Music for Spring

You can tell that spring is in the air—especially in Madison! It’s nice to wake up on a legitimately sunny day to the sound of birds chirping and —er—busses going down your street.

Spring is about all kinds of things: growth, new life, moving on, taking vacations, deep-cleaning your room, and throwing out the ol’ stack of pizza boxes. For us music lovers at Murfie, we’ve got a few album recommendations that are the soundtracks to our spring activities!


Stray Cats - Rock This Town

The Best of the Stray Cats: Rock this Town (Stray Cats)
“I have no idea why I associate this album with spring, but whenever I listen to it I recall the cool breeze of fresh air through long-closed bedroom windows and the faint smell of lilac in the air.  Maybe it’s because spring heralds the return of summer driving and there’s a lot of songs on this album about cars. My personal favorite from this album is ‘Rumble in Brighton’, which was my gateway drug into experimenting with rockabilly guitar.” – Jason

303145-largeActor-Caster (Generationals)

Actor-Caster is chock full of carefree pop songs whose jangly guitars and mellow basslines perfectly coddle the apathy that overcomes me when higher temperatures transform the indoors from the warm haven that protected me from snow to the cruel prison denying me the long-forgotten wonders of sunshine and fresh air. The first time I heard this band was at a concert a few years ago in early April, and ever since they’ve been my go-to artist for bringing in the summertime.” – Andrew

End on End - Rotes of Spring

End on End (Rites of Spring)
Emo was invented awaiting the last of the April showers and arrival of the DC cherry blossoms.”
– Jeff

 

After Hours With Miss D

After Hours With Miss D (Dinah Washington)

I usually prefer Billie Holiday, but she can be a bit heavy in the lightness of spring. For spring, I prefer someone lighter like Dinah Washington. Dinah makes me wish I had a big convertible and could drive through winding roads with the top down, sun shining and birds singing. ” – Tiffany

Brian Eno - Music for Airports

Ambient 1: Music for Airports (Brian Eno)

“Throw on Ambient 1, and relax in the fresh grass (once it thaws…). Optional: A nice glass of iced tea.”
John

 

28221-largeA Northern Soul (The Verve)

“I can’t rightly say why, but I find myself listening The Verve’s A Northern Soul with increased frequency these past few weeks. Likely, it’s the don’t-give-a-frak abandon of Nick McCabe’s guitar. Yeah, there’s the necessary pastoral work in there, too, but that’s not why you listen to The Verve. You listen to get clobbered. Perfect for crashing bikes and breaking bones which, if history is any testament, are apparently two of my favorite things to do come spring.” – Marc

Songs from the Wood

Songs from the Wood (Jethro Tull)
Definitely a great earth centered folk album! Good for listening to when sitting outside. ”
– Daniella

 

29067-largeVivaldi: Four Seasons (Raymond Leppard & English Chamber Orchestra)
“The first track is called “Spring”. Seriously who writes these questions?”
– Steve

 

 

24233-largeChutes too Narrow (The Shins)
“The earnest energy of this album is perfect for bopping around your apartment as you get all of your cleaning and spring projects done, and so wonderfully melodic that it’s hard to resist singing along :)”
– Leah

 

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Crosby, Stills & Nash (Crosby, Stills & Nash)

I find a little CSN helps when preparing the yard during spring.”
– Pete

 

105339-largeCourage to Grow (Rebelution)
Overall, Courage to Grow has really great themes: The lyrics suggest we change our social habits to be more conscious and respectful. Plus, the cool vibes from songs like ‘Feeling Alright’ make me look forward to a (hopefully) relaxing summer just around the corner. I strongly recommend this one—and it’s fun to listen to when I clean my room!” – Kayla

Tell us, what music is the soundtrack to your spring?

This Week in Music History (May 29th-June 4th)

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

MI00018150135/29- On this day in 1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash released their self-titled debut album, (you guessed it), Crosby, Stills & Nash. Occasionally joined by Neil Young, this supergroup went on to release 7 more studio albums, and they are still active to this day.4954-large

5/30- Speaking of Neil Youngon this day in 1997, Neil cancelled his European tour, because he sliced his finger while cutting a ham sandwich. Ouchie!

23407-large5/31- On this day in 1976, The Who set a Guinness World Record for being the loudest rock band of all time. Their sound measured a whopping 126 dB, measured at a distance of 32 meters from the speakers at their concert in London. The possibility of hearing damage has been estimated to begin around 120 db. WHAT? COME AGAIN?5820-large

6/1- The Beatles released one of their enormously popular albums, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, on this day in 1967. This collection of songs was infused with a new kind of psychedelia that Beatles fans hadn’t seen so prominently in the past. Is dub your thing? You might like the 2009 Easy Star All-Stars reggae remake, Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band.

43800-large6/2- Bo Diddley, known as “The Originator” for his influence on the transition of blues to rock, passed away on this day on 2008. In addition to his influence on countless musicians, and modern genres from rock to rap, he left behind the Bo Diddley Beat, a rhythm that has been used in a surprisingly large variety and number of songs.34961-large

6/3- On this day in 1967, Jefferson Airplane performed “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” on American Bandstand. You can watch the video here!

MI00000401386/4- On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen released his album Born in the U.S.A. The album contained seven Top Ten hits and is noted as one of the best-selling albums of all time. Nice one, Bruce!

So you wanna own any of these albums, or hear ‘em in lossless format? Well we just so happen to have them for sale (hehe). Right now these titles start at just $1!