One of my all-time favorite bands is Jawbox, the highly influential, D.C.-area, Dischord-turned-Atlantic post-hardcore group led by singer-guitarist J. Robbins. Since I was a fan>"/>
One of my all-time favorite bands is Jawbox, the highly influential, D.C.-area, Dischord-turned-Atlantic post-hardcore group led by singer-guitarist J. Robbins. Since I was a fan of Government Issue, for whom Robbins played bass for a spell in the late '80s, I was around pretty much at the beginning of the band's run in 1989; I saw some of their earliest shows, and probably caught them a couple dozen times over the years until their dissolution in 1997. They were simply one of the best, most powerful live bands I've ever seen. In addition, I had the privilege of occasionally speaking with/hanging out with J. in those early years, and then later, after I became a music journalist, formally interviewing him a couple of times regarding Jawbox, his subsequent trio Burning Airlines, and his esteemed production/engineering career (he's helmed albums by such artists as the Promise Ring, Dismemberment Plan, Hey Mercedes, and many, many more). In all my encounters with J., I found him to be one of the most gracious, most sincere, and coolest people I've ever met, either within or outside the music world. And when someone is that decent of a person, and their music has had that much of an impact on your life, you kinda wish you could give something back at some point (more than just buying a disc or a T-shirt).