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Sounds great! Much higher quality than what we could get when we ripped my copy (which has been floating around since the late 90s) thanks to how much better digital formats have gotten.

My head-canon for the Messner follow up has been:

It's Alright with God
Tell Me What I Did
Break Up at the Food Court
Amelia Bright
The Secret Life of Morgan Davis
Price Charming
Rock Star
I Knew That'cha Could
Hero's Song
Losing Lisa

(In that order)

Tour Board / Re: 2015 Tour Dates
« on: August 30, 2015, 12:54:53 PM »
Uhh, what's in the VIP experience anyway?  It's real expensive.
From the VIP ticket page:

  • One (1) premium reserved seat in rows 1-15 or one (1) ticket on the General Admission Floor with early entry
  • One (1) limited edition signed black and white print of Benís original photography
  • One (1) autographed Ben Folds Vinyl Record
  • Dedicated on-site concert host
Really curious about the concert host thing. Is that just a waiter to bring you fancy overpriced drinks?

Tour Board / Re: 2015 Tour Dates
« on: August 27, 2015, 05:07:06 AM »
I'm curious about this concierge-type service at the show. That seems weird to me.

I'm going to be at the KC date for those who want to do a Burbs hangout.

Album Board / Re: Another album cut: Phone in a Pool
« on: July 16, 2015, 06:48:58 AM »
I still have high hopes for the album itself. Such a unique concept

Agreed. And as time has gone by I've grown on the LP cut of Phone. Still wish it had a bit more punch to it, but it'll get me there.

That track was originally earmarked for the forthcoming Ben Folds Band release, and was recorded in Ireland during those sessions. Folds liked it with yMusic though so it was stolen from that album and added to "So There."

I don't know if the whole song was re-recorded in Chicago after the church gig or they just recorded the yMusic bits.

News / Re: Pre-Order SO THERE
« on: July 16, 2015, 06:45:45 AM »
I'm in the minority I guess, but I like the album art.

Album Board / Re: Another album cut: Phone in a Pool
« on: July 14, 2015, 11:51:23 AM »
This is a personal opinion...and I know we are all Ben fans here so this is a bit of a dig at him..but I do feel that he's not as good at producing as he used to be. I think he intentionally avoids any and all "tricks of the trade" production techniques found in stereotypical pop music. He used to find a great balance of sounding unique, but not being afraid of using what flat out works. Rockin' the Suburbs is about half full of mid-tempo to ballady songs, but they all sound so damn powerful. There is no reason why Phone in a Pool should sound more mellow than Fred Jones Pt. 2, yet it does.

I think he's still writing great songs, don't get me wrong. Past his peak? Yes, let's be honest. (though he's still VERY consistent, more than most in a career as long as his). I have all the faith in him to make great albums still, he's just got some gigantic shoes to fill with every new release, and they happen to be his own.

Well he's doing more of his own producing now. RtS was co-produced with Ben Grosse.

News / Re: Pre-Order SO THERE
« on: July 14, 2015, 11:47:35 AM »

Album Board / Re: Another album cut: Phone in a Pool
« on: July 13, 2015, 02:25:53 PM »
What happened to the song we've been rocking out to all summer? What's with this "Light FM" version? I'm reminded of Lonely Avenue. The raw songs are terrific but lost something in the released versions. "Phone in a Pool" sounds like it had the soul produced out of it.

Album Board / Re: Song premiere: Capable of Anything
« 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."

Thanks for the recording!

Tour Board / Re: 2015 Tour Dates
« on: July 01, 2015, 06:09:27 PM »
We'll see!

Tour Board / Re: 2015 Tour Dates
« on: June 30, 2015, 07:51:29 PM »
I'm going to this.

Tour Board / Re: Los Angeles, CA at The Greek, 2015/06/27
« on: June 28, 2015, 05:56:22 PM »
Thank you for the great review, Justin! Here's the setlist that I posted last night. You really should go to the Nevada show!

I wish! Just doesn't look possible with my L.A. trip wrapping up, family plans that weekend, and the travel distance/cost.

Tour Board / Los Angeles, CA at The Greek, 2015/06/27
« on: June 28, 2015, 08:30:31 AM »
I don't have a setlist, but last night's gig (like all of the yMusic shows I've seen so far) left me more excited about Ben's music than I have been in ages.

The night's opener was Venus and the Moon, which for those (like me) who weren't keeping track, is Frally Hynes' group. Lovely, ethereal music which felt right at home in the carved-into-the-hills Greek Theater at twilight.

As for the Ben set, "Phone in a Pool" continues to be a favorite of mine from the new material and they've added some new harmonies since I last saw it live, with Sam getting to show off a little.

Regina Spektor joined Ben and the gang for "You Don't Know Me," which felt a little like getting to see a beloved original broadway cast come back together on a TV special. Except we were there. And it was fantastic.

From the back catalogue, we were treated to a lovely run through of "Mess," and while it's become a standard in the setlist, I don't think anyone could grow tired of this band tearing the roof off "Steven's Last Night in Town." Ben opened the encore with "Evaporated," which seemed to resonate with me more than usual. Must be something about sitting under the California stars and the idea of getting in a car and going...

This being LA, there were several notables in attendance, and nothing proves "they're just like us" like looking to your right and seeing Bob Saget doing the horn part of "Army," or Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen joining the harmonies of "Not the Same."

One final note, if any of you were on the fence about going to next week's show in Nevada on July 3rd, I'd suggest committing to it.

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