This Week in Music History (July 17th-23rd)

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

12926-large7/17- On this day in 1968, The Beatles released their feature length cartoon, Yellow Submarine. Based on their songs and packed with interesting characters, the plot follows the four band members as they save Pepperland from the Blue Meanies.

27978-large7/18- On this day in 1968, the Grateful Dead released their second studio album, Anthem of the Sun. The album consists of five tracks that blend live concert tapes with studio recordings, successfully meeting the goal of conveying the band’s live sound to listeners.

MI00016306557/19- On this day in 1966, 50-year-old Frank Sinatra married actress Mia Farrow, who was almost 30 years younger at the time! Their marriage ended two years later when Mia’s filming schedule prevented her from being able to be in Sinatra’s upcoming film.

43170-large7/20- Speaking of Sinatra…on this day in 1965, Frank put his hands and feet in the cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, joining the ranks of Shirley Temple, Bing Crosby, and Judy Garland.

3649-large7/21- On this day in 1987, Guns N’ Roses released their first album, Appetite for Destruction. Rolling Stone says the album is ranked as the highest selling debut album of the eighties, and with hits like “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Paradise City”, it’s a must-listen!

69310-large7/22- On this day in 1941, George Clinton was born. Known as the mastermind behind Parliament and Funkadelic, this man is certainly an innovator of funk.

7890-large7/23- On this day in 2011, 27-year-old singer Amy Winehouse passed away from alcohol poisoning at her home in London. The huge amounts of critical acclaim for her music was met with almost equal criticism for her substance abuse problems. Recordings made during her rather short run have influenced countless modern female artists.

Oh, so you want to own any of these gems, or download them in lossless format? Well we just so happen to have them for sale for as low as $1! Find ‘em in our marketplace.

This Week in Music History (July 3rd-9th)

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

1142-large7/3- On this day in 1971, Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, passed away in his apartment in Paris. Known as the Lizard King, Morrison will be remembered as a wild front man with poetic lyrics.

56207-large7/4- On this day in 1984, Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden. Reportedly, Ozzy chose to have his wedding on Independence Day so that he wouldn’t forget his anniversary.

80882-large7/5- On this day in 1968, the American swamp rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival released their self-titled debut album—and we are forever grateful!

5901-large7/6- On this day in 1964, The Beatles released their film A Hard Day’s Night. Right at the height of Beatlemania, the film was incredibly influential, and depicted black-and-white scenes following the lives of the four band members over a few days. What’s on the soundtrack? I think you can guess.

12353-large7/7- On this day in 1965, Johnny Cash made his debut at the famous Grand Ole Opry. That night, he met the love of his life, June Carter, backstage.

36021-large7/8- On this day in 1954, Dewey Phillips of WHBQ in Memphis played the first commercial single released by Elvis Presley, titled “That’s All Right”. The record struck so much interest in listeners that Dewey played it 14 times before hunting down Elvis, who he convinced to come to the studio for a live interview later that evening.

b3c8d860-a053-11e1-b5a8-12313d1612b17/9- On this day in 1955, “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets became the first rock n’ roll song to hit #1 on Billboard’s Pop Charts.

Oh, so you wanna own any of these albums, or download them in lossless formats? Well, we just so happen to have them for sale! Find them for as little as $1 in the marketplace.

Get to Know a Murfie Staffer!

Our operations team is the best! Ops staffers are here seven days a week, ripping discs, checking metadata, processing downloads, sending kits, and more. This week you can get to know an operations pro:

                ALEX SCHACHERL

c8babb38-df3d-11e2-8ec3-3520997e13f8Where are you from? > I’m originally from Galesville WI, about 20 minutes north of La Crosse, and I moved to Madison in 2010.

How long have you been working at Murfie? What is your role? > I’ve been here since February 2012, and by now I am a 9th level Audio extractor with cross class capabilities in Download Protection (Operations Staff).

What do you like about working at Murfie? > I love the fact that anyone I talk to about my job is instantly jealous of the amazing work environment and job description.

What kind of music can be found in your collection? > Mainly folk, pop/rock, and stand up comedy. Lately I have been acquiring lots of film soundtracks and scores.

Who are your favorite artists/bands of all time? > Mumford & Sons, Tenacious D, Flight of the Concords, The Beatles, and Daft Punk.

29214-largeIf you could have coffee with any musician, from any time, who would it be and why? > Harry Connick Jr., because according to several of the Murfie staff I am his Doppelganger.

Are you a Beyoncé fan? > Who doesn’t love Foxxy Cleopatra?

What album are you really digging right now? > The Greatest Video Game Music, performed by the London Philharmonic. I’m an aspiring game developer, and there’s just something about an orchestrated Tetris theme that I just can’t get over.

photoDo you have any pets? > Currently, my two gerbils, Korra and Katara.

What is your favorite food? > I could probably eat boneless wings for dinner every night.

What can people find you doing when you’re not at Murfie? > When I’m not at work or school, I spend a good chunk of my time rehearsing and performing with Fundamentally Sound, an all male acappella group from the UW Madison campus. Other than that I enjoy gaming, frolfing, and all sorts of other merriment with friends and family!

Now you know more about Alex, a Murfie ops staffer extraordinaire! We love showing off all the cool cats who work here. Stay tuned and meet someone new next week!

This Week in Music History (June 26th-July 2nd)

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

8277-large6/26- On this day in 1963, John Lennon and Paul McCartney began writing the hit song “She Loves You” after a concert at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle upon Tyne. The popular Beatles song is sung from a third party point of view, something has been attributed to Lennon’s songwriting style.

2084-large6/27- Leigh Nash was born on this day in 1976. Nash is founding member of the American pop band Sixpence None the Richer. (Sound familiar? Think  of the song “Kiss Me” back in 1997. Yeah, that band.)

55737-large6/28- On this day in 1968, singer Aretha Franklin was featured on the cover on Time magazine. The issue’s fitting title was “The Sound of Soul“.

129105-large6/29- On this day in 1975, Elton John made surprise appearances at the Days on the Green concert series in Oakland, California, during the encores of both the Doobie Brothers and the Eagles shows.

6/30- Cher43493-large married Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band on this day in 1975, just a few days after her divorce from Sonny Bono was finalized. She filed divorce from Allman only nine days later, but the couple stayed together for a rocky few years.

MI00022975197/1- Dennis Brown, “The Crown Prince of Reggae”, passed away on this day in 1999. Brown was incredibly influential in the reggae and lovers rock scenes, having recorded dozens of albums with Jamaica’s best labels and producers including Studio One, Joe Gibbs, Trojan, and Greensleeves to name a few.

8327-large7/2- And estimated 3 billion people watched the Live 8 concerts that were televised from around the world on this day in 2005. Performers included R.E.M., Jay-Z, Toby Keith, and more, who came together with the goal to make poverty history.

Dig any of these albums? Wanna hear ’em in losssless? Well they’re right here on Murfie! Find them for as little as $1 in the marketplace!

This Week in Music History (June 12th-18th)

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

14000-large6/12- On this day in 2003, the Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrated their newest inductees: Phil Collins, Queen, Van Morrison, and Little Richard. I wonder what was on the playlist that night!282084-large

6/13- Keeping up with the celebrations…on this day in 1980, controversial rock n’roll-turned-country singer Jerry Lee Lewis received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1184-large6/14- On this day in 1970, the Grateful Dead released their fifth album, Workingman’s Dead (arguably their best one ever). :-)6418-large

6/15- Another album release! On this day in 1989, Nirvana released their successful debut album Bleach, which ended up as an essential part of every ’90s music-lover’s collection.

27599-large6/16- This day in 1967 marks the first day of the infamous Monterey Pop Festival at Monterey County Fairgrounds in California. The three-day music event featured performances by musicians including Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar and Janis Joplin.24050-large

6/17- Famous composer Igor Stravinsky was born today way back in 1882. Stravinsky’s famous works include The Nightingale, The Firebird and Les Noches.

7011-large6/18- Happy Birthday to Sir James Paul McCartney! Paul was born on this day in 1942. He is renowned for both his solo work and his time spent as a member of The Beatles.

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!

Music for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner (Sunday, June 16th to be exact)! It’s a great opportunity to celebrate Dads and father figures everywhere. As the holiday approaches, we asked our Murfie staffers what music reminds them of their Dad, and we got some great stories of course!

48778-largeJohn Williams – The Star Wars Trilogy
John: “Luke, I am your father.”
“Noooooooo!”

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Tyler: I remember rocking out to “Life is a Highway” with my dad as a young kid. Good times!

 

24385-largeStyx – Paradise Theater
Tiffany: This is the only band I can remember my dad expressing an interest in. I think he appreciated the irony in the song “Too Much Time on My Hands”.

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Steve: I have so many memories of driving with my dad and him listening to this album. Except he always skipped over “Whole Lotta Love” because he really didn’t like that song. Hearing any other track on this album reminds me of my dad.

1178-largeDire Straights – Brothers in Arms
Jeff: One of two albums my dad always had in his car, and our soundtrack on the way to watch him play softball with his coworkers.

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Jeff: The other permanent fixture of his ride, So still reminds me of his Pontiac 6000 and the mid 1980’s.

3327-largeSpin Doctors – Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Leah: Instantly jets me back to the good ol’ days of cruisin’ around in my dad’s green ’92 Cadillac Seville – he’d blast this album on The Caddy’s fantastic speakers and we’d all jam out!

Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman / The Beatles – 1967 to 1970 (Disc 1, Disc 2)4831-large
Daniella: Some of my favorite memories as a kid were of Papa playing his Ovation guitar, especially out of a Cat Stevens songbook and a Beatles songbook. Once we had a race to see who could sing “The Ballad of John and Yoko” the fastest. I think he let me win.

21077-largeBee Gees – Their Greatest Hits: The Record (Disc 1, Disc 2)
Matt: My mom was around the house a lot more than my dad while growing up, so she usually was in control of what was playing on the radio or stereo. On the rare occasion my dad got to choose what to listen to, it was either the Beach Boys or the Bee Gees all the way.

The Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks, Vol. 18: Dane County Coliseum, Disc 119565-large
Jim: Anything from these Grateful Dead ‘Dick’s Picks’ live albums brings back instant memories of growing up with my dad. I went home a week ago and he was still showing me Youtube videos of a concert he was at in 1978, he’s obsessed. This album has that show on it, so I felt it was a good fit!

4851-largePink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
Kayla: No album reminds me of my Dad more than this one. He listened to this all the time in his car when I was a kid. During the song “On the Run”, he would turn up the volume and say “Now imagine all these guys driving around in little space ships, instead of cars…” – seriously!

Happy Father’s Day from the Murfie team!

 

Shopkeep of the Week

What were you up to on April 15th, 2011? Micah was joining Murfie on that day! (Woot!)

Shortly after that, he sent a kit of about 500 discs all the way from Mequon, WI…to Madison, WI! And he’s sold a bunch of them so far. We asked this hardcore Murfie guy a few questions about him and his collection.
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Murfie: How did you originally learn about Murfie?
Micah: My first exposure to Murfie was completely random. I was waiting in reception, a bit early for a meeting with a client (I’m in marketing), and was paging through their Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Or perhaps it was their WSJ. Regardless, it was an interview with the founders during the first year of business I believe…pretty early on. It really caught my attention because I am a total tech nerd, always looking for ways to digitize my life. I’ve been into digital (web, mobile, etc.) visual design and interaction design for years, and their concept seemed really intriguing to me. It reminded me of my pre-marketing days when I worked at a music shop in CA, turning people on to rare finds and great deals in the used department. And hey, they were right in my backyard…Madison! I got home, went online, and requested a couple 500 count boxes, filling them up and shipping them out immediately. My shop was up and running in no time.

Murfie: When did you purchase your first CD? What was it?
Micah: My first CD ever, or Murfie? Can’t remember on Murfie, but I actually bought two CD’s as my first purchase. Jellyfish‘s Bellybutton album and Presto by Rush.

Murfie: How many CDs do you own (or did you own at peak)?
Micah: Probably over 1200 for a while.

Murfie: How tall are you?
Micah: 6 feet tall.

Murfie: Tell us about your musical tastes.
Micah: My tastes are pretty varied as I have musical loves from jazz to musicals, from classical to some classic rock gems, but what I mainly listen to falls into indie rock, 80’s wave, smart pop, and intelligent heavy rock.

Murfie: What can folks expect to find in your store (if different than the above)?
Micah:

Murfie: If you could meet any musician or band in person, who would it be and why?
Micah: It would have to be Robert Smith of The Cure. He and the band have meant so much to me over the years. I’d love to hear stories from the 34 years of history, find out what he’s listening to nowadays…heck, if I’m dreamin’ here I’d throw in a jam session and see if I can get in the band.

Murfie: What is your favorite album at the moment?
Micah: A few, actually. The Joy Formidable‘s Wolf’s Law, No One Loves You Like I Do by The Life and Times, The Goldberg Sisters (eponymous), and The National‘s Boxer, Alligator, and High Violet.

Murfie: What do you plan to do with the millions of dollars you’re making from your Murfie shop?
Micah: Fill out my music collection, buy music gear, record my next album, sell it on Murfie!

Murfie: Which Beatle was your favorite?
Micah: Gotta go with John. He came up with the amazing “bits” and Paul would make them cohesive and string them together, but man…John had the goods.

Check out Micah’s shop on Murfie!

Shopkeep of the Week is a weekly feature that focuses on our most interesting Murfie shopkeepers. These are music lovers like you who have sold hundreds of pre-loved CDs on Murfie and have hundreds more at the ready to please your ears! If you’d like your Murfie Shop to be featured, or if you’d like to nominate a shop to be featured, please e-mail us at info@murfie.com and let us know.