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That's a damn shame, you guys are really great and I would love to hear and see the whole thing. Thanks for sharing what you have.

Cheers,
Brian

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Excellent job all round! Very impressive. Would love to see more footage.

Cheers,
Brian.

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Tour Board / Re: Bonnaroo 2015
« on: June 15, 2015, 04:51:36 PM »
Thank you so much for posting this. I'm freaking loving the new songs!

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Unfortunately due to a family emergency I will be interstate this weekend and won't be able to attend. I paid $100 each for the tickets and ultimately would be hoping for something close to this but am willing to negotiate. Anyone interested please get in contact ASAP, my email is tmjohnson89@gmail.com and my phone number is 0432 426 673. Thank you.

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General Board / Re: Ben in "We're the Millers"
« on: November 06, 2013, 04:59:24 AM »
So there's this, an upcoming spot on Community. What else is coming up?

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Musical discovery / Re: Sports Fan - Shallow Water (feat. Jen Boyce)
« on: August 01, 2013, 08:43:29 PM »
Great song as well.

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Musical discovery / Re: Sports Fan - Shallow Water (feat. Jen Boyce)
« on: August 01, 2013, 08:30:29 PM »
Really great work, who directed the video?

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News / Re: TSOTLOTM Official Hal Leonard Transcription Book
« on: November 22, 2012, 08:06:24 PM »
Me too, looking forward to finding out those weird chords in the bridge of Erase Me

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Tour Board / Re: Indianapolis BFF 10/3 Set-list
« on: October 07, 2012, 06:57:07 AM »
Man, that Narcolpesy improv is f*cking great. Robert plays so well.

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I can't view this from Aus, can anyone school me on how to get around it?

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Album Board / Re: The Sound of the Life of the Mind - What do you think?
« on: September 27, 2012, 03:33:25 AM »
Hello fellow Burbians, it has been a long time since I have posted on these boards, though I do lurk frequently, particularly around the time of new releases. I just wanted to put my two cents in about the album, and his last few albums for the matter.

I think I'll start with Way To Normal, because the most surprising thing that I have found in the all of fan feedback of the new record is how much WTN is getting trashed. I think the album is very different aesthetically to anything Ben had done previously - I remember a critic at the time describing it as decidedly "lo-fi" and I agree. The production had some quirks that we aren't used to seeing in Ben's sensibility as well, the weird way his voice sounds in Dr Yang ("hey"), the live audience in Hiroshima, the spoken word intro to "Bitch Went Nuts" etc. I don't necessarily love this aspect of the record, but I do think it is really underrated because the songs are f*cking top notch. Here's my track break down:

Hiroshima - Catchy song. Obviously very polarising due to the lyrics, and I was at first alienated because of them. I remember how jarring the song sounded to listen to. After coming to understand the song intellectually (the song coming to represent public embarrassment) I like it. The lyrics are intentionally very literal and well, kind of ugly, because the song is representing an ugly experience. One of the things I most admire about Ben as an artist is that he is willing to take these sorts of risks with form, and doesn't get too precious. I know understanding the song on an intellectual level doesn't necessarily make for a nice listening experience, but personally I can dig this one.  
Dr Yang - Again catchy enough song, but doesn't particularly grab me.
Frown Song - I really like this song, especially the way the chords move from the verse to the chorus and back again. Lyrically, I can see how this song comes off a little preachy but I think it works OK. I love the cheesy bridge. The BV's on this song bug me a bit (the dah dah dahhs at the end of the chorus) - I just wish they were recorded more cleanly
You Don't Know Me - Great song, what else can you say? Just a great f*cking pop song. I think, again, maybe the production on this one has the potential to put people off, fake piano, drums and strings. I think the simplicity and arrangement of the song works well.
Cologne - One of Ben's strongest ballads.
Errant Dog - I can see how this song just gets classed as an album filler, it's a fairly run of the mill up tempo song, with kinda silly lyrics. While I think it's a fairly one dimensional kind of song I really like it, not every song for me has to be really intricate musically or need to have heavy/clever lyrics embedded in every line. This song just has a nice, fun vibe.
Free Coffee - I can't really listen to this. The piano effect just grates on me. I saw Ben a really sparse version of this during a solo show at the Opera House a few years ago and it really brought out the beauty in the song. It was really great, I wish there was a recorded version of this in existence.
Bitch Went Nuts - One of Ben's catchiest songs I think. It's a really strong idea, brought out even more (though I'm not crazy about it) the spoken word intro. The earnestness of "the bitch went nutz y'all, but everyone said she might. Ahh, holy f*cking shit" gets me everytime.
Brainwashed - As good/catchy as anything Ben has ever written. The song just bounds along on that piano riff and the lyrics are simplistic and strong. This song is even better if you know the Fleming and John song that it is in reference to.
Effington - Again, as good/catchy as anything Ben has ever written. Gorgeous melody, particularly the chorus hook/middle 8. I think the movie score theme works really well also, down to the smaller details, like the melodic flourish at the end of the chorus.
Kylie From Connecticut - This song continues to be a bit hit and miss for me. I doesn't entirely grab me, but I appreciate in that it's well crafted lyrically. I like how the instrumental section builds.

One of the things that stands out about WTN, is that it doesn't have a very "live" feel to it. I'm not sure if it was tracked or not. Rockin' The Suburbs obviously was, but all of the Five stuff, Songs For Silverman and Lonely Avenue were all recorded live, and for me it makes such an impact on how the records sound. I don't mind that WTN doesn't have a particularly "live" feel to it, but again, maybe this is something that has put fans off the record.

Finally, I think this record was not helped at all by the fact that its release coincided with Ben's divorce going public and Frally releasing an album. I give most people credit enough to distinguish between an artist and their work, but I do concede that there will always been some interest and speculation behind the origin of songs and their possible literal options. Randy Newman, for example, writes songs in an incredibly distinct style, from really acute character perspectives. While Ben is clearly a character writer also, he does straddle the fence a bit more and is at times personal. The fact that a couple of sh*tty journalists working for a couple of sh*tty publications took a couple of titles of his songs and extrapolated literal interpretations, mixed in with some sensationalist bullshit regarding the divorce, was a real shame.

Now, onto the new record. I like it more and more with each listen. I guess my first impressions of the record were that it was a bit of a let down, given that it was so highly anticipated (being a reunion record and the fact that Ben himself had talked it up quite a bit) but as I continue to listen to the record and allow it to breathe I see it as a really great, fresh record.

Erase Me - I just couldn't get into Erase Me at first, as other people here have noted, the constant modulation was a little alienating and I didn't really care the kookiness of it. Now I love it, especially the Queen-esque stacked vocal harmonies on particular rhythmic accents. I also love the lyrics, in particular "new bio, you've gone solo" which I can't help but construe as a little nod to the band's breakup. Love the piano solo at the end, great raucous energy from the whole band.
Michael Praytor - How can you not just love this song? Enough said.
Sky High - Really like this one. I was a little disappointed initially because it wasn't exactly what I expected after hearing the snippet in the Pledge video. Difficult to express exactly how; I found the the phrasing of "under the blue sky" a little awkward, and the song not following a conventional verse chorus structure. After I got passed this I really like it, just find the vocals tacked on the end a little of the top.
Sound - This track is a bit of a skipper for me, I like it more now than at first. I find the lyrics a little harder to get into, "rocks like a mother" grates on me a little. Having said that, so did "hope is a bastard..." and now I think they are great lyrics, so who knows with more listenings.
On Being Frank - This song is another skipper for me, I can't really get into it. Darren's c*cktail swing beat at the closer cracks me up every time.
Draw A Crowd - The chorus for this song grates on me a little. Specifically the first "ohh ohh" vocal harmonies. It just falls a little flat for me. I find it so weird to hear the rhodes, bass, drums combo during the verses, for some reason I just can't accustom myself to do it.
Do It Anyway - This fell a little flat for me when the boys leaked it. Now I have come to really like it. The performance is loose in the best way possible. I find there's always a little bit of an adjustment you have to make when listening to one of Ben's advice songs. I found Learn to Live a little grating at first and now I love it.
Hold That Thought - I can't really get into this one. I think it was Kidney that pointed out the organ and I have to agree, just in the fact that it's mixed really poorly. At 1:16 when there's a middle register chord, ergh, it sounds really ugly to my ears. A small detail maybe, it just grates on me. This song feels a little disjointed as well, the pink floyd vocal harmonies don't really sit well with me.
Away When You Were Here - One of my favourites on the record, it really is a stand out track for me. Nothing particularly groundbreaking, it's just a middle of the road song, only that it's so well written and recorded. I think Ben is really great in this territory of songwriting, Judy is another absolute favourite of mine.
Breaking My Heart - This is growing on me more and more with each listen, though I don't think that it will ever be a stand out favourite for me.

There we go. I generally don't like this method of breaking down albums and reviewing track by track, it's just been the easiest way to get my thoughts down. What else? I really hope they make another record together, I'm interested to here the jazzy stuff that Ben alluded to. I see all of Ben's albums (with and without the five) as being really distinct from each other, and this is something I really admire in Ben as an artist, and I think this record is an example of that natural progression and growth.






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News / Re: Ben Folds at 2010 Webby Awards
« on: June 21, 2010, 07:36:11 AM »
Ahh, I think he's referring to the fact that they used it because it's the one song the general public may know Ben for, no matter how inapproppriate it is.

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General Board / Re: Learn to Live video from Conan?
« on: October 31, 2009, 05:31:41 PM »
And he's dressed as a mother flippin' pirate. The video was on youtube for like a few days then got taken down. No idea why.

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Tour Board / Re: Australia show - Sydney Opera House
« on: August 31, 2009, 06:20:05 AM »
Gig was absolutely amazing. Third time seeing Ben, and first as a solo show and I have to say this was probably my favourite. Ben's stage presence was amazing. The Not The Same harmony sonuded absolutely gorgeous.

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