Confession: today is my birthday. And I don’t have much to say about it. I like to think that as you get older, things like birthday wishes and parties decline. People don’t want to celebrate how old they are if how old they are is older than they want to be. I hope that makes sense. If you’re over the age of 40, for example, even though “40 is the new 30,” you probably won’t want your friends and family to know your real age. The upcoming Judd Apatow film This Is 40 deals largely with that same line of thought. I’m at the point in my life where I embrace the aging process. I’m fast approaching 30 and nobody gives a second thought to checking my ID when I want to buy alcohol. I’ve been told I have a “baby face,” which will likely be beneficial when I’ll really want to look younger in 20 years or so. Really though, age is just a number, and it’s how old you FEEL that determines how old you really are. I don’t feel a day over 22, yet I’m a few years past it. If I were married or had a child, I’d probably feel as old, if not older than I am now. It’s some of those responsibilities that force you into adulthood kicking and screaming. My priorities haven’t changed in years, except for the fact that I’ve got an apartment and bills to pay every month. So yes, another birthday is here, and I’m not looking for any gifts or kind comments about it. My life as it is today is a gift enough. Hell no, I’m not going to close it with the phrase, “and that’s why they call it the present.” Let’s go to today’s Pick Your Poison. Recommended tracks today come from Beca, DeVotchKa, RJD2’s remix of Divine Fits, JAN, Social Studies and Wizards of Time. In the Soundcloud section you can stream new stuff from Christopher Owens (formerly of Girls), Eugene Francis Jnr and Hercules and Love Affair.

Beca – Born to Fly

DaVinci – Nothin Finna Stop Me

DeVotchKa – Along the Way

Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice (RJD2 Remix)

Emma Heartbeat – Across the Staates

The Growl – Smoke It Down

JAN – All of These Igloos

Miele Isa – If YOu Got It (ft. DDM)

Rubblebucket – (Focus) Oversaturated (Geographer Remix)

Seb Stone – Stand

Social Studies – Away for the Weekend

The Vital Might – This Approach

Wizards of Time – Benjamin

Young Dreams – Fog of War (Baio Remix)


Christopher Owens – Here We Go

Eugene Francis Jnr – Calliope Fuxwar

Faunts – What I’d Love To Hear You Say

Hercules And Love Affair – Release Me (DJ-Kicks)

Kyson – Ocean Tides

Water Knot – Buttercup