And now, for the final word, here's Ben.

21/August/2006 - 14:34

UPDATE: We now have the new (strings) version of 'Learn To Live With What You Are' on Ben's myspace. Check it out!

DOUBLE UPDATE: The CD will be out on October 24th (USA)

Fuelled by the ranting and raving, Ben himself popped onto myspace and has given us the lowdown on the LP, his new album, his orchestral CD, and more in probably the longest stream-of-conciousness you've read for a while.

I've posted the full thing here, but regarding Supersunnyspeedgraphic:

it's very simple. we took the existing tracks that were done for the ep's, along with 'bitches ain't shit' and 'still' and threw them on an album for mainstream release. it's not my normal 'just for fans' sort of move. it's for the people who missed it being in stores, and it's for posterity, so that i have a solid album in my hand, not just my ipod, that represents a particular era. sort of a selfishly motivated release since i'm sure sony won't see many sales of it. just for my collection.

i expect there will be some bitching from a few hundred of my closest friends who stick by me each step, buying ep's and b-sides etc.
and to you i will apologize. and i certainly wouldn't ask you to buy the record expecting anything new or earth shattering. for various reasons, if i'm going to put this era into a collection, it needs to be done now. so i say, yeah, put it out.

i will also say that every song on the album has more energy now and sounds better than it did to me on the ep's. i had a chance to listen through tracks and pick alternate takes with hindsight perspective, which is sometimes good and sometimes dangerous. haha. in this case, it came in handy. a few times i found some earlier overlooked takes that had more mistakes but better energy. sometimes there had been tracks muted that we brought back. a few overdubs happened. i got corn mo to drop in after he did bonnaroo and sing a few lines on 'get your hands off of my woman'. we re-did the tracks on 'songs of love'. i love this neil hannon song and felt that it was a little stiff originally and deserved more heart, so i did some surgery on that. 'learn to live with what you are' has a large string section now arranged by paul buckmaster and sounds damn classic. michael brauer lent much more aggressive mixes, much taller. all in all, an improvement and now i have an album to show for that period of time from 2002-2004 that i spent coming off tour for days at a time to record.

but it's not my 'new album' and i've expected all along to mostly catch grief and a few bad reviews about how i'm going backwards bla bla. and that's quite alright. meanwhile, the people who still don't know how to use computers, and they actually exist believe it or not, will be able to buy the music in a store. most will probably think it's a new album, you'll be surprised. and anyway, it's worth it to me to have the opportunity to have this as an album for the long run.

i'm really glad so many of my closest friends bought the ep's to begin with, in case i never thanked you for that.

Sounds like we were both in ALL respects - we're getting a mix of original tracks that we already own, some remastered tracks, and some tracks with added strings.

Who kept the faith? Come on, put your hand up. Now use that hand to pat yourself on the back. If you've not sprained something now use it to click here and read all about the orchestral cd, his upcoming album that he's recording in October, and his new-found vandalism-based self therapy.

Cheers Ben!

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