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Ben Folds On World Cafe | November 25, 2011

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The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective compiles unreleased tracks, demos, live recordings and new material from World Cafe favorite Ben Folds.

At three discs long, the new collection takes an expansive look at Folds' career, including remastered hits and remixes, with plenty of Folds' wry humor throughout. For a musician who never lacks for material, the release comes at a time when Folds is back in the public eye as a celebrity judge on the a cappella vocal competition The Sing-Off. In his conversation with World Cafe host David Dye, Folds speaks passionately and knowledgeably about the history and current resurgence of a cappella, as well as its place in American culture.

Also in this session, Folds plays a set of enduring favorites: "Zak and Sara," from Rockin' the Suburbs, "The Best Imitation of Myself" from Ben Folds Five, and a special, annotated rendition of Whatever and Ever Amen's anthemic "Song for the Dumped."(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Coldplay "Hurts Like Heaven" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Girls "Honey Bunny" Father, Son, Holy Ghost
The The "Uncertain Smile" Soul Mining

((St. Vincent "We Put A Pearl In The Ground" Marry Me))

Ben Folds "Zak and Sara" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Ben Folds "Song for the Dumped" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Ben Folds "Best Imitation of Myself" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Julian Lynch "Canopy" Terra))

The Beatles "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" The White Album
Joe Strummer & Los Mescaleros "Bhindi Bhagee" Global A Go Go

Hour 2

U2 "Stay (Faraway, So Close)" Zooropa
The Rolling Stones "I Love You Too Much" Some Girls Reissue
World Party "Way Down Now" Goodbye Jumbo
Nada Surf "Waiting for Something" The Stars Are Indifferent
Sugar "If I Can't Change Your Mind" Copper Blue
Beady Eye "The Roller" Different Gear, Still Speeding

((John Martyn "Couldn't Love You More" Sweet Little Mysteries))

Dawes "Fire Away" Nothing Is Wrong
The Decemberists "Calamity Song" The King Is Dead
Aimee Mann "That's Just What You Are" Single

((Sun Airway "Swallowed By The Night" Nocturne Of Exploded Crystal Chandelier))

Lykke Li "Unchained Melody" Live on Triple J
The XX "Crystalised" XX
Fitz & the Tantrums "Breakin' The Chains of Love" Pickin' Up the Pieces
David Bowie "Sound and Vision" low
Beirut "Santa Fe" The Riptide