Quit Your Day Job

Quit Your Day Job: Gun Outfit

By brandon / April 22, 2009
Despite the comparisons (blame the one sheet), Olympia's Gun Outfit sound much more like Some Velvet Sidewalk (or, really, King Kong) than Dinosaur: Their straight-ahead, bass-free punk-inflected rock is definitely old-school in spirit, which is maybe why folks are fond of referencing SST, but the fit's not quite right. The trio's debut, out now o… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Crocodiles

By brandon / March 11, 2009
San Diego BTW Crocodiles evoke Jesus & Mary Chain, VU, and the Spacemen 3 with their stripped-down, dark noise-pop, but the duo is one of our favorite new bands because they write super songs, not because I'm obsessed with Darklands: It's one thing to own a good set of influences, another thing entirely turning… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Pretty & Nice

By brandon / February 25, 2009
The Boston trio Pretty & Nice construct pop spectacles with guitars, drums, and various electronics. You could mention of Montreal in passing on "Piranha" or "Peekaboo," etc., but more interestingly, think of bands they themselves list as influences like Braniac (a sunnier take on them, but the structural shifts are there), Ex Models, Q… More »


Quit Your Day Job: The Welcome Wagon

By brandon / February 11, 2009
A ways back I did a post about the Welcome Wagon's cover of the Smiths' "Half A Person" from their debut album Welcome To The Welcome Wagon. The band's essentially the betrothed duo of Reverend Thomas Vito and Monique Aiuto, but Sufjan Stevens produced and helped arrange the very Sufjan-esque collection and there are… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Bell

By brandon / January 28, 2009
Brooklyn BTW Olga Bell has a new single out in March via twosyllable (7"/digital) and a number of shows at SXSW, but between band activities, she also has piano lessons to teach. A bunch of them. Her students range in age from three to somewhere in the 60s. She's all over the place, noting… More »


Quit Your Day Job: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

By brandon / December 10, 2008
In February, New York BTW the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are releasing their self-titled full-length collection of jangly, noisy indie pop on the most fitting of labels, Slumberland. We recently posted the video for album track "Everything For You," which might have reminded you of Black Tambourine or other bands Slumberland… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Crystal Stilts

By brandon / November 26, 2008
In this special Thanksgiving installment of Quit Your Day Job, Frankie Rose and I talk a lot about drinks. When not bartending at Great Jones Cafe in New York City the ex-Vivian Girl plays stand-up drums in Crystal Stilts, the Brooklyn band that recently released Alight Of Night, a tight collection of dark minimalist, melancholic… More »


Quit Your Day Job: The Broken West

By brandon / November 12, 2008
Ross Flournoy, the Memphis-born lead vocalist and guitarist for the Samuel Beckett referencing (I Can't Go On, I'll Go On) Los Angeles pop quartet the Broken West, writes and records soundtracks for DVDs when not performing songs from his band's second full-length Now Or Heaven. I asked Flournoy a bit about the process and how… More »


Quit Your Day Job: The Dead C

By brandon / October 29, 2008
The Dead C are longtime musical heroes of mine. The trio formed in Dunedin, New Zealand way back in 1986. Next to Harry Pussy, no band was as important to me when I was developing a taste for noise. Not just the Dead C as an entity, but the other bands/solo projects Michael Morley, Bruce… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Midlake

By brandon / October 1, 2008
Eric Pulido plays guitar in Midlake: The Texas band, who last released The Trials of Van Occupanther two years ago, are currently at work on a followup in their Denton studio. Pulido also stays busy running a coffee company Cappulido and Nova Posta Vinyl, a label he started with fellow Bella Union artist… More »


Quit Your Day Job: The New Year

By brandon / September 10, 2008
For this back to school Quit Your Day Job, I spoke with Matt Kadane, who with his brother Bubba, has been making gorgeous music for the greater part of the past two decades, first with the perfectly named Bedhead (1992 - 1998) and then the New Year (1999 to the present). Like the New Year'… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Megafaun

By brandon / August 27, 2008
Raleigh-via-Eau Clair BTW Megafaun debuted impressively earlier this year with Bury The Square. The trio nip-and-tuck experimental tendencies (tape splicing, white noise colliding with banjo, junkyard-laced spring reverb, screeching feedback at the tail end of a quiet back porch lament) and spacey explorations (see the second half of "Find Your Mark") into epic barber-sho… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Human Highway

By brandon / August 13, 2008
Human Highway is the collaboration between Islands' Nick Thorburn and Royal City-associated songwriter and solo artist Jim Guthrie. Their debut Moody Motorcycle is out next week. A little while ago we posted about two of the album tracks, hushed toe-tapper "The Sound" and HH's foray into '50s/'60s prom dancing, "Sleep Talking." Today I offer… More »


Quit Your Day Job: The War On Drugs

By brandon / July 30, 2008
The War On Drugs play psychedelic, scruffy guitar grit with Dylan-esque (via Tom Petty) overtones and Springsteen anthemics, but a spacier vibe. Their Secretly Canadian debut full-length Wagonwheel Blues is full of spacious jams piloted by the war stories of songwriter Adam Granduciel (vocals and guitar) with the help of guitarist Kurt Vile, bassist Dave… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Chromeo

By brandon / July 16, 2008
Chromeo's the Montreal/New York electro duo of childhood friends P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) and Dave I (David Macklovitch). Gemayel handles keyboards/synths and talk box. Maclovitch, the other vocals and guitar. The Deluxe Edition of their 2007 album Fancy Footwork, aka Fancier Footwork, came out a couple of weeks ago on Vice. It's a two-disc comp of… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Ungdomskulen

By brandon / July 2, 2008
The Bergen trio Ungdomskulen play proggy post punk, mixing chops and hooks with a sense of humor. But they don't sound like Primus. When I was in Norway a couple years ago, "Ungdomskulen" seemed to be on everybody's lips (or at least the metal-esque guys I ran into). I was told time again about their… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Lau Nau

By brandon / June 18, 2008
I'm a big fan of Finnish free-folk -- or whatever you want to call it -- especially the work of Laura Naukkarinen, aka Lau Nau. I was lucky enough to catch her, along with some of her… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Torche

By brandon / June 4, 2008
Torche's Meanderthal is definitely one of the best albums of the year. Accordingly, I listen to it more than I probably should (basically daily). We posted "Healer" some time ago. If that's all you've heard from the record, you should be blown away by the sludge-pop goodness of "Grenades" (ignore pun), which you'll find… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Death Cab For Cutie

By brandon / May 19, 2008
Outside of recording, touring, reading Kerouac, and the like, the guys in Death Cab For Cutie no longer spend their days embroiled in manual labor ... but not too long ago, they did. For this special installment of Quit Your Day Job, the band's rhythm section -- bassist Nick Harmer and drummer Jason McGerr --… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Valet

By brandon / May 14, 2008
Valet is Honey Owens. She was recently on tour as a member of Atlas Sound, but if you want to hear her own unique approach to homegrown ambiance, check out her beautiful sophomore album Naked Acid. I posted one of its standouts "Keehar" in the Outsiders a few months ago, and have the beautiful… More »