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No Mainstream Fridays! Vol. 8

Hello again,
For your Friday afternoon and weekend pleasure, here’s this week’s list of nuggets!
Previous Posts: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, Volume 5, Volume 6,and Volume 7.
Smoker by DMBQ. If you even so much as have a passing interest in Zeppelin, you might want to bend an ear to this spiky, crushing masterpiece by the Japanese improvisational hard rock / experimental band. It’s one of the best things I’ve heard in a long time. LOVE IT.


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Starting Points

Ever get a brain freeze when you go to enter a song or an artist into
Pandora? Want to try a new, completely unfamiliar style of music?

No Mainstream Fridays! Vol. 7

Hi folks!
It’s Friday afternoon in California, and I submit to the general public another list of songs that are flying far and wide under the big endless sky that is recorded music.
Go here to see what I featured in Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, Volume 5, and Volume 6.
This week’s picks:
La Negra Tomasa by Compay Segundo. This legendary Cuban guitarist is still making records 99 years after his birth, and they’re more vital and authoritative than most records made by artists who are 1/4th his age. He’s an alumnus of the Buena Vista Social Club sessions, so any fans of that will dig this, but he’s been active since the 20’s. This is a new record, and I chose a traditional song accompanied by a clarinet section, among other delicacies. Been listening to lots of Latin music lately as we build the catalog and I try to keep up. Everyone should hear this for sure!


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I’m currently planning an itinerary for my next tour stop in New York for summer 2006. We had a great time in New York back in May and again in…
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Pandora: the many educational uses!

As I have mentioned, a fascinating part of working at Pandora is hearing about the wild variety of people who use Pandora in such a variety of different ways. Many people have written to us to tell us that they use Pandora in classrooms of all types…from kindergartners to grad students.
One teacher in Hawaii taught her young students about music appreciation by using Pandora. She required that they each make their own stations and get to know a little bit about their musical tastes. She wrote to us to say how well it was going, and that some of her students routinely stayed in from recess so that they could listen to Pandora.
Another teacher mentioned that he teaches at-risk kids. He wrote to us to tell us how helpful Pandora has been for him. He makes custom Pandora stations that are mellow and promote calm and he plays them during class to improve behavior and learning in his students.


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New York Meetup

We’re coming to New York City next week. I’d like to meet Pandora listeners to talk about the service and more generally about the future of online music… When: Monday,…
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No Mainstream Fridays! Vol. 6

Welcome to another list of Friday finds that are:
1. worth listening to
2. probably not being featured elsewhere at the moment
3. would be mainstream if there were such a thing…
Go here to see the great stuff featured in Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, and Volume 5.
First off this week:
The Empty Boat by Caetano Veloso. I looked for this record for a few years and finally found a copy. I love Caetano Veloso, and had heard that this record, which he recorded in prison (the backing tracks were added later) is early work that’s partly in English. This particular song is mesmerizing and sad, repetitive and dark, with an ostinato acoustic guitar riff embellished with all kinds of minimal and subtle reeds, percussion sounds, and the like. It expands into more of a classic early 70’s fuzz guitar freakout. Contains the line: “My hand is empty from the wrist to the nail….”


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