Because there hasn’t been an extraordinary amount of talk about it here on this site, I want to take a brief moment to mention Lollapalooza 2012 and how I’ll be covering it. In the past, I’ve gone all out for Chicago’s biggest music festival. I’ve devoted more than a week to covering it in full, providing preview guides and mp3s and all sorts of other goodies to try and ensure your festival-going experience was as good as it could possibly be. This year, I’m still hoping to make your Lollapalooza experience great, I’m just condensing my coverage of it a little bit. Today would normally be the when I start in on that sort of thing, but for 2012 it’s not going to happen until Wednesday or Thursday. And while I’m happy to provide day-by-day preview guides on what artists to see, I won’t be going hour-by-hour, instead simply selecting artists you shouldn’t miss on each day no matter what time they’re on. During the festival I’ll have daily recaps for you, and once it’s all over I’ll have a wrap-up post with a bunch of photos. I don’t so much want to reduce my coverage as I feel like I have to in order to maintain my sanity. With such a huge festival, it’s a lot harder to cover than say the Pitchfork Music Festival. So I’ll do what I can, and I hope you’ll check in on the main page to see what’s happening whether you’re going or not. Okay, let’s do Pick Your Poison for this Monday. There’s some good music in this batch, so be sure not to miss songs from Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Lovely Bad Things, Modern Rivals, The Mountain Goats, R. Stevie Moore and The Sea and Cake. In the Soundcloud section, hear my Class of 2012 artist Blonds cover the latest Dirty Projectors single.

Dirty Radio – Holiday

Eleni Mandell – Never Have to Fall in Love Again (ft. Benji Hughes)

Jenee Halstead – Bitten by the Night

Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Visions

Lightning Love – I Know

Lovely Bad Things – I Just Want You to Go Away

Mac DeMarco – My Kind of Woman

Modern Rivals – Defenestrate You

The Mountain Goats – Cry for Judas

Nervous Cloud – Monarch

Nu Sensae – 100 Shades

R. Stevie Moore – Pop Music

Ryan Helsing – Our Gift Is Our Wish

The Sea and Cake – Harps

Wolf Rider – For You (Travelin Bags)


Atlas Genius – Trojans (Fred Falke Remix)

Blonds – Gun Has No Trigger (Dirty Projectors Cover)

Homeboy Sandman – Brown

Rah Rah – Art and a Wife

Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit – The Feelin’

Sweet Valley – Malibu Games