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Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of December 14, 2009

As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious and to give you a feel for our individual sensibilities, we've compiled a list of all the things we're listening to this week. Feel free to chime in with picks of your own after the jump.



MARK BLIESENER

Darlene Love - Christmas Baby Please Come Home
Various - A Very Booleged X-mas
The Smithereens - "Christmas Time is Here Again
Shakin Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
Gary Glitter - Another Rock n' Roll Christmas
Slade - Merry X-mas Everybody

CHRIS CALLAWAY
The Kinks - Sleepwalker
Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
The Beatles - Revolver
Crowded House - Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House
 Pete Townshend - Empty Glass

CORY CASCIATO
I Am the Dot - Rare Creatures
George & Caplin - He Really Got Through to Advertising
George & Caplin - The Nature of Leaving
George & Caplin - Things Past
Beauty Flash - Beauty Flash 2

BRIAN FREDERICK

30 Seconds To Mars - This Is War
Portugal. The Man - Censored Colors
t.A.T.u. - 200km/hr In The Wrong Lane
The Whip - X Marks Destination
Yo Gabba Gabba! - Yo Gabba Gabba Music Is Awsome!

ADAM GOLDSTEIN

Neil Young -- Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (Reissue)

Richard Hawley -- "Ashes on Fire"


Mike Marchant -- Outer Space and the Sea

Duke Henderson -- "Country Girl"

Duke Ellington -- "Clouds in My Heart"


JASON HELLER

Supertramp - Breakfast in America

Trouble - Psalm 9

Unbroken - Life. Love. Regret.

Pink Floyd - The Final Cut

MC5 - High Time


DAVE HERRERA

John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light - Beautiful Empty

Flashbulb Fires - Glory

Christopher Jak - Leadfoot Lover EP/Folk EP

Bad Weather California - Young Punks

Arliss Nancy - Dance to Forget


NICK HUTCHINSON

Red Rooster - Walk

Various Artists - Joyful Noise (Reggae from the Virgin Islands)

Moreland & Arbuckle - Legend of John Henry

King Wilkie - Broke

Tony Bennett - Christmas Album - snowfall


KIERNAN MALETSKY

Candy Claws -  In The Dream Of The Sea Life

Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas

Pictureplane - Dark Rift

Handsome Furs - Face Control

Various Artists - Hot Congress Vol. 1


TOM MURPHY

The Clash - Combat Rock

Moore - Guillotines and Angel Wings

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Windy & Carl - Songs for the Broken Hearted

Black Sabbath - We Sold Our Souls for Rock and Roll


CHARLES RUSSELL

Sade - Soldier of Love

Black Angels - You on the run

Datsik - Southpaw

Lilium - Lover

Jinder - Youth Blood


DUTCH SEYFARTH

Reno Divorce - Tears Before Breakfast

Big Gigantic - Wide Awake

SoundTribeSector9 - Ad Explorata

The Congress - Loretta

Soundrabbit - Tree Trunk Airplanes


JON SOLOMON

The Clash - London Calling           

The Legendary River Drifters - Into the Darkness    

Erik Deutsch - Hush Money

Alessandra Celletti - Esotérik Satie          

The GetDown! - Snakes & Snails E.P.


KYLE SMITH

Iggy Pop - Lust For Life

Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline

Xiu Xiu - The Air Force

Blood on the Wall - Liferz

Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career


ANDY THOMAS

Jon Snodgrass - Visitor's Band

Whygee and Sunkenstate - Sambodextrust

Moonspeed - Flowers of the Moon

Blackout Pact - Wolves in the Lazarette

Espirit de Corps - Under Constant Influence



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