Halloween at Murfie!

It’s Halloweeeen time! Even though it’s not the 31st, it’s safe to say that many folks will be celebrating the year’s spookiest holiday this weekend.

Our staffers have some great Halloween album picks for you, along with great stories to share (with pictures)!

Hey pumpkin!

Name: Gao
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: Thriller (by Michael Jackson) has always been a favorite. In fact, my family did the Thriller dance at my sister’s wedding reception.
Best Halloween costume ever: My sisters made me a dinosaur costume one year. They even built a tail! I stomped around and called myself Gaozilla.
What I plan to dress up as this year: This is the first year I’ve bought a costume and didn’t make it. I’ll be a pirate. ARGH!

Name: Jeff
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: Scream, Dracula, Scream! by Rocket from the Crypt.
Best Halloween costume ever: Andy Warhol (really sad I don’t have a picture).
What I plan to dress up as this year: Washed up, out of shape Justin Bieber.

Scary!

Name: Daniella
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas by Danny Elfman.
Best Halloween costume ever: Nerd costumes have included Companion Cube (from Portal), Cthulhu, Harry Potter, and more nerdiness…
What I plan to dress up as this year: This year I’m going as Lumpy Space Princess (assuming I can find myself a purple beehive wig).

Goodnight moon!

Name: Tiffany
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde.
Best Halloween costume ever: It’s a toss-up between Poison Ivy, Medusa, and a dead woman. I don’t have a digital picture of any of those, but I’ve got a picture of my costume as the Moon a few years back.
What I plan to dress up as this year: Not sure yet. And even if I knew, I never reveal my costumes before Halloween.

Name: Zach
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: Scary Sound Effects (because I remember ripping it).
Best Halloween costume ever: Rorschach because I have a mask with an ink blot that warps because of the temperature of your breathing vs. the cold air.
What I plan to dress up as this year: I’ll probably hand out candy.

What a ghoul…

Name: John
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: Litanies of Satan by Diamanda Galàs (Close second: Schrei X).
Best Halloween costume ever: A few years ago, my band Fambly Fun! performed a Halloween show as Will Smith. That’s right, we had FIVE Will Smiths. We played all the classics from Big Willie Style and Willennium, and even Willow Smith’s then-new “Whip My Hair.” It was a ton of fun.
What I plan to dress up as this year: I like to dress up as something timely, yet unexpected. Last year, I dressed up as the Russian feminist punk rock protest band Pussy Riot. This year, who knows!

Go Go Ranger!

Name: Steve
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: John Denver, classic fall Americana.
Best Halloween costume ever: I went as a Power Ranger when I was about 9. I had a glove that makes karate chop noises when you squeezed the thumb to the rest of the fingers. It was sooooo freaking cool.
What I plan to dress up as this year: The Man in the Yellow Hat. My girlfriend is going as Curious George.

Life is a cabaret!

Name: Noah
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: Halloween’s all about the movies, right? And what’s a better combination than Bernard Herrmann’s unforgettable scores to Alfred Hitchcock’s most terrifying movies.
Best Halloween costume ever: I went as Sally Bowles from Cabaret, but the makeup ended up looking a bit like Malcolm McDowell from A Clockwork Orange. It kind of worked anyway.
What I plan to dress up as this year: I’m thinking of going as a Mondrian painting, but I have a habit of changing my mind at the last minute.

Bah, humbug!

Name: Matt
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: Watermark by Enya (music for relaxing until Halloween is over).
Best Halloween costume ever: I’ll be the party pooper in the group and go on the record that I’ve never really enjoyed dressing up for Halloween—not as a kid, and certainly not as an adult. I find it a bit disturbing that Halloween has become a bigger draw for adults than children. If Halloween need be celebrated at all, at least let the kids regain the run of things.
What I plan to dress up as this year: I’m not planning to dress up again this year, for obvious reasons.

Eeeeek!

Name: Marc
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: The Good, the Bad & the Queen. Meticulously somber, strolling music for when chill winds throw leaves past your feet.
Best Halloween costume ever: A few years over the past decade I’ve iterated a costume inspired by a recurrent nightmare I used to have. I once made a bellhop at the Concourse jump back as I crept along the street.
What I plan to dress up as this year: Probably no costume, since I probably won’t have the time to put into making one.

Name: Preston
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: October Project :)
Best Halloween costume ever: My best? That was Satan working to recruit a manager ready to to Sell Their Soul to get in “Below Ground Level!!” managing the exclusive franchise I had just negotiated to open a line of Starbucks cafes in The 9th Circle of Hell. My pitch was that it’s “…the only place in the universe where another Starbucks can possibly improve the neighborhood.” It was a play on a joke in this animation, but you might want to watch the whole set for context.
What I plan to dress up as this year: It’ll be a game day decision. One possibility is that I’ll dress in a suit with a giant American flag lapel clip holding a pacifier on a red, white, and blue ribbon, with “I <3 Ayn Rand” stenciled on an Elephant on a T-shirt underneath. I’ll blackmail people into giving me some of their candy by threatening to do something that would embarrass us both. If they foolishly give me candy, I’ll come back later, scream and cry loud enough to be heard that they have way too much candy, and whine that they won’t negotiate with me to meet me part way and give me some of the rest. Ideally, this will be a team costume and include someone who plays the world’s tiniest violin each time I don’t get what I want. If things go poorly for them, I might also just go as The Ghost of The Republican Party, or conversely if democrats cooperate in sacking the poor, I might be an old person looking for information on which cat food tastes best.

The fam!

Name: Jason
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: This year, Featuring: Dr. Gruesome and the Gruesome Gory Horror Show by Snow White’s Poison Bite.
Best Halloween costume ever: Probably Zeus.
What I plan to dress up as this year: Was going to be Magneto, but didn’t have enough time to assemble the required high-voltage power supply…

Ooo là là!

Name: Leah
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: Something about Nick Drake is just perfect for an autumn stroll.
Best Halloween costume ever: A tie between Pam from the Office (I found Jim on State St!) and a Frenchman (fake cigarette, I promise). Oh and I went as an old woman when I was in second or third grade, which was hilarious.
What I plan to dress up as this year: A flower :D I found directions for an awesome DIY flower headpiece thing online, and my rest of the body will be the stem – a “Leahlac”, you might say.

Name: Tyler
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver. An album to listen to bundled up with your favorite blanket and a cup of hot chocolate.
Best Halloween costume ever: Don’t know what the name of the costume is, but I was dressed as a headless guy who was carrying his own head in his hands and the head was my head. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a picture :(
What I plan to dress up as this year:
 I’ll be handing out candy this year, so no dressing up for me. But our two dogs will be dressed in Packer uniforms!

Barney!!!

Name: Kayla
Favorite album for fall/Halloween: Anything with The Monster Mash.
Best Halloween costume ever: Probably last year when I was a strawberry, since I made the costume by myself. The only thing is, everyone thought I was a watermelon—even though I had yellow seeds! =\ Some other notable costumes: Esmeralda, Avril Lavigne, and Zombie Tinkerbell.
What I plan to dress up as this year: Amy Winehouse (I bought a wig!). I’ll have fake tattoos, thick eyeliner, an empty bottle of Jack, and all that good stuff. My roommate and I are planning on having a séance for her on the 31st.

Big thank you to all the moms who had fun picking out pictures for this post! Have a fun and safe Halloween, everyone!

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

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

8078-large6/19- On this day in 1988, Michael Jackson played a concert next to the Berlin Wall, on the west side. He pumped the music way up so that people on the east side could hear. Any east sider who tried to get close to the wall to listen was violently kept back by police.

13335-large6/20- On this day in 1974, Bob Dylan & the Band released Before the Flood, a double live album with final recordings taken from Los Angeles and New York shows.

MI00029147286/21- On this day in 1991, Little Richard received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The “overjoyed force of personality in his singing” is one that is easily recognized in tunes like “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Tutti Frutti”.

20864-large6/22- On this day in 1990, Billy Joel performed an epic concert at the old Yankee Stadium. It’s been claimed that this was the first major concert in the stadium’s history. 60,000 fans were in attendance, which was more than the seating capacity of baseball games at that time.

102505-large6/23- On this day in 1929, June Carter Cash was born. Performing with her family from a young age, she was already a country music star. Her success continued throughout her entire life, including the 35 years she was married to Johnny Cash.

40960-large6/24- On this day in 1977, some quirky stuff went down in Madison. Elvis was in town for a show, and he spotted a fight between some young men when he was riding down East Washington avenue. After getting out of his limo, he allegedly warned the men, saying, “I’ll take you on.” Not only did this make the men stop fighting, but it left them amazed to have spotted Elvis.

222995-large6/25- On this day in 2009, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away at age 50. His music will forever influence genres from pop/rock to rap and R&B, and many more.

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Curious CDs

As you know, we frequently browse our Murfie marketplace for the most interesting discs to spotlight. So far, we’ve had good stuff like Irish Drinking Songs, the 1-2-3’s of playing the Didgeridoo, and all kinds of sound effects. Not gonna lie…we love the sound effects CDs! And we love to surprise each other in the office by playing the track clips of an album like this one:

Sounds and Songs of the Humpback Whales

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  • You’ll definitely hear a lot of “oOoOooo”s and “mmmuueeerr”s on this one (along with some splashing and whatnot).
  • This album is perfect for those who live far away from the ocean. You could just hop on a raft in someone’s pool and play this baby from your iPod—and voila! Nature.
  • Humpback whales can grow to be 12-16 meters long and weigh 79,000 pounds. Cool!!

Note: Michael Jackson is not on this CD (You’re thinking of the Free Willy Soundtrack!).

This Week in Music History (May 1st-May 7th)

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

MI00014412665/1- On this day in 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas. The couple honeymooned in Palm Springs soon after. They were divorced less than five years later…talk about Heartbreak Hotel.

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5/2- A shopper at a Zales jewelry store was stopped by security guards on this date 1n 1988. The guards were concerned that the shopper was wearing a wig and false mustache. They confronted the disguised man due to the suspicious circumstances, and turns out, it was just Michael Jackson!

49768-large5/3- Bing Crosby was born on this day way back in 1903. His baritone voice is known by many, along with his rendition of the song “White Christmas“.

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5/4- The first ever Grammy Awards ceremony was held on this day in 1959. Some winners that night included Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

4999-large5/5- On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin packed Tampa Bay Stadium for a concert, with a jaw-dropping attendance count of 56,800 people.

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5/6- American country star Tammy Wynette passed away on this day in 1998. The 1970s country music charts were frequently topped with her tunes.

19560-large5/7- Bill Kreutzmann was born on this day in 1946. Kreutzmann was drummer in a very beloved American rock band, the Grateful Dead.

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This Week in Music History (April 4th-10th)

What does music history have for us this week? Learn up and boogie down.

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Chicago bluesman Muddy Waters was born on this day in 1915. Muddy’s influence spread across the Atlantic and helped ignite the British blues explosion (The Rolling Stones got their name from a Muddy Waters song). Muddy was in turn influenced by the psychedelic 60’s, resulting in a Hendrix-esque album of scorching guitar, Electric Mud. Enjoy!

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13629-largeR.E.M. played their first gig on this day in 1980. The group released their debut record, Murmur, three years later, and Rolling Stone Magazine voted it the top album  of 1983, beating out Michael Jackson’s Thriller and U2’s War.

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The White Stripes took the top spot on the U.K. charts with their second album, Elephant, on this day in 2003. Jack White once said that the driving bassy riff of the record’s first song, “Seven Nation Army,” would be the song he would submit if he was ever asked to write the theme to a James Bond movie. Jack was asked to do just that five years later.

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Deep Purple was in deep trouble when their guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, announced his departure from the band on this day in 1975. Blackmore then formed the band, Rainbow, and frontman Ian Gillan went on to play the part of Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Former Joy Division bass player Peter Hook was knocked unconscious after a riot broke out at a New Order gig in Rotterdam on this day in 1982. In other news, New Order has reunited, and the group is scheduled to headline several festivals in Europe. The shows are sure to be knock outs.

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32981-largeGene Parsons, drummer of The Byrds, was born on this day in 1944. Although The Byrds are best known for the psychedelic jangle of Mr. Tambourine Man, the group later moved in the direction of country with the addition of famed bluegrass picker, Clarence White.

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7325-largePaul McCartney announced The Beatles‘ breakup on this day in 1970. The fab four released 12 albums, which together have sold over a billion units wordwide.