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:

“Bruised”
[.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

“Smile
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.

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16 Comments »

  • A kiss from Bob

    I’ll never forget mom’s face
    when Mr. Roddy did her the honor.
    COME ON DOWN!
    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.
    All
    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!

    Ike — October 19, 2006 @ 10:34 am

  • 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?

    -N

    nathan knisley — October 19, 2006 @ 10:45 am

  • 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.

    Stephen K. — October 19, 2006 @ 11:40 am

  • 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

    j.d. — October 19, 2006 @ 11:56 am

  • Hey
    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

    Anonymous — October 19, 2006 @ 12:38 pm

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

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

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

    kanakukbro@yahoo.com

    Ryan — October 19, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

  • 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.

    Cheers,
    Ryan
    r_mossa@hotmail.com

    Anonymous — October 19, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

  • 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.

    Daniel
    petsounds14@msn.com

    Daniel — October 19, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

  • 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

    kevhawker@gmail.com

    Kev — October 20, 2006 @ 6:43 am

  • 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.

    Aaron — October 21, 2006 @ 4:00 am

  • 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.

    36sharps@gmail.com

    Jen — October 22, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

  • 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.

    -Nathan

    nathan knisley — October 22, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

  • 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”.

    Sincerely,
    Jerod Walburn

    Jerod — October 24, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

  • 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.

    peace
    brandon

    Brandon Jackson — October 24, 2006 @ 11:36 pm

  • 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 *@&!”

    Jeff — October 25, 2006 @ 9:49 am

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

    Mark Maxwell — October 25, 2006 @ 6:21 pm

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