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 Ian Dury - Reasons to Be Cheerful Bify Clyro - "The Captain" Sin Vida - The Westwood Anthem Lee Harris and Richard Marks - "Three Men in a Boat" Slade - "Here's to the New Year"
CHRIS CALLAWAY Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left The Who - Who's Next The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard - One Fast Move or I'm Gone The Who - Face Dances
CORY CASCIATO John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light - Beautiful Empty 400 Lonely Things - Tonight of the Living Dead Arcade Fire - Neon Bible The Cure - The Head on the Door Brian Eno - Before and After Science
BRIAN FREDERICK U.V. Protection - Clean, Modern, Comfortable. Unwritten Law - Oz Factor Passion Pit - Manners Less Than Jake - Losing Streak Jemina Pearl - Break It Up
A.H. GOLDSTEIN I Am Dot - Winter EP John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light - "Love is a Shark" Fell - Farewell to Echoes Johnny "Guitar" Watson - "Three Hours Past Midnight" Charles Sheffield - "It's Your Voodoo Working"
DAVE HERRERA OK Go - Of the Blue Colour of the Sky John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light - Beautiful Empty Kosmos - Skeptics In Love Hawks of Paradise - Skeleton Keys Moccasin - Last Leaf
JACINTA HOWARD Big Pooh- The Purple Tape Zo! -Just Visiting Too Yelawolf- 'Good to Go' feat. Bun B Killer Mike- I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II Anthony David- 'Smoke One'
NICK HUTCHINSON Levon Helm - Electric Dirt Great American Taxi - Reckless Habits The Living Sisters - Love to Live Greensky Bluegrass - All Access Greensky Bluegrass - Five Interstates
THORIN KLOSOWSKI Various - Warp20 Boards of Canada - The Campfire Headphase Boris - Smile Hüsker Dü - Flip Your Wig Madvillian - Madvilliany
RU JOHNSON MGMT - Oracular Spectacular Yelawolf - Trunk Muzik Young Money - We Are Young Money Minnie Riperton - The Best of Minnie Riperton Rakim - The 18th Letter
KIERNAN MALETSKY Big Star - #1 Record The-Dream - Love vs. Money Pictureplane - Dark Rift Bad Weather California - Young Punks Lil' Wayne - Da Drought 3
SEAN MERRELL Mastodon - Blood Mountain Mastodon - Crack the Skye Radiohead - OK Computer Failure - Magnified Stanley Turrentine/Freedie Hubbard - In Concert Vol. 1 & 2
TOM MURPHY Bailter Space - Robot World Anvil - This is Thirteen Scratch Acid - The Greatest Gift James Pants - Seven Seals Bardo Pond - Amanita
ADAM PERRY Cotton Jones - Paranoid Cocoon The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin Brian Eno & Harold Budd - The Plateaux of Mirror Brian Eno - Music For Airports Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus & Max Roach - Money Jungle
DUTCH SEYFARTH Aidan Hawken - The Sleep of Trees Jason Boland and the Stragglers - Pearl Snaps Todd Garrison - Ghost Poems Frogs Gone Fishin - Mexico The Congress - Loretta
KYLE SMITH Beach House - Devotion Boris - Pink Nadja - Bliss Torn From Emptiness Neurosis - Given to the Rising Xiu Xiu - The Air Force
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JON SOLOMON Art Tatum - The Best Of Art Tatum: The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces Marc Ribot y Los Cubans Postizos - Muy Divertido Head for the Hills - Head for the Hills Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 Sleep Whale - Houseboat
AMBER TAUFEN Baba Brinkman - Apocalyptic Utopian Dreams in the Western Wilderness DJ Cam - Soulshine Les Rhythmes Digitales - Darkdancer Pink Floyd - The Wall Saul Williams - The Inevitable Rise and Fall of Niggy Tardust
ANDY THOMAS The Still City - We Will Explain Everything Justin Townes Earle - Midnight at the Movies POS - Never Better Japandroids - Post-Nothing Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary