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Ben's Old Five / 11/21/99 Belgium
« on: December 01, 2014, 12:33:13 PM »
Hey y'all,

I was wondering if anyone had a copy of the 11/21/99 BFF show in Belgium. It's a bootleg that's been floating around here and there for a good while now, but I've actually never heard the whole thing. Last night, I found an old DVD copy of the April 1999 BFF show in London that was taped for VH1 ... what an incredible era for the band.

If anyone has 11/21/99 and can upload MP3s, I'd be much obliged. Thanks y'all!

Tour Board / Bangor, ME - 07/21/2013
« on: July 24, 2013, 10:06:16 PM »
I was unexpectedly given a front row seat to this show by a friend who won them from a radio station. Having missed the boat on BF5 and subsequently seen Ben about 7 times over the past 8 or 9 years, I was excited to finally see the original lineup.

I was expecting a much more raucous performance, but it was still a fun time. None of the guys seemed particularly thrilled to be there. A train passed by incredibly close to the stage and interrupted the end of "Alice Childress", and it seemed to genuinely startle Ben, who then aborted the ending of the song and started playing 1920s railroad piano music. Though it was a pretty memorable moment, Ben was speechless afterward, and it seemed to drain the energy out of the set. He then told stories of in his less responsible days, he would have the roadies surprise him with pyrotechnics, and that the train scared him more than any of the pyrotechnics ever did.

1 Philosophy
2 Robert Sledge (improv song)
3 Michael Praytor, Five Years Later
4 Alice Childress (incl. railroad piano music)
5 Erase Me
6 Sky High
7 Brick
8 Do It Anyway
9 Landed
10 Underground
11 Song For The Dumped
12 Army

Bummed that the set was so short, and that "Narcolepsy" failed to appear. 3 songs from the 1st album is pretty decent, though. Aside from being unbelievably close & watching Ben's fingers, the jams were probably the most intriguing part of the show for me. Ben seemed to start to play the chord progress to "The Ascent of Stan" before starting "Underground". I though it was in pretty poor taste for Ben to play "Landed" and have the band back him up, it just didn't seem to belong. I enjoyed the new material live much more than the studio recordings, I'll probably check out the new live album.

Overall, it was fun, but I feel like I saw a pretty low-key show from the dudes. I might see them again if they were the sole headliner; I got out as fast as I could when Barenaked Ladies started playing. Guster, on the other hand, was pretty entertaining, and their music seems to have held up better against the test of time than BNL.

General Board / fear of cassette
« on: August 04, 2009, 11:18:26 AM »
hey y'all

i just found "Fear of Pop" at a record store for $5 on cassette.  made my day.

Musical discovery / New England Sounds (g00d)
« on: July 08, 2009, 08:03:50 AM »
Hey fellow Suburbians,

I make my own music, and I finally found a way to put my 2nd album on the interweb for free download.  FREE.  I sincerely hope you'll all check it out and hopefully enjoy it.  I worked pretty hard and had a blast making this record.

-Jeff Beam

General Board / Amanda Palmer's Neutral Milk Hotel play
« on: May 10, 2009, 11:05:54 AM »
I know some folks on here follow Ms. Amanda Palmer, especially with Ben producing her last album.  Last night I saw her play that was based on Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over the Sea, and I just thought I'd let you know that it was pretty awesome.

Tour Board / Orono Update!!!!
« on: April 28, 2009, 06:34:10 PM »
Well, the Subrubs chat must've stirred up Mr. Folds.  According to my friend, via text message, Ben & the gang just busted out "Jackson Cannery" in Maine tonight.  Hopefully my friend isn't drunk and accidentally listening to his iPod instead of Ben's set.

General Board / EXTRA TICKET - Of Montreal, tonight in Boston
« on: October 30, 2008, 08:08:20 AM »
Hey y'all,

I have an extra ticket for tonight's Of Montreal show @ the Orpheum Theatre.  Anyone interested?

News / DOWNLOAD - Ben Folds Five in Toronto 1999.05.05
« on: October 28, 2008, 04:27:11 PM »
Hey y'all,

This doesn't appear to be on WUWTL, so I thought I'd zip it up and throw it on here.  I haven't a clue how to get files on WUWTL.

@ The Government
May 5, 1999

01. Don't Change Your Plans
02. Battle of Who Could Care Less
03. Philosophy
04. Mess
05. Magic
06. Hospital Song
07. Army
08. Fair
09. Narcolepsy
10. The Last Polka
11. Regrets
12. Your Redneck Past

Pretty cool show, weird setlist in that in seems incomplete, but for such high quality, I'm not complaining.



Ben's Old Five / Messner on eBay
« on: October 28, 2008, 02:45:35 PM »

I've seen this once or twice before ... does anyone have the bonus disc & would be able to upload it to WUWTL?  Looks like an interesting interview, plus the live tracks would be nice.

Musical discovery / Jeff Beam's 2nd Album
« on: August 18, 2008, 07:43:38 AM »
Hey everybody, I discovered myself.

And as it turns out, I just finished my 2nd album.  I'm waiting till after I move to Boston to actually put it out, but there's a few new tracks on the MySpace page.  Please enjoy.  Gracias.
-Jeff Beam

Tour Board / Boston, MA - March 16, 2008
« on: March 16, 2008, 07:12:48 PM »
Hey y'all,

Well, I just got back from tonight's Ben Folds concert.  And what a dandy it was!  One of the top 3 performances I've seen from Ben, in my book.  The setlist:

Errant Dog
Free Coffee
Still Fighting It
Bitches Ain't Shit
Lullabye (solo)
Kylie From Connecticut
Annie Waits
Rock This Bitch
Zak & Sara
Rockin' The Suburbs
One Angry Dwarf & 200 Solomn Faces

-A solid 20 song setlist.  Ben really plowed through the set tonight, not a ton of banter.  But he seemed in great spirits. all smiles.
-Lots of older songs have new twists and whatnot, and the new songs sound wonderful live.  You realize how cool they are in person.
-Obviously wish he left out "Bitches Ain't Shit," but it the show was sponsored by a fraternity, and not to stereotype, but, it was that kind of crowd.  Still fun to hear, regardless.
-"Lullabye" was beautiful, always a thril to hear live.
-Some dude came out at 2 or 3 points in the set to play tambourine.  Unintroduced, very strange.  It was during "Effington," "Landed," and I think "One Angry Dwarf."
-After "Annie Waits," people started shouting requests.  He was clearly going to do "Rock This Bitch" when someone yelled "PLAY WHAT YOU WANT," to which Ben cracked up.  He then proceded to sing RTB about how some people wanted him to rock this bitch, while other people told Ben to play what he wanted.  And then he started singing about Berry College and their censorship requests.  And so he started swearing a lot.  Easily the longest "Rock This Bitch" I've ever heard, well into the 5+ minute range.
-Here's the crazy part.  Throughout the whole night, I had seen little particles of dust fall from the ceiling at various points of Ben's set.  Then, during the intense part of "Narcolepsy," a whole shitload of dust and whatnot fall from the ceiling.  The crowd went NUTS, the band was totally oblivious to the ceiling potentially caving in, and it was so crazy.  So f*cking crazy.  I thought they were going to pull the plug due to safety concerns for the band.  But they kept rolling.  AWESOME jazz outro for "Narcolepsy," that song keeps getting better.
-Great to hear a 2 song encore.  These tickets were $10, we certainly got our money's worth, and then some.

And I broke the curse and met Ben after the show.  He was real nice and chatted for a minute.
And Eef was great, as always.  I'll post more later.

Tour Board / Boston
« on: March 11, 2008, 04:19:33 PM »
Am I the only board member hitting the Boston show on Sunday?

News / The Bens update
« on: February 09, 2008, 05:06:29 PM »
I asked Ben Kweller last night if there were any plans to do another Bens thing, and he basically said that he and Ben Lee were 100% for it, but that they were having a tough time contacting Folds, and that they hadn't heard anything back.  But being the nice guy that he is, Kweller attributed that to all the recent stuff going on for Folds (new album, divorce, new girl, etc) but he said that he would like nothing more than to do a US tour and record some new stuff.

I'm sure many of you know this, but if you ever get the chance to see Ben Kweller in concert ... DO IT.  As I told him, he is everything that is right with today's music.  He's super nice, polite, charismatic, and a killer songwriter and performer.  His band is about as tight as it gets, versatile sound, 3-part harmonies ... they do it all.  Go see him.

Ben's Old Five / Vinyl
« on: December 12, 2007, 02:07:02 PM »
Did the Five ever release any of the albums on vinyl?

I would KILL for that shit.  Nothing on eBay .. I doubt it, but I'd love to be pleasantly surprised.

Ben's Old Five / Some More MP3s
« on: August 30, 2007, 05:57:06 PM »
Some more MP3s for you all.  More in the department of rare live stuff from actual shows.  They include:

Tonight, The Bottle Let Me Down (May 11, 1998)
Tom & Mary (May 11, 1998)
Air (May 11, 1998)
f*ck Wit Dre (April 30, 1997)
The Big Song (April 30, 1997)
Best Imitation of Myself (May 20, 1997)
For All The Pretty People/Jackson Cannery (May 20, 1997)
Sports & Wine (May 20, 1997)
Underground Jam (November 11, 1997)
Tonight, The Bottle Let Me Down (February 20, 1998)
The Bitch Song (February 20, 1998)

More stuff to come, believe it or not.  I figured I'd share some cool/rare stuff from my collection.


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