Portrait Of A Chair →
CW Roelly, the artist who created the art featured on my last CD, shows how it’s done via a time-lapse photo — 6+ hours of bending wire shown in less than five minutes.
Brad Paisley vs. me
In 2010, I read a New Yorker article about Brad Paisley which painted him as a guy who was easy-going and who didn’t take himself too seriously, someone with a voice of his own and a mischievous side that informs his stage presence and his music. I like a lot of old country, and some new alt.country, but though I’ve tried listening to mainstream country on occasion it’s been a...
emilyheller: In case you missed it, here I am on Conan! Comedian Emily Heller (who is also co-host of one of my favorite podcasts, Baby Geniuses) has a funny set on Conan. “What do you do if you find out that someone you know is dating a racist? Do you talk to him about it, or national television?”
007 Sundays: "Live and Let Die"
In January, one of my favorite tumblr bloggers, GirlDetective, proposed that she, and anyone else who was interested, should watch the James Bond films in chronological order, with a new movie being watched every Sunday. She would then post a short essay on the movie’s place in Bond history and some notes she jotted down and she watched it. You can see her synopses here. I joined the...
I'm forty years old
and can just about be trusted to trim my own mustache. girl-detective: I tried waxing my own eyebrows. I’m really glad I have bangs.
The Day - Live Lunch Break: Jacob Haller | News... →
Yesterday I took the day off of work and headed down to the headquarters of theday.com, a Connecticut newspaper, to participate in a live broadcast in which I played seven songs and answered some questions from the host, Rick Koster. I had a great time, and the episode is now online at http://www.theday.com/article/20130321/MEDIA0104/130329943/1128/medialivelunch . If you know anyone who might...
Happy Valentine’s day, everyone. Your friend, Jake
For the day before Valentine’s day I’ve saved up one of my sweeter songs. This one features Joe Auger on drums, Natalie Markward on electric guitar, and Jack Hanlon on upright bass. I sang it first thing in the morning, as I wanted it to start with as much of a languid feel as possible and I knew that after the first take I would be too excited to do it properly. <a...
Today’s valentine-y song is the tale of a man torn between two loves: his partner, and pickles.
Today’s Valentine-related song is ‘You’re the Tea in My Teacup’. Someone once asked me to mail them the first verse of this song (and only the first verse). Chris Monti plays slide guitar and sings backing vocals on this recording. <a href=”http://jacobhaller.bandcamp.com/track/youre-the-tea-in-my-teacup”...
Today's romantic song
is Hybrid Car Blues. Aw, let’s snuggle up and conserve a little energy together, baby. <a href=”http://jacobhaller.bandcamp.com/track/hybrid-car-blues” data-mce-href=”http://jacobhaller.bandcamp.com/track/hybrid-car-blues”>Hybrid Car Blues by Jacob Haller</a>
Valentine-ish song for Saturday
I hope my friends in the northeast are keeping safe. Here’s a little upbeat song with a scientific message; I played it at an open mike in Georgia last Monday. <a href=”http://jacobhaller.bandcamp.com/track/absolute-zero” data-mce-href=”http://jacobhaller.bandcamp.com/track/absolute-zero”>Absolute Zero by Jacob Haller</a>
Today’s Valentine-ish song is a favorite of my niece Harriet, and it features Joe Auger on drums and Daniel Schleifer on sousaphone. Also, me on the accordion. <a href=”http://jacobhaller.bandcamp.com/track/avocados-beer” data-mce-href=”http://jacobhaller.bandcamp.com/track/avocados-beer”>Avocados & Beer by Jacob Haller</a>
Today's Valentine-related song
is this paean to the blind date, “Was The Moon Too Full?” which Tracie Potochnik was kind enough to sing with me.
A few Valentine-related songs
For the past few days I’ve been posting some vaguely Valentine-related songs to facebook, and it occurred to me that I should do the same here. So here’s what I’ve posted so far: Stale Tequila <a href=”http://jacobhaller.bandcamp.com/track/stale-tequila” data-mce-href=”http://jacobhaller.bandcamp.com/track/stale-tequila”>Stale Tequila by...
Well look at this thing I wrote. →
menagainstassholesandmisogyny: When I was in high school, I had a job with a guy who complained to me that he had asked another coworker out and she had refused him, even though she had previously been nice to him. I told him that I couldn’t really criticize someone from being nice to people they weren’t attracted to; that seemed like a positive thing to me. I forget how that conversation ended...
Help get me a slot in the Montauk Music Festival
I’ve applied to play in the Montauk Music Festival in Montauk, New York. I think it would be a lot of fun to play there. If you agree, and have a facebook account, you can post on their wall here to suggest me: https://www.facebook.com/themontaukmusicfestival — they’ve suggested that people post there to support their preferred performers. I think it’s helpful for people...
voice to text
Yesterday I turned my phone’s voice-to-text feature on while a couple of people were having a conversation nearby. Here’s what it thought they said: “This is my test adenectomy tasty shrimp texts are invited like a symbol and left them hanging out titanous symbol of punctuation Suttman I forget I keep typing to you”
New lyrics added to my website →
Lyrics and chords for ‘Binders Full of Women’, ‘Barista Blues’, and ‘gchat blues’ are now on my lyrics page: http://music.jwgh.org/lyrics/
Knitting patterns on my website
I’ve created a web page on my website for my knitting patterns and related stuff. Go to http://music.jwgh.org/knitting/ to see my Stegosaurus and Diplocaulus knitting patterns, plus a few knitting-related songs and tips on how to use kitchener stitch on edges with ribbing. Happy knitting!
Free online show tonight! →
Tonight, 8:30-11 pm EST: Free online holiday show with Allysen Callery, Chris Monti, Timothy Alexander, Jenny White, and special guests! I’ve been looking forward to this all week. Hope you can tune in! Videos of most of the performers and other information is at http://music.jwgh.org/holiday/.
@mremilyheller wrote: Have they written any blues songs about all your friends on gchat having their status as “away”? In my day-to-day life, I’m a man of few words, But on Google Chat, I can’t wait to talk to my nerds. It’s my social release, it’s the main thing I do online. I’ve tried facebook, AIM, ICQ, but they ain’t worth a dime. I go to my...
This sort of thing can happen when you work from home.
29 words: Mikhail Gurevich (chess player)
A couple of us decided that our December Creative Writing challenge would be to write 100 words inspired by a random Wikipedia article each day of the month. For those who want to play along, today’s random article is Mikhail Gurevich (chess player). My entry is below the fold. [[MORE]] Grandmaster Gurevich publishes chess puzzles. Looking at them makes my brain go quite blank. Learning to...
100 words: Forgotten Voices
A couple of us decided that our December Creative Writing challenge would be to write 100 words inspired by a random Wikipedia article each day of the month. For those who want to play along, today’s random article is Forgotten Voices. My entry is below the fold. [[MORE]]”And what do you do here?” asked the visiting scholar. The researcher explained, “By poring through...
Chris Monti's new album →
With a bit less than a week to go, Chris’s kickstarter to fund his new album is less than $40 away to reach his goal. Be the one to push him over the top! Chris is a great songwriter and I remember him playing Grandma Rose’s funeral song at my holiday show last year, which I believe was one of the earliest performances of the song. I compared notes with a friend afterward and the song...
SADvent Calendar 2012: A Call for Submissions →
areasofmyexpertise: Jason, keeper of the Xmas SADNESS TREE, as per our now legendary verdict TO TREE OR NOT TO TREE, is now making “Sadvent” an annual tradition. sadventcal: WANTED, in preparation for observance of SAdvent (like Advent, but sadder): cute, yet sad, original art to be featured as part of our SAdvent Calendar (like an Advent Calendar, but sadder) to promote charities who are...