Quit Your Day Job

Quit Your Day Job: Gun Outfit

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,…
brandon | April 22, 2009 - 11:11 am
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Quit Your Day Job: Crocodiles

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…
brandon | March 11, 2009 - 10:44 am
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Quit Your Day Job: Pretty & Nice

The Boston trio Pretty & Nice construct pop spectacles with guitars, drums, and various electronics. You could mention of Montreal in passing on "Piranha" or…
brandon | February 25, 2009 - 10:27 am
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Quit Your Day Job: The Welcome Wagon

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
brandon | February 11, 2009 - 11:11 am
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Quit Your Day Job: Bell

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,…
brandon | January 28, 2009 - 11:51 am

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

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…
brandon | December 10, 2008 - 10:33 am
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Quit Your Day Job: Crystal Stilts

In this special Thanksgiving installment of Quit Your Day Job, Frankie Rose and I talk a lot about drinks. When not bartending at Great Jone…
brandon | November 26, 2008 - 9:04 am
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Quit Your Day Job: The Broken West

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…
brandon | November 12, 2008 - 9:07 am
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Quit Your Day Job: The Dead C

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…
brandon | October 29, 2008 - 12:31 pm
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Quit Your Day Job: Midlake

Eric Pulido plays guitar in Midlake: The Texas band, who last released The Trials of Van Occupanther two years ago, are currently at work o…
brandon | October 1, 2008 - 11:44 am
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Quit Your Day Job: The New Year

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…
brandon | September 10, 2008 - 12:25 pm
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Quit Your Day Job: Megafaun

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,…
brandon | August 27, 2008 - 11:38 am
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Quit Your Day Job: Human Highway

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…
brandon | August 13, 2008 - 12:33 pm
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Quit Your Day Job: The War On Drugs

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 Canadia…
brandon | July 30, 2008 - 10:30 am
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Quit Your Day Job: Chromeo

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…
brandon | July 16, 2008 - 11:14 am
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Quit Your Day Job: Ungdomskulen

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…
brandon | July 2, 2008 - 10:54 am
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Quit Your Day Job: Lau Nau

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.
brandon | June 18, 2008 - 9:31 am
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Quit Your Day Job: Torche

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…
brandon | June 4, 2008 - 1:00 pm
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Quit Your Day Job: Death Cab For Cutie

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…
brandon | May 19, 2008 - 6:35 pm
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Quit Your Day Job: Valet

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…
brandon | May 14, 2008 - 1:54 pm
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