Last Call: Your Murfie Week in Review

 


Sunday 5/11

– On Twitter: We shared some Mom-Approved music for Mother’s Day.

Monday 5/12

– On Twitter: We got a cool tweet from a new member overseas!

– On Facebook: A huge rainstorm hit Madison! We posted a photo to try to capture the intense storm.

– On Facebook: Daniel Edgerton won our #FreeFriday: The Mouse and the Mask giveaway!

Tuesday 5/13

– In the Press: HarborLAB posted an article showing how they are using Murfie’s recycled CD cases to restore wetlands and create a fun educational opportunity!

– In the Marketplace: A bunch o’ new album releases were added to our shop, including Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke, Little Dragon’s Nabuma Rubberband, and The Black Keys’ Turn Blue.

Wednesday 5/14

– On Twitter: We thought it was pretty cool that Morrissey sent our his first tweet!

Thursday 5/15

– On the Blog: Ally gave us our weekly dose of music history, featuring facts about The Stones, The Beach Boys, Elton John, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, The Who and Adele.

Friday 5/16

– On the Blog: Our current #FreeFriday: Back to Black review was posted, featuring the late great Amy Winehouse. You still have a chance to win if you retweet our tweet or share our Facebook post!

– On Facebook: We challenged you to buy a Beach Boys album!

– On Twitter: James got a tat!!!


 

Mom-Approved Modern Music for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can often mean a trip back home to spend the day with a certain woman who raised you. I love a good family tradition (and I love my mom even more), but let’s face it: A day of listening to music released circa your mom’s high school years can get a little, well… old. Here are three suggestions to bring your mom into the 21st century, music-wise, this Mother’s Day. Take them for a spin this Sunday—they’re guaranteed to not contain too many lyrics that will make family listening time uncomfortable. (Author’s Note: All albums have been successfully test-driven by my mom.)

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Frank Ocean

This 2012 record was the beginning of something big: Frank Ocean is one of the most incredibly talented singers and songwriters of our time. This record is packed full of the stuff of legends: One-of-a-kind lyrics, an ambitious sound, and a sizable helping of passion and philosophy. Ocean is a storyteller, and his stories highlight the best and the worst of what it’s like to be alive.

Musically, this album is a mishmash in the best possible way. It fuses influences from decades past (think ’70s funk sounds and ’90s hip-hop) with a new and thoroughly modern groove, including truly awesome use of quiet electronic percussion. There’s also heavy soul influence here–moments on this album suggest flashbacks to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. I rarely listen to R&B, but I sure would if it all sounded like this. The songs have tight verses that hit you with incredible impact. The sheer force of emotion on this album hits you hard, creating a soundtrack for those who have lived, loved–and most of all, lost.

Don’t Miss Tracks: “Bad Religion”, “Pyramids”

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Jack White

Up until now, Jack White has been part of a group, whether alongside Meg White of The White Stripes or the rest of The Raconteurs. On this album, however, he’s the star: Not only is this a great solo record, it also holds its own among White’s incredible discography as part of a band. White’s reflections on life and love might tear you apart, but you’ll manage to enjoy every moment of the gut-wrenching process.

For White, going solo means that all his crazy musical ideas and influences find a home. This album contains traces of everything from old-school R&B all the way through modern country music. From his cover of Little Willie John‘s 1960 hit “I’m Shakin” to his use of fiddles and mandolins on “Blunderbuss”, a lot of ground is covered here. Jack White isn’t an easy man to figure out-—nor does he want to be: despite track after track lamenting the heartbreak of love, his female backup chorus includes his ex-wife Karen Elson. A few listens of this album, however, leave you with the impression that Jack White does his best work when he’s a little shrouded in mystery.

Don’t Miss Tracks: “Love Interruption”, “Sixteen Saltines”

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The Black Keys

For a group with such a stellar big-band sound, it’s hard to believe that The Black Keys are a two-man show. This album comes after both members took some time away from their main band, trying their hand at other projects. It was a well-needed break: This album is their best release in years, cementing their own unique sound and their position atop the blues-rock food chain. This is nothing incredibly new or different, but that’s why I love them: Consistency is key with a group that constantly delivers music that just sounds like a good time.

This album very successfully plays around with a variety of styles, incorporating everything from up-tempo beats on “Howlin’ For You” to quiet, haunting harpsichord on “Too Afraid to Love You”. My personal favorite addition, however, is vocalist Dan Auerbach’s incorporation of falsetto, For a band that’s made a name with its bluesy sound, a falsetto was certainly a surprise (and a welcome one at that). He nails the sound on tracks like “Everlasting Light”, bringing a much-needed new edge into the mix. For longtime fans like myself, this album set a new standard for the band, turning classic bluesy sounds into something fresh and creative.

Don’t Miss Tracks: “Everlasting Light”, “Howlin’ For You”

Music for Mother’s Day

Tomorrow marks the date when folks can celebrate the one who brought them into this world, or whoever they consider “Mama”! For this Mother’s Day 2013, we asked our Murfie staffers what music reminds them of their mother, and we got some great stories along with their picks!

200435-largeTales of Mystery and Imagination – The Alan Parsons Project
Tiffany: My mom has something like 700 vinyl records, so needless to say, I have a lot of memories of my mom and her long-abiding love of rock and roll. But, this one…when I was a little kid and couldn’t sleep, I would ask my mom to play the second side of this album, which is a musical interpretation of Edgar Allen Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher.282907-large

Purple Rain – Prince & the Revolution
John: This album (on vinyl, of course) was the first gift my dad gave my mom when they first started dating.  She must have liked it (or my dad, I guess), because 25+ years later, they’re still together with three goofy kids.

6836-largeSpice – Spice Girls
Toni: This disc was on heavy rotation for me as a kid. The track “Mama” says it all.21613-large

Ultimate Manilow – Barry Manilow
Matt: An all-time favorite of my mom, I learned to recognize Manilow’s distinctive voice on her 8-tracks at a very early age. And, I still occasionally enjoy rocking out to “Copacabana”.

f2002ccc-a455-11e1-bda3-12313d2a0897“Mother” – Glenn Danzig
Jeff: No doubt Glenn Danzig has probably had a rocky relationship with his own Mom, as he was one of the original Goth/Punk/Metal kids, and probably kind of a pain as a teenager. But he has his hit 1988 song “Mother” to thank for being the household name he is today, and the brooding idol of anyone who’s ever gelled their hair into a single horn down the front of their face.MI0003312098

Organ Duets – Charles Harrison
Glynnis: Whenever I need any music that says “mom”, my go-to is organ music! My mom’s a professional organist, and I grew up playing among the pipes of church sanctuaries with my sister while my mother practiced. I can hardly hear any organ piece—particularly Bach—without thinking immediately of Mom.

63108-large“Walking After Midnight” – Patsy Cline
Emma: Every morning before school, my mom would pile us into the car and we would go for a drive. We lived in Alaska, so we’d usually drive to a scenic point overlooking Denali (Mount McKinley). Yeah, the view was pretty and all, but the most memorable part of these trips was the same mixed tape (recorded from NPR I’m pretty sure) of six classic Patsy Cline songs. Whenever “Walking After Midnight” came on, we’d all belt it at the top of our lungs.14021-large

Home for Christmas – Amy Grant
Steve: I can’t count how many times my mom listened to Amy Grant during Christmas!

72315-large“Summer Wind” – Frank Sinatra
Pete: This song always makes me think of my mom (or mum as we say in England) as it reminds me of my wedding day. I danced with her to this at the reception. It was also my parents’ first visit to the USA, and they were always playing Frank around the house back in England when I was growing up.220-large

Songs You Know By Heart – Jimmy Buffett
Kayla: 
When I was a kid, my mom listened to this Jimmy Buffett album in our car all the time, and I made fun of her for it. Now that I’m older, Jimmy Buffett has totally grown on me, and I absolutely LOVE all his stuff! My mom and I even went to see him at Alpine Valley these past two summers, and we had so much fun :-)

Happy Mother’s Day weekend from Murfie!