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Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of December 21, 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"

Staple Singers- "Last Month of the Year"

Issac Hayes - "The Mistletoe and Me"

Mack Rice - "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'"

Rufus Thomas - "I'll Be Your Santa Baby"

CHRIS CALLAWAY

The Kinks - State of Confusion

The Kinks- Misfits

Ray Davies- Working Man's Cafe

Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs

Pete Townshend - Empty Glass

CORY CASCIATO

Alert - Live at Sutra

Beauty Flash - Beauty Flash 2

I Am the Dot - Rare Creatures EP

Noah Pred - Live Mutek '08

Yeasayer - "Ambling Alp"

BRIAN FREDERICK

Rhianna - Rated R

One Republic - Waking Up

Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi"

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve and Other Stories

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Christmas Attic

A.H. GOLDSTEIN

The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset"

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - One Size Fits All

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Mulatu Astatge - "Cha Cha"

Bad Weather California - Young Punks

DAVE HERRERA

John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light - Beautiful Empty

Pretty Lights - Passing By Behind Your Eyes

Pena - Best Friends

Hello Kavita - To a Loved One

Houses - Summer EP

NICK HUTCHINSON

Levon Helm - Electric Dirt

Fela Kuti - The Best of the Black President

KOSI 101 (Denver) - Home for the Holidays

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Depend on Me: The Early Albums

Bob Dylan - Christmas in the Heart

THORIN KLOSOWSKI

The Album Leaf - In a Safe Place

Tyondai Braxton - Central Market

Tangerine Dream - Phaedra

Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place

A Hawk and a Hacksaw - The Way the Wind Blows

KIERNAN MALETSKY

various Artists - Home Alone Christmas

DJ Quik and Kurupt - BlaQkout

Candy Claws - In the Dream of the Sea Life

Fell - A Farewell to Echoes

Astrophagus - For Boating

TOM MURPHY

The Clash - Combat Rock

REM - Dead Letter Office

The Gossip - Music For Men

Gangcharger - Metal Sun

Windy Weber - I Hate People

JEF OTTE

Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power

Claude Debussy - Estampes

Converge - Axe to Fall

Paco de Lucia - "Entre dos aguas"

The Pixies - Doolittle

DUTCH SEYFARTH

Little Fyodor & Babushka - Peace is Boring

Bad Religion - Silent Night (*Xmas cover song)

Leftover Salmon - Live at Red Rocks 2007

U2 - The Unforgettable Fire

Churchill - The Churchill EP

JON SOLOMON

The Flaming Lips - Dark Side of the Moon

Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship

John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light - Beautiful Empty

Broun Fellinis - Real Moments

Brian Eno - Eno Box 1: Instrumentals

KYLE SMITH

La Monte Young - The Well-Tuned Piano

Rhys Chatham - A Crimson Grail

Deerhunter - Cryptograms

Sunn O))) - Black One

Wolf Eyes - Always Wrong


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