Stories From A Canadian Musician In Germany

Traveling outside of Canada can be a bit overwhelming, especially for a Canadian musician who has never left his Continent before. But all it took was one click on the Lufthansa website and I was on my way. Oktoberfest was almost over and I was told that if I missed this Bavarian festival I would […]

New Songwriter Act from Montana: D A W N S

This article is about a month overdue. I’m writing most of it in first person, due to the personal, internal conflicts I’ve had while pursuing this story. I want to be open about it. As our readers know, THE BOMBER JACKET went on a mission during CMJ to discover and meet new projects from all […]

The Young Resurgence of Hip-Hop’s Jazz Roots

Since its beginning, hip-hop has been a fusion of jazz, funk, and soul music laced with the lyrical influences of spoken word poetry and storytelling. From the raw creation of the culture to the current age, DJs have delved deep into their parent’s record collections in hopes of finding the exact sample that pays homage […]

Uncovering the Anonymity of England’s Burial

What I’ve noticed in the last half-decade is a capitalistic ideal that strips some fantastic movements or projects of their luster, especially within modern American art. Take for example, the film industry, with stalwarts who love the idea of “series reboots.” Some work, like Chris Nolans’ “Batman” indeed reset well while others do not, like […]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Welcome Lack of Personality

When reviewing a band you feel like everyone else knows and loves–and has done for a very long time–it’s hard to find anything new to say about them. Sure, you can describe their music with a thesaurus to hand, or relay your live experience via the edgy medium of Haiku*, but you’re not really going […]

Last-minute Halloween Ideas, BOMBER JACKET Style

And now, RCE and THE BOMBER JACKET would like to offer our readers some last-minute halloween costume ideas. We all know how it is. You’re super-busy with work/school/being in a band/drugs/reddit, and you haven’t given enough thought to your Halloween costume. Suddenly, the holiday rolls around, all your friends are going to fun parties, and […]

Songs and Stories with Dirty Three

I’m standing in the front row at Neumos, a mid-size music venue on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, wondering why there’s a mic stand on stage. It’s an object that most concert-goers take for granted, marking the place where the lead singer will stand (for most of the performance, at least). But at a Dirty Three show, […]

Celebrating the Superb Lyricism of WHY?, PART II

In continuation of celebrating WHY?’s upcoming full-length, Mumps, Etc. (Anticon), we are again highlighting the band’s best lyrics from past releases. As stated in the last issue, many years in the making, Mumps, Etc. is the group’s fifth LP. It features Josiah’s wife Liz and boasts 13 tracks from the Cincinnati natives. This article is the second of three that will […]

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 […]

A Night on the Town in Barcelona: The Best Places to See Live Music

Spain can be an unusual location of curation for live music. The most prevalent trends are discotheques based around popular music (mostly American), hippie and rasta jam bands, or death metal. Anything else can be hard to come across unless you know where you’re looking. Even for a cosmopolitan contemporary cultural center like Barcelona, such […]

Celebrating Elliott Smith’s 43rd Birthday

On August 6, 1969, revered songwriter Elliott Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska. On October 21, 2003, Smith died from alleged self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest. This month, Smith’s former label Kill Rock Stars is celebrating what would have been Smith’s 43rd birthday and presenting Smith’s music in new and meaningful ways, releasing never-heard-before tracks […]

A Time For Change: Hip-Hop in Morocco

The Arab Spring has set in motion a series of revolutions, with varying degrees of violence and efficacy, that have shaped the political climate of the Middle East and North Africa for over a year now. It has been extremely satisfying to cheer on these democratic movements as leaders such as Ben Ali, Mubarak and […]

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 […]

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 […]