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 […]

Getting Bombed with The Young Evils at CMJ

Troy Nelson and Mackenzie Mercer met while working at West Seattle’s Easy Street record shop. Add Nelson’s former guitar student Cory Hurd and newly joined Michael Lee and Eric Wennberg, and you get The Young Evils: a poppy but edgy quintet that is semi-new to the industry as a whole, although each band member has years […]

Ben Gibbard Plays New Record and Old Songs on his Solo Tour

Everyone has their soundtrack to their middle school, high school, and college years: songs that connect memories with feelings, making you recall specific moments of your past that you were sure you had forgotten. On and off throughout those years, Ben Gibbard‘s youthful voice used to blast through my car stereo’s speakers, helping me figure […]

The Strafing Run: Having a Psychic Conversation of 20 Questions with Charles Rowell of the Crocodiles

Dayum. Sometimes, life is actually pretty great. I’m talking Cheezeburger great. Hulk bodyslamming Andre great. High Times quality great. Seeing the Crocodiles rock faces off at a hookah lounge with a hundred other freaks is great. Yes, Crocodiles came to little ole State College, Pa to play a wild show at Chronic Town Hookah lounge, […]

Ty Segall Makes Us Feel Lazy by Releasing Third Album This Year, Twins

Ty Segall's new album Twins

I mean, seriously Ty Segall. We get it. You’re a rising badass star musician laying down killer riff after killer riff, leaving smoking craters of rock destruction in your wake at show after show. You’ve cast a wicked, twisted shadow over the rest of the indie music world by making uncompromisingly powerful music that is […]

“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 […]

Jherek Bischoff’s Invisible Orchestra

The instruments started disappearing in the evening, as the last rays of sunlight seeped into the room through the stained glass windows. Trumpets and trombones were blown away, while violins and violas crept out from under tucked chins. Yet the orchestra played on, feeling for invisible strings with their invisible bows, making the drums and […]

Stephen Steinbrink and the Great Greyhound Tour

If the lighter and darker music of The Beatles, The Shins, Elliott Smith, Ben Gibbard, and Nick Drake could all somehow melt into one sound of today, it would be called Stephen Steinbrink. Or maybe it would be called French Quarter. Or in this particular case, it could be either. Stephen Steinbrink is a 24-year-old musician who […]

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 […]

From Little Norway to Nagahama: A Q&A with Lemolo

While THE BOMBER JACKET was on hiatus for the summer, Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood hosted its 16th annual Block Party: a three-day music festival featuring over a hundred artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Each day, local radio station KEXP selected a handful of bands to play an additional set during its live broadcast […]

“There Is No Nature,” Mount Eerie under the Clear Moon

The following article is a narrative written after an interview with Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum. It’s intended to be a reaction to his latest album, Clear Moon, and the things discussed in the interview. The full transcript can be found below the narrative, at the end of the article. Mount Eerie loomed in white with curtains […]

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 […]

Song Premiere from Emperor X + Euro Tour News

We at THE BOMBER JACKET are happy to premiere a new song from Emperor X today for our tenth issue. Stream here: Emperor X is the moniker for Los Angeles musician C.R. Matheny. In the last ten years of his career in music, Matheny has released six studio albums, the latest of which is Western Teleport–a […]

Four 2012 Albums You May Have Missed

Right now is a great time to be a indie music journalist. Every week brings a flood of new music from great artists, only to be washed away by a fresher flood of newer releases before you can fully digest the last album you heard.  Even people who make a living off of staying on […]

Drumming in the Garage with Neal Morgan

I saw Neal Morgan play a show in Dresden, Germany last fall. He opened for and played with Bill Callahan at an old concert hall in the outskirts of the city. I went to the show last minute and until that night, I was unaware that Morgan often played and toured with Callahan. Morgan’s drum-intense, […]