What To Listen To On Groundhog Day

Climate experts aScreen Shot 2015-02-02 at 9.30.32 AMre speculating that Punxatuwney Phil may be snowed-in this Groundhog Day. And that’s just fine, really. Most of us working at Pandora’s Oakland office wouldn’t mind a little more winter (we could use the rain). While contemplating a rodent and his shadow, we tried to build a Groundhog Day mixtape. But it wasn’t so easy. Sure, we could play an endless loop of songs by The Groundhogs. But even the most ardent Tony McPhee fans need a break from obscure, British blues-rock.

So here’s what we did instead. We made a deep mixtape of songs from Bill Murray soundtracks. Why? Because Groundhog Day is synonymous with Bill Murray. Those unfamiliar with the 1993 romantic comedy by the same name need not worry. Bill Murray’s Soundtracks is loaded with songs and scores from movies spanning Bill Murray’s entire career. And thanks to film director/screenwriter Wes Anderson, this Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 9.29.26 AMmixtape is much hipper than we thought it would be (Bill Murray was in seven of Anderson’s films thus far). And of course we’ve also peppered the mix with tunes from Ghostbusters, Lost In Translation, Caddyshack, Where The Buffalo Roam, Zombieland, St. Vincent and tons of others. So as we celebrate Groundhog Day, let’s take a moment to remember that Bill Murray once said, “I don’t want to be that guy mumbling into his drink at a bar.”

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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It’s a rare EDM album that succeeds as a full-length, but Above & Beyond broke the mold.

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The trance trio’s experience producing and DJing for over a decade is evident on We Are All We Need. Swooshing synths intertwine with emotional pop vocals, creating an uplifting EDM experience touching on progressive house and chillstep, while remaining firmly rooted in trance.

 

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London dream-pop tunesmiths drop a gorgeous EP with guest vocals from Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell.

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 12.21.54 PMLondon’s Liu Bei is an indie-pop quintet with shoegaze leanings. The title-track off their Goodness EP is one of those bittersweet love songs worthy of being blasted from a boombox hoisted by John Cusack in 1989. But “Fields” boasts a gossamer cameo from Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell.

 

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Get A Little More Personal With Our New Design

Hopefully you are enjoying the new look for Pandora that we have been rolling out to our iPhone and Android listeners over the past few weeks. The principles of simplicity and clarity serve as the heart of this evolved design that will help you to more easily personalize, discover, and explore your favorite music on Pandora.

Take a look below at how the new features in this update will make your Pandora experience even better:

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  • Tap the new Personalization 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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Coming Soon: Now Cards from Pandora Coming to Google App

Over 76.5 million listeners tune into Pandora every month and listen to over 7 Billion stations. With that many people using Pandora, we make it a top priority to deliver listeners their favorite music as effortlessly as possible whenever and wherever they want. Our ultimate goal is to unleash the infinite power of music simply and easily. With that said, I’m very excited to announce that Pandora music cards are coming soon to the Google App.

How will Pandora music cards work in the Google app? Well, we know that you have a lot of decisions to make in your daily routine. With the help of Now cards, those decisions just got easier. Whether you’re unsure of what to listen to on your drive home, need a new station to motivate your exercise routine, or are in need of a relaxing soundtrack after a long day, Pandora’s Now cards can help. Inside the Google app we’ll be recommending the perfect station at the perfect time. Just for you.

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50 BILLION Thumbs

Just a few years ago, Jason Derulo stopped by our offices to celebrate receiving the 10 billionth thumb on Pandora. Today, I am proud to share that we have passed 50 billion thumbs. 50 billion. That’s roughly seven thumbs for every person on Earth.

As milestones go, this one is particularly meaningful. Our entire mission is to give listeners the ability to personalize their experience. Thumbs give each listener the power to make Pandora personal to them. Every thumb up and thumb down has not only made your stations better, but helped us make better song choices for every listener. This is a serious group effort – so, thanks!

As you can imagine, it took a lot of songs to hit 50 billion thumbs. While we can’t share every single one, we did want to highlight some of the more momentous thumb recipients along the way.

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: El May performs “Lessons Appear”

Lara Meyerratken, aka El May, is an Australian singer-songwriter. Her style features melodic songwriting and mellow rock instrumentation with folk roots. Other artists that can be heard on her station include The Bird And The Bee, Patsy Cline, and Feist. She came by with musicians Scott Heiner and Scott Letty and played “Lessons Appear” off her latest album The Other Person Is You.

Jack White’s Musical Lineage

Our curation team collaborated with in-house artist Carolyn Jaeger to produce this graphic of Jack White’s musical lineage, layered in the rings and bark of his own music. Vining upwards are the branches and leaves of the artists he’s produced and/or collaborated with. And of course his tree’s roots are robust with the influences that helped birth his sound, tone and vision. Click the image for detail.

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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Fall Out Boy proves once again with American Beauty/American Psycho there’s still room at the top of the charts for actual rock bands.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.23.01 AMSure, Fall Out Boy is now far from an actual rock band (and well removed from the rockers they once were). But they whip up a gloriously hook-laden stadium pop confection, borrowing melodies from Suzanne Vega and even reworking The Munsters’ theme!

 

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Former Company Of Thieves vocalist makes a name for herself as a solo artist.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.37.31 AMLos Angeles based Genevieve swaps indie rock for alt-pop with the release of the incredibly infectious Colors (Single). Backed with distorted guitars, electronic keyboards, synths and a boom-bap beat; she sings about everyday struggles with a message of inspiration, repeatedly chanting, “Show your true colors, girl!”

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Leighton Meester performs “Heartstrings”

Leighton Meester is a singer-songwriter and actress. Her musical style blends elements of pop, rock, folk and country, with a focus on vocals, accompanied by acoustic and electric instrumentation. Other artists that can be heard on her station include Taylor Swift, Hozier and Miranda Lambert. She came by with musicians Jeff Trott and Ryan Pettersen and played the title track off her recently released album “Heartstrings”.

Inside The Collection: Weekly Curator Picks

Rootsy chanteuse Brandi Carlile delivers a harmonic departure with The Eye (Single) 

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 12.53.22 PMIf Brandi Carlile’s new single is indicative of what her upcoming album The Firewatcher’s Daughter sounds like, we can expect a slight departure. This song is enveloped in timeless, three-part, vocal harmonies that give more depth to heady lyrics like, “You can dance in a hurricane/ But only if you’re standing in the eye.”

 

Two brothers drop hits on Mike WiLL Made-It’s Ear Drummer Records.

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 12.54.44 PMSlim Jimmy and Swae Lee came from Mississippi to Atlanta, got dibbs on the super producer’s beats, and Rae Sremmurd‘s SremmLife was born. In addition to Mike WiLL, Sonny Digital, Young Chop and Soundz create the perfect soundscape.  The bass will make you want to hit the club with Nicki Minaj and Young Thug. Read More →