A Noisy Collective in New York City

In a time of bedroom production and twitter promotion, where bands can be made and broken in the flash of a viral marketing campaign, many might be forgiven for bemoaning the loss of community. Sharing a YouTube link online is, sadly, an experience somewhat removed from the friendly forking over of a self-curated mix tape. […]

Looking out of London with Eyes & No Eyes

Living in London, it’s all too easy to be completely cut off from the rest of the U.K. (and even the world) when it comes to broadening your musical tastes. What can exist, you’re left to think, beyond these beautiful tower blocks, dirty streets and questionable public transport infrastructure? Well, truth be told, you’d only […]

An Interview with Travis Bretzer; or, How to Do the Solo Male Justice

There’s an interesting dialogue for the lone, mysterious, esoteric and (usually) profoundly male artist in the modern musical vernacular. Whether it’s Kurt Vile’s tortured lo-fi or Thom Yorke’s fragile egotism, there’s something inescapably attractive to listening audiences about a faceless youth delivering wisdom. Canadian-born Travis Bretzer offers listeners a bit of a twist on that. […]

Setting the Stage for America: An Interview with The Mariner’s Children

Far from being the soggy offspring of an aging seafarer, U.K. seven-piece The Mariner’s Children presents a deliciously and decidedly earth-bound proposal to its listeners. Banjos, guitars, violins and creaking, guttural harmonies converge in a great maelstrom of building, driving songs, which careen from moments of delicate beauty to those of furious abandon. The Brighton […]

How Not to be Afraid of Fear of Men

It marks a pleasant time in any Londoner’s life when they can unwind, cup of tea in hand, to the lulling, polished tones of BBC 6 Music. More often than not an excuse to listen to David Bowie at work rather than a way to discover underground acts, I was surprised to hear Fear of […]

TBJ’s Favorite Records of 2012: alt-J

The U.K. is a weird scene to break for any freshly-sprouted indie band. On the one hand, the way is illuminated by plenty of “next big things” who were featured on the soundtrack to a spunky sitcom for the young ‘uns, whose second album sits just about on prominent display in HMV’s bargain racks. The […]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Welcome Lack of Personality

When reviewing a band you feel like everyone else knows and loves–and has done for a very long time–it’s hard to find anything new to say about them. Sure, you can describe their music with a thesaurus to hand, or relay your live experience via the edgy medium of Haiku*, but you’re not really going […]

A Night in London with Josh Flowers and his Wild Company

Dimmed lights and low ceilings awaited as I walked into one of London’s tightest venues with a hundred of its hipster elite. We were assembled at Off Broadway, one of East London’s trendiest if best-known bars, to catch some of the city’s recent folk children: Josh Flowers and The Wild. It was the opening night […]