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Songs about loneliness, breakups, exploding whales, knitting kittens, infidelity, and time travel.

Hi, my name is Jacob Haller. I last recorded an album two years ago, and since then I've written a bunch of new songs that I'm proud of and can't wait to have recorded professionally. I was very happy with my last album (you can listen to it for free behind this link) and I think I'm ready to build on its strengths and make this one the best one yet! Thanks to everyone who has pledged their support to this project, and to everyone who has helped spread the word about it!

To help me release my new album, click on 'Back This Project' and say how much you want to pledge and what reward you want. For $10, you're basically pre-ordering the album (and you'll get it much more quickly than people who didn't participate in this campaign). Or you can pledge more and also get one of the other rewards listed on the right. Or you can pledge less than $10; in that case you won't get a tangible reward, but you'll have my undying gratitude. I'll also do an online show available exclusively to my Kickstarter backers soon to celebrate and to thank you all!

The Stretch Goals

FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD STRETCH GOALS REACHED! Since I've exceeded my base fundraising goal by $750, in addition to recording the original songs I'd planned, I'll be recording Tom Waits's "Way Down In The Hole" and the Flaming Lips's "Waterbugs" with a full band for inclusion on the album. I'll also have a couple of great Providence musicians, Chris Monti and Tracie Potochnik, record their own covers of one of my songs, and these covers will be distributed free to all Kickstarter backers. And I'll be commissioning artists Shaenon K. Garrity, Scuffy Genius, and Ian Cozzens to each create an illustrated lyric sheet for one of my songs, which all my Kickstarter backers will get copies of as free high-resolution PDFs.  Thank you all very much!

With just a few hours left to go, the remaining question is: Can we make this project even MORE awesome? I have a couple of small stretch goals left:

  • $2625 will allow me to add another cover song to the album, Brooke Abbey's 'The Wreck of the Crash of the Easthill Mining Disaster'.
  • $2750 will allow me to commission another musician (I haven't confirmed it with him yet, but I know just who I want to ask) to cover one of my songs, with the recording to be distributed to all Kickstarter backers for no extra charge.

If these get matched then there are no words for how excited I'll be! I mean -- holy cats!

The Music

I've written a lot of songs that I'm really proud of in the past couple of years, and narrowing them down to roughly a dozen tracks is going to be pretty painful!

I've always written songs in a variety of styles, and that eclecticism will come to the fore here with swinging songs about binders full of women, country songs about the Rashomon-style quality of online dating, dirty blues songs about coffee, and a capella songs about exploding whales. I will add a full list of the songs I want to record in the FAQ below, and you can hear live or demo recordings of many of them online at http://music.jwgh.org/lyrics/ .

75orLess Records

I've talked to the owner of 75orLess Records, a Rhode Island record label that specializes in short runs of CDs that are silk-screened by hand, and they have expressed interest in releasing this CD, which is very exciting for me! The plan is to print up a limited edition of 250 hand-printed and numbered CDs. Once those are gone, I have no plans to make more, so preorder one and make sure that you get a copy!

The cover design will be by talented New Jersey artist K. Pease, who also came up with the Stale Tequila-inspired design seen here:

K. Pease design for 'Stale Tequila'
K. Pease design for 'Stale Tequila'

The Musicians

For about a year, I was in a band with Chris Monti (electric guitar and vocals), Jeff Keithline (bass and vocals), and Matt McLaren (drums). At the time, we talked about recording an album, but we never managed to do it -- until this album, when I plan to have them record 3-5 songs with me!

The album will also feature some songs that I'll perform solo, and I'm planning to get some great local musicians such as Tracie Potochnik, Joe Auger, Matt Everett, Madeline Hayman, Daniel Schleifer, Chris Brooks, and others to come help me out on other songs as well.

Pictures Of Some Of The Prizes

An apple pie I made
An apple pie I made
A simple knitted slipper
A simple knitted slipper
Two stegosauruses knitted by me
Two stegosauruses knitted by me
A prehistoric amphibian called a diplocaulus, knitted by me
A prehistoric amphibian called a diplocaulus, knitted by me

The other prizes will have to be left to your imagination, at least for now!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This is my third CD, and I have used the experience of my previous projects to try to make my plan for it as bulletproof as possible. With that said, there are always risks involved in this sort of undertaking:

- Money: Between my personal savings and the money from the Kickstarter, I should be able to complete this project, but if any unexpected expenses come up, or if recording is much slower than expected and I have to pay for more studio time, then it's possible I could run out of money. This would most likely result in the album having fewer tracks than planned, but in an extreme case could result in the project being postponed until I could get more money together.

- Time: I have tried to be conservative in my estimates of how long it will take to get things done, and I'm hoping to get it all completed long before my goal of January. With that said, the recording schedule in particular is pretty tight, and if the schedule starts to slide it could be difficult to get back on track. As above, this would most likely result in fewer tracks being recorded than planned.

- Miscellaneous disasters: If one or more of the musicians I have scheduled to record on the album becomes unavailable for some reason, I would try to find replacements, but this would slow things down and could add to the expense. If I myself were to become unavailable, then obviously that would be much worse, and could result in lost time, in money being drained from personal savings that I had planned to spend on the album, etc. In this case, if it looked like the project would not be completed any time soon, I would refund all money if at all possible.

Writing that last paragraph made me feel really creepy!

I do want to emphasize that this is not the first album I've recorded, and that I've previously worked with many of the people who will be helping me record this album, and so I feel very confident that I will complete the recordings on schedule; still, you should keep the above risks in mind when considering whether to back this project.

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    THE CD: A numbered copy of the finished CD, plus digital downloads of all tracks as soon as they are available (probably a month or two before the CD itself is). If you pledge more than $10 and choose this level, you will get an extra CD for every extra $10 pledged (so $50 gets you five CDs, for instance), with a limit of 10 copies per person.

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    TOTE BAG: Get a tote bag with the same design by artist Andrew Farago that's being used for the shirt (see below)! The design will be based on one of the songs on the CD, and you'll of course also get the CD and the downloads.

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    SHIRT: Artist Andrew Farago is designing a shirt based on one of the songs on the CD, and you can get one of the first off the presses! You will of course also get the CD and the downloads.

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    THE ALL-DIGITAL JACOB HALLER COLLECTION: Download all the tracks from 'Mistaken Identity', 'Circumstantial Evidence', and 'Time To Break Up The Band', plus three other songs recorded at the same time as 'Circumstantial Evidence'. No CDs to clutter up your home!

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    THE COMPLETE CD COLLECTION: Signed copies of 'Mistaken Identity', 'Circumstantial Evidence', and 'Time To Break Up The Band', plus a three-song EP of covers, plus digital downloads of everything.

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    PIE: A freshly-baked apple pie (it may be possible to substitute other fruit if they are in season) cooked by Jacob Haller, plus the CD and the downloads. You will have to pick up the pie in Providence.

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    BISCOTTI: A nice afternoon activity might be to sit down with a nice hot beverage, listen to the new Jacob Haller album, and enjoy some biscotti. But what's if you don't have any biscotti? With this option, Jacob Haller will make eight delicious pieces of cranberry/pistachio biscotti and mail them directly to your house by the US post. It goes without saying that you'll also get the new CD and the digital downloads.

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    HANDMADE SLIPPERS: Right now it is hot, but by the time this project is done it will be cold! With this option, Jacob Haller will knit and mail you a simple but warm and comfortable pair of slippers, based on your foot measurements, using this pattern: http://snbprov.livejournal.com/117613.html You'll also get a signed CD and digital downloads of the recordings.

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    PODCAST FAN: I recently launched a podcast named 'Tell Me About Your Song' in which I interview musicians about a song they've written; you can hear the first episode at http://yoursongpodcast.tumblr.com/post/59938910245/for-the-first-episode-of-tell-me-about-your-song . I plan to release a new interview every two weeks, but if you pick this reward, for the next six months (ending April 1 2014), I'll send you the episodes as soon as I'm done editing them, meaning you'll get to hear them weeks or months before anyone else. And you'll get the CD and the digital downloads too!

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    CD + PIE RECIPES + SLIPCOVER: If a limited edition CD, silk-screened by hand, isn't luxurious enough for you, consider this crazy option: A signed CD in a CD slipcover hand-knitted by me, plus a small booklet of some of my favorite pie recipes. I will only make five of these, so this will be a limited edition of a limited edition!

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    KNITTED AMPHIBIAN: I'll hand-knit and mail you a diplocaulus (an adorable primitive amphibian from dinosaur times) using a pattern of my own design: http://music.jwgh.org/knitting/diplocaulus.html You'll also get a CD and digital downloads of the recordings.

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    KNITTED STEGOSAURUS: I'll hand-knit and mail you a stegosaurus using a pattern of my own design: http://music.jwgh.org/knitting/stegosaurus.html You'll also get a CD and digital downloads of the recordings.

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    PODCAST SPONSOR: I will read a short (approx. 30 second) personal message or promotional bit from you at the beginning of a podcast episode (see the 'Podcast Fan' reward above for information about the podcast). Naturally I reserve the right to refuse messages that are offensive or inappropriate, but you folks are great, so that shouldn't arise, right? You also get a copy of the CD and the digital downloads.

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    PERSONAL RINGTONE: I will write and record a personalized ringtone just for you! It will include your name or place of business, whichever you prefer. It will probably make it a little embarrassing whenever anyone calls you. Still, pretty cool, right? The ringtones will be 20-40 seconds long and will provided in mp3 and m4r formats; you'll have to check with your phone company to determine how to get them on your phone. Of course, you'll also get the CD and the downloads.

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    HOUSE CONCERT: I'll come and play at your event, at a mutually convenient date and time, for up to three hours. Must be within a few hours' drive of Providence. You'll also get the CD and the digital downloads.

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Funding period

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