Album Preview: “Sand + Silence” by The Rosebuds

Sand + SilenceAlbum
Sand + Silence

Artist
The Rosebuds

Release Date
August 5, 2014

Label
Western Vinyl

Pre-order Link
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Preview
The Rosebuds Make OutThe Rosebuds, a dance-folk duo out of North Carolina, formed their marriage and musical endeavor in 2001. Composed of Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp, the duo was recognized by local indie label Merge Records two short years later, and subsequently released their debut record, The Rosebuds Make Out.

Gayngs RelaytedWhile the band has been prolific throughout their tenure, releasing six full lengths and three digital LPs in eleven years, they’ve worked tirelessly with other groups as well. In 2010, Howard contritubed his skills to Midwestern R&B supergroup Gayngs‘ only release thus-far, Relayted. And in 2011, The duo also toured with Bon Iver behind their enormous release, Bon Iver, Bon Iver.

Bon Iver, Bon IverJust before the release of their fifth LP, 2011’s emotionally devastating Loud Planes Fly Low, the husband and wife announced they had filed for divorce. While the divorce would surely mark the demise of other music groups, Howard and Crisp have continued to make music together. Next week marks a new chapter for the duo, as they’re set to release Sand + Silence, their first album since the split and the first for for their new label, Western Vinyl.

A teaser from Sand + Silence:

Pre-order your copy of Sand + Silence on Murfie! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC. 

Album Preview: “The Voyager” by Jenny Lewis

The VoyagerAlbum
The Voyager

Artist
Jenny Lewis

Release Date
July 29, 2014

Label
Warner Bros.

Pre-order Link
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Preview
Jenny Lewis‘ third solo album, the soon-to-be-released The Voyager, is aptly titled. The singer-songwriter is now entering her third decade of releasing records, whether it be under her own name with a rotating cast of supporting musicians, with Rilo Kiley or with her boyfriend Johnathan Rice. Yet regardless of the who she’s playing with (or as) Lewis has been both consistent and brilliant, cranking out quality alt-country tunes in automaton-like fashion.

The Execution of All ThingsSurprisingly, Lewis’ first taste of the limelight didn’t come from music, but television. She began her professional career as a child, starring in a Jell-O commercial and a handful of teenage flicks. In fact, it wasn’t until 1998 that she decided to start a band. Rilo Kiley resulted, a band that delivered memorable melodies over a blend of country and indie rock.

In 2002 Rabbit Fur CoatRilo Kiley released The Execution of All Things on Saddle Creek Records and was subsequently signed to Warner Bros. The band went on to record two records under their contract, and in the process they smartly shifted the focus to Lewis’ vocals and lyrics. In 2011 the band announced that they had officially split up.

Acid TongueOne musical endeavor usually isn’t enough for an artist as talented as Lewis, and in 2006 she ventured into solo-artist territory. She released Rabbit Fur Coat to critical praise that year with her backing band, The Watson Twins, and with the help of Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. Lewis released her follow-up to Rabbit Fur Coat in 2008 with Acid Tongue, a record that further established the singer-songwriter as one of the most reliable and hardworking artists of the decade.

Lewis is set to put out her third solo record, The Voyager, next Tuesday. And while The Voyager is her first solo release in six years, it doesn’t miss a beat: Lewis’ new song-set is spot-on; the record is a satisfying experience, both musically and lyrically.

Murfie Preview

Video Transcript

Kayla: Hey guys, another album release is coming to Murfie on Tuesday, July 29th. Jenny Lewis is coming out with The Voyager. So John, what are your thoughts on Jenny Lewis?

John: I absolutely love Jenny Lewis. I’ve been a long time fan of her work, most people will know her from Rilo Kiley, a band that put out a lot of popular indie albums. They’ve unfortunately broken up. She’s come out with one other previous solo album called Acid Tongue, which I wasn’t a huge fan of, but it had a lot of great country-influenced indie rock songs. But she’s put out a few singles for this new album that are promising, including “One Of The Boys” which has a really fun music video. So I’m stoked, I’m ready for this album.

Kayla: Awesome. Well you guys can see for yourself, it’s on our pre-order page, murfie.com/preorder.

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A teaser from The Voyager:

Pre-order your copy of The Voyager today at Murfie! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC.  

Last Call: Your Murfie Week in Review

 

Mon.
7/7


[Twitter] We recommended pre-ordering new albums by Anand Wilder and Cloud Boat.

[Twitter] We bumped some reggae tunes on the office Sonos PLAY:5.

Tues.
7/8


[Blog] We previewed the upcoming album Terms of My Surrender by John Hiatt.

[Website] We re-vamped and improved search on murfie.com.

Weds.
7/9


[Blog] Wishy Wednesday delighted a few lucky Murfie members.

[Twitter] Our CEO Matt Younkle shared a cool article about music ownership vs. rental.

[Blog] We previewed Weird Al’s newest album Mandatory Fun.

[Twitter] We recommended pre-ordering Trampled by Turtles’ upcoming album.

Thurs.
7/10


[Blog] Andrew wrote a review of Radiohead’s career.

[Twitter] We reacted to an awesome article about CD collecting.

Fri.
7/11


[Blog] Andrew recommended a few albums to fans of Bruce Springsteen.

[Twitter] We suggested Murfie as a way to #declutter CDs.


Album Preview: “Terms of My Surrender” by John Hiatt

Terms of My SurrenderAlbum
Terms of My Surrender

Artist
John Hiatt

Release Date
Tuesday, July 15th

Label
New West Records

Pre-order Link
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Preview
It’s hard to imagine that an artist who’s been covered by Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Emmylou Harris and Bruce Springsteen can remain off the radar, but that’s essentially how John Hiatt has spent his entire career.

Best of John HiattHiatt grew up in Indianapolis, where he learned to play the guitar at age 11 as a way to deal with growing pains. He moved to Nashville in his late teens and ended up landing a songwriting gig with the Tree-Music Publishing Company. In 1973 Three Dog Night recorded a track he wrote, “Sure As I’m Sittin’ Here,” and he subsequently signed a contract with Epic Records.

Things wereBring the Family just beginning to look up for John, yet he was dropped from Epic a few years later when his albums failed to chart. After a brief stint with Geffen Records, he finally caught a break in 1987 with Bring the Family and his biggest hit, “Have a Little Faith in Me.” Hiatt continued to harbor critical success during his stay with A&M Records, but he couldn’t match the level of commercial success he found with Bring the Family.

6146-largeThroughout the 90’s, Hiatt continued to perfect his storytelling technique, becoming a masterful lyricist in the process. He also honed a sound that was distinctly American, falling somewhere in between new-wave, country and rock. In 1995 he received his first Grammy nomination for Walk On, and in 2002 he contributed a handful of track’s to the Disney film Country Bears.

Hiatt is set to release his 22nd album, Terms of My Surrender, next week. The record marks a minor departure from his recent country sound, opting instead for something a little more blues influenced. No matter the genre of music, however, it’s sure to be nothing but another worthy album from a well-traveled cult hero.

A teaser from Terms of My Surrender

Pre-order your copy of  Terms of My Surrender on Murfie! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC. 

Album Preview: “Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012” by Ministry

MinistryAlbum
Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012

Artist
Ministry

Release Date
Tuesday, July 8th

Label
UDR

Purchase Link
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Preview
When it comes to American metal bands, few have been as influential or dedicated as Ministry. And while Al Jourgensen began the band as a synthpop outfit in 1981, they quickly traded in their synthesizers for guitars and morphed into something a whole lot heavier.

psalm 69Ministry broke through into the mainstream in 1992 with the release of Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs . The record not only cemented the band’s place at the forefront of the industrial metal scene—but it also snagged them a spot at Lollapalooza that very same summer.

While Ministry dealt with steady lineup changes throughout the ‘90s and the early 2000s, they never stopped releasing records until 2008, when Jourgensen declared that the band was finished.

from beer to eternityYet just four short years later, Ministry rode again. Their latest live record, Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012 was recorded during their 2012 reunion, and it shows the band playing old and new hits alike. It also happens to be one of the last Ministry performances of late guitarist Mike Scaccia’s career.

After Scaccia’s death, Jourgensen collected the band’s most recent recordings and churned them into 2013’s From Beer to Eternity, their final studio album. Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012 is another last for the band, as Jourgensen has declared that there won’t be another Ministry live album.

So whether you’re a diehard metal fan or simply someone looking for a spot to dive into a well-established band’s discography, Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012 is an essential record to add to your collection.

A teaser from Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012

Buy your copy of Last Tangle in Paris – Live 2012  on Murfie! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC. 

Album Preview: “Mutineers” by David Gray

David Gray MutineersAlbum
Mutineers

Artist
David Gray

Release date
Tuesday, June 17th

Label
+180 Records

Pre-order link
Pre-order album

Preview
English singer-songwriter David Gray is A Century Endsno stranger to putting out albums. Starting with his release of A Century Ends in 1993, Gray started making his mark as a modern folk artist who has been compared to the legendary Bob Dylan. The classic elements of his mostly guitar and piano driven indie-rock-sounding songs include thoughtful lyrics, downbeat tempos evoking a mellow mood, and surprising elements like electronic percussion, layered textures, echo and other effects.

Gray’s first four albums (released between 1993-1998) White Ladderwere well done, but unfortunately they were not met with popular sales or chart positions. All that changed in 2000 when Dave Matthews decided to re-release Gray’s fourth studio album, White Ladder, under his own label. The album’s popularity immediately soared, especially in Ireland—where it remained No.1 on the charts for a whopping span of two years and five months.

After White Ladder, Gray has been putting out successful albums fairly constantly, with occasional short hiatuses. Draw the LineIn 2009, his album Draw the Line featured vocals by well-known artists Annie Lennox and Jolie Holland. Within a year, Gray pumped out another album with similar sound elements called Foundling. His upcoming new release Mutineers will be his 10th studio album, and his first release in about four years.

Murfie preview

Video transcript
Kayla: “Hey guys, another album release is coming to Murfie on Tuesday, June 17th. David Gray is putting out his newest album, Mutineers. David Gray has been doing this since 1993, so he’s certainly not new. This is his 10th studio album, but it’s his first release in about four years. So he’s back in the world again, to use an awful pun based on the first track of his new album (“Back in the World”). His sound is still piano and guitar-driven—he is definitely a folk singer—but since he’s modern, it sounds a lot like indie rock because he uses electronic effects, and he uses layers to make his songs build and build which I think is really great. My favorite track that he’s released off the new album is called “Beautiful Agony”. It’s an example of how his song can start a certain way and it can build and become more powerful. It’s really beautiful, the way the song sounds, but it also sounds a bit sad and contemplative, so maybe that’s where he got the idea for the name “Beautiful Agony”. So he’s back in the world after four years—is he keeping it up with this album? A lot of people say he is, but it’s a bit less minimal than what he’s put out before. You can see for yourself! [Mutineers] is on our pre-order page, murfie.com/preorder.”

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Some teasers from Mutineers

Pre-order your copy of Mutineers today on our pre-order page! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC. 

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!!!