Staff Picks: Operation Road Trip

Your mission, should you choose to accept it…

You’ve inexplicably agreed to road trip it somewhere hot and dusty with a friend you only semi-like. It’ll be a grueling, straight-shot, 1500-mile journey. Pit stops not allowed. Only emergencies. Unless you come prepared with some killer music, you’ll be gnawing on PBJs and slurping lukewarm Gatorade to a soundtrack of prattle, dull background noise, and I Spy. The pressure is SO on: if you’re going to survive this trip, what three albums do you have to bring along?

So, who’s takin’ on the challenge, Ethan Hunt style, this week? Drum roll, please…it’s…staffer Alyssa! Ok, now let’s see how this edition* of Mission: (Im)Possible went. Alyssa picks:

Parliament’s Greatest Hits – Parliament
“In that car ride, I’d definitely want to get funked up.”

The Very Best of Aretha Franklin – Aretha Franklin
“She’s Aretha. And I love her.”

Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump – De La Soul
“Posdnuos, Dave, and Maseo make any trip interesting – I can’t listen to this album enough, and it’s one of those rare ones where I never skip a song.”

*Look for brand spanking new Staff Picks every week. New situations…new staffers…GOOD TIMES. It’s pretty much a win-win for y’all: music + the people behind Murfie. :-)

Hooking up your car

Digital music on the road

A guest post from Alyssa Severn

­­­Just like Wisconsin and snow, music and cars are inextricably linked. The other week I was thinking of selling my car. It’s pretty old—it was made right around the time when the cassette tape was going the way of the dinosaur and compact discs were swiftly becoming king—but I still started mulling over all the things I’d miss about owning a car. Top of the list: listening to music while cruising around.

Now, twelve years after the production of my car, digital formats have climbed their way to the top. Although I must admit I still enjoy listening to old mixtapes from high school on the tape deck, I no longer have much of a need for a tape or CD player. After deciding to send my discs in to Murfie, I started thinking, “How can I listen to digital music in my car?” After all, those mixtapes are going to wear out eventually and thanks to Murfie, I’ll no longer have CDs sliding around my car floor, shoved into the door cubbies, jammed between the seat and the console.

So what to do? I started looking into ways to use an iPod inside a car, and found a few different options. So, if you’re a lover of belting out your favorite songs in the privacy of your own auto and are also interested in getting rid of your CDs and going totally digital, here are some ideas to get you started. Remember, Murfie can also help you get started.

If you have a tape deck, you can find adapters that have a cassette tape with a wire attached and a jack at the other end that plugs into your iPod.  For those without a tape deck or an auxiliary jack, you can buy an FM transmitter (also called a wireless adapter). Basically, you plug a transmitter into your iPod headphones jack that transmits an FM signal. Then all you have to do is find the right frequency on your car radio and boom! digital music plays through your speakers! Or, if all else fails, buy a pair of travel speakers, figure out how to stabilize them somewhere in your car, and hook up your iPod. It’s definitely the least sexy of options, but in a pinch, it’ll definitely work.

If any of you Murfie-ites out there have other suggestions or know of cool/better gadgets, we’d love to hear!