This Week in Music History (July 10th-16th)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

29012-large7/10- On this day in 1975, Cher filed for divorce from Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers just 10 days after they were married. Cher’s divorce from Sonny Bono was finalized just three days before that.

39163-large7/11- On this day in 1992, Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia released a line of eight designer neckties that were inspired by his artwork.

78914-large7/12- On this day in 1962, The Rolling Stones played their first gig in London’s Marquee Jazz Club. Most members of Jagger’s usual blues band weren’t available, so Jagger convinced the club’s owner to let his new band play instead. When calling the local press to announce the gig, Jagger reportedly chose their band name on a whim while looking at track names on The Best of Muddy Waters LP – “Rollin’ Stone”.

6327-large7/13- On this day in 1985, an estimated 1.9 billion people watched the Live Aid concerts that were broadcast around the world. The goal was to raise funds that would go towards famine relief in Ethiopia, and many of the biggest names in music performed for free, including Elvis Costello, U2, Queen, The Beach Boys, the Pretenders, and Madonna.

332-large7/14- On this day in 1987, Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Miller dropped out of UW-Madison only six credits shy of a literature degree, in order to move to Chicago to pursue a career in music (which obviously paid off).

28980-large7/15- On this day in 1946, singer/songwriter Linda Ronstadt was born. Among many accomplishments in her career, she’s released over 30 studio albums, and also starred in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta Pirates of Penzance.

133036-large7/16- On this day in 1967, Joni Mitchell performed at the Newport Folk Festival and participated in an afternoon songwriter’s workshop with others like Leonard Cohen.

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Daniella’s Picks

Athens, GA has long been a hub of amazing music, most notably The B-52’s and R.E.M. But in the last 15 years, this southern town has continued to pump out some amazing tunes (you can’t mention Athens, GA without talking about the Elephant Six Collective).  Here are some of my favorites!

In the Aeroplane Over the SeaIn the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel has been on countless “Best of” lists. Most agree that this is one of the best indie rock albums of all time. Jeff Mangum’s amazing lyrics, beautiful mixture of all sorts of different instruments (including the musical saw, banjo, accordion, organ, flugelhorn, zanzithophone, and of course the guitar), and the richness of the sound make this record completely unique.

Aldhils ArboretumAldhils Arboretum by Of Montreal is full of all sorts of solidly well written and funny pop songs. This record came out in 2002. Since then, Of Montreal has changed up their sound, but if you’re into some catchy psychedelic pop you’ll love this one. Also, “Kissing in the Grass” is one of the sweetest songs ever written. Swoon!

Apples in StereoNew Magnetic Wonder by The Apples in Stereo can be praised for both their musical and mathematical genius. Frontman Robert Schneider invented a new musical scale which you can hear in Track 11, “Non-Pythagorean Composition 1″. It’s kind of cool for music theory geeks to ponder over. Robert is now studying to get his PhD in analytic number theory, so I’m sure we’ve got more pop/math music to look forward to in the future! The music is the feel-goodest of feel good music. Can’t really feel bummed out when listening to “Energy”.

Emma’s Picks

Albums you can’t find on iTunes: Rap/Hip Hop

52528-largeOne of the greatest aspects of the Murfie marketplace is that it contains hidden gems that you really can’t find elsewhere, for less money. One of my favorite finds is the Rhymesayers 2005 Label Sampler. For those of us who follow midwest hip hop, it’s a delightful mixtape of some of the best: Brother Ali, P.O.S., Eyedea & Abilities, Blueprint and MF Doom to name a few. Capturing the cooperative’s sound and style at that point in time, this collection is an excellent album that flows seamlessly from artist to artist, giving you a sample of mid-2000’s midwest flavor. It’s difficult to find a cooperative record label mix like this elsewhere, so it’s a real treasure to have on Murfie.

ef1c9a24-d351-11e1-ab5a-22000a8c42aeAnother great album I stumbled across is this Uprok Records Sampler. I accepted it during a trade with another member and didn’t really know what to expect. The first listen was a pleasant surprise, and I have enjoyed going back to it time and time again. This record label has since fallen by the wayside as many of its artists joined other cooperatives or bigger labels, so this is a very unique capture of hip hop artists who eventually went in many different artistic directions. Since I traded this disc for one of my older discs at no cost, I got to experience some new sounds and explore more of who is out there and what they’re rapping about virtually free. Trading is great for exploration. Plus, many discs on Murfie are underground or local groups. I highly recommend poking around and seeing what you can find!

This Week in Music History (June 19th-25th)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

8078-large6/19- On this day in 1988, Michael Jackson played a concert next to the Berlin Wall, on the west side. He pumped the music way up so that people on the east side could hear. Any east sider who tried to get close to the wall to listen was violently kept back by police.

13335-large6/20- On this day in 1974, Bob Dylan & the Band released Before the Flood, a double live album with final recordings taken from Los Angeles and New York shows.

MI00029147286/21- On this day in 1991, Little Richard received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The “overjoyed force of personality in his singing” is one that is easily recognized in tunes like “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Tutti Frutti”.

20864-large6/22- On this day in 1990, Billy Joel performed an epic concert at the old Yankee Stadium. It’s been claimed that this was the first major concert in the stadium’s history. 60,000 fans were in attendance, which was more than the seating capacity of baseball games at that time.

102505-large6/23- On this day in 1929, June Carter Cash was born. Performing with her family from a young age, she was already a country music star. Her success continued throughout her entire life, including the 35 years she was married to Johnny Cash.

40960-large6/24- On this day in 1977, some quirky stuff went down in Madison. Elvis was in town for a show, and he spotted a fight between some young men when he was riding down East Washington avenue. After getting out of his limo, he allegedly warned the men, saying, “I’ll take you on.” Not only did this make the men stop fighting, but it left them amazed to have spotted Elvis.

222995-large6/25- On this day in 2009, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away at age 50. His music will forever influence genres from pop/rock to rap and R&B, and many more.

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Music for Mother’s Day

Tomorrow marks the date when folks can celebrate the one who brought them into this world, or whoever they consider “Mama”! For this Mother’s Day 2013, we asked our Murfie staffers what music reminds them of their mother, and we got some great stories along with their picks!

200435-largeTales of Mystery and Imagination – The Alan Parsons Project
Tiffany: My mom has something like 700 vinyl records, so needless to say, I have a lot of memories of my mom and her long-abiding love of rock and roll. But, this one…when I was a little kid and couldn’t sleep, I would ask my mom to play the second side of this album, which is a musical interpretation of Edgar Allen Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher.282907-large

Purple Rain – Prince & the Revolution
John: This album (on vinyl, of course) was the first gift my dad gave my mom when they first started dating.  She must have liked it (or my dad, I guess), because 25+ years later, they’re still together with three goofy kids.

6836-largeSpice – Spice Girls
Toni: This disc was on heavy rotation for me as a kid. The track “Mama” says it all.21613-large

Ultimate Manilow – Barry Manilow
Matt: An all-time favorite of my mom, I learned to recognize Manilow’s distinctive voice on her 8-tracks at a very early age. And, I still occasionally enjoy rocking out to “Copacabana”.

f2002ccc-a455-11e1-bda3-12313d2a0897“Mother” – Glenn Danzig
Jeff: No doubt Glenn Danzig has probably had a rocky relationship with his own Mom, as he was one of the original Goth/Punk/Metal kids, and probably kind of a pain as a teenager. But he has his hit 1988 song “Mother” to thank for being the household name he is today, and the brooding idol of anyone who’s ever gelled their hair into a single horn down the front of their face.MI0003312098

Organ Duets – Charles Harrison
Glynnis: Whenever I need any music that says “mom”, my go-to is organ music! My mom’s a professional organist, and I grew up playing among the pipes of church sanctuaries with my sister while my mother practiced. I can hardly hear any organ piece—particularly Bach—without thinking immediately of Mom.

63108-large“Walking After Midnight” – Patsy Cline
Emma: Every morning before school, my mom would pile us into the car and we would go for a drive. We lived in Alaska, so we’d usually drive to a scenic point overlooking Denali (Mount McKinley). Yeah, the view was pretty and all, but the most memorable part of these trips was the same mixed tape (recorded from NPR I’m pretty sure) of six classic Patsy Cline songs. Whenever “Walking After Midnight” came on, we’d all belt it at the top of our lungs.14021-large

Home for Christmas – Amy Grant
Steve: I can’t count how many times my mom listened to Amy Grant during Christmas!

72315-large“Summer Wind” – Frank Sinatra
Pete: This song always makes me think of my mom (or mum as we say in England) as it reminds me of my wedding day. I danced with her to this at the reception. It was also my parents’ first visit to the USA, and they were always playing Frank around the house back in England when I was growing up.220-large

Songs You Know By Heart – Jimmy Buffett
Kayla: 
When I was a kid, my mom listened to this Jimmy Buffett album in our car all the time, and I made fun of her for it. Now that I’m older, Jimmy Buffett has totally grown on me, and I absolutely LOVE all his stuff! My mom and I even went to see him at Alpine Valley these past two summers, and we had so much fun :-)

Happy Mother’s Day weekend from Murfie!

This Week in Music History (April 11th-17th)

 

The story continues, and Henry’s tradition lives on! Learn up and boogie down!

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4/11– Setting up a bittersweet moment on this day in 1994, Nirvana‘s final studio album In Utero was certified double-platinum by the RIAA, while on the same day a Seattle, WA coroner ruled that lead singer Kurt Kobain’s death was officially a suicide.

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4/12- Making history on this day in 1999, Shania Twain became the only female artist in music history to sell over 10M units with back to back albums: The Woman in Me (1995) and Come on Over (1997).

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4/13Willie Nelson is always stirring up some sort of trouble! On this auspicious day in 2005, Willie had his attorney send Texas state senator Gonzalo Barrientos a (presumably polite) letter declining to have a toll road named after himself. A toll road? Nelson told the Austin America-Statesman, “I’d put my name on an electric chair, too, but I don’t think that’s be too great a thing.”

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4/14– Whether Chuck D and crew knew it at the time, they were making history in 1988 when Public Enemy‘s second album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, hit the streets hard, loud and unapologetic.

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4/15– Sir Elton John is often and lovingly out in front of charitable efforts. On this day in 2006, he’d “cleaned out his closet”  and raised nearly $1M for his AIDS foundation by selling over ten thousand articles of clothing at the “Elton’s Closet” sale in New York. Not sure we can conceive how BIG that closet must have been ;-).

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4/16– Avant-grade jazz musician Ornette Coleman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music on this day in 2007 for his album Sound Grammar, which was the first work of jazz to receive the Pulitzer honor.

39874-large4/17– The iconic Johnny Cash performed at the White House on this day in 1970 at the invitation for President Richard M. Nixon. Following the performance, the president and first lady spent hours with Johnny and his wife, June Carter, touring the White House and enjoying each others company immensely – with nary a mention of politics.

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