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 Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - Streetcore Otis Taylor - Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs Charlotte Gainsbough - "Masters Hands" Various - The Story of Ska Larry Hernandez - "El Querendon y Cajetsos"
CHRIS CALLAWAY The Smiths - self-titled Interpol - Turn On the Bright Lights The National - Boxer The Shins - Wincing the Night Away Over the Rhine - Films for Radio
CORY CASCIATO Spoon - Transference Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It in People LCD Soundsystem - self-titled Tes La Rock - Bassheavy Sports & Culture Vol. 3 Francois K. - Essential Mix Jan. 2006
BRIAN FREDERICK Brand New - Deja Entendu Ghostland Observatory - Delete. Delete. I. Eat. Meat. VAUX - Audible Narcotic Kitsune Maison - Compilation 8 Robin Thicke - Sex Therapy: The Session
ADAM GOLDSTEIN Hello Kavita - "The Last Time" Ween - "You Fucked Up" Count Basie "I Left My Baby" Faith No More Angel Dust Vampire Weekend Contra
DAVE HERRERA The Sunset Curse - Artificial Heart kosmøs - Skeptics In Love Fucked Up - Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009 The Damnwells - One Last Century Mr. J. Medeiros - The Art of Broken Glass
JACINTA HOWARD Food Chain- The Food Chain EP Rhymefest- "Say What's Up" featuring Phonte Bobby Creekwater- "Pardon My French" Freddie Gibbs featuring Pill- "Do Wrong" Statik Selektah featuring Bun B and Colin Monroe- "So Close, So Far"
RU JOHNSON Philadelphia Slick - "Poets Write Killers" Sade - "Soldier of Love" Naeem Oba - "Julia" K'Naan - "I Come Prepared" Chaka Khan - "Sweet Thing"
THORIN KLOSOWSKI Blockhead - Music Scene Archie Shepp - Black Gipsy Moon - Soundtrack Spoon - Transference Hawkwind - Hall of the Mountain Grill
TOM MURPHY The Fluid - Clear Black Paper The Fluid - Punch 'N' Judy Mustangs and Madras - Caution: Bang! The VSS - Nervous Circuits Love and Rockets - Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven
CHARLES RUSSELL Yeasayer - Madder Red The Big Pink - Dominos Veil Veil Vanish - Modern Lust IAMX - Your Joy Is My Low Bloc Party - One Month Off
DUTCH SEYFARTH Take the Track - Goodbye Ray Wylie Hubbard - A. Enlightenment, B. Endarkenment, (Hint: There Is No C.) STS9 - Atlas Cross Canadian Ragweed - Happiness and All the Other Things Will Kimbrough - Everything's For Sale
KYLE SMITH Talk Normal - Sugarland Eliane Radigue - Vice Versa, etc. Oren Ambarchi - In the Pendulum's Embrace Om - Variations On A Theme Beach House - "Norway"
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JON SOLOMON John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light - Beautiful Empty Lenny Breau - The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM Woven Hand - Ten Stones The Widow's Bane - The Widow's Bane
AMBER TAUFEN Richard Dorfmeister, Richard Dorfmeister Presents: A Different Drummer Selection Michael Franti & Spearhead, Everyone Deserves Music Zero 7, Simple Things The Grateful Dead, So Many Roads Dubtribe Sound System, Bryant Street
ANDY THOMAS Bad Astronaut - Achrophobe Samiam - Astray Langhorne Slim - Langhorne Slim The Still City - We Will Explain Everything The Black Keys - The Moan
NOAH VAN SCIVER The Runaways- And now....The Runaways The Mamas and the Papas- If you can believe your Eyes and Ears Camera Obscura- My Maudlin Career The Brian Jonestown Massacre- Who killed Sgt. Pepper? Scratch Acid- The Greatest Gift