This Week in Music History (May 8th-May 14th)

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

12921-large5/8- The Beatles released their 12th and final studio album, Let it Be, on this day in 1970 before they officially broke up. The album brought hits like “Let it Be”, “Across the Universe”, and “Get Back”, but it was actually met with mixed reviews at the time.9525-large

5/9- On this day in 1998, Led Zeppelin‘s classic rocker Jimmy Page joined Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs (now P. Diddy) on the Saturday Night Live stage to perform Combs’ hit song, “Come with Me“. The song was to be used in the soundtrack to Godzilla, and it featured a riff from Led Leppelin’s “Kashmir”.

1142-large5/10- A riot erupted after a Doors concert at The Chicago Coliseum on this day in 1968. It’s been speculated Jim Morrison may have consciously created this riot—after all, he used to be a student in psychology. It was reported that he wildly performed the band’s most stirring songs, increasing crowd reactions by jumping around and falling to the ground while he sang. He successfully left fans wanting more, and they stormed the stage when the band ceased to perform, leaving a path of destruction behind them.29012-large

5/11- Claude “Butch” Trucks was born on this day in 1947. Trucks is drummer and a founding member of the great American rock band The Allman Brothers—and they continue to play together to this day!

250221-large5/12- Elvis performed on Frank Sinatra‘s TV Special on this day in 1960. Even though some considered Elvis’ comeback overrated, the special received very high ratings. Most notable was a duet performed by Elvis and Sinatra, where they each sang a bit of the other’s song (“Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender”). 121-large

5/13- On this day in 1993, Fox aired the season 4 finale of The Simpsons, “Krusty Gets Kancelled”. Guest voices on the show included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Barry White and Bette Midler.

2852-large5/14- Frank Sinatra passed away from a heart attack after a life full of love on this day in 1998. He was 82 years old.

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This Week in Music History (April 24th-30th)

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

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4/24- After hearing Ray Charles perform the classic tune “Georgia on My Mind”, the Georgia State Senate and House of Representatives decided to make it their official State Song  on this date in 1979. Ray Charles was born in Georgia, of course.

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4/25- Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of the hit band TLC was tragically killed from injuries that resulted from a car accident in Honduras on this day in 2002. Several albums featuring Lopes would be released posthumously, including Eye Legacy.

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4/26- On this day in 1964, The Beatles headlined at The New Musical Express Annual Poll Winner’s Concert. They performed many hits, including “She Loves You” and “Twist and Shout”. Groovy!

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4/27- The Eagles began playing shows for their Hell Freezes Over tour on this day in 1994. Recordings from this series of shows would later be used to create their second live album, Hell Freezes Over, which stayed at #1 on the Billboard album charts for two weeks.

138-large4/28- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on this day in 1999. Talk about runnin’ down a dream!124469-large

4/29- Duke Ellington was born on this day in 1899. Duke majorly contributed to the big band music scene for over 50 years, and continues to be a key influence in jazz to this day.

205-large4/30- On this day in 2005, The Dave Matthews Band agreed to pay $200,000 in a lawsuit settlement. The band & their bus driver were being charged for dumping human waste from their tour bus onto a boatload of tourists while the bus was crossing a bridge over the Chicago River. Splash!!!

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Murfie Staffers = Awards FINALISTS! (Time for us to show off a lot.)

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Hopefully you caught our last article about all the fabulously talented staffers here at Murfie who held nominations for the 2013 Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs)! If not, here’s a refresher: [March 9th article]

Well, the votes have been counted…and the FINAL nominees for the 2013 MAMAs have been announced!!! Congrats to these Murfie staffers who have made it to the final round:

Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps – Best Jazz Album (Registers Her Delight) & Best Jazz Performer
Live on U Dub – Various Artists – Best Compilation Album
Kayla Kush – Best DJ
Corey Murphy – Best Brass Instrumentalist

First of all, Woo-hoooooo!

Secondly, here’s one last round of voting to participate in—and thanks so much to everyone who voted last time! To vote in the final round, you can check out The Madison Area Music Association’s website, www.themamas.org. Voting ends on May 17th. The MAMAs exist not only to celebrate Madison’s local music scene, but also to raise funds for youth music programs in the area. How sweet is that?!

Good luck, Murfie staffers! We’re looking forward to the awards show on June 23rd at The Capitol Theater in Madison!

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Interview with Chris Wilson and Planet Earth [Podcast]

Have you ever been excited to discover a great new band for the first time during their live show? Well, that’s what happens to many people who cross paths with Chris Wilson and Planet Earth! With all the foot stompin’, hand clappin’, and those feel-good tunes, you’re sure to fall in love. Here’s an interview with this up-and-coming band, recorded during the Madison stop of their tour.

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Who: Chris Wilson and Joe Cardillo; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: Chris and Joe talk about their history, traveling, music choices, and puka shells.
Where: Murfie HQ, Madison, WI
When: Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: mp3 version

Find music by Chris Wilson and Planet Earth in our shop.

Check out more of the band at chriswilsonandplanetearth.com.

Into RSS? Follow our podcast feed via https://blog.murfie.com/category/podcasts/feed.

Interview with The David Mayfield Parade [Podcast]

The David Mayfield Parade is making quite a stir in the music scene. With over 200 shows a year, a die-hard fan base, and support from renowned bands like The Avett Brothers, only good things are to come for this rootsy Americana band.

Who: David Mayfield; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: David chats about traveling, the new album, Paul Simon, and booze.
Where: Murfie HQ, Madison, WI
When: Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: mp3 version

Find music by The David Mayfield Parade in our shop.

Check out more of the band at thedavidmayfieldparade.com.

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Murfie staffers = Award nominees! (Time for us to show off a bit.)

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I bet you’re not surprised to hear that a few Murfie folks have been nominated for Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs) this year! Of course, we want to spread the word about voting, and give a shout out to all of our nominated Murfie peeps!

Mine All Mine Records – best local music publication/blog
“Live on U Dub” – best compilation album & best world album
DJ Kayla Kush – best DJ
Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps – best unique song (Brachiosaurus Boogie)/ best Jazz performer
Pat Reinholz – best strings performer
Corey Murphy – best brass player
Ben Willis – best bassist

 
This round of voting ends on March 15th, and you can register to vote at http://www.themamas.org/. There’s lots of great bands in the mix, and a lot of people you’ll recognize—even a lot of our podcast guests! The Madison Area Music Association puts on this event every year to raise money for youth music programs, and the yearly award show is way fun! On Sunday, June 23rd, winners will be announced during the awards show at The Capitol Theater in Madison.

There’s some serious finger-crossing going on here at the office!

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Interview with Harmonious Wail [Podcast]

Some bands really have that “timeless sound”— and Harmonious Wail is one of those bands. With some essentials like a mandolin, bass, and a cardboard box, this group knows how to create the jazziest gypsy grooves one can imagine. This is an interview with Sims (mandolin) and Maggie (vocals, box) Delaney-Potthoff, recorded in a disc warehouse room right in the heart of Murfie.

136258-largeWho: Harmonious Wail; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: Sims and Maggie chat about Gypsy Jazz, inspirations, favorites, and scissors.
Where: Murfie HQ, Madison, WI
When: Friday, February 1st, 2013
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: mp3 version

Find music by Harmonious Wail in our shop.

Check out more of the band at wail.com.

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