Here’s the last in our series of blog posts that showcase some of the musical works of our Music Analysts. As you know, every song you listen to on Pandora has been carefully analyzed by our trained staff, to figure out its building blocks so that it can be matched to other songs. But in addition to analyzing songs for Pandora, they play music. I’ve been posting a few of the Pandora stations on which you can hear some of our Music Analysts, which as you have probably noticed, represents quite a range of styles. Take a listen! (click here for the first , second , third, and fourth Analyst spotlights.)
Alan Lin can be found playing the violin on a variety of stations! You can find him playing with Pandora staff, such as Ariah Firefly and Michael Zapruder’s Rain of Frogs. Here’s three more artists whose Pandora stations feature Alan’s work: Etienne de Rocher plays catchy-but-intelligent pop music from the swamps of Alabama, with a large helping of soul. David Hopkins, a school-mate of Damien Rice’s, writes beautiful, heart-wrenching love songs as well as catchy ditties. Noe Venable is a sonic poet that a music reviewer once declared to be the secret love-child of Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones.
The group made up of the most Pandorans is called Michael Zapruder’s Rain of Frogs. In addition to non-Pandora musicians, this talented group consists of Steve Hogan (pictured below), Jeff Anthony, Kurt Kotheimer (who’s also in 24 Hr USA), Alan Lin, Yair Evnine, Josh Smith and obviously, Michael Zapruder. You should come to their CD release party on August 17th, at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco. Their CD features beautifully written moody songs with deeply interesting lyrics. Their mellow sound showcases lots of strings, sometimes horns, and reminds me at times of Elvis Costello or Rufus Wainwright.
This is Steve Hogan, our head Music Analyst and stellar human being. In this photo he’s in our music library, playing that Sesame Street song, “These are the people in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood……” He had sung it to his baby as a lullaby the night before (without the accordion!), and the tune just stuck in his head.
It’s been really fun for me to learn a bit more about the musical efforts of my co-workers, though you’d be surprised how hard it was to get many of them to offer up information about their bands. These are some talented cats, and you know what they say about herding cats…. I hope that you, dear listener, enjoyed getting to know the music of some of our Analysts as well; there’s so much music in our collection to try out! Get to it!
cheers, Lucia


  1. George
    August 20, 2006 at 9:51am
    Hi: We do not understand each-other. I have four "stations". One record (track) can only belong on one station. That is by definition (mine). Dixieland Jazz is small band jazz (5 to 8 players), but of a particular style - it is usually a driving 2-beat style, but with a lot of slow blues. Joe Oliver played mostly Dixieland. Whenever Louis Armstrong played in a small band it was Dixieland. Others are Bix, Jelly Roll, Lu Waters Yerba Buana, Turk Murphy, Eddie Condon, Wild Bill Davidson and Max Kaminski. If it is small band jazz, but not Dixieland (2-beat), it should be on my Small Band Jazz station. You have played a lot of this for me, but you have had it on my DEixieland station where doesn't belong. On my Small Band Jazz station you have been playing a lot of Tenor Sax solo stuff. It does belong there, but so does a lot of other small band stuff you play. I haven't heard you play any yet, but Benny Goodman Trio, Quartet and Sextet belong in Small Band Jazz. It is not Dixieland. Solo Piano Jazz should be pretty self explanitory. Big Band Swing is always 12 or more musicians reading music (charts). It is not jazz because they are reading. That is why we call it swing. It isn't simple Big Band because they play jazz (ad lib - not read) solos. I thought everyone understood all that, but I guess if they are under something like 70 years old they don't. You have to understand what was going on in New Orleans in the 1910s and 1920s, Chicago in the 1920s and early 1930s, and New York in the 1930s and 1940s. When they came with bebop in the late 1940s, they were playing pure crap. After 1950, if they remained true to pure jazz they were OK. Guys like Coleman Hawkins played well for years and then went bad with bop. Dizzy Gillespie and Bird Parker were always bad, as are all the guys who came later and played like that. I was in college in the late 1940s when bop came along. Those of us who remained true to jazz were known as "moldy figs". I don't remember what we called the modernist boppers. I guess just "shit". Maybe we understand each other better now. One particulat track can only go in one of my stations by my definition.
  2. George
    August 20, 2006 at 10:05am
    Hi: Some band leaders like Louis Armstrong and Al Hirt have recorded with their small Dixieland band up front on the stage with a great big band behind them on the stage. It is Dixieland Jazz when the small band is playing by themselves, but it isn't when the big band plays a few choruses (reading music) along with the Dixieland Band. I have to make a choice about which "station" that track should be on; Dixieland Jazz Band or Big Band Swing. I allow a particular track to be on only one of my "stations".
    August 20, 2006 at 4:03pm
    Hi: Some other "Solo Piano Jazz" players are Art Tatum, Meade "Lux" Lewis, "Pinetop" Smith, Neville Dickie and Willie "The Lion" Smith.
  4. deniz
    August 24, 2006 at 11:14am
    Okay, I'm not sure where to begin... I discovered Pandora today through a friend and I've only been listening for a half hour. I have a few questions... Who links all the bands together? How come you only seem to have the most recent albums by these bands? The first band I typed was the Divine Comedy, and I was hoping to get a glorious afternoon of listening to their whole catalogue (since all my tapes are at home) but instead I've been subjected to all kinds of tawdry boring nonsense by Tindersticks, Belle & Sebastien, etc. Whoever categorized the Divine Comedy seems to have missed the whole point of the band - they're fun!!! And if I want to listen to bands "like" them, I'd rather listen to the Bluetones, Idlewild, Super Furry Animals, something with a kick to it! Anyway, I'll keep listening and trying other bands and we'll see...
  5. Coleman Theresa
    August 31, 2006 at 3:16am
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  6. Henryk Kramek
    August 31, 2006 at 7:19am
    Have a listen to Lenine Mastretta. Contemporary Brazilian with an excellent modern take on various Brazilian modes.
  7. Scott Leather
    September 01, 2006 at 4:22pm
    I think this is a great idea! I'm mainly into classical but have been having a whale of a time listening to my "Frank Sinatra" station. Lots of great tunes. I e-mailed a suggestion (albeit very premptory and naively, I'm sure) of some classical taxonomy that might be useful in order to tackle that massive beast. I think, in essence, there is an inverse relationship of classical to more contemporary types of music in that because of the classification of classical into certain forms and types (symphonies, sonatas, concertos, and tempo indications of the movements, etc) already makes your job easier I might portend than having to deal with all the genomes of say a pop tune? Anyway, keep up the great work! Pandora is one of the greatest things since sliced bread and I think it will become a new internet axiom in the 21st century. (Like the word "Google" people will know what you mean when you say "Pandora"). Scott
  8. Cinnamon Girl
    September 07, 2006 at 10:03am
    Ditto the comment on "more African music": I.K Dairo, Rochereau, Oliver Mtukudze, Thomas Mapfumo, the amazing world of music from Mali, Senegal, Nigerian High Life. I was dreaming of building my ideal station. My tastes are varied and eclectic and definitely worldwide. It's disappointing the Pandora doesn't have a broader base of music (yet). Otherwise this is so dang coo1! I told a woman I'd never met before about it while we were in the grocery store together, not to mention all my music-loving friends.
  9. Vanessa Van Spall
    June 03, 2007 at 10:21am
    We went to the San Francisco town hall on May 22, 2007. It was so inspiring to learn about the history of the company and how they kept going even when things looked very bleak. As both a songwriter and music fan, it was also exciting to hear about the future of Pandora radio! Thanks Pandora for physically bringing everyone together to share this moment. It was truly a relief from the "virtual world." - Vanessa Van Spall
  10. fornetti
    September 01, 2008 at 5:19am
    I do not believe this

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