RSVP here!

Both Douglas and Steve from Pirate! will be on panels this year! You can read more about both of them here!

You can also pre-submit questions for the college-day panels here!

Pirate! and Jaden Social announce partnership…

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Pirate! is excited to announce a partnership with Jaden Social, a music focused digital marketing agency that excel at connecting muscians to their fans. An artist can be much more successful when employing a combined effort at radio, press, social, online, etc to be sure they are covering all their bases and being seen/heard in all areas of the industry.

Social Media continues to mould the online landscape in new & unexpected ways each day, and for artists trying to cut through in an ultra-competitive music industry these changes have presented both big challenges, but also equally big opportunities. Having a strong brand, presence and marketing strategy on Social Media can be the difference between being heard & making an income from your music, and being swallowed up by the roar of an overcrowded music marketplace.

This is where Jaden Social can help!

Jaden Social is a music-focused digital marketing agency that connects artists to their fans using Social Media. They offer a wide range of online services, which include digital assessments, creative strategy, full channel & content management, paid advertising campaigns on Facebook and YouTube, Twitter fan targeting, digital PR & blogger outreach and much more.

The Jaden Social team is made up of an eclectic mix of musicians, music lovers and music industry veterans, and they take a personal interest in every one of the carefully chosen artists they take on. Jaden Social is currently working with Sony Music, Universal Music, Ministry of Sound and Chugg Entertainment, as well as some of Australia’s top artists, including double-platinum selling dance act The Potbelleez and Aussie rock legends Baby Animals & The Angels.

Jaden Social caters to artists of all types – from up & coming indie acts with a limited budget, to well-established acts with a following, to major label-signed touring artists requiring full-time brand management. No matter what your budget and objectives, Jaden Social has the skills, the experience, and most importantly the team to get your music out to the world and in front of the people who matter!

As our friends at Jaden Social put it: “As the digital age continues to swallow up traditional music promotion methods, artists and their marketing teams are focusing more of their efforts (and budgets) on Social Media, paid advertising and SEO. Yet with this monumental shift in strategy, “old fashioned” radio promotion still remains a very important component in today’s music marketing mix, especially on the non-commercial airwaves. In fact, Social Media marketing and radio promotion are becoming more & more entwined in many artists’ marketing strategies; a trend that we at Jaden Social are excited to see develop further in the future.” Keep reading more about what they had to say about college radio and how we can all work together here!

Past, present and soon to be Pirate! clients will receive 10% off all Jaden Social campaigns. Just contact us first (steve at so we can put you in touch!

Sun n’ Snow Fest 2013 will be March 14th-17th! We’ll have discounted skiing, lodging, dining, and shopping for those with a college ID, live music all weekend, and much much more! Spend your Spring Break with us on the slopes! Keep reading for details! Follow us on Twitter for more updates: @SunNSnowFest or on Facebook here! Be sure to RSVP on Facebook here as well!

(click for larger image, poster design by ElefhantWorks)

Entertainment as follows: (more TBA)

Rek’lis @ McGrath’s Tavern on 3/14 @ 9pm (Free / 21+)
Bad Rabbits @ Zips Pub (at Cranmore) on 3/15 @ 1pm (Free / All Ages*)
WHAT @ Zips Pub (at Cranmore) on 3/16 @ 1pm (Free / All Ages*)

*Cranmore events are all ages on the deck/at the base area. Inside the bar is 21+ and proper ID required*

For those with a college ID you can ski/ride @ Cranmore for $30/day from March 14th-17th. Show your college ID at the ticket counter for discount or you can now pre-purchase tickets here! (Pick the day(s) you want [March 14th - 17th will show the discount] and enjoy! Please note College ID still will need to be shown at pickup at the mountain).

For lodging packages see below and be sure to mention “Sun N’ Snow Fest”

- The Yankee Clipper Inn is excited to extend a discount rate of $59 double occupancy to all college students attending the Sun n’ Snow Fest. This offer is valid with a college ID, 3/14-3/17 and will include the breakfast special at The Blueberry Muffin. North Conway was chosen as one of the top 25 Best Ski Towns by National Geographic and the article noted The Yankee Clipper Inn as best digs for your budget. (603) 356-5736 – 1769 White Mountain Highway – “On the Strip
”North Conway, New Hampshire 03860 –

Got questions? E-Mail: steve @

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The Christmas Gig
Various Artists
ADDS 12/14/10

The Christmas Gig is a gift from Target to music fans everywhere. This holiday season, Target's giving away this full-length album of modern, all-original Christmas music as a free download on, including artists like Guster, Crystal Antlers, Best Coast & Wavves, and Blackalicious. Six of the songs on the album are being featured in Target's Holiday Commercials, and all of the songs have been building a solid, passionate fan base online. Target doesn't to be simply another retailer telling you to be happy this holiday season. They want to actually make people merry. And if full-on dance parties spontaneously break out in front of the eggnog, well, then we did it right.

Features: Guster, Blackalicious, Darker My Love, Jenny O., Crystal Antlers, Bishop Allen, Natalie Hemby, Little Jackie, Blazer Force, Best Coast/Wavves, Coconut Records, Little Isidore, The Pinker Tones, and Ceci Bastida!
TRY: #4, 5, 6, 10, 11

Full album download and details here:

Pirate! and Backbone announce partnership…

Pirate! is very excited to partner with Backbone as they have a suite of Internet software/services that are perfect for any radio station interested in adding / improving their online stream. Backbone provides station set-up, automation software, server hosting, music hosting, an easy to use and update web-site template/hosting and bandwidth for your stream all in one easy to use and affordable package. Your stream is instantly available as AAC, MPEG-4, HTTP Live, and Shoutcast allowing users of almost any device able to listen without extra software or headaches. Backbone will submit your stream to iTunes, add you to the College Radio Tuner iPhone APP, and more.

In addition to the great features of the stream we’ll also be populating the system with all new Pirate! adds (and eventually non-Pirate! adds as well) so you can instantly play new records without having to receive the CD or go through the hassle of downloading the music and uploading it to your system yourself. The system will also allow your station to share music/programs with any other stations on the network, so once one station has shared a title on the network any other station can play it from the Backbone system.

The entire system lives in the “cloud” therefore you can control your station from anywhere and the stream will stay up 24/7, pulling music from your library automatically either via your programming rules or randomly if you like so that even in a power outage / lightning strike / finals / breaks / etc your station can stay on-air. You can seamlessly switch back and forth from live to automation. The system can even tell you where/when your listeners are coming from or help you compile your weekly charts. The package comes with a template to build a site including the stream / recently played songs / etc or you can add these widgets to your existing site if you like.

Pirate! has created a station with many of our new records spinning on it if you want to check it out, please keep in mind it’s in beta and we’ve done nothing to spruce it up just yet. In addition to the Pirate! station which may prove to be a good way to hear some of our new titles we’ll be producing some weekly shows that you can pick up in syndication for free should you like to add some national programming / specialty shows / etc to your times in the schedule that may be otherwise empty or automted. Check out the beta of Radio Pirate! Pirate! here:

If you would like more info on Backbone for your station please contact doug at backbone dot com!