01 May

This Week in Music: 5-1-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

A Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck album will be out this summer, featuring demos and other lost songs

Watch Blur perform “Ong Ong” on The Tonight Show

YouTube Audio Stream: Foxygen – 24 Hour Lover Man

Music Video: Toro y Moi – Lilly

R&B singer Ben E. King (“Stand By Me”) has died at age 76

Music Video: Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

YouTube Audio Stream: Titus Andronicus – Dimed Out

Music Video: Tobias Jesso Jr. – Without You

YouTube Audio Stream: Tame Impala – Disciples

YouTube Audio Stream: SOAK – Digital Witness (St. Vincent cover)

30 Apr

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-30-15

Wrapping up Pick Your Poison for this week, don’t miss some dynamite tracks in this set from Blind Lake, The Corner Laughers, The Dirty Blond,e Lossy and Surfin’ Mutants Pizza Party. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream new songs from Chelsea Wolfe, Crocodiles, DMA’s, Eskimeaux, Heyrocco, High Wolf, Jack + Eliza, Maribou State and Yukon Blonde.

Amber Edgar – Good Will Rise

Blind Lake – Lately

Chicos – Hooked (Lefti Remix)

The Corner Laughers – Queen of the Meadow

The Dirty Blonde – Take You Under

Josh Gilligan – Fury

Lossy – Hackney Brook

Steve Benjamins – Sightlines

Structure – Let’s GO!

Surfin’ Mutants Pizza Party – Brain Avenue
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29 Apr

Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 4-29-15

Get past the mid-week blues with some fresh new music. There’s some great mp3s today from La Garconne, Nightmare Fortress, Reina del Cid, Snowbride and Todd Tobias. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Alessia, Avec Sans, Cayucas, Cheena, Doldrums (ft. Samantha Urbani), ON AN ON, Sabella, Sam Dew as well as Trails and Ways.

La Garçonne – I’m On Punch

Little Daylight – Runaround (Chordashian Remix)

Luxley – Spirit (Youngblood Hawke Remix)

Micha Moor – Tromba (Original Mix)

Nightmare Fortress – A Life Worth Leaving

Plaster Cast – Sunless

Reina del Cid – The Fall

Shy Girls – Clean Cut (Ellie Herring Remix)

Snowbride – Ama, Star of the Ocean

Todd Tobias – Suvarnabhumi
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28 Apr

Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 4-28-15

May I wish you and yours a very blessed Taco Tuesday. May your tortilla be overflowing with delicious meats, and may your Pick Your Poison be stacked with quality new music. Enjoy downloads today from Dutch Party, Idlewild, Monster Jaw and The Star Department. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from Alden Penner (ex-Unicorns), Ezra Furman, Lane 8 (ft. Patrick Baker), Lull, Porcelain Raft, Priest, Shana Falana, plus a pair of remixes.

Cashmere Cat ft. Ariana Grande – Adore (MssingNo Remix)

Dutch Party – Storm of the Century

Frog – Judy Garland

Idlewild – Every Little Means Trust (Acoustic)

Jeremih – Planes (Lido & The Social Experiment Remix)

Jungle – This Heat (Creange Remix)

Monster Jaw – Never Change

Power – Slimy’s Chains

The Star Department – This Ship Won’t Sail

Wolf Colony – Beauty (Luscious Fox Remix)
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27 Apr

Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-27-15

Another weekend gone too soon. How sad. Maybe today’s Pick Your Poison will cheer you up a bit? There’s some great downloads in this set from The Glazzies, Head Over Heart, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers and Oddience. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Andre Bratten, Happy Hollows, Juan Wauters, Kehlani (ft. Chance the Rapper), Mini Dresses, Prurient, Sweet Spirit & Britt Daniel (of Spoon), Total Babes and Towkio.

Brontosaurus – Safe to Surface

The Glazzies – Spill

Head Over Heart – I Don’t Mind

In Letter Form – Reflecting the Rain

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers – Hometown

Kito – Get Faded (ft. Tara Carosielli)

Metal – So Far Gone

Oddience – Watermelon (Prod. Com Truise)

Skylar Stecker – Rooftop (DFACE Remix)

Tim Black – Feel That Bass
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24 Apr

This Week in Music: 4-24-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

Music Video: HEALTH – New Coke

Audio Stream: Spoon – Inside Out (Fabrizio Moretti Remix)

Music Video: Iron & Wine – Everyone’s Summer of ’95

Watch Mac DeMarco’s goofy video about the making of his forthcoming mini-LP Another One

Music Video: Killer Mike – Ric Flair

Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Go here to learn more and help.

Music Video: Built to Spill – Never Be the Same

Watch Beck perform Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love” live at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

Watch a behind the scenes clip on the making of Chance the Rapper’s “Sunday Candy” video

Watch the War on Drugs perform “Under the Pressure” on Ellen

23 Apr

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-23-15

It’s Throwback Thursday, and while each edition of Pick Your Poison places emphasis on new music, on occasion I’ll include a classic or reissue song in the mix just to keep things spicy. Today there’s a wild track from the 70’s pre-punk band Smokey that you can find in the Soundcloud section should you be interested. But beyond that little flashback, enjoy mp3s from Big Wild, The Last Tycoon, Love Like Hate, Monster Rally and RadaR. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from The Bloom, Fight Like Apes, Niagara (as remixed by Liars), Sea Lion, Secret Club, Surfer Blood, Torres and WIN WIN.

Big Wild – Aftergold

Glockabelle – Wolf BBQ

The Last Tycoon – Ballad of the Bloodstained Bible

Leon of Athens – Lifeline

Love Like Hate – Electric Ships

Monster Rally – Feet All In

Paper Anthem – Cardboard Cove

RadaR – Give Up On The Now

Sofia – Untamable (Kandylion Remix)

You Love Her Coz She’s Dead – Down
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22 Apr

Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 4-22-15

It’s Earth Day! Did you know that mp3s are the most environmentally friendly way to listen to music? Aside from playing your own instrument and singing, of course. Please enjoy selections today from Alloise, Ben Frost, Chick Quest, Misun and Yonder. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from De La Soul (ft. Nas), DJ Rashad w/ Nick Hook & Machinedrum, Eternal Summers, Heather Woods Broderick, HOLYCHILD, PINS, Scallops Hotel (ft. Hemlock Ernst aka Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands), Todd Rundgren w/ Emil Nikolaisen & Hans-Peter Lindstrom, and TWRK.

Alloise – Merry-go-round

Alma – Watcher

Ben Frost – Rare Decay

Chick Quest – Explain Yourself to a Bat

Craig Martinson – Fool For Love

HeadBanga – High

Malcolm – Falcon Lake

Misun – After Me

Saint & UNiiQU3 – Yo (I’m Lit)

Yonder – Harborview
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21 Apr

Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 4-21-15

Today’s Pick Your Poison features some lovely cuts from Bricc Baby Shitro, Hundreds, Overjoy, Remy Banks and SWIMM. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Aurora, Editors, Elvis Perkins, Kinky Love, Knxwledge, Linden, Saul Williams (ft. Emily Kokal of Warpaint), Smurphy and a Todd Terje remix.

Bricc Baby Shitro – Choppa Music

Dream Bear – Fingerdrips

Duke Dumont – Need U (100%) [James Laurence Bootleg]

Eternal Death – Violence (SacredSacred Remix)

Hundreds – Ten Headed Beast

Melo – Disguise

Mune – KhazĂ©

Overjoy – Like A Wave (ft. Lex Famous)

Remy Banks – n1go.

SWIMM – Beverly Hells
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20 Apr

Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-20-15

Happy 420 to you and yours. Hope your day is filled with plenty of highs, whatever that might entail. There’s some nice tracks today in Pick Your Poison, including downloads from BLITZ, Christian Rich, Dustin Lovelis, Goldroom (covering Fleet Foxes) and Sun Glitters’ remix of a Wilsen track. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from EZTV, Iron & Wine with Ben Bridwell (covering Sade), Quigley, Spray Paint, Susanna (covering Leonard Cohen), Unknown Mortal Orchestra, We Are Scientists and Wetdog, among others.

Benjamin Yellowitz – Ash Wednesday

BLITZ – Gyal Go Mal

Christian Rich – High (ft. Vince Staples & Bia)

Colour Bomb – My Resting Place

Dustin Lovelis – Idiot

Freeweights – Everybody Wants My Name

Goldroom – Mykonos (Fleet Foxes cover)

Promise Land – Love I Feel

Shards – Just to Get Something Started

Wilsen – Magnolia (Sun Glitters Remix)
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17 Apr

This Week in Music: 4-17-15

Every Friday, instead of sharing downloads and Soundcloud streams, we take a quick look back at the many other music-related things that happened this week in a segment that’s appropriately called “This Week in Music.” If there was a great or noteworthy music video that was released, it’ll be featured here. If an artist gave a particularly noteworthy interview, that might pop up in the links below. The same goes for interesting articles related to music, documentaries about bands, and just generally whatever might strike my fancy. If you’ve got something fun or important related to an artist that you think should be mentioned here, shoot me an email! All the information you need is in the sidebar on the right. So here’s this week’s wrap-up. Click the links below, and you’ll be off!

Take a behind the scenes look at the making of Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta” video

YouTube Audio Stream: Blur – My Terracotta Heart

Watch Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon perform Spoon’s “Inside Out” by himself on an outdoor piano

Music Video: Owen Pallett – The Sky Behind the Flag

Explore Abbey Road Studios with a new Google interactive tour

Music Video: Arca – Sad Bitch

Watch SNL’s Vanessa Bayer give some “Sound Advice” to Chromeo

Music Video: Ariel Pink – Jell-o

Music Video: Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

Music Video: Courtney Barnett – Kim’s Caravan

16 Apr

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-16-15

The final Pick Your Poison for the week features some lovely downloads from Graham Czach, Jeremy Bass, Kin Cayo, Led to Sea, Montropo and Wise Blood. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Bully, Crystal Castles, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, Girlpool, Jacco Gardner, The Mary Onettes, Nick DIamonds, OFF! and Wild Beasts.

Emerald Park – LiberTeens

Graham Czach – Out of the Dark

Jeremy Bass – Winter Bare

Kin Cayo – Shot the Sun Down

Led to Sea – Facing South

Los Crema Paraiso – Currucha (ft.Andrea Echeverri)

Montropo – All Grown Up

Piano Wire – Into the Orchid

theWhen – Learning to Try

Wise Blood – Cretin’s Club (ft. Priscilla Sharp)
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16 Apr

Show Preview: Lady Lamb at Schubas [5/6]


We’re knee-deep in the spring concert season, and great shows are blooming up just about everywhere you look. Case in point, about three weeks from now Lady Lamb (aka Aly Spaltro) will be rolling through Chicago for a headlining performance at Schubas. If you’re not familiar with Lady Lamb and her music, allow me to provide a little bit of background. The year was 2013 when a young upstart from Maine unleashed her debut studio album Ripely Pine under the moniker of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. It was a critically acclaimed work of depth and complexity, anchored by Spaltro’s harrowing vocals and lyrical poems that were intensely personal and powerful. A song like “Bird Balloons” does a fantastic job of capturing all of those qualities, to the point where I named it one of my favorite songs of 2013. This year heralded a new record called After, and the dropping of “the Beekeeper” from her name, most likely for the sake of verbiage. But just because she’s no longer tied to bees doesn’t mean she never gets stung. The album focuses on loss, be it a relationship, friends, family or even your sense of home. Spaltro gets even more personal with her reflections, and ferocious in her melodies. Perhaps the best thing about it though is how it manages to surprise at almost every turn, with many of the songs morphing over their duration so you never quite know what to expect. Take a listen to “Spat Out Spit” and “Billions of Eyes” (below) to better understand Lady Lamb’s sound and unique style. She’s more than worth checking out in a live setting too. Back in 2013 I had the privilege of seeing her open for Torres at the Empty Bottle, and it was an impressive showcase of her talents. Not only did Spaltro perform completely solo, but she managed to bring the entire room to complete silence by belting out her opening song completely a capella without even the use of a microphone. There’s just so much fire and passion in her voice that you’re compelled to stop whatever you’re doing and just soak it in. It’s my understanding that with this current tour there are some backing musicians to help flesh out the new songs a bit more, and maybe even add a bit of extra power. In short, you’re probably not going to want to miss this stop at Schubas on Wednesday, May 6th. There are very few tickets remaining for the show, so jump on it quick. Tickets are $12, it’s an 18+ show, and starts at 9PM. Hope to see you there!

15 Apr

Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 4-15-15

Happy Tax Day. Hope you’re getting a refund to help brighten your day. If not, you’ll find some delights in this set of music from High Rule, Institute, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Justin Jay and Magic Bronson. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from Made in Heights, Maritime, Michael Rault, Noonie Bao, Samantha Urbani, Sarah Cracknell, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tyondai Braxton and The Weather Station.

Bibi Bourelly – Riot

High Rule – Enough

HOLT ft. King Louie – Knight Call (Remix)

Institute – Perpetual Ebb

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers – Future Talk

Justin Jay – Mind Games

Kill Paris – Space Forest

Kygo vs. The Very Best – Angelo (Ultra Anthem Rework)

The Last Tycoon – Independence Day

Magic Bronson – All Night Dog Fight
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14 Apr

Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 4-14-15

Today’s Pick Your Poison features some excellent tracks from Mini Dresses, Shark?, Strange Lot and Your 33 Black Angels. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Bill Fay, Expert Alterations, Mew, Moon King, Night Beds, Priest, The Sandwitches, Tim Kasher (of Cursive) and Twin Peaks.

BRRIO x Robokid – 4k

Carly Rae Jepsen – All That (Luka Edit)

DNKL – Wolfhour (Sun Glitters Instrumental)

Matthew Chaim – Work Late

Mini Dresses – Bracelets

Monster Jaw – Love

Shark? – Hate Crime Girl

Strange Lot – Into the Night

The Wheel Workers – Yodel

Your 33 Black Angels – Cruise Fun
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