Quit Your Day Job

Quit Your Day Job: Lemonade

By Stereogum / August 19, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Quit Your Day Job is a series that ran on Stereogum from 2007 to 2013, and in that space, we talked to dozens of indie artists — from Girl Talk to the National to Deerhunter to the Hold Steady — about the work they did when not making music, the things they did to make,… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Bleeding Rainbow

By Wyatt Marshall / January 17, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Philadelphia garage rockers Bleeding Rainbow — formerly Reading Rainbow — have been busy prepping their new album, Yeah Right, due out 1/29 on Kanine Records. Three songs from Yeah Right have been released already: the fuzzy, anthemic “Waking Dream,” the driving, punk-inflected “Pink Ruff,” and the dreamy and catchy “Drift Away.” Founding guitarist and vocalist… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Nude Beach

By Corban Goble / November 7, 2012 - 2:24 pm

A couple of weeks ago, Brooklyn rockers Nude Beach dropped the memorable clip for “Some Kinda Love,” a clip where an invisible narrator went through some kind of nervous breakdown. But, that wasn’t the only truly notable thing about the video; in the clip, the narrator walks us through the day jobs of Nude Beach’… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Fort Lean

By Corban Goble / November 1, 2011 - 2:52 pm

Though we’ve known about beachy indie rockers Fort Lean for a little while, the group made a major splash at CMJ thanks to glowing praise from outlets like The New York Times. Before that, though, I saw somebody I followed on Twitter thank Fort Lean’s Zach Fried for his help in finding an apartment i… More »

Quit Your Day Job: G-Side

By Tom Breihan / October 20, 2011 - 2:54 pm

Over the past three years, the great Huntsville, Alabama rap duo G-Side have released three full albums, with another, Island, coming in November. And even more impressive: They’ve done all this while working full-time at two not-exactly-glamorous jobs. ST 2 Lettaz shoots low-budget music videos now, but he only recently left his job at a… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Tony Castles

By brandon / April 26, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Brooklyn-based Das Racist-associated pop crew Tony Castles recently released the No Service EP, a five song collection featuring a track called “Dream Job” — though not all the work the “freak funk” trio are here to discuss sounds especially dreamy. Guitarist/keyboardist Willie Miesmer is employed by WNYC and drives a truck for an antique furniture… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Hunx And His Punx

By brandon / February 14, 2011 - 5:23 pm

Onetime Gravy Train!!!! frontman Seth Bogart is the leopard-printed/speedo-wearing Hunx of Hunx And His Punx (or, these days, Punkettes). His Oakland-based band’s debut album comes out next month. In addition to his campy vintage rock ‘n’ roll and that Girls video cameo (remember, it was his penis being used as a microphone), Bogart co-runs a… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Buke And Gass

By brandon / April 22, 2010 - 11:16 am

I first saw Buke And Gass last summer at Joe’s Pub as part of the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series. They performed some of their songs on a bill where I did a reading about black metal (and, separately, Colin Stetson made his saxophone sound like black metal). I’d never heard them before that… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Janka Nabay

By brandon / April 9, 2010 - 11:34 am

The Bubu King EP — a four-song collection that marries hyper ramshackle beats with addictive West African chants and singing — breezes past in 20 minutes. On certain days I listen to it half a dozen times in a row. Janka Nabay, the man behind the collection, came to the States from Sierra Leone eight year… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Salome

By brandon / February 25, 2010 - 5:10 pm

Salome is one of the most exciting bands in underground metal. We’re talking top 5. I booked the Virginia trio twice in a four month span for my old Show No Mercy series because they’re so compelling live — they could be counted on to blow away just about any audience with their cathartic, smart,… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Woven Bones

By brandon / January 20, 2010 - 9:06 am

The Austin garage trio Woven Bones make dark, fuzzed, primitive, foot-stomping garage rockabilly shot through with J&MC, VU, and the Damned. (And you can extend that list to include a number of “the” bands: the Gun Club, the Troggs, the Cramps, etc.) I say trio, but right now guitarist/vocalist Andrew Burr and bassist Matty Nichol… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Blessure Grave

By brandon / January 6, 2010 - 1:21 pm

Reyna Kay is one half of Blessure Grave, the gothy Hellhammer-referencing South California death rock band and one-time Outsiders you should expect big things from in 2010. (Well, amongst those of us who listen to Swans, Cocteau Twins, KUKL, and old Siouxsie & the Banshees and feel our hearts skip a beat.) When I approached… More »

Quit Your Day Job: The Fresh & Onlys

By brandon / November 18, 2009 - 9:47 am

San Francisco’s the Fresh & Onlys make for great autumn listening. There’s something gothy about their psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll swing, but the sort of vintage wind-blown vibe that’s more internal than dyed hair or eyeliner. That atmosphere was definitely there on “Invisible Forces” and “Dude’s Got A Tender Heart.” You know, a sort of… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Bear In Heaven

By brandon / November 11, 2009 - 11:29 am

A couple of months ago, we posted Bear In Heaven’s “Lovesick Teenagers” in the midst of the deaths of John Hughes and Patrick Swayze. It colored the song then and has provided me a framework that still affects me when I hear it. The Jon Philpot-fronted Brooklyn (via Georgia and Alabama) quartet offer a number… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Cold Cave

By brandon / October 28, 2009 - 10:34 am

When we called recent Philadelphia/New York crew Cold Cave a Band To Watch last December, we mentioned Heartworm Press, which frontman Wesley Eisold runs with the writer, curator, and now-again Cold Cave member Max G. Morton (who shows up candleside in the video for “Love Comes Close“). Heartworm released the first Cold Cave collection ComaMore »

Quit Your Day Job: LAKE

By brandon / September 30, 2009 - 12:41 pm

The sunny psychedelic pop housed on LAKE’s Let’s Build A Roof deepens and interestingly darkens the Olympia group’s previous output. The dozen songs were produced by Karl Blau, someone who clearly has a knack for adding layers without losing a creaky, natural spaciousness (and someone they tour with in October/November). A ways back I mentioned… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Foreign Born

By brandon / July 23, 2009 - 11:01 am

When we spoke with Matt Popieluch about non-album track “Wander Aimlessly,” the Foreign Born vocalist/guitarist/”lo-fi renaissance man” mentioned that the song was partially inspired while he was driving to “a shitty temp job.” A few days later I asked him about his current employment situation and it turns out he works for the environmental non-profit… More »

Quit Your Day Job: The Rayographs

By brandon / July 8, 2009 - 11:35 am

At the beginning of the year, we said UK trio the Rayographs were a band worth watching. As mentioned then, guitarist/vocalist Astrud Steehouder conjures Grace Slick (or, to get more contemporary, Mira Billotte working with the Breeders) amid the band’s dark psychedelia. They had a great first 7″ then. There’s a great second 7″ out… More »

Quit Your Day Job: The Antlers

By brandon / June 25, 2009 - 9:50 am

Lately Brooklyn’s the Antlers have been the topic of more (and more) conversations. Yesterday we posted a track from the icily anthemic trio’s self-released and emotionally drained/draining Hospice, which is about to be re-released via Frenchkiss. (If you haven’t heard it, as mentioned previously, it’s currently streaming at Spinner.) The band’s here today because frontma… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Suckers

By brandon / May 13, 2009 - 10:15 am

So far the group-chanting Brooklyn BTW Suckers are best known for their outfits, a self-titled EP produced by Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder and Chris Moore (TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and a lineup featuring fellow BTW Quinn Walker. That, and a “2080”-style, occasionally dub-y sound constructed from joyful synth-and-percussion combos. Now maybe they’ll be… More »

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