Q: Why are the extra discs in my 'Challengers' Executive Edition box set blank?
A : Don't worry, they're not defective. They're supposed to be blank.
Here's how the Executive Edition works : the box set you've bought is packaging for 3 screen printed CD-Rs. The content for the box set will be made available to download a track at a time from www.buyearlygetnow.com. When all the tracks and files have been made available, you can burn them to the appropriate CD-R.
Q: What file formats will this stuff be in?
A: Audio files will be provided as 256kbps MP3, as well as in FLAC format. Most people are familiar with mp3s, they're the download format of choice and play in virtually any portable audio file device like the iPod.FLAC is a lossless, open source format that provides audio at the same quality as factory pressed CDs. The file size is significantly larger than mp3, and the files don't play in iTunes. For more info on FLAC, go to http://flac.sourceforge.net/.
Q: How will I know when to burn the CDs?
A: At www.buyearlygetnow.com there's a burn meter that shows you how much Executive material we've released, and how much more is left to go until you can burn each disc. We've got material lined up for the next couple months, so expect not to burn the discs until then.
Q: I'd like to watch late night television tonight but haven't done so since Ted Koppel left "Nightline". Do you have any recommendations?
A: Absolutely. The New Pornographers will be performing tonight on CBS's "The Late Show With David Letterman." Dave's other guests will be Hayden Panettiere and Jeff Goldblum. Hopefully the latter will have some good stories to share from his days playing opposite Ben Vereen on "Tenspeed & Brown Shoe", though perhaps he's done something since, too.