3 Jazz Albums to Listen to in FLAC Format

 

url John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (1965)

John Coltrane was booted from legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis’ band in the late 1950s due to his escalating alcohol and heroin addictions. A Love Supreme, recorded in 1964 and released the following year, found Coltrane, who plays tenor saxophone throughout, casting out his troubles and confessing a then-newfound devotion to God.

The album is broken up into four songs–“Acknowledgement,” “Resolution,” “Pursuance” and “Psalm”–over thirty-odd minutes, just a fraction of the time Coltrane’s quartet was used to performing. Rounded out by McCoy Tyner on piano, Elvin Jones on drums and Jimmy Garrison on bass, Coltrane here seems his most fluid and poised. His solos are compact–to the point and poignant; “A Love Supreme,” the album’s sometimes-sung-sometimes-played refrain, hits even harder.

A Love Supreme was a smash when it was first released, garnering two Grammy nominations and selling a slew of copies, and its stature has only grown since Coltrane’s death in 1967. It’s heralded as not only one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, but one of the best–period. Like a hug from a grandparent or your favorite mantra, its warmth and constancy seem (and may very well be) never-ending.

url Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! (2014)

Steven Ellison–AKA Flying Lotus–is the grandnephew of jazz pianist Alice Coltrane and the aforementioned John Coltrane. Though he’s been making electronic-based music for a decade now, it wasn’t until Ellison’s last two releases that he began deliberately delving into jazz for his compositions.

I’m glad he did. Because although Flying Lotus’ music has always been stimulating, You’re Dead! takes his tunes to another level entirely. Throughout 19 tracks in a blistering 38 minutes, Ellison balances hip-hop and jazz influences in equal measure; rappers Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg make appearances, as do pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and bassist Stephen Bruner (AKA Thundercat).

You’re Dead! is both explosive and improvisational. Aside from the Kendrick-assisted “Never Catch Me,” most songs clock in under the three-minute mark and are solely instrumental. The disc runs from one playful-sounding idea to the next, bolstered by Lotus’ experimental flourishes and Thundercat’s tireless basslines. And though death may have inspired You’re Dead!, this record is brimming with life.

url Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)

Yes, Astral Weeks is a jazz album. It was recorded over three sessions in late 1968, during which Van Morrison let his accompanying musicians play whatever they felt over his songs; and those musicians–flautist John Payne, guitarist Jay Berliner, bassist Richard Davis, drummer Connie Kay and percussionist Warren Smith Jr.–all happened to be accomplished jazz artists.

The eight songs that comprise Astral Weeks move on their own time. Van Morrison’s delivery is leisurely and not to be bothered, almost as if he’s dreaming up syllables seconds before he sings them. There were no rehearsals before the crew began recording, and some tracks are borderline messy. However, it’s that messiness that allows the album to emit love and pain and all the other basic emotions in such a raw, base, human way.

There’s a big part of me that thinks Astral Weeks is a really, really doofy record. But there’s a bigger part of me that loves hearing Davis pluck that first bassline on the title track–that loves knowing I’m about to get lost in Van Morrison’s surreal, harmonious vision for the next hour.

The albums listed above are available for FLAC downloads and FLAC streaming on Murfie!

Album Review: ‘Is This It’ by The Strokes

Is This It was one of the first records I ever bought. Even back then–nearly ten years ago–the album had already earned its place in rock ‘n’ roll’s pantheon. Like the “classic” records it nods to, there isn’t any other way to consume it: Is This It was made for wax.

Maybe it’s because The Strokes arrived before the social media era, or because I was just a teenager in Wisconsin at the time, but, on its debut, the band felt fully-formed. From the downwinding tape that kicks off the title track to Julian Casablancas’ closing howls on “Take It or Leave It,” Is This It emanates effortlessness, self-assurance and, in a way, perfection.

Of course, Is This It is basically the work of a classically trained musician (Casablancas) hell-bent on rehearsing and rehashing his favorite garage and rock records until he’s achieved said perfection. “Rock ‘n’ roll” is supposed to be unrehearsed and raw, and this record is technically anything but. Somehow, though, the Strokes pulled it off, releasing a nearly-untouchable, instant-classic debut.

We all know what happened next: For the Strokes, Is This It was it. But, when your biggest hit blatantly rips off Tom Petty and he responds by inviting you to tour with him, you can really only go downhill from there.

How To Promote Your Murfie Shop

Putting your CD collection up for sale on Murfie is fun, but actually selling your collection is even more fun! And promoting your personal shop using Facebook, Twitter and Craigslist is a great way to do just that.

Facebook

If Facebook is your forte, all you have to do is locate your shop URL on your profile page and then include that URL in any statuses you post about your collection.

Twitter

If Twitter is more your cup of tea, again simply find your shop URL on your profile page and include it in any subsequent tweets you make about the albums you’re selling.

Craigslist

Craigslist is another fantastic way to promote your personal shop, especially because posting an ad to Craigslist doesn’t cost a cent.

To set up your shop, go to http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites. Then, select the city in which you want your ad to be posted. Keep in mind that you can only post in one city.

Next, you’ll want to click “post to classifieds,” which is in the upper left corner of Craigslist’s homepage. You’ll then want to choose the “for sale” option for your posting type, and the “cds/dvds/vhs” option for your posting category.

After you’ve completed the set up, fill out the posting form with a unique title and description. Be sure to include your shop’s URL in the description, as well as what music you’re selling.

Once you’ve submitted your post, you’ll be sent an email with a link that allows you to make any last minute changes to your posting, if needed. Craigslist also allows you to repost your ad every 48 hours.

Selling CDs

With the right mix of promotion and quality albums for sale, you’ll have a recipe for success, and some money in the bank!

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Album Preview: “Get Hurt” by The Gaslight Anthem

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Get Hurt

Artist
The Gaslight Anthem

Release Date
August 19, 2014

Label
Island

Pre-order Link
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The Gaslight Anthem is four dudes from New Jersey who know a thing or five about making the place they call home proud. To the delight of both those who hail from the Garden State and those who don’t, the band (comprised of Brian Fallon, Benny Horowitz, Alex Levine and Alex Rosamilla) has been  churning out consistent, quality rock ‘n’ roll since the release of their 2007 debut, Sink or Swim.

The '59 SoundThe band gained considerable praise for their debut, but things really picked up with the release of their next two records, The ’59 Sound and American Slang. Both albums found the boys nailing down their sound, which meshes the pop-punk aesthetics of bands like Against Me! and the American desire for lost youth and faded lovers made most famous by none other than Bruce Springsteen.

In 2012, Handwrittenthe Gaslight Anthem released their fourth—and arguably best—record, the angst-ridden Handwritten. And now, they look to cement their status as one of the hardest working bands in the game by releasing a follow-up, Get Hurt, just two years later. Get Hurt‘s mid-August release date couldn’t be a more proper one, as the band’s heart-tugging lyrics are sure to soothe the burn from your summer-romance fall-out; if you can’t beat ’em, might as well join ’em.

A teaser from Get Hurt:

Pre-order your copy of Get Hurt at Murfie today! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC.

How to Sell CDs on Murfie: The All-Encompassing Guide

 
It’s happened to the best of us: You’re scrolling through your Murfie collection, and bam!, you realize you’ve wound up with two copies of CarpentersThe Singles: 1969-1973; or you’re an ex-Beatles, newly-converted Stones fan, and you’re finally ready to ditch your once cherished copy of Revolver.

Well, here’s great news for you: Not only can you store your CD collection with Murfie, but you can sell it, too.

Selling Your CDs

Once you’ve made the decision that you’re ready to sell some CDs, the process is simple. To begin, sign in to murfie.com and click “Your Collection” on the header.

You’ll now see your prized Murfie collection. Once you’ve scrolled through your albums and found the one you’d like to sell, look to the right of the album’s artwork. If the album hasn’t been downloaded or shipped, you’ll see an area titled “View Selling Options.”

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Once you’ve clicked “View Selling Options,” a range of dollar values will appear.

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From here, you can select any dollar amount that you want to sell your CD for. At Murfie, we recommend that you put your CD for sale at the lowest price that it’s currently selling for. To find out what this lowest value is, simply move your peepers up two lines above the selling options to the where it says “Selling for.” This section will show you the current low and a high selling prices. If you’re lucky enough to be the only seller of your particular CD, however, this “Selling for” area will instead read, “Be the only seller!”

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After you’ve selected your desired price, check the “For Sale” box. Congratulations! You now have an album for sale.

Do you want to save time and avoid pricing your own discs? Email info@murfie.com and ask for Easy Price. We’ll automatically price your CDs at a fair market value, and you should see sales almost immediately.

What To Expect After Your CD Has Sold

The first thing to do after you’ve sold a CD on Murfie is to congratulate yourself. High five your cat, pat yourself on the back or pop that bottle of bubbly—you sold a CD!

In your account balance, you’ll notice that you’ve received credit for 70% of the listed price of your CD. Murfie keeps the other 30% as commission. Any credit you earn from the sale, however, is yours to use: You can either put that credit to good use by buying other CDs, or you can cash it out as a check.

To cash your credit, click on your name in the upper left corner of the site, and select “Shipping” from the drop-down menu. After you’ve filled out your shipping info, head over to “Balance,” which can be found in the same drop-down menu. If you have a positive balance, you’ll see a green button that says “Request Check.” And once you’ve clicked that button, your balance will change back to $0 and you’ll receive your check within 2 weeks.

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Don’t Forget

Once you’ve sold your CD on Murfie, you will no longer be able to access that particular disc for streaming or downloading, since the buyer now owns that disc. If it helps, think of Murfie as a used record store, but online—and even better!

You Just Might Like: Fleetwood Mac

FleetwoRumoursod Mac has gone through numerous lineup shifts and genre changes throughout their history, but they’re a band best known for their mid ’70s  lineup. And rightfully so. This was the era wherein they released their second self-titled record and the ocean-engulfing Rumours, two records that catapulted the crew—consisting Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks—to being one of the best selling bands of all time.

Fleetwood MacRumours alone has sold over forty million copies across the world, making it an extremely recognizable album based on the artwork alone. Thanks to Rumours‘ songwriting and backstory, its become one of those records that never really goes away. For better or for worse, its sound is still influencing a lot of kids kicking around in bands today.

Here are a few you just might like.


Days Are Gone

HAIM:

HAIM is three sisters from Los Angeles, CA who infuse Stevie-Nicks-style melodies with a hint of R&B and a whole lot of synthesizers. Their debut, Days Are Gone, received rave reviews and ended up being a satisfying dose of radio-friendly pop to boot. Though they’re admittedly tired of the comparisons, their knack for spectacular harmonies and soft rock owes a great deal to the Mac, and subsequently cannot be ignored.

Lissie:Catching a Tiger

Lissie is the moniker of Elisabeth Maurus, a folk-rock artist based right out of the Midwest. She has a set of pipes set to match Nicks’, and even showcased them in a Vevo session for Youtube when she covered Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” which you can catch below. Her 2010 debut, Catching a Tiger, is a great place to get acquainted.

The MaThe Magic Numbersgic Numbers:

The Magic Numbers are an English pop-rock band comprised of two sets of sisters and brothers. The four-piece has tremendous harmonies and melodies reminiscent of the Mac’s best stuff; they also performed Rumours in its entirety at Truck Festival in 2011.


Andrew Brandt
@andrewtbrandt

Andrew is a communications intern at Murfie. When he’s not blogging here, you can probably find him blogging at a handful of other music sites. And when he’s not blogging at all, you can probably find him curled up with a good beer and a great book.


Album Preview: “LP1” by FKA Twigs

 
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Album
LP1

Artist
FKA Twigs

Release Date
August 12, 2014

Label
Young Turks

Pre-order Link
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Preview
FKA Twigs may have earned her name from the way heThe xxr bones crack and pop, but she’s anything but old. The 26 year old Brit, born Tahlia Barnett, is set to release her debut longplay, the aptly titled LP1, next week. Though she originally moved to London to be a dancer, she ultimately quit the profession to write and record her own music. Her first products, the also-aptly-titled EP1 and EP2, showed her honing her own brand of dark, seductive R&B.

LP1 picks uGoodiesp properly where her two EPs left off. Its two pre-released singles, “Pendulum” and “Two Weeks,” have both earned Pitchfork Media’s “Best New Track” stamp of approval. They’re intriguing, ear-pleasing pieces of music, reminiscent of the vocal stylings of Ciara and Janet Jackson and the minimalistic intimacy of label-mates The xx.

LP1 comes out next week on Young Turks. It’s sure to add a nice layer of zesty, fluid R&B to a label already brimming with budding talent.

A teaser from LP1

Preorder your copy of LP1 at Murfie today! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC.