Staff picks: Spring Edition!

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Spring began Monday, March 20th this year, but it wasn’t until this week we really began to feel it. The birds are chirping, the clouds are shapely and voluminous, and with all the rain we’ve been experiencing in Madison the grass has finally started to turn green.

The world is alive and we have fresh ideas about how we’ll spend our summers. For us music lovers, you can guarantee a lot of time will be spent listening to our favorite albums,  kicking back, enjoying barbecued meat and craft beer with friends and family.

However you enjoy your time this spring and summer, on the golf course, at the park or in your own backyard, make sure you have the right tunes in your proverbial jukebox. Below is a list of staff picks we thought you might enjoy…

Steven chose Sabotage by Black Sabbath

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“Sabbath truly is one of the bands that started it all. When it comes to modern doom metal/sludge metal/stoner rock, Sabotage is one of my favorites in their discography. It also takes the cake as my second favorite Black Sabbath album cover (the self-titled being the obvious first choice).”

 

Nate chose Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips

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“Released in 2002, this album features electronic-influenced, psychedelic, indie rock compositions. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots tells a story of how Yoshimi battles mechanical monsters, drawing on a wide range of emotions. It is a great album to turn on when in a melancholy mood and take in the beautiful tracks. Fun fact, it was later turned into a musical in 2012!” 

Jason chose Kala by M.I.A.

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“The first time I heard M.I.A.’s song “Paper Planes” off her album ‘Kala’, I was watching Slumdog Millionaire in theaters. It was one of those rare occurrences when I was so captivated by a song in a movie I went out and bought the album.  M.I.A.’s music is pop, but it is soulful, artsy and perfectly imperfect. To this day I see Kala as a shining beacon in a sea of cookie cutter pop albums.”

Maren chose Soundtrack to the End by Communist Daughter

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“The debut release from indie rock band, Communist Daughter (St. Paul, MN), will sooth your soul, quiet your mind, and set your feet to dancing. It’s simply aural bliss.” 

 

 

Andrew chose Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain

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“I gotta say I only picked this because “Just Like Honey” came on the radio this morning. The fuzzy guitars and lackadaisical vocals were the perfect backdrop to an otherwise quite drab commute on this rainy spring day.”

 

 

What suggestions do you have for our listeners? Please let us know if there are any albums you think people should know about and we will do our best to spread the word!

We hope you enjoy our picks and as always, check out Murfie.com for other great albums!

Spring Cleaning Checklist: Music Collection

Spring is almost here…the official first day is March 20th! I know that most folks—especially us in Wisconsin—have been looking forward to this for months!

Spring cleaning has become a yearly tradition all over the world. It’s an opportunity to open the windows and shake the dust off everything in the house from top to bottom. It’s therapeutic—beneficial for your mind and physical health, for all kinds of reasons.

Don’t overlook your music collection when you spring clean this year. Your CDs and vinyl deserve to be checked, re-assessed, and re-organized. You may not have noticed how much your collection has grown over time, piece by piece. Here are some tips for how to sell the titles you no longer want, and breathe new life into your old favorites!

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white_square_yellowDownsize. Figure out which titles are just taking up space since you don’t listen to them anymore. Order a seller’s kit to sell CDs to Murfie members, or sell your CDs directly to Murfie. You’ll earn money from each sale that can be cashed out or used in the marketplace.

white_square_yellowDigitize. Send your remaining collection to Murfie, where it will be ripped and uploaded to your personal account for high quality downloads and streams. Stream your music on the web, our apps for iOS and Android, Sonos, and even more devices. Download your music in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC to listen offline.

white_square_yellowDeclutter. Store your discs at Murfie and free up some space. Enjoy anytime/anywhere digital access to your music. Your collection will always remain yours, we’re just storing it for you along with any album art you send—and you can request your physical collection back anytime!

Vinyl 

white_square_yellowClean. Those ol’ vinyl records can become quite dusty over the years. If you send them to Murfie, we’ll use our multi-brush wet cleaning system to remove any dust that might be damaging the quality of your records.

white_square_yellowDigitize. After we clean and digitize your records, you can enjoy streaming on all your devices, and downloads in various formats. We remove pops, clicks, and background noise. Get started by ordering a vinyl kit.

white_square_yellowDeclutter. Just as we store CDs, we’ll safely store any vinyl records you leave with us while you enjoy convenient digital access. Don’t forget, they always remain yours—so request them back whenever you want!

Get organized this spring, and give your collection the cloud treatment it deserves! Get an instant quote for digitization on our CD shipping kit page and vinyl shipping kit page. As for the CDs you don’t want to hang on to anymore, order a seller’s kit to get ’em outta your house asap!

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Music for Spring

You can tell that spring is in the air—especially in Madison! It’s nice to wake up on a legitimately sunny day to the sound of birds chirping and —er—busses going down your street.

Spring is about all kinds of things: growth, new life, moving on, taking vacations, deep-cleaning your room, and throwing out the ol’ stack of pizza boxes. For us music lovers at Murfie, we’ve got a few album recommendations that are the soundtracks to our spring activities!


Stray Cats - Rock This Town

The Best of the Stray Cats: Rock this Town (Stray Cats)
“I have no idea why I associate this album with spring, but whenever I listen to it I recall the cool breeze of fresh air through long-closed bedroom windows and the faint smell of lilac in the air.  Maybe it’s because spring heralds the return of summer driving and there’s a lot of songs on this album about cars. My personal favorite from this album is ‘Rumble in Brighton’, which was my gateway drug into experimenting with rockabilly guitar.” – Jason

303145-largeActor-Caster (Generationals)

Actor-Caster is chock full of carefree pop songs whose jangly guitars and mellow basslines perfectly coddle the apathy that overcomes me when higher temperatures transform the indoors from the warm haven that protected me from snow to the cruel prison denying me the long-forgotten wonders of sunshine and fresh air. The first time I heard this band was at a concert a few years ago in early April, and ever since they’ve been my go-to artist for bringing in the summertime.” – Andrew

End on End - Rotes of Spring

End on End (Rites of Spring)
Emo was invented awaiting the last of the April showers and arrival of the DC cherry blossoms.”
– Jeff

 

After Hours With Miss D

After Hours With Miss D (Dinah Washington)

I usually prefer Billie Holiday, but she can be a bit heavy in the lightness of spring. For spring, I prefer someone lighter like Dinah Washington. Dinah makes me wish I had a big convertible and could drive through winding roads with the top down, sun shining and birds singing. ” – Tiffany

Brian Eno - Music for Airports

Ambient 1: Music for Airports (Brian Eno)

“Throw on Ambient 1, and relax in the fresh grass (once it thaws…). Optional: A nice glass of iced tea.”
John

 

28221-largeA Northern Soul (The Verve)

“I can’t rightly say why, but I find myself listening The Verve’s A Northern Soul with increased frequency these past few weeks. Likely, it’s the don’t-give-a-frak abandon of Nick McCabe’s guitar. Yeah, there’s the necessary pastoral work in there, too, but that’s not why you listen to The Verve. You listen to get clobbered. Perfect for crashing bikes and breaking bones which, if history is any testament, are apparently two of my favorite things to do come spring.” – Marc

Songs from the Wood

Songs from the Wood (Jethro Tull)
Definitely a great earth centered folk album! Good for listening to when sitting outside. ”
– Daniella

 

29067-largeVivaldi: Four Seasons (Raymond Leppard & English Chamber Orchestra)
“The first track is called “Spring”. Seriously who writes these questions?”
– Steve

 

 

24233-largeChutes too Narrow (The Shins)
“The earnest energy of this album is perfect for bopping around your apartment as you get all of your cleaning and spring projects done, and so wonderfully melodic that it’s hard to resist singing along :)”
– Leah

 

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Crosby, Stills & Nash (Crosby, Stills & Nash)

I find a little CSN helps when preparing the yard during spring.”
– Pete

 

105339-largeCourage to Grow (Rebelution)
Overall, Courage to Grow has really great themes: The lyrics suggest we change our social habits to be more conscious and respectful. Plus, the cool vibes from songs like ‘Feeling Alright’ make me look forward to a (hopefully) relaxing summer just around the corner. I strongly recommend this one—and it’s fun to listen to when I clean my room!” – Kayla

Tell us, what music is the soundtrack to your spring?

Keith’s Picks

Even though we are still experiencing quite a cold spell here at Murfie HQ, Spring has arrived! It’s that time of the year for spending time outdoors and finally being able to drive around the city with the windows down and the stereo on blast. Here are some great albums to listen to, and some activities to help prepare you for the Spring music season:

Big D and the Kids TableStrictly Rude

ImageThis album is great for getting together with friends and having a ska-punk riot dance off. Really shouting “Noise Complaint!” will provide constant enjoyment…unless, you know, wishes are granted and you get a visit from good ‘ol Officer Bill.

I’d suggest starting your Spring out the right way by listening to “Shining On” and going for a well-deserved long walk. Be careful, though, because if you’re walking around in the Midwest, you may slip on some ice. (Listen responsibly, kids.)

The English BeatI Just Can’t Stop ItImage

Okay, so this post is starting out with some sort of ska-fueled trend. It’s for good reason, because ska music can be great for pretty much everyone. The English Beat are no exception. This album is great for a more chilled-out and relaxing experience, like a long bike ride or walk in the park.

 Various Artists – American Pie 2 Soundtrack / Euro Trip Soundtrack

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ImageHop in the car and go on a road trip! Pop in an album that makes you nostalgic, and think about those days where you could enjoy some fresh-baked pastry or a spontaneous trip around the globe. If you’re in the Midwest, roll the windows down and turn up the heat! If you’re a former punk-rock “obscurist” such as myself, you can still enjoy these memorable tunes from the back seat, where your fellow mow-hawk-supporting comrades won’t be able to judge you.

Godspeed You! Black EmperorAllelujah! Don’t Bend Ascend

ImageRainy days come and go, sometimes you may want to stay in bed with a warm cup of tea and a good book. Don’t read often? Try out some music literature with this album. It’s quite different than others, because like a great piece of art, it’s best to be left for the listener to interpret on their own. This dark and disturbingly beautiful album is ideal for those of us who love spending time listening to the sound of the rain. Are you a Fan of Godspeed You! Black Emperor? You may also enjoy the band Enablers—they even just released a new album.