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New York City meetup recap…

Another great get together in NYC. Started off a little badly as we waited a half hour for the film in the theare we were using to end. One of those 4 hour French epics…
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Thanks to everyone who patiently waited in the jammed lobby to be let in. Hope the free popcorn helped ease the hassle…
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Portland Maine Recap…

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Great, albeit short trip to Portland. Drove the steadily more scenic I95 up from Boston.
Portland is a very picturesque town. Cold!
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Thanks a ton to Nat for having us at his great ‘Space’ in downtown – and for kindly spreading the word locally. Space is a great destination for music, art and other cultural events (including a Michael McDonald concert coming soon !).
A little over a hundred folks showed up. Really felt like a true town hall. Combination of wood beams, cold weather and wonderfully friendly people…

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Play Listen Repeat Vol. 6

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Hey folks,
Amazing comments last week on the production post. Thanks for the ideas. I’m sure we’ll continue that discussion in the coming weeks.
So this week I’m wondering something else. My friend Jen owns a small vintage clothing and goodies store, where she also sells used vinyl. I just bought two records that I used to listen to all the time: St. Dominic’s Preview by Van Morrison, and Meat is Murder by The Smiths. So good.
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It got me thinking that it might be interesting to ask you listeners to share your most recent music purchases. Along with those two above, my most recent CD purchase was Paul McCartney‘s Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.
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You?
best,
mz

Princeton Town Hall tonight!

I’ll be in Princeton tonight to meet Pandora listeners and music lovers at the Garden Theatre (close to the Princeton campus). Looking forward to hearing what your thoughts are about the service and current trends in digital music. If you’re in the area, please stop by! Full details are below.
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Details
When: Thursday, February 8th, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Where: Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street (map and directions)
Hope to see you there!
Tim (Founder)

New York City Get-together tonight!

Tonight, I’ll be in NYC to meet Pandora listeners and music lovers at the Cinema Village. Looking forward to hearing what your thoughts are about the service and current trends in digital music. If you’re in the area, please stop by! Full details are below.
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Details
When: Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 at 7:00 pm
Where: Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St between University Place and 5th Ave, NYC (map)
Hope to see you there!
Tim (Founder)

New! Podcast #5: Elements of Salsa

Fresh off the press, and hot from the oven, Episode #5 of the Pandora Podcast Series is ready for you to hear and download. Get ready to dance, y’all. Watch your toes.

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This time, we tear into salsa. Pandora music analyst and salsa bandleader Marina Garza brings in the percussionist, pianist, and bassist from her band, Orquesta D’Soul, and they pick apart the classic rhythmic patterns that link together like puzzle pieces to build salsa grooves. They play examples of the older Cuban styles that gave birth to this music — son and cha — and show how mambo and salsa beats revolve around the clave.
Check it out here.

Marina and I will be fielding questions and comments on the podcast page, and we look forward to hearing what you have to say. Enjoy!

Kevin

Play Listen Repeat Vol. 5

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Hey again, folks! Another week, time for another play listen repeat…
I’m in the studio for two weeks, making a new record. Since there have been tangential references to production and studio issues in some comments to the other play listen repeat posts, I’m curious to know where people are on these questions:
Do you like big production? Do you notice how something is recorded or is the music more of an overall experience that either works or doesn’t? Why are some things that are highly produced interesting and stimulating, and others just seem bloated and self-indulgent?
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cheers,
mz
ps. What a great set of comments from last week’s post! Thanks to everyone who posted.

Portland, ME Get-together this Thursday!

This Tuesday, I’ll be in Portland, Maine to meet Pandora listeners and music lovers at the Space Gallery. Looking forward to hearing what your thoughts are about the service and current trends in digital music. If you’re in the area, please stop by! Full details are below.
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Details
When: Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 at 7:30 pm
Where: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St, Portland, ME (map)
Hope to see you there!
Tim (Founder)

San-Diego Meetup

Update: We’ve now have a place and time for our get-together coming up in San Diego, which will be in the Peacock Alley at the Arts & Entertainment Center on University Ave. Full details of the event are below. You can RSVP by emailing tour@pandora.com with “San Diego” in the subject line. Hope to see you there!
Where: Arts & Entertainment Center, Peacock Alley
3026 University Ave, San Diego, CA
(map & public transportation)
When: Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 @ 7 PM
Hey Everybody,
At the end of March, I’ll be making a roadtrip stop in San Diego to host a get-together with music lovers in the area. This will be my chance to connect with Pandora listeners and get some feedback from you about the service, as well as hopefully answer some questions you may have about the Music Genome Project.
We’re still in the planning stages for the meetup, and would love to get your suggestions of where to hold it. We’re looking for comfortable, intimate spaces that can hold at least 100 people. If you have any thoughts, please post them below! You can also email us at tour@pandora.com if you have suggestions as well. No idea is too big or small!
Tim (Founder)

Miami Meetup!

Update: We’ve decided on a place and time for our upcoming Florida meet-up, which will be at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. Full details of the event are below. You can RSVP by emailing tour@pandora.com with “Miami” in the subject line. Hope to see you there!
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, Paradise Courtyard
770 NE 125th St, North Miami, FL
When: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 – doors open 6:30 PM, event @ 7 PM
(MOCA has also generously offered to keep the Museum open for Pandora listeners, so feel free to check out their fantastic current exhibit: “Merce Cunningham: Dancing on the Cutting Edge” before and after the event!)
Hey Everybody,
Next month, I’ll be coming to Miami to host a get-together with music lovers in the area. It’ll be my chance to connect with Pandora listeners and get some feedback from you about the service, as well as hopefully answer some questions you may have about the Music Genome Project.
We’re still in the planning stages for the meetup, and would love to get your suggestions of where to hold it. We’re looking for comfortable, intimate spaces that can hold at least 100 people. If you have any thoughts, please post them below! You can also email us at tour@pandora.com if you have suggestions as well. No idea is too big or small!
Tim (Founder)