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Pandora Podcast Part II – Drumming

We’re happy to say that the second episode of our new podcast series is up (don’t worry if you don’t know what a podcast is – it’s easy, just click the link below and listen from the site).
This segment is called “Drums and Drumming, Pt. 1,” and it demonstrates how a basic drum beat can adapt to work in hard rock, disco, mellow pop, and a variety of styles. It features lots of drumming illustrations from our own Jeff Anthony, and provides some insight into how drummers come up with the parts they play.
You can listen on the page, download the show, or subscribe so each show downloads to your computer automatically. It’s all free, of course.
Check it out here
Hope you enjoy it.
Cheers. Tim (Founder)

Philly Recap

Just coming up for air after a few crazy weeks. Rewinding a little… Great trip to Philly. Was picked up at the train station by some wild Australian guy, claiming to be part of a local podcasting group… wound up on theBestDamnTechShow… period for a humorous, and at times completely random segment. Always great to see these kinds of groups popping up – videographer, programmer, lighting expert, radio guy, recording engineer, spontaneously forming a creative group and launching a podcast. Good luck guys…
Drew was kind enough to drive us to the UPenn bookstore for the town hall.

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Spend the holidays with Pandora!

If you’d like to hear holiday music on Pandora, here’s some tips to get you started! Just start by entering the name of a holiday song you like (for example, ‘Winter Wonderland‘). Pandora will ask you to pick from a list of artists that we know performed that song. Pick a version that you’d like to hear, and Pandora creates a station for you that will play other similar holiday music. We’re not able to play that specific song immediately, but it will play eventually so keep listening!
Or, start a station from an artist name instead of a song title: just enter the artist’s name followed by the word ‘holiday’ (for example, ‘Ray Charles Holiday‘). Pandora will use that input to build a holiday station for you based on the musical qualities of that performer’s holiday tunes.
I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to think of artist or song names right off the top of my head, so here’s a handy list of a few holiday artists and songs to get you going. Just click on a name to start your own station. As you listen, add more songs and artists to your station; make it your own. (Don’t forget to thumbs down the tracks you don’t like!) If you’d like to try out some pre-mixed stations, see the end of this post…
Holiday Artist examples:
Harry Connick Jr. (Holiday)
Frank Sinatra (Holiday)
Bing Crosby (Holiday)
Ella Fitzgerald (Holiday)
Louis Armstrong (Holiday)
Vince Guaraldi Trio (Holiday)
Dave Brubeck (Holiday)
Manhattan Transfer (Holiday)
B.B. King (Holiday)
Brian Setzer Orchestra (Holiday)
The Supremes (Holiday)
Nat King Cole (Holiday)
Stevie Wonder (Holiday)
Diana Krall (Holiday)
Elvis Presley (Holiday)
Chet Atkins (Holiday)
Loretta Lynn (Holiday)
Johnny Cash (Holiday)
George Strait (Holiday)
The Roches (Holiday)
Whitney Houston (Holiday)
Destiny’s Child (Holiday)
Mariah Carey (Holiday)
Celine Dion (Holiday)
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir & Singers (Holiday)
Barenaked Ladies (Holiday)
Los Straitjackets (Holiday)
The Beach Boys (Holiday)
John Lennon (Holiday)
Vienna Boys Choir (Holiday)
The Cambridge Singers (Holiday)
The Choir Of King’s College (Holiday)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Holiday)

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Berkeley Get-together on Monday!

This coming Monday, I’ll be hosting a meetup on the UC Berkeley campus, just a few miles away from our offices in Oakland! Looking forward to meeting Pandora users and musicians from the East Bay, and hearing what they have to say about current trends in music. If you’re in the area, please stop by! Full details are below.
When: Monday, December 4th, 2006 at 7:00 pm
Where: Heller Lounge, MLK Student Union Building, UC Berkeley
Hope to see you there!
Tim (Founder)

Stanford Town Hall Meeting on Monday!

I’m hosting a Town Hall meeting this Monday at my Alma Mater, Stanford University. It’s going to be great being back on campus and sharing our story with students and Pandora users in the local area. Please stop by if you have a chance!
When: Monday, November 27th, 2006 at 8:00 pm
Where: Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University, Palo Alto
Hope to see you there!
Tim (Founder)

Pandora’s first podcast is Live!!!

We’re very pleased to let you know that we’ve just put up our first podcast. It’s called “The Basics of Vocal Harmony.”
We’re planning to do a whole bunch of these. The idea behind them is to provide some interesting, and hopefully entertaining segments on various aspects of music theory. Kind of like a peek under the hood of music composition and performance using lots of musical examples.
Check it out here
Hope you enjoy it.
Cheers. Tim (Founder)

Phoenix/Tempe Town Hall meeting tonight!

Come by the ASU campus tonight if you’re in the area for a Town Hall meetup with Phoenix and Tempe residents. Lots of insightful feedback so far from college students and ASU meet should be just as interesting!
When: Monday, November 13th, 2006 – 7 pm
Where: ASU Lyceum Theater, 901 South Forest Mall, Tempe AZ
Hope to see you there!
Tim (Founder)

Music Prescription for a U.S. Road Trip

My mom called me and told me that her friends are going on a road trip from California to the East Coast. She’s putting together a care package for them, including one new CD for each day of driving. She wanted my advice about what CDs to buy.
The couple is retirement age and my mom doesn’t really know their musical taste, so we had to pick CDs with fairly broad appeal. They’ll be on historic Route 66 for some of their trip, which I tell you in case that gets your creative thought process going!
These are some of my picks.
Sheryl Crow: C’mon C’mon or Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow just screams “road trip!” to me, doesn’t she to you? Both of these albums are top notch. Sheryl Crow is moodier, whereas C’mon C’mon is peppier. (fun side note: C’mon C’mon features one of our Music Analysts on percussion.)
Louis Prima: Wildest!
Turn up the volume: Louis Prima is a perfect singalong artist. This CD will put ants in the pants. Don’t get a speeding ticket!
Bebel Gilberto: Bebel Gilberto
This contemporary bossa nova may be a little too subtle to hear well over the sound of the car engine, but it’s so dreamy I can’t resist.
Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins: Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins
This album is so fun! I recommend it for road trips, dinner parties, working, and commuting. It’s all-purpose!
There’s more! Keep reading…

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