Monthly Archives: July 2008

New Mraz Polaroid Book – No Shaking Required

a thousand things

a thousand things

When you got your Mraz pre-sale tickets you may have seen a little box where you could select to pre-order Jason’s new book of Polaroids. It’s titled a thousand things and is a bit pricey at more than $40, but maybe you can share with a friend.

If you’re not sure whether you need it or not, you can wait until I get mine and I’ll let you know.

I don’t see any other way to pre-order at this point, but will keep you posted when it’s announced.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen them yet, here are the U.S. and Canadian 2008 What’s the Name of This Tour? Dates from Jason’s Myspace page:

Oct 8 2008 8:00P
Scranton Cultural Center Scranton, Pennsylvania
Oct 10 2008 7:00P
Radio City Music Hall New York, New York
Oct 13 2008 8:00P
Metropolis Montreal, Quebec
Oct 15 2008 7:00P
Massey Hall Toronto, Ontario
Oct 16 2008 8:00P
Tower Theater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 17 2008 7:00P
Orpheum Theater Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 20 2008 7:00P
DAR Constitutional Hall Washington,, Washington DC
Oct 23 2008 7:00P
Nokia Theater Dallas, Texas
Oct 24 2008 7:00P
Stubbs Outdoor Austin, Texas
Oct 25 2008 7:00P
Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, Texas
Oct 27 2008 7:00P
The Fillmore Denver, Colorado
Oct 28 2008 7:00P
E Center Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct 31 2008 7:00P
SDSU OAT San Diego, California
Nov 1 2008 7:00P
Greek Theatre Los Angles, California
Nov 2 2008 7:00P
Greek Theatre Berkeley, California
Nov 3 2008 7:00P
Freeborn Hall Sacramento, California
Nov 5 2008 7:00P
Knitting Factory Boise, Idaho
Nov 7 2008 7:00P
INB Opera House Spokane, Washington
Nov 8 2008 7:00P
Center for Arts Vancouver, British Columbia
Nov 9 2008 7:00P
Paramount Seattle, Washington
Nov 12 2008 7:00P
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, Oregon
Nov 15 2008 7:00P
The Pearl Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 16 2008 7:00P
Dodge Theater Phoenix, Arizona
Nov 19 2008 7:00P
Myth Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 21 2008 7:00P
Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nov 22 2008 7:00P
Aragon Ballroom Chicago, Illinois
Nov 23 2008 7:00P
Fabulous Fox Theater St, Louis, Missouri
Nov 25 2008 7:00P
Lakewood Auditorium Cleveland, Ohio
Nov 26 2008 7:00P
The National Richmond, Virginia
Nov 29 2008 7:00P
Tabernacle Atlanta, Georgia
Dec 2 2008 7:00P
Florida Theatre Jacksonsville, Florida
Dec 3 2008 7:00P
Hard Rock Live Orlando Orlando, Florida
Dec 4 2008 7:00P
Ruth Eckard Hall Tampa Bay, Florida

Kiss me, I will kiss you back,


Did You Get Your Mraz Pre-Sale Tickets?

Mraz on stageNew tour details came out yesterday and a freaking lot of new Fall 2008 tour dates went on sale today. Details are on Mraz’s tour page, or head straight to and use the password: polaroid.

Update (10:06am): A friend trying for tickets in San Diego said he immediately got a Sold Out message at 10:00. Is it possible to be sold out before the sale even begins? Maybe just a computer glitch? I’ll be watching Jason’s site for news.

Another Update (10:16am): Never mind. It’s working now.

Dear Mraz: Thank You for James Morrison

In the last week, my postings have followed Mraz’s Practice Gratitude theme. I was thankful for Joss Whedon. I was thankful for friends.

Last weekend I was thankful to be flipping through channels and spot Mraz on VH-1 doing an uncomfortable interview where the chick was asking these amature, softball questions and he looked like he would rather be just about anywhere else, although he was polite and kind throughout. Also, there were avocados.

James Morrison

James Morrison

Now I would like to take a minute and express my attitude of gratitude for James Morrison. I can’t believe I actually wrote “attitude of gratitude”. If you come back tomorrow, that part may be erased. I’m not sure about it yet.

James Morrison is the guy singing on Details in the Fabric. His voice is gritty and real, the opposite of the buffed and polished and synthesized stuff you normally get on the radio, but then nothing on We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. is what you normally hear on the radio. That’s why we like it.

After listening to “Details in the Fabric” a few dozen times I went to YouTube and looked up Mr. Morrison. What I found was ok, but it didn’t blow me away and I pretty much forgot about him.

A few weeks later I got to meet up with my friend, Jorge, who I haven’t seen in yonks. (That’s Australian for ‘a super long time’.) We had brunch, did some shopping, and walked around Berkeley. We popped into one of the massive record stores on Telegraph and I was thumbing through the used CDs. When I got to the Ms, to see if maybe there was a Mraz import I didn’t have, I found James Morrison’s Undiscovered. It was $3.99, so I decided to take a shot.

After leaving Jorge back at his hotel, I rolled down my windows, slid the CD into my player, started cruising toward the freeway, and suddenly felt like someone had waved their magic wand over my little blue Neon. Maybe it was just the rare, perfect California weather, or maybe it was my mood, but after just a few minutes I decided that this James Morrison CD was going to be my new best friend.

I’ll let you discover more about him yourself, but I do want to share these lyrics from the song Wonderful World:

Sometimes I feel so full of love
It just comes spilling out
It’s uncomfortable to see
I give it away so easily

That’s so me. And that’s so Mraz, don’t you think? Heart on his sleeve, completely willing to look like a fool.

It’s a fun album. Go get it. Even if you have to pay more than $3.99.

I’m not lost, just undiscovered,

Dr. Horrible’s Evil Ending! Grrr! Arrg!

Dr. Horrible

Dr. Horrible

*Warning! Spoilers below!* 

Joss, Joss, Joss. Why?

Why must you toy with us like this? Why do you make us wait and wait for something fresh and new (well, networks are mostly to blame for that), then give us a spoonful of your perfect, clever lovin’ to make us remember how happy and entertained you can make us feel, but then snatch our satisfaction away in the last few seconds with a, “What the hell?” and then make us wait even more to find out what happens next? Or if anything will happen next? (Please, please, please say the sequel is in the works.)

I loved Dr. Horrible (the character and the mini-movie). The ending was almost too Willow and Tara, but still moving. The ending ending was the bit I don’t think anybody saw coming, and it’s driving me crazy, but in a good way. A way that makes me want more. Is Dr. Horrible really some guy in, I dunno, maybe a mental institution who’s been imagining the whole thing? Nah. Too silly.

Maybe it was a “Lost”-style flash-forward and Dr. Horrible has returned to living life as a normal guy? Or maybe it’s a story-in-a-story type deal with Billy in the Joss Whedon role, fantasizing about these characters he’s invented?

Or maybe Joss has something even better up his sleeve, being far more experienced at dreaming outside the box than I am.

Uuugggggh! The waiting is going to eat me up. But as long as I have some time on my hands, may as well watch it again 🙂

Tenacious Mraz Sings a “Happy Song”

Mraz Happy Song

Festival in Germany. Short film. New. The guy who isn’t Jack Black. That’s all you need to know.

Go to the middle of the GMnext page, under Videos.

“Dr. Horrible” is Completely Wonderful! Thanks Joss!

Dr. Horrible

Dr. Horrible

It was so popular yesterday, the entire site crashed so not many people got to see it. I checked back today though and Joss Whedon’s new Internet supervillian musical, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog“, was up and running just fine.

Neil Patrick Harris is the most geekalicious and cuddly evil-doer you’ve ever seen. Nathan Fillion is a perfect ass. The songs are very Buffy-esque, the humor is Joss at his most undiluted (thank goodness this production wasn’t done by a studio), and I can’t wait to see what goofy fun Act II brings us.

“Dr. Horrible” is free right now, but for $3.99 you can download all three acts from iTunes. Show Joss some love and pony up your Starbuck’s money. If he makes enough, then hopefully there will be many more Internet adventures to come.

Mraz on Letterman: Don’t You Think He Looks Tired?

No, I’m not trying to bring down the Mraz government à la David Tennant in pyjamas. (And isn’t that just the best episode? He looks sexy and powerful, but cozy and a little tousled at the same time. All rude and not ginger, pressing buttons and smiling and then getting all serious with his, “no second chances” mean face. Love it.)

I just mean that our Mraz is looking a wee bit worn. Gaunt, even. He’s starting to more closely resemble his album cover, all angles and cheekbones and hat. I hope he can squeeze some R&R into his crazy tour schedule.

If you didn’t see Letterman last night, Jason and the band performed “I’m Yours”. It was more like the tour version than the album version, which I appreciated. No need to dumb things down for people who have only heard one version of the song and don’t know that it’s evolved over the past, what, three years?

Dr. HorribleThe clip should pop up on YouTube soon enough. Until then, go watch Joss Whedon’s new Internet musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, or try to anyway. It’s having some technical difficulties right now, but I’m sure it’s worth the wait:

Wow. Mraz, David Tennant, and Joss Whedon, all in one post. That’s like the holy trinity of geek entertainment or something.

Once more with feeling,