Pandora - Helping the Musically Inept

Just the other night I was telling friends how musically inept I was, joking that I had only recently learned about Dave Matthews, only to find out that he is not so cool anymore. Who knew? Not me. Obviously. You see my musical knowledge stopped in about 1997 when I graduated from college and lost contact with all the people I depended upon to keep me in the know. My wife tries. Very well. She turned me onto The Postal Service, The Decemberists, Me First and the Gimmes Gimmes, Ray Charles and Johnny Cash. But it is an awesome responsibility, for I have a lot of catch up work to do.

Enter Michael Sippey.

This morning Sippey told me about a service called "Pandora" which is part of the Music Genome Project. Long story short, they offer a client that operates similarly to a radio station. Type in the name of a band, artist, song or album you like and it will begin playing music that is both similar to what you entered, but also music it thinks you will like based upon an expansive set of analysis performed on every song in the library. It is extraordinary. I typed in "Postal Service" to start, and have been listening to it ever since.

I love this service! I feel cooler all ready. Of course it has already cycled through several 80s tracks. They are going to have to get some more contemporary music in front of me or I will embarass myself at the next party. I can hear it now:

"Wow, I just heard of the coolest band. Have you heard of Depeche Mode?"

That would be bad. Very bad.

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I found that I got stuck in a time warp when it comes to music. I listen to some of the new stuff, but I find myself drawn to that late 80's alternative music and I still listen to it everyday. By the way The Postal Service Rocks!

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