It's already December, but I think I might have only now just heard one of my favorite songs of the entire year. It's "You Gotta Have Someone," one of the sides on the upcoming Goner Records single from Mikal Cronin, which is due out later this month. Cronin's a relatively fresh face in San Francisco's saturated garage-rock scene, but he's the high-school pal of Ty Segall and has released a split record with him as well. Segall's playing in Cronin's band this time around (as well as headlining, with a special solo set), and in addition to the absolutely fantastic "You Gotta Have Someone," they'll likely be playing tunes from Cronin's just-as-fantastic self-titled full-length, which came out earlier this year on Chicago's Trouble in Mind label. Expect Cronin to dominate the garage-pop scene in 2012—and likely the years to come as well. The guy's tunes are absolutely phenomenal: pop perfection rolled in candy fuzz. NED LANNAMANN Also see My, What a Busy Week!.