Friday, March 16, 2007

For his own special sweetheart

Today the city looks like it's been dusted with powdered sugar. The grass appears lickable. And the grime is covered up by yummy, white goodness. It's afternoons like this, when the sky looks like tarnished nickel and the ground is made of candy coating, that offer a new perspective. Out of ugliness comes goodness. Out of gloominess comes tenderness. Out of despair comes humanity. Or something like that.

If you need further proof, tomorrow night at the 7th Street Entry a handful of Twin Cities bands are coming together to benefit Callum Robbins, the one-year-old son of Jawbox frontman J. Robbins. Callum was recently diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a debilitating disease that often results in death within a year. In an effort to help the family obtain alternate forms of therapy, local record label Catlick is putting out a 32-song disc in honor of Robbins, his partner Janet Morgan, and their son, Callum. Local bands Story of the Sea, the Icy Shores, Arcwelder, and Halloween, Alaska, among a handful of others, appear on the CD full of post-punk greats like Jawbreaker and Pilot to Gunner. All proceeds from the show and sale go to Callum's family.

Jawbox's Your Own Special Sweetheart is one of those seminal teeth-gnashing records we pull out at least every six months. "Savory" must be the sexiest song about selfishness ever written. And that record, as well as the band's Dischord releases, also had a major influence on the local bands playing the benefit show on Saturday: Arcwelder, Story of the Sea, Self-Evident, All the Way Rider, and the Million, featuring former Jawbox drummer Zach Barocas. Tickets are $6; the 32-song CD is $15.

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