Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard record an album together for the first time in 32 years.

Willie_NelsonNot since 1983’s Pancho & Lefty has the Red Headed Stranger and The Hag stepped into a studio and cut an entire album together. Django and Jimmie (named for the two outlaws’ childhood heroes) sounds as timeless as their previous long-player, albeit more weathered. –Eric Shea

 

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Slow your roll on the streets of South Side Los Angeles and roll one up tight for the new Dom Kennedy.

Dom_KennedyWest Coast rhymes over soulful beats floating in the sunshine. The next generation of hip-hop knows how to kill it over any tempo, so lean back and vibe out to By Dom Kennedy. –J Boogie

 

 

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Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

933_MusicMonday_Blog Your Old Droog mines his Coney Island home for dirty rock loops and fiery rhymes.

Your_Old_DroogOften compared to old school MCs Nas, Big L and Kool G Rap; Your Old Droog resurrects classic lyricism with a new flavor. Thick New York accents dropping rock references over production from beat masters DJ Skizz, El RTNC and Marco Polo on Kinison. –J Boogie

 

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Thee Oh Sees continue to kick out the frazzled garage jams on their fourteenth (!) release.

Thee_Oh_SeesWith the mellow haze of last year’s Drop putting an end to the band’s brief hiatus, frontman John Dwyer and a muscular new line-up produce more fuzzed up, Nuggets-like finery on Mutilator Defeated At Last – adding yet another gem to their extensive discography. –Michelle Solomon

 

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A Double Serve of Peking Duk – Interview

Peking Duk dynamic duo, Reuben Styles and Adam Hyde, caught our attention when they posted this photo on the socials, live from our Electronic Day at SXSW. So much so that we had to find out more about these guys and when we asked they didn’t disappoint. Reuben and Adam revealed their hidden Star Wars character and their fave bands amongst other things, that kinda make us like them even more.

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What word or habit freaks you out?
Adam: The word silver is really crook to me. Also people that chomp their food like it’s a public service announcement is real crook too.

What would you be doing if you weren’t in Peking Duk?
Reuben: I reckon Adam would be a rapper, a hip hop label A&R, or a TV presenter. Perhaps one day he might become all 3 haha. I have no idea what I would be, when I was younger I trained to be a pilot and was enrolled in civil engineering at Uni. Music producing was a pretty unexpected but incredibly exciting turn for us.

What is your favourite Peking Duk Memory?
A: Every day has been getting funner and funner in all honesty. We just got back to Aus after partying for 4 days straight in Washington DC, that was a magical time. I think every memory that’s happening right now as we are working on finishing the debut album is very, very exciting.

If you were characters in the Lego Movie or Star Wars, who would you be?
R: We haven’t seen the Lego movie. Definitely on the bucket list though! In Star Wars I imagine Adam would be Chewie, a hairy animal with guns that likes to party. I would love to think I already am Yoda. Ready to pass on my knowledge to the next saviours across the galaxy.

What is the greatest piece of advice you’ve been given?
A: “Don’t take yourself seriously, you’ll just look like a w@nker. Have a good time”

What are your top 5 fave bands of all time?
R: The Strokes, Tame Impala, Radiohead, Midnight Juggernauts, The Beatles

Need more Peking Duk in your life, listen to their station here on Pandora

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Trey Songz traps out his soul on Intermission I & II

Trey_SongsA perfect combination of spacey sub-bass and slow-jams, Intermission is made for chilling with your boo. Dim the lights and drop the BPMs with Trigga. This 12-track LP features the first five songs from the original Intermission EP plus seven more, including “How Could You Forget” featuring Pusha T. –JBoogie

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

You probably won’t ever meet anyone who doesn’t like this song.

Marc_AnthonyWith “La Gozadera, Gente De Zona and Marc Anthony dropped the Pan-Latino anthem of the summer, the year and (dare we say) the decade. Get ready to hear “La Gozadera” on repeat for the next five years. The time is now for GDZ, and they are taking full advantage. –Marcos Juarez

 

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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Snoop Dogg sparks up and sings his way into your heart with BUSH.

Snoop_DoggProduced by Pharrell, the DPG gets you dancing with Gwen Stefani, singing with Stevie Wonder and pop lockin’ with uncle Charlie Wilson. Snoop passes the blunt to Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar and T.I. for some high-grade guest verses. Let your freak out and get down to BUSH. –J. Boogie

 

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Warm Soda continues to evoke teenage fantasy with tasty new LP.

Warm_sodaSymbolic Dream is the ex-Oakland band’s first record since songwriter, singer and guitar player Matthew Melton moved to Austin in 2014. Regardless of location, his warm confectionary power-pop hasn’t changed. With catchy hooks and sing-along choruses aplenty, Warm Soda’s fizzy energy has yet to go flat. –Michelle Solomon

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“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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Another Big Step Towards Artist Empowerment: Pandora & Next Big Sound

NBS-Odesza_for blogIn September of last year we launched the Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) with Artist Insights, a tool that allows every musician on Pandora to view their entire audience and listening history on the service. Thousands of musicians have since claimed their identity and they, as well as their managers, bookers and labels are using the information daily to help plan tours, decide set lists and understand their fans. In February, we added Artist Audio Messaging—a new product enabling direct communication between artists and these fans. Millions of targeted audio messages have already been broadcast from this innovative new system, alerting listeners to new records and local shows from their favorite artists.

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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Lyrics Born struts to New Orleans to jam with some jazz veterans.

Lyrics_BornJoining forces with Galactic, Ivan Neville, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty; LB MCs over a heavy dose of funk and rock from the big easy. The result is happy, silly and crazy – making you want to get up and boogie. Sing along with the Real People. –J. Boogie

 

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Best Coast return with a heavier, more polished sound on this sonic love letter to their home state (and the state of mind it inspires).

Best_CoastThis time around, the guitars are crunchier, the drums more pounding and Bethany Cosentino’s vocals more commanding. California Nights borrows liberally from ‘90s alt-rock, fusing squalls of shoegaze swirl to the group’s warm, fuzzy jangle. –Andee Connors

 

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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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The duality of country and rock is further explored.

Jekyll_Hyde“Beautiful Drug” opens Jekyll + Hyde with its crosshairs aimed square at Top 40’s jugular. For just over three minutes you’ll think Zac Brown Band has gone shopping mall pop until “Loving You Easy” follows with their signature roots-rock sound. Their cover of Jason Isbell’s “Dress Blues” is top shelf Americana. –Eric Shea

 

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After two decades, these nineties Texan noise-rockers return with what might be their best record yet.

CherubsOn the surface, Cherubs seem to be taking up right where 1994’s Heroin Man left off; all super-distorted guitars and monster drumming. But on 2 Ynfynyty, the group adds surprisingly melodic vocals and hooks galore, resulting in some serious (noise) pop song craft. –Andee Connors

 

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