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Title: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: Sutter on June 05, 2015, 08:46:33 AM
http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2015/06/05/411984091/song-premiere-ben-folds-and-ymusic-capable-of-anything

First glimpse at the new album, out September 11
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: Zeek on June 05, 2015, 10:03:24 AM
Really diggin' it.  \m/

This was the one song I loved hearing when I saw yMusic and Ben last month.

EDIT: I downloaded the song directly from NPR's stream (you can search online how to do it).  I'll post it if it's alright with Andy/the mod team.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: fireworksordie on June 05, 2015, 11:23:20 AM
stereogum post has the album cover: http://www.stereogum.com/1806500/ben-folds-and-ymusic-capable-of-anything/mp3s/

love the song. the cover? nooooot so much
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: TrashSpork on June 05, 2015, 04:39:18 PM
Great tune!
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: Steady As She Goes on June 05, 2015, 07:08:00 PM
Very cool song. I'm still getting used to it. It doesn't catch on really fast, not like You Don't Know Me or something like that, but I assume this is going to be a record of growers.

That album art though, blehh. I like it in some ways, but it doesn't do justice for Ben's looks, i'll just say that.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: Playhouse on June 05, 2015, 10:50:05 PM
It definitely caught me off guard at first. Initially, it sounds like a lot of noise.  ("Erase Me" was sort of similar on TSOTLOTM with its loud beginning.) By the latter half of the song, I was roped in.  Listened to it repeatedly today.  It's catchy once you get acclimated.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: Steady As She Goes on June 06, 2015, 08:52:44 AM
I really hope this album finds an audience. I love that Ben tries to keep things fresh constantly. Even though its always his songs at the core, he likes to collaborate and keep things unique, whether it be with Nick Hornby, Robert and Darren, or in this case, yMusic. I feel that its unfair that his records get more attention when "Ben Folds" or "Ben Folds Five" are the credited act. Lonely Avenue was great, and it was so overlooked.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: meecrofilm on June 09, 2015, 01:24:36 PM
Awesome song, but this has been bugging the hell out of me:  The melody of the vocal line during parts of the verse is extremely reminiscent of another song from Ben's catalog, but I can't quite place it and it's driving me nuts.  It's when he sings "They sing it like a pop song" and "Or you could just forgive me."  It's extremely distracting to listen to until I can figure out where else I've heard that little melody.  Can anybody lend a hand?

And yeah, that album art is horrendous.  Yeesh.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: ViaChicago on June 09, 2015, 06:23:43 PM
Funny, I've been racking my brain trying to figure what Phone in a Pool reminds me of.  The chord progression reminds me a little of the main riff in Draw a Crowd and the flute line at the end reminds me of the whistle solo from Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay.  But neither of those are really what I'm trying to think of though.  I feel like there was some pop song from the mid-90s that it sounds just like - especially the beginning when it's just Ben and the piano - but for the life I me I can't place it.  Maybe I'm just misremembering my youth.  :P
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: fireworksordie on June 09, 2015, 07:33:04 PM
When I first heard this song live (and even still a little on the recording) I was positive it was his cover of "Such Great Heights" before the lyrics came in.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: Allison on June 09, 2015, 09:59:17 PM
When I first heard this song live (and even still a little on the recording) I was positive it was his cover of "Such Great Heights" before the lyrics came in.
Oh good. Now I can't unhear it.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: meecrofilm on June 10, 2015, 05:11:21 AM
Uh-oh, that never occurred to me either.  I'm gonna have to wait a while to listen to it again now so I can forget about that before doing so, haha.

And the answer to my own question came to me yesterday:  It's the last pre-chorus of 'Because The Origami," actually sung by Amanda Palmer after the dual-lead.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: Zeek on June 12, 2015, 09:45:43 PM
When I first heard this song live (and even still a little on the recording) I was positive it was his cover of "Such Great Heights" before the lyrics came in.
Oh good. Now I can't unhear it.

When I played it for one of my friend's, he thought it was going to be a cover of Such Great Heights as well.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: jpar on June 14, 2015, 05:42:58 AM
I recall I leaned over to Fairbanks at the Church gig and said "this sounds uncannily like the "Such Great Heights" cover. I hear it every time.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: Bob Loblaw on June 15, 2015, 08:11:06 AM
This is a really interesting song lyrically, how he deconstructs this platitude that we're capable of anything. He points out that the people who tell us this aren't exactly doing great things themselves, and also that we forget "anything" includes all the horrible shit we're capable of doing. All while mixing in some of his personal stuff. Really strong.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: urbster1 on June 15, 2015, 06:51:26 PM
Anyone else notice the difference in the piano parts between this version and the version in the "Meet the Band" video? It's such an improvement! The piano starts loud and gets softer during the phrases, and rings like a bell. Really cool sound. I wonder if Ben was responsible for that production choice? I've never heard him play a piano part like that on any song or recording before. The performance from Bonnaroo is more like the earlier version. I hope the rest of the album gets slick production too.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: Sutter on June 16, 2015, 08:33:39 PM
Gotta wonder if Phone in a Pool is the best choice for the single? I feel like Capable of Anything and So There are far stronger tracks. I also like I'm Not a Fan a lot, but I don't think it's quite as radio friendly.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: urbster1 on June 17, 2015, 09:45:40 AM
I wondered that too, it's got a big fat F-bomb right in the second line of the song, and Capable of Anything is already making the rounds. Even Long Way To Go would be a good single, I feel. But I really like the tune! I guess there can always be more than one single.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: Allison on June 17, 2015, 01:24:55 PM
It'll be interesting with New West doing the backing/Publicity what they'll push over what Sony/Epic has pushed for years. I am already humming Pool, Capable and So There pretty routinely without doing much listening except live and the bonnaroo stream. Not that I'm the radio but I think it's important to go for the ear worms.
That being said, the F-bomb never stopped them from pushing Army - then again they didn't really believe in much of Messner when it came to 99 Radio.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: urbster1 on June 19, 2015, 10:19:39 AM
Yeah, there was a clean version for radio. I wonder if he'll record a different vocal? "Get on with the freaking show" doesn't really fit, but what are ya gonna do.
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: Steady As She Goes on July 08, 2015, 02:30:27 PM
Lead single off WTN - F Bomb
Lead single off RTS - F Bomb
Lead single off TUBORM - F Bomb
Lead single off WAEA - F Bomb
Title: Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
Post by: jpar on July 10, 2015, 03:28:21 PM
Yeah, there was a clean version for radio. I wonder if he'll record a different vocal? "Get on with the freaking show" doesn't really fit, but what are ya gonna do.

At the LA show last month he simply omitted the swear and sang "get on with the show."