Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Cruel Swing

I was a huge fan of the Jawbox album For Your Revolutionary Sweetheart, even though the DIY community through their arms up at it as a sell out. You see Jawbox were the first band to jump ship from legendary Dischord Records out of D.C. and to a major (Atlantic Records, in this case.) But it afforded J. Robbins and company the ability to make their masterpiece, and one of the best songs of that year ("Savory.")

Robbins has since achieved cult status thanks to his prolific production work from 1997 until now. He's pretty much replicated his post-punk/math rock/early emo prototype in the studio for artists like Dismemberment Plan, Promise Ring and Jets to Brazil. While I'm not a big fan of a lot of those bands, his production is pretty f*cking great every time out. No wonder he was called on so often.

Robbins went on to form Burning Airplanes, and more recently, Channels with his wife, Janet Morgan. Robbins and Morgan recently had a son, Callum, who's been diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy,) a disease which causes a loss of the motor neurons of the spinal cord and brainstem. Life expectency is less then two years, but with diligent treatment, sufferers can go on to live into adulthood. Treatment and care is expensive, and they'll need a lot of help. Click here to learn how.

Playlist: Essential J. Robbins
Playlist: Produced by J. Robbins

More info: This is Callum Robbins. He needs your help. (Desoto Records)

I don't know how many more of these tragic stories this indie rock father can endure, but it's certainly pulling me into action.

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drake leLane said...

Essential J Robbins

1. World, You and I - Government Issue
2. Tools & Chrome - Jawbox
3. Static - Jawbox
4. No Voices in the Wire - Rollkicker Laydown
5. I've Got You Under My Skin - Jawbox
6. Savory - Jawbox
7. Cooling Card - Jawbox
8. Chinese Fork Tie - Jawbox
9. Mirrorful - Jawbox
10. Outside The Aviary - Burning Airlines
11. Storytime (In the Street of Spies) - The Channels
12. Win Instantly - The Channels (vocals by wife Janet Morgan)

drake leLane said...

Produced by J Robbins

1. Why Did We Ever Meet - The Promise Ring
2. Color Of Contrast - Compound Red
3. New Shoe Premonition - Bluetip
4. Starry Configurations - Jets to Brazil
5. All That Remains - Dwindle
6. What Do You Want Me To Say? - The Dismemberment Plan
7. Belle Starr - Squatweiler
8. Carnival - Burning Airlines
9. She Would Never - The Stereo
10. House Of Ruth - Sampson
11. Math Won't Miss You - Discount
12. Shine - Lazycain
13. Fight Song - Volante
14. Over The Lawn - Blueline Medic
15. Surgery - Shiner
16. The Slightest Idea - Hey Mercedes
17. The Scene's Out Of Sight - Actionslacks
18. Still Paradise - Fairweather
19. Malaligned - Retisonic
20. Autumn Walker - Jets to Brazil
21. The City Is Black - Venusian Skyline
22. Black Market Cigarettes - Black Cross
23. 33 1/3 - Actionslacks
24. Derivative Operator - Fairweather
25. Nashville - Tabula Rasa
26. Dying as Fast as I Can - The Liars Academy
27. Hey Carrier - Pilot To Gunner
28. Someone Has To Die - Maritime
29. A Synonym For Acquiesce - Bayside
30. Delicate Killer - Respira
31. Black Sheep - Black Cross
32. This Day Has Opened My Eyes - Marigold
33. Indecision - The Bomb
34. One At A Time - Rahim
35. The Author Surrenders - Kimone
36. Wicker - Clutch
37. Patriot Act - Report Suspicious Activity
38. Even At Our Worst We're Still Better Than Most (The Roller) - Against Me!
39. Charlotte St. - The Life And Times
40. Ride The Wild Wave - The Oranges Band
41. One More Notch - Murder By Death
42. All the Reasons to Leave - Two if By Sea
43. Backbreaker - Red Animal War
44. Under My Feet - None More Black
45. Close Calls - Miranda Sound
46. Face to Meet the World - The Fieldmachine