It’s a fun collection of songs that spans their career and also includes a solo Ben Folds song.
To me, one of the best things about BFF was Robert Sledge’s bass (yes, I know BF is the man and his piano and songwriting are stellar, but the sound that Sledge gets on his bass just brings those songs to new heights of coolness). And that bass does not disappoint here.
The setlist is taken from a number of different venues over the course of 2012 and 2013, with a lot of shows in San Francisco, but also some from across Europe. And the songs really span their career, opening with a song from their debut (“Jackson Cannery”) and then following up with one of their most recent songs “Erase Me”). They even play “Tom and Mary” from their Naked Baby Photos collection.
About midway through the disc, Ben plays an improvised One Chord Blues (which turns into “Rock This Bitch”) in which he makes up “some bullshit” and this segues into part of “Billie’s Bounce” by Charlie Parker. This is followed by “Do It Anyway” into which he throws a verse from Jesus Christ Superstar. On the liner notes of the disc he talks about how throwing these verses onto a live album will cost you “a lot.”
For the song “Draw A Crowd” they play a synth opening, but when Ben switches to piano, he messes up and sings “the piano player can’t play…but keep the party going.” He is amusingly self-deprecating both in his banter and in his song lyrics.
The disc ends with the awesome “Song for the Dumped” which includes great audience participation. Amusingly as the crowd cheers, he asks them “Would you like us to play one more?” And as they cheer for one more, the disc ends.
[READ: October 28 2014] The Love Bunglers
Jaime Hernandez is one half (with his brother) of the duo who create the cool graphic novel series Love and Rockets. I have read (and own) some issues of the book, but I haven’t really kept up with it all that much.
But I really like his stuff, so I was delighted to see this book, which was originally printed in Love and Rockets: New Stories 3 and 4.
This is a complex story, written in a back and forth style which only makes the narrative that much more compelling. As the story opens we see some men playing chess on a street corner. A woman, Maggie, walks by. She is older but still curvy and the men size her up. One of the men, the “new guy” gets up and follows her then hides in the bushes watching her. Next we see Maggie, naked, lying on a leaf. But she is actually talking to Reno and relating this recurring dream.
Then we see that she is a landlady and is also friends with a man named Ray. Ray is an artist who is showing at a local gallery. Maggie agrees to go with him. By the end of the first section it’s not entirely clear what Maggie’s feelings are about either of these men, but they both seem to like her. Continue Reading »