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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
"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.

Radio Sombra's Second Anniversary

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 18, 2013 06:31am | Post a Comment
radio sombra 2 year 
On Saturday, November 14th, Radio Sombra celebrated its second anniversary as an Internet radio station. Radio Sombra was started by Marco Amador as an important first step in creating more autonomous spaces throughout the Chicano community. Internet radio is nothing new to the world, but it’s an important first step in the advancement of communities such as Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles in looking beyond our traditional means of expression. From Radio Sombra came Espacio 1839, an art gallery/bookstore/record store/apparel shop that houses the station. Again, nothing new to most progressive communities, but Radio Sombra and Espacio 1839 has continued to flourish without corporate sponsorship, grants, and city funding or bank loans. This enables both entities to not compromise and continue defining itself.



Radio Sombra now has over twenty shows with the archives of past shows now running 24/7 in between the live shows. All radio shows pays dues for the upkeep of the station and equipment. Each show is required to run independently, with each host getting a course on how to engineer their shows and uploading them once completed on radiosombra.org. The shows vary from social/political talk shows to music shows specializing in every genre of music imaginable. There are youth programs that teach students from local high schools how to run their own shows as well as an ongoing achieve of interviews from important voices both locally and internationally.

Saturday’s broadcast was twelve straight hours of live programming. Starting at 11 am with This Is Not A Radio Show with Omar Ramirez & Gabriel Tenorio and Ending with Heartbreak Radio with Lady Imix & DJ Phatrick at 11 pm. Other shows that participated were AF3IRM Radio, an anti-imperialist transnational feminist national women’s organization. This was followed by O Lo Siento, a 90’s noise rock revival and platform for new groups personally recorded by studio engineer Eddie Rivas. Beatific Audio followed by DJ Cezar, a mixture of jazzy funk, hip-hop and social consciousness, Small Talk From Sapo is hosted by Moises Ruiz, aka Sapo, which on that day was a tribute to all the great jazz organists, all from vinyl. Steady Beat For Lovers by Mali is exactly what the name entails, a sweet blend of Rocksteady and Lover’s Rock. Nicotina hosted by Nico Avina, always plays political fueled rock and folk in Spanish and English. I did a set for Discos Inmigrantes, an all vinyl set of my favorite jams from past shows. Social Machine Broadcast with Becky & Dewey plays mostly powerful female-led rock in the first have and punk and metal in the second half. Heartbreak Radio closed it out with a set from DJ Phatrick followed by another tearjerker set by Lady Imix.

Save Internet Radio

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 17, 2007 01:01am | Post a Comment
Do you listen to online radio stations? Often? Do you have favorites you love a whole lot? Well, all that is about to end, thanks to yesterday's hearing of the Copyright Royalty Board, at which it declined to change its mind regarding a recent hike in rates that will effectively put everyone out of business.

Still, there's hope.

Send a letter to your Congressperson. If you care, you gotta.