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Interview – Bayside
11/16/08 at 03:34 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Check out my interview with Bayside on MammothPress.com. In it, they discuss their latest record Shudder, living in L.A., today's fake punk scene, charities and what it's like playing solo shows.
Tags: Bayside, Shudder, Anthony Raneri, Nick Ghanbarian, Interview
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Consolation Prize
11/09/08 at 09:27 PM by Jonathan Bautts
It follows you as if you’d been marked,
Seeping through the night
Like blood from a wound.

You walk by and sense
An apparition under a street lamp,
Patiently waiting.

You quicken your step,
Suddenly uncomfortable,
And look for an escape

But its presence remains.
It has matched the pace;
An invisible battle begun.

Glancing over your shoulder
The street is vacant,
Yet its stench surrounds.

As your hairs stand straight
And heartbeat accelerates,
You run.

Up ahead is the house.
Its safety beckoning,
Soon within your grasp.

You reach the door,
Pull it open, slam it shut,
And fall to the floor,

Drenched in cold sweat.
You’re safe in here;
It can’t get through.

Your body trembles,
Mind racing overtime
As you collapse on the bed.

During the night, it resides.
Plotting its next move
Until the morning

When you arise.
The scent of coffin lingers.
Life is never this good.
Tags: Original Writings, Random
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Underoath Combine Metal With Hope
11/05/08 at 09:30 PM by Jonathan Bautts
My article about Underoath is now up at Campus Circle.
Tags: Underoath, Lost In The Sound Of Separation, Spencer Chamberlain
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Scotoma
11/01/08 at 08:44 PM by Jonathan Bautts
The storm crept in on the unsuspecting town
Like a predator stalking its innocent prey.
The clouds, moving across the countryside,
Swallowed up anything that stood in the way.
It was futile to resist its advances;
All of modern man’s devices were utterly useless now.

Harnessing all of its energy into one devastating sum,
It began to gather itself to unleash a fatal blow.
The air dripped from the pure power of the storm
As it braced itself for the onslaught to come.
Silence fell over the land like a suffocating blanket,
Interrupted only by the brief but intense roaring of thunder.

The remaining sunlight was choked away,
Painting the sky a pitch black.
Rain began to pour without end,
Torrents spraying the ground like a machine gun.
Lightning crashed against the sky,
Illuminating the terror-stricken landside below.

The earth could do nothing but watch helplessly
At the mercy of this unsightly monstrosity.
Everything stored up was unleashed down,
Distorting the terrain into a barren wasteland.
The ferocity of the storm remained in full swing
Until it arrived at its crushing crescendo.

And with that, it was over nearly as quickly as it had begun.
The land shuddered from a sense of relief
And pinpoints of life began to reemerge from their shells.
As the storm disappeared into the horizon,
The town began to lick its wounds,
Awaiting the coming of the rising sun.
Tags: Original Writings, Random
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Rise Against Return To Punk Rock's Roots
10/29/08 at 08:24 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Check out my article on Rise Against over at Campus Circle.
Tags: Rise Against, Appeal To Reason
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Deflated
10/24/08 at 05:00 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Get my hopes up, why don’t you?
I’m ensnared in your trap, soon to get dashed on the rocks.
Lead me along, a sheep to the slaughter.
I’m a sucker and you know it.

You take my hand and off we go.
I don’t know any better, lost in my own little utopia.
Or maybe I’m just too naïve to think any different.
So it goes.

At first, I think this might be it.
Perhaps this isn’t a myth and fairy tales do exist.
I take a step into the unknown and believe
Blind faith is better than nothing at all.

Like a balloon I continue to expand,
Feeding on your airy words I have so long desired.
But the pressure swells as I plummet to the ground,
The reality of gravity impossible to overcome.

Shielded from my own inhibitions
You took advantage of my wishful thinking from the start,
Leaving me powerless to resist,
Clinging to the lost chance of something realized.

Now I lay shattered on the deck
Still reeling from your wave that caught me off guard.
The ship has been abandoned, no chance for rescue left,
A once perfect lie exposed to the world.

Even though it hurts today, it will all be gone tomorrow.
Then maybe I’ll be ready to start over.
But right now emotion is nothing more than a motion to me,
And I’m standing still.

So do me a favor and blow me up.
I need to feel again.
Tags: Original Writings, Random
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23
10/21/08 at 08:48 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Since my 23rd birthday is today, here's the lyrics to one of my favorite songs of all time. As usual, the amazing Jim Adkins knows how to pretty much sum up my life.

I felt for sure last night
That once we said goodbye
No one else will know these lonely dreams
No one else will know that part of me
I'm still driving away
And I'm sorry every day
I won't always love these selfish things
I won't always live not stopping

It was my turn to decide
I knew this was our time
No one else will have me like you do
No one else will have me, only you

You'll sit alone forever
If you wait for the right time
What are you hoping for?
I'm here and now I'm ready
Holding on tight
Don't give away the end
The one thing that stays mine

Amazing still it seems
I'll be 23
I won't always love what I'll never have
I won't always live in my regrets

You'll sit alone forever
If you wait for the right time
What are you hoping for?
I'm here and now I'm ready
Holding on tight
Don't give away the end
The one thing that stays mine

—Jimm
y Eat World (2004)
Tags: Jimmy Eat World, Lyrics, Birthday
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Take Apart The Head
10/19/08 at 11:48 PM by Jonathan Bautts
His eyes would not close
Even though they weighed like a ton of bricks.
All he could do was stare straight ahead,
Fixating on some obsolete point in the distance.
Blackness swallowed up the night’s surroundings,
Enveloping him in a rigid stranglehold.

His ears started to apprehend sounds around him
And what once seemed morose began to come alive.
A cricket chirped nearby but he did not notice,
Lost in a refuge of thoughts and trepidations.
What was once enshrouded in a field of mist
Began to fade away into a sense of definition.

His body shivered from the cold,
But the rest of him was elsewhere.
A path materialized in front of him
From the nothingness that was his cage.
Beyond the realm of his reach
The hint of light could be seen.

His world stood still at a crossroads,
The air hanging in a delicate balance bathed in moonlight.
This was the moment he had been waiting for,
Forever marked by this equivocal speck in time.

His eyes finally eased shut,
And he drifted off into obscure oblivion.
Tags: Original Writings, Random
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Burn Out Brighter (Northern Lights)
10/18/08 at 10:02 PM by Jonathan Bautts
So late last night I was able to interview Anberlin vocalist Stephen Christian a second time. Despite battling laryngitis, he put on a dynamite show and was nice enough to still do the interview, further proving why he's one of my favorite people ever and an incredible human being. In honor of their album New Surrender being one of the best of 2008 and Stephen's general awesomeness, here's the lyrics to one of my favorite songs from it, which is a great one to live life by.

Live, I want to live inspired
Die, I want to die for something

Racing towards the heavens
I fell into a pitch black
I'm moments from landing and I'm
Shaking like a heart attack

Is there time?
Can I turn back?
I made mistakes in the past
Need a chance
Can't say goodbye
Wish I could set things right tonight

Live, I want to live inspired
Die, I want to die for something
Higher than myself
Live and die for anyone else
The more I live I see
This life's not about me

All I know spins out of control
Wonder what's next for a hardened soul
Nothing I earned can save me now
Here in what may be my final hour

Is there time?
Can I turn back?
I made mistakes, well, in the past
Need a chance
Can't say goodbye
Wish I could set things right tonight

Live, I want to live inspired
Die, I want to die for something
Higher than myself
Live and die for anyone else
The more I live I see
This life's not about me

Don't want to leave this world
Knowing I breathed in vain
Looked out for myself
So sorry, so ashamed

Don't want to leave this life
Knowing I barely tried
To chase down all my dreams
That I hid away on the inside

Live, I want to live on fire
Die, I want to burn out brighter
Brighter than the northern lights
Want to live to feel the daylight
The more I give I see
This life's not about me
Tags: Anberlin, Stephen Christian, New Surrender, Lyrics
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Bayside: New York Natives Continue To Rock
10/16/08 at 12:04 AM by Jonathan Bautts
Check out my article on Bayside over at Campus Circle.
Tags: Bayside, Shudder, Anthony Raneri, Nick Ghanbarian
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Album Of The Year
08/21/08 at 08:11 PM by Jonathan Bautts
If New Surrender isn't a huge hit for Anberlin, then there is no justice in this world (or at least the music industry). It has crossover success written all over it, and no other band out there deserves it more. The new Jack's Mannequin isn't far behind, either.
Tags: Anberlin, New Surrender
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Swim
08/17/08 at 09:05 PM by Jonathan Bautts
You gotta swim
Swim for your life
Swim for the music
That saves you
When you're not so sure you'll survive

You gotta swim
And swim when it hurts
The whole world is watching
You haven't come this far
To fall off the earth

The currents will pull you
Away from your love
Just keep your head above

I found a tidal wave
Begging to tear down the dawn
Memories like bullets
They fire at me from a gun
Cracking the armor, yeah

I swim for brighter days
Despite the absence of sun
Choking on salt water
I'm not giving in
I swim

You gotta swim
Through nights that won't end
Swim for your families
Your lovers, your sisters
And brothers and friends

Yeah, you gotta swim
Through wars without cause
Swim for the lost politicians
Who don't see their greed as a flaw

The currents will pull us
Away from our love
Just keep your head above

I found a tidal wave
Begging to tear down the dawn
Memories like bullets
They fire at me from a gun
Cracking the armor, yeah

I swim for brighter days
Despite the absence of sun
Choking on salt water
I'm not giving in
I swim

You gotta swim
Swim in the dark
There's an ocean to drift in
Feel the tide shifting
And wait for the spark

Yeah, you gotta swim
Don't let yourself sink
Just follow the horizon
I promise you
It's not as far as you think

And the currents will drag us
Away from our love
Just keep your head above
Swim

—Jack’s Mannequin (2008)
Tags: Jack's Mannequin, The Glass Passenger, Swim, Lyrics
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Concert Review – Jesse Lacey @ The Roxy
08/07/08 at 05:31 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Jesse Lacey
w/ Kevin Devine & Brian Bonz

The Roxy
Hollywood, CA
July 21, 2008


Over the past eight years Brand New has produced three acclaimed albums and amassed a devout following. As a token of appreciation, frontman Jesse Lacey recently embarked on a short solo tour that included a stop in Los Angeles.

While Brand New has progressed musically with each record, acoustic guitar-driven songs have always remained intact and were represented from the old (“Soco Amaretto Lime”) to the new (“Coca-Cola”). Lacey also delivered several Brand New staples, including “Jude Law,” a country-folk version of “Jesus” and an impressive rendition of “Degausser,” while throwing in some Modest Mouse and Neutral Milk Hotel covers.

Openers Kevin Devine and Brian Bonz were good at setting the tone early on, and the three were constantly onstage helping each other out. However, while Devine’s set was an effective blend of politically charged folk, the night clearly belonged to Lacey, proving a rare treat for Brand New fans.

Link: Campus Circle
Tags: Jesse Lacey, Brand New, Kevin Devine, Brian Bonz, Concert, Review
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CD Review: John Mayer – Where The Light Is: Live In Los Angeles
07/18/08 at 03:07 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Recorded last December at the Nokia Theatre, Where the Light Is confirms John Mayer's status as a top-class performer and one of the great guitarists of our time. Spanning two discs, the 22-song effort begins with a stripped-down acoustic session before segueing into sets from the bluesy John Mayer Trio and Mayer's own seven-piece touring band. While the obvious hits are included ("Daughters," "Waiting on the World to Change"), the excellent musicianship stands out as most impressive.

In keeping in line with Mayer's recent blues-driven work, several of the songs are extended into epic jam sessions amid free-styling guitar solos. Backed by a few inspired covers (Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'," Ray Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor") and his smooth voice, which continues to improve with age, the record is a testament to Mayer's musical ability and makes for a nice holdover until his next studio album drops.

Grade: A-

Link: Campus Circle
Tags: John Mayer, Where The Light Is, Live In Los Angeles
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Interview – Manchester Orchestra
06/14/08 at 02:12 AM by Jonathan Bautts
My interview with the guys in Manchester Orchestra is now up on MammothPress.com. In it, they talk about such things as their upcoming record, playing late night TV and pulling pranks on the road.
Tags: Manchester Orchestra, I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child, Interview
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