Quit Your Day Job

Quit Your Day Job: Port O’Brien

By brandon / April 30, 2008 - 11:29 am

Port O’Brien started three years ago as the duo (and couple) of Van Pierszalowski and Cambria Goodwin. The Bay Area band’s currently a quintet, but the two remain at the group’s core. It’s a highly autobiographical project, connected to where they travel and how they opt to live while doing it. For instance, they have… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Ponytail

By brandon / April 16, 2008 - 2:01 pm

Baltimore spastics Ponytail are set to release the appropriately titled, J. Robbins-produced Ice Cream Spiritual in June (it follows their 2005 debut, Kamehameha). Appropriate, because everything about the quartet shouts “sugar rush.” They make a sort of deconstructed art pop that balances off-kilter melodics with vocalist Molly Siegel’s savant Ono-isms. Also, drummer Jeremy Hyman used… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Citay

By brandon / April 9, 2008 - 11:44 am

Citay’s sophomore album Little Kingdom is a great dose of sweeping psychedelia. Think Byrds harmonies, Floydian pastoralism, and more than enough reasons to namedrop Popol Vuh. Despite those epic arcs, the SF septet’s songwriting and atmospherics are skillfully tight — like my favorite Twisted Village bands deciding that excess is absurd. With that mix of… More »

Quit Your Day Job: The Dodos

By brandon / April 2, 2008 - 11:34 am

On Visiter, San Francisco duo the Dodos wrestle flint-fingered jangles, busybody hardware-nicking drums, and ’60s (at times, Animal Collective-lite) melodicism into catchy, insistent folk-pop. Or something. Singer/guitarist Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber also fit chicken roasting and letterpress work into the daily mix. The boys recently ditched the jobs to go on a lengthy… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Kelley Polar

By brandon / March 26, 2008 - 11:10 am

Kelley Polar’s I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling — the the Croatian-born Juilliard-schooled violist/vocalist/composer’s follow up to 2005’s Love Songs Of The Hanging Gardens — is another great dose of his singular late-night Arthur Russell-meets-Italo Disco revving. This time out, there’s something more intimate and bedroom Europop about the hoarfrost. More »

Quit Your Day Job: Pattern Is Movement

By brandon / March 19, 2008 - 2:03 pm

Philadelphia duo Pattern Is Movement are about to release their unclassifiable third album All Together. Looking too deeply into childhood influences can get dicey, but maybe some of Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward’s excellently unique sound came from their beginnings: They both grew up in “strict” Pentecostal households and met as teens while part of… More »

Quit Your Day Job – SXSW Edition: Blitzen Trapper

By brandon / March 15, 2008 - 11:03 am

Since 2003, Blitzen Trapper self-released their first three albums, including Wild Mountain Nation, which caught on in ’07, led to bigger exposure, resulting in a contract with Sub Pop. The sextet’s currently on tour with labelmates Fleet Foxes — dates include shows with Menomena, Beach House, Papercuts, Mahjongg, Dr. Dog, Rogue Wave, Man Man, etc. More »

Quit Your Day Job – SXSW Edition: Man Man

By brandon / March 14, 2008 - 12:42 pm

At the time I interviewed Ryan Kattner, aka Man Man’s Honus Honus, he was already out the door of the Philadelphia coffee shop where he’d been making lattes, but was considering work as barback or bartender once tour was over. This was June ’07. The band has since signed to Anti-, who’re releasing their prematurelyMore »

Quit Your Day Job – SXSW Edition: Bon Iver

By brandon / March 13, 2008 - 10:47 am

This QYDJ interview with Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, took place a couple months ago. In that short period of time, he saw Jagjaguwar reissue the originally self-released For Emma, Forever Ago, received hearty New York Times and NPR praise, and released the video for “The Wolves (Act I & II),” which nails what I… More »

Quit Your Day Job – SXSW Edition: Yeasayer

By brandon / March 11, 2008 - 9:22 pm

After I interviewed Yeasayer in November ’07, they took off way beyond the low-level buzz the song “2080” was creating at that time. In the last few months, the guys have become key spokespeople for the Brooklyn scene on MTV and in the NY Times and converted Conan and a subway full of French folks. More »

Quit Your Day Job: Wye Oak

By brandon / March 5, 2008 - 4:53 pm

Baltimore’s Wye Oak play hushed, sometimes loud, always lush pop. It’s refreshingly tough to pin the duo down, but not in some over-eclectic, pseudo-avant way. It’s also refreshing to say they legitimately know how to write songs with great hooks. The sound is at times folky, but also brims with noise — as on swirling… More »

Quit Your Day Job: High Places

By brandon / February 27, 2008 - 10:54 am

The Brooklyn duo and BTW High Places don’t need too much of an introduction in these parts. Personally, I find myself listening to to their scattered, recently collected tracks quite a bit without getting tired of the dreamy, oddly tropical percussiveness. In fact, the songs keep getting better. At one point in the following interview… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Panther

By brandon / February 20, 2008 - 11:03 am

Not Panthers. I already talked with them. This is Panther, the Portland duo of founder Charlie Salas-Humara (vocals, cello, guitar, keys) and 31 Knots’ Joe Kelly (drums). 14kt God, the band’s first album as duo, came out on Kill Rock Stars yesterday, so the timing here at Quit You Day Job is pretty close to… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Blood On The Wall

By brandon / February 13, 2008 - 1:58 pm

I won’t pull punches: I love Blood On The Wall. From their self-titled debut to 2005’s Awesomer and the even, yes, awesomer Liferz the trio’s managed a scowling Mudhoney rock explosion that feels on the verge of tearing its seams until you notice it never had those annoying hemmed spots in the first place. A… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Witchcraft

By brandon / February 6, 2008 - 11:46 am

The last time we heard from the Swedish retro doom rockers Witchcraft was via their excellently appropriate Roky Erickson cover this past Halloween. Actually, as fitting as that would’ve been (witches, ghouls, Gremlins Have Pictures’s “Sweet Honey Pie”), it’s not entirely true: I listen to the quartet’s third (and in my opinion, best) album TheMore »

Quit Your Day Job: Hello, Blue Roses

By brandon / January 30, 2008 - 9:32 am

It happens. Like when I called up Hutch last March to talk about his life as a barista he’d recently quit. (Come to think of it, same thing happened with another singing ex-coffee slinger, Man Man’s Ryan Kattner.) So it goes with Sidney Vermont, one half of Hello, Blue Roses. Last I’d heard she wa… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Pig Destroyer

By brandon / January 23, 2008 - 1:51 pm

Surprisingly, Pig Destroyer’s Phantom Limb ended up on quite a few non-metal ’07 lists (along the Dillinger Escape Plan, another metal crossover). I prefer the double-stuffed 2004 half grind/half doom record Terrifyer — and think it’s the best of the Virginia band’s output — but there’s no denying Phantom’s a taut, thrilling, technically sick collection. More »

Quit Your Day Job: Roadside Graves

By brandon / January 16, 2008 - 1:29 pm

I find myself returning to the Roadside Graves’ No One Will Know Where You’ve Been at least once a week, which considering all the music piled against the walls in my apartment is a pretty huge feat. The Metuchen, New Jersey-born band fly beneath some radars, but those of us who find and love them… More »

Quit Your Day Job: Bon Iver

By brandon / January 9, 2008 - 2:00 pm

This first proper QYDJ of the year looks at work and life via an angle that’s close to my own background and heart: Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, grew up with the woods, and is currently building a recording studio on his father’s rural property. Connected to the Northwestern Wisconsin landscape in a deep sense,… More »

The Year In Day Jobs

By brandon / December 22, 2007 - 7:41 am

It was a good year for indie-rockers with day jobs … or bad, depending on how you view work or if downloading free music makes you feel guilty. Quit Your Day Job launched at the beginning of February ’07 with Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis, who shortly thereafter quit his day job as a biomedical… More »