Pandora and the Future of Internet Radio

When a friend described the Music Genome Project to me last year, I thought, ok, big deal. I get music recommendations on Amazon and iTunes -- what's new? Well, for one, Pandora is my very own private radio station. And it couldn't be easier to use: I just pick a song or an artist and let the technology work its magic. The more I listen, the better it gets.

Right now I'm listening to my "Spiritualized" station, and wondering why it's included "Old Friends, New Lovers" by the Thrills, but I like that band, too, so I'll let it go. Ok, so there is some similarity there, or as Pandora tells me, they share "a subtle use of vocal harmony, mild rhythmic syncopation, acoustic rhytm piano, mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation and a clear focus on recording studio production."

If this is the future of Internet radio, I like what I'm hearing.

Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

You'll find this list to be amusing, infuriating or both. Rolling Stone calls it "a celebration of the greatest rock & roll songs of all time, chosen by a five-star jury of singers, musicians, producers, industry figures, critics and, of course, songwriters."

I expected to find lots of songs by The Beatles (23) and The Rolling Stones (14), but how do Hank Williams (2) and Muddy Waters (4) qualify as rock & roll?! And while Radiohead deserves at least two songs in this list, who nominated "Fake Plastic Trees" to be one of them?!

When this list is edited or expanded in a few years, I hope it includes Wilco and The Flaming Lips. (Incidentally, both bands contributed tracks to the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie soundtrack and will perform in Madison Square Garden on New Year's Eve.)