Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!

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Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« on: July 03, 2003, 03:52:36 PM »
Hello everybody,  I know people have been posting about the next album, but it seems as though the plans have slightly changed.  There will be 3 EPs with about 5 songs on each of them, all to be released this year!!!  Check this out:

"Folds Preps Three EPs, Teams with Shatner
By John Benson

CLEVELAND (Billboard) - Having tired of the big publicity machine that is the major record label world, Ben Folds tells Billboard.com the recent downturn in the record industry is allowing him to release three five-song EPs this year via Epic, beginning with "Speed Graphic" on July 22.



"I'm going to do things that are really more about the music for me and less about the hype," says Folds. "Because I'm on a major label, there is no escaping the way that we have to do business when I release an album -- everybody wants the 'Album of the Year' Rolling Stone bull**** where you get two-stars in the review and your face is all over the front. The way to bypass that for me is just to not go through the normal channels. And if I put out an EP, nobody can take it seriously."

Folds is eschewing the release of the EP to traditional outlets, instead opting to sell it at concert dates on his upcoming Lottapianos Tour 2003 with Tori Amos (news), on his official Web site (http://www.benfolds.com) and at Apple's iTunes Music Store. Vinyl copies will be available in stores and the discs will not go to radio for promotion.

"This way, I don't have to kowtow to the big-a** record chains and then in order to get a certain number of records shipped, I don't have to kiss radio people's a**es," says Folds. "And in turn, I don't have to do TV in order to get the radio slots and do certain kinds of press that I don't want to do. It's all kind of nice and the record business right now is going, 'Okay, any way you want to do it is totally fine because we're just barely getting by.' So, they are not arguing about that. is pretty well aware that I'm not going to be competing with Shakira. It's a really nice musical way for me to do it. I just go into the studio, there is no 'How does this fit in with anything?' I just do five songs. It's music. People who know my music and know who I am can find it, and that's great."

Folds hints that this could be his future modus operandi: recording a track, offering it on the Web and eventually piecing an album together as a "matter of formality." However, the North Carolina native and current Australian resident (he also lives in Nashville) hasn't completely shut the door on creative marketing. He discloses that the new track "Give Judy My Notice," which appears on "Speed Graphic" sans the string section in which it was originally recorded, could turn up in its original form on a future album.

"When it comes time to fulfill my contractual obligation, and put things into an album and put them out, then what the record company does for me is makes me look important," says Folds. "Probably get on MTV a couple of times, couple of major publications and people who come to the show will think I'm famous. And it works. But I think the institution of the album may be going away. That's my gut feeling. I feel that it is more about songs and the album is a formality that packages things so that you can hype them real big and I'm just not very hype-able. We've tried that a couple of times and it is just not very effective."

"Speed Graphic" also includes a cover of the Cure's "In Between Days." The second EP, due in September and currently titled "Sunny 16," is nearly completed and will include a cover of either the Divine Comedy's "Songs of Love" or Devo's "Through Being Cool." Folds has already begun work on the currently untitled third EP, due in November.

While he predicts an Epic album release in early 2004, the piano man is turning his attention to producing actor William Shatner (news)'s upcoming album, sessions for which are slated to begin later this year and due in stores next year. Folds worked with Shatner on his 1998 solo album "Volume 1."

Reuters/Billboard"

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Later,

Dale

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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2003, 03:55:01 PM »
I see that Terp02 already beat me to posting this article!  Well for those of you who didn't see this on the other post, here it is.   ;)

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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2003, 05:02:09 PM »

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Offline Jane_Be_Jane

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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2003, 03:04:39 AM »
Whoa! I just heard about this a few minutes ago!!  Well, I heard about the 3 EPs last night, but it didn't seem real to me until I read the article.

JULY 22ND.

*faints*

I think this is win-win.  I mean, as a fan, I just want new music, I don't care what form it's in or how it is presented to the public.  If Ben needs to work five songs at a time, that's just fine with me!

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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2003, 03:15:19 AM »
I'll take 15 new Ben recordings by November over a new album early next year...

any day.

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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2003, 04:12:00 AM »
This is garbage. I actually think he's lost it.

Are we going to see a new album ever? So all this time he has been in the studio has been for some sh*tty EPs? made up of cover songs?

VERY DISAPOINTED! I want a new album, not some EP's that I won't be able to buy here in the UK. Gutted!
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Offline Mustang451

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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2003, 08:32:00 AM »
Ramin, I believe you are being a bit nearsighted.

This is the direction that music is heading.(Along with movies, games, etc.) And the fact that he is sort of cutting out the middle-man to a degree is actually kinda cool IMHO.

Are there drawbacks? Sure, you mentioned one about less availability. But as Ben says, his true fans will find a way to get the music. And he won't have to go through all the BS that he hates doing(Namely the radio stuff).

So...things stay basically the same for you and I(except the music gets out sooner) and Ben will be happier. What's the downside to that?
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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2003, 10:56:11 AM »
>>>>>
I want a new album, not some EP's that I won't be able to buy here in the UK.
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Will you not be able to order it from the website?

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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2003, 05:52:24 PM »
any bf stuff is good for me. ill try and get it off the net, legally though mind. but cant wait yay
ive paid my money and im gonna see all the movie

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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2003, 11:37:14 PM »
Last we heard before this news the album was coming out early 2004.  Now this article still has an album coming out early 2004.  Where's the problem, exactly?

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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2003, 04:26:57 AM »
I'm with raminz here... Not so much about hating the covers, but it will be really tricky for me to get these eps.
'nuff said.

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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2003, 10:40:53 AM »
Wow! Great news! Look at Ben forging the future of music. Yay for Ben!

(Great news, too, that they'll be on the iTunes store.)

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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2003, 12:08:05 PM »
Those who live in places other than the U.S. should keep in mind that you can purchase the EPs at http://www.benfolds.com and they will be available at the Apple iTunes music store, which should be available to Windows users at the end of the year.

Nate
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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2003, 03:47:35 PM »
I'm gonna park my ass firmly on the fence on this one. I just wanna wait n see.

It's always nice to hold a 12-track album in your hand because there's so much in there to keep you listening over and over again. I guess I just worry that I'll have exhausted an EP way before the next one comes out, but then that's just MY problem, not Ben's.

I don't reckon there was any need to be quite so harsh about all the publicity he has to do. I think a lot of us would have his job any day, and he always says he'd never complain about that stuff because 'he gets paid much finer for playingn piano and kissing ass' than we do for... not. :D

Don't get me wrong, I am VERY excited about the new stuff - I absolutely can't wait. He kept this hidden though, didn't he?! I've hardly time to bait my breath with which I could then wait! (hmmmm... ;) )

Well - there's my two cents, pennies, euros, etc. :D

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Re: Ben To Release 3 New EPs!!!
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2003, 04:59:12 PM »
rock on.  5 songs is better than 0 songs