Last night Ben Folds played an excellent set at the Kool Haus here in Toronto. He and his four piece band delivered a slew of stuff from his latest record Way To Normal including a pair of the leaked fake tracks while mixing in a lot of old favourites like “Alice Childress,” “Philosophy,” “Annie Waits” and a phenomenal version of “Army.” Having never seen Folds back in his heyday with The Five, I was obviously stoked. Good times had by all.
UPDATE: YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE SET LIST HERE
During the set, Ben took a minute to discuss some controversy that had been stirred up earlier in the day. While on Laurie Brown’s CBC Radio 2 show, he described Do Make Say Think/Broken Social Scene member Charles Spearin‘s new record The Happiness Project as “bad spa music.” Someone claiming to be Torq Campbell from Stars, and using Stars myspace page then wrote a blog post calling folds a MOR has-been, a hipster and an asshole all for just not digging a record. Folds wanted to clear things up last night, explaining that he actually meant the “bad spa music” quip as a compliment and that he actually quite liked the Charles Spearin track Brown played. Further he said that anyone whose writing on blogs about the debacle should (and yes, I do see the irony in me writing about this) “write a politician or something.” He made no mention of Campbell specifically though he did cite the pitchfork post about the blog post.
Anyway, to further complicate matters, today Campbell issued a statement explaining that he never wrote the original blog post and that Stars myspace page had been hacked. They’ve since changed the password he says.
So to recap, Folds never insulted anybody and Campbell didn’t write an angry rant about the non-insult. If anything came of this it’s that a whole lot of people now know who Charles Spearin is. You can get a good sense of the whole debacle by reading the P4K post here.
Ben Folds Five – “Army”