Experimental, Theatrical, Unpredictable: Shaban

The world of theater might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering experimental hip-hop, but for Shaban, the stage name for producer Hannes Gwisdek, it served as an organic touchstone for his style. After scoring a number of pieces in Germany and working with rapper Käptn Peng, Shaban is now releasing […]

Papernut Cambridge Versus Picturebox: Swaps EP

Note from the editor: Usually we maintain a variation of AP-guide styling in our articles and employ “American English” instead of “British English.” This article is however an exception, due to its subject matter, the way in which it is written, and the fact that it is written by a British author. Changing the language […]

Dueling Banjos Kiss and Make Up: The Lowest Pair

Instead of dueling it out, The Lowest Pair picks banjos and sings in perfect equilibrium. Despite the duo’s midwestern origins and current home base of Olympia, Washington, their music is coated in the sparkling dewdrops of the Appalachian dawn. It will resonate with any person who has even the smallest place carved out in his […]

Introducing: OHIOS from Spain

THE BOMBER JACKET recently received an album release Email from the Spanish band OHIOS–a group that is part of the Famèlic collective that TBJ has covered in the past. This article serves as a brief introduction to the band’s debut album that the group is striving to share and promote internationally (according to the Email we […]

The New Future Islands Record, Reviewed By A Professional Vocalist

Over time, music fans have been conditioned to expect less and less from the vocalists in our favorite bands. Instead of focusing on vocal ability, fun hooks, distracting synths and catchy samples are delivered to amuse us. Auto-Tune, which we found abhorrent 10 years ago, is now accepted as the way things are done. It’s […]

New York via Uruguay, Juan Wauters Releases Debut on Captured Tracks

While Juan Wauters’s foray into music began as guitarist and vocalist of the garage-folk band, The Beets, he’s taking a turn to a new solo career, evident by the February release of his solo debut album, N.A.P. North American Poetry (Captured Tracks). Wauters recorded N.A.P. in a two-year span (2010-2012), at Marlborough Farms in Brooklyn, New York. On […]

Marissa Nadler’s July

Read reviews of Marissa Nadler‘s past releases on the Internet and find the often-used adjective “haunting.” “Her vocals are haunting,” people write. I thought about this point while listening to her new record July (Scared Bones/Bella Union) in full for the first time, pondering how the adjective would take its form. [youtube http://youtu.be/oujt6RBhmog] In July, Nadler recalls […]

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 […]

Warmth in Winter with Scotland’s Deathcats

The ultimate fraught of stereotypes isn’t how often inaccurate they are, but how quickly we instinctively launch to them. Think of a place like Scotland, long typecasted for forever rains, beautiful hillsides, and rocky coasts. And while the travel brochure for Scotland kindly reinforces that, it doesn’t do service to what wholly unsuspecting things come […]

Live in New York City: Laura Marling

Twenty years ago, I was lucky enough to watch Jeff Buckley perform solo on countless occasions. I knew he was great–I still remember the goose bumps I felt watching him perform. I couldn’t understand how it was physically possible for people to play one rhythm on their guitar, sing an entirely different vocal melody, and […]