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News / Ben Folds March Madness 2018
« on: March 04, 2018, 11:41:27 AM »
Hello Burbs!

Just a quick note to let you know that we'll be running our annual Ben Folds (Five) March Madness bracket on Twitter again this year.

Philosophy is not eligible for re-election.

There will be polls running continuously March 13th 12 PM EST/17:00 GMT/14 March 4:00 AEDT through April 3rd 12 AM EST/5:00 GMT/16:00 AEDT

Tour Board / Melbourne, FL Set List April 21, 2016
« on: April 25, 2016, 06:52:47 PM »
1. Beautiful Machines - yMusic
2. So There
3. Long Way to Go
4. Not a Fan
5. Effington
6. Yes Man
7. Phone in a Pool
8. Mess
9. Music in Circles - yMusic
10. I'm Not the Man
11. Erase Me
12. Song for the Dumped
13. Capable of Anything
14. Rock this Bitch
15. Steven's Last Night in Town
16. You Don't Know Me

17. Evaporated
18. Army
19. Not the Same

Met Ben after this gig. Only 5 of us were waiting after the show behind the gate. They all piled into a 16 passenger van. Made it to the end of the alley way and turned around.  ;D ;D  Got to talk a long while.  ;D ;D ;D then Ben asks me if we want to take our annual selfie (What? Plus, if you know me on social media, I'm like 0 selfies girl) so sure I guess and I pass my phone off to the couple I had befriended while waiting. NO. That Ben Folds we know and love takes the damn selfie on his phone? I tried not to die. I suppose I didn't. Here's the photo of the photo from my phone. Also after all this time look at how much space I am giving him.

WELP. I am known to like a personal bubble.

Tour Board / Jacksonville, FL Set List - April 22, 2016
« on: April 25, 2016, 06:43:36 PM »
1. Beautiful Machines - yMusic
2. So There
3. Long Way to Go
4. Not a Fan
5. Effington
6. Yes Man
7. Phone in a Pool
8. Mess
9. Music in Circles - yMusic
10. I'm Not the Man
11. A little song in remembrance of Prince (We'll never forget U)
12. Erase Me
13. Song for the Dumped
14. Capable of Anything
15. Steven's Last Night in Town
16. Rock this Bitch (we're not in f f f Gainesville)
17. You Don't Know Me

18. The Luckiest (solo, "y'all keep yelling it, so I guess I'll play it)
19. Army
20. Not the Same

Tour Board / St. Pete, FL Set List April 20, 2016
« on: April 25, 2016, 06:40:38 PM »
This yMusic tour is not a very surprising set list, but all the same:

1. Beautiful Machines - yMusic
2. So There
3. Long Way to Go
4. Not a Fan
5. Effington
6. I'm Not the Man
7. Phone in a Pool
8. Mess *in which Ben forgot the lyrics and stopped the song, looked at Sam who shrugged, and me, little ol me, from 12 rows back suddenly found myself singing them too them from the middle of a dead silent orchestra hall.  :-X :-X :-X
9. Music in Circles
10. Evaporated
11. Erase Me
12. Song for the Dumped
13. Capable of Anything
14. Steven's Last Night in Town
15. Rock this Bitch (folk style - someone in the crowed yelled POLKA but ben thought he was yelling FOLK SONG, hence this)
16. You Don't Know Me

17. Army
18. Not the Same

Album Board / For Giggles: Favorite Song off of "So There"
« on: September 13, 2015, 01:50:01 AM »
I am NOT giving you an option for all of the above. Sorry friends. I have set it up where you can change your vote, but I'm curious about what song grabbed your attention the most in the initial week with the record.

News / Sara Bareilles with Ben Folds Book Conversation Brooklyn Oct 6
« on: July 22, 2015, 10:45:05 PM »

Tue, Oct 6, 2015
LOCATION:Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: 1hr 30min
ALL TICKETS:  $25 event only, $45 (includes book. Signing with Bareilles to follow event)
Part of Unbound
In conversation with Ben Folds

Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles celebrates the launch of her new book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (so far) in Song, a candid collection of essays in which the five-time Grammy-nominated artist explores her life in song. Sharing her creative process as well as revealing both the joy and struggle that come with creating great work while staying true to yourself, Bareilles reveals the wisdom, vulnerability, and wit behind the chart-topping artist.

The evening will include a performance and book signing by Bareilles.

News / Pre-Order SO THERE
« on: July 14, 2015, 11:33:43 AM »
Preorder goes worldwide July 17 on

Watch the video announcement now:

Should mention there's only 250 of the deluxe vinyl


Tour Board / 2016 Tour Dates
« on: July 14, 2015, 11:23:32 AM »

Symphony Shows
San Diego Symphony
Feb 5, 2016
California Center for the Arts
Escondido, CA

San Diego Symphony (possibly a concerto only performance?)
Feb 6, 2016
Jacobs Music Center
San Diego, CA
Event (down the page, it's their full listing)

Minnesota Symphony
March 5, 2016
Orchestra Hall
Minneapolis, MN

Tour Board / New Nashville Show Announced - FREE - Sept 12
« on: June 25, 2015, 11:50:46 PM »

Ben's Birthday in his current town (ish)


Or at least as many of us that can. A free show in a cool town on the dude's birthday? Seems like a fair excuse for a Burb meet-up.

Tour Board / Bonnaroo 2015
« on: June 10, 2015, 10:02:28 PM »
If you're not following us on Facebook or Twitter (I do update those far more frequently)

You can stream Ben and yMusic's 9:45 PM CST set on Friday on

Will anyone be able to record it? I don't think I'll be home/with wifi anywhere to do so, otherwise I'd volunteer

Tour Board / Chicago w/ Youth Symphony - June 6, 2015
« on: June 07, 2015, 12:35:10 AM »
Point one: Holy hell those kiddos could rock, and the Chicago Theater was perfect.
Point two: Loved the audience, and particularly their love for Andy the approx. 16 year old saxophonist. I love sitting next to strangers who have either not seen Ben ever or in years - or in this case ever with a symphony. Watching their delight makes my delight even that much more meaningful.
Point three: Poor pianist girl in the symphony, I think the only thing she even played on was Cologne and she sat there all serious through the show with her hands in her lap.
Point three b: She did erupt into a grin after each song, and particularly One Angry Dwarf.
Point four: I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS NEW RECORD. I mean I anticipate any Folds release, because there is no other choice being me and all, but I am SO enthralled by this new sound. I can't even come up with adequate words. I hope it does well - even if it's just in the indie circuit well.
Point five: This show will likely be my last show before July 4th, and it was a hell of a show to end my (first) decade of Folds Fandom. (July 4, 2005 was my first show and the day I became a fan).

Okay here be the set list.

1. Effington (loved that Sam stood up and sang the opening line and wasn't amplified at all but we had no problem hearing it.)
2. Jesusland
3. Erase Me (reportedly the second time that it's been played with a Symphony so the arrangement is technically a work in progress. AND HOLY CRAP it was intense and wonderful and I want... no. NEED. a symphony recording of this song)
4. Cologne
5. Concerto Movement II
6. So There (which I was quasi-surprised that new stuff was being played, but I'm not a composer - at all - and don't know how time consuming it would have been to take the yMusic arrangement and make it a 60 piece)
7. Steven's Last Night in Town


8. Zak and Sara
9. Capable of Anything
10. Rock this Bitch
11. Landed
12. You Don't Know Me (which featured one of the young girls from the symphony on the female vocals, clearly not very rehearsed but I was super proud of her)
13. Brick
14. Not the Same
15. One Angry Dwarf (which was particularly wonderfully loud)

16. The Luckiest

Tour Board / Chicago May 15, 2015
« on: May 15, 2015, 09:40:32 PM »
Hell of a show and there's much to say but here's the setlist.

1. Beautiful Mechanical  (yMusic only)
2. So There
3. Long Way to Go
4. Not a Fan
5. Effington
6. I'm not the Man
7. Mess
8. Music in Circles (yMusic only)
9. Yes Man
10. I'm drinking my own piss (improv)
11. Erase Me
12. Phone in a Pool
13. Jesusland
14. Capable of Anything
15. Stevens last night in town
16. You don't know me

17. Selfless cold and composed (solo)
18. Don't change your plans (solo)
19. Evaporated
20. Annie waits
21. Name game improv
22. Army

Tour Board / Bonnaroo 2014
« on: May 07, 2014, 10:13:53 AM »

While Bonnaroo (music festival extraordinare in Manchester, TN) has included Ben in many of their previous line ups, and specifically this year he played alongside The Flaming Lips for the line up announcement party.... he wasn't included on the actual line up for 2014, much to many people's surprises. We speculated that it was due to the concerto and not having a full band at the time (and apparently not a one-off BF5 gig?).... but today, May 7, Bonnaroo announced their Superjam lineup, and look who's there!

See you on the farm? (Anyone else going?)

News / Ben's Birthday = Today!
« on: September 12, 2013, 01:28:50 PM »
Happy 47th dude!
Seriously though the Archduke Ferdinand of my life. Without the dying bit. No Folds means I have no idea who I would be right now, in some alternate time stream where he was either never born, or he never became a musician.

Musical discovery / 2013 Releases of Note
« on: September 04, 2013, 04:25:26 PM »
This is a post I do every year. What records did you acquire this year? What are you anticipating still? What suggestions can you make?
All are compiled in a Spotify Playlist that feel free to add things - the WIP stands for Work in Progress, ya know?

Also add anything you think I've missed here! I'll add which ones I'm favoring in a bit. October looks like a heavy hitter to me!

Out Now:
!!! - Thr!!!er
Akron/Family - Sub Verses
Alice Russell - To Dust
Allison Weiss - Say What You Mean
Appleseed Cast, The - Illumination Ritual
Atlas Genius - When It Was Now
Barenaked Ladies - Grinning Streak
Bastille - Bad Blood
Belle & Sebastian - The Third Eye Centre
Ben Lee - Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work
Besnard Lakes, The - Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO
Black Twig Pickers, The - Rough Carpenters
Bombadil - Metrics fo Affection
Bored Nothing - Bored Nothing
Born Ruffians - Birthmarks
Boy Least Likely To, The - The Great Perhaps
Brendan Benson - What Kind of World
Camera Obscura - Desire Lines
Caveman - Caveman
Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving
City & Colour - The Hurry and the Harm
Civil Wars, The - The Civil Wars
Cloud Cult - Love
Cold War Kids - Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Connections - Private Airplane
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Dan Friel - Total Folklore
Darwin Deez - Songs for Imaginative People
Daughter - If You Leave
Dawes - Stories Don't End
Dawes - Stories Don't End
Deerhunter - Monomania
Dent May - Warm Blanket
Depeche Mode - Delta Machine
Devandra Banhart - Mala
Dodos, The - Carrier
Drunken Sufis - DroneWars
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Eels - Wonderful, Glorious
Eisley - Currents
Ellie Goulding - Halcyon Days
Fitz and the Tantrums - More Than Just a Dream
Flaming Lips, The - The Terror
Foals - Holy Fire
Foxygen - We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart
Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian verse
Front Bottoms, The - Talon of the Hawk
Generationals - Heza
Glasvegas - Later…When the TV Turns to Static
Grouper - The Mand Who Died in His Boat
Hawk and a Hacksaw, A - You Have Already Gone to the Other World
Haxan Cloak, The - Excavation
Hayden - Us Alone
Hey Marseilles - Lines We Trace
How to Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion
Hugh Laurie - Didn't It Rain
Ingrid Michaelson - Human Again
Iron & Wine - Ghost on Ghost
James Blake - Overgrown
Jamie Lidell - Jamie Lidell
Javelin - Hi Beams
Jim James - Regions of Light and Sound of God
Johnny Marr - The Messenger
Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Josh Ritter - The Beast in its Tracks
Joy Formidable, The - Wolf's Law
Julia Holter - Loud City Song
Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe
Junip - Junip
Kate Nash - Girl Talk
Kinfe, The - Shaking the Habitual
Kurt Vile - Walkin on a Pretty Daze
L. Pierre - The Island Come True
Last Bison, The - Inheritance
Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Stevenson - Wheel
Lenka - Shadows
Little Boots - Nocturnes
Little Ones, The - The Dawn Sang Along
Local Natives - Hummingbird
Lonely Forest, The - We Sing the Body Electric!
Low - The Invisible Way
Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
Mandolin Orange - This Side of Jordan
Matt Duncan - Soft Times
Matt Pond - The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand
Men, The - New Moon
Mikal Cronin - MCII
Milk Music - Cruise Your Illusion
Mogwai - Les Revenants
Mother Mother - The Sticks
Mount Moriah - Miracle Temple
Nataly Dawn - How I Knew Her
National, The - Trouble Will Find Me
Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Neon - Praxis Makes Perfect
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
No Joy - Wait to Pleasure
Noah & the Whale - Heart of Nowhere
Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium
Pan American - Cloud Room, Glass Room
Parenthetical Girls - Privilege
Phoenix - Bankrupt!
Phosphorescent - Muchacho
Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
Pretty & Nice - Golden Rules for Golden People
Queens of the Stoneage - … Like Clockwork
Ra Ra Riot -Beta Love
Rhye - Woman
Rogue Wave - Nightingale Floors
Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest
Saturday Looks Good to Me - One Kiss Ends it All
Savages - Silence Yourself
Savoir Adore - Our Nature
She & Him - Volume 3
Shout Out Louds - Optica
Shouting Machines, The - Grownass Man
Sigur Ros - Kveikur
Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana
Spinto Band, The - Hummingbird
Steve Martin - Love Has Come For You
STRFKR - Miracle Mile
Strokes, The - Comedown Machine
Tegan & Sara - Heartthrob
Telekinesis - Dormarion
The Polyphonic Spree - Yes, It's True
Thermals, The - Desparate Ground
They Might Be Giants - Nanobots
Tim Noyes - In Hands
Travis - Where You Stand
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
Villagers - {Awayland}
Volcano Choir - Repave
Washed Out - Paracosm
Wavves - Afraid of Heights
William Tyler - Impossible Truth
Wooden Wand - Blood Oaths of the New Blues
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito
Yo La Tengo - Fade
Young Galaxy - Ultramarine
Youngblood Hawke - Wake Up
Youth Lagoon - Wonderous Bughouse

Upcoming (roughly in order release):
Mum - Smilewound
Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady
Goldfrapp - Tales of Us
Man Man - On Oni Pond
Elton John - The Diving Board
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Fly By Wire
Elvis Costello and The Roots - Wise Up Ghost
Islands - Ski Mask
Au Revoir Simone - Move In Spectrums
Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
Ha Ha Tonka - Lessons
Birdy - Fire Within
Haim - Days are Gone

Dr Dog - B-Room
William Shatner - Ponder the Mystery
Yuck - Glow & Behold
Blitzen Trapper - Seven
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr - The Speed of Things
Albert Hammond, Jr. - AHJ
of Montreal - Lousy with Sylvianbriar
Tim Kasher - Adult Film
Fratellis, The - We Need Medicine
Avett Brothers, The - Magpie and the Dandelion
Kevin Devine - Bulldozer
Kevin Devine & the godd*mn Band - Bubblegum
The Head and the Heart - Let's Be Still
Paul McCartney - New
Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
Dismemberment Plan, The - Uncanney Valley
Los Campesinos! - No Blues
Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Midlake - Antiphon
Shearwater - Fellow Travelers

Rumored 2013 albums:
The Black Keys
Broken Bells
Imogen Heap

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