Hope you had a wonderful Easter! The weather in Chicago has been awesome these last couple days, and the trend’s set to continue for a day or two more, so let’s make the most of it with another wonderful edition of Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss downloads in this set from The March Divide (covering Culture Club), Matthew Ryan, Quicksilver Daydream and vox. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Casey Dienel, Cool American, Hoops, HUNNY, Jesse, Joseph of Mercury, The Night Game, Ratboys, STUFF., Sweater Beats (ft. R.LUM.R), Terribly Yours and more!
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Monday already? Feels like the weekend just started. Maybe these songs will help make the time pass more quickly. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Calan, Naomi Wachira, Steph Copeland & Freek van Workum and Time Is Fire. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from Blond Ambition, Daddy Issues, demen, Elohim, Exhibition (ft. Julian Casablancas), Kevin Gates, K’Valentine (ft. Styles P), Knox Fortune, Nightwave, Novo Amor, Steve Lacy and Turtlenecked.
Welcome to April, where the weather is warmer and rainier, and the music somehow automatically adjusts itself to fit that mood. There are some wonderful downloads in this set from Beth // James, James Raftery, Outer Gods, Syd and Wild Skies. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Alyeska, Audien x MAX, Fedde Le Grand, Hayden Pedigo, JMSN, Joey Fatts (ft. Vince Staples & April), Motez, Sofi de la Torre, SWIMM, TRP, The Wooden Sky and more!
It’s a rainy start to the week here in Chicago, but the good news is that spring has officially arrived and it seems like the snow won’t be back until at least November. Of course it’s not like there was much of a winter this past year anyways, what with unseasonably warm temperatures in January and February, plus almost no measurable snow during either of those months. So the inconvenience was mild at worst. But look at me, wasting time talking about the weather. There’s a full edition of Pick Your Poison to dig into! Don’t miss downloads in this set from Benjamin Munoz, Blake Banks, Remada and Wuh Oh. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Amanda Fondell, DYLYN, Leonce, M.E.S.H., Moon Duo, Njomza, Phantoms (ft. VERITE), Rationale, Sloan Peterson, Spoek Mathambo (ft. Damao & Suga Flow), tricot and Xiu Xiu.
Hope you had a great weekend! My best friend just got married, so I’ve basically been nursing a hangover for the last two days. No worries though, this music is going to help chase those headaches and nausea away. Don’t miss downloads in this set from I Am the Polish Army, Matthew O’Neill, Round Eye and Threefifty. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Cigarettes After Sex, The Gold Setting, Maryn E. Coote, Matt and The Beanstalk, Objekt, Paris & Simo (ft. Sara Diamond), POND, Saint Etienne, Vallis Alps, WAVVES, Wolf Eyes and more!
It’s official! This past Friday, the full lineup for this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival was announced. Boy, is it a doozy. In addition to headliners LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest and Solange, there are a whole bunch of both big and small names to be excited about. Among the notables are PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, Dirty Projectors, Danny Brown, The Avalanches, RIDE, George Clinton, Vince Staples and like 30 more artists. Check out the full lineup and buy tickets by going here. As I’ve mentioned in the past, it is my favorite weekend of any calendar year, so come on out and celebrate it with me! July 14-16 at Union Park in Chicago. I’m in love with this festival! Speaking of which, fall in love with today’s edition of Pick Your Poison. There’s some wonderful downloads in this set from The Black Watch, Cotton Mather, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!, Toma and Tow’rs. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Annie Hardy, Czarface, Dave Depper, DAWN, Fortunes., Frank Ocean (ft. A$AP Rocky), Gold Connections, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Jeff Mills, Njomza, Oliver Coates (ft. Micachu) and Yumi Zouma (covering Oasis).
As my inbox piles higher with more and more SXSW emails (which I am sadly skipping again this year), the music is flowing a little bit harder these days, which allows me to share more with you. So please enjoy this super-sized edition of Pick Your Poison, featuring some quality downloads from Fawns of Love, Spirit Twin, That One Eyed Kid and Tidelines. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from B Boys, Be Charlotte, The Cairo Gang, The Coathangers, Flasher, Matthew Stevens (ft. Esperanza Spalding), Michael Nau, Mick Jenkins (ft. GoldLink), Mr. Husband, Project Pablo, Sean Lennon (ft. Willow Smith), and The Vacant Lots.
It’s Monday, so that means we get another full-fledged, downloads-and-all edition of Pick Your Poison! Don’t miss some quality songs in this set from Adam TK, Demen, The Geek x VRV and Treehouse Sanctum. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from 3 Roses, ACES, Chelsea Cutler, Cold War Kids, COTE, Dan Black, Diet Cig, JMSN, Low Roar, Miami Horror, Moon Duo, and Salute (ft. Cid Rim).
Here’s some great news to start the week: The Pitchfork Music Festival returns this summer from July 14-16 at Union Park in Chicago! They’ve just announced three incredible headliners, which are LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest and Solange. The rest of the lineup will apparently be announced in the coming weeks. It’s definitely a great start though, and if you want to buy tickets (single day or three day), they’re on sale now. Beyond standard tickets they’re also offering a new Pitchfork +PLUS option, which is basically VIP access throughout the festival grounds, including special food vendors, bars and seating areas (among other things). That’ll cost you $365, versus a standard $175 3-day pass or a $75 single day pass. Anyways, Pitchfork is my absolute favorite music festival to attend every single year, and if you’ve never been I strongly recommend picking up a ticket. More details as they trickle out! Let’s dive into today’s Pick Your Poison, which includes downloads from Cousin Dan, The Head, Secret Science and Seven Day Sleep. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Amber Arcades, Alex Napping, Blanck Mass, Bonny Doon, David Bazan, The Cairo Gang, CLOSENESS, Jay Som, Jenn Grant, Sango, Uppermost and You’ll Never Get to Heaven.
Oh hey, here’s another Pick Your Poison with downloads! They’re coming fewer and farther between these days, pretty much just once a week once I’ve had enough time to build up a small collection of tracks to share. We’ve reached that point, so let’s get right to it! Don’t miss downloads in this set from Altar Eagles, Madam West, No Rome and Shapes On Tape. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Aaron Taos, Beach Slang (covering The Jesus and Mary Chain), Bleached, The Courtneys, Fazerdaze, Half Waif, Jimi Tents (ft. saidbysed), Kehlani, Mac DeMarco, Matt Martians, Slaptop (ft. Geneva White) and Tara Jane O’Neil.
Starting this week, there’s a new pattern for Pick Your Poison entries. Mondays will be full-fledged mixtures of downloads and streams, while other days during the week will be shorter posts dedicated exclusively to streams. This allows me to maximize the amount of music I’m able to share. That said, let’s dive right in. There are some great downloads in this set from Andy Ward, James Raftery, Little Star, Prominence and Toma. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Chronixx, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Doc Robinson, Ela Minus, Jamie Isaac (covering Alicia Keys), Keys N Krates x KRANE, Louis the Child (ft. Elohim), LPX, Molly Burch, The Octopus Project, Summer Moon, Vagabon, VeilHymn and Welles.
Let’s jump right into this edition of Pick Your Poison with fresh downloads from Annabelle’s Curse, Fawns of Love, Friendzone and The March Divide (covering The Cure). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from D.A. Stern, Diamanda Galas, Homeshake, Jacques Greene, Jens Lekman, KAMI, Mount Eerie, Richard Edwards, San Fermin, Tatiana Hazel, Ten Fe and Timid, The Brave.
It’s Groundhog Day, and once again the world’s greatest rodent weather forecaster has revealed that there will be six more weeks of winter. Seems like Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow every year, even when it’s very grey and overcast outside (as it was this year). Considering the fact that it keeps raining in Chicago and there hasn’t been much snow on the ground since December, I’m somewhat inclined to say that spring might be coming sooner than we all think. Or climate change has become more serious than ever. It’s probably the latter, sadly. At least there’s music to help get us through. Don’t miss downloads in this set from 20 Minute Loop, Curse of Lono, Imagist (ft. Lil Government) and Niilo Smeds. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Deep State, Dominowe, Jlin, Mating Ritual, Me Not You, Sherwood & Pinch (ft. Lee “Scratch” Perry), Wire, You’ll Never Get to Heaven and more.
So I’m faced with…let’s call it a slight dilemma. If you’re a regular visitor to the site, you may have noticed the Pick Your Poison posts showing up less frequently than usual. That’s less to do with any laziness on my part and more to do with the increasing struggle to find a balanced amount of content. When I say “balanced,” I mean a relatively solid mixture of song downloads and streams. As is the trend, the downloads are becoming much fewer while the streams only increase in number. We’re all essentially moving toward a streaming world anyways, right? The dilemma is whether to continue to hold back some posts for the sake of building up a steady arsenal of downloads to include with the streams, or to just let it all out there as it comes in, even if it’s an entire post of streams. Heavily leaning towards the latter, especially since I’m sitting on about 30 songs you should be able to hear sooner rather than later. For today though, enjoy this “standard” edition of Pick Your Poison, complete with downloads from Beth // James, Boreen, Lao, Matt Pond PA, Mija and Mo Troper. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Cloud Nothings, CUZ (ft. Killer Mike, Damaged Bug, Duch Uncles, Froth, Hater, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Kelly Lee Owens (ft. Jenny Hval), Kodie Shane, Savoy (ft. Fatherdude), Ty Segall and more!
Not gonna dilly-dally today, just give you a shot of new music straight to your veins. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Alicia Keys, Perspire, Sallie Ford, Superorganism and Ty Richards. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Adam Torres, Baba Stiltz, Buscabulla (ft. Helado Negro), CocoRosie (ft. ANOHNI), Diplo & Autoerotique, Flint Eastwood, J. Cole, Los Campesinos!, Sofi Tukker, Surfer Blood, Thievery Corporation and more.