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Jacob Haller
Attended Tantasqua Regional High School
Lived in Fayetteville, AR
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Has anyone I know been to MaxFunCon?
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New song: 'The DMV of Broken Dreams'.
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Today I'm going to Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket to get things mixed and mastered for my new album, 'Cabin Feature'.  On the CD, you'll find five new and old recordings, mostly recorded at home (one's a live recording).  I'm pretty excited about it!

I'm only going to make a very small number of CDs -- it'll be a run of 50, ten of which will go to my record label, 75orLess Records.  Twenty-one copies are already spoke for, so, if you want a copy, I recommend pre-ordering one now!

You can get a copy, or watch a video of me dancing around my apartment, or both, by going to:

http://kickstarter.jwgh.org/

Thanks to everyone who's already pledged to the campaign, and hopefully I'll have the final CDs to send out in just a couple of weeks!
Jacob Haller is raising funds for Cabin Fever on Kickstarter! A wintry mix of home recordings released during the winter of 2015 in New England.
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Ten days left to order my new CD! Only 24 copies left. Get your own at http://kck.st/1x6BGAz .
Jacob Haller is raising funds for Cabin Fever on Kickstarter! A wintry mix of home recordings released during the winter of 2015 in New England.
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Well, that was quick: Love YA Like Crazy is now on iTunes, too!
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Lesley Gore passed away on February 16, so last weekend I decided to learn to play this song.

The song was most famously recorded by Gore, with lyrics by Ellie Greenwich; its lyrics are really heavy, full of despair, hopelessness, and transparent self-deception.

Gore and Greenwich are both inspirational figures, Jewish women who started writing and performing these amazing hit songs while they were still in high school.
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The following little rant was inspired by a recent episode of the 'Pitch' podcast. The episode is about product placement in music.  It's around 16 minutes long, and worth a listen: http://www.pitchpodcast.org/episodes/#/19-take-a-little-ride-with-coors-light/

With that said, the following isn't about that.

One of the reasons -- in fact I would go so far as to say that it was the main reason -- that I moved back to Providence, and decided I didn't want to work in Manhattan any more, was the ubiquity of advertising in New York City.  It was literally everywhere -- giant billboards on the sides of many buildings, little TVs playing ads in cabs, ads on the sides of busstops, ads inside subway cars, and so on.

So, fine, it was the price of working in Manhattan, and, like most people, I assumed it didn't have much of an effect on me.  And, really, wasn't it just a matter of degree?  It's not like other places don't have ads.

But then I realized that, when I talked to people who didn't live or work in Manhattan, I would make jokes about ads, and they would have no idea what I was talking about.  It was pretty clear that I really had internalized the ads that were constantly being shoved in my face.  It didn't seem healthy, so I left.

The Internet has become my new Manhattan.  The websites I access the most are probably facebook, google, and youtube, and each of these has become more and more in your face with their advertising.  (The ever-increasing length of YouTube ads is particularly annoying.)  Twitter and Tumblr, too, with their 'sponsored posts', have started getting pretty in your face with their ads.  Also, I listen to a ton of podcasts, and most of them have native advertising (where the hosts plug the products), which can raise all kinds of issues.

But this is the deal that we have basically made:  We won't pay for anything, and, in return, we'll put up with the ubiquitous ads.  (Or we won't, and we'll install ad-blocking softward.  But, mostly, we put up with it.)  On a slightly different topic, we won't pay for music, but we'll be OK with it if the musicians we like lend their talents to pitching products.  But my feeling about it is the same as it was when I was in Manhattan:  It's infiltrating my consciousness, and I don't think it's healthy.

I want there to be ways to support services I enjoy, other than just being a product they can sell to their advertisers.  This is why I pay for Slate+, which gives me ad-free versions of their podcasts, and contribute to Maximum Fun, who relies primarily on their listeners for their revenue.  In a less positive direction, it's why I've started aggressively skipping over ads in podcasts I listen to, and why I should probably give in and install an ad blocker.  There's got to be a way to do this that doesn't mean that ads are almost literally everywhere.
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Where did u live. If i remember correctly thete was 5 different towns that went to our school
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Remembering the victims of the Isla Vista shootings, which were a year ago today. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Isla_Vista_killings
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Hey, it's a kickstarter for my next album, which will be coming out in just a few weeks!
Jacob Haller is raising funds for Cabin Fever on Kickstarter! A wintry mix of home recordings released during the winter of 2015 in New England.
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My friend Carrie and I have started a podcast where we talk about works of young adult fiction; we've named it Love YA Like Crazy. It's mostly an excuse to talk to a friend who I don't get to see very often, but hopefully people other than us will find it entertaining! I put together a website for it at http://loveyalikecrazy.com/, and it's also on Stitcher Radio at http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/jacob-haller/love-ya-like-crazy. (I've submitted it to iTunes, but it's not there yet -- but hopefully soon.)

For the first episode, we talked about 'Awoken' by Serra Elinsen, which is a parody of YA supernatural romance along the lines of your Twilight books, except, instead of vampires, the romantic interest is Cthulhu. It's an enjoyably wretched piece of literature -- you can get it for Kindle or as a paperback from Amazon -- and we had a fun time picking it apart, with lots of talk of Elder Old Ones, FUBU shirts, Rhode Island, and a decent amount of swearing. You can listen to the episode at http://loveyalikecrazy.libsyn.com/awoken-by-serra-elinsen .

The next episode is going to be about Daniel Pinkwater's novella 'Young Adult Novel', which can be found in a couple of different collections and anthologies. One of my favorite parts of this episode is the part where we read our own contributions to the book within the book, the epic story of Kevin Shapiro, Boy Orphan.

And then after that we're going to take a little digression from YA fiction proper to talk about one of the Nancy Drew books.

And the episode after that, we're planning to talk to our mutual friend Kerri about Neal Shusterman's creepy dystopian YA book 'Unwind'.

Fun times!
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Tech support person by day, musician by night.
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Fayetteville, AR - Montclair, NJ - Providence, RI
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Jacob Haller is a Providence, RI-based musician whose songs (on such diverse topics as love, relationships, substance abuse, robots, and kittens) have been described as fresh, catchy, and quirky. He's been nominated for 'best singer/songwriter' in the Providence Phoenix and Motif Magazine and has been compared to Leon Redbone, Greg Brown, Paul Geremia, Randy Newman, and They Might Be Giants.

He currently performs solo and with a backing band, the Running Commentary (jazz guitarist Natalie Markward and drummer Joe Auger). He is also a member of two other bands, the Killdevils (a folk/blues/americana band with Chris Monti) and the Double Decker Dance Band (an afro-beat/dance band).

In October of 2009 he released my first CD, 'Mistaken Identity'. It can be downloaded from iTunes or purchased through CD Baby. For additional Information see http://music.jwgh.org/cd.html .
Education
  • Tantasqua Regional High School
    1986 - 1990
  • Brown University
    Mathematics, 1990 - 2000
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Jake Haller, jwgh, Jacob Wolf Gibney Haller, Jacob W. Haller