Ah, Myspace…for folks of a certain generation, the name alone brings back memories of friend requests from Tom, WordArt GIFs, and other mementos of pre-Facebook socialization. But aside from all that, Myspace was (and, in some ways, still is) a haven for independent music. Let’s rewind to 2006. By August, over 100 million people were using the platform, and in October, the platform launched its first-ever live webcast. The star? Ben Folds.
Joined by an audience small enough to fit into his Tennessee home studio, Folds performed an hour-long, all-requests set. The performance was full of great songs: cuts from his third album, Supersunnyspeedgraphic, a few tracks from his previous project, Ben Fold Five, a rousing sing-along “Army,” and a surprising cover of Dr. Dre’s “Bitches Ain’t Shit.”
Now, Real Gone Music brings the full concert to CD and LP for the first time ever with Ben Folds: Live at Myspace, due out on March 29. The collection also includes five bonus tracks from the iTunes Originals series, a 2005 digital release. The album is available on CD as well as in a two-disc, white vinyl set with a newly designed, custom gatefold jacket. The 2-LP set is limited to only 1,000 copies. But don’t expect this release to sound like it did coming out of your desktop speakers 13 years ago: Real Gone promises studio-quality sound, along with new liner notes by Bill Kopp with reminiscences from Ben Folds.
So get ready to travel back to 2006 and place your pre-orders for Ben Folds’ Live At Myspace. While you’re there, take a look at the full track listing!
- Opening Theme (It’s Alright With God)
- There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You
- Learn to Live with What You Are
- All U Can Eat
- I Cross the Line (Performed by Titler)
- Such Great Heights
- Rockin’ the Suburbs
- Bitches Ain’t Shit
- Alice Childress
Tracks 1-12 video released on Live At My Space, myspace.com/Epic/Sony BMG DVD 88697 04151 9, 2007.
Tracks 13-17 originally released on iTunes Originals, Sony BMG digital album, 2005.