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As Not Heard on Pandora -- After fourteen years, the best music streaming site is still deeply flawed

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 28, 2014 01:36pm | Post a Comment
m"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, deerit nihil.”
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."
     ― Cicero, Letters to His Friends, Vol 2: Books 7-12

Pandora Internet Radio is an amazing service. Since joining in 2008, it has introduced me to more great music than the AM/FM radio, my friends, and working in a record store have combined. Listeners like me have helped build Pandora into the most popular service of its kind – essentially a sort of online music library – but one not without major flaws.

John William Waterhouse: Pandora, 1896
John William Waterhouse: Pandora, 1896

Most of the complaints made about Pandora -- at least in the media -- relate to its paltry artist payments and high profile protestations that they're too high. One of my own frustrations is that I can't simply ban certain artists from all of my channels with a single click. I don't mind the advertisements much, understanding that Pandora needs to generate money if its going to pay the artists those peanuts but I would actually welcome interruptions if they were to alert me, based upon my listening, to upcoming concerts and in-stores in my area and not just advertisements to shows like X Voice Idol Talent that I will never watch and Mercedes that I will never drive – nobody drives in LA!! A more cusomizable profile might make for more sensical, and thus more effective, advertising and connection to the music world.

(In which we lose our cool.)

Posted by Job O Brother, September 13, 2011 10:58am | Post a Comment
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My idea of a romantic comedy!

Last night I had the pleasure of introducing the boyfriend to the 1971 film Harold & Maude. How he managed to make it to age thirtysomething without ever seeing it sooner shows an utter lack of regard from his friends and family, and we can only praise Allah that I showed up in his life.

Oddly enough, we seem devoted to cinema circa ’71 this week, as the films featured in our fetching living room all hail from that year. Before Harold & Maude was The Andromeda Strain, a movie which may well be the most boring sci-fi thriller ever to be shot, but was so beautiful we couldn’t stop looking. Oh, so boring! Imagine the longest, highest budget, fantastically designed instructional video ever, or if Stanley Kubrick had decided to make 2001: A Space Odyssey without all that pesky meaning.



Before that was Ciao! Manhattan, the enigmatic art film that accidentally became a biographical piece on tragic, subculture superstar, Edie Sedgwick. I hesitate to comment further on this particular work, because it presently consumes me in my career and I’m sure I’ll be devoting an entire blog to it someday soon. But if you’re a fan of all-things-touching Warhol’s Factory, the film is a must-see. Or if you just want to see a lot of full frontal nudity from a former Vogue model who’d recently gotten a boob job, there’s that.

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