Hello all,

So instead of one topic today, I’m going to provide some bullet points regarding a number of different musical categories. Nick Goodrich, co-leader/founder of Lindby, is getting married this Saturday, so life is a little crazy to say in the least. Expect a return to full-length blog posts next week.

  • Jared Arnold’s, Lindby’s now ex-drummer, last show occurred this past Friday at the Cellar out in Fort Worth. I have never seen that venue as packed as that night. People dancing, screaming, rocking out, and just having a good time from the looks of it. We wrapped up the night with the proverbial passing of the torch by having Jared pass off drums to the one and only Tanner Brown (check out the Events page for the next opportunity to see Tanner rocking out with us). Expect some pictures (and possibly some HD video) soon.
  • This past Sunday, Mel and I went out to Campania in Southlake to see Mike Springer, my piano teacher, and Andy Sperandeo, my former guitar and voice teacher, play in a jazz trio and enjoy some delightful food and drinks. The coolest part is that the trio performed up on the top floor, which turns out to be a roof patio. After the hottest summer on record, listening to some jazz on the roof of a building with a cool autumn breeze seemed just about right.
  • Only partially musically related but still important: I began reading the book Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. Once I finish it, I’ll likely do a whole blog post about it, but even though I’m only two chapters in, I can safely say it’s becoming one of my favorite books ever.
  • Lastly, I just ordered all of the top rated, early Black Sabbath albums from Amazon. Why not just download them form iTunes or listen to them on Rhapsody? Because they aren’t on there (and no, I won’t be pirating them because, as a professional musician, it’s hard to think of a better example of irony than stealing music)! Amazingly, the only Sabbath that I can find in digital form is during the Ronnie James Dio years. Nothing personally against Dio, but no thank you. Ozzy forever. Plain and simple. I’ve only ever listened to their second album, Paranoid, and have always loved it. Yes, it’s metal, but only part of the time. Sometimes it’s just psychedelic madness or just awesome instrumental jams. I am quite pumped for this package to arrive.

So there you have it: Lindby, jazz, amazing books, and Black Sabbath. That should do for now. Off to pick up my groomsman tux!

Spurrier

As a preface to this post, for those of you who have not heard the news, The White Stripes broke up back in February.

This hiatus – permanent or not – left many fans, myself included, quite saddened by the loss of such a fantastic band.

In fact, I didn’t listen to them for many months after the news came out. Call it mourning if you will.

Time heals most wounds though, and, in the past week, I find myself once again ensnared by the howl of Jack White’s voice and plastic guitars – not to mention the primal beats resonating form Meg White’s drums.

So, for those of you who have never fully delved into their catalog of albums, I present a short playlist of my personal favorites (presented in chronological order):

The White Stripes:

Sugar Never Tasted So Good

When I Hear My Name

De Stijl:

Hello Operator

I’m Bound to Pack It Up

Your Southern Can Is Mine

White Blood Cells:

Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground

Hotel Yorba

Little Room

We’re Going to Be Friends

Elephant:

Black Math

I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself

I Want to Be The Boy Who Warms Your Mother’s Heart

Ball and Biscuit

The Air Near My Fingers

Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine

Get Behind Me Satan:

My Doorbell

Little Ghost

White Moon

Passive Manipulation

Take, Take, Take

I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)

Icky Thump:

You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)

300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues

Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn

Little Cream Soda

I’m Slowly Turning Into You

Effect And Cause

Baby Brother

 

That should provide an adequate start to anyone looking to explore and learn of the genius that is The White Stripes. Note that I intentionally left off some excellent songs just for the sake of picking my absolute favorites and not listing an entire album (as could be the case for their last three albums). If you enjoy this selection, do yourself a favor and dive into these albums in full.

So get out there to Rhapsody, Grooveshark, iTunes, or your preferred music provider of choice and open your ears to a band that will revitalize your musical soul.

-Spurrier