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  1. 6 points
    Only A Day I See Stars I am loving these new songs. Only A Day's big chorus has been stuck with me since my first listen. Absolute banger! I was actually going to attend this show but it ended up not working out... I was totally kicking myself for that when these videos surfaced ha ha.
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  4. 4 points
    hey @tgreene83! hey @frederic-fugen! thanks for the Bens interest... well, first of all, we never really disbanded. we were just never able to get the 3 of us in the same room after Australia! but don't worry! we're all still great friends, just very busy with various projects. i still hold out hope for future Bens music. you just never know... as for the history of the band, on monday i am beginning a new blog series called Best Friends. where each week, i put a spotlight on a creator, band or brand that has influenced or shaped me in some way. i will be sure to do one on the Bens in the coming weeks!!! in case you're wondering who I'm featuring on the premier issue this monday: the band Ash.
  5. 4 points
    1) Favorite Ben Kweller song? "Thirteen" - this was kindof a breakthrough song for me in that it doesnt even have a chorus yet still feels like a pop song. its pure emotion and love. i wrote verse after verse, each verse was scrawled on its own sheet of paper. i put all the pieces of paper on the floor of the recording studio (The Magic Shop, NYC) and started organizing the verses - putting them in the final order that you all know today. 2) Favorite member of the Beatles? John - that scream! 3) Favorite Electric Light Orchestra song? "Telephone Line" - that chorus! 4) Pinkerton or Blue Album? Pinkerton - i saw them on the Pinkerton tour!!!! i was at the front of the barricade which we totally pushed over. then i was up against the stage, right in front of Matt Sharp. i could touch his foot i was so close. he was wearing white velcro shoes. best concert i ever saw as a teenager... this is the show! I'm somewhere up there in the front!!! 5) West Coast or East Coast rap? East Coast before 1990, West Coast after 1990. 6) Favorite Ninja Turtle? Michelangelo - for me it's all about the nunchucks!
  6. 4 points
    That Mason Jennings cover though. Dammmmmmmmmmmn
  7. 4 points
    OHHHHH SNAPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!! hahaha! you done found some new jamzzzzzz hehehehe. glad you like. wait til you hear the recordings. they're gonna be SICK!
  8. 3 points
    Hey Ben and BK fans, I'm long time super-fan, discovered Kweller after my High School teacher slid me Ben Lee's "Grandpaw Would" album for a listen, many moons ago. One Ben lead to another...(already being a fan of Ben Folds Five, saw them open for Beck on his epic Odelay tour). Anyway, I'd like to know more fun small facts about the formation (and disbanding) of The Bens in 2003, especially the song Bruised and what that was like to lyrically compose and record. Though I'm quite current with all Lee and Kweller's discography (pulling away slightly from Lee-- Ayahuasca album I couldn't dig into...) The Bens EP is something super special, especially when I look back on their work as individuals. Bruised is a track that has stuck with me and I'm still listening to it...almost 15 years later. Ben -- Do dish!! Another other die-hard "Benners" in the house? Tiffany
  9. 3 points
    Was cleaning out some old hard drives and found some great pictures and videos. Way way back when Ben opened for Dashboard Confessional. The second pic I always get a laugh from with Ben in-line to his own merch. Return to Seattle and was able to film the whole show. I still have the mini DV tape someplace. Another Seattle show. Opening for Pete Yorn Always great seeing you perform brother! Shocked it has been 16 years!
  10. 3 points
    Best Friends is a new blog series where i'll goes in depth and shine the spotlight on people, artists, bands and brands that have shaped and inspired me. This week i'm talking about the rock band Ash! check it out peeps and let me know what you think. xoBK https://benkweller.com/blogs/bk/tim-wheeler-and-the-band-ash
  11. 3 points
    I agree on CH’s album art. I have always wanted a Changing Horses 2 with red album art and a similar motif. Ben’s voice sounds so good over country tunes...although it sounds good over all kinds of tunes.
  12. 3 points
    Still get chills... "I'll be your glove, I'll be your scarf, I'll be the cross that covers your heart. But I don't want you to get tired of me honey, after such a good start."
  13. 3 points
    Man, I had an Australian radio promo copy of Sha Sha on vinyl 7 or so years ago. I sold it (and most of my other records) before I proposed to my now wife. Needed some extra money to make life work out. I regret not hanging on to that thing!! Discount Fireworks is the bomb. That early Commerce TX, along with the Silent Night in Wasted and Ready are the stuff of dreams. I also love Here is Not Dissonant and Panamanian Girl a lot. I'll be thrilled if it sees a legit release some day.
  14. 3 points
    Acoustic guitar, although he slays on the pianer. Saw Ben play solo in Savannah, Georgia in a theatre. He went back and forth between Piano and acoustic guitar...brought the house down. One of the coolest concerts I’ve ever been to. Ben, you remember that one? We were all in assigned seats and at the end you were just like “everyone come up front.” Badass.
  15. 3 points
    Crazy thing about that pinkerton tour. That was my first concert ever, my bro and I met mykel and carli in line going into the concert. They tracked us down at the show and got us backstage (crazy moment) i ripped a poster off the wall and they signed it, still have it framed.....Nerf Herder poster still stuck to it
  16. 3 points
    They are all so great! I started listening to Sha Sha when I was in middle school and one of my best friends moved away. I was so sad about this but this album totally helped me out! I remember loving the line I’m maxed out like a credit card! This album also inspired me to learn to play guitar and I got one the following Christmas. So thanks for that! On my Way reminds me of driving around in the desert in Phoenix when I was in high school. I blasted that one in my 1999 Nissan Altima and I actually crashed it while listening to your tunes in Tucson because I was so into it. No harm was done though! Then I studied abroad in college in England and will always associate the Ben Kweller album with sitting on a train going through England and watching the green through the window. It really was over hills and over dales! And then when I got married my husband and I danced to Thirteen. Changing horses, I was working a brand new pediatric nurse at children’s national medical center in Washington DC and was STRESSED AS SHIT. My job was so stressful but your music helped me cope with the stress of my job. Now I am a psychiatric nurse working with depressed teens in Berkeley, CA and every now and then I get to bust out a little guitar and get to teach these young kids about Ben Kweller. It usually makes them smile. You kick so much ass! Your music motivates and inspires me still. THANK YOU!!!!
  17. 3 points
    thanks @BeachBoyNick!!!! i'm glad to have a place we can call home out here on the internet super highway that isn't run by Facebook, Google or Twitter!
  18. 3 points
    well first of all @Dyl .... YOU JUST MADE MY DAY!!!!! not only are you the first person other than me and my web dudez to post a comment on the new message board, but i love your in depth analysis of my entire discography. EPIC. yes they are babies... your babies too. we love them all. haha hashtag Harry Nielsen!!! OG version of "Walk On Me"???? yer a true Kwellerhead through and through...
  19. 3 points
    I have so much love every single album, it feels insane to choose! I voted Sha Sha, because it has been the soundtrack to my life and heart for so many years, but I feel like I’m turning my back on all the other beautiful babies Some of My Fav Highlights on Every Other Album: Freak Out its- That OG Version of Walk On Me is engrained as a part of me On My Way- The RIGHTEOUS pre chorus into the hook in I Need You Back The *feels* in My Apartment
 Ben Kweller- Let’s be clear, this is an empirically perfect album, so it’s difficult to pick any singular moment— the flow, the songs, everything. It forever reminds me of summertime bike rides and being madly in love The structure of Run The pure love of Sundress The euphoria in “OF SOMETHING GOOD, OF SOMETHING GREAT” in Penny on a Train track Changing Horses- Sawdust Man sounds like it could be a Harry Nielsen song. That jangly piano, the song structure…it’s all brilliant. Go Fly A Kite— Jealous Girl’s perfect pop melody THOSE HARMONIES IN GOSSIP. I’ll never get over them. Thanks for all the years of rad jams, Kwells. It’s so wonderful to see you back in the world again
  20. 2 points
    Please release it in a high quality format Ben Thanks!
  21. 2 points
    Info will go here as soon as we know more. Maybe Ben can share some interesting info here as well if we are lucky. Can’t wait for more info!
  22. 2 points
    They'll cover the album "The Bends" by Radiohead
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    wow, great question. thanks for asking. Lizzy and i both have some good advice here but it should probably be a blog post. haha! let me collect my thoughts and get back to you... in a nutshell: Communication
  24. 2 points
    Seriously!!! I still talk about that gig today!!! SCAD is such a cool school and Savanna such a cool town.... I LOVED that sho and so glad an attendee is on this forum. So I’m not the only one keeping the memory of that night alive !!!
  25. 2 points
    My two favorite BK songs are on On My Way, but Ben Kweller is usually the album I queue up first, and it's the album I use to introduce you to people that need some feelgood music in their lives. Believer has some of my favorite lyrics coupled with that sweet, sweet melody, and it's the first song of yours that I immediately had to grab my axe and learn. I really dig the diminishing drumbeat in Down, not forgetting the balls-to-the-wall section near the end. Power! I have personally given Red Eye my best many, many times on a late night drive.
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