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 […]

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 […]

A Breakdown of Matt Shadetek’s Empire

You’ll never find Matt Shadetek, producer, DJ, teacher, father, husband, former Berlin ex-pat, and founder of Dutty Artz, sans windbreaker and baseball cap in ­­classic New York street style. Even when it’s 20 degrees outside, his colors show. Shadetek is a proud member of a rare, understated, vanishing tribe; he’s a native New Yorker. One might […]

The So So Glos Reviewed In Several Stages of Sanity

One of the first things The So So Glos did during a show at the Metro in Chicago was to call for a mosh pit. It was a pretty ballsy move for an opening band. Most of the audience that could drink was milling about the bar, others were bobbing their heads to the punk rock […]

In The Dark With The Haxan Cloak

There’s an assumed sigh when the term “drone” comes into play. As a sub-genre, it’s cryptic, off-putting, and faceless. There’s no flash. In fact, drone stands out solely on an aesthetic island for being as anti-flash as humanly expressible. But the passive disinterest misses nuance. Excavation, the newest album from London producer Bobby Krlic, a […]

Pretty & Nice Finally Release Their Golden Record, Golden Rules For Golden People

Editor’s Note: We try to refrain from first-person blog-style pieces on THE BOMBER JACKET. There are reasons behind this decision that we don’t need to explain now, but here is an immediate heads-up: This article is going to be a first-person, blog-style piece. Yeah! The New York University Journalism Handbook For Students (haha) defines a […]

Celebrating the Superb Lyricism of WHY?, PART III

This review of WHY? lyrics wraps up our three-part series on the band’s excellence in writing and rhyming.  I’m not going to spend the length of this article deliberating on whether Pitchfork’s arbitrary, if not all together misguided, 2.8 limits the credibility of WHY?’s newest release, Mumps, etc. The album exists because de facto leader Yoni […]