Shopkeep of the Week

2013_0403_featuredshop_jOn the splendid day of August 29th, 2011, Jonathan made the wise choice to become a Murfie member. He’s only requested one kit…but that kit contained a whopping 1,100 discs, which traveled all the way from California to Wisconsin! We got to ask this fab Murfie member some more info about him and his shop.

Murfie: How did you originally learn about Murfie?
Jonathan: I read an article in the Wall Street Journal in the summer of 2011 and it seemed too good to be true. I had just moved across the country, but I had left my rather large CD collection behind because I hadn’t touched the physical discs in years. My CD boxes were cluttering my friend’s garage on the other side of the country and he was asking me what my plan was. The timing was perfect and the rest is history.

M: When did you purchase your first CD? What was it?
J: It was in the mid- to late- 80’s and I think it was an early R.E.M. disc, but I can’t quite recall which one. Maybe Murmur or Life’s Rich Pageant? For some reason, I very clearly remember that the first vinyl I ever owned was Best of Blondie!

M: How many CDs do you own (or did you own at your peak)?
J: I stopped counting around 1,000. Maybe 1,200? I think I’ve sold about half through Murfie so far.

M: How tall are you?
J: I’m 6’1″, but “I wish I was a little bit taller. I wish I was a baller.”

M: Tell us about your musical tastes.
J: My collection is about as eclectic as they come. Growing up, I gave a listen to anything I could get my hands on. There was a lot of classic rock (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin), ‘alternative’ (R.E.M., 10,000 Maniacs), and 80’s rap is about as good as it gets (BDP, Beastie Boys, NWA). These days, I’m pretty broad in my tastes, but I tend to gravitate towards soulful music…anything from Bill Withers and Etta James to newer folks like The Black Keys and Amy Winehouse (the little bit that we got from her while she was here). Throughout the years, I’ve always had an unwavering appreciation for the blues (and in particular, Mississippi Delta blues) and that always tends to influence what I like in other genres.

M: What can folks expect to find in your store (if different than the above)?
J: I’ve got everything, but jazz and blues lovers should have a field day navigating my collection. What’s funny is that I have about 100 or so really random discs from an old roommate who moved out and didn’t want them. so if you see anything weird or embarrassing (e.g. Ren & Stimpy: You Eediot!), just assume it was his. OK, that sounds like a lie, but it isn’t (as far as you know).

M: If you could meet any musician or band in person, who would it be and why?
J: I know it’s probably totally expected that a guy is going to go with something cute like Katy Perry or Taylor Swift, but I don’t care…I’m going with Lonely Island.

M: What is your favorite album at the moment?
J: I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to listening to mainstream music, but I’m finding it really hard to stop listening to The Head and the Heart or The Lumineers (both self-titled).

M: What do you plan to do with the millions of dollars you’re making from your Murfie shop?
J: I plan to buy you a fur coat, but not a real fur coat, that’s cruel! Just kidding, I am going to use it to fund my startup, www.MyVR.com!

M: Which Beatle was your favorite?
J: That’s a tough one, but I gotta go with Clarence.

Check out Jonathan’s shop on Murfie!

Shopkeep of the Week is a weekly feature that focuses on our most interesting Murfie shopkeepers. These are music lovers like you who have sold hundreds of pre-loved CDs on Murfie and have hundreds more at the ready to please your ears! If you’d like your Murfie Shop to be featured, or if you’d like to nominate a shop to be featured, please e-mail us at info@murfie.com and let us know.

Shopkeep of the Week

2013_0505About a year and a half ago, Tony decided to ship his CDs from Chicago to Murfieland. He’s ordered fifteen kits during this time, adding roughly 1000 discs to our warehouse. He’s a top seller, that’s for sure, and we asked him a few questions to learn more about what fules his music fire!

Murfie: How did you originally learn about Murfie?
Tony: I heard about Murfie in a Wall Street Journal article (I think)—or, could have been in the New York Times.

M: When did you purchase your first CD? What was it?
T: I purchased my first CD about a year ago—I’ve purchased so many, I can’t begin to remember the first one I purchased.

M: How many CDs do you own (or did you own at your peak)?
T: About 1,100.

M: How tall are you?
T: Odd question—I’m 6’2″ and a major badass.

M: Tell us about your musical tastes.
T: Body music (that gets you moving) and Mind music (that gets you thinking and admiring long after the first listening…).

M: If you could meet any musician or band in person, who would it be and why?
T: The original Little Feat—just to hear them play…

M: What is your favorite album at the moment?
T: Deathfix by Deathfix (not what you’d think from the band/album title—some creative stuff here, some of which sounds a bit like XTC).

M: What do you plan to do with the millions of dollars you’re making from your Murfie shop?
T: Buy more music—I’m a junkie—really, there’s too many of us. I’m surprised your clientele is still alive…

M: Which Beatle was your favorite?
T: I’d have to say Paul, right now—I appreciate his involvement in the gun control issue. He’s out front on that, which is nice to see.

Check out Tony’s shop on Murfie!

Shopkeep of the Week is a weekly feature that focuses on our most interesting Murfie shopkeepers. These are music lovers like you who have sold hundreds of pre-loved CDs on Murfie and have hundreds more at the ready to please your ears! If you’d like your Murfie Shop to be featured, or if you’d like to nominate a shop to be featured, please e-mail us at info@murfie.com and let us know.

Fresh Staff Picks in the Marketplace!

Hey all, are you itching for some music-shopping inspiration? So many albums, so many choices!

You can rest assured knowing our Murfie Staff will keep the staff picks coming. Check out the new additions in the Staff Picks section of our marketplace, which you can find anytime by clicking Staff Picks on the left sidebar.

Pick your favorite pick, peeps!

Shopkeep of the Week

2013_0403_featuredshop_wildwoodMike has been rockin’ the Murfie marketplace since May 2012. He’s sent in six kits all the way from sunny Georgia to lil’ ol’ Wisconsin, adding over 1700 discs to our warehouse.

Murfie: How did you originally learn about Murfie?
Mike: Truthfully, I don’t remember. I am a CD seller and have sold tens of thousands over the internet, so I was looking for an outlet for those that I get that are missing artwork.

Murfie: When did you purchase your first CD? What was it?
Mike: My first CD was the Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 1, and it was probably 10+ years ago.

Murfie: How many CDs do you own (or did you own at your peak)?
Mike: I currently own several thousand CDs, but that is because I am a seller. My personal collection is all digital so there are no CDs.

Murfie: How tall are you?
Mike: 5’10”. How tall are you?

Murfie: Tell us about your musical tastes.
Mike: Mostly classic rock and blues.

Murfie: What can folks expect to find in your store (if different than the above)?
Mike: Everything.

Murfie: If you could meet any musician or band in person, who would it be and why?
Mike: Freddie Mercury, because I believe he was greatly talented.

Murfie: What is your favorite album at the moment?
Mike: I truly don’t have a favorite. I usually just shuffle the songs in my collection.

Murfie: What do you plan to do with the millions of dollars you’re making from your Murfie shop?
Mike: Buy more music, of course.

Murfie: Which Beatle was your favorite?
Mike: Paul

Check out Mike’s shop on Murfie!

Shopkeep of the Week is a weekly feature that focuses on our most interesting Murfie shopkeepers. These are music lovers like you who have sold hundreds of pre-loved CDs on Murfie and have hundreds more at the ready to please your ears! If you’d like your Murfie Shop to be featured, or if you’d like to nominate a shop to be featured, please e-mail us at info@murfie.com and let us know.

Shopkeep of the Week

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We know him as “One Dollar Albums“, but it’s time to meet the man behind the username: Jordan!

Back in 2011, Jordan signed up for Murfie, and since then he’s sent over 1200 discs from good ol’ Montana to Madison. He successfully markets his shop via facebook and twitter.

Murfie: How did you originally learn about Murfie?
Jordan: I heard the piece about Murfie on NPR’s “Weekend Edition”.

M: When did you purchase your first CD? What was it?
J: It was Another Level by Blackstreet. No diggity.

M: How many CDs do you own (or did you own at your peak)?
J: I’ve sold a few hundred, and I invested the funds in additional inventory for my store. The most I’ve had at once is about 850.

M: How tall are you?
J: 5’11”

M: Tell us about your musical tastes.
J: Post-punk/Manchester bands like The Smiths and Joy Division are my favorites, but I also love Riot Grrl bands of the 90’s, hip hop, and I have a lifelong obsession with David Bowie. I also love anything that’s fun. I love to flip on the radio and hear a jam by Rihanna or Ke$ha.

M: What can folks expect to find in your store (if different than the above)?
J: My goal with the store is to have good albums by artists you’ve heard of all priced at $1. It has a little bit of everything, from Ricky Martin to The Doors to Black Sabbath to Garth Brooks.

M: If you could meet any musician or band in person, who would it be and why?
J: I would meet Morrissey to see if he’s really like that in person. He can’t be, can he?

M: What is your favorite album at the moment?
J: So by Peter Gabriel.

M: What do you plan to do with the millions of dollars you’re making from your Murfie shop?
J: Ha! I’m not making millions, but I am coming out ahead. I got involved because I thought it was a neat project, and I liked the recycling element. I haven’t put a lot of thought into what I will do with the money. Maybe I will get a Sonos player.

M: Which Beatle was your favorite?
J: Billy Shears.

Check out Jordan’s shop on Murfie!
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On Twitter: https://twitter.com/1dollaralbums

Shopkeep of the Week is a weekly feature that focuses on our most interesting Murfie shopkeepers. These are music lovers like you who have sold hundreds of pre-loved CDs on Murfie and have hundreds more at the ready to please your ears! If you’d like your Murfie Shop to be featured, or if you’d like to nominate a shop to be featured, please e-mail us at info@murfie.com and let us know.

This Week in Music History (April 18th-24th)

 

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

37466-large4/18– “Miss Peaches”, the amazing vocalist Etta James, received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on this Day in 2003. Her voice was sublime and her work spanned just about every genre imaginable. Truly a deserving tribute to an incredible lady!

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4/19– On this day in 2010, we sadly lost the gifted Keith Elam—better known as the producer and rapper Guru. Guru was a founding member of Gang Starr and truly came into his own as a solo artist with his Jazzmatazz series, mixing hip-hop and jazz heavies. We miss you, Guru.

35372-large4/20– In 1968, the band Deep Purple performed their debut concert in none other than Tastrup, Denmark.

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4/21– Making history in 1999, Brooks & Dunn debuted their video “South of Santa Fe”. It was the first time a country music video had hit both the TV and the internet simultaneously. Congrats, gents!

185926-large4/22Saturday Night Live has given us many amazing talents over the years, but perhaps none so bright as The Blues Brothers. It was on this date in 1978 that John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first appearance as the troubled ‘brothers’ singin’ their hearts and souls out like it was nobody’s business.

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4/23Harry Belafonte had a vision, and on this day in 1985 it was released upon the planet. We are the World captured hearts and minds around the globe, and it ultimately raised over $60M for humanitarian aid in both Africa and the US.

MI00000041084/24– While checking into the ultra-luxe Imperial Hotel in Vienna Austria in 2007, President George W. Bush was denied a luxury suite because Mick Jagger, in town with The Rolling Stones on tour, had already booked the place up. I guess those Austrians have some music-respectful means of judging priority: while at that point W had been president for just over six years, Mick had been on top of the heap for well over 40!

Oh, you wanna own any of these albums, or hear ‘em in lossless format? Well whaddya know…we just so happen to have them for sale! Right now these titles start at just $1, so get ‘em before they’re gone!

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.

Oh, you wanna own any of these gems, or hear ’em in lossless format? Well whaddya know, we just so happen to have them for sale! Right now these titles start at just $1, so get ‘em before they’re gone!