Favorite New Releases of the Week!

Oh man, such great new music we’ve been listening to! Here’s what some of our staffers recommend for you…


Flying Lotus You're DeadFlying Lotus
You’re Dead!

(John’s Pick)

You’re Dead is the long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s Until the Quiet Comes by Flying Lotus. While the tracks often feel too short, FlyLo’s signature production style is in full force throughout the album’s 38-minute run time. Perhaps it’s best to view You’re Dead as one large piece, since many of the tracks bleed from one to another. In that case, it was maybe a mistake to separate them. The biggest departure for Flying Lotus on this album is the inclusion of several featured verses, including FlyLo’s alter ego, Captain Murphy. But it works out well. Overall, a great addition to the Flying Lotus discography.

Going Back Home Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey
Going Back Home

(Marc’s Pick)

Roger Daltrey sang with The Who that he hoped he’d die before he got old. At the age of 65, Wilko Johnson demonstrated he’d do just that. After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012 Johnson, the original guitarist for British R&B/pub rock band Dr. Feelgood, but better known on this side of the pond as the mute executioner on Game of Thrones, opted to go down with his axe in hand. As part of his continual touring he cut this album in late 2013, planned with Daltrey a couple years prior. The pair roll through classic cuts from throughout Johnson’s career, with a Dylan number thrown in for good measure. For what may be Johnson’s final run, this is an excellent introduction and encapsulation of his career and influence. For bonus points, check out this video from his early days with Dr. Feelgood and see him float jaggedly around stage with the gaze that got him on Game of Thrones. And also check out the 4 disc set encapsulating his time with that band, which was released a couple years back. Finally, he announced just a few days back that after undergoing extension surgery to remove 3 kilograms of tumor he appears to be cancer free. Now if I can just convince him to make a victory lap through Madison, perhaps with Richard Hawley in tow…

77 Jefferson Let Me Know EP77 Jefferson
Let Me Know EP

(Kayla’s Pick)

Midwest reggae! These guys are from Missouri. I’d closely compare them to the rootsy lovers-rock-reggae singer Josh Heinrichs, who is also from the same state, and runs the record label they’re affiliated with. This EP came out in July of 2014, and it fits well on a summer playlist since their mood is super positive. I especially love the first song, “Rocksteady.”

More new releases are on the way! Go to murfie.com/preorder to see what’s coming, and pre-order your favorites.

Which albums are you excited to see? Tell us in the comments!

New to Me: Newly-found music gems

It’s funny when you stumble across music that’s new to you, only to find out it’s been around a while! That’s happened to us here more than once.

Sometimes these discoveries are intentional. For example, it can be as simple as finally getting around to checking out a band you’ve been meaning to check out, and getting a copy of their album. But other times it’s not-so-intentional. Since thousands of members all across the country send CDs here, we have an incredibly eclectic mix of albums and artists, including some of the rarest stuff you can find. Often, we’ve found ourselves accidentally discovering something awesome!

Bad BrainsKayla found Bad Brains by Bad Brains

I was initially drawn to the awesome rasta-colored cover art on this album. I found out Bad Brains is influential hardcore punk / reggae crossover band from the 80s who inspired bands like Sublime. Skunk Records’ 30th Anniversary set at Cali Roots Fest in May 2014 was shrouded in mystery, and said to have “surprise performances.” During the set, a group came out and started playing the song “Leaving Babylon,” sung by someone I recognized as H.R. Everyone around me was wondering who this surprise guest was, so of course I said “Bad Brains!”

6 Feet Deep GravediggazAndrew found 6 Feet Deep by Gravediggaz

I started listening to hip-hop just a couple years ago and for the most part my friends introduced me to newer acts like Danny Brown and Kendrick Lamar. After exploring the genre on my own for a couple years, I’ve found that I also really appreciate older artists like Jurassic 5 and A Tribe Called Quest. I had never heard of Gravediggaz until a couple weeks ago, but it caught my attention when I noticed that Prince Paul and RZA, two of my favorite producers from the genre’s earlier days, were members of the group. It was cool to find music from 20 years ago that I didn’t even know existed but was still relevant to my taste.

Something Else The KinksJeff found Something Else by The Kinks

I can’t believe I went 36 years without hearing “Waterloo Sunset” by The Kinks, but all was put right thanks to a recent recommendation from ex-Opster, Elsa. Now I sing it to my dogs on a daily basis: “Everyday I chomp at the world out my windooooow!”

What’s a gem that you found on Murfie? Let us know in the comments!

Album Preview – “Trouble in Paradise” by La Roux

Trouble in ParadiseAlbum
Trouble in Paradise

Artist
La Roux

Release Date
July 21, 2014

Label
Interscope Records

Pre-order Link
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Preview
Synthpop sensation La Roux is releasing their long-awaited sophomore album next week, entitled Trouble in Paradise. Singer and frontwoman Elly Jackson has taken the reigns on the new album after a recent split with longtime creative partner and producer Ben Langmaid.

La RouxLa Roux has enjoyed success since the late 2000s. Their self-titled album, an electrically-fueled synthesizer dance pop masterpiece, earned the group a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Electronic/Dance Album. The band began to amass a global audience as they toured the world and made television appearances throughout America.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyOther artists quickly took notice of Elly Jackson’s talent and unique persona. She provided vocals for several tracks on Kanye West’s 2010 mega-hit My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. After a two-year hiatus beginning in 2011, La Roux began the writing process for their second album. It was during this time that producer Ben Langmaid left the group, leaving Jackson as the main creative force.

Trouble in Paradise promises to live up to the expectations of it’s predecessor without relying on emulation. Jackson has stated that the new album has a “cheekier” sound than their debut smash, and that she herself will be playing more live instruments to create a fresher sound.

A music video for the first single, “Let Me Down Gently,” is available for viewing and is already generating a positive buzz for the new album. Check it out below!

Murfie Preview

La Roux preorder

Video Transcript

Kayla: Hi guys, another album release is coming to Murfie on Tuesday, July 22nd. La Roux is coming out with Trouble in Paradise. La Roux is an electronic synth pop act, with mainly one person doing everything—Elly. Electronic music is really popular nowadays, but I’m glad to hear that this new album is going to incorporate some acoustic instruments in the mix, a fusion of old and new. Another thing to note is Elly, the main person in La Roux, has amazing hair, and you can see on the first album cover and this one too. She’s looking fabulous sitting on a car, so the whole image surrounding the music I think is really fitting. Especially with the name of the band, La Roux, which could be translated as “The Redhead.” So the new album comes out July 22nd. See if it lives up to the expectations. It’s on our pre-order page, murfie.com/preorder.

Soundcloud Version

A teaser from Trouble in Paradise

La Roux

Preorder your copy of Trouble in Paradise on Murfie! As always, each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC, and ALAC.

Musical Memories of Dad

Kayla: Father’s Day weekend is here, and many of us are taking time to say “thank you” to the guy who showed us so much about life. If your dad is anything like mine, he’s a huge music lover. I remember sitting on the couch with Dad, watching Pop Up Video on VH1 for hours, singing along to “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt, and “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey.

RHCPMy dad tells a funny story about the first time I ever spoke a “complete sentence” in front of him. He said we were in our usual couch spot, watching Pop Up Video, when I turned to him and said, “Maybe the Wed Hot Chiwi Peppews will come on!”. (I’m from Wisconsin, but for some reason I spoke with a weird New-York-sounding accent when I was little.) My Dad said that he was so surprised and amazed to hear my first real phrase be about RHCP.

A lot of us have musical memories like these, whether your dad likes classic rock, funk, or classical composers. I asked the Murfie staff to share some musical memories they have of their dads, along with particular albums that come to mind. I hope you enjoy!

Beach BoysJohn: “Any album by The Beach Boys reminds me of my pops. I remember the ride home from daycare when I was little always seemed to include a Beach Boys tape. A lot of those songs are on Endless Summer.”

Blood, Sweat & TearsJeff:Blood, Sweat & Tears is one of my dad’s favorite bands and he plays them all the time. I don’t know if I’ve ever met anyone else who likes this band.”

Prime PrineAndrew: “This CD [Prime Prine] never left my Dad’s ’94 Plymouth Voyager. It was a staple on all of our family vacations.”

Jagged Little PillSteve: “My dad use to listen to Jagged Little Pill in the car when we lived in Oregon in ~96′. He would turn down the music when she drops F-bombs to protect my young and impressionable ears”

Kingston TrioMarc: “There was very little music in my house growing up. Radio was almost always talk stations with NPR classical in the car on Sunday mornings. However, I do remember many car rides back from Sunday church with The Kingston Trio in the tape deck, and, with the amazing technology of bi-directional tape decks, on infinite repeat.”

Car and DriverJason: “My parents almost always had music on in the car, and on Sundays they would play ‘oldies’ on 101.5 FM in Madison for a few hours in the morning (this was before the 24/7 Oldies stations). My dad was in a band in the 60’s and was into a wide-range of music from that era, but this album [Car & Driver] has a lot of his favorites.”

Richard ThompsonMatt W: “My father was very particular about the music we had playing in the car when we went to see relatives. Depending on the relative we were visiting it would either be Richard Thompson or Wagner.”

James: “It was Pop’s duty to clean the house every Saturday while Mom worked; he needed to look after us kids as well, but he never really considered that a chore. Two things would usually accompany his cleaning: records and a cocktail. The drink was usually either a 7&7 or a CC&7, and while the records would rotate through whatever Colombia House had sent that month, he would always find his way back to AbraxasAbraxas or Steppenwolf Live. Whenever I hear ‘Oye Como Va’ or ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ it brings me right back to those golden Saturdays – and I am reminded of MY first drink, as a 5 or 6 year old. I had just come in from playing outside, parched, and saw his cocktail on the kitchen table. I mistook it for an inexplicably unattended, but probably refreshing, lemon-lime soda; the condensation glistening in the soft Steppenwolf Liveafternoon light, taunting my thirst, begging me gulp some down. Now, Pop was watching from around the corner as all this was happening, and as witness he loved to tell this story. At that point in the tale he would pantomime my reaction (sometimes with an added spit take for the extra funny) and double over in uproarious laughter – he said he could never forget the look of disgust and shock on my face after I lowered the glass from my lips, but unfortunately he could never remember whether it was a 7&7 or a CC&7.”

LegendPete: “My Dad loved music, and Frank Sinatra was without doubt his favorite artist of all time. I remember as a kid sitting for hours with my older brother flicking through his vinyl record collection—he had a lot of Beatles 45 EP’s too. One album I remember him asking us to buy him for his birthday during the mid 80’s was Legend. Whenever I hear the song ‘One Love’ or see this album sleeve, it always reminds me of my Dad.”

Chet BakerLena: “My dad consistently listened to show High Standards with Jonathan Schwartz and the Real Jazz channel on Sirius. Just hearing the name Wynton Marsalis reminds me of him. I think my dad has a soft spot for Chet Baker, and so do I—it’s hard not to once you start listening.”

Smash MouthLeah: “My dad has always been a blast to drive around with, since he loves to play all sorts of music at full volume in his car. During my childhood, his picks centered on rockers like ZZ Top, Spin Doctors, and Nirvana, but as I aged, his tastes progressed to everything from Rage Against the Machine, to The Used (yes, really), to The Shins, to a fantastic Argentine accordian player named Chango Spasiuk. However, the fact that my dad will to this day still randomly chant that main distorted guitar riff from Smash Mouth‘s ‘Walkin’ on the Sun’ (‘ehh-EH-eh-EH-EH’) made this an easy choice amongst all of his favorites for jammin’ out.”

Happy Father’s Day from the Murfie crew! :-)

Album Preview: “Stockholm” by Chrissie Hynde

StockholmAlbum
Stockholm

Artist
Chrissie Hynde

Release date
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Label
Caroline Records

Pre-order link
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Preview
You might already know Chrissie from the famous new wave band The Pretenders! Well, here’s her long-awaited solo debut. If you like The Pretenders, you’ll surely like this one—it has a throwback sound, but it still unique and new.

Murfie preview

Audio-only version

Some teasers from Stockholm

Other albums by Chrissie Hynde

StockholmThe SinglesPretendersLast of the IndependentsLearning to Crawl

Pre-order your copy of Stockholm today on our pre-order page (CD with streaming + downloads included)!

Album Preview: “Stay Gold” by First Aid Kit

Stay GoldAlbum
Stay Gold

Artist
First Aid Kit

Release date
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Label
Columbia Records

Pre-order link
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Preview
First Aid Kit will be releasing their third studio album, conveying an echoey Americana sound that lovers of indie folk will undoubtedly enjoy. The band is a duo of two sisters from Sweden, born in 1990 and 1993—yet at this young age, the two girls already have a ton of experience under their belt. Their talent has sparked the interest of Jack White, and also Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes, indicating that they have something ear-catching in the works. Check out the links below to hear our take on the upcoming release, along with some teasers—and don’t forget to pre-order your own copy!

Murfie preview

Audio-only version

Some teasers from Stay Gold

Other albums by (& featuring) First Aid Kit 

Drunken Trees

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Pre-order your copy of Stay Gold today on our pre-order page (CD with streaming + downloads included)!

Album Preview: “Lazaretto” by Jack White

Jack White Lazaretto

Album
Lazaretto

Artist
Jack White

Release date
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Label
Third Man Records

Pre-order link
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Preview
Jack White can easily be considered one of the most influential people in the current rock n’ roll scene. Starting with The White Stripes, he really revived a raw, bluesy-rock sound that hit the mainstream in the best way. A bit odd and eccentric, Jack White is ahead of the curve when it comes to music, and this upcoming solo album is set to be a smash hit. Check out the links below to hear our take on the upcoming release, along with some teasers—and don’t forget to pre-order your own copy!

Murfie preview

Some teasers from Lazaretto

Other albums by Jack White

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Pre-order your copy of Lazaretto today on our pre-order page (CD with streaming + downloads included)!