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!

Interview with The Simpkin Project [Podcast]

According to The Simpkin Project’s facebook page, they play a “multi-faceted blend of reggae and Americana that varies greatly on its exterior layers but only atop the organic rhythms of reggae music.” Let’s see what the band mates say in person!

Who: Shawn Taylor and Phil Simpkin; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: The guys of The Simpkin Project talk about roots reggae and the new directions it can take
Where: Murfie HQ, Madison, WI
When: Friday, December 14, 2012
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: WAV version

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Interview with Lion D [Podcast]

Lion D is a rasta singer from Italy (yes, Italy) playing the international reggae scene. An intriguing combo, methinks. Learn more about the rising star in our one-on-one interview.

Who: Lion D; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: An intro to the music and story of Lion D
Where: Murfie HQ, Madison, WI (via Skype)
When: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: WAV version

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When I’m not at Murfie HQ, I host a radio show called U-Dub on Wednesday nights on 91.7FM WSUM-Madison. Being a reggae DJ has given me great opportunities that mean a lot to me, and I love every second of it.

This past weekend I had a particularly wonderful experience! Toots & the Maytals came to town for a show, and I was lucky enough to meet Toots Hibbert, a living legend, after the show.

Toots is widely known as the “Grandfather of Reggae.” With his 1960s hit song “Do the Reggae,” he was actually responsible for giving the genre its name! You may have heard songs like “54-46 That’s My Number” and “Pressure Drop,” among many others.

Toots was so nice! He gave me a hug right away, and he has the happiest smile you will ever see! I had a little chat with him for my radio show, and if you want you can listen in this Wednesday at 7pm Central time.

In the above photo, that’s me and Toots after the show. Fierce, right?!

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My Sound

A lot of things can be broken down to what happened when you were a kid. Seriously, almost everything. When I think about things that are “the core of Kayla,” I realize that the music I listened to as a kid really shaped a lot of the beliefs I have today. Here is some of the stuff I’ve listened to throughout the years and how I think it’s shaped me in the process.

Spice Girls Grade School Girl Power, feminism, sleeping with stuffed animals is fine at any age.
Alanis Morissette Grade School Boys suck!!!
Backstreet Boys Grade School Boys are wonderful!!!
Yellowcard High School I am so alternative and no one understands me!
Wicked (The Musical) High School Be strong in the face of adversity. My differences are my strengths.
Beck High School What the heck did I used to listen to?
Sufjan Stevens High School Individuality and fairy wings rock.
The Doors College I am soooo California-bound.
Jefferson Airplane College There are some things I just can’t learn in school.
Bob Marley College No worries, Mon!
The Gladiators College Find peace through positive vibes.
King Tubby College Dub for I, forever :)

It’s interesting to me to see how people are shaped by their music choices, or if their music choices are shaped by who they are already, or maybe a little of both. It’ll sure be interesting to see what this list looks like in a few years…

Album Reviews: Kaya

Rastafarianism! Whenever I hear this word, I can’t help but think of this video (“a Rastafarian melody for the Quad”). But let’s get serious, the Rastafari movement has gained ground, thanks in large part to reggae music…and Bob Marley. Now, thanks to Murfie staffer, Kayla, we get to gain some knowledge on Marley’s 1978 album Kaya.

~ I know why they call Bob Marley the “King of Reggae.” Besides bringing the music of Jamaica to millions of listeners worldwide, he has influenced countless people over time and ignited the reggae spirit for generations to come.

With Kaya, by Bob Marley & The Wailers, you get a collection of songs that celebrate life. You feel the beauty, the struggle. Songs like “Easy Skanking” and “Sun Is Shining” are uplifting to me. They lighten the mood and send out positive vibrations. (Ya Mon!) It’s a beautiful thing.

This is a spiritual album in every way. It emanates true Rasta sentiments, and for that, it is one of my most treasured Bob Marley albums. This is real reggae in the roots.
     – Kayla Liederbach (host of U-Dub, reggae radio show on WSUM)