Pandora lived

Michael Giberson We’ve raved about Pandora here a number of times (KP search for “Pandora”). The New York Times recently reported on the surprising fact of Pandora: unlike a lot of other internet music startups, it survived. In fact, lately the company has prospered and is talking about going public. It turns out that the … More Pandora lived

You can’t always get what you want: Or, why oil production declines with rock and roll

Michael Giberson From the “too good not to share” category: “The Hubbert Peak Theory of Rock, or, Why We’re All Out of Good Songs,” from the pop culture scrutineers at Overthinking It. A few years ago, Rolling Stone magazine added fuel to the music snobbery fire with its “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.  … More You can’t always get what you want: Or, why oil production declines with rock and roll

Pandora+iPhone = Excellent car radio even in Lubbock

Michael Giberson I haven’t been much of a radio music fan since, I don’t know, high school.  I liked music that wasn’t played much by the local radio stations and in general the signal-to-noise ratio on most radio stations was too small.  Cassette tapes, then CDs were part of the answer, but that cuts off … More Pandora+iPhone = Excellent car radio even in Lubbock

Life imitates art: Nissan to give electric car a “beautiful and futuristic” noise

Michael Giberson From the LA Times car culture blog Up to Speed: A campaign backed by automakers and some lawmakers to make electric or hybrid cars noisier in a bid to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists has taken a strange, “Blade Runner”-type twist. Nissan sound engineers have announced that the Leaf electric car set … More Life imitates art: Nissan to give electric car a “beautiful and futuristic” noise

Pixies US tour

Lynne Kiesling Just a quick follow-up to Mike’s weekend post about the Pixies: they have announced some US dates on their current tour (sorry, Mike and Craig, none in Texas): November: 4 The Palladium, Los Angeles, CA – on sale TBA 8 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA – on sale August 16 9 Fox Theater, Oakland, … More Pixies US tour

Oh! Pandora

Michael Giberson It is late on a Friday, and I want to go to sleep. But I had Pandora on in the background while I worked on the computer, and now that I’m stopping work, I want to keep listening to the music. It has been a long long time since over-the-air radio has kept … More Oh! Pandora