The Pandora Team

Berkeley Get-together on Monday!

This coming Monday, I’ll be hosting a meetup on the UC Berkeley campus, just a few miles away from our offices in Oakland! Looking forward to meeting Pandora users and musicians from the East Bay, and hearing what they have to say about current trends in music. If you’re in the area, please stop by! Full details are below.
When: Monday, December 4th, 2006 at 7:00 pm
Where: Heller Lounge, MLK Student Union Building, UC Berkeley
Hope to see you there!
Tim (Founder)

Stanford Town Hall Meeting on Monday!

I’m hosting a Town Hall meeting this Monday at my Alma Mater, Stanford University. It’s going to be great being back on campus and sharing our story with students and Pandora users in the local area. Please stop by if you have a chance!
When: Monday, November 27th, 2006 at 8:00 pm
Where: Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University, Palo Alto
Hope to see you there!
Tim (Founder)

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)