From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and we welcome all our listeners of Irish descent (as well as those who become Irish for the day) to celebrate the holiday in Pandora style!

As many know, St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th. It is named after St. Patrick (c. AD 385-461) and commemorates the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. It has since gradually become more of a secular celebration of “Irishness” and Irish culture.

Screen Shot 2013-03-16 at 8.17.22 AMFor our Pandora listeners down under, St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated in New Zealand and Australia. The Irish made a large impact on the social, political and educational systems of both countries, due to the large numbers of Irish people that immigrated to the colonies.

So whether your feasting with some Irish stew, indulging in green beer, attending a parade or just wearing green, we invite you to enjoy this year’s St. Patrick’s Day with stations curated by the “leprechaun curators” at Pandora:

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From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to Valentine’s Day

It’s February, and love is in the air… depending, of course, on your stance on Valentine’s Day. But love it, hate it or plead indifference to the whole thing, February 14th provides us a good opportunity to reflect on why we adore the one we’re with, long for the one we lost, despise the one that did us wrong or simply how much we love to indulge in chocolate and champagne until we’re sick. At Pandora, we understand the intimate role that music plays in our love lives and so we’re offering up a slew of stations recommendations to get you in the mood for romance, flirtation or a good cry session in the name of shameless self-pity. Check out below for all that Pandora can offer you this Valentine’s Day: Read More →

From the Music Genome Project: The Anatomy of A Love Song

For thousands of years, we humans have used music to express our affections to one another. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we thought it would be amusing to mine the Music Genome Project to identify what makes a love song tick. To do this, I’ve pored over the musicological data of 100 songs from two of our most popular Valentine’s Day genre stations: “Love Songs” and its polar opposite, “Love Stinks“. If you’re a budding songwriter, I can’t give you the formula for a hit but maybe I can point you in the right direction when it comes to songs from the heart… Read More →

From the Curators: Pandora Celebrates Mardi Gras and Carnival 2013

There’s no city like New Orleans, especially during Mardi Gras when the city show cases its unique culture, outstanding food and of course: music.
If you can’t make it to the Big Easy this year, we’ll do our best to bring the French Quarter to you with a variety of authentic music options in the tradition of the holiday as well as our Mardi Gras-themed music and food pairings. Read More →

From the Curators: Pandora Celebrates Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day (wye-TANG-ee) has been a public holiday in New Zealand since 1974 and commemorates the 1840 signing of the country’s Treaty of Waitangi, considered to be New Zealand’s founding document. The day was first officially recognized in 1934, and has since been celebrated every 6th of February.

Waitangi Day image_Kiwi.jpgOfficial festivities, including Māori cultural performances, speeches and a naval salute, are held at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands, often referred to as the birthplace of NZ. There is also a three-day festival with music, dance, food and traditional Māori customs for residents and visitors to experience.

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From the Curators: Happy Australia Day from Pandora!

For anyone who hasn’t had the chance to celebrate Australia Day or is wondering what it’s all about, Australia Day is much like the 4th of July here in the United States. The first public holiday in Australia, January 26th, 1788 was the day that Captain Arthur Phillip arrived in Sydney with the First Fleet from Great Britain, establishing the country’s first settlement. The national holiday marks an occasion for Australians to come together and celebrate their country and culture.

This year we’re joining in – whether you’re celebrating Australia Day with a picnic in the park, a BBQ at home with friends, a parade or a sporting event, or you’re headed to the Big Day Out (BDO) concert, we invite you to check out some of the stations we’ve curated for your Australia Day long weekend…. Read More →

From the Curators: Hoist up the eggnog to this year’s bounty of new holiday releases!

‘Tis the season for new holiday music! Each year brings a new batch of holiday albums by a wide range of artists. And this year is no exception. With new releases and collections from top country artists, pop artists and old favorites, you’re sure to find something to satiate your holiday music appetite. Here is a breakdown of all the new holiday releases you can find on Pandora: Read More →

From the Comedy Curators: A Festive Alternative to Holiday Music (Grinch Warning!)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…if you love holiday music, that is. If carols aren’t your jam, the last couple months of the year can be as unbearable as watching Santa Claus Conquers the Martians without hilarious commentary from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys.

comedyblogthumbsdown.jpgIt always starts the same way. In early November, some local radio station fires the opening salvo by switching over to all “Sleighride” and “Frosty The Snowman” tunes. Department stores and online retailers jingle their bells in the background of their commercials. By the time Black Friday rolls around, the entire world has gone “Holiday”. Coffee shops are swathed in tinsel while Karen Carpenter coos about frosted windowpanes and three-quarter time; the local mall plays the 16 covers (yes, there really are 16) of that John LennonHappy Xmas (War Is Over) song on a continuous loop; and gaggles of kids gather on street corners to raise money for charity by singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Raindeer” and “Winter Wonderland.”

So congratulations on maintaining your sanity for this long! While many of us delight in our ability to bask in holiday jingles this time of year, I’m here to help all the rest of you get through to December 26th with some festive comedic relief. Read More →

From the Curators: Feliz Navidad from Pandora

Llegó de nuevo la navidad, and Pandora has your holiday Latin music needs covered, with the best música navideña for all of your Christmas, New Year’s and Día de Los Reyes festividades! Whether you’re into the more traditional sounds of the temporada navideña, or the current holiday hits of pop, regional Mexican and tropical music, our three Latin Christmas genre stations, Navidad Latina, Navidad Tropical and Navidad Mexicana have the mezcla perfecta for all of the season’s celebraciones! Read More →

It’s Beginning To Sound A Lot Like…Holiday Music!

The holiday season is in full swing – whether you like to listen to your favorite holiday tunes in the warmth of your own home, alone during your morning commute or openly during grand sing-alongs at the office – we at Pandora know that since the beginning of November, millions of you have rocked out to holiday music on Pandora.

It’s up to you to decide how you prefer to enjoy the holiday classics, but have you ever wondered how the rest of the country does? Read More →