The Pandora Team

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!
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Los Angeles to New York City…

What a week! Started with a fun visit to USC for a discussion with a group of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and radio biz folks at the Thornton School.
Thanks to Jerry Del Colliano for hosting a very nice event. Breeding the next generation of music/tech entrepreneurs. Jerry is a long time radio guy, now reborn as a tech guru.
Wrapped the evening with a discussion with students and Westwood-ites on the UCLA campus.
Early morning to NYC – halloween night Medeski, Martin & Wood at Hammerstein ballroom… nice photo from balcony…

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CMJ Wrap-Up

We had a great time, and all the music is still fresh in my mind! Here’s a rundown on the highlights of the rest of my CMJ trip:
My vote for most stimulating band of the fest goes to the humble yet all-encompassing postmodern americana of the great Califone . I made a special effort to make this show, and I’m so glad I did. This band covers so much ground, creatively, without ever sounding contrived or overly intellectual. Well worth checking out on Pandora, and when they come to your town.

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UPenn Town Hall tonight!

Tonight, I’m going to be hosting a town hall on the UPenn campus. Looking forward to an intimate discussion with passionate music lovers and Pandora listeners. If you’re free and in the area, don’t hesitate to stop by!
When: Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 – 7 pm
Where: Penn Bookstore, University of Pennsylvania
Venue website
Hope to see you then!
Tim (Founder)

CMJ Day Two

So far so good. We had our first night of CMJ shows last night, and it did not disappoint. In fact, the fact that it was Halloween made it all the more special, as you’ll see with the nice pics below…
The night turned out to be good, but it started out with a whimper, I’m afraid, since the show we were curious about at Arlene’s Grocery turned out to have been canceled. I was sad for about 10 minutes, as we had skipped Keren Ann and Suzanne Vega for it, but the fact that 70 bands were playing within about a 7 block radius quickly turned things around.
We headed over to Piano’s to see the chaotic and joyful Birdmonster, who would eventually win my costume-of-the-night contest. The lead singer nailed the circa 1984 Bruce Springsteen look, and the bass player looked exactly like Prince. It was eerie, I tell you. Check out this pic and you’ll see what I mean.

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CMJ Day One

Well it wasn’t a CMJ show, but since we got here early this year, I just had to go see some music last night. Feeling that I’ll probably get more than my fill of indie rock in the coming days, I decided to cleanse the palate with something else. Checking the listings in Time Out NY, I noticed that Les Paul does a weekly show every Monday at the Iridium. That’s five blocks from my hotel! Choice made.
The show was charming, and Les Paul told a great story about being a kid dying to learn the third chord in a certain song (I admit, I have forgotten which song it was – anyone know? maybe he’s told this story before…). He and his friends went to see Gene Autry in concert, and every time that chord came around in the song, Les’s friend would turn on a flashlight and Les would draw in another one of the notes in the chord. Autry stopped the show, saying he’d played that song hundreds of times in hundreds of towns, but he’d never had a light come on every time he played a D7! He ended up bringing Les paul on stage to ask him what they were up to. Can you imagine? Gene Autry and Les Paul on the same stage together? Amazing.
One other cool surprise was the cameo by Harold Bradley, who is the most recorded guitarist of all time. He played on Crazy by Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison‘s Only the Lonely, Roger Miller‘s King of the Road, Jeannie C. Riley‘s Harper Valley PTA, Tammy Wynette‘s Stand By Your Man, and so many more. I was totally starstruck.
Here’s a pic of Mr. Bradley:
We’re headed out to see some shows… Will post highlights and pics tomorrow…

UCLA Town Hall!

Coming back to the LA area to host a town hall on the UCLA campus. Hoping to meet and have interesting conversations with pandora listeners, musicians, and students. If you’re free and in the area, don’t hesitate to stop by!
When: Monday, October 30th, 2006 – 6:30 pm
Where: Northest Auditorium, Covel Commons, UCLA
Hope to see you then!
Tim (Founder)