Quit Your Day Job

Quit Your Day Job: Fucked Up

By brandon / December 19, 2007 - 1:05 pm

Fucked Up are one of my favorites. From their occasionally bloody, always ecstatic live shows and smart-ass/smart politics to the fist-pumpers packed onto Hidden World and the charged, sex-workers’s-rights epic “Year Of The Pig,” the Toronto hardcore quintet (sometimes sextet, etc.) nail the things that move me most about music. (How did Pink Eyes not… More »


Quit Your Day Job: The Acorn

By brandon / December 12, 2007 - 4:32 pm

The Acorn are like a weird combo of Sufjan Stevens and Poi Dog Pondering. Trust me on this. The Ottawa band’s second full-length Glory Hope Mountain is based on frontman Rolf Klausener’s mother, Gloria Esperanza Montoya. No worries, though, they don’t take it into the realm of Rehearsing My Choir: Gloria’s contribution comes via interview… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Laura Veirs

By brandon / December 5, 2007 - 2:31 pm

We posted last week about Portland singer-songwriter Laura Veirs offering music lessons out of her Oregon home. Anyone sign up yet? (Me, I’m sorta hoping the “I like turtles” zombie kid throws his pick into the ring … he’s from the area and all.) We learned a few things from the notice Laura circulated: She… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Clipd Beaks

By brandon / November 28, 2007 - 2:51 pm

Appropriately monikered Thanksgiving-week BTW Clipd Beaks are one of my favorite recent listens: A Drum’s Not Dead/Liars atmosphere shattered against a more smart ass post-no wave sensibility. The Minnesota-to-Oakland quartet sport a great Sightings-tight rhythm section — comprising childhood pals bassist Scott Ecklein and drummer Ray Benjamin — but what sets them especially apart i… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Bodies Of Water

By brandon / November 21, 2007 - 1:19 pm

Bodies Of Water’s spiraling, gospel-tinged gold sounds have been in heavy rotation around here for a few months. From “It Is Familiar” and “These Are the Eyes” (posted here), through the summery Take-Away versions of “I Heard It Sound” and “I Guess I’ll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I Guess” (there), and now “Doves Circled… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Division Day

By brandon / November 14, 2007 - 5:42 pm

We’ve given Division Day a bit of coverage for covering other people’s songs — Roxy Music and Sponge, Depeche Mode, and Sunny Day Real Estate, among others. It’s not that they’re an official cover band — it was all in celebration and anticipation of their remastered and expanded 2007 Beartrap Island. The full-length debut wa… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Yeasayer

By brandon / November 7, 2007 - 1:02 pm

This past summer Yeasayer’s kid-choired “2080” made a lot of noise, oiling a few hype machines, but the quartet took their sweet old time releasing a proper debut. (I remember researching a piece on the band in July and having no luck turning up photos.) There was that “2080”/”Sunrise” 12″, but believe it or not… More »


Quit Your Day Job: West Indian Girl

By brandon / October 31, 2007 - 5:20 pm

Considering the time L.A. sextet West Indian Girl spend talking about water on 4th & Wall, I was figuring at least one of them worked as a lifeguard or marine biologist … synchronized swimmer? Well, we do have an ex-crab boat worker as well as someone currently employed at a day spa, both of which… More »


Quit Your Day Job: HEALTH

By brandon / October 24, 2007 - 5:12 pm

We’ve already spoken a couple times about the thrilling kitchen-sink noise-pop of L.A.-based Band To Watch HEALTH. So far, though, no real word on the guys’ current employment status. Turns out affixing a job to each member’s a bit easier than explaining exactly what the four do in the forever-shifting lineup/live show: Jake Duzsik, a… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Magik Markers

By brandon / October 17, 2007 - 4:01 pm

NY/SF duo Magik Markers have been a live favorite for a long while. After dropping a member and releasing the excellent Lee Ranaldo-produced BOSS, vocalist/guitarist Elisa Ambrogio and ten-men-in-one drummer Pete Nolan are proving equally compelling (albeit calmer, less bloodied) songwriters. Full disclosure: I’m a pal of Ambrogio’s. Even if I wasn’t, though, there’s no… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Pissed Jeans

By brandon / October 10, 2007 - 3:31 pm

When my gal was young she assumed her uncle was Billy Joel because he played the piano and lived in Allentown. No dice, Joel was just singing about rusty, steel-lined Allentown — plus, the piano man was born in the Bronx. Now, though, there are more than likely kids who can claim shared blood with… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Le Loup

By brandon / October 3, 2007 - 7:28 pm

D.C. septet and Band To Watch Le Loup (“The Wolf,” if you’re French) first charmed us with thee lengthy Dr. Bronner song titles, Dante references, and electro-acoustic excursions of their The Throne Of The Third Heaven Of The Nations’ Millennium General Assembly debut. Multi-tasking frontman Sam Simkoff handles one of many voices, banjo, computer, keyboards,… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Figurines

By brandon / September 26, 2007 - 7:38 pm

Ever hope to be an astronaut or a ballerina when you were a kid? Operating somewhere in the vicinity of that kinda job-description, Christian Hjelm, Figurines‘s guitar-toting frontman, works as a video game tester. Yessir, as some of you’ve mentioned in the past, not all the jobs covered here are necessarily dirty or overly stressful… More »


Quit Your Day Job: The Forms

By brandon / September 19, 2007 - 6:07 pm

Not sure if it’s a good or bad thing, but most of our favorite bands seem to have jobs, so it’s only a matter of time before they end up at Quit You Day Job. Stereogum’s never been shy about loving The Forms, one of New York City’s most underrated rock crews, so we were… More »


Quit Your Day Job: The Caribbean

By brandon / September 12, 2007 - 6:09 pm

Longstanding D.C. quartet the Caribbean have deep roots in that area’s scene through their current project as well as past work in Townies and Dischord indie-punks Smart Went Crazy (drummer Anthony Dennison). The band’s third album Populations is their most delicate collection of expansive encyclopedia-pop, where fleshed-out scenes — “I took to Wayne Lee cuz… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Augie March

By brandon / September 5, 2007 - 12:22 pm

We’ve already shown Augie March plenty of love, but so far haven’t delved into the personal lives of the the Australian quintet. Figured a literate rock crew would have good stories to tell, so I snooped around and found out drummer Dave Williams works as a parking lot attendant. Score. After Dave’s tales of junkies,… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Oxford Collapse

By brandon / August 29, 2007 - 3:01 pm

Basement-storming Brooklyn post-punk trio Oxford Collapse penned “Please Visit Your National Parks,” one of the best shout-out-loud anthems of 2006, but get less credit for mellower, slinkier moments that cast a nighttime shading on the slippery Mission Of Jehu guitars/chorusing. The band’s aptly titled third full-length Remember The Night Parties is out now on Su… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Les Savy Fav

By brandon / August 22, 2007 - 11:37 am

Those New York art-punks and video-contest bigwigs Les Savy Fav don’t need much of an introduction, but maybe their jobs do: Guitarist Seth Jabour works as an art director in the marketing department of a fragrance company (he comes up with the visuals) and hyperactive, crowd-kissing, prop-wielding, skivvies-sporting frontman and drug-lingo expert Tim Harrington fittingly… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Tiny Vipers

By brandon / August 15, 2007 - 12:11 pm

Tiny Vipers, aka Jesy Fortino, recently released her Sub Pop debut Hands Across The Void: It’s a spare collection of patient, painterly acoustic folk with an at times teeming, droning undertow. Actually, “folk” doesn’t accurately describe what she’s doing. Take your time with it. Songs like “Campfire Resemblance” and “Forest On Fire” (check the furiou… More »


Quit Your Day Job: Lewis & Clarke

By brandon / August 8, 2007 - 11:59 am

Hearing tales of Lou Rogai’s day-job multi-tasking, I assumed he kept Stereofave Lewis & Clarke’s trance-folk hypnotic because it offered a meditative pause. Turns out, though, working as a house painter, landscaper, real-estate help-desk operator, label owner, and father fit together into a rather mellow life. In fact, the day I initially contacted the multi-instrumentalist,… More »