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No Mainstream Fridays! Vol. 2

Ah, another Friday has come, which means it’s time for me to post some more choice alternatives to the usual….
For everyone’s info, the song links below go to Pandora song-info pages, where you can hear a sample clip of the song, and see artist info. There are station creation links from the song pages, as well, so you can easily create a Pandora station based on the song. How cool! And as usual, the artist names go directly to Pandora stations based on that artist’s music.
This week’s list is, as always, off the cuff, unpremeditated, and UNUSUAL!
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra * Bollywood – I love this track! bliss out to bollywood-based, extra-groovy electronica, with tablas, sitar, synths, and much swirl….
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Memphis

Well, I didn’t make it to Graceland, but there was lots more to see. I’ll just have to go back. There’s a certain aura about Memphis – music history so rich you really feel it in the air. Across the street from my first stopoff (Stax Museum) was an old church where Rev. Herbert Brewster used to pen songs for the legendary Mahalia Jackson. He wrote them on the cardboard inserts for laundered shirts, that parishioners delivered to him every Sunday…
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Hattiesburg

Wound my way up to Hattiesburg, home of the University of Southern Mississippi and little known fact, home to the world’s first rock recording. Anyone know what it is? Had a nice lunch and chat with John Smith – longtime band manager and mainstay of the Hattiesburg music scene. Popped our heads in on his latest project, Friday Night Gigolos who were working on the finishing touches to their CD. Familiar vibe of the studio…”let’s isolate the kick and bass guitar…”
John riffed on what is fast becoming a familiar theme – organic growth of bands. Worked with 2LiveCrew, Afroman…

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Pandora at BayCHI Tonight

If you live in the bay area and are interested in learning more about Pandora’s approach to user experience and playlist creation stop by tonight’s 7:30PM BayCHI meeting:

http://www.baychi.org/program/
Several exciting developments in social search and personalization help users find information: recommendations based on personal tastes, social trends, tags, ratings, popularity, and friends tastes. These methods go beyond the classic search paradigm of relevance and flat lists of results, resulting in different user experience challenges. This panel brings together panelists from Netflix, Live365, Pandora, and digg to explore trends in social search.

Rashmi Sinha has put together a great lineup for the panel including Neil Hunt from Netflix, David Porter from Live365, Kevin Rose from Digg, and Joshua Schachter from del.icio.us. I’m really looking forward to meeting all of these people; I’m a big fan of their work. Hope to see you there.

Biloxi

Arrived in Biloxi after a drive through the windblown, woodsy/marshy Hwy 10. Evidence everywhere of the storms. Fallen lamposts, litter, even still some abandoned cars that are gradually getting cleared away.
First stop was the Government Street Grocery cafe in Ocean Springs, a quaint little town that was spared the flood because it sits on higher ground. After a nice evening chatting with local musicians/fans, and a beautiful sunset, I headed out with my guide, Justin Hooks, the entertainment editor for the Sun Herald for a tour of the local music scene. (Justin thanks for everything).
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We wound up out in the woods several miles off the main highway at a storage shed that has been adopted as the rehearsal space for a bunch of local bands…

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New Orleans

I need to go in reverse order on this one. Spent the last night at Maple Leaf Bar near Tulane’s campus listening to Papa Grows Funk. Monday regulars for the past 4 years. For anyone who has ever played in a band and really tried to funk, you know how hard it is to really funk.
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Papa Grows Funk could FUNK…

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Baton Rouge

Any day that starts with a garbage bag full of fresh crawfish, homemade cocktail sauce, wine, and bluegrass music is likely to end well… If first impressions count the most, I’m moving to Louisiana.
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Big thanks to John and Alan for the warm welcome and great food. John regaled me with stories about the clubs known as the ‘crawfish circuit’ and salt&pepper bands. Imagine a mixed race band playing across the South in the 50s. Johnny said those mesh wire cages really were used…

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Meetups

Meetup tonight in New Orleans, LA
MONDAY, April 3rd, 2006 at 8:00pm
Carrollton Station
8140 Willow Street
New Orleans, LA
504-865-9190
Meet up in Mississippi
A special thanks to everyone who wrote in with suggestions on where to go while I am in Mississippi this week.
If you live nearby and want to meet-up for a drink, here’s where you can find me:
TUESDAY, April 4th at 6:00 pm:
Government Street Grocery
1210 Government Street
Ocean Springs, MS
228-818-5676
WEDNESDAY, April 5th at 8:30 pm (drinks, then open mic at 10:00):
The Thirsty Hippo
211 S. Main Street
Hattiesburg, MS
601-583-9188

Update: On September 21, 2006, I’ll be meeting listeners at the Magnolia Theatre in Dallas (3699 McKinney Ave), beginning at 7pm. Join us and send an RSVP to tour@pandora.com with ‘Dallas’ in the subject line!
I’ll be back in Texas in the middle of September for the National Association of Broadcasters conference being held in Dallas, and would love to use my time there to host a listener meetup for local Pandora users. Last time I was in the area, the people were very welcoming – met some great folks in San Antonio, Houston, and Austin to name a few. If you have any ideas about venues that you think would be great for a town hall meeting, please suggest it below in the comments section!
We love reading and responding to your feedback on the blog – the comments have been a treasure trove of great insights and guidance as we plan our visits. If you have a particular idea you want to discuss, or just want to get more involved, we’re eager for help – just drop us an email at tour@pandora.com. Please include your location in the subject line of your message too. No idea is too big or small!