Ah, another Friday has come, which means it’s time for me to post some more choice alternatives to the usual….
For everyone’s info, the song links below go to Pandora song-info pages, where you can hear a sample clip of the song, and see artist info. There are station creation links from the song pages, as well, so you can easily create a Pandora station based on the song. How cool! And as usual, the artist names go directly to Pandora stations based on that artist’s music.
This week’s list is, as always, off the cuff, unpremeditated, and UNUSUAL!
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra * Bollywood – I love this track! bliss out to bollywood-based, extra-groovy electronica, with tablas, sitar, synths, and much swirl….

Boom Bip * Third Stream laid back, bass-heavy, chilled electronica. fall into your weekend… [warning: the sample contains one *harmless* f-bomb].
Busdriver * Unemployed Black Astronaut – first off, this features the opening line “it’s the return of the happy black rapper.” what’s not to love? for fans of Aesop Rock and such. and if you think you don’t like hip-hop (you probably actually do), maybe try this one…
Oriole Quartet * Brother Michael, Won’t You Hand Down That Rope. From 1895! You can hear the 78 scratching on this one. A curiosity from waaay back. Kind of disturbing in some ways…
Penguin Cafe Orchestra * Flux. Most people classify this incredible ensemble as new age, but that’s lazy. this is groundbreaking acoustic ambient stuff from 1981 that anticipated both The Books and Animal Collective. a stunningly lovely piece.
Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co. * Cloudscape for Peggy. Ambient ‘scape from what most people agree is the world’s first synthesizer ensemble. from 1970.
Ray Wylie Hubbard * Dust of the Chase. Quality songwriter material from this underrated progressive country artist. He’s got lots of great songs, this is just one… for fans of Jimmie Dale Gilmore and such.
APSE * Leer. This is a brilliant new band (who are playing tonight in NYC with the great Charles Atlas by the way), doing interesting post-rock music that is epic, sad, beautiful, and smart.
Machinae Supremacy * Elite. This is a very urgently requested band around here, so we’re happy we’ve finally gotten them into the Genome. the music is a blend of (get ready) metal and video game music. They hail from Sweden. Let the Norsemen rule (at least at Madden 2005).
and finally, I have to go back to the soft spot…
Cat Stevens * Trouble. I heard an Elliott Smith version of this yesterday, and it made me really want to hear it again.
until next week!


  1. Dale
    May 03, 2006 at 10:25am
    These No More Mainstream Fridays are awesome. You've really turned me on to older and outsider artisians. Thank you!
  2. jay
    May 19, 2006 at 8:23am
    I just bought the membership and I don''t know what I just bought. there is no differents. other then that it's a good site.
  3. stanley
    May 19, 2006 at 6:35pm
    this is the best music station on the net it let you chose the flavor of music and im so glad i found it im a country fan and old ragged country guy that loves old style country music..tell all the kind folks and tech guys i said im much oblidged and keep the music free and comeing,, thanks so much pandora and staff.. your loved by us music fans...may the lord bless this pandora and it ventures... and to any who had a part we are thanking bye for now stanley
  4. Steve
    May 19, 2006 at 7:08pm
    oh my god! i love this website. Seriously it's all i've been talking about for the past week! It's such a great idea. Thank you so much!
  5. [USF]Hunter22
    May 22, 2006 at 9:22am
    You only play about 1 good song every 20 songs. AHhhhhhhhhhhhhHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
  6. bill
    May 25, 2006 at 1:01pm
    I've been listening to this band i discovered on Pandora...theyre called "Mynuskris". OH MY GOD! i havent heard anything quite this refreshing since buying Radiohead's "The Bends". This band has to be about ready to break! What does it take for a band like this to blow up?? KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
  7. G
    July 19, 2006 at 11:16am
    Found some great new songs on this site. this has all but changed my life! 2 bands that stuck out are Six By Seven and Mynuskris. I had heard about Six By Seven, just didnt have any of their cd's (until now)...but never of Mynuskris until i stumbled across them on a Billy Corgan playlist. I couldnt find the cd in the record store i frequent (brooklyn) however, I DID find their cd on iTunes... SO GOOD and worth checking out!

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