Summer Isn’t Over! (Music from Warmer Climates)

A musician’s ability to incorporate many styles while evolving and developing over time is essential to the musician’s career. The fusion of Cuban and African jazz styles with the world of hip-hop mentally stimulates listeners and transports them to different world. The following are some fusion-jazz beats and hip-hop sounds from the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. DJ Farrapo […]

Celebrating the Superb Lyricism of WHY?

Josiah and Yoni Wolf and Doug McDiarmid are the exceptional three-piece that forms the band WHY?. They’re known for their incredibly infectious beats and clever lyrics–somehow never being completely hip-hop, but never being completely rock. They have a fan base tighter than a Brooklyn hipster’s skinny jeans and their live shows are widely known to […]

“There is No Nature” Part II, Mount Eerie Sinking into the Ocean Roar

The following is a visual prose poetry response to Mount Eerie’s second 2012 release, Ocean Roar. It’s a continuation of the piece “Mount Eerie under the Clear Moon,” inspired by the first release, Clear Moon, and an interview with the artist, Phil Elverum. The car sped down the highway with an intensity of some impending unknown cataclysm until […]

Netherlands Incubate Festival 2012 Recap

Now in its eighth successful year, the Incubate Festival, which is held in the university town of Tilburg in the Netherlands, attracts an international audience to celebrate an eclectic variety of sounds and experiences, as well as hosting conferences and art projects, like independent film screenings and inventive exhibitions. “The spirit of creativity, innovation and […]

The Front Bottoms to Cruise Europa with The Menzingers

The “pop-punk” genre is sometimes overshadowed by newer, trendier forms of music today, but the genre is making huge strides in its third decade, with fresh bands vying for an audience that is still very much thriving. One band that is fairly new to the genre is New Jersey’s The Front Bottoms. They are heading […]

Introducing Vancouver’s Jordan Klassen

On September 13 Vancouver radio station 102.7 The Peak held the first of five showcases at The Red Room in Vancouver, featuring Canada’s Jordan Klassen. Klassen performed before an audience of around 400 people who hushed themselves as he began to play his storm-calming song called “On Your Collarbone,” which ends with a gentle refrain […]

The Strafing Run Talks to Lawrence Brown, a Local Musician Finding His Voice

Hi there, bombers! This week, I have a very special interview with a local musician making his way in the musical world. I met Christopher “Lawrence” Brown (he changed his stage name to Lawrence Brown for obvious reasons) a few years ago through his sister. Every time I’d see him, he’d be carrying his guitar, or playing […]

Kashka Emerges from Forest City Lovers

What once was a side project for Toronto’s Kat Burns, KASHKA is now the musician’s full-time outlet for musical expression. Ms. Burns is known for her work with her previous folk-pop band, Forest City Lovers: a project that truly made any dark moment lighter and brighter through flirtatious, charming, upbeat melodies. KASHKA, on the other […]

Bob Mould’s Silver Age Worth at Least A Silver Medal

Bob Mould (Merge Records), is the musical equivalent of grandma’s fancy silverware. Old, perfectly functional, beautiful to look at, locked in another era, more ornate then its newer contemporaries, and a delight to hold. Not that being old is bad. Mould, now in his fifties, was ahead of his time when he was playing in the […]

Listen to the artists from Issue #17

Listen to the artists from The Bomber Jacket Issue #17 including Mount Eerie, Why?, and Bob Mould.

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, […]