George Jones, R.I.P.

The country legend has passed away at the age of 81.

Favorite music of 2012

I can make no claims to comprehensiveness for my music listening habits–in any given year I hear only a tiny fraction of what gets put out, and only a slightly larger fraction of what taste makers tell me I should like. But for what it’s worth, here are the albums released this year that I found myself enjoying and coming back to most frequently:

Torche, “Harmonicraft”

Of Monsters and Men, “My Head Is an Animal”

Baroness, “Yellow and Green”

Silversun Pickups, “Neck of the Woods”

Shearwater, “Animal Joy”

Dwight Yoakam, “3 Pears”

Gojira, “L’Enfant Sauvage”

Napalm Death, “Utilitarian”

The Walkmen, “Heaven”

The Sword, “Apocryphon”

The Staple Singers, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”

The Sword, “Apocryphon”

For election day–music to vote to

Midnight Oil, “My Country”

Baroness, “Sea Lungs”

Billy Bragg & Wilco, “Christ for President”

Baroness, “Take My Bones Away”

The Civil Wars, “From this Valley”