Navigate Paris with Balades Sonores

Paris can be an intimidating city when it comes to navigating independent music, especially since there’s really no other city like it in France and “electro” tends to drown everything out. Wandering into the small boutique called Balades Sonores can be like opening the door into another hidden Paris. For one of the biggest cities […]

A Celebration of Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando,’ Via con_cetta and MonoLogue

In less than a month it will be the 73rd anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s death. On March 28, 1941, the famous writer committed suicide by drowning herself in River Ouse near her home Sussex, in the west of England. She’d filled the pockets of her overcoat with stones to counteract any possibility of her floating […]

Wrapping Up 2013 With Favorite Album Picks from TBJ’s Friends, New and Old

There have been a multitude of lists out since the start of the month, hell, even before December began. There’s usually a ranking and a boatload of opinions involved in such lists. We thought a nice alternative would be to round up friends, new and old, and gather their picks of the year. This group […]

Climbing Mount Buddha: Lona Records’ Electronic Decade

Hong Kong-based label celebrates 10 years of existence with a free double album based on the Buddha Machine’s quirky drone loops. It’s fair to say that in the 10 years since Alok Leung launched his Lona Records label in Hong Kong, the music industry has had a few ups and downs. While technology has made […]

An Elliott Smith Tribute Concert: Why ?

Hello! My name is Jen. I work at Believe Digital in NYC and on the side I run thebomberjacket.com. ^That is how I started many emails a couple months ago when I decided to commit to organizing this Elliott Smith tribute show here in New York. I am writing this now because two nights ago, […]

A Twitterific Interview: John Vanderslice VS. [Not] John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice has had an eventful and busy year.  He released two albums, Dagger Beach, and a full-length interpretation of a Bowie classic, John Vanderslice Plays Diamond Dogs. In addition, he owns Tiny Telephone Studio in San Francisco and is in the process of opening another full-service studio in Oakland. In support of the recently released […]

Pulco: The Art and Craft of The Sonic Biography

[Editor’s note: This article includes a new and free MP3 from the artist. If you’d like to listen to and download the song, please scroll below and find the SoundCloud embed. The song is “Double Denim,” from a forthcoming, untitled EP by Pulco.] Ashley Cooke once dreamed of going off to Acapulco and hanging out […]

The Steady Road Of The Dodos

The unconscious charm of The Dodos has been comfortably present for some time. The San Francisco duo of guitarist Meric Long and Logan Kroeber, whose most common claim to fame was playing background in a commercial for Miller Lite’s posthumous summertime half-breed Miller Chill, have been floating through the stream of indie’s more promising acts […]

You Go Your Way And I’ll Go Mine: Beth Rowley’s Creative Rebirth

London-based singer Beth Rowley tells THE BOMBER JACKET how stepping out of the limelight helped inspire a whole new set of songs. In 2009, Beth Rowley was poised to do big things. Her debut album, Little Dreamer, had been a U.K. top 10 hit just a few months previously, the elegant jazz-inflected song writing and […]

Get Lost In Italy with The Vickers

Before James Bond was fighting Father Time and Julian Assange analogues, he and his films served two key purposes for the viewing population: they quenched the viewer’s thirst for danger, thrills and excitement, and they set Bond’s daring escapes overtop an array of exotic locales, enticing the audience to the wonders of another place. With […]