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Nick Hornby

Jimmy Fallon show appearance

Ben and Nick are slated to appear on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show on NBC-TV (United States) Thursday, October 14. Pee Wee Herman is also a scheduled guest. Update: Here’s the clip of Saskia Hamilton from the show.

PEN/Faulkner Reading Series performance

Ben and Nick Hornby will team up for an evening as part of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s Reading Series.  Hornby will read from JULIET, NAKED accompanied by “musical short stories” from Lonely Avenue. It’s open to the public.  Information and tickets on the Tour Dates page.

BBC interview with Ben and Nick

In London as part of a European PR tour, Ben and Nick Hornby visited BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and chatted with reporter Nicola Stanbridge. Listen here.

Lonely Avenue

Lonely Avenue cover artBen’s newest opus, Lonely Avenue, drops September 28 on Nonesuch Records. Departing from the Sony/Epic label that he’s been with since the second Ben Folds Five record, Whatever and Ever Amen, the album represents a collaboration between Folds and the author Nick Hornby, who penned the lyrics, to which Ben wrote music. String arrangements are by well-known pop arranger Paul Buckmaster, who also arranged for Elton John, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen. The album has been sequenced and mastered, specifically as a work to be listened to in the LP format (two-sided, approximately 25 minute sets) and will be released in a variety of formats including audiophile vinyl LP (mastered at Abbey Road Studios and pressed in Germany at Pallas Manufacturing) and CD in addition to the now customary digital downloads, plus there will be a special edition including four short stories written by Hornby. And, Ben confirms that there will be a tour. Read the press release and more at the Nonesuch Records site.

Vinyl release planned

As with some recent releases, Ben is looking into pressing the Hornby album in vinyl LP versions as well. Undecided but being contemplated are 33RPM and 45RPM versions spanning multiple discs, as well as heavy-weight vinyl, which some say improves quality if pressed correctly.