It’s still the beginning of November, but let me tell you that the Christmas season has apparently already begun. Forget Thanksgiving, which is supposed to be a holiday, because I’m seeing Christmas ads on TV and in newspapers. There was a Salvation Army bell ringer in a Santa hat outside my local grocery store this afternoon too. At least it didn’t start before Halloween, but I’m still bothered by this trend. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, may still be the “official” start to the season and when all the deal really begin, but too many want to take advantage of spending habits and line their own wallets as early as possible. Maybe if nobody starts buying gifts until after Thanksgiving, retailers will realize the futility of starting even earlier than normal. Sigh. I love Christmas, but don’t feel like celebrating the season for 2 months straight. The true gift that keeps on giving throughout the year though is new music. Pick Your Poison has plenty of that for you each and every weekday (except for the designated holidays…heh heh). There’s some good stuff today from DLRN, The Douglas Firs, Humans, Kirby Kaise and The Longwalls. Please also dive into some streaming tracks in the Soundcloud section from Lusine, The Octopus Project and Mika.