JOHNNY CASH counts down "The 12 Days of Christmas." I shoulda thought of this yesterday!
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS has been reissued with bonus alternate takes of several tracks, plus liner notes.
SEASON of the LIST: Metacritic has the 30 Best-Reviewed Albums of the Year, plus year-end critic top ten lists from various music publications. Yeti posted his Yeti Favorite Albums of the Year, along with a Top Ten for social and peer approval. Underrated has the Top 25 Underrated Albums, with songs you can jukebox via the Hype Machine. Berkeley Place is killing music with the Top 20 covers and mash-ups, plus a mess 'o' Stones covers from Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood -- which you can also jukebox via the HM.
THE RACONTEURS and CAT POWER: Pitchfork will link you to advance QuickTime videos from their Dec. 30th appearances on Austin City Limits.
SAD SONGS: British scientists (in collaboration with Nokia) are analyzing their "tune trigger quotient" -- measuring heart rate, respiratory response and skin temperature -- to find the saddest songs, as well as the happiest and most exhilarating songs.
THE BEATLES: There's a video for "Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows" from the LOVE album up at the Fabs' website.
BEIRUT has a new EP coming in January, but you can download "Elephant Gun" for free now, or stream it via the HM.
THE 89 MOST REDUNDANT, REPETITIVE CLICHES in rock music, courtesy of AOL.
THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: An Aquarium Drunkard calls 1960's Satan Is Real "the Rosetta stone of fire and brimstone country gospel." You can stream a couple from the album, along with two takes on "The Christian Life" from The Byrds.
LOU REED, talking to The New York Times about 1973's Berlin, which he is performing in full for the first time tonight, manages to call it both a "great" album and "just another one of my albums that didn