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News / Re: Ben talks about the Folds sound on Broadway
« Last post by Allison on October 16, 2017, 09:04:36 AM »
Ben's friends have been writing musicals - so hopefully that's inspiring. (Sara B and Tim Minchin notably, and Josh Groban just starred in one as well).

I saw a one act play entirely based on Annie Waits way way way back in like 2006 at a college theater conference. I've been dreaming of one ever since.
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Tour Board / Re: Thoughts on AMAA/VIP/Soundcheck stuff
« Last post by ahoybobby on October 07, 2017, 09:52:16 PM »
Will someone please try to request "Leather Jacket"? I'm very interested to know if Ben has ANY idea how to play it considering he didn't write it and BF5 never toured it. I tried my damnedest to make it happen in Portland but came up short.
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Transcription / Capable of Anything MIDI
« Last post by AmateurHour1999 on October 06, 2017, 01:04:58 PM »
MIDI for Capable of Anything off So There. \m/
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Tour Board / Re: Thoughts on AMAA/VIP/Soundcheck stuff
« Last post by Allison on October 02, 2017, 07:15:26 AM »
Ohhh lord I'm glad to hear that he's decided to retire BAS again. Got it nearly every night in August in Georgia. Will be happy to NOT hear it next month in Florida.

Some neat rare things! And Rock Star in the soundcheck is a great treat :)
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Tour Board / Re: Thoughts on AMAA/VIP/Soundcheck stuff
« Last post by Fongolia on October 02, 2017, 12:14:44 AM »
My rambley report back on the AMAA/Masterclass in Vancouver.

I loved the soundcheck but I could've skipped the AMAA. There were only 10 of us for the questions, but Ben's answers were a little long and rambly so I was a little bummed my question got skipped (plus a couple people got double questions).  More were let in for the soundcheck (maybe 30-40 total). Again my request wasn't picked, but luckily people had good requests for stuff that I was thrilled to hear so that worked out.  The extra soundcheck folk were streamed out and the VIP folks got to get their stuff signed plus a photo op with Ben.  I don't know if the photographer was trying to be stylish or what but she cropped off the top of Ben's head in my photo. I feel like she had one job and kinda blew it, so that was also a little disappointing.  When you compare the two VIP packages, I was essentially paying $170 extra for the questions, photo, and meet & greet.  I'm glad I did it but would probably go for the lower tier next time.  I think it's worth it if you've never met Ben before.  In my 30-second interaction I got him to sign a photo of the two of us taken in Chapel Hill in 2008, plus tell him I was the one behind the mash-up that he once played live with Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, and Damian Kulash. The price point makes me wince, but I suppose a lower tier would lead to a less intimate affair.

Sound check snippets:
  • Rock Star
  • Belinda
  • Gracie
  • Selfless, Cold and Composed
  • All U Can Eat
  • Rocking the Suburbs
  • Jesusland
  • Fired
  • Your Dogs  (this would've been one of my plane requests and he really stumbled through it, which was a hoot)
  • Adelaide

All that said, the main show itself was probably the best I've seen solo and the package came with a front row seat!  Coincidentally, I sat right next to fellow 'burber Makiko from Japan who I first met at the BF5 reunion 9 years ago. The setlist was wide-ranging and the paper airplane requests were excellent.  This is probably the first show I've seen where he didn't play Army and it's definitely the first I didn't hear someone yell out Rock This Bitch (he did an improv song anyway about a blank piece of paper). The one-two combo of Uncle Walter followed by Bastard seemed like a not-too-subtle commentary on the US president.  The Vancouver crowd admirably filled in the Regina Spektor parts of You Don't Know Me.  Later he had to turn down a request for Dear Theodosia (on a giant paper airplane) since he said he doesn't really remember it and apparently screwed it up over the summer when he tried. He got a round of applause when he declined Bitches Ain't Shit, which he said he's put on hiatus not out of political correctness, but empathy since he recognizes it's just a bad time for a bunch of white folks to be singing that these days. We got Protection, which was a rare treat. We heard the full story behind Hiro's Song and how he came to start playing Tiny Dancer, which I knew nothing about previously.

Loved this setlist!
https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/ben-folds/2017/vogue-theatre-vancouver-bc-canada-63e3b22b.html
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Transcription / Not A Fan MIDI
« Last post by AmateurHour1999 on September 25, 2017, 06:04:50 PM »
So There official transcription by Ben. Due to Ben having very expressive timing, the song may seem a bit off at points, but it's what I can manage in one night in University.
I am a fan.
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Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« Last post by jpar on September 24, 2017, 08:03:32 AM »
Agreed 110%, but as a completist Iíll get whatever is released. How often I spin it is another matter entirely.

Supersunnyspeedgraphic!

I have mixed feelings about this. I love the EPs, don't get me wrong, but I do not like this release. I don't like the re-visited versions of these songs. I really think that Ben should have just let them be!! I also don't like how it skims over half the stuff he wrote on the EPs.

This would be a good opportunity to just release all three EPs as they originally were, in a vinyl format.
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Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« Last post by Allison on September 22, 2017, 11:04:28 AM »
The company also has said via twitter that there's no plan for a color variant
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Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« Last post by Allison on September 21, 2017, 07:40:15 AM »
I actually listened to supersunnyspeedgraphic on the way to work today, cause I too always choose the EPs themselves. But the fact that this vinyl is coming out....

I liked it more than I remembered. I still hate the Bitches Ain't Shit reprise being attached to Still (and not a true hidden track). But I liked the orchestrations better than how my hackles must have gone up in 06.
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Album Board / Re: Thoughts on BF/BFF vinyl
« Last post by Steady As She Goes on September 19, 2017, 08:05:33 PM »
Supersunnyspeedgraphic!

I have mixed feelings about this. I love the EPs, don't get me wrong, but I do not like this release. I don't like the re-visited versions of these songs. I really think that Ben should have just let them be!! I also don't like how it skims over half the stuff he wrote on the EPs.

This would be a good opportunity to just release all three EPs as they originally were, in a vinyl format.
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