Bargain Hunt Giveaway: Tom Waits, Björk & Charles Mingus

The Murfie marketplace is full of ridiculous bargains. Working here at Murfie HQ, I see more great deals on the site than I could possibly justify snagging myself. That’s why I’ve decided to start the “Bargain Hunt Giveaway.”

Here’s how it works: When I see an awesome deal on an interesting album, I take note of it. I’ll spend $5 (total) on some great albums, talk about them a bit, then give them away to you!

For a chance to win, either comment below or tweet @murfiemusic with the hashtag #BargainHuntGiveaway, and include the name of the album you’d like to win. Next week, I’ll pick three random winners and gift them the album on Murfie.

Read on for my recent finds, and remember that I only paid $5 for all three of these albums!

First Find: Tom Waits – Bone Machine
Tom Waits has been one of my favorite artists since the day I purchased a copy of Real Gone on vinyl. It was the first of many vinyl purchases made on a whim, and I never regretted it. While Real Gone may have been my gateway album, Bone Machine has some absolute classics. “Earth Died Screaming”, “Dirt in the Ground” and “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” are the kind of songs you will find on just about every Tom Waits cover album, and Bone Machine was in general a taste of the sort of material he’d release for the next two decades.

This album even includes the quintessential manthem* “Goin’ Out West“.

Well I know karate, voodoo too
I’m gonna make myself available to you
I don’t need no make up
I got real scars
I got hair on my chest
I look good without a shirt

Second Find: Björk – Vespertine
Vespertine is an album I always forget about.  And for no good reason! Perhaps it’s because I really hopped on the Björk train full-bore with Volta in 2007. The rest of her catalog came to me in an attempt to find more of what I loved about Volta. Make no mistake, though – Vespertine is its own beautiful beast. “Hidden Place” is an incredibly subdued starting point for the album, and she somehow brings it down another notch immediately after with “Cocoon”. The glitchy beats spread throughout the album really compliment the ever present harp work and her typically ethereal vocals, and in general, Vespertine is all about the atmosphere.

My favorite track on the album is hands down “Sun in My Mouth”, which draws lyrics directly from the e.e. cummings poem “Wade.” Melodically, the song also reminds me of the more delicate moments in some of Sondheim‘s work.  It’s one of e.e. cummings’ more visually evocative pieces, and the brevity of Björk’s interpretation makes sure it doesn’t overstay its welcome.

Final Find: Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um
The year 1959 was a huge one for jazz to say the least. Time Out (specifically the song “Take Five”) made Brubeck a household name, while Miles Davis released the masterpiece that is Kind of Blue. We also got three albums by John Coltrane (including the unforgettable Giant Steps) and Ornette Coleman‘s The Shape of Jazz to Come.

While I love all of those albums, Mingus Ah Um will always have a special place reserved in my heart as one of the first jazz albums I really got to know inside and out. I became a fan of jazz in early high school, and Mingus Ah Um is full of tunes I’ve been listening since then. What I love most about the album is how down to earth it is. It sounds like Mingus and his crew are playing in the room with you. I love the realness of the group clapping and distant preaching in album opener “Better Git It in Your Soul”.

Mingus Ah Um is an album completely filled with these intimate moments, including tributes and homages to the likes of Lester Young, Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton. It even caused a bit of a stir in its own right when Columbia famously refused to let Mingus record the politically charged lyrics for Fables of Faubus (though the validity of this claim is still debated). If you come across it, I highly recommend the 50th anniversary 2-disc Legacy Edition, which includes three alternate takes, as well as the sister album Mingus Dynasty.


If any of these albums sound interesting to you, comment below or tweet @murfiemusic with the hashtag #BargainHuntGiveaway, and include the name of the album you’d like to win. Three random winners will be gifted these albums next week!

*manthem = man + anthem

Creative Cover Caption Contest

Let’s have some fun celebrating the new Murfie + VOCO partnership! You have a chance to win VOCO devices, Murfie HiFi, VOCO credit, Murfie credit, and more in our Creative Cover Caption Contest!

The contest will have 12 winners—meaning you have 12x a greater chance at grabbing great goodies!

CONTEST DETAILS

Step 1 of 3. Pick any album cover on Murfie and think of a creative caption. It can be funny, clever, socially relevant, interesting—anything you like!

Step 2 of 3. Share your caption, the hashtag #MurfieVOCO, and the Murfie album page link on Facebook and/or Twitter.
If your Facebook account is private: Copy and paste the Murfie album page link in a Facebook post and change the post privacy settings to “public”.
If your Facebook (or Twitter) account is publicly viewable:  You can hit the social sharing buttons right on the Murfie album page!

Step 3 of 3. Double-check that your caption, the album link, and #MurfieVOCO are all included so we can see your entry!

The deadline to get your captions out there is August 22nd at noon ET!

We’ll pick our favorite entries, which will then move to a final round of voting. We’ll let you know if you’re a finalist by responding to your post on Facebook, or by tweeting at you! We’ll include a link with instructions about how to rally for votes from your friends and fam in the final round.

Here are some examples of captions:

TWITTER

FACEBOOK

PLEASE NOTE

  • In order for us to see your entries, you’ll have to be certain that:
    – Your Facebook post is publicly visible.
    – Your Twitter account is publicly visible.
  • You’re only required to share your caption once, on your choice of Facebook or Twitter—although you’re more than welcome to share on both platforms, which will only increase your visibility!
  • Be sure your caption won’t offend anyone.
  • The contest is for US residents only.
  • Album art may not be altered in any way.
  • Go ahead and submit a few different album captions!
  • Murfie and NAVVO staffers (and their family members) can enter for fun, but they will not be able to move to the final round!

Enough details—let’s talk PRIZES!

There will be 12 winners. Finalists must rally for the most votes to win the best stuff! Here’s what you can win:

1. VOCO VSPOT + 1 year of Murfie HiFi + $100 Murfie store Credit
2. VOCO VSPOT + 1 year of Murfie HiFi
3. VOCO VZONEplus + 1 year of Murfie HiFi + $50 Murfie store Credit
4. VOCO VZONEplus + 1 year of Murfie HiFi
5. VOCO VZONE + 1 year of Murfie HiFi + $25 Murfie store Credit
6. VOCO VZONE + 1 year of Murfie HiFi
7. $100 VOCO store Credit + 6 months of Murfie Gold or HiFi + $25 Murfie store Credit
8. $50 VOCO store Credit + 6 months of Murfie Gold or HiFi + $20 Murfie store Credit
9. $25 VOCO store Credit + 6 months of Murfie Gold or HiFi + $15 Murfie store Credit
10. 1 year of Murfie HiFi
11. $50 Murfie store Credit
12. 1 year of Murfie Gold

Give us a holler at info@murfie.com if you have any questions. The deadline to get your captions out there is August 22nd at noon ET!

G’luck, friends—now make those captions!

It’s T-Shirt Time: The Winners!

Everyone, put on your prettiest T-shirt. Because soon, there’ll be some fierce competition for the finest tee in the land. The crew at Murfie have randomly selected the five lucky duckies—from our pool of Holiday Giveaway participants—who get to don a super fresh Murfie T-shirt.

Congrats are in order to Erico, Steve, Adam, Marcos and Matt. High fives to all!

These good folks also snag $10 of store credit to use on murfie.com/shop.

If you failed to win the Murfie swag, don’t sweat it too much. Just keep a sharp eye on Promos + Giveaways here on our blog for all future contests.

Holiday Giveaway: Pick An Album, Snag A T-Shirt

Warmest greetings of the season from the crew at Murfie. We’re crossing our fingers that you have a gingerbread, sleigh ride and hot cocoa filled holiday. As a warm and fuzzy thank-you for being our friend, we want YOU to have a Murfie T-shirt. (Plus, some Murfie store credit.)

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For a chance to win the tee and $10 of store credit, leave a comment to this post with your favorite holiday album before midnight CST on Monday, December 24, 2012 Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Be sure to fill in your name and email address (your email is not published). Please, one answer per email. Three things to keep in mind:

  1. You must include the link to the album page off Murfie. For example, https://www.murfie.com/albums/various-artists-an-old-world-christmas–2
  2. There will be FIVE winners! :) The winning entries will be picked at random.
  3. If you have a facebook or twitter account, please give a shout-out to this contest.

All of the winners will be notified by email during the week of December 24th. Good luck XO

Winner Winner Poetry Winner

Congratulations are in order. The Murfie crew has chewed over all the haiku entries from our “music-themed poetry contest”—and we’ve finally picked a winner! The winning haiku is…drumroll, please…

Out here in the fields
“I’m gonna do that one day”
Guitarist for hire

That lovely piece of poetry was penned by Murfie member Brian. For his poetic work, Brian will bag $50 of Murfie store credit plus a fresh Murfie T-shirt. Now, you’re probably thinking—I wish I won that swag. Do not fear; stay tuned here on our blog for the next shot at your free giveaway!

Giveaway: Make a Murfie Haiku

Ahhh, giveaways—it’s been awhile, huh? So here’s your chance to enter a Murfie Giveaway today, ‘cos there’s no day like today! The human being who writes the most awesome haiku poem (English style) about music, as judged by the crew at Murfie, wins $50 of store credit AND a custom Murfie T-shirt. Heads-up: 50 bucks will take you very far on Murfie—lotsa and lotsa albums are only $1!

As a refresher, an English-style haiku consists of 3 lines of 17 syllables total (5, 7, 5). The subject matter simply has to be MUSIC—whether it be about the first CD you owned, your favorite band, the music you are embarrassed to love, etc. The winning haiku will be published here on our blog.

For a chance to win, leave a comment to this post with your haiku poem before midnight CST on Monday, September 3, 2012. Be sure to fill in your name and email address (your email is not published). Please, one haiku per email. The winner will be notified by email during the week of September 3rd, and the winning haiku will be featured on our blog shortly thereafter.

Pounds of Plastic We Recycled: the winner

Hey y’all, the winner to our Green Guessing Game has been determined… A big congrats to Melissa for leaving the guess closest to the actual weight of plastic we recycled. Melissa guessed 5,625 pounds; we recycled 6,600 pounds.

Stay tuned for our next giveaway contest! We lurve recycling plastic!