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0 Comments :: Permalink :: Mon 3/16/2009 2:11 PM
We've Got JamBase Merch!
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Tue 1/20/2009 4:00 PM
New Distance-Radius Algorithm
Hey all,

Just a small update from the engineering team here at JamBase. We've recently changed the way that we calculate the distance using a radius around some location (zip code or city). This means that you may (or may not) see a slight change in the results of your location-based show searches, as well as your New Show Alerts.

The discrepancy is quite minor but if your missing a venue you knew was included before, you can simply increase your radius.

Our apologies if this caused any sort of inconvenience. As always, please let us know if you run int problems using our Bug Form.

Rock on!
Lead Software Engineer 0 Comments :: Permalink :: Thu 1/15/2009 11:53 AM
MY Best of 2008
It's that time of year again! JamBase always graciously publishes a best of 2008 which includes all employees, but it always leaves me wanting to list more than the 5 top albums and 3 best shows. So I've decided to post them here. Best Albums of 2008
  1. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
  2. The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely
  3. Blitzen Trapper - Furr
  4. Charlie Hunter - Baboon Strength
  5. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
  6. She & Him - Volume 1
  7. Dr. Dog - Fate
  8. The Whigs - Mission Control
  9. Ryan Adams - Cardinology
  10. Radiohead - In Rainbows
  11. Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
  12. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash
  13. David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
  14. Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
  15. Okkervil River - Stand Ins
  16. Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
  17. Akron/Familiy - Love Is Simple
  18. Johnny Flynn - A Larum
  19. Brett Dennen - Hope for the Hopeless
Best Live Shows of 2008
  1. Raconteurs - Bimbo's - 4/23/2008
  2. Radiohead - Outside Lands - 8/22/2008
  3. My Morning Jacket - Greek Theater - 9/19/2008
  4. Surprise Me Mr. Davis - High Sierra late night set - 7/4/2005
  5. The Jammy's - NYC - 5/7/2008
  6. Mother Hips - Starry Plough - 2/15/2008
  7. Ryan Adams - The Fillmore - 8/23/2008
  8. Treasure Island - Raconteurs, Fleet Foxes - 9/20-9/21/2008
  9. Akron/Familiy - Rickshaw Stop - 4/30/2008
  10. Ray LaMontagne - Oakland Paramount - 11/3/2008
  11. Cloud Cult - Bottom of the Hill - 5/13/2008
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Mon 1/5/2009 5:43 PM
We're Hiring!

Love JamBase? Got mad skills? We're looking for a few good people who can realte to good music and what we're trying to accomplish: connect music fans everywhere with the music they love.  We currently have openings for a .NET Web Developer, a part time UI Designer and summer internships!

Head on over to the Jobs Page and see what we have open. If you have questions you can email us at the address provided or just private message me.
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Tue 4/29/2008 6:42 PM
On Rotation Lately

Here are a few albums that I cannot stop playing lately. It always happens weird for me... I find a few discs that I play until I am totally sick of them and then I go find another handful. I really depend on and appreciate the JamBase CD Reviews. They're usually on-point with most of my tastes.

  • The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely » I think this the best of album of the year. Amazing production, killer songs and catchy licks!
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash » Malkmus is the man! Love this disc just as much as I did Face the Truth
  • Black Keys - Attack & Release
  • R.E.M. - Accelerate » I wasn't sure what I would think before I started playing this album. It had been a long time since I felt any interest in listening to REM, but this is a really really great album.
  • Flowmotion - Is That Right
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Mon 4/14/2008 5:02 PM
Exciting Things Afoot at the Circle K
There sure are a lot of really exciting things happening over here at JamBase. We are thrilled to be providing so many great new features and are even more excited about more coming up.

My personal favorite is the New Show Alerts, which allows you to get an email every time one of your Favorite Artists adds a show in your area (based on the Zip code in your account). This is incredible as it's very difficult to track ALL your favorite bands even when you check the web daily. It's sort of like Ron Popeil says in his infomercials, "Set it and Forget It!"

Also, we've got JamBaseTV, which has tons of great content, a lot of which is real live footage from our editorial staff, but also in conjunction with StimTV. They've built some really cool technology over there and it's very addicting to watch. Enjoy! Here are some of my favorite videos thus far:  (and there are tons more!)
Dr. Dog Interview
Ben Folds
The Funky Meters Interview

The other are the widgets, which is also pretty sweet. Our location-aware widget will display shows for your favorite artists in the viewers local area. Spread the word to GO SEE LIVE MUSIC and add a widget to all your social networks including MySpace, Facebook, blog and so much more!
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Thu 3/6/2008 11:18 AM
New Albums and Artists
Hey JamBasers...

Here is a quick list of albums and artists that I've recently found and would like to recommend.

Dolorean - Violence in the Snowy Fields
Jens Lekman
Fruit Bats - Spelled in Bones
Eldar - re-imagination (CD Review)
Tokyo Police Club
Mr. Bungle
El Ten Eleven
1 Comment :: Permalink :: Wed 2/27/2008 2:39 PM
New Discovery: State Radio
I don't know where I've been, but I've just never heard of State Radio (www) before. I saw the newswire today and decided I would pull them up on JamBase Rhapsody. I listened to "Year of the Crow" and I think it's an awesome disc!  It's classified as Jam Rock, but I don't think I would call it that at all.  What would I call it? I dunno... ROCK. But I suppose that's just too broad these days.  Good CD, check it out.

I kind of thought to myself while listening, this sort of reminds me of Dispatch, and it turns out that they DO appear in the "Related Projects" on Rhapsody, meaning at least someone was in both bands.  I'll have to look for more info. They're playing Bonnaroo, so things must be going pretty well!
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Wed 2/13/2008 11:12 AM
Artists I'd Like to See in 2008
We're all committed music fans. We've all seen probably hundreds of shows, some perhaps thousands!  Here is a list of artists I would love to see in 2008.
  • Yeasayer -- this album blew my gourd! Listen to this band!
  • Akron/Family -- This band can play the best brown note ever. Sadly I missed them in SF last time 'round. DYING to see them.
  • Iron & Wine -- never seen him before, would love to see him on the tour with Califone
  • Rotary Downs -- I want more from the Downs! These boys created a phenomenal disc.
  • The Whigs -- their new album "Mission Control" is unbelievable!
  • Josh Ritter -- he's on fire! Really breaking out more and more
  • Vampire Weekend -- what a great sound. Very unique.
  • Ryan Adams - I just saw him for the first time and I need more!
  • Built to Spill -- still haven't seen these guys! But they have 2 nights at the Fillmore soon!
  • Efterklang -- wow!  What a band... I'd kill to see Akron/Family with Efterklang
  • Radiohead -- still haven't seen them either, but the chances are slim
  • El Ten Eleven -- this duo blows my mind, old skool Slip-syle.
  • Wilco -- duh!
  • Cold War Kids -- missed most of their set at Bonnaroo, but still relaly dig their debut
  • State Radio -- just haering these guys for the first time lately, I dig!
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Tue 2/5/2008 11:31 AM
MyJamBase Blog RSS Feed!
Hey now!  You can get a feed of your MyJamBase Blog by clicking the RSS icon in the upper right hand corner of your blog page.  Just go to your profile
Then click on the orange RSS icon (). Give it a shot, or subscribe to MY RSS feed here.
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Mon 1/14/2008 7:16 PM
A Kids Record from MMW
I took the new Medeski, Martin & Wood CD a first spin. I laughed, I thought it was great. I was grooving and learning! I will listen more for sure, and just saw it afterward in the Rhapsody feature slot.
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Sat 1/12/2008 12:00 AM
Focus the Nation on January 31st
More than just one day, Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America is an unprecedented educational initiative, involving over a thousand colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, faith groups, civic organizations and businesses. Focus the Nation is a catalyzing force shifting the national conversation about global warming towards a determination to face this civilizational challenge.

The Berkeley Institute of the Environment (BIE) will be participating in this initiative. I'm pretty sure that I'll take the day off so I can attend this event. While this is not at all about any one place or state or university being better than the others, I would not rather attend this event anywhere but in Berkeley, CA. The BIE website for this event has some great information and a cool footprint calculator. See where you can attend this event in your local area. It's critical that we understand, engage and actively stay involved. 0 Comments :: Permalink :: Wed 1/9/2008 11:16 AM
Search Enhancement Group
Hello Friends!
I wanted to be sure to let you know that I've put together a new Group on JamBase. We're working really hard at enhancing the search results all over the site. We see that this has been an issue with some of you and want to be sure that we are providing the results that everyone expects!

It's important that we get it right, so I'm asking for your help! If you have any iterest in doing some search testing and feedback to help improve the new JamBase search, I welcome you!  Please send me a note at mason [at] and I'll invite you to the group!  You can also private message me if you'd like, just be sure to include your email address.
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Mon 10/8/2007 3:57 PM
High Sierra!
This is so the best festival out there. Not because it has 2 ferris wheels, but that it has none.  Not because they give out heady laminates, but because they have none (ok, maybe a few)!  Because the little ones enjoy it too. Because it's not Bonnaroo and I don't want it to be! This is definitely my favorite festy.  I wish I were better with words, but this review says it all and more.

Thanks everyone for such a great time at High Sierra!  This time I got pictures:

High Sierra 2007
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Mon 7/9/2007 11:28 AM
Wow, Bonnaroo is one insane event! The size, the people, the music, the fun, the sun -- the ferris wheel!! It is truly amazing to witness such a production at that level. Seeing the amount of planning, work and coordination for such a huge festival moves me to give mad props to the people at Superfly for putting on the country's largest music festival of the year.

To all of you who came by the booth to check out the New JamBase, thanks for your support and taking the time to swing by. We feel that the booth was a huge success and reached many fans from all walks of life to show them how and why JamBase is the website for Live Music.

A person needs a vacation from a festival like that! We are back to the office and working hard on getting the new site launched for everyone to enjoy. Please feel free to let us know what you think by using our contact form, blog comments, private message, forum message or one of the other numerous mediums JamBase is providing for you to express yourself.
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Wed 6/20/2007 11:45 AM
Booth at Bonnaroo 2007
Hello my fellow JamBasers! 

Bonnaroo is just around the corner now and we are all very excited to have a presence at one of the largest music festivals in the scene.  Please come by to say hi at our JamBase booth in the Sonic Village.

We'll be there to talk about the new website, our plans for JamBase and also just to let you know that your favorite website ( is run by great people (and serious music fans) ... not robots!

Don't forget to print out your customized BonnarooBase schedule so you know where to be at all times!  Be safe and enjoy your festy in the beautiful country side of Tennessee! 'Cause there ain't no place I'd rather be....
0 Comments :: Permalink :: Tue 6/12/2007 6:38 PM