Sunday, November 4, 2007

Sunday Brunch: You might also like....

So you've listened to Blog Fresh Radio, you've heard McGregor's commentary on Glass Candy, and now you're in love with Glass Candy (which is a good thing). They've got a sound that's unfamiliar but you won't stop until you have more. But where to go from here? has been recommending music to me for years:

"Customers Who Bought This Item (Glass Candy - Iko) also bought (CSS - Cansei de Ser Sexy)"

Say you've never heard of CSS (I know, bear with me). Now you go to All Music and check them out. You check out the Genre, the Styles, and the Moods (Amiable, Celebratory, and Effervescent...excellent!). You look at the discography and see which albums are recommended with a check mark (none). So maybe you cheat and go to Pitchfork just to check out their number rating (6.0?). After all this research you still have to listen to CSS to know if you really like them or not.

Thanks to Pandora Radio, the whole process has been made a lot easier.

At Pandora, you type in an artist, any artist (I used Glass Candy). Pandora then uses 400 attributes and over 2,000 focal traits to create a radio queue of similar songs. As you listen, you can tell Pandora which tracks you like (or don't like) to further facilitate the selection process.

After typing in Glass Candy, Pandora told me: "To start things off, we'll play a song that exemplifies the musical styles of Glass Candy, which features punk roots, extensive vamping, a vocal-centric aesthetic, repetitive melodic phrasing, and major key tonality." (Sure Pandora, whatever you say...)

Here's the playlist Pandora created for Glass Candy:

Glass Candy - Lovin Machine
Goldfrapp - Number 1
The Knife - Heartbeats
Laika - Starry Night
Cub - Voracious
Gary Numan - Music For Chameleons
Glass Candy - Sugar and Whitebread
New Order - Temptation
Radiohead - Where I End and You Begin

Check it out for yourself:
(Thanks to Emily for the tip)
Pandora Radio

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