The Music Tapes’ Imaginary Voices and Circuses

The last time I saw Julian Koster, the main man behind The Music Tapes, we were sitting in a field in Cambridge, MA near Harvard with a circle of other people. He told us about how the animated feature film he planned to make with DreamWorks about a story he wrote called “Second Imaginary Symphony […]

Seven Kinds of Wonderful: An Evening with The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Amazing. Spectacular. Perfect. It is impossible to articulate what happened last weekend. No one word can truly describe the whole experience. Seeing The Brian Jonestown Massacre play at Webster Hall in New York City and in full effect  for the last show of their new tour was a mind-blowing, inspiring experience. Getting to actually meet some of the Massacre […]

The Strafing Run: Talking to Republicans We Actually Like

Well hello there, dearest readers of mine. I’m back with a new local band I think is worth checking out. In my continuing effort to bring our readers the best independent music State College, Pennsylvania has to offer, I try to catch as many local shows as I can. At one of those recent shows, […]

Part Two: A Look into the Social Media Profiles of Today’s Indie Artists

Last issue featured the first of our six-part social media series as we looked into what makes Twitter important (or not important) for musicians today. This issue, we are covering Facebook as a social media platform for artists. This section must be prefaced with the observation and fact that Facebook has really grown in terms […]

Rejected Concept for Mature Themes Music Video by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

FADE IN: INT. ARIEL PINK’S APARTMENT – NIGHT Ariel Pink sits at a round, wooden kitchen table, beneath a colored stained glass chandelier. He wears big, pink-tinted sunglasses and a shirt that has large, random sections replaced with black lace. He looks too much like Kurt Cobain. He’s playing Battle Ship against a typical thin, […]

Jherek Bischoff’s Invisible Orchestra

The instruments started disappearing in the evening, as the last rays of sunlight seeped into the room through the stained glass windows. Trumpets and trombones were blown away, while violins and violas crept out from under tucked chins. Yet the orchestra played on, feeling for invisible strings with their invisible bows, making the drums and […]

Teengirl Fantasy Takes Fans on an NYC Boat Tour

There are a million ways to release an album. One of the more expensive methods is to throw all your fans on a party boat that coasts around the borough of Manhattan. On Thursday August 23, Teengirl Fantasy released its new album Tracer (True Panther Sounds) on a thrilling three-hour sunset boat ride with their friends […]

Listen to the Artists from Issue #16

Listen to 8 tracks below from The Bomber Jacket Issue #16, including The Music Tapes, Jherek Bischoff with David Byrne, and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti.

A Night on the Town in Barcelona: The Best Places to See Live Music

Spain can be an unusual location of curation for live music. The most prevalent trends are discotheques based around popular music (mostly American), hippie and rasta jam bands, or death metal. Anything else can be hard to come across unless you know where you’re looking. Even for a cosmopolitan contemporary cultural center like Barcelona, such […]

A Soundtrack of the Future: Tank Battalion Attack and Roma Dune

Black, but white. Sharp, but flat. Brutal, but serene. There’s a record label in Mexico called Umor Rex that manages to creep and jump between these extremes, releasing music that never sounds commonplace. Even their poppiest albums have some kind of forewarning, jagged edge embedded through minor notes and sound effects. The label’s most recent […]