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Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: April 28, 2017, 06:22:14 AM »
I've got the same problem. I tried to download at home and work and no such luck with either.

Tour Board / Re: Newport News (4-23-17)
« on: April 25, 2017, 05:20:26 AM »
The paper airplane request for One Down actually asked Ben to explain the origin/meaning of the song which he was glad to do. I heard the story years ago (I think the iTunes stuff?) but it was great to hear it again. "One down and 3.6....."

Tour Board / Newport News (4-23-17)
« on: April 24, 2017, 11:47:23 AM »
Great show! It has been one (if not the longest) gaps in between BF/BFF shows for me. I don't think I've caught a show since the reunion tour. I wanted to catch the yMusic tour but it didn't make it nearby. In any event here's the setlist that I can recall and not in order (although some of it is):

Phone in a Pool
Annie Waits
Uncle Walter (great story about the origin of the song and a construction worker back in NC--where I'm from :) )
Selfless, Cold and Composed
Bastard (audience participation on the background)
You Don't Know Me
I'm not a Fan (good storytelling about the origins of the song)
Capable of Anything (really enjoyed hearing with the orchestra parts)

Paper Airplane Setlist

All U Can Eat
Doc Pomus (Ben had to pull out his songbook for reference)
Rent A Cop (He told the crowd he played bass and drums on that song-not piano; he did the best he could and improvised a lot of it--how the crowd beat him "Ben-0, Newport News 1"). Song didn't count as 1 of the 10 songs for the setlist.
The Luckiest
Always Someone Cooler Than You
Tiny Dancer (Ben said he didn't learn many songs growing up because he made up his own; learned this song for an Elton gig and it got cancelled. Also a funny story about playing a church/birthday gig and being asked to play stuff people knows--which he didn't--he went home crying).
One Down
Battle of Who Could Care Less (audience participation)

Good crowd. Not sold out but hopefully a good payday for Ben. There you have it!


Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: April 01, 2017, 04:25:44 AM »
Listened to Messner on vinyl last night (regular black vinyl edition). I've got a U-Turn Orbit turntable and Bose system. The album sounded great! Very clear with extremely little surface noise. I had the volume cranked up on it and only heard slight noise between songs and on some of the quieter moments in Jane. I forgot to mention in my review of Silverman that I think my system is a bit heavy on the bass (not a bad thing right?).

Listening to this album brought back some great memories. I remember seeing the Five on the Messner tour in 1999 and it was the last time I saw them together until the reunion show in Chapel Hill in 2008. I live about 3 hours from Chapel Hill and knew I had to make that show when it was announced.

Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: March 27, 2017, 07:22:52 AM »
I gave Silverman a spin last night for the first time on vinyl and I was impressed. There is the "Analog Sparks" sticker on the cover (more about going to the source tapes I believe). Very minimum surface noise--really barely noticeable on some of the more quiet parts of the album. I played "Trusted" twice because I love the background vocals on that song. They sounded a bit different than the cd but great nonetheless. Any thoughts? Any opinions on "Messner" on vinyl? I haven't ordered that one yet.

Tour Board / Re: Did anybody ask about the future of the five?
« on: March 15, 2017, 12:16:35 PM »
Thanks Allison! I remembered the "fake" tracks from WTN being recorded in Ireland but I couldn't remember anything else. Yes, I would gladly welcome another "Five" album. I do remember Ben kind of saying he'd like the Five to be something like Neil Young and Crazy Horse; that he could go back to it from time to time. 

Tour Board / Re: Did anybody ask about the future of the five?
« on: March 15, 2017, 07:05:58 AM »
I'm confused on the "Ireland record." Was this recorded with the Five? I've read the posts but I don't see it.

Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: December 28, 2016, 08:09:48 AM »
The self-titled BFF vinyl now appears to be out of print and the prices online are now reflecting the availability. I did pick up a copy but haven't opened it yet--partially based on some not so great sounds reviews I've read about but felt like I needed to get it for "the collection."

Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: November 29, 2016, 07:02:32 AM »
I've picked up So There and Sound of the Life on vinyl recently and they both sound great. I did see the self titled album in a store but passed because of some not so good reviews on the sound quality. I'd like to get RTS on vinyl but I have to say they've priced me out with $35 and $40 for an album on vinyl. Pretty crazy prices......but not as crazy as Phish on vinyl.

Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: November 01, 2016, 06:54:40 AM »
Thanks for the follow up on the "S/T." I agree. I do get the fact it was not recorded on the best audio set up possible but I agree the music is awesome. I know Ben loves the album--flaws included. It sounds like (no pun intended) this should be lower on my list as far as getting all the albums on vinyl with a limited budget. It's on the list but there's a few ahead of it.

Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: October 31, 2016, 09:51:37 AM »
Thanks for the comments. I a bit slow-- but what does "S/T" stand for? I know I should know but I don't!

Album Board / Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« on: October 19, 2016, 11:59:26 AM »
After years of being on the fence I'm finally getting "back" into vinyl. Any thoughts on which albums sound better on vinyl? I see Messner is going to be rereleased on vinyl in December. If anyone's got an extra yellow Suburbs vinyl they're willing to sell please let me know! Best, Mike

Tour Board / Virginia Beach (April 30, 2014)
« on: May 01, 2014, 05:53:29 AM »
Great show by Ben last night and a good crowd to match. Second time seeing Ben with a Symphony-first time was with Boston Pops back in 2008. Pretty much the same setlist as then but there were a few changes (no Belinda which wasn't released at the time of the show but I still remember the disgusted looks on one of the Pops players when he sang about big breasts:). Rock This Bitch had a very elaborate setup in which Ben spent probably about 10 minutes getting different parts of the Orchestra to play different parts--that was pretty cool and unique. You could tell from the faces of some of the players they enjoyed the spontaneity. The 3rd movement of the concerto was played and I have to say it sounded pretty good. It had a bit of Rhapsody in Blue in there to my ears. Ben did say it would be on an album coming out next year. The setlist was something like this (I know it is not 100% percent accurate): Effingham, Smoke, Jesusland, Picture Window, 3rd movement of the concerto, Fred Jones Part 2, Steve's Last Night in Town, Landed intermission, Zack and Sara, Cologne, Annie Waits, Rock This Bitch, The Luckiest, Brick, OAD (orchestra leaves) Army and Rockin' The Suburbs. We got the stories about Cologne, Steven and history of RTB. Ben talked about the parts of a concerto and about "shooting you whole load" on parts of it--pretty funny stuff. He also talked about the difficultly of playing concertos with "rock" band aids on his fingers and how wearing a tie is tough to try to play muted notes. I'll probably think of something else later but I've got to run for now!!! Cheers!

Tour Board / Re: Kalamazoo - 4/26/14
« on: April 29, 2014, 12:39:22 PM »
Thanks for the most awesome review viachicago!!! Sounds like a unique and great show! I'm off to Virginia Beach tomorrow night. I can't wait---will post a review shortly thereafter. Mike

News / Re: Ben Folds Five "Live" will be released on June 4, 2013
« on: April 19, 2013, 09:31:26 AM »
Perhaps another "55 from the vault" deal where others songs could be downloaded. I know the quality may not be as good but we're talking live versions here so I'm not as picky.

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