Thankful for Music!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we at Murfie wanted to share some music that we’re most thankful for. Music is what we’re all about—we listen to it all the time at work, at home, and everywhere. Here are the bands and genres that we couldn’t possibly live without.

Matt is thankful for Latin Jazz.

“I’m quite thankful for latin jazz. I’ve always been fascinated with the intricate rhythms and thick chord structures present in the genre. Plus, the music is downright fun. I had the privilege of taking in one Tito Puente‘s final concerts, and have been hooked for life. As a piano player, most of my favorite latin jazz picks involve strong keyboard parts. Just about everything by Eddie Palmieri is amazing. Learning latin jazz piano is on my bucket list.”

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Brandon is thankful for music recommended by his friend Cole.

“These are some of my good friend Cole’s favorite albums. I am thankful for them because even though Cole passed away in 2012, I still feel close to him when I play these tunes. It’s amazing how music can do that!”

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Kayla is thankful for Reggae.

“I am most thankful for reggae music. Ever since I started listening to it, my life has become so much more positive. This music has connected me to the most amazing people, and being able to play it for people on the radio gives me a sense of purpose and meaning. Older artists like King Tubby, Burning Spear, The Gladiators, Augustus Pablo and Barrington Levy drew me in deep. Later on I fell in love with new bands like Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant and John Brown’s Body, and I’ll travel far and wide to see them play, whenever I can!”

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Jeff is thankful for Noise Rock.

“What is that ungodly sound? Noise rock is an inverted umbrella of bands using standard rock instruments to deconstruct, mangle, and reassemble popular music into new challenging styles, often pushing as many buttons as boundaries. Bands like Big BlackUnwound, The Jesus Lizard and US Maple use weird tunings, nonsensical rhythms, and a healthy dose of nails on a chalkboard singing. More diaspora than unified camp, noise rock emerged from post punk, no wave and art school experimental scenes (Sonic Youth, Swans) but it’s knotty tendrils stretch into metal (Helmet, Melvins, UnsaneToday is the Day), mathcore (Dillinger Escape Plan, The Locust) and electronic music (Space Streakings).”

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Andrew is thankful for Hip-Hop.

“I’m thankful for hip-hop. I’d like to thank great producers like Madlib, Prince Paul, and Cut Chemist for perfecting the art of recycling music. Digging through crates of vinyl and old tapes to find and reshape long-forgotten music is a true art form, and it’s an added bonus when DJs use samples that introduce you to new styles or artists. I’d also like to thank longtime MCs like MF DOOM, Aesop Rock, and Del The Funky Homosapien and newcomers like Joey Bada$$, Chance The Rapper, and Chuck Inglish. To all hip-hop artists out there, your creative use of drum machines and the English language is marvelous and fascinating, and I look forward to spending the rest of my life geeking out over new beats. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of great hip-hop, and I strongly suggest that anyone who shares my feelings of gratitude ought to check out some Zion I (Amp Live is another great DJ) or some Busdriver.”

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We are also very thankful for you, our Murfie members! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! :)
—The crew at Murfie

Interview with Slightly Stoopid [Podcast]

Outside of Murfie, I host a weekly radio show on 91.7fm WSUM-Madison called U DUB. Recently on my show, I got to interview one of my favorite bands of all time—Slightly Stoopid!

Slightly Stoopid is a reggae-ska-rock-punk-crossover band from California that has been going strong for over 17 years. Originally signed by Bradley Nowell of Sublime, the group has carved out their spot as one of the most influential reggae-rock bands in America. Their most recent studio album, Top of the World, stays true to their unique style and features reggae greats like Barrington Levy and Don Carlos. In this interview, I chatted with long-time band member and drummer Ryan Moran (a.k.a. “RyMo”) about tons of cool stuff—including the band’s history, songwriting, tour, favorite music, and favorite drink!

Thanks to Slightly Stoopid and Silverback Artist Management for letting me share this awesome interview with Murfie! Check out their tour schedule and see when they’re coming to your town!

Want a free copy of Top of the World? Comment below and let us know your favorite Slightly Stoopid song (and tell us why!)—two lucky winners will get a copy for their Murfie collection!

Who: RyMo; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: Everything you’d want to know about Slightly Stoopid—the early days, how songs come together, favorite albums, upcoming plans, and their love for Bruce Springsteen and vodka.
Where: via Skype
When: Friday, March 7th, 2014
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: mp3 version

Find music by Slightly Stoopid in our shop.

Check out more of the band at slightlystoopid.com.

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Kayla Liederbach
@djkaylakush

Kayla manages social media and customer support at Murfie. You can hear her on the radio hosting U DUB, the reggae show, Wednesdays on WSUM. She enjoys hosting the Murfie podcast, cooking, traveling, going to concerts, and snuggling with kittycats.