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 […]

Lost in Space with Spain’s Berlina

THE BOMBER JACKET gets lost in space with Madrid’s very own rocket men Hurtling out of Madrid like the European Space Agency’s latest mission for the outer reaches of the universe comes Berlina, four elegant honchos playing dark, spacey alt-rock reminiscent of Echo and the Bunnymen or a more streamlined version of Brit shoegazers Ride. […]

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 […]

Tindersticks, Live in London

  The last time I saw Tindersticks, on their small tour promoting their collected soundtracks (they have composed six original scores) for French auteur Claire Denis, a bout of laryngitis resulted in frontman Stuart A. Staples cutting the night short halfway through the show. What should have been an amazing evening was merely pretty good. So […]

CMJ FOTOS: Kid Karate, Prides, Orbits, The History of Apple Pie, Islands

It can be easy to become lost in the wave of CMJ Music Marathon concerts that filled venues across New York City from October 15-19, challenging both audiences and performers alike to the ultimate endurance test. It is titled Marathon, after all. But more often than not, becoming “lost” is only part of the experience […]

FOTOS: Frankie Cosmos, Palehound, Kal Marks, LVL UP

On a rainy and unseasonably warm night in New York, Shea Stadium hosted the Exploding In Sound-heavy Frankie Cosmos, Palehound, Kal Marks, and LVL UP. As the crowd filtered in, Frankie Cosmos set the vibe for the evening. Greta Klein’s smooth voice and quirky lyrics drew in the crowd–some singing along, some dancing with a […]

Notes From the Underground: Caligine’s Strange and Fragile Sounds

The music of Caligine, a k a Italian-born musician and writer Gabriele de Seta, is rare and beautiful. His brittle, unsettling, folk-inflected explorations draw on fingerpicked guitar, eerie dronings and the clunks and whirrs of broken-down machinery to create a shifting hybrid of the pastoral reveries of Robbie Basho and the ambient rumblings of U.S. […]

TBJ Interviews Holy Esque’s Manager, Matt Sadowski

It is a small world and an even smaller music industry. Back in April 2012 THE BOMBER JACKET covered a Scottish band, Holy Esque. Admittedly a bit embarrassingly irritated by how the band seemed to bleed “hipness,” the writer (it was me, haha) presented a conflicted view of the band and its music (yes, they […]

Syndrome Of Noise – An Interview With Gardland

Sydney’s Gardland seems so exploratory that putting a wayward stamp on what’s being attempted is almost pointless. The team of furious psyche producers Alex Murray and Mark Smith, although young, have coupled together a gnawing early catalog of sounds that come closer to nightmare than accessible. The duo’s first full-length LP, Syndrome Syndrome, follows up […]