Quit Your Day Job

Quit Your Day Job: Port O’Brien

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…
brandon | April 30, 2008 - 11:29 am

Quit Your Day Job: Ponytail

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…
brandon | April 16, 2008 - 2:01 pm

Quit Your Day Job: Citay

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…
brandon | April 9, 2008 - 11:44 am

Quit Your Day Job: The Dodos

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…
brandon | April 2, 2008 - 11:34 am

Quit Your Day Job: Kelley Polar

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
brandon | March 26, 2008 - 11:10 am

Quit Your Day Job: Pattern Is Movement

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…
brandon | March 19, 2008 - 2:03 pm

Quit Your Day Job – SXSW Edition: Blitzen Trapper

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…
brandon | March 15, 2008 - 11:03 am

Quit Your Day Job – SXSW Edition: Man Man

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…
brandon | March 14, 2008 - 12:42 pm

Quit Your Day Job – SXSW Edition: Bon Iver

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…
brandon | March 13, 2008 - 10:47 am

Quit Your Day Job – SXSW Edition: Yeasayer

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…
brandon | March 11, 2008 - 9:22 pm

Quit Your Day Job: Wye Oak

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.
brandon | March 5, 2008 - 4:53 pm

Quit Your Day Job: High Places

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…
brandon | February 27, 2008 - 10:54 am

Quit Your Day Job: Panther

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…
brandon | February 20, 2008 - 11:03 am

Quit Your Day Job: Blood On The Wall

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'…
brandon | February 13, 2008 - 1:58 pm

Quit Your Day Job: Witchcraft

The last time we heard from the Swedish retro doom rockers Witchcraft was via their excellently appropriate Roky Erickson cover this past Halloween. Actually, a…
brandon | February 6, 2008 - 11:46 am

Quit Your Day Job: Hello, Blue Roses

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…
brandon | January 30, 2008 - 9:32 am

Quit Your Day Job: Pig Destroyer

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…
brandon | January 23, 2008 - 1:51 pm

Quit Your Day Job: Roadside Graves

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…
brandon | January 16, 2008 - 1:29 pm

Quit Your Day Job: Bon Iver

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,…
brandon | January 9, 2008 - 2:00 pm

The Year In Day Jobs

It was a good year for indie-rockers with day jobs ... or bad, depending on how you view work or if downloading free music make…
brandon | December 22, 2007 - 7:41 am