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Comment issues

Monday, November 20th, 2006

I’m noticing that some of you are having issues with formatting in the comments – you can’t seem to get the paragraph breaks to work, be it through using <br> or <p> or simply pressing enter, so you wind up with a really long, hard-to-read paragraph.

I need to do some investigating to see why this is happening.  If it’s happening to you, please just comment here with what OS and browser you’re using.

In the meantime, if you manually enter a <br> or <p> in your comment, I’ll go in and clean it up for you, since I don’t seem to be having the problem.  I know it’s annoying but I’ll try to get it fixed as soon as possible.  (Paging Mr. Gupta, you have a telephone call at the front desk.)

I Will Be Buying This Post-Haste

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

The ultimate box set to end all freakin’ box sets will be released on November 28th.

Superman: The Ultimate Collector’s Edition

The full specs are here, with more information here, but this includes the 2 disc Superman Returns, the 4 disc Superman: The Movie, the 2 disc Superman II, Superman II: The Donner Cut (which I’m thinking will be interesting but not all that good), Superman III and IV, as well as lots of additional documentaries and the 1904s Max Fleischer cartoons.  14 discs for $70!

Will I ever get through all this stuff?  No.  But I gotta have it anyway.

And so do you.

Barenaked Ladies Make It Damn Near Impossible

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Other than Monday, there haven’t been any updates this week on this website.  This week was Who Week in NYC, when one of my favorite bands comes to town to play Madison Square Garden and everything else in my life comes to a halt.  That’s over now, so I can get back to more important things.  Like bitching about Barenaked Ladies.

I love BNL.  Really, I do.  I loved them since I first heard "Life, In A Nutshell" in 1995.  I’ve seen them over a dozen times since ’96.  And I buy everything they release on the day it comes out.

Everything, that is, except for their newest release, Barenaked Ladies Are Me.

As Jeff mentioned at the end of his excellent review, I have a big problem with this release.  It’s not about the content.  It’s not even really about the band.  It’s mostly about the management.  The release of Barenaked Ladies Are Me is confusing enough that a die-hard fan like myself would rather just not listen than try to figure it out.

I don’t expect this anal-retentive fanboy conversation to appeal to everybody.  So more on this after the jump if you’re so inclined.  If not, fear not – more posts and mp3s are coming next week.

KT Tunstall And The Secrets Of The Wee Bastard

Monday, September 11th, 2006

(note September 2007:  This post gets more spam comments than any other on the site, so I’ve closed it for new comments.  If you have something you want to contribute, please contact me at jason at jasonhare dot com and I’ll post it for you.)

Last week, I saw KT Tunstall at one of WPLJ’s "Up Close and Personal" concerts.  (Thanks for the ticket, Andi.)  As with the previous shows I caught at Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom, KT sounded great, was in great spirits, and the band was tight.  I don’t think I’ll be heading to see her again until she has something new to promote (I imagine she’s contractually obligated to play the entire Eye To The Telescope CD and little else), but if you haven’t seen or heard her, she’s worth a look-see.

I was able to get some pretty good close-up shots as well – check ’em out here.

I posted a couple times on my previous blog about KT and how much I really dig her.  Note my comment in that linked post: "Her music is catchy, she has a tremendous voice, and the tricks she does with her loop pedal (nicknamed "Wee Bastard," which is what she calls it whenever it breaks) are pretty clever. She makes me want to buy one."

My wonderful wife, clearly picking up on this painfully obvious hint, bought me the Akai E2 Headrush pedal for my birthday.  It’s tons of fun, although I feel sorry for my downstairs neighbors, who have to listen to me loop my voice anywhere from 2 – 8 times over.

My only frustration has been that KT is somehow able to loop both her guitar and her voice through that one pedal.  The pedal only has one output, so as far as I can tell, it’s either voice or guitar, not both.  I’ve tried using an adapter to use both, but it hasn’t worked.

I’m about to get all technical and nerdy here, so discussion on the Wee Bastard (as well as a couple of live mp3s) after the jump.