On the plane heading back from the CMJ Conference in New York City (CMJ – College Media Journal – is an excellent resource for all things related to new music. They offer comprehensive college airplay charts, as well as reviews of tons of new music, plus they’ve also just started to offer “CMJ Radio” – http://www.cmj.com/radiocmj – which is powered by Pandora!).
I had an incredible time, heard some tremendous bands (plugs to follow below), and met lots of new pals. Thanks to everyone who came by and submitted music! Thanks to my neighbors at the PETA booth (that’s People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – check them out if you’re feeling altruistic, or do it for Fido’s sake if not your own…). And thanks to everyone who stopped by and listened to my little spiel and had such cool things to say about the radio stations.
A few highlights:
Tim and I met George Clinton and showed him “George Clinton Radio.” He dug it. He also grabbed an incredibly huge handful of candy from our bowl, which was somehow really interesting to me. I don’t know why.
Patti Smith walked by and looked right at me. Or through me, I don’t know.
I met John S. Hall AKA King Missile. Intelligent and gentlemanly, he was super cool, and forgave me even though I haven’t ordered his music yet. John, we’ll have it ALL by the end of September, including your solo record!
Music Highlights:
Kaki King at Joe’s Pub, Nouvelle Vague at Canal Room, Aqueduct and John Vanderslice at Mercury Lounge (by the way, John’s new record “Pixel Revolt” is incredible. His show was incredible. DO check him out and see him if he’s touring your way. You won’t be disappointed, He’s on the road now).
We saw The Most Serene Republic (best band name I’ve heard in a long time) at the Arts & Crafts showcase. It’s another Canadian deluge of cheery, colorful and very creative pop music. The Canadian Invasion is in full swing.
We saw a bit of Richard Buckner at Rothko, and best of all, Langhorne Slim, who was utterly and lovably tremendous at Sin-e. The show was a total revelation for me. Hilarious love songs, incredible vocals, and he’s a total showman… everyone should definitely see him, and check out his stuff in Pandora.
Thanks also to Mike for giving me an Arcade Fire ticket – the show was beyond belief. One of the greatest live shows I’ve seen in years. I am, however, a tragic figure: I left before the encore, which featured surprise guest David Bowie. Please never ever mention this to me or remind me of it again. I’m working hard to repress the memory.
Thanks to Steve from CMJ for coming by and making me feel welcome as well. It’s an incredible festival, people, if you can, you should go next year….
until next time,
Michael Zapruder


  1. hln
    September 19, 2005 at 4:37pm
    For Fido's sake, eh? PETA would rather Fido were living with a pack of wild dogs than in your home. But I'm glad its members were friendly to you. And cool for meeting George Clinton. hln
  2. Michael Reuss
    October 05, 2005 at 1:39pm
    Hi Pandora, keep on doing what you're doing - it's fantastic and will get zillions of people hooked. Can I propose you also include the works of those two bands most venerated by me: "And also the Trees" and "The Sound/Adrian Borland". Your project would not be complete without them.
  3. James
    October 06, 2005 at 2:45pm
    Is there any way to listen to a complete album. If not? That would be a pretty cool option. Thanks, James
  4. Tony Renner
    December 06, 2005 at 2:32pm
    Wow, Pandora.com is great. It's like listening to a really great radio station. Every other on-line station I've tried to listen to has been too hit-or-miss.
  5. mag
    February 17, 2006 at 7:31am
    i'm very happy to enjoy earing music on your station

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