It seems to be the fashion to knock the music streaming services, although not with you guys which is good. I have Spotify but I rarely listen because of the commercials. I already pay to have no commercials on Pandora, and since I have no serious complaints with Pandora I figured why pay twice? Indeed, almost all the great songs I’ve discovered in the last ten years I first heard on Pandora. When you subscribe for a long time and are specific in creating your “stations,” you WILL hear great music new to you. You can create stations based on genres, which is dumb and you’ll get dumb if you do, or you can use artists, which is good as long as you don’t get too broad like Rolling Stones Radio. And you can use songs, which is often what I do. These are my stations:
That Great Love Sound (Raveonettes)
X Offender (Blondie)
New York Dolls
Viginia Plain (Roxy Music)
The Kids Are Alright (Who)
Lee “Scratch” Perry
You’re Gonna Miss Me (13th Floor Elevators)
Rock and Roll Sinners (The Pillows)
Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You (Wilson Pickett)
Finger Poppin Time (Hank Ballard/Midnighters)
Halfacre Gunroom (punk/country band)
The Senders (NYC R&B)
Jeepster (T Rex)
Of those stations, I had never heard of The Pillows, The Raveonettes, or Halfacre Gunroom until Pandora. And damn right the algorithm knows what to do with them.
I put it on mix and if I don’t want to hear a particular song I am virtually assured that I will love the next one. Turns out there is quite a bit of good new music out there. Of course it helps that I consider anything less than 20 years old as new – you know you’re old when you see nostalgia for Y2K. But anyway, this came up on my X Offender station. It’s got a boatload of influences but what it really really has is a killer chorus. Anybody know this babe, Santogold?