Elephant Revival Interview

Elephant Revival is a band that blends folk music with bluegrass, celtic music, psychedelic country, indie rock, and occasionally, even reggae and hip hop. Even with so many different sounds in their songs, they retain a style that is distinctly their own—mostly because of their wonderful vocals and environmentally conscious themes. Since 2006, they’ve been building a solid fan base around the country, and are about to embark on a Midwest tour. On September 28th, they’ll be playing at the Majestic Theatre in Madison, just a skip away from Murfie HQ—so we thought the time was perfect to learn a bit more about them! Here’s a Q&A I had with Dan Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar, vocals). We talked via phone from his friend’s studio in Boulder, Colorado:

K: I see you guys are from Nederland, Colorado!

D: Yeah. We started there, and we all lived there for a handful of years. Just recently Sage moved back to Kansas to the family farm. So we’re not all living in Nederland now, but we still consider ourselves a Nederland band.

K: I actually visited that place for the first time last year for Nedfest—have you gone to that?

D: I’ve gone to it many times, and performed there a few times too. It’s a hometown fest!

K: Nederland is a funky little town, there’s mountains and taverns and flannel—I love it. And the people are really nice. One thing I like about your band is it’s a co-ed band, a mix of guys and girls. Have you found that it brings a certain energy to the band?

D: I certainly couldn’t imagine it any differently. The men and the women—the kind of alchemy that happens—it’s just been such an integral part of everything. It’s just a big part of our sound and part of the vibe.

K: So you all are coming to Madison on September 28th —do you have shows in between then?

D: Yeah, we do. We have one in Minneapolis, at the Cedar Cultural Center, and then we play Boats and Bluegrass Festival in Winona, Minnesota, then we play Ames, Iowa, and then we’re in Madison.

K: Have you had some good luck touring in the past? Do you like to travel around for shows?

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Interview with Man Mantis [Podcast]

Electronic music is an exciting genre. The addition of technology to the music-making progress created a rapid and diverse evolution of styles and sounds. Man Mantis mixes electronic, hip hop and other styles to make something pleasing to the ears. And as he creates, the music takes a life of its own. We at Murfie know Man Mantis as Mitch Pond, a former employee. With an inside scoop of what it’s like to work at a music service, and what it’s like to sell his own music online, Mitch has a lot of valuable insights on the music industry in general.

Who: Man Mantis; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: Mitch shares his history, music evolution, thoughts on the changing music industry and the difference between the Madison and Denver music scenes.
Where: Murfie HQ
When: June 14th, 2014
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: mp3 version


Albums by Man Mantis + more recommendations

Man Mantis Cities Without HousesMan Mantis Dawn of the Def

RJD2 The Third HandRJD2 Deadringer

Flying Lotus Pattern + Grid WorldDumate Rite The Known KnownsDj Shadow Preemptive StrikeDj Shadow The Outsider


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kayla Liederbach
@djkaylakush

Kayla manages social media and customer support at Murfie. You can hear her on the radio hosting U DUB, the reggae show, Wednesdays on WSUM. She enjoys hosting the Murfie podcast, cooking, traveling, going to concerts, and snuggling with kittycats.


Sounds Like Colorado: The Best of the Centennial State

Last time, we brought you the best music that the Golden State has to offer. This week, it’s time to crank up the altitude. This week, check out reviews of two of Colorado’s native bands!

The Lumineers
The Lumineers

With this album, The Lumineers have created something that’s immediately fun and gratifying. There’s no adjustment period here—from the very first track, you’re hooked on the band’s strings, drums and folk-y sound. Unlike others in the recent folk revival, however, The Lumineers consistently keep the sound fresh.

Although this album is practically overflowing with upbeat tracks, The Lumineers don’t skimp on lyrical content. There’s great feel-good material here, notably on tracks like “Flowers in Your Hair”, but the band really shines when it works a little sadness in with all the Americana vibes. The real power lies in tracks like “Slow it Down”, which let the band’s somber side show.

One of the most wonderful things about this album is its ability to mix in numerous elements without ever sounding overcooked. The Lumineers seamlessly incorporate unusual instruments and chords without ever pushing it too far. Such creativity even on a debut album stirs up hope for even better material to come.

Don’t Miss Tracks: “Dead Sea”, “Slow it Down”

John Denver
The Essential John Denver

When John Denver died in a plane crash in 1997 at 53, he left behind a career of creating music that evokes images of his home state of Colorado. The Essential John Denver is a collection of Denver’s greatest hits and highest points, giving his fans the best possible tracklist to remember him by. This album does Denver’s career—and his legacy—justice.

The album includes the songs that captured the ears—and hearts—of Denver’s fan base. As Denver ascended to musical stardom, he did so by perfecting fresh, folky sound with beautiful orchestration and a heartfelt, genuine feel. Famous Denver gems like “Sunshine on My Shoulders” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane” show Denver’s range—he transitions from soft string arrangements to somber piano tracks seamlessly.

As a Colorado native, Denver was deeply inspired by the nature around him. “Windsong” plays like a tribute to his home state. Denver’s love for the natural world remains clear on “Rocky Mountain High” and “Take Me Home Country Roads”, one of his best-known tracks.

For existing Denver fans and those interested in getting a quick taste of his music, this album is an excellent collection of his finest. There are no unnecessary tracks here, just a strong collection tat showcases John Denver’s range of material. An excellent slice of one of America’s finest.

Don’t Miss Tracks: “Leaving, On a Jet Plane”, “Sunshine on My Shoulders”

Paper Bird
Rooms

Listen to Paper Bird’s Rooms with an open mind. This seven-piece band from Denver certainly knows how to create an unusual sound. The band mixes unexpected world beat rhythms and seamless harmonies with occasional psychedelia, resulting in a sound that is 100% their own.

For this band, the benefit of having so many members is the incredible effect that their voices and instrumentation make when they come together. Individually their voices might not stand out, but together they build a unique, colorful and layered feeling.  The album was recorded live, which only enhances this effect—it creates a live show feel without sacrificing sound quality.

This album keeps changing things up as it progresses, with each new track delving in to its own influences. “Seaside Lullaby” is fragile, light folk music, while “Blood and Bones” is a rocking track with guitar chords, stronger vocals and a country-rock beat. This album is a sure way to mix up your music library and introduce a bit of unpredictability into your day.

Don’t Miss Tracks: “Blood and Bones”, “As I Am”

Interview with Paper Bird

Mark Anderson was a really great person to chat with earlier this year on the Murfie Podcast. He plays percussion in Paper Bird, a harmonious seven-piece band that’s gaining more and more national buzz each day. Here’s a transcript of our interview, and another chance to dig in to the interesting world of up-and-coming music.

INTRO: This is Kayla here, with your Murfie podcast, right from murfie.com: the world’s largest used and new CD store online. So, one band that I’m really diggin’ right now is Paper Bird. They’re a seven-piece indie folk band from Colorado. I had a chat with one of the band members, Mark, right after they released their new album, Rooms.

[MUSIC: “As I Am” by Paper Bird]

Kayla: Alright, so right now I have Mark on the phone, from Paper Bird. Where are you calling from?

Mark: I’m just calling from my apartment in Denver, Colorado.

Kayla: Ok, yes, I saw that you guys are from Colorado, and I’ve never been there, but I’ve heard a lot of great things about that place. So, are a lot of people in the band from Colorado, originally, or did you guys end up there?

Mark: Um, most of us are from here, originally. Some of us were born other places—like Sarah, my sister, and I, were born in Ohio, but moved here when we were really young—and then a couple of members were born in Texas. But all of us say we’re from Colorado—it’s where we grew up.

Kayla: Right—it’s your home, totally! You and Sarah are brother and sister—I did not know that.

Mark: Yeah, yeah. There’s another set of siblings in the band, too: Genny and Esme are sisters.

Kayla: Oh, awesome! That’s fun.

Mark: Yeah.

Kayla: How did you all meet each other?

Mark: Well, we’ve known each other for a long time—it kind of was a culmination of coincidence and then also just like, common interest. Like, we all moved to Denver—um, god, I don’t know, we’ve lived in Denver for a long time. And I think just like, through random acquaintances, and some people through school and things like that, a loose group of us started getting together—and then music is what pulled us in farther, and slowly our friendships culminated into the band, and we’ve been doing it for like, six years now.

Kayla: That’s the best way to get started, you know—the music brings you together, the common interests. And you guys have developed a really unique sound, because basically everybody in the band contributes to writing songs and that sort of thing; so is that how it usually works? Do you guys kind of come to each other and say, “I have an idea for a song,” and then do you work on it together?

Continue reading Interview with Paper Bird

Interview with David Mayfield

In March, we recorded a David Mayfield Parade podcast, which was packed with fun chit-chat! Here’s a transcript from that interview for your reading pleasure, and another chance to learn more about a musician that’s surrounded by the best buzz.

INTRO: This is Kayla here, with a brand new Murfie recording, straight from murfie.com: the world’s largest used and new CD store online, with a twist.

I recently had a phone call with David Mayfield of The David Mayfield Parade. And since he has a new album coming out, it’s the perfect time for an interview, and some general chit-chat.

[MUSIC: “Love Will Only Break Your Heart” by The David Mayfield Parade]

Kayla: Right now I have David Mayfield on the phone, of The David Mayfield Parade. Welcome! I’m wondering where you’re calling from, actually.

David: I am in beautiful northeast Ohio—

Kayla: Ohhh!

David: —where the weather is, uh, cold and damp—

Kayla: [Laughs]

David: —but I’ve had plenty of vitamin D, so I’m still smiling.

Kayla: Oh, that’s good, that’s important! You know, seasonal affective disorder is very common—they call it SAD.

David: Exactly.

Kayla: Yeah [laughs]. Well, it’s also cold here in Madison – it’s snowing a lot today, and it’s like all slushy, so, everyone’s got their boots on and stuff; so, we’re pretty tough here, y’know.

David: Yeah. Slushy is a good word.

Kayla: Yeah? [Laughs] So, um, so David, I hear you have a new album—tell me about that.

David: I do. It’s coming out on April 1st, a little April Fool’s Day treat for the kids, and uh, I’m really excited about it. It’s called Good Man Down, and it features me singing words with musical accompaniment.

Kayla: I heard your sister was involved in that—Jessica Lea Mayfield. What’s it like working with her? I mean, some people couldn’t work with their siblings, you know—might be some punching going on. Do you guys get along pretty well?

David: Yeah. Jessica and I can get along beautifully for about fifteen or twenty minutes. And then, you know, we just—we start fighting—

Kayla: [Laughs]

David: —it’s usually pretty violent. But we get pretty creative in those fifteen to twenty minute time spans. And we’ve written a lot of songs together, and I help out on her records and she helps out on my records. No it’s great, you know, I was in her band for years before I started doing my own thing, so we’re real close. We were also home-schooled, and grew up in the family band, so we’re kind of weirdos that can really relate to each other.

Kayla: Well, that’s good! It’s good that you guys support each other’s musical careers. I see you have some really supportive fans, too. What do you like most about your fans? I see that they’ve supported you—you had a kickstarter recently for your album. What kind of fans do you usually find that you have?

Continue reading Interview with David Mayfield

Interview with Paper Bird [Podcast]

It’s easy to get hooked on the sweet harmonies sung by Paper Bird, and it’s fun to flow with the rich instrumental layers in their music. With their “joyful blend of folk, roots, and Americana“, this seven-piece band from Colorado is quickly rising to the top. Here’s an interesting interview with the band’s percussionist, Mark Anderson.

303402-largeWho: Mark Anderson; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: Mark discusses Paper Bird, the new album Rooms, Colorado, Red Rocks, guilty pleasure pop music, Justin Bieber getting boo’ed, and more
Where: Murfie HQ, Madison, WI
When: Friday, May 31st, 2013
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: mp3 version

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Check out more of the band at paperbirdband.com.

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Check out some of Mark’s favorite new bands:

Patrick Dethlefs
Bad Weather California
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Mike Clark and the Sugar Sounds