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 Jeff Finlin - Unreleased Demo MC5 - "Tonight" Nicole Atkins - Neptune City Megan Burtt - It Ain't Love Hound Dog Taylor - "Walking the Ceiling"
CORY CASCIATO LSG - The Black Album Mike Weitz - Old Yeasayer - Odd Blood Spoon - Transference Time for Trees - Sometimes Always
BRIAN FREDERICK Story Of The Year - The Constant Semi Precious Weapons - Semi Precious Weapons EP Regret Night - Living The Night LIfe We The Kings - "Paparazzi" Portugal. The Man - "The Dead Dog"
A.H. GOLDSTEIN Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me Snake Rattle Rattle Snake - Snake Rattle Rattle Snake Langhorne Slim - "I Love You, But Goodbye" Ain't That Love - Ray Charles Gustave Holst, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - The Planets
JASON HELLER Dillinger Escape Plan, Option Paralysis Born Against, The Rebel Sound of Shit and Failure The Clash, Sandanista! Eddie and the Hot Rods, Life on the Line The Afghan Whigs, Black Love
DAVE HERRERA American Trash Republic - Scumbags mixtape DJ Bedz & Spoke In Wordz - Western Conference mixtape Local Natives - Gorilla Manor Liars - Sisterworld Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave
KIERNAN MALETSKY Sade - Soldier of Love Sour Boy, Bitter Girl - Songs about the Landscape or Songs about the Wolf Army Blackhearts - "Bloodlines of that Gangsta Shhhh" Scout Niblett - The Calcination of Scout Niblett ABBA - Gold
TOM MURPHY Huun Huur Tu and Carmen Rizzo - Eternal The Legendary Pink Dots - Plutonium Blonde Clipd Beaks - To Realize Bailter Space - Robot World 764-Hero - Weekends of Sound
CHARLES RUSSELL Lewsor - Musical Pirate Mindless Self Indulgence - Uncle The Prodigy - Breathe (Numbernin6 rmx) Die Antwoord - Zef Side Wumpscut - Boneshaker Baybee
KYLE SMITH Beach House - Teen Dream Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career Sunn O))) - Dømkirke Buried At Sea - Migration Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
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JON SOLOMON Neko Case - Middle Cyclone Todd Rundgren - Runt The Clash - Sandinista The Clash - London Calling Bill Frisell - Live
ANDY THOMAS Joe Pug - Messenger Aziz Ansari - Intimate Moments for a Sensual Eveneing Tim Barry - 28th and Stonewall Snake Rattle Rattle Snake - EP Andy Shauf - Dark Days
AMBER TAUFEN Radiohead - Amnesiac The Flaming Lips - Clouds Taste Metallic DJ Cam - The French Connection LTJ Bukem - Journey Inwards Greyboy - Mastered the Art