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Ben Folds Five have released a music video for “Do It Anyway”, and they have done so in tremendous fashion. The band has teamed up with Fraggle Rock, the world famous Jim Henson creations. Anna Kendrick, Rob Corddry, and Chris Hardwick from The Nerdist (who produced the video) all appear as well.

Ben Folds Five + Fraggle Rock? How awesome does that sound? This video will brighten up your Monday. I guarantee it.
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On September 18 Ben Folds Five will release The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, their first new album in 13 years. Last week the band released three new songs from the album. The first is “Erase Me”, a very classic Ben Folds Five song that officially marks their fully formed return. The other two, “Michael Praytor, Five Years Later” & “Sky High” also hit home just as well. The latter should please fans of his solo work.

It’s been a long time since Ben Folds Five have been around, but you really wouldn’t know it from listening to these new songs. The band have aged gracefully.

“Erase Me” (via Spin):

“Michael Praytor, Five Years Later”
(via TeamCoco)

“Sky High” (via Spinner)

Ben Folds Five @ Bonnaroo (June 10, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 14th 2012

Ben Folds will always have a space in my heart. His music was a big part of my teenage years. So to be finally able to say I saw Ben Folds Five live is a special thing. The band played a show a week before their Bonnaroo performance, but before that, they hadn’t played a show together in 13 years. That’s a long time.

They didn’t lose anything on the way. They weren’t too dramatic about it, just went along their business rocking out all of the classic jams that graced the ears of many a generation in the 90s. Ben Folds is always a pleasure to watch live, and the rest of the band seemed just as happy to be playing again.

Many great things to praise about these guys being back. But honestly, just being able to hear songs like “Brick”, “Army”, “Narcolepsy” was enough to put a smile on my face, sending me down a memory lane of sorts.

They got a new album on the way, so hopefully the good vibes keep on coming from BF5.

[new]: Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway

By Will Oliver, May 7th 2012 — with 6 comments

Over the weekend Ben Folds posted a giant message on his facebook detailing the new album (the first in 12 years) from Ben Folds Five and what exactly they are doing with it. This announcement also came with an unmastered new track from the album called “Do It Anyway”.

The song definitely has that classic Ben Folds Five feel to it. Fans of both the band and Ben Folds solo stuff have plenty to be happy about.

[mp3]: Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway

The band is releasing the album on their own, and are rely on fans to help them promote the album. There’s a pledgemusic page and everything. Folds says if fans help him relay messages then he will reward them with credit on the actual LP art. That’s pretty awesome. Find the full facebook message from Ben after the jump.
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[new]: Ben Folds Five – Stumblin’ Home Winter Blues

By Will Oliver, October 14th 2011 — with 1 comment

October 11 brought the release of Ben Folds retrospective compilation, The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective. We can all agree that one of the best parts of this release is that there are three new Ben Folds Five songs attached to it.

We already heard “House” and “Tell Me What I Did”. Now we have a chance to listen to the final new track, “Stumblin’ Home Winter Blues”. It’s a somber ballad not shy of showing plenty of substance, in typical Ben Folds Five fashion. We can only wish that the band would reunite to release more stuff of this quality.

Check out a stream of it below:

If you haven’t already, but the compilation album right here.

[new] Ben Folds Five – House

By Will Oliver, August 24th 2011 — with 9 comments

It’s been quite a long time since we’ve heard Ben Folds. It’s been even longer since we’ve heard Ben Folds Five. Of all places, NBC has uploaded a new song of Ben’s called “House” onto his profile page for The Sing-Off, the show which he acts as a judge. The song is being billed as new Ben Folds Five, which should be enough to make you smile just a little bit.

When I was younger I used to be a huge Ben Folds fan. My tastes have changed since then, but this song is good enough to remind me of why I used to like Ben so much in the first place.

“House” will be included on Ben’s upcoming greatest hits album, The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective, which is out on October 11.

OH SNAP: Ben Folds Five Reunite!!!

By Will Oliver, September 2nd 2008 — with 1 comment

Wow this is amazing news!! I have just read that Ben Folds Five is reuniting for the first time in 10 years to play together. The coolest part of this already sweet news is that they are going to play their album “The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner’ in its entirety. They are calling it the “Front to Back” concert.

The first date is September 18th at UNC’s Memorial Hall. It is the only date for now, but keep checking up on a special myspace page or Ben Folds site for updates on a full tour.

I have the pleasure to attend Ben Folds solo show at Terminal 5 on my birthday (September 30th), and I cannot wait!! Maybe he will mention something about it.

I hope that this tour hits NY, count me in for sure.

Bonnaroo Announces 2012 Lineup

By Will Oliver, February 14th 2012

Bonnaroo have revealed their 2012 lineup, and its a good one. I went last year and had the time of my life, so I was impatient to finally see who is playing. They didn’t disappoint. Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, and The Beach Boys are the headliners. Then you got Bon Iver, Bon Iver, The Shins, Foster The People, The Roots, Alice Cooper, Black Star, Feist, and Ben Folds Five, which is something I’m truly excited for.

The other acts that I’m really excited to see are Two Door Cinema Club, Major Lazer, tUnE-YarDs, Flying Lotus, St. Vincent, Young The Giant, Battles, Dawes, The Black Lips, Phantogram, The Antlers, Kurt Vile, Alabama Shakes, The War On Drugs, Grouplove, White Denim, Here We Go Magic.

There’s definitely something for everyone, and there’s always Radiohead, which is definitely enough to sell me.

Bonnaroo will take place June 7 – 10 in Manchester, Tennessee. The see the entire lineup, head here.

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