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News / Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« on: October 13, 2011, 12:10:31 PM »
The three buttons and the "Hello My Name Is Silverman" sticker on the inside left cover were send in by me!  The three buttons were various bootleg eBay fan-made cheapies, all from different Christmas/birthday/anniversary presents.  The white one has rust spots on it from me wearing it on my "punk rock" jacket for years.  The sticker was from my college radio days.  
Ha. I know three or four people who are claiming the Silverman sticker as theirs. I'm willing to bet it's actually Ben's. I have one on my wall. A lot of the stuff appears to be his shit. Anywho....
I have some of those buttons too!  Not the same ones as you have though. Strange. I've got a WAEA one on my wallet. And one that looks like the Live album is no longer circular from having gotten stepped on when it was once attached to my college backpack. :)

Probably so.  I mean, the email I got from whoever ran that gmail address specifically mentioned the Silverman sticker, but they might've asked permission from everyone who sent that in just to be on the safe side.  

I'm willing to guess it's on Sony because it would have taken some epic legal wrangling to get all the tracks he recorded from Sony on a non-affiliated label's release. 

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News / Re: Retrospective: Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011
« on: October 13, 2011, 08:55:31 AM »
The three buttons and the "Hello My Name Is Silverman" sticker on the inside left cover were send in by me!  The three buttons were various bootleg eBay fan-made cheapies, all from different Christmas/birthday/anniversary presents.  The white one has rust spots on it from me wearing it on my "punk rock" jacket for years.  The sticker was from my college radio days.  

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News / Re: Ben Lee Interview on my Blog
« on: September 04, 2011, 05:38:38 AM »
I dig it.  I interviewed him for a music zine once.  He's a super gracious guy. 

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General Board / Re: What will you buy the "Retospective" album for?
« on: September 04, 2011, 05:35:08 AM »
OT a bit, but I love seeing all the people who have come out of the woodwork for this album. (I guess I'm in that group, since I've been a little hermit-y the past few years).  Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.  Reminds me of my teenage fandom days.  

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General Board / Bitch Went Nuts music video
« on: July 14, 2011, 02:09:15 PM »
Hey all.  A long, long while ago, I posted a call for extras for a fan video I was making for Ben's "Bitch Went Nuts."  A few months before, I met him after a show in Columbus and asked about making a fan music video.  Actually, it went more like "hi-i'm-a-filmmaker-and-i'd-like-to-make-a-music-video-for-you-not-for-money-just-for-fun."  I had every intention of just saying "Hi, good show" but that's where my brain went.  Instead of calling the cops, he just smiled and said "Yeah, sure.  Cool." 

Just to make sure I hadn't hallucinated the whole thing, I made sure I was at National Record Store Day, again in Columbus.  I explained about the previous meeting and my idea for a video, and Ben seemed very supportive of the idea.

At any rate, I finished it up a couple months ago.  I realized today that I'd never posted here about it and that a few people were interested in my cast call thread.  So without further ado, here you go:

http://youtu.be/6WO0TPE23rw

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News / Re: The Sing-Off returns Dec. 6!
« on: November 17, 2010, 08:24:00 PM »
Am I the only person who doesn't get that joke? I feel dumb.

It was just something silly/quotable that Ben said last season. 

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Tour Board / Re: Columbus, Ohio 11/8/10 setlist
« on: November 10, 2010, 07:44:13 AM »
Hell yes! Someone had the sense that I didn't to record Sleazy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uablc7m6HHA

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Tour Board / Re: Columbus, Ohio 11/8/10 setlist
« on: November 09, 2010, 11:29:04 AM »
Via Tumblr, found some very epic photos of the show from a fellow named Jesse Speelman: http://jessespeelman.tumblr.com/
[edit: those are from the Fillmore show.  My bad.]

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Tour Board / Re: Columbus, Ohio 11/8/10 setlist
« on: November 09, 2010, 07:52:57 AM »
I should be able to post the full set list this evening.  Hell of a show!  I LOVE seeing him with a full band.  I think it really fleshes out his music.

I got a very crappy cellphone boot of part of the first Rock This Bitch dubbed "The Battle Cry of Columbus."  Check it out here: http://mollytilly.tumblr.com/post/1521255622/cellphone-captured-at-lifestyles-community

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General Board / Re: Where's Jared?
« on: October 11, 2010, 09:31:27 AM »
If memory serves me right, he's touring with Brendan Benson right now?

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Album Board / Re: Saskia Hamilton: official video (so they say)
« on: October 06, 2010, 06:43:48 AM »
He also has some songs on some DFTBA Records comps: http://dftba.com/shop/

I really dig the song "In the Absence of Christmas." 

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Album Board / Re: General Lonely Avenue Discussion
« on: October 04, 2010, 05:56:41 AM »
So I just downloaded the bonus tracks and I'm totally going teenage spazz fan over the pop version of Picture Window.  I KNEW I'd like it without those damned strings!

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Album Board / Re: Associated Press Lonely Avenue Review
« on: October 02, 2010, 08:57:37 AM »
This one does seem a little more on target, moreso than Spin's "Let's be all clever and jackassy in three sentences!" review.

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Album Board / Associated Press Lonely Avenue Review
« on: October 02, 2010, 06:45:25 AM »
By STEVEN WINE, Associated Press Writer Steven Wine, Associated Press Writer   – Mon Sep 27, 10:04 am ET

Ben Folds and Nick Hornby, "Lonely Avenue" (Nonesuch)

"Belinda" is a ballad about a has-been singer on the nostalgia circuit who each night performs his one hit, a love song written about a woman he later lost and now misses, which makes reprising his golden oldie for sing-a-long crowds a bizarre form of public torture.

Such is the richness of a three-verse plot when a novelist turns lyricist.

Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity," "About a Boy") wrote the words for the 11 songs on "Lonely Avenue," and Ben Folds set them to music. The collaboration clicks: There's a depth to the lyrics rare in pop songs, and they inspire top-notch work from the ever-inventive Folds.

Hornby finds fresh ways to approach his topics, such as on "Belinda," which is both funny and sad. He writes about divorce from the perspective of the couple's 9-year-old daughter on "Claire's Ninth," and shows sympathy for Bristol Palin's ex in "Levi Johnston's Blues." Hornby's lyrics are smart, profane, violent, poignant, hilarious and absolutely true.

Folds pairs them with a wide range of sounds and plenty of catchy melodies. On "From Above" he sings about serendipity to a finger-snapping dance beat, while "Levi Johnston's Blues" is built on clattering percussion and superb arranger Paul Buckmaster's grinding strings. As for "Belinda," the coda rocks like the Ben Folds Five.

CHECK THIS OUT: "Saskia Hamilton" deserves a Grammy for polysyllabic silliness. The rollicking tune sings the praises of the American poet: "She's got more assonance than she knows what to do with."

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