19 May

Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 5-19-15

There are some fun tracks in today’s Pick Your Poison, most notably from The Bats Pajamas, CARALIS, Cultfever, Loveskills, METAL and more. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Briana Marela, DRINKS, Goldroom (ft. George Maple), Mourn, Mutual Benefit, Nap eyes, Nebraska, POP ETC and others.

20 Eyes – Bombs Away

The Bats Pajamas – Witch Way

Big Mountain County – I’m Satisfied

CARALIS – Be Automatic

Cultfever – Youth

Loveskills – Ready 2 Wear (Felix Da Housecat cover)

METAL – Million

Niki and the Dove – DJ Ease My Mind (Klumpfisk Remix)
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18 May

Pick Your Poison: Monday 5-18-15

Welcome back. Hope your weekend was stellar. Let’s jump right in to today’s Pick Your Poison, which features downloads from DeepShade, Gene Serene, HoneyChrome, Kopecky, Sky White Tiger, The Wheel Workers and others. In the Soundcloud section afer the jump, you may be interested in streaming songs from Alesso, Courtney Love, Heyrocco, Maribou State, Myzica, Nao, Nots, The Velvet Teen and Veruca Salt.

DeepShade – Tattoo

Gene Serene – Singularity

Golden Girls – Kinetic (Aotoa Remix)

HoneyChrome – All the Right Places

Kopecky – Talk to Me

Sebu – The Killer’s Baby (ft. Soseh, A.Chilla & Jivan Gasparyan Jr.)

Sky White Tiger – I Might Be Wrong

The Wheel Workers – Burglar
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15 May

This Week in Music: 5-15-15

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: Run the Jewels – Early

Legendary musician B.B. King has died

Watch Jessie Ware cover Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” on a BBC Radio 1 session

Music Video: Fraser A. Gorman – Shiny Gun

James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) is opening a wine bar in Brooklyn

Music Video: Spoon – Inside Out

Video game franchise Guitar Hero returns later this year

Music Video: Jose Gonzalez – Open Book

Stream 45 minutes of unreleased music from Devonte Hynes (Blood Orange)

Music Video: Courtney Barnett – Dead Fox

14 May

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 5-14-15

Your Thursday edition of Pick Your Poison is a little bit fuller than the ones from earlier in the week, as thankfully there was a bit of a pickup in what was being released. Always nice when that happens. Be sure to check out downloads from Brontosaurus, Hawking, Martin Newell, Retrohandz & Kandy, Vows and Teen Daze’s remix of a Young Empires track. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Dave Monks (of Tokyo Police Club), Expert Alterations, Giorgio Moroder (ft. Charli XCX), Jackson C. Frank, Pender Street Steppers, Pfarmers, Red House Glory and more.

Beecher’s Fault – Carroll

Brontosaurus – D Minor Threat

Hawking – Safe and Sound

Martin Newell – Liverpool Judy

Retrohandz & Kandy – Bom Bom!

Small Feet – Rivers

stickybackplastics – Don’t Say That You Love Me

TOYS – Golden Line

Vows – A Million Suns

Young Empires – The Gates (Teen Daze Remix)
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13 May

Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 5-13-15

Your mid-week edition of Pick Your Poison has some good tracks from Falling Stacks, Gypsies & Gentlemen, Jeremy Bass and The Landing. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Jaill, Laura Clock, Matty Rico (ft. Doe Paoro), Snooty Garbagemen, SOmeone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, So Stressed, Time Wharp, not to mention remixes of Rihanna and Tei Shi songs.

The Allergies ft. BluRum13 – Flip the Scripture (Love Mix)

Falling Stacks – No Stops

Gypsies & Gentlemen – Blood Is Sweeter

Jeremy Bass – Firefly

The Landing – Everything; All the Time

Masters at Dutch – Bene Debt

Secret Friend – Blue Sky

White Like Fire – Crimson
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13 May

Show Preview: Torres at Empty Bottle [5/21]

Photo by Shawn Brackbill


Have you heard the new Torres record Sprinter yet? If not, immediately put that on your list of priorities for the week. This sophomore effort takes everything about Mackenzie Scott’s project and harnesses it into something that’s equal parts intense, spiritual and personal. She’s gotten much louder and more aggressive compared to her folk-centric debut, and her lyrics have gone from vague, possibly untrue stories to very specific diary-like entries. To put it another way, a curtain has been torn down, and we’re now hearing more of the living, breathing Torres than ever before. Throw some credit to producer Rob Ellis for helping turn Sprinter into one of the better things 2015 has had to offer so far. Ellis is best known for his work with PJ Harvey, who’s probably as good of a reference point as any to what this album sounds like.

Prior to the release of the record, Torres played a number of shows primarily during and surrounding SXSW in March. The reason it’s worth mentioning is because not only were those performances offering previews of what Sprinter would sound like, but they also felt like something of a coming out party for Scott, the hype building at a fast and furious rate by catching the attention of all the right people. Simply put, Torres has become a hot commodity. Not that she wasn’t back in June of 2013 when she came through Chicago for a show at the Empty Bottle, but like her new record everything is bigger and the shouts of taste makers are louder this time around. She’ll be making a triumphant return to the Bottle next Thursday (May 21st), and all indications are it will be a very exciting and powerful evening. You should definitely be there if you’re in town. It’s a 21+ show, starts at 9PM and tickets are only $10 in advance. Buy them here and thank me later. And just in case you need a little more coersion, stream a couple of the new songs below.

12 May

Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 5-12-15

It feels like kind of a weak week for new music, not so much that the songs are poor but that there’s simply a lack of them. Pick Your Poison suffers a little as a result, but rest assured that the smaller feasts we do have are still made up of quality music. Enjoy downloads today from HÆLOS, HAWK, Sentinel and Surfin’ Mutants Pizza Party. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, there’s some lovely streams from Albert Hammond Jr., Bichkraft, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Doe Paoro, The Legends, Mas Ysa, Shopping, Years and Years, and a remix of Sylvan Esso’s delightful “H.S.K.T.”

Fernando Veron – Never Let You Go

HÆLOS – The Sun Rising (The Beloved cover)

HAWK – Glass

Natalia Selegean – My Vow

Sentinel – The Innocence

Suicide Bond – Demons

Surfin’ Mutants Pizza Party – The Kraken

Your 33 Black Angels – Hypnotic
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11 May

Pick Your Poison: Monday 5-11-15

Hope your Mother’s Day was grand. If you didn’t at least call your mom yesterday, I hope you’ve got a better excuse than a simple slip of the memory. Of course for all of you international readers, the holiday falls durring different times of the year, so check your calendar and such. Let’s jump right in to the first Pick Your Poison of the week, which has some good tracks from Sinah, Tree Machines, Winter and Your 33 Black Angels. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, there’s streams of songs from Alpine, Little Children, Mac Demarco, Nao, Prince, Puro Instinct, Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles, Sharon Van Etten and more.

Outblinker – BLUE (Antoni Maiovvi Remix)

Seinabo Sey – Hard Time (Big Gigantic Remix)

Sinah – Loveless

Suicide Bond – Grey State

Tree Machines – Late Snow

Valise – Charlie Gray (Tony Q Remix)

Winter – Crazy

Your 33 Black Angels – Glamour
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08 May

This Week in Music: 5-8-15

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!

Watch Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett cover The Replacements’ “Androgynous”

YouTube Audio Stream: Tame Impala – Eventually

Watch a clip from the forthcoming Amy Winehouse documentary

Music Video: Panda Bear – Come to Your Senses

Watch a short film about ?uestlove’s visit to Cuba

Win & Regine from Arcade Fire are opening a Haitian restaurant in Montreal

Music Video: Jenny Hval – That Battle Is Over

YouTube Audio Stream: Meredith Graves – Took the Ghost to the Movies

Music Video: Mikal Cronin – Turn Around

Watch a short documentary on the making of Blur’s new album The Magic Whip

07 May

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 5-7-15

As always, there are some solid downloads in today’s Pick Your Poison. You’ll want to pay particular attention to mp3s from A/S/L, Rahim Quazi, Shenna, Totem Terrors and Yonder. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Eternal Summers, Fetty Wap, Fraser A. Gorman, Full of Keys, Heat (covering Madonna), Matrixxman, Mirror Talk, Part Time and Peacers.

A/S/L – 3934 km

LunchMoney Lewis – Bills (Nungwi Remix)

Montoneros – Bikini Largo

Rahim Quazi – Relax, Believe

Ravi Shavi – Indecisions

Shenna – Air Balloons

Sun Glitters ft. Sarah P. – Clouds in Your Eyes (Sarah P. Rework)

Totem Terrors – Lies

WindfallFound – Soaring (Pulling for the Heavens Pt. 1)

Yonder – Ground Themes
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07 May

Show Review: Lady Lamb [Schubas; Chicago; 5/6/15]

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On May 14, 2013, Lady Lamb (Aly Spaltro) played a headlining show at Schubas in Chicago. She was very sick with a cold and by all accounts barely made it through her set. “If I recall correctly,” she said on Wednesday while reminiscing about that night, “I couldn’t even sing most of the songs, so I asked the crowd to sing along with me.” Quite a few people cheered when she said that, to acknowledge they were there and that she was telling the truth. Shows like those are the sorts that both the audience and artists remember clearly, because they’re far from what could be considered normal. Then again, I’d like to think that just about every Lady Lamb show is special and unique in its own way, which is why when Spaltro returned to Chicago to play the Empty Bottle with Torres about a month and a half later, she was 100% healthy and arguably even more memorable for her powerful and intense solo set.

Nearly two years to the day since her sick performance at Schubas, Spaltro returned on Wednesday night to headline the venue once again. Not only was she in tip top shape, but was also armed with a brand new record called After as well as a backing band to help bring her songs to life in a much fuller way. Things immediately got off to an elaborate start with the multifaceted “You Are the Apple” from Lady Lamb’s 2013 debut album Ripely Pine. In the grand tradition of starting strong and then going stronger, After single “Billions of Eyes” surged to life next, which got the crowd moving a bit with some serious head bobbing and a bit of a sing-along. At one point a couple people began to clap along with the beat, but unfortunately nobody else joined in so that stopped pretty quickly. Still, it was clear early on that people were connecting with the songs, they just showed it in a variety of ways.

For her part, Spaltro did a great job of mixing things up, really putting her three piece setup to good use with some of the louder and more aggressive numbers like “Bird Balloons” and “Spat Out Spit,” then giving them a mid-set break to play some quieter stuff like “Sunday Shoes” and “The Nothing Pt. II” solo. Those moments when it was just her voice and guitar really brought back the intimacy of her shows from a couple years ago while also infusing the set with greater doses of pathos and heart. The between song banter was a similar shade of earnest, with Spaltro expressing real gratitude for Chicago and everyone who came out to support Lady Lamb, which included her own Aunt Fran. I had the privilege of standing right behind Aunt Fran next to the stage for the duration of the show, and she was positively beaming with pride the entire time.

At the very end of her 90 minute set, Spaltro once again sent off her bandmates and closed by playing “Ten” solo. “This is my favorite song,” Aunt Fran whispered to her friend as the first notes rang out. It comes across like a diary entry brought to life, complete with the little moments and vivid imagery that we remember from our childhood. In one of the final verses, Spaltro sings the lines, “We were singing along / To every word of the songs / That helped make us who we are.” If the tear-streaked faces in the crowd were any indication, Lady Lamb’s songs have done their part to help shape lives in a similar fashion.

Buy Lady Lamb’s After on iTunes
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06 May

Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 5-6-15

Ah, can’t believe we’re only at Wednesday. This week seems like it’s moving at a snail’s pace. Be sure to check out some of today’s Pick Your Poison tracks, including downloads from Afternoons, The Bats Pajamas, Broke Royals, Caralis, Frank Rabeyrolles, Galkin and Kid Karate. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Astronauts, etc., Choir of Young Believers, Little Boots, Noah, Public Access T.V., Sam Olson, Young Buffalo (covering the Beach Boys) and more.

Afternoons – Perfect Wilderness

The Bats Pajamas – Wrong House

Broke Royals – The Thick of It

Caralis – Clicks In

Chris London – I Will Not (Say I’m Sorry)

Frank Rabeyrolles – Saudade

Galkin – Out to Lunch

Kid Karate – Night Terrors

Ludodowwn – Big World

Oulipo – Blue Flames
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05 May

Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 5-5-15

Wishing everyone a Happy Cinco de Mayo. For those of us in America, the celebrations pretty much give a reason to have Mexican food and drink margaritas. So if that’s your thing, enjoy. Please also enjoy today’s Pick Your Poison, which has some decent tracks as always. Be sure to check out downloads from Alo Wala, GFOTY, Kotomi, Led to Sea and Sorren Maclean. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Beach Baby, Cajsa Siik, Ducktails, Moses Sumney, Mutual Benefit, Quigley, Vexx, Zella Day and more.

Alo Wala – Texi Mexi (ft. Julius Sylvest & Eloq)

Gabi’el – Kilimanjaro (Missing)

GFOTY – USA

In Sonitus Lux – On McTell Street

Kotomi – Swimming

Led to Sea – Breathe Some

Monalia – My Little Lies

Overwerk – Toccata

Sorren Maclean – Tree of Darkness

Vanderocker – Without the Light
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04 May

Pick Your Poison: Monday 5-4-15

May the 4th be with you, friends. It may be Star Wars Day, but it’s also Montage of Heck Monday. Tune in to HBO tonight to see the Kurt Cobain documentary that’s drawing lots of interest from music fans across the globe. In the meantime though, and since you’re here, why not check out today’s Pick Your Poison? It’s got some delightful downloads from Beth Bombara, Hermit’s Victory, Misun, Steve Z and Whitewash. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Barbarossa (ft. Jose Gonzalez), Communions, Disclosure, Flesh World, Fort Lean and Manwomanchild, plus fun remixes of songs by Panda Bear, Shura and Jose Gonzalez.

Beth Bombara – Thunder and Rain

Daktyl ft. Dive Deep – Stay (Felon Remix)

Eyes Behind the Veil – Lashblooms

Great Hare – A Faint Light

Hermit’s Victory – Money in the Evenings

Misun – Justice

Patrick James – California Song

Sola Rosa – Both of Us (ft. Kevin Mark Trail)

Steve Z – Lethal Weapon

Whitewash – Member
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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)