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Interview – Sims
04/27/11 at 03:05 PM by Jonathan Bautts
My interview with Sims can be found here. He dishes on his musical background, his new record Bad Time Zoo, quitting rapping, the negative aspects of technology and living in the moment.
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Interview – Panic! At The Disco
04/13/11 at 11:56 PM by Jonathan Bautts
My interview with Panic! At The Disco can be found here. Drummer Spencer Smith ties up some loose ends about the band’s new album, Vices & Virtues, and how the lineup change has redefined the duo.
Tags: panic at the disco, spencer smith, interview
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Interview – Augustana
04/05/11 at 08:21 PM by Jonathan Bautts
My interview with Augustana can be found here. Frontman Dan Layus discusses the long process behind the band’s upcoming self-titled album, how growing older affects your songwriting and the life of being on a major label.
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Interview – Rise Against
03/16/11 at 12:50 PM by Jonathan Bautts
My interview with Rise Against can be found here. Bassist Joe Principe talks about the band’s new record Endgame, being inspired by the military and how punk rock gave him the courage to speak out.
Tags: rise against, joe principe, endgame, interview
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Interview – Eisley
03/03/11 at 01:04 AM by Jonathan Bautts
My interview with Eisley can be found here. Vocalist/guitarist Sherri DuPree-Bemis shares the ups and downs behind the making of the band’s new record The Valley, the cathartic nature of songwriting, and the importance of family.
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Interview – Bayside
02/28/11 at 03:13 PM by Jonathan Bautts
My interview with Bayside has been posted. Frontman Anthony Raneri discusses the band’s new record Killing Time, its lyrical theme of waiting and honesty in pop music.
Tags: bayside, anthony raneri, interview
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Interview – Cold War Kids
01/21/11 at 08:02 PM by Jonathan Bautts
My interview with Cold War Kids has been posted. Fronntman Nathan Willett speaks on the band’s new album Mine Is Yours, the differences between abstract and relational, and how the group first started out.
Tags: cold war kids, mine is yours, nathan willett, interview
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Static Unknown
01/05/11 at 06:18 PM by Jonathan Bautts
White noise assaults the airwaves
From every direction, the right and the left.
I can’t keep doing this on my own
With these people,

This shouting from a distance.
All that’s accomplished is
Destructive interference.
Since when did fear and ignorance

Come to dictate rationality?
Call me rash,
Call me cynical,
Still talking heads wonder

Why indifference thrives
In the land of jokers and jackals.
We’ve become the prey and the feast,
The accused and the culprit,

Forced to stand trial
For the sins of outliers.
Searching for candor
Amongst such distortion

Can seem a desperate endeavor,
But there are whispers of a place
Where discourse isn’t
Manufactured as majority

And an idea is allowed to breathe
Based strictly on its own merit.
Maybe if that melody could
Reverberate across our shores

We could embrace discernment
And discover equilibrium
Hidden inside her frequency,
For this is our verse

To court resonance and
Forge a new identity.
Who are we?
We are the static unknown.
Tags: Random, Poetry, Original Writing
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Best Of 2010
12/22/10 at 01:39 PM by Jonathan Bautts
In case you missed it, here is my end of the year list for 2010:


2010 started off slow and, despite the efforts of my favorite director (Nolan) and Pixar, landed the worst summer season in recent memory. Thankfully, it finished with a bang, and this is probably the first time I can ever remember not being disappointed by at least one of the major award contenders.

01. Inception
02. The Social Network
03. Toy Story 3
04. The King’s Speech
05. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
06. 127 Hours
07. The Fighter
08. Black Swan
09. The Town
10. Buried
11. Let Me In
12. Kick-Ass
13. Fair Game
14. Iron Man 2
15. Shutter Island
16. Never Let Me Go
17. Exit Through The Gift Shop
18. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I
19. Get Him To The Greek
20. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
21. TRON: Legacy
22. The Kids Are All Right
23. Robin Hood
24. The Book Of Eli

The Crazies
Edge Of Darkness
The Losers
The Other Guys



Mad Men has become my current favorite show, and this season was one of its best. The Pacific was a great followup to Band Of Brothers, as expected, while Community currently is on a creative run like I've never seen in a comedy before. Modern Family is close behind, Lost's end was good but disappointing, Rubicon was tragically canceled, and The Daily Show continues to be the most important show on television. Now hopefully I can find the time to start on Breaking Bad.

01. Mad Men
02. The Pacific
03. Community
04. The Daily Show
05. Modern Family
06. Lost
07. Rubicon
08. Parks & Recreation
09. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
10. The Walking Dead
11. The Colbert Report
12. Better Off Ted

30 Rock
Bored To Death
How I Met Your Mother
The League


This year was a fabulous year for music in nearly every genre. I listened to more hip-hip than ever before, while Jimmy Eat World officially replaced Linkin Park as my favorite band.

01. Jimmy Eat World – Invented
02. Motion City Soundtrack – My Dinosaur Life
03. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
04. Anberlin – Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place
05. Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns
06. Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise
07. Greg Laswell – Take A Bow
08. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
09. Deftones – Diamond Eyes
10. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
11. Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart
12. House Of Heroes – Suburba
13. Vampire Weekend – Contra
14. Against Me! – White Crosses
15. Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown
16. The Classic Crime – Vagabonds
17. Alter Bridge – ABIII
18. Underoath – Ψ (Disambiguation)
19. Cary Brothers – Under Control
20. She & Him – Volume Two
21. Four Year Strong – Enemy Of The World
22. Story Of The Year – The Constant
23. Angels & Airwaves – LOVE
24. Fair – Disappearing World
25. Bruce Springsteen – The Promise
26. My Chemical Romance – Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys
27. Eminem – Recovery
28. The Rocket Summer – Of Men And Angels
29. Hellogoodbye – Would It Kill You?
30. The Graduate – Only Every Time
31. Joshua Radin – The Rock And The Tide
32. Janelle Monαe – The ArchAndroid
33. Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots
34. 10 Years – Feeding The Wolves
35. Maroon 5 – Hands All Over
36. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
37. Valencia – Dancing With A Ghost
38. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Mojo
39. The Hold Steady – Heaven Is Whenever
40. The Damned Things – Ironiclast
41. Jσnsi – Go
42. Tokyo Police Club – Champ Dusty
43. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot… The Son Of Chico
44. The Black Keys – Brothers
45. The Dead Weather – Sea Of Cowards
46. Terrible Things – Terrible Things
47. The Morning Of – The Way I Fell In
48. B.o.B – B.o.B Presents The Adventures Of Bobby Ray
49. Brandon Boyd – The Wild Trapeze
50. Steel Train – Steel Train

01. Lovedrug – EP: Part I/Part II
02. Switchfoot – Eastern Hymns For Western Shores
03. Circa Survive – Appendage
04. Audrye Sessions – An Otherwise Perfect Day
05. Raining And OK – Living Like A Ghost
06. Keane – Night Train
07. Meg & Dia – It’s Always Stormy In Tillamook
08. States – Line ‘Em Up
09. Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People
10. The Wedding – Distance
11. Alexisonfire – Dog’s Blood
12. Lydia – Assailants
13. Cold War Kids – Behave Yourself
14. Charlotte Sometimes – Sideways
15. Jason Mraz – Life Is Good

01. Hans Zimmer – Inception
02. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – The Social Network
03. Daft Punk – TRON: Legacy

01. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
02. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait
The Black Keys – Tighten Up
Coldplay – Christmas Lights
Janelle Monαe – Cold War
Motion City Soundtrack – Her Words Destroyed My Planet
New Found Glory – Truck Stop Blues
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
She & Him – In The Sun
Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun

The Glee Cast
The National
Neon Trees
Mumford & Sons
Sufjan Stevens
Taylor Swift

Alter Bridge
The Classic Crime
Greg Laswell
Janelle Monαe

Justin Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack)


Something Corporate

The Black Keys
Florence + The Machine
Bruno Mars
Vampire Weekend

Motion City Soundtrack @ HOB Anaheim (02.15)
New Found Glory @ HOB Anaheim (03.21)
John Mayer @ Staples Center (03.25)
Something Corporate @ Bamboozle Left (03.28)
Muse @ Honda Center (09.23)
Eminem @ Epicenter Twenty Ten (09.25)
Jimmy Eat World @ The Wiltern (09.29)
Circa Survive @ HOB Anaheim (11.04)
Yellowcard @ The Glass House (11.13)
Almost Acoustic Christmas @ Gibson Amphitheatre (12.12)


Death Cab For Cutie
Foo Fighters
Jack’s Mannequin
New Found Glory

Bad Books – Bad Books
Band Of Horses – Infinite Arms
Stacy Clark – Connect The Dots
Envy On The Coast – Lowcountry
Brandon Flowers – Flamingo
Good Old War – Good Old War
The Goo Goo Dolls – Something For The Rest Of Us
Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer
Guster – Easy Wonderful
Interpol – Interpol
Lakes – The Agreement
John Legend & The Roots – Wake Up!
Lifehouse – Smoke & Mirrors
Ludo – Prepare The Preparations
Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Mκlιe – The Masquerade
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
Minus The Bear – Omni
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
The National – High Violet
The New Pornographers – Together
Norma Jean – Meridional
OK Go – Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky
Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
The Republic Of Wolves – Varuna
Robyn – Body Talk
Rihanna – Loud
The Roots – How I Got Over
Senses Fail – The Fire
Spoon – Transference
Stars – The Five Ghosts
Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz
Weezer – Hurley
Wolf Parade – Expo 86
Tags: best of, 2010
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Interview – Dashboard Confessional
11/22/10 at 11:23 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Check out my interview with Dashboard Confessional over here. Chris Carrabba takes a look back at the tenth anniversary of his first album The Swiss Army Romance, his time with Further Seems Forever and what’s up next for Dashboard.
Tags: dashboard confessional, chris carrabba, swiss army romance, interview
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Andrew McMahon: Celebrating Life
11/18/10 at 04:56 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Check out my article about Andrew McMahon (Jack's Mannequin, Something Corporate) over at Campus Circle.
Tags: andrew mcmahon, jack's mannequin, something corporate, interview
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Interview – Jack's Mannequin
11/10/10 at 01:00 PM by Jonathan Bautts
My interview with Jack's Mannequin is now up over here. Andrew McMahon gives the scoop on writing and recording Jack’s next record, the Something Corporate reunion and the latest with the Dear Jack Foundation.
Tags: andrew mcmahon, jack's mannequin, something corporate, interview
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Interview – Joshua Radin
11/01/10 at 12:17 AM by Jonathan Bautts
My interview with Joshua Radin has been posted. The singer-songwriter discusses his new album The Rock and the Tide, recording live, romance in the 21st century and fresh starts.
Tags: joshua radin, interview, the rock and the tide
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Interview – Jimmy Eat World
09/29/10 at 12:47 AM by Jonathan Bautts
My interview with Jimmy Eat World is now up. Frontman Jim Adkins discusses the process of making Invented, not censoring yourself and writing songs from different perspectives.
Tags: jimmy eat world, invented, jim adkins, interview
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Interview – Anberlin
09/08/10 at 12:09 AM by Jonathan Bautts
My interview with Anberlin is now available over here. Vocalist Stephen Christian discusses writing for Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place, working with Brendan O’Brien, the past trials of New Surrender and the weird side of the band.
Tags: anberlin, stephen christian, interview, dark is the way, light is a place
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