Exploring the Electronic Arts with Daedelus

I’ve always found Daedelus to be one of the most interesting artists in the laptop/boom bip movement. Maybe it just speaks to my electronic sensibilities, because I prefer something that pairs well with smoking a bowl than spazzing out on the dance floor. I’ve never found Daedelus to be anywhere near as jarring as contemporaries […]

How the Dead Live

Lost in the Trees’ Ari Picker turns tragedy into triumph on second LP.  The year before releasing the band’s debut on Anti- Records, Lost in the Trees‘ frontman, Ari Picker, experienced a severe loss when his mother took her own life. Though not always advisable, there are occasions when considering the inspiration for a record […]

Walking Under Picore’s Balls

Picore says they work hard to make their music “suggestive and danceable” and there are always people moving around at the band’s shows. However, there’s still something about the group’s style that seems like every once in a while it would have to be met with slack-jawed staring and drooling while melting off into space. […]

Germany via South Africa with Dear Reader

Dear Reader is a musical act led by the beautiful and gracious Cherilyn Macneil. Macneil’s story is unique; the South African songstress ended up in Berlin after Myspace messaging Menomena’s Brent Knopf with her music, after which he then produced her record and shared it with City Slang Records’ Christof Ellinghaus, and then Ellinghaus signed […]

The Magnetic Fields Go Heavy on the Sugar

For longtime Magnetic Fields fans, the best part of listening to Love at the Bottom of the Sea is getting to hear continued production from The Magnetic Fields. The songs are simple and catchy, evoking nostalgia for something that may or may not have ever existed; Stephin Merritt’s memories transcend the music and melt into the […]

Sharing a Beer Bong with The Men

The following is a review of The Men‘s latest album, Open Your Heart. It imagines the album is a party to which anyone who is listening is invited. We heard music as we walked from our car that we parked on the side of the road. A ton of people were already at the party, so […]

Russian Circles and Hot Sauce

This afternoon I was aimlessly walking around downtown Chicago. The well-to-do and bejeweled middle-aged women were in abundance, walking their dogs. The new-moneyed 20-somethings were running around in their business suits looking for something important to do. The obvious tourists with their street maps were standing puzzled at the street corners. Suddenly from out of […]

The Solo project of Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo

Sonic Youth is no more, and it’s a hard reality to face. Like Death, Taxes and Allergies, Sonic Youth just seemed like one of those things that would always be there. Innovators, musical pioneers, creators of their own beautifully distorted sound. The band that did it on its own terms, and turned the world into […]

The Strafing Run: Three Local Bands To Fill Your Ears With

Well hi there, dear readers. Didn’t notice you there. I was just sitting here at my computer in Happy Valley, PA, USA, getting ready to turn some people on to three music projects from State College worth checking out. Sure, you can stay. Sit down, let me grab you some coffee. Now where was I? […]

The Berlin Club Scene with Veteran Act Terranova

It’s common knowledge today that Berlin’s dance clubs dominate the electronic subculture on a global level. The subculture began in the late ’80s after the fall of the Berlin Wall with dance venues like Ufo and Turbine Rosenheim. Today, clubs like Tresor, Berghain, and Watergate reign among Berlin’s finest. With the growth of the scene […]

Los Angeles’ Little Red Lung

Years ago, in a cold, dark cavern beneath Los Angeles, an ancient coven of witches met in secret to bring to this world something it had never seen before. Born from the sacred fires of magic and witchcraft, summoned from the greatest depths, Little Red Lung came to be. Actually, it didn’t happen like that at […]

Drew and Jen’s South by Southwest 2012 Wishlist

Two years ago in 2010 I flew down to Austin, Texas to embark on an debacherous, adventurous week at South by Southwest Festival. I was covering the music portion of the festival as a college journalist. The week was positively arduous and long, with hardly any sleep and excessive amounts of alcohol. I carried my […]

The Strafing Run: Direct Hit! A Review of Cloud Nothings//Attack On Memory

Well hello again, sweet dear reader. I hope you’ve been well since last we met. Me? Oh, I’ve been fine. Drinking coffee, munchin’ on carrots, listening to great music, the usual. What have I been listening to, you ask? Glad you asked. It’s this week’s column, and my first review for THE BOMBER JACKET: Cloud […]

From Texas BBQ to German Beer with Shandy Mandies

Shandy Mandies is a four-piece rock outfit from Leipzig, Germany and is composed of Oliver Meisel, Patrick Burkholder, Gerald Költzsch, and Jan Helch. Shandy Mandies might be based out of Leipzig, but the band has a bit more international flair, as Burkholder is from the US and Meisel is from the Great Britain. THE BOMBER JACKET spoke with Burkholder about […]

Introducing You to New Radio Waves: FluxFM

In 2004, Markus Kühn, former musician and marketing manager for Germany’s ZDF and Universal Records, and Mona Rübsamen, the former head of MTV Germany, set up a German radio station that focused on alternative music, with roughly 45 percent of the rotation as new music. The attempt was significant at the time, and it still proves […]