(Photo courtesy of random hillbilly)

I'll be going home later today to see my family for Christmas. Blogging will be sporadic at best for the rest of the week. Next week, though, is the mother lode: the 20 best singles and 20 best albums of the year, complete with links, pics and reviews.

Just to whet your appetite: My favorite album hasn't been mentioned in any year-end lists. I'll tell you why it should be all over the place.

Happy Holidays.