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Programming note: TBJ at SXSW

Things are going to be mighty slow around these parts today, as we are heading to Austin for this year’s SXSW Interactive. If you’re in the area, stop on by the Driskill Hotel on Saturday at 3:30pm local time for our talk on how we became a multiplatform avenue for basketball jokes. Or something like that.

There will be a wacky episode of The Overdose later today, then things are back to normal Monday.

Expect lots and lots of new buzzwords.

The All-Star Game is this weekend, which means TBJ needs to get to Florida to bring you the best All-Star content the internet has ever seen. As such, the daily show won’t be happening until Wednesday of next week and our posting schedule will be scattered. Awesome, but kind of all over the place.

Make sure to stay tuned for new videos, posts and whatever else we can find and follow all of us on Twitter. Stay plugged in because you’re not going to want to miss a thing, Aerosmith-style.

The Basketball Jones FAQ

When does the daily podcast return?
“The Fix” returns January 3rd, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. (EST/UTC -5). As always, Tas and Skeets will discuss the major games and story lines from the night before, with a mix of in-depth analysis and irreverent humor. “The Fix” will run Monday to Thursday, recorded and broadcasted live on The Score’s website.

Hold on, hold on. It’s live?
Yes.

What do you mean?
We take pride in adding a new twist to The Jones with each new season, be it making the leap from weekly to daily, audio to video, or a condo game room to a full-blown studio, we like to keep shit fresh. So this year, we’ll be recording “The Fix” live — at 10:30 a.m. EST — with an entire production crew. That’s right, not only will you get to see every inevitable fuck-up as it happens, but you’ll be able to tweet it in real-time with the #TBJ community.

But what if I can’t watch “The Fix” live? Will it be posted online after?
Of course. We’ll embed the entire show on our blog using YouTube’s video player this year (you can subscribe on YouTube here), as well as have it available in both of our iTunes feeds (audio and video).

Are you still doing “The Overdose?”
Yes. Similar to last year, Skeets, Tas and Trey will record the hour-long, audio-only podcast on Fridays. We’ll discuss the week’s biggest stories, talk to a cast of NBA writers and bloggers, answer some of your mailbag questions, and generally just have a grand ol’ time. It’ll be posted around 1 p.m. EST.

Is it true The Jones are hosting “Court Surfing” on The Score this year?
Absolutely. This only applies to Canadians, but, yes, Skeets and Tas will guide viewers through the most exciting NBA games of the night on The Score television network. Check out the entire “Court Surfing” schedule here.

And what can we expect from the TBJ blog in 2012?
With Trey Kerby running the show? Laughs, bro. Lots and lots of laughs. But we’re also very excited to unleash a brand new cast of TBJ contributors, which includes, in no particular order: comedian Chris Gethard (with general NBA commentary), Sham Sports’ Mark Deeks (with transaction analysis and trend examinations), 48 Minutes of Hell’s Graydon Gordian (with Xs and Os talk and media commentary), Dennis Velasco (with fantasy basketball insight), Scott Carefoot (with immediate news reaction pieces), and Andrew Unterbeger (with long form pop culture posts). Can you say “Murderers Row” or what? Hot damn!

What’s the name of that song you play before the show/during the intro/during the break/at the end?
We get all of our tracks from either APM or Jingle Punks. Both are music services used by The Score. These services are mainly comprised of songs which are created by composers who are trying to emulate a certain type of music, which means they are not produced by actual bands. These are the tracks that you guys ask about:

  • Theme Song: “Bones Attack” by the Meligrove Band.
  • End Song: “Love Letter” by the Easy Access Orchestra.
  • Bumper: “New New Hotness” (“We’ve been doing work since Ernie and Bert…”) by V!RTU.
  • Bumper: “Those Feelings” (“You’re still giving me those feelings…”) by Fiasco (NSFW).
  • Bumper: “Divy Up” (“One for the money…”) by Messiaz. This is a fake band on jinglepunks.com.
  • Stepping on the Beach: “Dirty Talk” from APM.
  • Pre-Show Songs: All of these come from APM.
  • Trivia Time Music: “Mambo Jive” from APM.

Anything else I should know about?
That we love you. Seriously. We appreciate the privilege of writing and talking about the NBA for a living and realize that without your support, we just simply wouldn’t be. Thanks for all of the clicks, comments, retweets and Facebook messages. Respect.

It’s the holiday season, whoop-de-doo. So we’re taking a tiny break to drive cars perilously long distances across snow-covered roadways, see our families and watch five basketball games when we should be reuniting with our loved ones. I assume you’ll be doing the same.

That means posting is going to be lighter than usual, though we’ll still have a few things trickling out here and there. Hey, it’s not our fault the NBA locked out its players and decided to start the season when we should all be playing with our new toys.

On January 3, everything starts up for realsies. The daily show and the blog both return then, both upgraded to celebrate 2012. You guys are going to love it.

Till then, have a great holiday season. Hope you like the sweater your mom got you.

Have a safe Halloween out there, TBJers. Avoid big-time creeps like these guys, don’t eat anything that’s been obviously tampered with and don’t eat any apples at all because they all have needles and razorblades in them. Every single one of them. Safety first, then teamwork.

Come back tomorrow and everything will be different. It’s tour time. Get excited.

(via Fat Shawn Kemp)

Want to know the best part about being an American living in Canada? Two Thanksgivings. J.J. Redick knows what I’m talking about.

That’s right — today is Canadian Thanksgiving. As such, this is your only post of the day. Regular posting resumes tomorrow, including a live call-in edition of The [BLANK] Jones. Get excited.

So have a great holiday, Canadians. All the rest of you, your time will come soon enough. Time to eat.