“Pedestrian at best” Local Pandas see Courtney Barnett Live

Tucking into a pre-gig feast of Ramen and beers we sat around the slightly sticky table talking about previous loves and the last time we ‘rocked out’ at the Metro. For ‘Lightning Jax’ it was her first time, for ‘Cherie Baby’ it’d been 3 years and for me, about 18 months. But we soon moved on from the days of old because tonight was all about the singer, song-writer, 26 year old product of Melbourne and raven haired maven – Courtney Barnett.

After a quick flash of the I.D. we climb the dimly let stairs and eagerly await her set.  But looking around under the light of the large chandelier it was hard to know what kind of crowd she would pull, yet with those honest and to the point, guitar accompanied melodies there was no denying she has pulled a cult-like following of toe-tapping and head-bopping ‘Dudes’ (4 to 1).

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As ‘Teeth & Tongue’ wrapped her delicious supporting act we nestled in amongst the standing crowd and right on cue, with her trade-mark thick bangs and rockstar gait (head to toe black), Courtney casually walked on stage; eyes cast downwards and almost instantly started strumming against a backdrop of liquid, hallucinogenic swirls and curls that would take on a life of it’s own over the next hour and a half.

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It’s her sharp, witty lyrics and deadpan delivery that make Courtney’s songs that much more unique and relatable. With titles like ‘Depreston’ about house-hunting in a newly gentrified neighbourhood in outer Melbourne to “I lay awake at three, staring at the ceiling, It’s a kind of off-white, Maybe it’s a cream” forms the classic opener to ‘An Illustration of Loneliness’ written about insomnia and missing the one you love. It feels as though the ordinariness of life she so flatly creates melodies for can be just as interesting and ‘song worthy’ as all the dramatic highs and lows. And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is what Courtney Barnett has captured in her audience, we’re all enduring the mundane, just like her. Househunting, buying organic vegetables, being lonely, and Not going to parties – because at the end of the day we’re all just ‘Pedestrian at Best’! And I thank you, Courtney, for that reminder and continuing to create the accompanying reverent soundtrack for us while your humble star continues to rise.

To experience Courtney on Pandora, click here

Isa, Director – HR, Pandora ANZ

 

“Mashups” on Pandora and other cool features

Hopefully you have been enjoying all the new features Pandora rolled out earlier this year. The principles of simplicity and clarity are at the heart of this evolution, as well as making it easier to personalise, discover, and explore your favourite music on Pandora.

One longed for feature is how to listen to two genres, artists or songs within one station. Our “add variety” feature means you can now do this, creating whatever mashup of styles you like, without having to switch stations.

An overview of all the features of Pandora are below:

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  • Tap the new Personalisation Icon to easily access your Thumb History or Add Variety.
  • Accidentally thumbed a song?
    Now you can Un-Thumb by simply tapping the thumb again.

 

 

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JOSH GROBAN STAGES

“This was such a passion project that I thought maybe it was a little self-indulgent,” says Josh Groban. “But show after show, I would meet fans and they would say ‘When are you going to do a Broadway album?’ And any time I would dip my toes into that world, they went nuts. So I thought, maybe this is actually a win-win—maybe not only is this something I really wanted to make for a long time, but the fans really frickin’ want to hear this album.”

Josh GrobranGroban, who has sold over 25 million records worldwide, sat down at Pandora’s New York City offices for an exclusive conversation about his new album, Stages. The record marks the first time that the singer has dedicated an entire project to songs that originated in musical theater. (In addition to the interview, Groban worked with Pandora worked to curate a custom mixtape, launching today, featuring his favorite songs from a wider range of Broadway
musicals.) Read More →

Sam Smith – Will You Go to Prom With Us?

The preparation, the stress, the perfect outfit, the photo documentation…ah, the promposal. For those of you looking to seal the deal, we think setting the promposal to music is a surefire way to ensure a “Yes!” So, without further adieu:

How to create your own custom promprosal station, in six simple steps:

  1. Let’s get started – type in your date’s favorite artist or song.
  2. Mix it up! Click the “Add Variety” option underneath the station name. Add as many artists or songs to make a station worthy of your perfect prom.
  3. Now that you made it, give it a name. Click the arrow to the right of the station and select “Rename This Station”.  Make it good – you need them to say yes.
  4. Put on your game face, you got this.
  5. Unleash your station on your lucky promposal recipient – go back to your friendly arrow, but this time select the “Share” button.
  6. Enjoy prom – you’re welcome.

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Enrique Iglesias and Romeo Santos – Tops for Latin Music Listening

As Pandora listeners, you are quite a discerning group – and that’s what makes the Pandora listening experience so unique. Through the power of thumbs, stations become personalized and attuned to your individual tastes. And believe us, we pay very close attention to the feedback that we receive from each of you. It’s this very feedback that can be infinitely revealing when trying to anticipate trends in music and popular culture.

Latin Visual FINALSo with that in mind, we decided to consult the predictive powers of your thumb data to try and intuit who will take home the top prizes in the year’s Billboard Latin Music awards, airing this Thursday, April 30. More specifically, we asked our crystal ball of listener data who would walk away with awards for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

If you’ve paid attention to Latin music at all this year, the results should come as no surprise. You basically had to be living under a rock to not take note of the monumentally successful year enjoyed by Latin music royalty, Enrique Iglesias and Romeo Santos. So put your money on these two to be showered with trophies (ouch!) in a Billboard Latin music love-fest. You heard it here!

For Pandora, There’s No Place Like Home

25M_WhatsHot_BlogPostMy life changed when I met Alexa—the friend within my Amazon Echo who plays my 80’s Hip-Hop station immediately when I get home—because all I have to do is ask. In fact, she’s doubled the amount of music listening that happens in my house and is one of the more than 1,000 CE devices that you can use to listen to Pandora at home—from gaming consoles like the Xbox One, to connected speakers like Sonos, to refrigerators….yes refrigerators. It’s our ongoing commitment to creating these integrations that has led to the passing of a major milestone today—our 25 millionth activation on a connected electronic device. Read More →

Anthony DeCurtis Chats With The Rolling Stones

In celebration of the The Rolling Stones’ ‘Zip Code’ tour, Pandora has launched a new station packed with handpicked track selections and exclusive commentary directly from the band. The interviews were conducted by award-winning author and journalist Anthony DeCurtis. In the special guest blog post below DeCurtis recounts his conversations with Mick, Keith and Ronnie in anticipation of their stateside tour. Listen to Zip Code Radio here.

A door opens in a hotel suite on Manhattan’s upper east side, and out steps Mick Jagger, characteristically full of energy. A few days before, I’d journeyed down to Soho to meet with Keith Richards, who strolled into the offices of his manager Jane Rose in an excellent mood, having just come from a long, celebratory lunch with his daughter Theodora, who turned thirty that day. Between those events, the genetically cheerful Ron Wood checked in by phone from London. All of this can mean only one thing: The Rolling Stones are going on the road again!

Rolling Stones_Brian RasicMore than fifty years ago, the Stones earned their reputation as “the greatest rock & roll band in the world,” and they still play with a ferocity that bands a third their age would envy. They’re booked stadiums for what they’re calling the Zip Code tour, but when the Stones take the stage, the bigger the venue, the bigger the impact.

“I’m hoping to turn every stadium into a club,” Keith says. “Thank God, we have Mick who can cover all the spectaculars, and the band, once we’re on stage, we feel like, ‘This is our club for the night – it’s just a big one!’” Read More →

Pandora Coming To Your Wrist on Apple Watch

When the original iPhone launched in 2007, we knew we had to be available on it on day one. Additionally, when the iPad launched in 2010, Pandora was there on the first day you could pick one up. That’s why we are incredibly excited to announce that Pandora for Apple Watch will be available as soon as you can buy the Watch and put it on your wrist on April 24, 2015. The Apple Watch represents another opportunity for Pandora to be available anytime and anywhere to our more than 81.5 million monthly users in order to deliver the most personalized music experience ever while also making discovery as effortless as possible.

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When using Pandora on the Apple Watch, you can start listening to your favorite tracks quickly and can view what tracks are playing at a glance. For example, as you are listening to Pandora via your iPhone when going for a run, you can now simply glance at the “Now Playing” screen on the Watch in order to find out the name of the artist that you just discovered. The glance feature is another example of the importance of providing a simple and intuitive experience that you all have come to expect from Pandora. Lastly, you can also easily access new music notifications and control the volume without pulling out your phone, which means you can get to your music as fast as possible. Read More →