Oh hey, it’s the first edition of Pick Your Poison for 2013! Yes, I’m excited to start another year of fun music writing and coverage and downloads. If 2012 was a truly great year for music (and I’d like to believe it was), that means this new year has a lot to live up to. What with things like a new My Bloody Valentine album and a new Arcade Fire album hoping to grab us by the throat (or ears, if you will), there are a few guaranteed things to look out for. Newly chief among them is the surprising last minute revelation that there will be a new David Bowie record out in March. It’s called The Next Day, and you can watch the first video from it for the song “Where Are We Now?” by clicking here. All this information was revealed minutes before I sat down to write this, and needless to say I’m very excited. Speaking of new music in 2013, I’m pleased to announce that later this week I’ll be unveiling my “Class of 2013” – 10 artists to watch this year. The “Class of 2012” was a pretty big success, with most of those artists definitely getting a boost in profile (some more than others – looking at you Frank Ocean and Grimes), and part of me thinks that this next set will be even bigger and better. I’ll let you know later this week when that post goes up. For now though, please enjoy this delightful edition of Pick Your Poison, filled with some favorites I found during the couple weeks of vacation over the holidays. Be sure to make time for tracks from Amtrac, Angel Haze, Ty Segall’s new band Fuzz, Kirby Kaiser, Pravada and Wildarms. In the Soundcloud section (located after the jump), you can stream some really good tracks from Active Child, Local Natives and Ryan Hemsworth.

Amtrac – Money (The Drums cover)

Angel Haze – On the Edge

Circle – One True Cup

Daymare – An Argument As A Gift

Dead Wolf Club – Letters

Fuzz – This Time I Got A Reason

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet – Blues Can Be Abstract, Too

Kirby Kaiser – Every Time

!M! – Lithium (Nirvana cover)

Pravada – Campfire Song

Sex Jams – Shark vs. Apple

SmCity – New Year’s Revolution (ft. Alison Carney)

+verb – I Want Some

Wildarms – Unity


Active Child – His Eye is On the Sparrow

Denny White – Colors

Josef Salvat – This Life

Local Natives – Heavy Feet

Ryan Hemsworth – BasedWorld

Vaadat Charigim – It’s OK to be Afraid