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Pick Your Poison: Thursday 4-21-16

Today was a sad day. We’ve lost another icon. Prince was a true original. His music, fashion and way of life inspired millions of people around the globe. Somehow he was able to take a variety of different genres of music and turn them into something wholly distinctive and fun. Hits like “Let’s Go Crazy,” “1999,” “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Raspberry Beret” and “PUrple Rain” have changed the musical landscape over the years, and will continue to do so for decades to come. Here’s what’s even crazier – there’s a massive vault filled with unreleased Prince songs and music videos that he collected over the years. There’s no official word on how much unreleased material he left behind, but it’s probably safe to assume it’s at least enough for 3-4 posthumous albums. That’s just the kind of guy Prince was, continuing to make things on his own terms then choosing to keep it hidden until the right time. Sadly, Prince probably thought there’d be plenty of time to make more. He was only 57, and was thought to be in good health up until last week, when his plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to a medical emergency. His representatives claimed it was due to a bad case of the flu, but there may have been deeper problems we won’t find out about until an official report from the medical examiner.

To attend a Prince show was to attend a gigantic party, or so I was told. One of my greatest regrets is not buying tickets to see Prince perform the last couple of times he came through Chicago. When he played the United Center in September 2012, he was supporting a not-so-great album and the setlists for the tour seemed to largely avoid most of his best material. It didn’t excite me, plus I think I was unemployed at the time and didn’t have the money to spend on an expensive ticket. Just under a year later in June 2013, I received an email stating very plainly that Prince would be performing at the tiny City Winery Chicago that very night, and tickets were on sale. According to reports, someone from Prince’s camp called the venue that morning and said, “Prince would like to perform at your club tonight. Make it happen.” That’s all it took. Sadly, I didn’t check my inbox until 2 hours after the email announcement was sent, and the show was sold out. I then showed up to City Winery on the off chance an extra ticket became available. No dice. Came to find out later that the show didn’t even kick off until about 3AM, and Prince performed for about 2.5 hours. He literally partied until the sun came up. And why not? Somehow his energy, his passion and his desire to live on his own terms contributed to legendary stories and legendary performances. As an added treat, make sure to watch director Kevin Smith’s 30-minute story about the time he helped Prince make a documentary that still hasn’t been released. It’s a very funny tale that speaks to who Prince was and how he operated. So Prince and Bowie. Two of our greatest music legends lost so far in 2016. And we’re not even halfway through the year yet. Please make it stop, my heart hurts too much.

Okay, let’s get to the final edition of Pick Your Poison for the week. There are some great tracks in this set from 2/3 Goat, Boudoir Noir, Japancakes and Wired Minds. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Aloha, Andy Stott, Cerise, Lil Silva (ft. Cosima), Trevor Sensor, Twin River, VHS, Woods and more.

2/3 Goat – Whiskey Sins

Alex Bent + The Emptiness – Blonde American Girl

Allie & Ivy – Get Hi

Boudoir Noir – Wild Valentine

Go Tiger Go – Inhale

Japancakes – We’re in the City

Wired Minds – Where You End and I Begin

Pick Your Poison: Monday 1-11-16

Major Tom. Starman. Ziggy Stardust. Aladdin Sane. The Thin White Duke. The Man Who Fell to Earth. The Man Who Sold the World. These are but a few iterations and personas of the man born Davy Jones but best known as David Bowie. Over the course of a 40+ year career, he became known as a creative genius, innovator and all-around unique individual who in some ways changed what it means to be human. Late Sunday night that force of nature, an inspiration to millions, left this planet a mere two days after his 69th birthday. According to a brief statement from his family, Bowie passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after an 18 month battle with cancer. Very few people knew he was ill, so the news came as a genuine surprise to just about everyone. It gives his final album Blackstar, released on his birthday, extra depth and meaning. Unlike the rest of us, he knew this was coming and chose to spend his final months recording an excellent collection of songs that meditated on death. Given how many of his other albums and songs reflected on the same topic, nobody really suspected anything was amiss at the time. Now we know that he was saying goodbye, and one of his final acts was in service to fans. That really shows what kind of person Bowie was, creative until the very end.

Over the course of the next few weeks and months, you’ll read, hear and see plenty of tributes to David Bowie from fans, friends and family. I’ve been sharing some classic quotes and photos over on Twitter and Instagram if you’re so inclined to check those out. It’s wonderful to see how far and wide his influence spread, and comforting to witness the outpouring of love by those who truly identified with his unique sensibilities. As many have already said, Bowie showed us it was okay to be your true self no matter your age, race, gender, sexual orientation or general proclivities. Never let anyone or anything stop you from living your truth, as you see it. “Turn to face the strange,” as the chorus of “Changes” goes. So I’m grateful to Bowie for that and a host of other important life lessons learned through his music, acting, fashion and overall presence here on Earth. All of it continues today and into eternity, as people will continue to uncover and embrace his legend. If you’ve not yet explored the world of David Bowie, now’s as good of a time as any to start.

Of course you may also want to check out some brand new music from other artists, and Pick Your Poison has you covered there. Don’t miss downloads from Black Twig, Hardwell, Right Hand Left Hand and They Call Him Zone. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from The Arcs, dvsn, Harriet, Little Green Cars, Mavis Staples, Michael Nau, Sonya Kitchell, Timbaland (ft. Aaliyah & Strado) and Wet Ones.

Andy Allo – Hello (Adele cover)

Black Twig – 1998

Hardwell – Blackout

LZRS TXN – Let It Go

Miami Horror – Cellophane (Loframes Remix)

Right Hand Left Hand – Tarts and Darts

Scary Little Friends – Made Up My Mind

They Call Him Zone – Driving in Miami, in the Eighties

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