Ben Folds Five Does It Anyway

Quick note: I suffer terrible, non-objective bias in favor of most anything Ben Folds does as a musician and a person. He’s not always right, but the songs he wrote got me through a lot. It’s only appropriate I disclose my leanings.

In preparation for the Ben Folds Five reunion tour, the power trio led by Ben Folds is releasing their first new album since 1999. To promote the work, the band has turned to Internet fueled word of mouth and online distribution. On Friday, May 4, Ben Folds posted a track from the an unmastered track from the upcoming album on his Facebook page. The track, titled “Do It Anyway” takes listeners back to the piano pounding energy of authentic Ben Folds Five, comprised of Folds, Robert Sledge, and Darren Jessee.

When it comes to independent distribution, Folds says:

Our intention is not to ‘stick it to the man’. He’s quite stuck enough. We don’t care to create a new model. We’re just doing it the way it feels best this time around and quite honestly, making it up as we go along… We’re chewing over plans. In any event, we’ll go ahead and put the album on pre-sale soon ourselves and tweet like the wind.

In addition to distribution online, Folds has turned to long plane rides to compose “blogs” offering advice and anecdote to his fans. Topics include the new Ben Folds Five album, advice to aspiring musicians, and thoughts on lucky breaks in musician’s careers.

Thanks to MatthewGaydos for the Soundcloud link.
Direct download link.

Commentary Ticker

  • Google Glass Lets You Take Photos With Your Brain
    July 12, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

  • Android Art: The Accidental Selfies of Google Art Project
    July 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

  • Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist
    July 4, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

  • Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From
    July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Mall
    June 24, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

  • RSSArchive for Commentary Ticker »

Join our mailing list!

Trending on The Airspace