My parents had a microwave-size cardboard box of their combined record collections. Not a huge bounty, but the records contained within this box were my little musical gems growing up.
Bill Wither’s Still Bill was a record that seemed to be continually rotating on my parents’ turntable and the needle resting deep within it’s grooves; especially on tracks like ‘Use Me‘ and ‘Lean on Me’.
I was around 11 or 12 years old and growing up on the mid-western plains of South Dakota, a record like Still Bill had it all for me. Funky, head-bobbing bass & drums. Simple yet profound straight-forward lyrical delivery. All of Wither’s confidence & humbleness came through on this album even if it only subconsciously registered with me at the time.
Having just finished watching the documentary Still Bill I’m reminded why this album still resonates with me today. I still get the same giddiness I experienced upon my first listen. And I have a feeling that excitement for this album will not leave me anytime soon.
Jared Lindbloom sings and plays guitar for FISHDOCTOR, a band based out of Brooklyn, New York which evolved from a bedroom studio project. After releasing their first EP in February 2011, the current members joined together out of a desire to preform live and expand their musical creativity collectively.
Using an array of diverse sounds, their songs contain elements of surf, synth and rock with heavy bass/drum driven anthems. This group of decade long friends have been attacking the Lower East Side scene with enthusiastic high energy performances. With one EP under their belt, they are in the process of releasing a full LP and building their fan base one gig at a time.