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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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I got eight requests for songs today, so here they are! You can also listen to them all in one place in this tumblr post: http://jwgh.tumblr.com/post/111323229574/eight-recordings

* Erik'Dardan A F Ymeraga requested Towns Van Zandt's song 'Pancho & Lefty':
https://soundcloud.com/jacob-haller/pancho-and-lefty-demo

* Todd Jenkins requested the James Stevens song 'The Forty Year Old Waitress', aka 'The Frozen Longger':

https://soundcloud.com/jacob-haller/the-forty-year-old-waitress

* Todd was also curious about a song I wrote and recorded in 2005 named 'My Little Lobster':

https://soundcloud.com/jacob-haller/my-little-lobster

* Jane Vassar asked about a song named 'Editors at War', which has lyrics by Ariel Weinberg and is probably largely incomprehensible to anyone who isn't pretty geeky about powerful text editors -- but it does have a nice, folk, vibe, and I've seen people dance to it, so check it out:

https://soundcloud.com/jacob-haller/editors-at-war

* John Salt asked for the not-safe-for-work song "Pumpkin, Mrs Farnsworth", which is fair enough, since it's based on a dream he had. The lyrics are by Casey Bennetto, and this is a very rough practice version that features Matt Everett on accordion:

https://soundcloud.com/jacob-haller/pumpkin-mrs-farnsworth

* Jenny White asked fa song I wrote before I really considered myself a songwriter which features a lot of bad language. I'll render the name as 'F*** The Bees':

https://soundcloud.com/jacob-haller/f-the-bees

* There's also a radio-safe edit called 'Swat The Bees':

https://soundcloud.com/jacob-haller/swat-the-bees

* Sarah Anderson suggested 'The Wreck of the Crash of the Easthill Mining Disaster', a Brooke Abby song, so here's the version from my last album:

https://jacobhaller.bandcamp.com/track/the-wreck-of-the-crash-of-the-easthill-mining-disaster

* And Erik'Dardan A F Ymeraga made a late request for the John Prine song 'Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Any More', so here's a live version I recorded with Chris Monti in 2007:

https://soundcloud.com/jacob-haller/your-flag-decal-wont-get-you-into-heaven-any-more-wchris-monti
Earlier, I took snow day requests for songs that people wanted to hear. I got eight requests for songs today, so here they are! Erik’Dardan A F Ymeraga requested Towns Van Zandt’s song ‘Pancho & Lefty’: Todd Jenkins requested the James Stevens song ‘The Forty Year Old Waitress’, aka ‘The Frozen Longger’: Todd was also curious about a song I wrote and recorded in 2005 named ‘My Little Lobster’: Jane Vassar asked about ...
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Here's a recording of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' from a 2012 show in which I accompanied Jenny White.
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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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A snow day offer: I've put together a fairly complete list of songs I know. If you want to hear one of them, let me know, and I'll post a recording!

Original songs:

Absolute Zero
All Alone
Andy Breckman Man
The Ascot, Pipe, and Smoking Jacket Song
Avocados & Beer
The Ballad of Anne Hutchinson
The Ballad Of The Oregon Highway Department
The Ballad of the Eire Canal
Barista Blues
Binders Full Of Women
Blame the Train
Blue Yodel #∞ (T for T-Rex)
Circumstantial Evidence
Codependent
Come To Me Now
Dear Santa
A Dozen Lovely Roses 
Editors at War
Eleven Past Two
Ezra's Song
A Fork In The Road
From Your Neighbors
F___ the Bees
gchat blues
Hybrid Car Blues
I Wear A Croth
I Wish That I Was Vegan (live)
I'm a Guy
Interests Are For Jerks
Just You
Kitten Knitting Blues
Lady Luck
The Limit
Making It Up As I Go
The Maze
Mistaken Identity
Mistreating Yarn Blues
My Little Lobster
Oil Price Blues
Part Time Dog
Photo Album
Pickle Postcard
Pigskin Loofah
Pretty Polly (It's Complicated)
"Pumpkin, Mrs Farnsworth"
Rainbows and Unicorns
Relatively Human
Seven Years Of Fat
Socks of Quarters Blues
Soft Spot
Song Written In The Shower
Stale Tequila
Time To Break Up The Band
Versicle
Was The Moon Too Full?
Watching Killer Robots Eat Your Head
What Do We Need?
Worst Meal
You're the Tea in my Teacup

Covers:

Alley Blues
Barstow
Before You Accuse Me
Big Road Blues
Blue Monday
The Book Of Love
C-H-I-C-K-E-N
Caldonia
Car Song
Catholic Girl
Charlie the Chimp
Cities
The Colorado Trail
Come Back Baby
Complicated
Cow Cow Blues
Davy Crockett in Outer Space
Dear Santa
Deep River Blues
Didn't They
Down In The Dumps
Early In The Morning
Faithless Jack the Spaceman
The 40 Year Old Waitress
The Greenland Whale Fishery
Gypsy Woman
Hickory Wind
Home on the Range
I Am Not Your Broom
I Believe To My Soul
I Can Hear You
I Can't Be Satisfied
I Walk The Line
I'm Sick (of this American life)
I've Got the Key to the Kingdom
Jesusland (instrumental)
King of the Road
The KKK Took My Baby Away
Leaving Home
The Lion Song
Little Red Riding Hood
Mama Tried
Mick McGuire
Midnight Special
Mighty Long Time
Milk Cow Blues (Milk 'Em in the Evening Blues)
Money (That's What I Want)
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
NaCl
No Money Down
Older
The Old Man Who Lived in the Woods
One More Minute
Pancho & Lefty
Passing Trains
Pollution Is A Bad Thing
Potato
Power Plant Strike
Praise Boss
Railroad Bill
Rhode Island Is Famous For You
Road Movie To Berlin
Rockin' Pneumonia
Sam Hall
San Francisco Bay Blues
The Scheduling Song
She's An Angel
Sheep Go To Heaven
Sin City
A Sinful Life
Singin' in the Bathtub
Sister Kate
Skin & Bones
Spike Driver Blues
Stealing
Stone Sober Blues
Sweet Baby James
Swinging Doors
Tear My Stillhouse Down
Tessie
That'll Never Happen No More
Thorn In Your Side
Two Of Us
Waist Deep in the Big Muddy
The Wanderer
Waterbugs
Way Down In The Hole
What's The Matter With The Mill?
(Whenever I'm Sad, I Do A Web-Search For Pictures Of) Adorable Kittens
Willimantic, USA
Worried Man Blues
Why Does The Sun Shine?
The World's In A Tangle
The Wreck Of The Crash Of The East Hill Mining Disaster
Yarn Blues
You're Bad (And You Won't Go Away)
Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Any More
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This song is from episode 17 of season 4 of the Simpsons, in the episode titled 'Last Exit to Springfield', which features Homer leading a strike at the Springfield power plant. I recorded this cover version in 2006 on a nylon string guitar I owned at the time.

When I played this song at a farmer's market recently, a gentlemen came up to me at the end, threw a dollar in my tip basket, and said, "Now play Classical Gas!"
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On Sunday, I played my song ‘Absolute Zero’ in the Empire Revue, with Chris Monti taking a nice solo and the rest of the house band providing some support as well. It’s always fun playing with those guys!
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I used to get really nervous before performing, but that is pretty rare now -- I even kind of miss it, in a way. But the Empire Revue is always great -- the audience is really pulling for you, and is always welcoming. And the house band is great, and it is always fun to play with them.

Also, it seems that some people never get used to it, and are always nervous when performing, or take anti-anxiety medication to help them not get nervous. There's no pattern to it, as far as I can tell, so I think I just won the lottery somehow.
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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