The internet has gone into hibernation. The only non-year-end news items of the day are the release of another AC Newman mp3 ("Like a Hitman, Like a Dancer") and the recording of another live of Montreal cover (Tom Petty's "American Girl").
Slate has begun the back-and-forth on The best music of 2008. These conversations are always fun to keep up with.
Passion of the Weiss has posted mp3s for The 50 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2008 -- Part I and Part II. This is especially useful if, like me, the only hip-hop record you bothered to pick up this year was Tha Carter III. Instant cred!