Inside The Collection: Weekly Curator Picks

Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team!

Artist Debuts

Bobby Avey

An emerging star in the jazz community, Bobby Avey has been praised by The New Yorker magazine as “a young pianist of invention and refinement.” He has released three solo albums since 2010, with his latest album Authority Melts From Me being a quintet suite inspired by the rhythms found in Haitian voodoo drumming, paying homage to the Haitian culture and featuring guest appearances from notable jazz artists like Miguel Zenon and Ben Monder.

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Matt Sucich’s music is at times reminiscent of early 2000s Freak Folk. But listen to a few of his songs and it’s immediately apparent that he’s more interested in crafting innovative tunes than dressing up a song with retro psychedelic trimmings and weird-for-the-sake-of-weird novelties. Sucich also blends elements of 1970s Country Rock twang and 1990s tinged Indie Rock melodies into his unique blend of Folk Rock. Read More →

Inside The Collection: Weekly Curator Picks

Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team!

Artist Debuts

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Hailing from New Zealand – singer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist Janine & the Mixtape spent time in Brooklyn, NY to complete her debut EP Dark Mind. She’s layering R&B, Hip-Hop and Indie to create a soulful New Wave-tinged R&B. Since its release last summer, she has been garnering buzz across the board with her smoky vocals, capturing attention of both artists and record labels.

Hans Christian

Hans Christian is a German-born multi-instrumentalist who incorporates New Age, Indian, Ethnic Fusion, Chamber Jazz and Classical music into his compositions. Since his 1994 debut album, he has released seven studio albums including the popular Undefended Heart, a solo cello album with live loops and delays. Read More →

Inside The Collection: A Rocker Falls In Love With 70s Country Rock

Has an album ever changed your life? During my mid 20s, I was accidentally introduced to the music of Gram Parsons, the founder of what he called “cosmic American music,” or more broadly, Country Rock. I was deep in a rock-n-roll only phase when I discovered this music by way of Dinosaur Jr. covering “Hot Burrito #2.” This was a song by Parsons’ oddly named band The Flying Burrito Brothers. I bought the first two albums of that band and my curiosity about Parsons grew.

When I first heard this music I remember thinking many things. How had I not heard this before? Was there similar sounding stuff out there? I always assumed I’d hate the music my dad loved, but these songs made country music make sense.

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Curator Eric Shea at the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville

Parsons’ career path catapulted him through some of the most popular bands of the late 60s. He helped The Byrds go country with Sweetheart Of The Rodeo before running off with Byrds’ bassist Chris Hillman. They bought some flashy, hippie, cowboy suits and formed The Flying Burrito Brothers. Parsons purportedly left the Burritos after just one year.

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Inside The Collection: Weekly Curator Picks

Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team!

Artist Debuts

Anthony Skinner & The Immersion Family Band

A singer, songwriter, producer and author, Anthony Skinner has penned tracks for renowned praise and worship artists like Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, Jesus Culture, Bethel Music and CeCe Winans on her GRAMMY Award winning project Thy Kingdom Come. Along with his group, The Immersion Family Band, they are currently topping the charts with their worship anthem “Your Love Never Fails” off the EP by the same name.

Molly Kate Kestner

The voice behind the YouTube hit “His Daughter,” 18-year-old singer-songwriter Molly Kestner wrote the tune with “…a cracked iPhone and out-of-tune piano.” The track has already reached over 1.5 million views and is receiving praise from CNN, The Huffington Post and Star Trek actor George Takei.

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Born in the Ayacucho (the heart of Peru), Florencio Coronado was considered one of the premier folk harpists in the late 1950s. Throughout his career leading to his death in 2009, he had toured through Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Read More →

Inside The Collection: Weekly Curator Picks

Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team!

Artist Debuts

Mark Ballas

Singer-songwriter who is better known to most as a professional ballroom dancer on the ABC program Dancing With The Stars. As a youth, he was member of a pop trio called 2B1G (2 Boys 1 Girl) along with fellow dancers Julianne Hough and Derek Hough. He premiered his debut single “Get My Name” on a recent episode of DWTS and had the track trending worldwide on Twitter, moving the song to #24 on the iTunes Top Singles chart.

Light Fantastic

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 10.26.47 AMSan Francisco’s Light Fantastic plays their jangle-pop with one foot planted in the sand and the other in the paisley underground. With ample help from Rex John Shelverton (Vue, Tamaryn), Light Fantastic’s Byrdsian jangle gets the post-shoegaze treatment with tasteful washes of reverb and gauzy guitars that sound like the Rickenbackers from Beachwood Sparks and RIDE had a baby. Singer Terry Sowers sounds like he could be the missing link between The Beach Boys and Allah-Las. Read More →

Inside The Collection: Weekly Curator Picks

This is what our music curators are listening to this week on Pandora!

New Artist Additions

DJ Cassidy
A New York DJ who is known for his work at celebrity functions, including the 50th birthday party and 2009 inauguration of President Obama, and the 2008 wedding of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. He is gearing up for his debut album Paradise Royale, out in June, where he will bring together a 14-piece string section and musicians like Nile Rodgers (Chic), Ray Parker Jr., Mary J. Blige, Chromeo, Estelle, Cee Lo Green, Robin Thicke, Jessie J and more. His recently dropped single “Make The World Go Round” features a guest appearance by R. Kelly.

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Nightbringer
Nightbringer are one of those rare black metal bands that can swirl their cacaphony of guitar maelstroms to sound like a beautiful orchestra of evil. With equal parts restraint and tantrum, they’re absolute masters at reining in their chaos. Also, their singer sounds like he can gargle glass and barf blood into a Shure SM-58 microphone. Read More →

Celebrating New Zealand Music Month

NZ Music MonthSome of New Zealand’s biggest stars from stage, screen and sport have come together with us to celebrate NZ Music Month by curating a special NZ Music station on Pandora.

Shortland Street stars Beth Allen, Amelia Reid, Sally Martin and Cameron Jones have joined SKYCITY Breakers players and the cast of hit TV2 comedy Step Dave, among others, to pick their favorite Kiwi musical tracks to go onto the station. The result is a high energy contemporary-sounding station with a healthy mix of kiwi classics.

“The station has a modern sound with a classic edge,” says Ron Nenni, Director of Music Programming at Pandora. “We are thrilled to celebrate new music discovery and the re-discovery of the artists who made their mark on New Zealand’s music culture”

Listeners can tune in to the new station here.

Inside the Collection: Western Swing

Most times, the first things you’ll notice are the hiss, pops and crackles of the antiquated fidelity. The genre’s earlier recordings are delightfully haunting – as if you’re hearing ghosts play scratchy old records. And then the slide guitars and fiddles sound like they’re laughing joyously over buoyant rhythms. But when those bouncy horns, piano and guitars saunter in; that’s when you’re hearing some top-shelf Western Swing. And should some cartoonish vocals pipe-in with a high-pitched, “A-ha!” you can be certain that you’re listening to Bob Wills, the king of Western Swing.Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 12.12.51 PM

Every few years I go through a Bob Wills phase – and by proxy, a Western Swing phase. Subsequently, I just updated Pandora’s Country & Western Swing station with a bunch of my all-time favorite tunes from this realm (as well as some Classic Country and Honky-Tonk for complimentary flavor). Read More →

Feb 14: Happy Valentines Day!

IMG_20140214_120255The earliest Valentine’s Cards can be traced back as far as the 1800’s in Britain, when the festival of February 14th became synonymous with love and all things heart shaped. These days Saint Valentine’s Day, or more commonly just ‘Valentine’s Day’ is stamped as the opportunity for people to declare anonymous love and/or potentially undying affection.

With that in mind today is Valentines Day and chances are if you haven’t already got a gift you are cutting it close to the wire!
Don’t worry we have just the thing for an instant gift, the Pandora Valentines Mixtape. It is free and you can make, send and they will receive it today!

You can create a personalised online mixtape for a friend or valentine over at the Pandora Australia Facebook page. It is a great way to share the music you love or the music you know someone else loves.

It is as simple as 3 easy steps to send a mixtape:

  • Click through to Facebook here: http://on.fb.me/LWNk9M
  • Choose the artwork & mixtape name
  • Then pick the lucky person who will receive the gift

Go ahead and send as many as you like, to friends, family and lovers alike and if you want to check out our full range of Valentine Stations which are ready made to listen to you can do that right here.

Big Love,
Hazel, Pandora ANZ

Inside the Collection: Love, Loss and Mix-Tapes

I was a teenage skater, which back in the eighties meant I didn’t meet many girls. But there was one – Brynn was what we affectionately called a “Skate-Betty.” She stood out from the others with her sun-bleached bowl-cut, hi-top Vans, a flannel tied around her waist and a warm California smile that gave me the courage to ask her out. We instantly bonded on music. She was into many of the same Skate Rock bands that I listened to like JFA and Agent Orange. But she also turned me on to stuff I’d never heard before like Voivod and Reagan Youth.

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Do you remember the first mix-tape you made for a crush? What about the opposite – a mix that you curated following a heart-bludgeoning break-up? As we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s easy for me to flashback to the very first amorous mix that I recorded…and my first break-up tape. Allow me to share a few of the lessons that I learned from building those mixes.

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