hey everyone!
It’s been busy busy around here lately, as we’ve worked to keep up with all of you! It occured to me that I should communicate my thanks to each of you who has send us music requests. It’s a very big world, and as I suspected, there are many many many cds in it. And yet, in classic late-aught-5 style, the combined efforts of many of you dedicated listeners have helped us more than any individual could have (see wikipedia, web 2.0, etc). And it’s only been a few months. Please keep the requests coming!
A little advanced addendum for the supremely devoted: if you’re sending us info for a brand new band, or a local band that’s probably not yet signed or distributed, please consider emailing the band directly and cc’ing us on that email. We are 100% receptive to independent music, and will listen to whatever people send in, and we’ll add it if we can. And we absolutely hate it when we can’t find copies of the music that you suggest to us!!! The same message goes out to those of you in bands who want to be considered for inclusion to Pandora. Please send us your music!
Also, believe it or not, certain genres are hard to find, even here in the commerce-glutted US of A, so if you feel that we’re light on a particular genre, please feel free to send us information on resources like online stores and review sites for your fave micro-genres. Sometimes that’s all it takes for us to be able to provide a comprehensive catalog of your favorite stuff….
Your requests are being logged and worked through, and we’re getting everything that we can, so long as we feel confident that it’s up to your standards…
OK. ’nuff about that. here are a very few of my favorite current musics, new and old, to spice up the holidays. In no particular order, a partial list:
City Bird (Pandora station based on this song by Of Montreal)
Magic Carpet (sitar folk from the 70s!)
Nirvana (1967) (the original nirvana! from britain – classic british 60s pop – a cult classic – see esp. the song Wings of Love… this makes a great vintage 60s pop station! but beware, you need to ask for “Nirvana (1967) or you’ll get the Kurt Cobain Nirvana….)
Mark Hollis (this brilliant and mercurial frontman from Talk Talk made a sublime, self-titled solo record… moody and perfect)
Jose Gonzalez (!!!!!! beautiful contemporary indie-folk stuff, subtle not sentimental. definitely one of my best-ofs this year…)
The Dirty Projectors (freaky low fi pop, blindingly brilliant. oh man.)
Goldspot (clean, smart pop from a new band that’s not that well known, yet…)
The Teeth (more great pop, sort of punkish, kinks-ish, totally excellent and original)
The Stares (a great new band from Seattle with strings and horns by the great Eyvind Kang)
Ghosts of Monkshood (very strange psych folk – from Oklahoma I think – very weird and wonderful)
Diane Cluck (nyc folk-innocent. so simple. so great.)
Vashti Bunyan (long lost folk lass from Britain, just released her second album, 30 years after her first!)
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (old school neo soul…)
Dungen (scandinavian epic psych-pop……. superb)
Black Sabbath (get your vintage Sabbath metal fix. never checked em out??? you should.)
Davy Graham (60’s acoustic folk)
Dr. Dog (more great interesting pop.)
well, I just know I’m forgetting a bunch more… you’ll let me know, though. of that I am certain……


  1. trevor
    December 03, 2005 at 4:02pm
    Pandora is so cool I really like how they play songs like the ones you like but that jazz library has got to go i mean come on. Sure this aint the best thing to happen but its pretty close.
  2. Scott
    December 03, 2005 at 4:35pm
    My friend directed me here, and he in turn was directed from the classic rock forums, I believe... I'm absolutely astonished! The song selections for me thus far have been incredibly accurate no matter what I put in, and I've already found a bunch of new songs to track down. I was noticing that a lot of the songs I used to create stations had similar traits, and I was wondering if it would be possible, for people with accounts, to keep track of the "Traits" of the music that they like ("heavy metal improvisation", "Mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation", etc.) and then have the ability to randomly suggest a song based on how high the various traits seem to factor into their musical taste. Sorry if this isn't the place for suggestions, but I couldn't figure out where else to try!
  3. Matt
    December 03, 2005 at 5:08pm
    So far, everything I see is great.. it works like a charm. However, I'd like to see a desktop player version of pandora that would play music through the same stream, only without having to have a browser window open.
  4. Jason
    December 04, 2005 at 9:57am
    Just discovered the site and wanted to say thank you and great job! I've been unable to pull away from the computer.
  5. Dara
    December 04, 2005 at 4:32pm
    Hi John, A friend from Montreal showed me the site and I started listening but can't continue due to the account restrictions. When is it going to be available to Canadians? Can that be answered in the FAQ section sometime. Happy early holidays. cheers.
  6. Geoff
    December 04, 2005 at 7:03pm
    I love the site-I just discovered it today and I already have 2 stations set up. This is, in my humble opinion, the greatest advancement ever made in online music sharing/distribution. Pandora seems to have a short memory though...when I add multiple artists, it seems to play a lot more of the artists I add later than the artists I added previously.
  7. Tim
    December 05, 2005 at 4:58am
    Hi! I think its about time I posted my thanks to the folks here at Pandora. Ive been listening for a good few months now, and Im really pleased with it. Its good to see music being added almost daily, and I have now been able to find more of my favorite artiests. Its pretty much taken off here in work in a big way and everyone I talk to always has good things to say :) Well heres to a fantastic christmas and a great new year, and what I'm positive will be a great year of music from Pandora!
  8. Kay
    December 05, 2005 at 8:08am
    This is one of those 'why didn't I think of that' things that inspires both envy and childlike joy! Good for you guys. It's fantastic - never before have I been able to recommend the same site to every single one of my friends. Once you have the 'don't return songs by this artist on future selections' facility it'll be perfect!
  9. pk
    December 05, 2005 at 11:31am
    I think there's a lot of promise with Pandora, but it's extremely, extremely frustrating so far. Entering "J. S. Bach" I got back "Bacharach", blech! You don't even have any Bach yet! No wonder when I tried to find lesser known classical composers I came up with nothing. M
  10. pk
    December 05, 2005 at 11:48am
    Hi, you can ignore my previous comment. I just read the FAQs and now I realize there is no Classical or World music. Im sure I'll have a much less frustrating experience with Pandora now. :)

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