who is that masked “merton”?

okay, let’s put an and to this ridiculous debate.

there is a feud raging across the internet about whether the original “funny chatroulette piano” video is ben folds.  i’ve taken some heat on digg for suggesting that, um, yeah, it is.  so, let’s — just for the sake of argument — pretend that we don’t already know the answer and look at the facts.  and by look, i mean that literally; here’s screengrabs from the original video and from the live “ode to merton” performance in charlotte, NC, which we all assume to be ben folds by default (because he’s playing in front of a live audience and presumably someone could cross-reference dates to confirm he was actually at the venue on the day he was supposed to have been).  i’ve seen people say things like “ben folds is a better piano player than this guy” and even “i’m a longtime fan of ben folds and this isn’t him…i can tell by his speaking voice.”  funny.  i can tell by his speaking voice that it is ben folds.

what, are you people blind, deaf and stupid?

first, the first “funny piano improv”…

next the second “funny piano improv”…

okay, got it?  burned those images into your head?  now, for my  next trick, the live video:

if anyone still tries to tell me these are are different people i will scream.  i mean come on.  just because the youtube page says “this is not ben folds, ben folds is a better piano player” doesn’t mean it’s actually not ben folds.

teh s3quence 009: lilah’s mix

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a new tradition i’m starting this year is to make mix cds for each of the kids every year.  i did one for G a couple months ago, and decided when i finally made lilah’s that i would post it here on teh s3quence.  so, here it is:

01 morphine, the night
02 poe, hello
03 bjork, big-time sensuality
04 imogen heap, clear the area
05 elastica, connection
06 eisley, combinations
07 fleetwood mac, go your own way
08 the killers, everything will be alright
09 pop tarts, girlie pop
10 no doubt, just a girl
11 they might be giants, clap your hands
12 the 5, 6, 7, 8s, woo hoo
13 blondie, hanging on the telephone
14 the b-52s, love shack
15 garbage, only happy when it rains
16 no doubt/bounty killer, girls got the bass in the back
17 alice deejay, the lonely one
18 ayumi hamasaki, moments
19 bt, blue skies (feat. tori amos)
20 ayumi hamasaki, i’m your little butterfly
21 ben folds, gracie

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(side notes: track 01 is a special song because it’s about a “little girl” named lilah, and it played in my head when we were coming up with names.  track 21 is a song ben folds wrote for/about his daughter.  “still fighting it” on rockin’ the suburbs was written about/for his son.)