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News / Re: Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
« on: October 22, 2008, 06:53:37 AM »
I feel like the synth at the end of "Guitar Hero" sounded like something he'd do.

General Board / Ben @ East Tennessee State University, Spring '09?
« on: October 02, 2008, 05:00:08 AM »
I just got this in an e-mail:

It is time once again to rank your preferences for the upcoming Student Government Associationís spring major campus event.
You will be able to select your top choices for the Spring 2009 Rock concert. The choices are:
Plain White Tís
Third Eye Blind
Dashboard Confessional
Boys Like Girls
Jason Mraz
Gavin Degraw
Ben Folds
New Found Glory
Jimmy Eat World
Taking Back Sunday
(Others may be added to the survey before it goes live)

Needless to say, I don't have much faith in humanity picking Ben Folds, but it made me happy he was on the list.
Gettin' my hopes up and all. Just thought I'd share.

News / Re: New merch available!
« on: September 25, 2008, 04:26:10 AM »
Those buttons are lookin' good right now.

General Board / Re: Way To Normal leak
« on: September 23, 2008, 04:30:35 AM »
Here's a question - why separate the intro to Cologne from the track, but not the intro to Bitch Went Nutz from Free Coffee?

i was wondering the exact same thing.
My guess is it might be a negative track sort of thing? Like the "Ben Folds is a fcuking assh*le" part at the start of WAEA. Myspace would just read it as part of the previous track, but most CD players would read it as the negative space.

General Board / "Regrets (BFF Cover)" by We Versus the Shark
« on: September 22, 2008, 04:21:32 AM »
Good morning!
All this year, a punk band named We Versus the Shark has been posting cover songs from their album "Murmurmur." The album is being released on Quote Unquote Records (the world's first donation based record label, far before "In Rainbows"), and it just so happens that September's song was "Regrets" by Ben Folds Five.

"Regrets (Ben Folds Five cover)" by We Versus the Shark

The rest of the album can be found here. It's totally free and legal (and by free I mean donation based)! More so than that new Way to Normal leak.
Most of you may hate it, but enjoy.

News / Re: Mysterious New Songs?
« on: August 06, 2008, 06:10:21 AM »
Just thought you should know, Bitch Went Nutz is up on the Myspace.
I never heard the leak version, but in this one I can't hear anything about a basketball.

News / Re: Hiroshima VIDEO
« on: August 05, 2008, 01:36:51 PM »
i liked it live :-\

As did I.
It's not the most complex song in the world, but some amazing songs aren't.

General Board / Re: Hiroshima
« on: August 04, 2008, 07:26:02 AM »
When I heard all the live versions I loved it. I think the first version I heard had some sort of awesome piano solos after the last chorus. I'm not the biggest fan of the crowd, but I'll live. I still like the song itself.

General Board / Re: Way To Normal - Vinyl???
« on: August 02, 2008, 07:36:21 PM »
I sure hope so. I got "Songs for Silverman" last year on vinyl.

News / Re: Mysterious New Songs?
« on: July 26, 2008, 07:55:56 AM »
Is the bad note in Bastard at the end or somewhere in the 5/4 part?

News / Re: Mysterious New Songs?
« on: July 23, 2008, 05:50:20 AM »
I noticed this morning that in Hiroshima, during the last set of "Ohoh-uhoh"s, there's a bad note in the bass. Maybe it's right and I just think it sounds bad, but I've noticed it everytime I hear the song (it's right after Ben says "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalright"). Also, someone mentioned the piano being poorly recorded. There's a small solo when Ben says "All around the world" that should be louder, adding to my "demos" theory.

But whatever, I don't care if they're fake or real, they're Ben Folds and that's enough for me.

Album Board / Re: Way To Normal tracklisting unveild...
« on: July 21, 2008, 06:01:04 PM »
I'm glad "Effington" is still around. I wonder what it'll sound like on the album, though.

News / Re: Mysterious New Songs?
« on: July 21, 2008, 10:52:20 AM »
So this thought just came in my head: Does Ben record demos?
People have been saying Ben wouldn't go through the trouble of recording bad versions of his songs or "fake songs" altogether, but what if they're just well done demos?

News / Re: Mysterious New Songs?
« on: July 21, 2008, 07:45:32 AM »
If it is a joke, they're going all out for it.

If not, then damn.

News / Re: Mysterious New Songs?
« on: July 21, 2008, 07:29:28 AM »
I don't think anyone posted this yet, since it just happened ten minutes ago, but Ben Folds' Myspace posted this bulletin at 11:18:

And I quote....


Epic Records is proud to announce the release of the much-anticipated new album from Ben Folds, WAY TO NORMAL, on September 30, 2008. The album, Folds' third as a solo artist since the break up of the Ben Folds Five in 2000, was mostly recorded at his studio in Nashville and produced by Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, The Hives). Featuring Folds on vocals and piano, Way to Normal also features long-time bassist Jared Reynolds and drummer Sam Smith as well as a guest vocal from indie pop heroine Regina Spektor on the album's first single, "You Don't Know Me.

Way to Normal is an exuberant, raucous, and sometimes profane mix of sure-fire crowd-pleasers ("Hiroshima," "Bitch Went Nuts," and the frenetically fuzzed-out "Dr. Yang"), cheerful snark-fests ("The Frown Song," "Brainwascht"), and thoughtful, moving ballads ("Cologne," "Kylie From Connecticut") that Folds wrote at the end of 2007 following the finalization of a two-year divorce.

But it should not be assumed that Way to Normal is Folds' version of Marvin Gaye's Here My Dear or Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks (though Folds says that in the early stages of recording he came close to calling the album "Blood on the Keyboard").

"The songs are not topical," Folds says. "I was not interested in making a record about the D-word. I got all that stuff out of my system on the last record [2005's pensive Songs for Silverman], which was deliberately stoic. This new album is really about me being free, which is why it feels cathartic and expressive. It's about me coming back to being myself." (Hence the title.) "I came out of the courthouse, kissed the ground, and walked straight into the studio. I felt like a bottle of champagne that had been shaken for 18 months and popped open in the studio. That's why this record has so much energy.


Ben Folds has been performing at many summer festivals this year, and will continue to tour worldwide in support of Way To Normal throughout the fall and into 2009.

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