...we've got the means to make amends. I am lost, I'm no guide, but I'm by your side. (Pearl Jam, Leash)

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Win the new one from Ben Folds: supersunnyspeedgraphic

Ooh, I love these kinds of albums. Ben Folds is set to release supersunnyspeedgraphic on October 24th, a collection of songs from Ben's internet EPs, b-sides, and his animated film work (Over The Hedge). All are apparently sonically different from the old versions - rerecorded, remixed or remastered. Pre-order it here . . . OR try and win it. Yep, I've got one signed copy of Ben Folds' new album to give away to the person who writes me the best poem in the comments. I don't care what kind/format/topic, but bonus points, as always, if you make me laugh.

Here are streams of two of the new versions of songs on the album:

[.asx lo] [.asx hi] [.ram] [.mov]

"Learn To Live With What You Are"
[.asx lo] [.asx hi] [.ram] [.mov]

And I smiled to see that it has a new version of this song on it, just a fantastic little tongue-in-cheek ditty from the Sunny 16 EP (2003). This would be ideal as anyone's theme song:

"There's Always Someone Cooler Than You" - Ben Folds

Like you've got nothing to prove
No matter what you might do
There's always someone out there cooler than you

I might just get up and dance
Or buy some acid-wash pants
When you don't care then you got nothing to lose"

AMEN to that, brother.



At October 19, 2006 10:34 AM, Blogger Ike said...

A kiss from Bob

I’ll never forget mom’s face
when Mr. Roddy did her the honor.
For seeming slow motion she sure did get down there quick.

All the hard work, the customized t-shirts, the 14-hour drive, the cheap motel, the last-minute lipstick stop.
worth it.

The Eureka power steam cleaner didn’t even fit in the trunk.
Too much luggage.
We tied it on the roof.
It was okay, though. She’d only bid a dollar anyway.

And even though she didn’t win the car,
or spin a dollar on the wheel,
she went home with exactly
what she wanted.

-Ike Yospe

ps. Ben Folds rocks!

At October 19, 2006 10:45 AM, Anonymous nathan knisley said...

The Beatles 1962-1966 album is red
A good jazz album is Kind of Blue
I am constantly amazed by your taste in music
I also love Ben Folds music too.

Seriously, I remember picking up Whatever and Ever Amen and never putting it down. I wanted to learn how to play piano so badly(to no avail, stick to guitar.)Hours spent emulating his writing style and wit.
My favorite song of his is evaporated. On the Songs for Goldfish album there is a live version that is the most touching song I can remember.

How did you get an autographed copy?


At October 19, 2006 11:40 AM, Blogger Stephen K. said...

If life had a soundtrack then mine would be Ben
With songs about life and love and women
Served up sarchastically, proudly and wise
It feels like he's looking through both of my eyes.

At October 19, 2006 11:56 AM, Blogger j.d. said...

I tried to write a song today
Amongst the clamor of the city
Milling past on the sidewalk two stories down
While the lows and highs of the Atlantic breeze mixed with the sun on my balcony.
I nearly finished a song today
That sang your praises and extolled your ways
Hereto and from this day
On shall we be together and
United against all odds. And when you heard
This song I wrote made your heart
Yearn for what we once had lost at sea, shattered among the reef and rocks.
Onward my soliders, my captains, and saints we must search
Unto the night wears thin with dawn smiling and creeping over hill and dale.
Now will my effigy to you withstand the test of time?
Only overslept Sundays filled with hollies and hox
Will ever know the true outcome...

there is my entry...I did have a haiku about a "bobblehead jesus" but I can't find it anymore

At October 19, 2006 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found this blog off of HypeMachine and all the songs I want to listen to you come from you...so nice job. I'm a fan.

I have no poem...sorry

At October 19, 2006 1:52 PM, Anonymous Ryan said...

My poem, in traditional 5,7,5 Haiku format:

Heather has good taste (in music)*
I would like to win

*Note: syllabals for words in itallics aren't counted.


At October 19, 2006 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Philosophy

Carrying Cathy was Not The Same as Losing Lisa or Julianne or Alice Childress.
Emaline’s Bad Idea was Still Fighting It after Zak and Sara were Gone. Annie Waits for Tom & Mary on The Luckiest Side Of The Road in Jesusland with Jane and Kate asking “Where’s Summer B?”. Jackson Cannery in Barrytown is run My Uncle Walter and Eddie Walker. Underground Boxing has You To Thank for the Bastard we Trusted. The Sentimental Guy was Late and got Fired. He said Selfless Cold And Composed “Give Judy My Notice I’ve Landed.” It’s a Magic Mess in Adelaide and Kalamazoo. Rock Star Songs Of Love Smoke Time like Cigarettes into Evaporated Air. The Rent A Cop Army is Missing The War in The Battle Of Who Could Care Less. Regrets Don’t Change Your Plans, Your Redneck Past or Your Most Valuable Possession, and All You Can Eat Prison Food won’t cure Narcolepsy. A Song For The Dumped is not a Lullabye nor is it The Last Polka, but a Hospital Song is Fair Protection. Gracie my Dog was been Wandering since Steven’s Last Night In Town. So here’s a Brick For Those Of Y’all That Wear Fanny Packs and a Video of Fred Jones, Part 2 and The Ascent of Stan. I do the Best Imitation Of Myself with One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solem Faces, but There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You so you’ve got to Learn To Live With What You’ve Are.


At October 19, 2006 10:09 PM, Anonymous Daniel said...

Dearest Heather,
You are a beautiful women whose taste in music is only surpassed by your breathless charm.

I'm pretty sure that you can see right through my facade, but I didn't think it would do any harm.

I love reading your blog and downloading all those songs for free.

I've never posted a comment before, so I guess the worst that can happen is that another woman rejects me.

Something tells me that a smile on your face can light up a room and your laughter can make the world go round.

I'd like to make an honest woman out of you, but I'm fairly certain you'd turn me down.


At October 20, 2006 6:43 AM, Blogger Kev said...

i cant go down to the record store,
im afraid what i might do
the last time i went to that old place
i stayed the whole day through

i cant go down to the record store,
if i do, my girlfriend says she will just go
shes jealous of bruce, ryan and bob
pearl jam, ben kweller, wilco

for the things that i see at the record store
are just too tempting for a boy like me
fuel for friends i know you can save me
by sending me that special cd

thanks heather, keep up the great work


At October 21, 2006 4:00 AM, Anonymous Aaron said...

heather, love the blog...

my mean and critical haiku

1. the price is wrong, bee-yotch
mama's steam cleaner sucks wind-
his poem should lose.

2. miles davis is rad
but the meter is all wrong
should this person win?

3. i agree with steve
ben as soundtrack to my life
his poem, though...naah.

4. "against all odds..." hmmmm.
phil collins in the eighties.
way too verbose, man.

5. ryan did haiku
obviously not easy
but i have way more.

6. i have an idea
let's make a list of ben's songs
that's not a poem

7. "dearest heather" ---whoa.
flattery is one thing, but...
this guy is obsessed

8. OK, I like this
if I don't win it, kev should
see? i can be nice.

i really am sorry to all of you. you all made a valiant effort, and i enjoyed reading your poems. i wish you all the best of luck. this is fun, heather.

At October 22, 2006 1:01 PM, Anonymous Jen said...

If music were a burger
Ben would be the cheese
He makes it yummy
Supersunnyspeedgraphic, please?

...Yup, that's all I got. It's so much deeper than it looks.


At October 22, 2006 6:09 PM, Anonymous nathan knisley said...

Heather have you heard of Hotel Lights?

If not please check them out.

They have Darren Jesse(Ben Folds FIve drummer) as the front man

Its kinda wilco leaning pop.


At October 24, 2006 4:20 PM, Blogger Jerod said...

I love the Ben Folds like kids love candy and fresh snow. Here is a poem to make you smile... which would make me smile too!

The booze bus was out on a traffic attack.
One driver was clear, till a spirited cop,
having noticed some knives on the seat in the back,
said "These are the weapons we're trying to stop!"

The driver retorted "I juggle those things,
that's why I stay sober. I can't have a drink".
The cop said "You'll need to have hacksaws and wings,
'cause if you can't prove that, you'll be in the clink".

The driver stepped out and went into his act.
Blades flashed in the moonlight. The show was superb.
Although very nervous, he never once cracked,
so none of those knives found a way to the kerb.

As Paddy was passing, with sighs of relief,
he said to his mate "I'm not drinkin' no more".
Young Mick asked him why, and the answer was brief -
"I'd be certain to fail with that test I just saw".

Jerod Walburn

At October 24, 2006 11:36 PM, Blogger Brandon Jackson said...

ben and i have a lot in common
we both are nerds with narcolepsy
his music keeps me awake
even when i am feeling sleepy

so i don't know if ben really does have narcolepsy but that song narcolepsy the shit and since i do actually have narcolepys ben is like one of my heroes. yup.


At October 25, 2006 9:49 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

I doubt that I'll have any luck
With winning, which really would suck
But enter, I will
Keep my fingers crossed til
You tell me "YOU WON, HOLY *@&!"

At October 25, 2006 6:21 PM, Anonymous Mark Maxwell said...

We all know we want
The greatest man that lived
It's E. E. Cummings


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