Get to Know a Murfie Staffer!

At Murfie, we have about 35 employees working to keep the site awesome. We have a small staff, so our accounting department is pretty small too—one person, actually! Whenever you request a check with your Murfie balance, and whenever it’s time to balance books and pay the staffers (woo hoo!), this gal handles it all.

SUSIE YOUNKLE

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Where are you from? > Milwaukee. I went to school at UW-Madison, then lived in Chicago and overseas before returning to Madison long-term.

How long have you been working at Murfie? What is your role? > My husband, Matt, is one of the co-founders of Murfie, so I’ve been involved since day one. I handle all accounting for the business.

What do you like about working at Murfie? > I enjoy the energy and excitement of a start-up—especially one with a cool product/service. Plus, my fellow Murfie staffers are really passionate about music and way more knowledgeable than I am, so it’s been a great learning experience for me.

41723-largeWhat kind of music can be found in your collection?  > Classic rock, reggae, jazz, and a bit of kids music.

Who are your favorite artists/bands of all time? > Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Tito Puente, The Rolling Stones, Thievery Corporation, Lucky Dube, and anyone with “Marley” in his name (Bob, Damian, Stephen, Ziggy….)

If you could have coffee with any musician, from any time, who would it be and why? > My late grandfather, Gene Heier. He was a beloved music teacher and band leader who played 8 instruments. In fact, for decades his band was one of the best known polka bands in the northeastern part of Wisconsin.

85936-largeAre you a Beyoncé fan? > Yes. I love dance music!

What album are you really digging right now? > Eric Hutchinson‘s Moving Up Living Down. I was introduced to this album through a podcast done by Murfie staffer Kayla.

What is your favorite food? >  Cheesecake, especially from Simma’s Bakery in Wauwatosa, WI.

What can people find you doing when you’re not at Murfie? > Chasing after my 3 year-old daughter, doing yoga, volunteering, and cooking and baking. My homemade cookies are particularly popular with my Murfie colleagues :)

That’s true about the cookies! Now you know more about Susie, someone who does a lot for Murfie. Keep a lookout for more behind-the-scenes info about our staff next week!

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Interview with Paper Bird [Podcast]

It’s easy to get hooked on the sweet harmonies sung by Paper Bird, and it’s fun to flow with the rich instrumental layers in their music. With their “joyful blend of folk, roots, and Americana“, this seven-piece band from Colorado is quickly rising to the top. Here’s an interesting interview with the band’s percussionist, Mark Anderson.

303402-largeWho: Mark Anderson; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: Mark discusses Paper Bird, the new album Rooms, Colorado, Red Rocks, guilty pleasure pop music, Justin Bieber getting boo’ed, and more
Where: Murfie HQ, Madison, WI
When: Friday, May 31st, 2013
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: mp3 version

Find music by Paper Bird in our shop.

Check out more of the band at paperbirdband.com.

Into RSS? Follow our podcast feed via http://blog.murfie.com/category/podcasts/feed.

Check out some of Mark’s favorite new bands:

Patrick Dethlefs
Bad Weather California
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Mike Clark and the Sugar Sounds

Interview with Chris Wilson and Planet Earth [Podcast]

Have you ever been excited to discover a great new band for the first time during their live show? Well, that’s what happens to many people who cross paths with Chris Wilson and Planet Earth! With all the foot stompin’, hand clappin’, and those feel-good tunes, you’re sure to fall in love. Here’s an interview with this up-and-coming band, recorded during the Madison stop of their tour.

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Who: Chris Wilson and Joe Cardillo; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: Chris and Joe talk about their history, traveling, music choices, and puka shells.
Where: Murfie HQ, Madison, WI
When: Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: mp3 version

Find music by Chris Wilson and Planet Earth in our shop.

Check out more of the band at chriswilsonandplanetearth.com.

Into RSS? Follow our podcast feed via http://blog.murfie.com/category/podcasts/feed.

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Interview with The David Mayfield Parade [Podcast]

The David Mayfield Parade is making quite a stir in the music scene. With over 200 shows a year, a die-hard fan base, and support from renowned bands like The Avett Brothers, only good things are to come for this rootsy Americana band.

Who: David Mayfield; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: David chats about traveling, the new album, Paul Simon, and booze.
Where: Murfie HQ, Madison, WI
When: Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: mp3 version

Find music by The David Mayfield Parade in our shop.

Check out more of the band at thedavidmayfieldparade.com.

Into RSS? Follow our podcast feed via http://blog.murfie.com/category/podcasts/feed.

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Interview with Harmonious Wail [Podcast]

Some bands really have that “timeless sound”— and Harmonious Wail is one of those bands. With some essentials like a mandolin, bass, and a cardboard box, this group knows how to create the jazziest gypsy grooves one can imagine. This is an interview with Sims (mandolin) and Maggie (vocals, box) Delaney-Potthoff, recorded in a disc warehouse room right in the heart of Murfie.

136258-largeWho: Harmonious Wail; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: Sims and Maggie chat about Gypsy Jazz, inspirations, favorites, and scissors.
Where: Murfie HQ, Madison, WI
When: Friday, February 1st, 2013
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: mp3 version

Find music by Harmonious Wail in our shop.

Check out more of the band at wail.com.

Into RSS? Follow our podcast feed via http://blog.murfie.com/category/podcasts/feed.