Berghain Shrines and Purity Rings

The following is a prose poetry narrative inspired by both Purity Ring‘s debut album, Shrines, and a trip I took to Berlin’s infamous electronic music nightclub, Berghain. It seemed apt for Berlin that Berghain was more or less in the middle of the city, yet in the middle of nowhere. The labyrinth of residential streets […]

Words for S ND Y P RL RS’s REX

A while back we profiled a new and upcoming musician/photographer in Berlin, S ND Y P RL  RS (Malte Cornelius Jantzen). The artist just released his latest work, a seven-track, sharp but droney, shoegazey record called REX (Umor Rex Records). When we spoke with him for the last article, Jantzen told us that the poppier sounds of […]

German Dream Pop: Me And My Drummer

In order for non-English-speaking bands to be heard and reach audiences outside of their respective countries, they need to have some kind of tangible, universal sound. Unsurprisingly and overwhelmingly, such a musical objective is met when a band writes and plays songs in English. Since its formation, the German band Me And My Drummer has […]

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 […]

S ND Y P RL RS, or “Sunday Parlours” Without Vowels

S ND Y P RL  RS (formerly Songs For Sunday Parlours) is the solo project of Berlin’s Malte Cornelius Jantzen. He’s German, but you’d never be able to tell. He writes songs in English that easily fit in with today’s American indie rock scene, sounding something like a male Cat Power, with some Conor Oberst […]

Speed Dating with KAKKMADDAFAKKA

People who don’t know the story behind the Norwegian band Kakkmaddafakka (pronounced Kahk-mah-dah-fahk-kah) might enter one of the band’s concerts and be taken aback by the spectacle, on and off the stage. Kakkmaddafakka’s crowd is young, loyal, and wild. They love everything about the band, and at any point in the night when one of the […]

A Real Conversation About Music with TV Buddhas

Some bands go through the highs and the lows of their careers thinking more about the system and less about the music, thinking things like: How do I make it in this scene? What websites need to review my music so that I can get big? Who should I work with so that my music can […]

A Peek Inside Berlin’s Most Coveted Nightclub, Berghain

THE BOMBER JACKET sent one of its writers to Berlin’s Berghain nightclub to check out the venue and share his experience with readers. Alright, let’s talk about Berghain. If you live in Berlin, or have just been to Berlin, there’s a very good chance that you’ve at least heard of the legendary nightclub. If you […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Female Pop Act “Boy” Making Strides in Germany

Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass are the brains behind the rather misleading musical group name “Boy.” Attention: Girls = Boy. Steiner was born in Switzerland, and Glass in Hamburg–totaling a geographical distance of 850 kilometers between cities–but not an inch came between the musical joining of the two young musicians. They first became acquainted with […]

New Electronic Music from the UK: Raffertie

“Raffertie” is one of the new buzz names out of London. The name belongs to a fresh 24-year-old electronic musician, Benjamin Stefanski. He’s a musician who takes the industry seriously, armed with a degree in classical and contemporary music composition from Birmingham Conservatoire and a handful of acclaimed releases under his belt. When asked if it’s […]

Into the Mind of A Composer: A Talk with Berlin’s Moritz Krämer

Moritz Krämer: A quiet, modest musician based out of the heart of Berlin’s culturally rich neighborhood, Kreuzberg. Krämer walks through life’s everyday moments in his songs, embellishing the difficult and beautiful times of relationships with poetic ease. He’s a German who writes and sings German text that’s absolutely saturated with raw emotion, enabling him to […]