Five Albums With Cobra – John Rausch From It’s All Good Booking
I have always said that nothing brings people together like the love of music, and I will stand by that until I leave this world. About four years ago I met John Rausch. At the time he was still in a local pop punk band, but he also booked shows – really good shows – shows that no one else around Columbus was booking. At this time he had his own thing, Fake Moon Promotions, with Jacob Bialosky. Eventually, John took an internship with BravoArtist, and that turned into something bigger for him. As they say, the rest is history.
Over the past few years he has made a name for himself locally, regionally, and possibly nationally. In addition to what he does with Bravo, he also founded It’s All Good Booking. Over the last eight months I would say they have been one of the hottest booking companies. Chances are you have seen one or two of tours that were booked by IAG in the past year or so. With a roster that consists of acts like City Mouth, Bogues, 7 Minutes in Heaven, A Story Told and more, the sky is the limit for John and his hardworking team.
Based on both all he has done with music and conversations we have had about music, he was a no-brainer for my Five Albums With Cobra. So I give you John Rausch.
Moose Blood – I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time
I was hooked on Moose Blood from the very first listen. I chose this record for one song in particular, “Pups.” This record dropped shortly after my father passed away, and Pups instantly became my dad’s song. “It doesn’t matter that we can’t get drunk, Dad / It doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun / We can go for a couple, or maybe a few / It wasn’t getting drunk I loved, it was being with you.” The track “I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time” got me through a really rough time, and I am forever thankful for this record.
Microwave – Stovall
Microwave is the best band on the god damn planet, ok?
I discovered Microwave when they reached out to me in 2015 seeking a DIY show in Columbus. I wasn’t able to help (still pissed about it to this day), but Stovall became an instant favorite. I couldn’t get enough. I showed literally all my friends. I don’t think that record left my ears for six months or better. I play that record now, and I am transported instantly to 2015: long nights in the car with my best friends – some good, some bad, with that record always playing in the background. Music is so important to me, and there has always been an album that served as the “soundtrack” to that period in my life. Stovall was my soundtrack to 2015. (Their follow up in 2017, Much Love did it again last year.)
Pearl Jam – Ten
While everyone else enjoyed their scene phase in high school, I discovered grunge. I obviously knew the greats growing up. “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Jeremy,” “Disarm,” and other ’90s mega-hits were always in my rotation, but it wasn’t until my junior-senior years of high school that I really started to dive into it, and Pearl Jam became my favorite band. Ten was re-released in 2009, and my life changed forever. I was obsessed with the entire ’90s culture: the clothes, the attitude, the message. Pearl Jam was my first live show. The energy Eddie and the rest of the guys put into everything they touched; it was magical to me. Their words provided hope, and I found a home in their music. To this day that shit still blows my mind. I was born 10 years too late.
Fall Out Boy – From Under The Cork Tree
The record that started it all (literally).
It’s the first record I can remember buying at the store. I remember clearly the day I unwrapped it and played it for the first time on a little boom box in my bedroom. (I also bought Weezer’s Make Believe that day, so I’ll give it an honorable mention). This record has not defined a period for me really but rather my entire life. I would not be working in music if I did not hear this record. I would not have played in a band had I not heard this record. Music saved my life so many times. I’m not sure I’d still be around if it wasn’t for this record. Every single time I listen to it, a different song becomes my favorite, a different verse becomes an anthem, and a different line transports me to another time and place. I could go on and on explaining what Cork Tree means to me, but there are no words to do it justice.
A Day To Remember – Homesick
“Da da da da da da
Da da da da da da
I’m not going to elaborate any further. I love this record. It rips forever.