02 Mar

Pick Your Poison: Monday 3-2-15

ack in action on this Casimir Pulaski Day. There’s some good tracks in this set from Champagne, J Wahl, Meaxic, Sigrid Zeiner and Spank Rock. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Kodak to Graph, San Fermin, Sannhet, Skrillex & Diplo (ft. AlunaGeorge), Surf City, Will Butler, Wolf Alice, Young Guv and Andy Stott’s remix of Panda Bear’s “Boys Latin”.

AU8UST – White Sheets

Champagne – Savage Tan

Debonair Status – Always Later

J Wahl – Bad One

Meaxic – Iruka

Sigrid Zeiner – Powerrights

Spank Rock – White (on white) Crime

stickyblackplastics – Psycho Dreamer

TB Arthur – B1

Their Wedding – I Tried to Leave You
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27 Feb

This Week in Music: 2-27-15

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 Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig guest on “The Jack and Triumph Show”

Music Video: Best Coast – California Nights

Watch Class of 2015 artist Tobias Jesso Jr. perform “How Could You Babe?” on “The Tonight Show”

YouTube Audio Stream: Warpaint – No Way Out (Redux)

Watch “Motorcycle Jesus” a 30-minute short film by Boots (ft. new music from El-P)

Watch Father John Misty cover Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on the Wire”

Starting this summer, Friday will become the international release date for all new albums

Music Video: Django Django – First Light

Watch Class of 2015 artist Natalie Prass perform “Bird of Prey” on “Last Call with Carson Daly”

Watch the trailer for Love and Mercy, an upcoming Brian Wilson biopic starring Paul Dano and John Cusack

26 Feb

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 2-26-15

Okay, your final Pick Your Poison for the week features mp3s from Blind Lake, Fraems, Harriet Brown, Pim Stones, Robot Princess and Snowbride. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Clark, Fred Thomas, George FitzGerald, The Knocks, Pale Honey, Ski Lodge, WAND, Will Butler and Nicolas Jaar’s great remix of the new Florence + the Machine single. Enjoy!

Akiine – Destiny

Blind Lake – Walk Beside Me

Del Sur – Melted Down

Fraems – Drones

Futurecop! ft. Lyon – Eyes (Wize Remix)

Harriet Brown – 20/15

Hermit’s Victory – Night Owl

Mocky – Sweet Things

Pim Stones – We Have It All

Robot Princess – Action Park

Snowbride – Rooftop Islands
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26 Feb

Show Preview: Springtime Carnivore at Lincoln Hall [3/6]; Ryley Walker at Schubas [3/9]

Though this is an all-inclusive music site featuring artists from all over the globe, Faronheit is officially Chicago-based, and as such from time to time it’s nice to send a little love out to the locals and others who might be visiting our fair city. There are a couple of quality shows coming through town over the next couple of weeks that I’d like to take a moment to mention in case you or someone you know might like to check them out.

First up is Springtime Carnivore, who will be at Lincoln Hall opening for The Dodos on Friday, March 6th. While they are technically a full band when performing live, Springtime Carnivore is actually the new solo project from Greta Morgan, best known for her roles in Chicago bands like The Hush Sound and Gold Motel. Her self-titled debut album came out last November, and it’s a delightful collection of ’60s inspired psych-pop. Morgan pretty much recorded the entire thing on her own and played every instrument except bass, which really fits in with the DIY approach of a lot of noteworthy artists are gaining exposure from these days. Check out the tracks “Name on a Matchbook” and “Sun Went Black” below to get a better feel for the album’s warm and fuzzy atmosphere. These songs should come to life in impressive fashion on stage thanks to a couple of touring members, and the crowd will no doubt be packed with locals eager to see how their once local superstar is doing with this ambitious new direction. The show is 18+ and starts at 10PM. Tickets are $15.


While we’re on the topic of Chicagoans past and present playing hometown shows, local folk hero Ryley Walker will be returning to town on Monday, March 9th as part of his tour with Kevin Morby (of Woods/The Babies). Walker will be releasing his new album Primrose Green on March 31st, and this show will provide a great chance to hear a good number of those songs a few weeks in advance. It’s his first record for Dead Oceans, and marks yet another remarkable step forward for him since shifting into a more folk-inspired direction over the course of the last couple of years. He’s taken a lot of the guitar techniques displayed during his experimental/noise rock period and smartly twisted them into jazz-prog flourishes via acoustic guitar. As such, Walker is able to embody the pastoral sounds of Tim Buckley and Bert Jansch while also showing Chicago roots thanks to small detours that’d sound at home in the Sea & Cake or Tortoise catalogs. Check out the songs “Primrose Green” and “Sweet Satisfaction” and you’ll hopefully hear what I mean. He’s worth checking out live too, and it’s probably best to do it now before he really starts to blow up. The show is 21+ and starts at 8PM. Tickets are $13.

25 Feb

Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 2-25-15

Oh my, we’re at Wednesday already. There’s some strong tracks to download in this set from Chuck Upbeat, FMLYBND, Lilly Wolf, Matthew O’Neill and Sigrid Zeiner. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Father Murphy, Harriet Brown & Astronauts etc., Lindstrom & Grace Hall, ON AN ON, Pale Blue (ft. Jana Hunter), Ryley Walker, So Stressed, Turn to Crime and more.

Bondage & Discipline – First Kiss

Chuck Upbeat – Jungles Alive

FMLYBND – Air

Kanye West – Only One (BLUEfiveone Remix)

Kill the Waves – Vow

Lilly Wolf – Nerves

Matthew O’Neill – Bluejay Cedar

Mellow Yellow – Ghost Lights

Sigrid Zeiner – Overload

TWRK – Spring Break (ft. The Rej3cts & Dougie F)
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25 Feb

Album Review: Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love [Sub Pop]


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Oh thank goodness Sleater-Kinney are back. It’s been 10 years since they chose to take an “indefinite hiatus,” and a whole lot of wild things have happened in that time frame. To quickly sum up, Corin Tucker started a family, then released two lovely yet quiet records fronting the Corin Tucker Band. Carrie Brownstein became something of a celebrity, grabbing attention for her acting chops in small films and TV shows, most notably Portlandia. She returned to music briefly in 2011 with a new band Wild Flag, which also included S-K drummer Janet Weiss. One album and one tour later, Wild Flag called it quits. Lastly, for her part Weiss has kept very busy playing in a variety of bands, most notably a stint with Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus as one of the Jicks. The reasons behind Sleater-Kinney’s 2005 break-up included Tucker’s decision to focus on raising a family and Brownstein’s serious health issues due to constant touring/recording, all of which seemed to imply a reunion would be unlikely. Yet maybe the time off was enough for the trio to recharge their batteries and begin to miss what they had together. After 10 years on and 10 years off, let’s hope that this new album No Cities to Love also marks the beginning of a new era for the band.

The primary concern with Sleater-Kinney, as with any band that reunites after a significant period away, is whether or not the new music will live up to the old catalog. 2005’s The Woods ultimately reflected a band going out at the top of their game, with everything prior building to that momentous record. A decade later, it’s very comforting to know that they haven’t forgotten how to write a song, nor have they mellowed with age. In some respects it’s like they never left, which is just about all you could ever ask for from Sleater-Kinney. Even John Goodmanson, who produced every one of the band’s previous records except for two, returns to the fold. Yet there are a few notable changes on No Cities to Love that are less apparent on the surface but become more obvious the closer you look. Brownstein has said in interviews that the trio began recording sessions for the album in 2012 with the intention of finding a new approach to the band, and by many measures that appears to be the case. They’ve never sounded cleaner or more focused. Clocking in at just over 30 minutes, the 10 tracks fly by without stopping for breath or even a ballad. The acidic and highly aggressive grit of their last couple records has been replaced with something a bit more accessible and mature, even though it’s by no means quieter or less vicious. Tucker’s vocals still show more power and range than most, Brownstein’s guitar solos remain vibrant and complex, while Weiss’s intricate rhythms keep everything held together quite nicely.

Perhaps the best way to get a sense of Sleater-Kinney’s more mature headspace across No Cities to Love is to take a microscope to their lyrics. These are some of the most personal songs the band has ever written, and that’s clear right from opener “Price Tag”. Acknowledging her status as a mother with a family, Tucker has harsh words about the recent economic recession and the challenges of trying to make a decent living wage when a lot of larger corporations are out to exploit their workers. Abuse of power is one of the primary themes of the record, and the biting “Fangless” along with the charging “No Anthems” address the issue in smart yet explicit ways. It’s also great to hear the trio sing about inter-band workings as well as their decade-long absence across multiple songs. The bouncy and fun “A New Wave” is about making your own path and not allowing the “venomous and thrilling” voices to change or shape you. They’ve got each other’s backs and will continue to do their own thing even if it drives them into obscurity.

Speaking of obscurity, the two main songs that deal with their hiatus show up right at the end of the album. Of the pair, “Hey Darling” is the most confessional, serving as a bit of a letter to fans. It also happens to be the one song on the record that sounds most like classic Sleater-Kinney. “Explanations are thin, but I feel it’s time/ You want to know where I’ve been for such a long time,” Tucker sings in the very first verse. What follows from there goes into how fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and sometimes even playing music for a room full of people can leave you feeling lonely. There’s not much subtext to be interpreted, except the idea that band life can become a bit of a drag if that’s all you do for a decade and sometimes you just need a break. “Fade” really plays that through to its fullest and most realized conclusion. “Oh what a price that we paid / My dearest nightmare, my conscience, the end,” wails Tucker over Brownstein’s heavy 70’s-style guitar riffs. There are dimming spotlights, a loss of a sense of self, and the question of whether or not the torture was ultimately worth it. The mere existence of No Cities to Love implies that the answer is yes. Considering how it all went down the first ten years, it’s probably best to assume things will be handled very differently from here on out. Who knows how long it might last, but as Tucker herself puts it, “If we are truly dancing our swan song, darling/ Shake it like never before.”

Buy No Cities to Love from Sub Pop

24 Feb

Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 2-24-15

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There are some very good songs in this edition of Pick Your Poison. You may want to pay particular attention to tracks from Island Apollo, Porter, Red Cabin and San Holo. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream cuts from Built to Spill, Cuushe, Death Cab for Cutie, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, HOneyblood, Rezzett, The Tallest Man On Earth, Will Butler and more.

Come the Spring – 24

Island Apollo – Miracle

OG Maco – Big Bucks

Olgwi – Deep Wind

Penelope Austin – Dynamite (ft. Baro)

Porter – Hardest Healin’

Red Cabin – Blind Echoes

San Holo – We Rise

Sofia Kourtesis – Fresia

Sweatson Klank – Listen to the Love
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23 Feb

Pick Your Poison: Monday 2-23-15

Let’s get this week started! There’s some worthwhile downloads today from Daydream Frenzy, Junk Riot, Kinky Love, The Landing and Pedro Meirelles. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Brett (covering The Go-Go’s), Calexico, CHAPPO, Leon Bridges, Robert Pollard, The Singles, Will Butler and more!

Chloe March – Ember (Markus Mehr Remix)

Daydream Frenzy – Jade’s Song

EerieSounds – Runaway

Inner City – Good Love (Bodhi Remix)

Junk Riot – Lishnie Golovy

Kinky Love – Counting On Distance

The Landing – Back to the Stars

Markus Mehr – Buoy (Chloe March Remix)

Pedro Meirelles – Nostalgia

SOHN – The Wheel (Fjer cover)
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20 Feb

This Week in Music: 2-20-15

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: Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler will be writing original songs each day next week based on stories in The Guardian

Music Video: Toro y Moi – Empty Nesters

Watch Stephen Malkmus cover Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” at a concert for kids

YouTube Audio Stream: Blur – Go Out

Watch Chvrches cover Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” for BBC Radio 1

Music Video: Jack White – That Black Bat Licorice

Watch Father John Misty cover Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man” live in concert

YouTube Audio Stream: Passion Pit – Where the Sky Hangs

YouTube Audio Stream: Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box

19 Feb

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 2-19-15

For your Thursday edition of Pick Your Poison, please enjoy songs from 2/3 Goat, A.G. Cook (ft. Hannah Diamond), Broken Luxury (covering Sam Smith), LSA and Snowapple. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream cuts from Beach Baby, Crocodiles, JEFF the Brotherhood, Juan Wauters, Surfer Blood, Tom Brosseau and Wye Oak’s remix of a Wilsen track.

2/3 Goat – Jenny

A.G. Cook – Drop FM (ft. Hannah Diamond)

Big Search – Love In Return

Broken Luxury – Stay With Me (Sam Smith cover)

Cathedrals – Harlem (B├śRNS x Tommy English Remix)

LSA – Lovers Brawl

Phoebe Ryan ft. Skizzy Mars – Mine (Michael Keenan Remix)

SlickDotR – Fallin

Snowapple – California

Tired Lion – I Don’t Think You Like Me
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18 Feb

Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 2-18-15

You’re not going to want to miss some great songs in this Pick Your Poison set from Baby Baby, Highlander, Johnny Jewel, KDH, Kin Cayo and Warning Light. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from Blanck Mass, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld, Jacco Gardner, Le Volume Courbe (ft. My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields), Miami Horror (ft. Cleopold), Peach Kelli Pop, Skylar Spence (fka Saint Pepsi), Waxahatchee and more.

Baby Baby – Best Franz

Black Dave – Be Quiet

Highlander – Except For Your Friend

Johnny Jewel – Bullytown

Kasey Keller Big Band – Coventry

KDH – Beloved Devotion

Kin Cayo – Wrong Guy

Mat Cant – TLSREVS (Live)

The Power Cords – Surface of the Moon

Warning Light – Through the Storm Lands
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17 Feb

Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 2-17-15

After a day off due to President’s Day, Pick Your Poison is back with more quality music for you. Enjoy downloads in this set from Busses, Charlie Belle, Stamping Mill and Tep No. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Action Bronson, Broken Water, Jon Hopkins (covering Yeasayer), Los Angeles Police Department, METZ, Roisin Murphy, Sufjan Stevens, Yumi Zouma and more.

Best Youth – Red Diamond

Busses – Liar

Charlie Belle – Get to Know

The Curious Incident – Might As Well Swim

ISTILLFEELIT – Only One (ft. VIRGO)

Mighty Mouse – Wunder

Sofi de la Torre – What People Do

Stamping Mill – Epoch

Tep No – A Different You (ft. Jessica Hart)

Troyka – Troyka Smash (Survival Skills Remix)
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13 Feb

This Week in Music: 2-13-15

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 Mac DeMarco and his mom try to answer trivia questions about Mac DeMarco

Music Video: Florence + The Machine – What Kind of Man

Watch the trailer for Bjork’s upcoming MoMA video installation “Black Lake”

Music Video: Hundred Waters – Innocent

Check out the full lineup for the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival

Music Video: Death Cab for Cutie – Black Sun

Watch Drake’s new short film Jungle

Music Video: Calvin Harris – Pray to God (ft. Haim)

YouTube Audio Stream: Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker the Berry

Music Video: Hot Chip – Huarache Lights

12 Feb

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 2-12-15

This is the last Pick Your Poison before Valentine’s Day, so please enjoy this collection that includes some love and anti-love songs, depending on your mood. Quality cuts in this set come from Best Girl Athlete, Chromatics, Hidden Charms, The Silence, The March Divide and Spaces. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from Adrien Reju (ft. A.C. Newman), Flouride, LVL UP, Maribou State, Marika Hackman, Sounds of the South (Sharon Van Etten, Justin Vernon, Matthew E. White & Megafaun) and Wire. There’s also Illangelo’s remix of a Hundred Waters track you can stream as well!

Amy & The Engine – Last Forever

Best Girl Athlete – He’s Calling Me Over

Chromatics – Just Like You

Dann Morr – Jaded

Hidden Charms – It’s Time

The Silence – Lemon Iro No Cannabis

The March Divide – Forward Thinking

Panda Elliot – Guerrero (_AlexPatri_ Remix)

Spaces – Assembly

Villains In Love – Dreamers
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11 Feb

Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 2-11-15

For your mid-week Pick Your Poison, you’ll want to give some attention to tracks from Beware of Darkness, Crazy Eyes, Daktyl, GZA and Novo Amor. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Drug Cabin, Fred Thomas, Jack White, Kathryn Calder, Kodak to Graph, Pictureplane, Santah, Speedy Ortiz and WIN WIN.

Beware of Darkness – Present Past Future

Candidat – Partir Tre`s Loin

Crazy Eyes – WWIII Songs in Hiii-Fiii

Daktyl – Salters (ft. Jennifer Akerman)

Future – Covered N Money (Nacey Remix)

GZA – The Mexican (ft. Tom Morello)

Ian Place – Modern Noir

Luke De-Sciscio – Patterns of Revolution (Demo)

Novo Amor – Callow

Tunji Ige – For Us
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