because they were written for classical instruments to begin with.  Of the old material, I'll repeat the comment I made from the two previous Chicago shows that I think Erase Me and Effington are the two most successful orchestral arrangements.  Speaking of Effington, my wife and I thought it was really interesting that the it was conducted in 1, that's not how I hear it at all.  I wonder if it's arranged in 1 or whether the conductor just chose to do it that way.  If that's how it's arranged on paper, that would make for a shit ton of 32nd notes to read through. (I said we're band nerds, right?)

stray note from show: the limited merch on sale last night all featured the So There cover art

Tour Board / Re: Park West - Chicago, IL - 05/16/15
« on: May 16, 2015, 08:39:26 PM »
I'm generally tired of people shouting rock this bitch, but I have to admit that tonight's rock/waltz/boogiewoogie/polka/fiddle/croon this bitchathon was a lot of fun.  Ben was much less chatty tonight than last night, but all the improv moments were great.  Also, I thought the sound mix was better tonight.  I could clearly hear each instrument and could decipher all of the new lyrics.  Speaking of new material, there was a real life "Not a Fan" moment going on right in front of me.  Awkward. 

Preferred last night's Selfless and DCPY to tonight's Landed/Luckiest.  That was a special pairing for sure.  Can't believe they waited until tonight to play Not the Same instead of last night's made-for-choir setting.  Then again, tonight's crowd was much louder with their singing on all the old material.

Really special run of shows. I'll repeat my comment from last night that it's been a long time since I've gone into a Ben show not knowing the new songs already.  It's been fun y'all!  Looking forward to the symphony show next month!

Tour Board / Re: Chicago May 15, 2015
« on: May 16, 2015, 09:00:23 AM »
It was nice meeting you all in person before the show, albeit briefly.  I lurked on here for years before finally registering and posting regularly.  I really should have gotten involved earlier, you all were definitely having fun the first 3 rows!

Doing a mental count while waiting in line, I realized that last night was my 20th show since 1997.  That was the first time since since 2004 where I've heard new songs for the first time at a show.  It was exciting having a sense of surprise and wonder at a show, it's been awhile.  Certainly one of the most unique Ben shows I've seen over the years.  The chronological setlist "storytellers" show in Kalamazoo last year would certainly be up there.  The first Ben Folds and a Piano tour in 2003 was pretty novel at the time, as were the pre-Silverman solo shows in 2004 where Ben played bass.  That was my wife's 11th show and she said it was probably her favorite, but with a Masters of Music I expected her to dig yMusic. 

Thank you for requesting Selfless!!! That's my favorite Ben song and it's a shame it's so rarely played.  Absolutely beautiful.  Grateful to have heard DCYP too.  I think that was the first time I'd heard that live since 1999.  Another beautiful rarity in Ben's catalog.  I knew it would probably be a subdued show given the new material and the setting, but it did feel like a very ballad-heavy setlist.  Thought Ben's voice was quieter than I'd heard in awhile, but also more accurate in the higher register than I remember.

Had great fans next to us and behind us, but my sole criticism from the night were 3 fans sitting 2 rows in front of us.  Whenever the fans in front of them would start singing they would all look at each other, roll their eyes and snicker.  Seriously, have you never been to a Ben Folds show before?  People sing.   ;D

Anyone going to Park West tonight?  Curious to see how the show will change going from a big cavernous church to a traditional rock club.  Last time I saw Ben at Park West was 5/3/99 and Flemming & John opened.  Man, that makes me feel old...

News / Re: Ben Folds on ‘Live from Daryl’s House’
« on: May 10, 2015, 08:07:59 AM »
They also play OAD and Daryl's "Dont Leave Me Alone With Her".  The latter I thought was the highlight of the show, song gets jammed out and Ben has a great jazzy solo.  Daryl seems genuinely excited at the end of the song.  I personally think the arrangements get a bit overblown in this setting and I'm not necessarily a fan of how they trade lines in each verse.  Still, the best part about this show (and any other episode of Live at Daryl's House if you've never seen it before) is how much fun these guys are having, it really does capture the fun of bunch of guys just jamming in a garage.

Learned something new about Annie Waits too.  Ben says the song was written on an Omnichord while he was in Australia and was inspired by some Australian film about a bunch of old ladies sitting around playing bingo who "seem to be waiting for something."  Hadn't heard that one before.  Edit: having now looked up what an Omnichord is, I'm pretty sure it's what's making the drum beat and synth sounds at the end of the studio recording.

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