Sleep-hiking Bastard Mountain

Traveling to Edinburgh for just a few days, it was hard to imagine that the namesake for the group Bastard Mountain wasn’t in fact Arthur’s Seat, the city’s highest crag with a patchwork of yellow wild flowers and spotted with bunnies darting from stone staircases, behind broken fences and into the bushes. Or to imagine that […]

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 […]

From Background to Foreground, Mikal Cronin II

How is it that so many people still don’t know who Mikal Cronin is? He’s only been making great music since 2005 (starting as a founding member of Epsilons with Ty Segall, followed by playing in Moonhearts, Party Fowl and Okie Dokie, as well as Ty Segall Band). Over half the bands Mikal Cronin’s been […]

TBJ’s Guide to Electro-Swing

Call it electro-swing. Call it swinghouse, swingstep, gypsy jazz, or nu-swing. Call it whatever you want, really. One of the great things about this budding genre of music is that its fans don’t care much about its name, as long as it gets their feet tapping to the rhythm. And that is exactly what will […]