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

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

12/19- On this day in 1957, Elvis Presley was served his draft notice for the United States Army. Presley would go on to join the 32nd Tank Battalion Third Armor Corps, based in Germany.

12/20- On this day in 1967, folk singer Joan Baez was sentenced to 45 days in prison. The singer had been arrested during an anti-war demonstration protesting the Vietnam War.

12/21- On this day in 1985, Bruce Springsteen’s famous Born in the USA passed Michael Jackson’s Thriller, becoming the second longest-lasting LP on the US Billboard Top 10. The Boss’s LP stayed atop the charts for 79 weeks.

12/22- On this day in 1981, at a rock and roll memorabilia auction in London, Beatles memorabilia was auctioned off to fans. A suit John Lennon wore onstage sold for £2,300, a letter from Paul McCartney sold for £2,200 and a sculpture of John and Yoko Ono sold for £4200.

12/23- On this day in 1977, English singer and songwriter Cat Stevens formally changed his name to Yusef Islam. Islam will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

12/24- On this day in 1965, The Beatles had the number one album in the US for the third Christmas season in a row. The Fab Four’s Rubber Soul topped the LP charts in 1965, after Beatles for Sale and With the Beatles the two previous years.

12/25- On this day in 1954, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas” was on the Billboard Pop Chart for the eleventh time. The song has sold over 100 million copies around the world.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2013!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner…and it’s a perfect time to remember to be grateful for all the good things in life. (And to eat!). Here are some albums that our Murfie staffers are grateful for as the holiday approaches.

Name: John
Thanksgiving plans: I think I’m going to go chill with my grandma. Not entirely sure yet.
Album I’m thankful for: I’m thankful for Ambient 1 by Brian Eno. This was one of the first albums that introduced me to ambient, experimental and avant-garde music, and it really introduced me to a ton of amazing and artistically satisfying music and people in my life.

Name: Daniella
Thanksgiving plans: Every year my family drives Up North and we have a big bonfire, eat tons of food, and take lots of naps.
Album I’m thankful for: Teaser and the Firecat by Cat Stevens.

Name: Marc
Thanksgiving plans: None in particular, although I imagine I’ll cook food :)
Album I’m thankful for: My Early Burglary Years by Morrissey – Not necessarily the best collection of his you can buy, but it does pack in several of my favorite Morrissey tracks.

Name: Leah
Thanksgiving plans: Headed home to a cozy family Thanksgiving at my aunt and uncle’s place in Chicago (fireplace, comfy couch, great conversation) and spending quality time together at our family’s restaurant.
Album I’m thankful for: The Life Pursuit by Belle & Sebastian – this album was my first foray into the always-fun Belle & Sebastian, and as I dug back through their earlier stuff I found many of what are now my go-to tunes when I’m feeling down or stressed-out.

Name: Adam
Thanksgiving plans: Spending quality time with my beloved family in Minnesota. Eating ridiculous amounts of food and watching football. Maybe looking through Black Friday ads.
Album I’m thankful for: Classics by Ratatat. It’s one of the first albums I can remember that made me think, “Hmmmm, music doesn’t always need lyrics to paint a picture.” And for that I’m thankful.

Name: Gao
Thanksgiving plans: Watching the Packers destroy the Lions with my boyfriend’s family.
Album I’m thankful for: Backstreet Boys’ self-titled album. The sappy love songs always cheer me up. Plus, I’ve perfected the reach and grab move.

Name: Zach
Thanksgiving plans: Going up north to my grandparents house for good food and spirits.
Album I’m thankful for: Amelie (Soundtrack) by Yann Tiersen.

Name: Elsa
Thanksgiving plans: Going to a family friend’s farm in Monroe, WI for a big potluck dinner.
Album I’m thankful for: #1 Record by Big Star (1972). The quintessential power pop album, from a band that only became semi-known decades after their demise. This one is particularly special because it has the original lineup of the band, with the songwriting team of Alex Chilton & Chris Bell, both truly gifted singer/guitarists who deserved a lot more recognition than they received. You can hear the album’s influence in a lot of indie rock groups that came out of the ’80s and ’90s.

Name: Matt
Thanksgiving plans: Thanksgiving day for football watching and turkey #1 with the in-laws, and Thanksgiving night for turkey #2 with my family. I’ll have to pace myself :)
Album I’m thankful for: Moving Up, Living Down by Eric Hutchinson. I’m thankful for having discovered Eric during his live show in Madison over the summer. He’s a terrific performer, and every track on his latest album is terrific, fun listening.

Name: Tyler
Thanksgiving plans: Eat, eat…and eat! And of course, watch the Packers. Go Pack Go!
Album I’m thankful for: I’m really digging the new Avicii album True. I’ll have a fun time listening to it with my brothers when they are in town for Thanksgiving.

Name: Kayla
Thanksgiving plans: Visiting my friends in Milwaukee and eating at my parents’ house (word on the street is my mom’s making gluten free pumpkin cheesecake…yummm).
Album I’m thankful for: Is This It by the Strokes. For some reason I feel like my life would not be the same if I never discovered this album in particular. The lyrics, melodies, hooks, and layered instruments really speak to me. And I luuurrve Julian Casablancas :)

What album are you thankful for this year? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Thanksgiving from the crew at Murfie!

Music for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner (Sunday, June 16th to be exact)! It’s a great opportunity to celebrate Dads and father figures everywhere. As the holiday approaches, we asked our Murfie staffers what music reminds them of their Dad, and we got some great stories of course!

48778-largeJohn Williams – The Star Wars Trilogy
John: “Luke, I am your father.”
“Noooooooo!”

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Tyler: I remember rocking out to “Life is a Highway” with my dad as a young kid. Good times!

 

24385-largeStyx – Paradise Theater
Tiffany: This is the only band I can remember my dad expressing an interest in. I think he appreciated the irony in the song “Too Much Time on My Hands”.

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Steve: I have so many memories of driving with my dad and him listening to this album. Except he always skipped over “Whole Lotta Love” because he really didn’t like that song. Hearing any other track on this album reminds me of my dad.

1178-largeDire Straights – Brothers in Arms
Jeff: One of two albums my dad always had in his car, and our soundtrack on the way to watch him play softball with his coworkers.

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Jeff: The other permanent fixture of his ride, So still reminds me of his Pontiac 6000 and the mid 1980’s.

3327-largeSpin Doctors – Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Leah: Instantly jets me back to the good ol’ days of cruisin’ around in my dad’s green ’92 Cadillac Seville – he’d blast this album on The Caddy’s fantastic speakers and we’d all jam out!

Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman / The Beatles – 1967 to 1970 (Disc 1, Disc 2)4831-large
Daniella: Some of my favorite memories as a kid were of Papa playing his Ovation guitar, especially out of a Cat Stevens songbook and a Beatles songbook. Once we had a race to see who could sing “The Ballad of John and Yoko” the fastest. I think he let me win.

21077-largeBee Gees – Their Greatest Hits: The Record (Disc 1, Disc 2)
Matt: My mom was around the house a lot more than my dad while growing up, so she usually was in control of what was playing on the radio or stereo. On the rare occasion my dad got to choose what to listen to, it was either the Beach Boys or the Bee Gees all the way.

The Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks, Vol. 18: Dane County Coliseum, Disc 119565-large
Jim: Anything from these Grateful Dead ‘Dick’s Picks’ live albums brings back instant memories of growing up with my dad. I went home a week ago and he was still showing me Youtube videos of a concert he was at in 1978, he’s obsessed. This album has that show on it, so I felt it was a good fit!

4851-largePink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
Kayla: No album reminds me of my Dad more than this one. He listened to this all the time in his car when I was a kid. During the song “On the Run”, he would turn up the volume and say “Now imagine all these guys driving around in little space ships, instead of cars…” – seriously!

Happy Father’s Day from the Murfie team!