The Pandora Team

Kansas City Get-together Wednesday, February 21st, 2007!

Tonight, I’ll be in Kansas City to meet Pandora listeners and music lovers at the Screenland Theatre Crossroads. Very excited to meet Pandora listeners and music fans in the area. If you’re nearby and free, please stop by and say hi! Full details for the event are below.
When: Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 at 7:00 pm
Where: Screenland Theatre Crossroads
1656 Washington, Kansas City (map)
Hope to see you there!
Tim (Founder)

Play Listen Repeat Vol. 7

Hello all,
When it comes to song lyrics, there is a lot to discuss. I have some plans for future posts on the subject, but first, as a kind of warm-up for the later questions, I’m wondering what peoples’ favorite lyrics are. I have many, but here are a few that stand out:
From Downtown Train by Tom Waits:
“The downtown trains are full with all those Brooklyn girls. They try so hard to break out of their little worlds, but you wave your hand and they scatter like crows. They have nothing that will ever capture your heart. Theyr’e just thorns without the rose…”
And from Houses in Motion by Talking Heads:
“For a long time I felt without style or grace, wearing shoes with no socks in cold weather…”
I’d like to know peoples’ reasons, either intellectual or emotional, for remembering and loving the lyrics they do. Very curious…
Tom Waits
Talking Heads

Princeton Visit… recap

Always love the New Jersey Transit rides. California desperately needs this kind of public transportation. Thanks, Lou for picking me up at the train station. Much appreciated.
Another fun evening with Pandora listeners. Particularly pleased to have so many undergrads from the local university present. Thanks to all the student groups that helped put it together – Business Today, the Princeton Pre-Business Society and the Princeton E-Club.
Quite a motivated bunch of students… particularly when I found out it was rush week so everyone had been pulling consecutive all-nighters… oh to be young…

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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…
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…

Great, albeit short trip to Portland. Drove the steadily more scenic I95 up from Boston.
Portland is a very picturesque town. Cold!
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

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.
StDominics.jpg Meat.jpg
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.

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.
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.
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.

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!


Play Listen Repeat Vol. 5

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?
ps. What a great set of comments from last week’s post! Thanks to everyone who posted.