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 Jack Kerouac- Blues and Haikus MC 5 -Teen Age Lust Charlotte Gainsbourgh - IRM Devon Sproule -Don't Hurray For Heaven Imelda May- Love Tattoo
CHRIS CALLAWAY The Clash - Give 'Em Enough Rope Nick Lowe - Pure Pop for Now People Graham Parker - Squeezing Out Sparks The Smiths - Meat is Murder The Smiths - self-titled
CORY CASCIATO Spoon - Transference Vampire Weekend - Contra Yeasayer - Odd Blood John Common & Beautiful Flashes of Light - Beautiful Empty Spoon - Telephono
BRIAN FREDERICK Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe 2 Lil Wayne - Rebirth Goldfinger - Goldfinger Spoon - Transference Nathan Maxwell - Happiness In Time
ADAM GOLDSTEIN Joanna Newsom - "Good Intentions Paving Company" Slim Gaillard - "Federation Blues" Action Packed Thrill Ride - Best I've Felt Dovekins - "The Dalles" The Mothers of Invention - "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue"
DAVE HERRERA High On Fire - Snakes for the Divine Sade - Soldier of Love Massive Attack - Heligoland Midlake - The Courage of Others Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
RU JOHNSON Underground RealRoad- Slave to the Game The Roots- Things Fall Apart Nas- Stillmatic Viva City- Viva City Bobby Digital- Digi Snacks.
THORIN KLOSOWSKI Midlake - The Courage of Others Album Leaf - A Chorus of Storytellers Steroid Maximus - Ectopia Tom Waits - Glitter and Doom The Seeds - Web of Sound
KIERNAN MALETSKY Vampire Weekend -- Contra Hello Kavita -- To A Loved One Pictureplane -- Dark Rift Rihanna -- Rated R Van Morrison -- Astral Weeks
TOM MURPHY Yo La Tengo - Painful Bailter Space - Robot World Swans - Various Failures Husker Du - Everything Falls Apart and More Radiohead - Kid A
ADAM PERRY Dr. Dog - Fate Sleepy Sun - Embrace Ween - "Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony?" Charles Mingus - Mingus, Mingus, Mingus Phish - "Sleep"
CHARLES RUSSELL Hurts - Blood, Tears & Gold Fu Manchu - Moving In Stereo Awol One & eCID - Calm Down Lydia Lunch - Another Man Comin Xiu Xiu - This Too Shall Pass Away
DUTCH SEYFARTH The Four Tops - Still Waters Run Deep Pants On The Ground - General Larry Platt Buck25 - Conflicted Marshall Tucker Band - Tenth The MileMarkers - Live From The Other Side 2010
KYLE SMITH Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours Eliane Radigue - Vice Versa, Etc. The Knife - Silent Shout New Order - Power, Corruption and Lies Cold Cave - Love Comes Close
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JON SOLOMON The Nels Cline Singers - Initiate Pat Metheny - Orchestrion Richard Swift - Atlantic Ocean The Antlers - Hospice Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom Live
AMBER TAUFEN Thievery Corporation - Radio Retaliation NIN - The Slip Ministry of Sound - The Chillout Sessions 1 & 2 Beck - Mellow Gold Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
NOAH VAN SCIVER Jeremy Jay- Love Everlasting EP Lake- Let's build a roof Atlas Sound- Another Bedroom EP No Age- Eraser Times New Viking- Stay Awake