Recording sessions are set in Ireland for February as Ben reunites with his 2011 touring band Sam Smith. Ryan Lerman, Chad Chapin and Andrew Higley. They’re putting together a collection of songs that Ben has been writing, inspired by the various “Rock This Bitch” improvs from live shows. A 2016 release is tentatively planned.
The sessions are to be recorded at legendary Windmill Lane Studios, most famous as the studio where the Irish rock band U2 recorded, as well as the Rolling Stones and Lady Gaga. Windmill Lane, an unassuming graffiti-laden building along Dublin’s “Rock ‘n’ Stroll” Trail, is one of Europe’s most highly-regarded recording facilities. (more…)
The as-yet unnamed upcoming album by the reunited Ben Folds Five, due out in late summer or early fall, is seeking subscription support from fans for distribution via Pledge Music. Through the Pledge Music system, one makes a “pledge” or payment of financial support and, depending on the amount chosen, can receive a variety of rewards ranging from a digital download of the finished project to signed CDs, tour t-shirts and a vinyl pressing. For the Ben Folds Five project, a basic download is $10, and other premiums range upward to $62. Though the project reached its monetary goal less than a day after being launched, one can still enroll and claim one of the premiums. (more…)
Ben’s bassist Ryan Lerman, who has been releasing his musical creations one by one on channels such as YouTube, has put them all together into an album now available on Apple’s iTunes Music Service. The seven tracks (more…)
Ben’s touring bassist Ryan Lerman has posted his latest song, Rhymes with Nothing, to YouTube. As with his earlier songs, he’s multi-tracked it, playing drums, electric bass and Fender keyboard, and the video is presented in the VideoSong multi-frame visual style. Ryan tweets that he’ll have a full album out in about six months.
Update: Ryan posted another song, After the Fact, today on YouTube. (25 April 2011)
Singer-songwriter Lauren O’Connell has a new song up on her MySpace and on YouTube. I Belong to You features Ben’s touring bassist Ryan Lerman, whom Lauren describes as “stupid talented,” on guitar, bass, piano, assorted percussion, and accompanying vocals. From the small world department, Lauren, who hails from the Napa Valley area of California, has a project with Nataly from Pomplamoose as well.