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Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about this new song we can't stop listening to, or this new album flipping our wig or an old favorite we rediscovered. So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities or are just curious, we've compiled a list of all the things we've been listening to this week. Keep reading to see which albums and songs were in heavy rotation, and then, of course, feel free to weigh in with your picks.

See also:

- Our top five spins, week of December 24-28

- Our top five spins, week of December 17-21

- Our top five spins, week of December 10-14

SAMANTHA ALVIANI

Dirty Projectors - Two Doves

Princess Music - White Wave

Black Books - The Big Idea

The Shins - The Past and Pending

Anna Lee - Levon Helm

CORY CASCIATO

The Used - Vulnerable

Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump

Blur - 13

Bauhaus - Burning from the Inside

Long E, short e - "Unlike a Machine"

A.H. GOLDSTEIN

Theodore Bikel - Songs of a Russian Gypsy

Pogues - "Limerick Rake"

Cannonball Adderly - "Sabbath Prayer"

Lumineers - Lumineers

Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline

JOSIAH M HESSE

The Book of Mormon - "All American Prophet"

Rodriguez - "Sugar Man"

LCD Soundsystem - "Drunk Girls"

Grandmaster Melle Mel - "White Lines (Don't Do It)"

Bob Dylan - "Simple Twist of Fate"

BRAD LOPEZ

NORA - Loser's Intuition

Miles Away - "Rain Eyes"

Beloved - "Only Our Faces Hide"

Your Memorial - "Endeavor for Purpose"

Propagandhi - "Anti-Manifesto"

TOM MURPHY

The Police - Ghost in the Machine

Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits

Unwound - Live Leaves

The VSS - Nervous Circuits + 25:37

Bikini Kill - Bikini Kill EP

MARK SANDERS

The Hold Steady - "The Sweet Part of the City"

South San Gabriel - "I Feel Too Young to Die"

Grinderman - "Worm Tamer"

The Weeknd - "What You Need"

Shuggie Otis - "Strawberry Letter 23"

AMBER TAUFEN

Bonobo - Black Sands

Guy Gerber - Fabric 64

Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine

Eminem - Encore

Tosca - Delhi 9

ANTONIO VALENZUELA

Tytanik - "Ain't Got No Love"

2MX2 feat Rebel Diaz - "Si Se Puede"

Duncan - "Don't Wanna Go Home"

Terrell Matheny - "Whipped Cream"

Slam 1 feat D-Loc - "Helicopter Boyz"

KELSEY WHIPPLE

Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman - "Time to Say Goodbye"

Dolphin - Поговорим о Сексе

Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

Amon Tobin - Out from Out Where