Music Friday: Themes Edition

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, August 19, 2011 12:44 EDT
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Another Friday, another Panda Party!  Every week, it's getting more popular, so I recommend people jump on in.  For those who don't know, Pandagon readers and friends have taken to going on turntable.fm every Friday and getting amped for the weekend by spinning some tunes all day.  You can upload them from your computer or search Turntable's database.  It's a fun thing to do while you work, which is why some of the most popular rooms on the site reference work, like "Indie While You Work" or "Coding Soundtrack".  But forget those fools and come to Panda Party!

(I was actually at this show, but upstairs.)

A couple of times now, themes have spontaneously erupted in the rooms, so my dude suggested an experiment: this week, I'm going to announce a new theme every hour about, put it in the room info at the top of the page, and DJs can play songs in that theme.  It will be generally broad themes that encompass either the songs or the bands.  (So, if the theme is "animals", you could play TV On The Radio's "Wolf Like Me" or you could play something by Grizzly Bear, for instance.)  Nothing too hard, but to give the day some shape.  We'll see how it works!  

Panda Party: let's do this thing. Some people have been asking about the Chrome plugin that makes using the site so much easier, by letting you tag songs, giving you suggestions, and other such things.  It's called Turntable Extender and you can install it here

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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