The Pandora Team

SAVENETRADIO… Please join us!

My deepest thanks to everyone who has been so supportive these past few weeks as we’ve confronted the stunning development with the internet radio royalty rates. It has been very heartening for all of
us to experience such a groundswell of support from our listeners.
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Today, in coordination with a fast growing consortium of webcasters big and small, commercial and non-commercial, we are launching a campaign to reverse this pending disaster.
I hope you’ll join us. To add your voice to this movement, please take a minute to sign the PETITION urging your representatives in congress to act at the new website
And please share this petition link with friends:
Our first goal is to demonstrate the magnitude of the injustice being committed here through the sheer volume of people it affects. We plan to rapidly follow this effort with the introduction of a bill in congress to protect ourselves once and for all from these predatory maneuvers.
The last couple weeks have made it quite clear to us that it’s going to take nothing short of a major public outcry to reverse the results of this concerted campaign by the RIAA to shutter internet radio.
As awareness of this ruling and its consequences are spreading through the musicians’ community, we are being joined daily by hundreds of artists and their organizations for whom internet radio has become such a promising new outlet.
Thanks again for your wonderful and on-going support. I hope you will become an
active part of this effort.
Best regards,
Tim (Founder)

Pandora Podcast #10: Song Lyrics

Ding ding ding, podcast is up. Fresh podcast. Get it while it’s hot.
Episode Ten is the first of our shows to get its hands dirty in the untidy business of lyric-writing. Our guest is Pandora music curator and Play Listen Repeat columnist Michael Zapruder. He and I talk about the topography of a song, heap effusive praise on writers we admire (Ray Davies, Joni Mitchell, Aesop Rock), and see how his song “The Alchemist” is contextually similar to Ice-T’s “Cop Killer” and Eminem’s “Kim.” Michael is originally from the great state of Maryland.
Go directly to the new episode here, or head over to the main podcast page to see and hear all ten shows.
Also, on that show page, you can ask us any questions you’d like, or disagree vehemently with us. Michael and I will be on there fielding comments and quoting David Berman lyrics.

Back from Podcamp NYC

I had no idea what to expect from Podcamp NYC. Predictions of a modern-day Wet Hot American Summer were soon disspelled: no underwear run up flagpoles, no basketweaving classes, no bug-juice-fueled hijinx between nubile young counselors.
Upon entrance, each of the 1300 registered participants was asked to sign a release form allowing his or her likeness to be displayed publicly. I thought this odd until I walked into a session and saw that many people there were taping and filming everything for their own podcasts. A vortex of cameras and microphones, with nearly every person recording every other person. Is this the future?

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Miami, FL Recap!

First chance to have a meeting with folks post royalty board ruling. Great to see how energized people are about this issue. Very heartening for us as we enter what is likely to be a long and difficult fight to reverse this ruling. It’s clear that the grassroots support of listeners is going to be critical.
Thanks to Esther for being such a great Hostess at her stunning modern art museum. Every community needs one of those.

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Play Listen Repeat Vol. 12

In my work curating Pandora’s music collection, I visit a lot of music-related websites.
So in the spirit of sharing the wealth (and of being able to collect more great music for you folks) I’d love to see a list of your favorite sites for discovering new music and learning about back catalog etc.
Here are just a few of the many, many sites I regularly check out:

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Pandora Podcast #9: Upright Bass

As of today, the newest podcast is ready for you to download (free), listen to on our page (free), or add to your iPod or other portable audio device (also free).
For our ninth show, it’s a headfirst leap into the world of upright bass. We delve into the role of the acoustic bass in jazz, blues, and rock n’ roll, and walk you through a walking bass part for a I-vi-ii-V chord sequence. Our guest for this episode is Seth Ford-Young, a bassist who has appeared on recordings by Tom Waits, Jellyroll, Mia and Jonah, and Myles Boisen. Seth is originally from the Washington D.C. area.
Check out the new episode here, or head over to the main podcast page to see all nine episodes.
Thanks for listening, and for your comments. It’s great to hear from you.
Waka jawaka,

Play Listen Repeat Vol. 11

More good comments and discussions last time. Thanks to all who read and post each week!
I think I’m still generally contemplating the ramifications of all things copyright this week. I just started reading The Rose and the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad, and just reading the first few essays, which discuss songs like Barbara Allen and The Water is Wide, I found myself wondering about how these old songs might have fared had they been written today.
These haunting, archetypical songs come from anonymous sources, not from single authors, and because of that, I think an interesting parallel can be drawn between the shared origins of these classic ballad songs and something contemporary like mashups.
Now, I’m not comparing the importance of, say, the Grey Album to a seven hundred year old song. However, the classic ballads exemplify what is artistically potent in the tranformation of personal content to shared content. Whatever you might think about mashups as a genre, a similar absorption of sources is at play. Who really knows where mashups might end up if they continue for 500 years?
Had the current copyright laws been in place in the 1500’s, that original version of a song might have been closed, insulated from the subsequent additions that transformed it from a singular bit of storytelling into a shared repository of human wisdom, dread, wonderment, and community.
So, if there is something shared and communal in the essential nature of music, and especially in songs, then would it follow that restricting the creative community’s freedom to amend, alter and interact with new ideas is in conflict with the essence of the art?
Have at it,

Curated stations: more staff favorites

Here’s a few more stations Pandora staff have actively curated, and currently enjoy. (here’s the last post’s curated selections, if you missed them) Please feel free to leave links to your own well-curated stations in the comments so we can check yours out too!
Kevin, our podcast producer as well as a musician, would like to share his Obscuro Funk station, based on one carefully chosen song and supplemented with thumbs ups. He says he listens to this one a lot, and I don’t blame him! Here’s another of his stations that he’s loving right now: Stiletto.
Addi, a one of our music analysts whose Pass the Peas station I posted last time, also has a sweet hip-hop station, Ground Level Radio. You must check it out.
Ava, another of our music analysts, plays guitar and does a lot of “quirky” arrangements of old country and blues tunes. She created this station just for you: Early Country. She welcomes your comments.
Veronica, who is on our advertising team and also happens to be a music reviewer, has these lovely stations to share: chill out, pass out, make out and saccharine electropop.
Keeping reading, there’s more….

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