Durham Performing Arts Center announced this afternoon that Ben Folds will perform Wednesday, Feb. 25, on a bill with Miniature Tigers.
It's the first of a three-date swing through the Carolinas in support of his new album, Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds, due out Feb. 10. Tickets are a very reasonable, recession-friendly $29.50.
The new record is a special two-disk version of his last album, Way to Normal. On his Web site, Folds provides an explanation for the new record's existence:
And so we have "Way To Normal: Stems and Seeds" - two disks. One disk is a remix, remaster, re-sequence of "Way To Normal" along with the now legendary (in our own minds) 'fake' tracks, the Japanese version of "Hiroshima", the Conan Rehearsal of "You Don't Know Me" and the Piano Orchestra version of "Cologne" - a total of 20 tracks.
The other is a disk of files, called stems, which will pop up in Garageband and allow you to mix the album yourselves. Just click on the file of the song you want to mix and you'll quickly understand how it works. If you'd like to turn the drums off or down, or if you want to use loops or turn that damn singer off and sing it yourself, its all possible. We've included extra loops with the song "You Don't Know Me" hoping someone could maybe come along and make a hit out of this fucking song.
Perhaps Folds got the remixing idea from Indy music editor Grayson Currin's review of Way to Normal on Pitchfork.
Here's a friendlier review by the same author of Ben Folds Five's sold-out reunion performance of its classic The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner.