Now that July 4th is behind us we’ve hit the midpoint of the year, and it’s time to take stock of 2012’s musical vintage. Rather than offer a critic’s-eye view of the year’s music so far we’d like to hear which songs have floated your boat, and which have sunk like Battleship.

We don’t expect you to give your opinions for free, however, so we’re offering an amazing grab bag of recent CD releases and other goodies to one lucky reader. The bag has kindly been provided by Polyvinyl Records, as well as several other independent labels, and it should provide you with enough new music to see you happily through the second half of 2012. See below for details of how to enter, and take a look at what’s in the bag:

JapandroidsCelebration Rock
Sonny and the Sunsets – Longtime Companion
The ParlotonesJourney Through The Shadows
Stagnant Pools – Temporary Room
HoneyhoneyBilly Jack
Justin Jones – Fading Light
Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down
William Beckett – Walk The Talk EP
A Brief History in Moving Pictures
(Polyvinyl Music Video Collection)
& many more, including a Polyvinyl sampler, pin badges, stickers, and more CD albums.

If you can already see those CDs lining your shelves, then here’s how to enter. Just leave a comment below, before 10am on Monday July 16th, telling us your favorite track of 2012 so far. It can be a single, or an album track – but it must have been released this year. All comments will be entered into a random drawing, and one winner will be selected to receive the entire grab bag of goodies. The giveaway is open to American residents only.

And if you follow us on Facebook, there’s some even better news. We will also be entering all comments left on the Facebook posting of this article into the draw too, and we’ll allow readers to enter both here and on our Facebook page. So if you want to double your chances of winning, make sure you visit our Facebook profile here and leave a comment on the Wall Post for this article. Same rules apply – we want to know your favorite track of 2012 so far, and all comments will be entered into the draw, closing at 10am on Monday July 16th.

So what are you waiting for? Get commenting, and maybe find your mailbox filled with free music this July…

UPDATE: This giveaway has now closed. And the winner is… Anna Tilstone! Congratulations to Anna, and commiserations to the rest of you. You can find some of our other giveaways here. And keep coming back!

Culture CD Giveaway – Win a Grab Bag of Albums, Stickers, and More!