What’s It Take to Be A Decent Lover?

“I just wanna be where the honey is sweetest,” is the mindset of The Decent Lovers’ singer/songwriter Elijah Wyman. A man who, in 2007, became deathly ill and received  a kidney transplant from label-mate/collaborator Jason Rozens. Apart from internal organs, the two also swap beats and song ideas in the band’s overlooked April 2012 release, Quit Trying. Asheville, […]

The Real Fairy Tales of Fanny Roz

Once upon a time there was a musician named Fanny Roz. Her story involved snail races, tree houses, smokey French jazz bars, magical beaches in Chile, and a tale of two cities. It was the best of times…yeah, okay, it all really sounded like it was pretty much the best of times… The whole story of […]

Gerry Loves Records and We Like Gerry A Lot

Last issue we had a guest article from Adam Piggot of Scotland’s web-based music database, Touch Sensitive. In the article, Piggot lists a group of Scottish labels that he recommends. One of the labels is Gerry Loves Records: A fairly new and independent label based in Edinburgh, Scotland. After perusing the GLR website and listening […]

The Brilliant State of Bee Thousand and Guided by Voices

It’s a big year for Guided by Voices. After calling it quits in 2004, some 21 years and 15 albums into one of the more prolific careers alternative music had ever seen, GBV resurrected in 2010 and, among other things, played the greatest rock ‘n’ roll show I have ever seen in my life. This […]

God’s Favorite Beefcake Shall Not Be Moved

This piece is not an obituary or memorial. It is not a news story either. Tragedy affects us all in different ways, and I am writing to try to process what happened in Seattle, Washington on May 30, 2012 and understand how the local music scene was affected by the loss of two of its […]

Re: Emily White, David Lowry, and Everyone Else Who is Interested – Condoning the Disposable Music Culture

Last night I went out in Brooklyn to a see band I’ve been listening to for a few years now. I hadn’t seen the band perform live in a while because I’d been living abroad, so I was looking forward to seeing them play again. I probably saw them over ten times back when I […]

How So Many Dynamos Redefined Musical Productivity

So Many Dynamos

How do you define musical productivity? So Many Dynamos has had a busy three years since The Loud Wars was released, though that might not be obvious to casual observers of the band, people who only pay attention to things like record releases and tours. Since releasing The Loud Wars in June of 2009 and […]

The Strafing Run: A Deep Talk with Talented Local Musician, Deathbeforedigital

Hello, dear readers. I confess, I was worried about this issue. I didn’t think I’d find anything to write about in time. I couldn’t get ahold of any of the musicians I wanted to get in touch with, I’d already done a top 25 of 2012, and there were no huge shows going on that […]

Wanderlust: The Vision Quest:: A Traveling Mix

When traveling alone, all the songs that you can fit in your pocket or in your car can become the best friend you could have. Sometimes the right songs can help block out the world and lull you to sleep on an uncomfortable bench during an airport layover. The right playlist can keep you awake […]

Dorkin’ Out with The Spinto Band

Somewhat surprisingly The Spinto Band has been manufacturing its own kind of aural happiness for 15 years. After a slew of late ‘90s basement recordings, they emerged in 2005 with the infectiously sincere Nice and Nicely Done (Bar/None) and the single “Oh, Mandy.” They’ve since been hard at work touring Europe, getting lots of love from international blogs, […]

Sones, the Strange Ones

Good local music can be hard to come across in Barcelona unless you know where to look. The city is a little bit fragmented as there’s a bigger draw to drunken discotheques, heavy metal bars or jazz and flamenco. “Indie rock” bands can be hard to find, because there aren’t too many of them and […]

Liars, Teach Me How To Be A Person

Liars’ blog is a strange video diary of sorts leading up to, but not stopping at, the release of the band’s new album, WIXIW (pronounced “wish you”). Starting back in October of 2011 with the announcements of finding a recording space and a producer, the blog then introduces a number of loops and samples in […]

Primavera Sound 2012 Wrap-up

The Parc del Forúm is an excellent location for Primavera Sound, because the Spanish heat gets intense, particularly in the front row crowds, but there’s always a cool sea breeze that hits you just at the right moment. The three main festival days were full of a lot of excellent performances and I even had […]

The Strafing Run: Let’s Make Brownbird Flap his Wings

On May 30, 2012 Reltone recording artists Los Bastardos Magnificos and Brownbird Rudy Relic performed at The Darkhorse Tavern here in lovely downtown State College, Pa. THE BOMBER JACKET was on hand to see the show and talk to the artists afterward. Here for your viewing pleasure is our two-part interview, painstakingly (and amateurishly) assembled […]

A New Web-Based Music Directory from Scotland

Glasgow, Scotland’s Adam Piggot is the head of Touch Sensitive: a new online directory of underground and alternative music from Scotland, Spain and around the world. Piggot discovered THE BOMBER JACKET through a Spanish artist we covered. We got talking and decided it would be a good idea for Piggot to write a guest article […]