The Pandora Team

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)

Ohio, Indiana, Michigan recap…

Great midwest swing last week. Ohio, Indiana, Michigan…
First stop was Columbus, home of the #1 ranked buckeyes (a fact of which was was frequently reminded). Had a nice chat with some OSU undergrads in the afternoon, then headed over to for a terrific evening town hall. About 60 people showed up for an engaging discussion at the Milo Arts center. Great old restored elementary school that has been converted into an artist friendly community center. We need more of those. Thanks again Jana for being such a welcoming and generous host. A very engaged and inquisitive group. (anyone have pics? my camera didn’t work)
Second stop was Bloomington, IN…

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A Name Game

Hello once again from the busy world of Pandora’s music collection!
It’s been an amazing few months since I last posted, and the first thing I want to do is to thank everyone who has sent in either music or music requests to us. Your suggestions help us immensely, so thank you! Please, keep the ideas coming.
Starting next week, I will be resuming my weekly blogs about some of the most interesting records in our collection, and I would love to hear peoples’ ideas for a name for these blogs.
As a few of you (hopefully!) might remember, the previous blogs went by the name “No Mainstream Fridays,” which let’s face it is pretty dang unsexy when you come right down to it.
It’s time to switch to a name that’s more lyrical and inspiring than that; a name that can hang with the incredible music the blog will be highlighting…. And that’s where you come in….
Since our collection benefits so much from your suggestions, it stands to reason that you folks will have great ideas for a name for this series, too, right?
Here are a few possible titles to get things started:
the miner’s headlamp
ghosts in the machine
silver surfer

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University of Michigan

The University of Michigan’s Career Center has invited me to meet students in a public forum located on campus. The event is open to all UMich students, and should be a fun talk!
When: Thursday, October 19th, 2006 – 8:00 pm
Where: University of Michigan: Student Activity Building, Maize & Blue Auditorium
515 E. Jefferson St, Ann Arbor, MI
Hope to see you there!
Tim (Founder)

Lansing, Michigan Meetup!

I’ll be meeting Pandora listeners and other music lovers on the MSU campus tonight at the school’s International Center. Expecting a great discussion and lots of insightful comments. Excited to be here!
When: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006 – 6:00 pm
Where: MSU Campus: International Center, Spartan Rooms
East Lansing, MI 48824
Venue Website
Hope to see you there!
Tim (Founder)

Indiana Meetup Tonight!

Tonight’s town hall brings me to the beautiful Indiana University campus in Bloomington. Looking forward to more terrific discussion about music in today’s world.
When: Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 – 6:00 pm
Where: Indiana University Memorial Union: Frangipani Room 900
East 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
Hope to see you then!
Tim (Founder)

Columbus Meetup Tonight!

Today, I’ll be speaking at the Fisher College of Business on the OSU campus, followed by a town hall engagement tonight in Columbus. If you’re in the area, please stop by for a lively meetup!
When: Monday, October 16th, 2006 – 7:00pm
Where: Milo Arts Studio
617 East Third Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Hope to see you there! Tim (Founder)

Thanks for Asking: New Features at Pandora

Over the course of the year since we launched Pandora, one of the most gratifying things for me personally has been the chance to correspond with many of you about the things that you love and hate about Pandora. We’ve been able to answer some of your feature requests with little tweaks here and there, but some of your great ideas meant we had to make some big changes. I’m incredibly excited to tell you that tonight we’ve launched a version of Pandora that tackles some of those tougher problems.
We’ve heard quite often that you want ways to get a wider variety of styles in one listening session. Some of you are looking for stations that are an eclectic mix of all of the kinds of music you love, not just one style. Tonight we’re rolling out a brand new feature called “QuickMix” to answer that request head on. When you visit Pandora, you’ll discover the QuickMix button at the bottom of your station list. Click the button, tell us which of your stations you want to mix together, and click “Listen Now”. We’ll automatically create a station that shuffles those stations together. You can also share your mix station with your friends.
You’ve also told us that we sometimes play a song that you like, but it’s just not a good fit for the station it’s on. Our new “Move this song” feature will let you take it off of the current station and move it to one of your other stations. This is one of our most-requested features and now it’s an option under the song menu. When you hear something you want to move, just click the album art and select “Move this song to another station.”
Finally, some of you have taken us up on the offer to create 100 distinct stations. One thing is clear: with that many stations it can be pretty hard to find the one you’re looking for. Especially since we always sort them in the order you created them. Not anymore. Now you can choose to sort the stations alphabetically too. Just click the “Your Stations” line above the station list to choose your sort preference.
Thanks for inspiring us here every day at Pandora. We love your ideas and suggestions. Keep ’em coming!

Pandora for the ages

You may be surprised at how many Pandora listeners there are who are over 70 years old. Some of them are using the internet daily, so put away your stereotypes! There are other older listeners who are using the internet solely for listening to music via Pandora, having been turned on to it by a relative or friend.
More than one listener over 70 has written in to tell us that while listening to Pandora they’re actually getting up to dance to their old favorites such as Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry, remembering doing The Twist, The Jitterbug and The Bunny Hop.
Hollywood Palladium, 1940
Last week a gentleman wrote in to tell us that he’s 82, and that his Benny Goodman and his Tommy Dorsey stations remind him of his teenage years, dancing at the Hollywood Palladium in the 1940s. (Entry fee: 50 cents.) Another woman, 71, listens to music from her college days on Pandora on a laptop, in bed. She likes the trip down memory lane listening to Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong. The internet is sometimes thought of as a young person’s game, but we’re finding that love of music draws listeners of all ages.