From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to Thanksgiving Listening

What do you enjoy the most about Thanksgiving? Maybe you’re back from school for the first time, visiting family and friends or maybe you’re hosting a feast of food, football and family fun. No matter what your plans are for this Thanksgiving holiday, our curators have come up with some great station options to be your personal soundtrack on Thanksgiving Day. Give one of these stations a listen and then let the tryptophan take over:

Thanksgiving Day: An eclectic mix of everyone from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Adam Sandler and Mumford and Sons. Listen while cooking, enjoying family and friends or when you sit down to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast.
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From the Working Comedian – Interview with Don Friesen and Jason Love

Stand-up comedians Don Friesen and Jason Love stopped by Pandora headquarters in Oakland to entertain employees with our very first live comedy Whiteboard Session. After waking the staff up with a 9:30 AM performance, they kept us laughing as we chatted about open mics, vomit, and advice for aspiring comics.

Don Friesen is the only two-time winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He has appeared on Comedy Central and his recent special Ask Your Mom is currently airing on Showtime.

Jason Love has appeared on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, and HBO’s Luck. His award-winning humor column, So It Goes has run in over 50 publications.
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From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to Mexican Independence Day

¡Qué viva México! Join us as we raise a glass in celebration of Mexico’s Independence! On this, the 202nd anniversary of its independence, check out our Mexican Independence Day station! Pandora offers up an eclectic mix, which crosses genres and boundaries, highlighting the incredible richness and diversity of Mexican cultura and its varied musical expressions. Whether you’re festejando with family and friends at a house party, or enjoying an intimate dinner with your loved ones, we’ve got the perfect selections to set the ambiente, no matter what your mood is this 16 de septiembre!
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Pandora Submission Spotlight: Caravan Of Thieves

“Gypsy swinging, serenading, fire-breathing circus freaks” is how this month’s Submission Spotlight artist, Caravan Of Thieves, has been described. Marrying old school gypsy swing and modern folk rock, this band has released two albums independently, with their first submission being added to Pandora in 2009. They have received much praise from Pandora listeners, fans and press for both their unique style of music, as well as their energetic and theatrical live shows.

caravan.JPGFormed in Bridgeport, CT by married couple Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, Caravan of Thieves began as a duo, performing in parks and on street corners. Their sound featured a blending of their voices with acoustic guitars, rounded out by various kitchen appliances providing percussive accompaniment.

Along the way they incorporated a violinist and an upright bassist. Drawing inspiration from the raw and charismatic performances of gypsy music and the 1930s swing era, coupled with a penchant for dark and macabre imagery, the lively sounding pop songs they crafted quickly began to resonate with audiences.
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From the Curators: Pandora Back to School Stations

It’s time to kick off a new school year and Pandora has you covered with a new selection of Back to School stations. Stumped on what kind of stations to create stations for studying, partying or to get you pumped for the game or athletic event? Our curation team has some suggestions to get you started:

BackToSchool.JPGBack to School 2012 Hits plays the biggest hits from the Summer of 2012 (Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted, Calvin Harris, Drake) and we’ll keep adding the latest releases throughout the school year.

When it’s time to buckle down and hit the books, try one of our Studying stations. Research shows that classical music, particularly Baroque, activates both sides of the brain, increasing your learning capacity and retention.
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From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to the 2012 London Olympics Part ll

britflag.JPGWe hope you’ve been enjoying the first week of the games and some of the music we highlighted in Part I of our “Pandora Guide to the 2012 London Olympics”. To keep you fueled until the Closing Ceremony we’re providing you with another round of U.K.-inspired musical suggestions to use as seeds for some great Pandora listening.

The Closing Ceremony concert features a “The Best of British” lineup with several classic artists from across the decades. Try adding variety to your Olympic-inspired stations by adding these bands that span various decades:
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