No matter who you’re celebrating with, I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Typically around this time it’s nice to take stock and reflect on all of the incredible blessings that have enriched our lives over the past year. Of course as just about everybody who has lived through it will tell you, 2016 has been a terrible, terrible year. We’ve lost so many incredible talents and disaster has struck at nearly every turn. At this point I’m thankful the year will be over soon. But as always, I’m grateful to you, dear reader, for visiting the site and checking out the new music that gets posted here every couple of days. I hope you’ve discovered some amazing new artists and have been inspired to go see more live music based on your experiences here on Faronheit. Leading into the long weekend, please enjoy downloads in this set from Adwaith, Ballistic (ft. Jay Kila), John Wesley Coleman III, Matthew Squires snd The Velvet Ants. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Cate Le Bon, The Chain Gang of 1974, Cloud Nothings, The Cool Kids, The Courtneys, Father John Misty, Jesper Jenset, Leon Else, Lower Plenty, Teen Daze and Uppermost.
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It’s all new Pick Your Poisons every day for the first half of this holiday week to help you gear up for feasting and family. You’ll want to pay particular attention to downloads in this set from The Body, Chino Amobi (ft. Dedekind Cut and Rabit), Owen Rabbit and Val Fleury. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from ARMORS, Carson Cox / Sam York / Austin Brown, Dominic, Fear of Men, Grandtheft & Delaney Jane, Jesca Hoop, Jhene Aiko, Lupe Fiasco (ft. Bianca Sings), Nebbra (ft. Mike Sabath), Novella, Molly Burch, Zella Day and more!
Ah, Thanksgiving week. Even though it’s only Monday, I’m feeling good in the knowledge that there are only a couple days left to work before a long, relaxing weekend. The proverbial mountain to climb suddenly isn’t so steep. Music is always helpful in making the time pass even quicker, so here’s another edition of Pick Your Poison for your enjoyment. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Freddie Gibbs, His Name Is Alive, Nicki Minaj, Ron Beatty and Spitzer Space Telescope. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from American Wrestlers, Emel, Gordi (covering Bon Iver), Laurel, Michael Chapman, ot to, not to, Roland Tings, Rubblebucket, Soulwax, Very Fresh (covering Garbage), Young Sierra and more!
Hard to believe we’ve only got a month and a half left of 2016. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for this year to be over. It’s been terrible for a myriad of reasons. One of the big ones is all the celebrity deaths. We’ve lost too many talented people. The epic and profound Leonard Cohen in just the last week, actually. The moment you think it can’t get any worse, suddenly it does. Thankfully there have been some bright spots, notably on the music side of things. I’m excited to wrap up 2016 with the annual year-end list extravaganza, which will be jam-packed with favorites. Some of the tracks in today’s Pick Your Poison may even make an appearance as well. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Blake Rainey & His Demons, Corner Suns, The Gods Themselves and Spelling Reform. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Celadon City, courtship., Fred Thomas, Hembree, Julie Byrne, Power Trip, Seven Lions & Echos, So Stressed, Swimm, Ty Segall, Xiu Xiu and more!
After a rather disheartening week given all that happened with the presidential election, let’s start this one off with somewhat lifted spirits. I mean, it can’t get any worse at this point, right? At least your freedom to choose is still intact, as evidenced by another edition of Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Consuumer, Frank Rabeyrolles, Lord Raja and Rainbrother. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Los Campesinos, Mica Levi, of Montreal (covering Jacco Gardner), Pond, Radical Face, Shy Girls, Vagabon, Venus and the Moon, The Wrens and more!
Remember on Monday when I encouraged everybody to vote in the presidential election? Yeeeeeeah. Feeling quite disillusioned and depressed right now, courtesy of President-elect Trump. Ugh, never thought I’d have to type that title in front of his name. Anyways, if you can work your way past the misery, there’s some new music that might lift your spirits a bit in today’s Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Adam & Elvis, K V A S I R, Minor Moon and OG Maco. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from AUDUR, Black Lips, CHILDCARE, COTE, Day Wave, Drunker Masters (ft. Portugal. The Man), Father John Misty (covering Tim Heidecker), Fickle Friends, Kartell, Laurel, Lil Peep and Run the Jewels (ft. BOOTS).
Okay, it’s the day before Election Day. If you’re reading this and are a U.S. citizen over the age of 18, please vote tomorrow if you haven’t already. It’s one of the more important things you can do to help our democracy. This election feels more important than previous ones, or at the very least the stakes seem a lot higher. While this isn’t a political site and I’m not going to go all partisan on you, let’s just say there’s one candidate who shouldn’t have access to the nuclear codes. But just as a presidential election offers you freedom of choice, so too does Pick Your Poison. There are more than a few good candidates in this set that you may want to give control of your speakers too. Mark your ballots for downloads from Beyonce (ft. The Dixie Chicks), Jordan Burchel, Metro Boomin and Rootwork. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2, David Bazan, DIANA, Gucci Mane (ft. Young Thug), Homeshake, Major Stars, Porcelain Raft, Queen of Swords, RL Grime x What So Not x Skrillex, Salt Cathedral (ft. Matisyahu), Surfer Blood and Urulu.
As I’m writing this, there’s a very intense Game 7 happening in the World Series. The Chicago Cubs are fighting for their first championship in 108 years, which is pretty much forever when it comes to sports franchises. Wishing them all the best. Let’s Fly the W, boys. Maybe some of these tracks can provide the necessary motivation. Of particular note are downloads in this set from BOYO, Everyone Is Dirty, Goon and M7. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Coldcut (ft. Roses Gabor), Frida Sundemo, Japandroids, matt pond PA, Mega Bog, Moon Duo, oddCouple (ft. Jamila Woods & Kweku Collins), San Cisco, SHEARE and more!
As young adults, we are led believe that with time and age comes a greater sense of maturity, stability and overall well-being. We think our parents have these things figured out, and so will we once we reach their age. If making more money and starting a family of your own count as figuring things out, then that’d be an accurate impression. But in a broader and more emotional sense, we slowly come to the realization that nobody ever truly pulls their life together and we’re all still struggling to make our way in this crazy, mixed up world. Things don’t get easier or clearer, and in many cases get harder and cloudier. The sooner we understand and embrace the chaos, the better we are able to manage it.
The struggle to define our identity and find a path to consistent happiness are the primary themes of Mitski’s latest album Puberty 2. And while songs about depression and anxiety might not sound like much of a good time, the emotions they wring out of you are so relatable and cathartic you can’t help but be compelled to keep listening. Then there’s her overall sonic approach, which feels very ’90s in nature. Distorted guitars and catchy choruses provide some surface sheen, but dissonant noises are also buried in the mix and reveal themselves through close listens. The depth is what keeps you coming back, along with her dynamic vocals, which stretch from smooth crooning to aggressive ferocity to desperate pleas at the drop of a hat. Mitski exercises control in all things, and that’s a big part of what makes her music so brilliant.
That same brilliance translates extremely well in a live setting. Unconstrained from the studio, Mitski’s songs tend to feel like exposed nerves when performed on stage. This rawer, more primal nature reveals alternative interpretations that often change your perspective of the recorded versions without lessening their impact. The drama and intensity are even more heightened along with the fragility as everything consistently teeters on the edge of falling apart. Her voice is the primary conduit for those emotions, but the times when she trades her bass for an electric guitar feel like an ascension to her firing-on-all-cylinders highest self. It is an awesome thing to behold, and if you’ll be in Chicago this Saturday you have the opportunity to do exactly that. Mitski is headlining at show at Thalia Hall, with the excellent Fear of Men and up-and-coming band Weaves also on the bill. Really it’s the rare show where you should arrive early and stay late, because the music will be great from start to finish. Check out the full details and hear some songs below:
Mitski – Your Best American Girl
Fear of Men – Trauma
Weaves – Tick
Mitski / Fear of Men / Weaves
Saturday, November 5
8PM / $18 (advance) / All Ages
It’s a weird feeling to have warm temperatures in the 70s to kick off the month of November in Chicago, but I guess that’s global warming for you. Got to take advantage of these last few nice days while they last. Here’s a soundtrack to go along with it. Quality downloads in this set come from Countless Thousands, Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt, Men of North Country and Tsutro (ft. Sunday Lane). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Big Sean, CHILDCARE, Dragonette, Ellie Herring, French Horn Rebellion (covering Weezer), GFOTY, Kristin Hersh, Michael Hollis, Newman Wolf, NV (ft. Deradoorian), Studio OST and Taylor Hawkins (of Foo Fighters).
Happy Halloween! I wish there were some terrifying songs to share with you as part of today’s Pick Your Poison, but instead it’s just the normal crop of good, bad and ugly. Don’t miss downloads in this set from The Airborne Toxic Event, Chimney Choir, Kristoffer & The Harbour Heads, Monster Rally and Pussy Riot (ft. Desi Mo & Leikeli47). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Coaster, Corey Hanson, Dante DeCaro, Emily Reo, Frankie Cosmos (covering Krill), Fred Thomas, The Griswolds (ft. Lizzo), Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Skott, Sporting Life (ft. Devonte Hynes & Wiki), You Blew It and more!
Insert the obligatory excitement and praise over Chicago Cubs baseball here. Yes, the city is united around this baseball team, and it feels like that’s all anybody can talk about these days. I’ll spare you the effusive praise and just get straight to the music. You won’t want to miss downloads in this set from Liana Bank$, The March Divide, Mincer Ray and Run the Jewels. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Alexx Mack, Autolaser, Hand Habits, Horse Thief, Joey Bada$$, Miniature Tigers, Miya Folick, Punctual, Tori Amos, TYuS (ft. C A S S O W), Zella Day and more!
Have you ever felt like you needed another weekend to recover from the previous weekend? That’s kind of how I’m feeling today. An extra couple of days off just to sleep and not do much else would be ideal right now. Guess the crisp fall air and earlier sunsets don’t help much either. To help snap out of this Monday funk, a new edition of Pick Your Poison is ready and waiting for your ears. There are some great downloads in this set from Almond&Olive, Blankus Larry, Mike Will Made-It (ft. Eearz), Monster Rally and Spelling Reform. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Alpines, Coaster, Dragonette, Elephant Stone, Fortunes., The Good Life, Jai Wolf (ft. MNDR), Kehlani (ft. Little Simz), Lacuna, Nicole Atkins, Sad13 and Young Sierra.
The Cubs are playing baseball and the presidential candidates are having their final debate. It’s a packed night of television, so let’s skip the pleasantries and just get right to it. There are some solid downloads in this set of music from Blake Banks, Ender & Valentine, Lazy Legs, Pepe Deluxe and Someday I Will Miss You. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Girl Tears, The Griswolds, The Homie, The Mary Onettes, Redspencer, SWIMM, Uranium Club, Young Mammals and more!
Congratulations to Bob Dylan on winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. I’ve long maintained the Dylan is one of, if not the greatest songwriter of all time. His lyrics are the purest form of poetry and continue to have great meaning many decades later. The man has been responsible for entire movements, though he may never acknowledge it himself. Which is why I guess the Nobel Prize committee had to do it for him. Now they’re reportedly having trouble reaching him, or at least he’s not responding to their calls. Given his history with subversion and general attitude of doing whatever he wants, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t show up to claim the award. The party will go on, with or without him. Either way, it’s great to see Dylan get this extremely prestigious recognition. Perhaps one of the artists in today’s Pick Your Poison will be the next Dylan and win all the awards someday. You’ll never know until you give them a try. That said, don’t miss downloads in this set from The Burgeoning, Kitty, Tallisker and Ty Richards. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from The Blow, Cloud Nothings, Connor Pearson, Lou Barlow, Lower Plenty, Michael Chapman, Michael Mayer & Joe Goddard, Miniature Tigers, Slothtrust, Stef Chura and more.