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Jamtopia’s Gift Guide for Music Lovers: 2009 Update

Variety of music and audio products

Cyber Monday has come and gone, but if you're anything like me you still haven't bought a single gift. To help you out, I've updated Jamtopia's Gift Guide for Music Lovers with a bunch of new gift ideas for the music fans in your life.

As always, each category in the music lover's gift guide showcases three great gift ideas priced to match your relationships — good friends, best friends, and soulmates — with a little something for every budget.

And of course each gift idea has solid features, gets positive reviews, and offers plenty of bang for the buck. I'll give you a “Ginz Guarantee” none of these end up in the returns pile.

Happy shopping!

P.S. If you come up with any other gift ideas you think should be featured, post a comment below.

Welcome Last Call with Carson Daly Fans!

Just a quick hello to everyone who saw of the 2008 Jamtopia Concert Photo Contest finalists on Last Call with Carson Daly last night. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Below are a few links to help you get your bearings and see what Jamtopia is all about. Or, scroll down some more to watch the bumper one more time.

Last Call with Carson Daly

Quick guide to Jamtopia…


Hope that keeps you busy for a while and you find something you like! Thanks again for visiting.

P.S. Special thanks to Ryan Kadro for reaching out to me and helping arrange this. Greatly appreciated.

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Gift Ideas for Music Lovers: 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

Variety of music and audio products

To commemorate Cyber Monday, one of my favorite contrived media events, I'm pleased to announce Jamtopia's 2008 Holiday Gift Guide for Music Lovers. It's filled with gift ideas for the music fans in your life (or for yourself).

Each category in Jamtopia's 2008 Holiday Gift Guide showcases three great gift ideas priced to match your relationships — good friends, best friends, and soulmates — with a little something for every budget.

Plus each gift idea has solid features, gets positive reviews, and offers plenty of bang for the buck. We're betting none of these end up in the returns pile.

Happy shopping!

P.S. If your research points you to any other gift ideas you think should be featured, post a comment below.

We Have a Winner: The Best Concert Photo of 2008

Grand Prize Winner

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam Concert Photo

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam || July 12, 2008
Photo by Jeff Kravitz for Inside Celeb Pics

1st Runner-up

Gogol Bordelo Concert Photo

Gogol Bordelo || Aug 19, 2008
Photo by Alexandre Pinabel for Collectif ISO

2nd Runner-up

Eating Glass Jose Concert Photo

Eating Glass || June 8, 2008
Photo by Ben Hajdukiewicz


Congratulations Jeff Kravitz!

Jeff's stunning picture of Pearl Jam's Mike McCready going airborne at the 2008 VH1 Rock Honors is getting an honor of its own — 1st place in the 2008 Jamtopia Concert Photo Contest.

I could see him tensing his leg muscles, hear the music reaching a crescendo, and I just waited for the right moment. Hands down the best photo I have ever taken.
Jeff Kravitz

It wasn't unanimous, but two of our three judges chose Jeff's picture as their favorite from the more than 330 great concert photos entered in the contest. Personally, I loved this one from the second I saw it. As Jeff said, he took this one at just the right moment!

Our 1st runner-up is Alexandre Pinabel who captured the incredible emotion of Eugene Hütz and Pamela Racine from the New York gypsy punk outfit Gogol Bordello.

And taking the 2nd runner-up slot is Ben Hajdukiewicz with his photo of Jose from the Canadian hardcore band Eating Glass. As judge Andy Gadiel said, “it literally looks like his face is melting.”

Congratulations Jeff, Alexandre, and Ben, and thanks again to nearly 200 professional and amateur concert photographers who entered. Hope we can do it again next year.

Want to see more great concert photos? See all 12 finalists.

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The 12 Best Concert Photos of 2008

With sincere thanks to all of the 195 professional and amateur concert photographers who entered the 2008 Jamtopia Concert Photo Contest, I'm very pleased to announce the finalists.

I must say it was nearly impossible to pick just 12 finalists from the more than 330 great concert photos entered, but without further ado, here they are…

Franki Doll Concert Photo

Franki Doll || Feb 21, 2008
Photo by Roger Krueger

Die Mannequin Concert Photo

Die Mannequin || Apr 24, 2008
Photo by Reinier Asscheman

Grace Potter Concert Photo

Grace Potter || Apr 25, 2008
Photo by Greg Homolka

OK Go Concert Photo

OK Go || May 16, 2008
Photo by Tasha Schalk

Boris Takeshi Concert Photo

Boris || May 29, 2008
Photo by Nathan Wind

Ratdog Bob Weir Concert Photo

Ratdog || June 1, 2008
Photo by Matt Beauchemin

Eating Glass Jose Concert Photo

Eating Glass || June 8, 2008
Photo by Ben Hajdukiewicz

Radiohead Thom Yorke Concert Photo

Radiohead || June 9, 2008
Photo by Samuel Dietz

Anthrax Scott Ian Concert Photo

Anthrax || June 22, 2008
Photo by Jazmin$Million

Pearl Jam Mike McCready Concert Photo

Pearl Jam || July 12, 2008
Photo by Jeff Kravitz

Paramore Concert Photo

Paramore || July 25, 2008
Photo by Cody Mulcahy

Gogol Bordelo Concert Photo

Gogol Bordelo || Aug 19, 2008
Photo by Alexandre Pinabel for Collectif ISO

Want to see the winner? Come back on November 1st for the big announcement.

The 2008 Jamtopia Concert Photo Contest is Now Over

The call for entries in the 2008 Jamtopia Concert Photo Contest is officially over, but the deadline didn't pass quietly.

There were a flurry of entries in the last few days (like the one of Pearl Jam's Mike McCready shown here) bringing the total to 330 great concert photos!

Thanks so much to all who entered! The quality and quantity of entries exceeded my wildest expectations.

Don't forget to visit Jamtopia on October 15th to see the finalists. Then again on November 1st when we announce the winner.

Learn more about the 2008 Jamtopia Concert Photo Contest.


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