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

Meghan Trainor

20-year-old singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor has written tracks for artists like Rascal Flatts and Common Kings. But now she’s been receiving a lot buzz with her catchy debut single “All About That Bass”, whose viral video has received close to 1.5 million YouTube views and gaining a huge following with its body-positive message.

Roadside Memorial

Drawing influences from Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cure, The Damned, Tears For Fears and Joy Division, San Francisco’s Roadside Memorial are “New Dark Romance built on the bones of all three British Invasions,” weaving New Wave, New Romantic and Post-Punk sensibilities to be enjoyed on the dance floor!

Matt PalmerScreen Shot 2014-07-14 at 8.50.08 AM

LA-based R&B/pop singer-songwriter who before graduating from NYU’s Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music singed his first publishing deal. As a songwriter, he has written for Big Time Rush and Leon Thomas, in addition to working with producers Oak Felder (Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown), Fraser T. Smith (Adele, Britney Spears) and Jackie Boyz (Madonna, Justin Bieber). As an artist, he has worked the past six years creating songs that were truly representative of himself: being a gay musician. He successfully raised enough funds via Kickstarter to release his EP Stranger Than Fiction along with an official music video for its single, “Teardrops”.
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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

EDJ

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 11.17.38 AMEric D. Johnson put in some time with The Shins before leading indie rock band the Fruit Bats for many years. He’s releasing songs under his initials now, and they are a treat. Beautiful melodies float over lush West Coast pop flavors and hints of country twang on his new single featuring the songs “Lose It All, All The Time” and “A West County Girl”. Dig these feel-good summer tunes.

RUFUS DU SOL

This up-and-coming indie dance band out of Sydney is known in Australia as Rufus, but was forced to change their name in the US due to an existing trademark on the name Rufus. Now under the moniker RUFUS DU SOL, this DIY band has released 2 EPs on their own label. Having played stages as far away as Moscow and New York, they have built a strong online following. Their album Atlas (due for a US release later in the year), debuted at #1 on the Australian album charts, propelling the band into the spotlight with their “equal parts sun drenched melodies and late night dance floor rhythms.”
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From The Curators: Pandora’s Guide To 4th Of July

Summer is in full swing and it’s time to celebrate the USA’s birthday with parades, fireworks and BBQs. So, what’s the first song that comes to mind when you think about summer? What’s the first song that comes to mind when you think about 4th of July? The curation team had a blast putting together Pandora’s 4th of July genre stations, and we’re excited to finally share them with you!

4th of July RadioScreen Shot 2014-06-27 at 2.20.55 PM includes a mix of patriotic tunes across genres sprinkled with summertime favorites. On this station you’ll hear Country, Heartland Rock and popular songs that celebrate American pride; artists include John Mellencamp, James Brown, Miley Cyrus and Simon and Garfunkel.

Another American classic, Barbershop quartet music, has enjoyed a colorful revival. The barbershop served as the community center where African American men harmonized while waiting their turn. In the early 1900s, white minstrel singers adopted the a cappella four part harmony style and performed early standards. Think “Sharp Harmony,” a Norman Rockwell painting from 1936. Our Barbershop Quartet station is perfect for waking up early and prepping the grillables.
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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 

Lenny PickettScreen Shot 2014-06-26 at 4.26.48 PM

Does the name ring a bell? Aside from being an accomplished saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist and composer, he was a member of the Tower of Power horn section from 1972-1981, and since 1985 has been the tenor sax soloist on Saturday Night Live (as well as the show’s current musical director). He has also worked as an arranger for artists like David Bowie, The Talking Heads, David Byrne and Katy Perry. His latest release The Prescription is a collaboration with Finland’s UMO Jazz Orchestra, combining his distinctive tenor saxophone sound with 21st century Big Band.

Madison Beer

Fifteen-year-old pop singer Madison Beer initially gained Justin Bieber’s attention with her mash-up of Bruno Mars covers posted to YouTube. His co-sign has already boosted her profile significantly. She signed with Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, and Bieber himself appeared in the video for her debut single “Melodies.” She has since signed to Island Records and debuted her instantly popular new single “Unbreakable.”
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Inside Song: The Origins of Lyrics

A few years ago, I saw the band The Court and Spark. It was the record release concert for their final album, Hearts, at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. They were an excellent live band, and it was a great show, but I have a much clearer memory of that show than I do of others I went to around the time because at one point during their set, I distinctly misheard a lyric and it sent my brain spinning down the path of writing a new song.

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 3.46.57 PMI heard something that sounded like, “One of her eyes is Dixie weed.” Though I knew that wasn’t what the singer was saying, it was such an evocative image in my mind – I could see perfectly the lush, yellow-green of the color “Dixie weed,” and I thought there were rich metaphoric implications of a character with two different-colored eyes – that it stuck. I borrowed a pen, found a napkin and jotted it down. The next day I sat with my guitar and chased the rest of the song with that misheard lyric launching the whole thing off: “One of her eyes is Dixie weed, the other New Mexico blue.” Musically, it didn’t sound anything like the Court and Spark song, but its origins were somehow tied up with the band and that moment at the concert as well as whatever personal thoughts and emotions were swirling around in my life at the time.
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