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Tour Board / Wichita!
« on: October 25, 2009, 04:05:50 PM »
So I wasn't gonna see Ben this tour, but I just decided that I'm going to drive to Wichita to see him. YAY

Tour Board / October 2008 KC Show - Recorded?
« on: October 10, 2009, 01:49:45 PM »
I feel like I remember someone saying that the KC show from last October had been recorded. True or false?

Ben's Old Five / The Unauthorized Post-Mortem of Reinhold Messner
« on: March 06, 2009, 12:20:48 PM »
I've been listening to my theoretical fourth Ben Folds Five album, The Unauthorized Post-Mortem of Reinhold Messner.  This is gonna sound weird, but I think it's my favorite Ben Folds album.

Tracklist (source)

Protection (EP)
Dog (EP)
One Down (BF Live)
Wandering (EP)
The Secret Life of Morgan Davis (BF5 version, without Broadway orchestra, from some bootleg)
Honey Don't (unreleased?)
Tell Me What I Did (bootleg)
Carrying Cathy (Rockin The Suburbs)
Half Asleep (Demo)
Rocky (Demo)
Amelia Bright (bootleg)
Prince Charming (bootleg)
Silver Street (Demo)
Lonely (Demo)

News / Burbs and Wokeup get media attention!
« on: March 06, 2009, 10:52:19 AM »
...from me.  I wrote us up (briefly) on, which is a kickass cultural commentary site run by award-winning author Stephen Elliott, and which I just started writing for.  I even get to write actual articles and interviews, which will be published in the coming weeks, not just Around The Web blurbs.

General Board / It's time to pray
« on: November 03, 2008, 10:36:40 PM »

Will they steal their third Presidential election in a row?  I think I'll become violent if that happens.  May God, the Force, and everyone else be with us on Election Day.

Album Board / Brainwascht Hypothesis
« on: October 29, 2008, 03:11:51 PM »
Hypothesis: The song Brainwascht is responding to is "Your Choices" by Hotel Lights.  Discuss.
Points in favor:
- "Bad country demo"--Frankly, I've always been a hater of the production value on HL.  I used to listen to the first album occasionally before I knew they were Darren's band, and I could never get into them because they just sound, well, like they're making a demo.  Ben's almost surely not referring to an ACTUAL demo in the song, he's deriding the song's merit.  And "Your Choices" could easily be derided as countryesque.
- "extremely judgmental and mean"--It isn't necessarily a mean song if you listen to it as being sung by a character/narrator to a character/listener, but at times it reads like the kind of song someone would sing to the narrators of some of Ben's quasi-autobio songs like Best Imitation of Myself.  One could certainly imagine that, if one was the target of the lyrics, they could be seen as hurtful.
- "someone I know"--That's not gonna just be anybody.
Points against:
- Was Darren married in 1994?  If not, then he could hardly be getting blown in his basement in 1994 while his wife slept.
- The words "integrity" and "family" appear nowhere in "Your Choices."

Musical discovery / Perder Pie
« on: October 26, 2008, 09:00:28 PM »
If life was fair, Josh Piper and Perder Pie would be the next Ben Folds Five, taking piano rock to a new level.  Their roots are in college band FELT, made up of Piper on piano and vocals, bass player Jon Root, and drummer Spencer Sward.  After a falling-out with Sward, the band replaced him with Daniel Glasc*ck and changed the name of the group to Perder Pie.  Root left the band to pursue graduate school and Glasc*ck moved to bass.  Dylan Couch joined up to play drums.  He would be later replaced by Nate Yoder.  With this final lineup, the band's vision truly solidified.  Glasc*ck and Yoder were much more active contributors to the songwriting than previous members had been, and Piper's tendency to ape the Ben Folds formula faded to the background, tempered by the experimental leanings of Glasc*ck and Yoder's masterful command of the language of music.

Perder Pie should mean the same level of revolution and change that Ben Folds, Billy Joel, Elton John, and Jerry Lee Lewis have all meant for the rock piano over the years.  Unfortunately, it's unlikely that they'll see that level of success.  But you can enjoy them nonetheless.

Note: If you like them and you're interested in hearing Josh Piper's solo EP, released during the time when there was no band, after FELT broke up and Perder Pie didn't exist yet, with guest appearances by Root and Glasc*ck, PM me.

Tour Board / What has Ben played live? - Rockin the Suburbs OtH
« on: October 25, 2008, 02:33:01 PM »
Sorry if this topic has been made before, but it's not exactly the easiest thing to search for.  Anyway, is there a list somewhere of all the songs Ben has played live?  I'm mainly wondering if he's played the Over the Hedge version of Rockin' the Suburbs (waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better version) ever.

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