I think its mandatory that every band must tell you that their new record is the best one. It’s like when you hit your bent knee with a mallet or that sinking feeling you get when the stagediver is about to land on you…it’s a reaction, you can’t help it. So it takes time and separation to figure out which records truly are the “good” ones. For me Less Than Jake’s Hello Rockview is their strongest work. Maybe it was the time I heard it, or seeing them play a bunch around then, but this was the LTJ record that both Dave and I circled when we started this show. I think the only thing faster than the frenetic pace of the music is Buddy’s bubbling enthusiasm when talking about it. Some stories are a bit of legend, some are new, but the record still rages…enjoy Hello Rockview.
About The Top Shelf
Dave Drobach and Matt Sweeting can talk about records. They have experience that can only come from combined decades of touring in numerous bands and working at a record label. No Idea’s finest bring in the creators of great albums we have all come to love, to sit down, reflect and reminisce on these recordings.
There are three pieces to a Top Shelf interview. The interview team of Dave and Matt, a band member and the vinyl record itself. The record is played in its entirety, stopped in between songs to discuss the writing, recording and touring that happened around the record. Top Shelf session interviews are recorded live in the Grow Radio studios during the weekly show they run called “2nd Avenue Shuffle.”
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