The shopping onslaught has ended, you can kick back with a holiday spice lager and start enjoying the spoils of the holiday season. If your stocking looks anything like mine you also have a tidy sum of itunes gift cards and there's no time like the present (oh, that was a pun) to start digging up a new favorite album.
Each and every one of your favorite musical sources will publish their very own list of the best of 2013 but if you're looking for a new source of revelry, the NPR top 100 is a great place to start kicking the tires on new music. They offer a stream for your listening pleasure and a written list if you simply want to skim.
Enjoy one of my favorites of the list, James Blake, in an otherworldly slow burn.