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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-10-17

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.

Ali Jamieson – The Sweetest Taboo (ft. Raff)

Calan – Apparition

Denrei – itzashayme

Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness (Rhythm Scholar Remix)

Moemaw Naedon & Billy Hoyle – The Red Crow

Naomi Wachira – Beautifully Human

Steph Copeland & Freek van Workum – Little Boxes

Time Is Fire – Angels

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-6-17

There are a couple of featured guests and a couple of remixes in this set of music, which can be par for the course, but feels a little extra special this time around. Let’s start with a gorgeous and thoughtful new track from Cayetana. Hurray for the Riff Raff and Alaina Moore from Tennis contribute to the tropical and relaxed vibes of Making Movies’ latest. Really liking the sky high hooks packed into this new Mating Ritual song. There’s a certain neon glow that I envision is contained within SunSquabi’s “Deluxe” that also shares some DNA with Justice and Daft Punk. Cool stuff. Other notable tracks in this set come from Czarface, Sasha’s remix of Klangstof, Shlohmo remixing Groundislava, Liana Bank$, Mutoid Man, Needles//Pins, shallou (ft. Wales) and Xavier Omar (ft. GoldLink).

Cayetana – Certain For Miles

Making Movies – Brave Enough (ft. Hurray for the Riff Raff & Alaina Moore)

Mating Ritual – Second Chance

SunSquabi – Deluxe

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 4-5-17

There are some great songs from some lesser-known artists that I hope you’ll check out as part of today’s Pick Your Poison. Taking on Leonard Cohen is no easy task, but The Districts do a remarkably good job with it. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s new song is about the season of summer, which I miss dearly and can’t wait for it to return. Kodak Black’s latest is remarkably catchy hip hop. And Sleep Party People manage to create something beautiful and coherent while mixing a variety of genres. Other artists in this set after the jump include Amtrac, Doug Tuttle, The Johnsons, Paperwhite, Shadowgraphs, Synead, Welles and Wild & Free.

The Districts – Lover, Lover, Lover (Leonard Cohen cover)

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – A Song of Summer

Kodak Black – Why They Call You Kodak

Sleep Party People – The Missing Steps

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 4-4-17

In an odd coincidence, there are two artists in today’s Pick Your Poison that don’t capitalize their names. What does it all mean? Absolutely nothing. Just wanted to point that out for all my fellow grammar and capitalization nerds. Anyways, if you like sultry and skittering R&B, alxxa’s new one has you covered. ayokay’s latest is more upbeat synth-pop, which to be honest is kind of a mood booster in the best way. That playful vibe continues straight through Coast Modern’s “Pockets Full of No,” which effortlessly blends synths with some Jamaican dancehall rhythms into something remarkably catchy. Fans of Disclosure might find plenty to like about the new Lipless song, which features vocals from Australian pop star Georgi Kay. After the jump, you can check out streams of new songs from Benny Cassette, The Bingers, Blessed, False Witness, Marnie, Sandro Cavazza, StarBenders and more!

alxxa – Pistol

ayokay – The Shine

Coast Modern – Pockets Full of No

Lipless – Where Do We Go (ft. Georgi Kay)

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 4-3-17

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!

The Asteroid Shop – On the Rise

Baked – COSMIC

Beth // James – Bring Your Fire to Me

Houses of Heaven – Black Waves

James Raftery – Frame

Outer Gods – Farewell to Summer

Secret Science – War Movie

Syd – Treading Water

Wild Skies – Black Water

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 3-30-17

Let’s close out March with another quality collection of new music for your ears. If you’re at all familiar with the band DIANA (if not, look them up), singer Carmen Elle lends her vocals to an icy dance track from Beta Frontiers. Frequent Ty Segall collaborator Charles Moothart has a solo record coming out next week under the moniker of CFM, and you can enjoy a psychedelic new track from that below. There’s a stellar Joey Bada$$ collaboration with ScHoolboy Q that’s absolutely worth a listen if you enjoy quality hip hop. There’s also something strangely Pavement-esque or Dismemberment Plan-esque about the Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else song, and I mean that in the best way. Other artists you can hear tracks from after the jump include Art School Jocks, Azizi Gibson, BIRTHDAY, Chick Quest, Conner Youngblood and Nylo, Grace Sings Sludge, Lisbon and PANGEA.

Beta Frontiers – If I Stayed (ft. Carmen Elle)

CFM – Voyeurs

Joey Bada$$ – Rockabye Baby (ft. ScHoolboy Q)

Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else – Wrong Turn

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 3-28-17

Sometimes you wind up with a set of music on Pick Your Poison where it seems like none of the names are the least bit recognizable. That’s okay thogh! The primary point of this regular segment is to highlight new and emerging artists so you can have a chance to discover something new. Today’s collection might seem all new to you, but I do encourage you to dip your toe into the music pool and give some of these a try. You might just find your new favorite band. If you’re in need of a little guidance, let me provide a couple recommendations. Brooke Aulani’s new track blurs the line between electronica and sultry R&B. Enjoy some bouncy garage rock? Cende most certainly have that covered. Then there’s Hoop (not to be confused with Hoops!), who make very meek and insular rock music that’s also beautiful and personal. I’d also suggest giving The Proper Ornaments a shot. Not a lot of bands can do The Jesus and Mary Chain justice, but theur effort is highly admirable. Other artists in this set include Aaron Dilloway, Joan Shelley, Kwaye, Nightlands, Nkisi, Rejjie Snow (ft. Ebenezer), Two Inch Astronaut and Xavier Omar.

Brooke Aulani – You Got Me

Cende – Bed

Hoop – Marlin Spike

The Proper Ornaments – Deep One Perfect Morning (Jesus and Mary Chain cover)

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 3-27-17

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.

Bamboo – Hey Hey Hey (TSM Edit)

Benjamin Munoz – Melle

Blake Banks – 2 Lanes

C. Scott and the Beltones – The Great Divide

The Nickajack Men – Marilyn

Remada – A Better Tomorrow

The Werks – Magic

Wuh Oh – Hairstyle

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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 3-23-17

It’s that time of year again: the annual Lollapalooza lineup announcement! If you were interested in attending this year’s festival I’m sure you’ve already heard all the details, but I wanted to take a moment to fill you in should you be living in a cave or something where the only internet you get is this website. The headliners for Lollapalooza 2017 include Chance the Rapper, Arcade Fire, Muse, Lorde, The Killers, Blink-182, The xx and Justice. Other notables include Cage the Elephant, Liam Gallagher, Spoon, Migos, Kaytranada, DJ Snake, Run the Jewels, Ryan Adams, Phantogram, Tegan & Sara, Whitney, Cloud Nothings, Bishop Briggs, The Lemon Twigs, alt-J, The Head and the Heart, Glass Animals, Mac DeMarco, Sylvan Esso, Live, Warpaint, The Shins, Tove Lo, Grouplove, Lil Yachty, London Grammar, Charli XCX, Car Seat Headrest, Sampha, Maggie Rogers, Joseph and a ton more. Check out the full day-by-day lineup here. 4-Day and 1-Day GA passes are already sold out, but VIP and Platinum passes are still available. You can also try your luck on secondary markets, where I’m sure prices won’t be too far above face value. Lollapalooza 2017 takes place in Grant Park from August 3-6.

The week is quickly coming to a close, so let’s celebrate with a particularly joyous edition of Pick Your Poison. Diet Cig continue to deliver high energy and memorable hooks atop steady lo-fi garage rock melodies. Their newest single is a real blast. It’s been a few years since Land of Talk released a new record, mainly due to the fact they were broken up/on hiatus for that period. But they’re back, and sounding as good as ever. Don’t miss a track from their forthcoming full length. The new Low Roar single reminds me a little of The National, but with more of a singer-songwriter, folk-strewn sort of vibe. If Janet Jackson and FKA twigs got together and had a musical baby, it’d sound a whole lot like Tei Shi’s new song. Other artists you can hear after the jump include Cat Clyde, Nightwave (ft. Rye Rye), Oliver Tank, Shem Bey, Sono Oto, a Demo Taped remix of the latest Sylvan Esso single, Tall Juan and Tiny Vipers.

Diet Cig – Link In Bio

Land of Talk – This Time

Low Roar – Waiting (10 Years)

Tei Shi – Justify

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 3-21-17

Here we are, another great day with another great collection of tracks. It seems odd to me that a band as odd and psychedelic as Foxygen would write a new song for the “American Girl” series of dolls, but that’s exactly what they’ve done. And yeah, it’d be hilarious to learn that young pre-teen girls became fans of the band because of their involvement with their favorite dolls. Elsewhere, Kacey Johansing continues to build her profile with another very strong yet relaxed slice of synth pop. She-Devils continue their streak of songs that make them a band to watch, this time going in a more psychedelic direction. Fans of dream pop need to check out You’ll Never Get to Heaven right away, as their blissfully gorgeous melodies impress at every turn. Other artists in this set include Big Walnuts Yonder, Billie Eilish, Cajsa Siik, Jacob Banks, Lil Yachty’s remix of Katy Perry’s latest single, Rex Orange County, Rina Sawayama and SHEARE.

Foxygen – Be Yourself

Kacey Johansing – Do You Want Me

She-Devils – Hey Boy

You’ll Never Get to Heaven – White Light

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 3-20-17

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!

Andrew Rinehart – Protect

The Calm Fiasco – Just Don’t Care Anymore

I Am the Polish Army – Throat

Matthew O’Neill – Louisiana

Round Eye – Billy

Threefifty – Crossing State Lines

Tree Machines – Waiting on the Sun

ULTRAS – Napoleon

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 3-15-17

Sometimes the most fascinating songs are the ones you discover almost completely by accident. A fair amount of today’s Pick Your Poison might seem unfamiliar at first glance, but I encourage you to dive in anyways, because there are plenty of gems to be found. For example, the psychedelic funk of Jonti might hook your interest. The otherwise odd pairing of Katy Perry and Hot Chip turns out to be oddly inspired, as the band remixed the pop star’s latest single. There’s a fascinating reggae/R&B/funk mixture that Mansionz bring to the table that’s addictive and worth your time. Charli XCX lends her voice and star-boosting power to Mura Masa’s new track that’s a buyoant slice of off-kilter pop. Other notable cuts in this set come from Allday (ft. Japanese Wallpaper), Brodinski (ft. Hoodrich Pablo Juan), Katie Buchanan, Shy Glizzy (ft. 21 Savage), Smino, Tommy Genesis, WALL and more.

Jonti – Scrood (ft. Steve Lacy)

Katy Perry – Chained to the Rhythm (Hot Chip Remix)

Mansionz – Dennis Rodman

Mura Masa – 1 Night (ft. Charli XCX)

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Pick Your Poison: Tuesday 3-14-17

To be honest, I’m really excited and happy to be able to share so much good new music with all of you on a regular basis. There’s so much out there to enjoy, so I hope you’re paying close attention! Case in point, this set of music today. The Gold Setting are back with another bouncy and soulful track from their forthcomning record. Guided By Voices continue their streak of nonstop recording with another ramshackle slice of messy garage rock. Get mesmerized by Lone’s latest club-ready track. Broken Social Scene’s Lisa Lobsinger guests on a rather addictive new dance track from Smalltown DJs, and TOPS find their mid-70s groove with an incredible first single from a future album. Alao included in this set after the jump are tracks from Ian William Craig, Jamie Isaac (ft. Salomon Faye), Jayceeoh & Lit Lords, Lovely Bad Things, Mary Lattimore, Reptaliens and Simian Ghost.

The Gold Setting – Video Star

Guided By Voices – Dr. Feelgood Falls Off the Ocean

Lone – Crush Mood

Smalltown DJs – Erased the Night (ft. Lisa Lobsinger)

TOPS – Petals

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Pick Your Poison: Monday 3-13-17

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).

The Black Watch – Whence

Bogart – Little Green Men

Cotton Mather – Better Than A Hit

Mr. Alex – Make Beats and Write Rhymes

Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger! – Shameless (Part I)

Toma – 1000 Times

Tow’rs – Revere

W I N C H E S T E R – Field Day

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Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 3-8-17

Your mid-week selection of new music streams features some killer tracks, as usual. The glitchy blips of Chrome Sparks’ latest will get you moving. The return of Broken Social Scene this year also marks the long-awaited return of their Canadian associates Do Make Say Think, who deliver a 12-minute opus that I believe is technically two separate tracks blended into one. The Octopus Project get loud with a racing and bracing new cut. Fans of dancehall pop effortlessly blended with reggae will have a lot to love in a fresh Salt Cathedral track. Woods stay strong with an important message song wrapped in their uniquely bouncy psych-folk style. That Young Galaxy track is a smooth slice of synth pop too. Others in this set after the jump include Alex Napping, Eric Copeland, Kaskade (ft. Laura Lamn & S2_Cool), Talay, Young M.A. and more!

Chrome Sparks – Wake

Do Make Say Think – Bound and Boundless

The Octopus Project – Cuidate

Salt Cathedral – Run for the Money (ft. Assassin)

Woods – Love Is Love

Young Galaxy – Stay For Real

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