As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of all the things we're listening to this week.
This week, out of 115 total picks there was some clear critical consensus among us, as new releases from Big Boi, the Roots, Rick Ross and FOE & Whygee all appeared on multiple lists. This week, we also welcome the newest additions to our growing Backbeat family, Bree Davies, Rachel Romero, Nicole Cormier and D. Williams. See our top spins and feel free to weigh in with picks of your own after the jump.
MARK BLIESENER Cody Crump - New Acousticish CD The Beach Boys -"Girl Don't Tell Me" Yolanda Be Cool- "We Speak No Americano" MIA - "XXXO" The Dead Weather - "So Far From Your Weapon"
CHRIS CALLAWAY Argent - The Best of Argent - An Anthology Toad the Wet Sprocket - Dulcinea Toad the Wet Sprocket - Coil Sloan (various songs) The Alarm - Strength
CORY CASCIATO LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster Zeno - Red Dragon Mix Zeno - Cosmic Hedwig & the Angry Inch - Movie OST
NICOLE CORMIER The Roots - How I Got Over Shortbus - Friendly Fire Cysko Rokwel - Some Serious Gourmet Shit Ghostface - Fishscale Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot the Son of Chico Dusty
BREE DAVIES Big Black - Songs About Fucking DJ Khaled feat. Ludacris, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Victory - "All I Do is Win" Nirvana - "Rape Me" Drake feat. Jay-Z, Lil' Wayne - "Light Up" (Riker's Remix) Forest World - "Jodie Jensen MMX"
BRIAN FREDERICK The Roots - How I Got Over Della - Della Zero 7 - The Best of Zero 7 Foals - Total LIfe Forever Pennywise - Unknown Road
ADAM GOLDSTEIN Menomena - "Wet and Rusting" Louis Armstrong - "Blue Turning Grey Over You" Cannonball Adderly - "Sabbath Prayer" The National - High Violet Neil Young - "A Man Needs A Maid"
JASON HELLER Coliseum - House With a Curse Billy Bragg - Workers Playtime Blonde Redhead - Penny Sparkle The Goodnight Loving - The Goodnight Loving Social Club Lone Justice - Lone Justice
DAVE HERRERA Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot the Son of Chico Dusty The Roots - How I Got Over Rick Ross - Teflon Don Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul King Foe & Whygee - Take a Bite Out of Dispensary Music EP
JACINTA HOWARD Rick Ross featuring TI, Jadakiss, Erykah Badu - "Maybach Music 3" Hollyweerd - Edible Phat 2.0 Big KRIT - "Hometown Music" K-Rino - Blood Doctrine Scarface - "Dopeman Music"
NICK HUTCHINSON Stone River Boys - Love on the Dial Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere - Midnight Flyer Van Morrison - Bang Masters Otis Redding & His Orchestra - Live on the Sunset Strip Charlie Daniels - Fire on the Mountain
RU JOHNSON Bone Thugs N' Harmony - Creepin On Ah Come Up Cee-Lo - Stray Bullets Likwuid - Champagne and Gummy Bears Isolated Generation - Dim Flashlights Dam Funk - Toeachizown
THORIN KLOSOWSKI Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot the Son of Chico Dusty The Books - The Way Out Brian Wilson - Smile Bongo Fury - True That Spirit Level Wipers - Box Set
TOM MURPHY Brian Jonestown Massacre - Give It Back Radio Berlin - Glass The Silver Cord - Hate Slowness - Slowness Twice Wilted - Ice Hex Fix
ADAM PERRY Danzig - "How the Gods Kill" Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record Neil Young - Reactor Patsy Cline - "Back in Baby's Arms" 18 Switchbacks - EP
RACHEL ROMERO The Roots - How I Got Over Freeway & Jake One - The Stimulus Package Donnis - The Invitation Major Lazer & La Roux - Lazerproof WhyGee & F.O.E. - Take a Bite Out of Dispensary Music EP
DUTCH SEYFARTH The Heavy Pets - Rock With Me Mechanical Dan - Mechanical Dan Zach Heckendorf - Live at Film on the Rocks 2010 Tickle Me Pink - Strange Life Nautical Mile - Wayward
KYLE SMITH Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues Talking Heads - Fear of Music Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
JON SOLOMON Mark Mallman - Invincible Criminal The Clash - London Calling Bill Frisell - Go West: Music for the Films of Buster Keaton Tom Waits - Rain Dogs Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
AMBER TAUFEN Dieselboy - Project Human Zero 7 - The Garden Dilated Peoples - Neighborhood Watch Mark Farina - Mushroom Jazz 3 & 4 Daft Punk - Homework
ANDY THOMAS Dark, Dark, Dark - Bright, Bright, Bright Paper Bird - When the River Took Flight Pepper Rabbit - Clicks/Shakes The Riot Before - Rebellion Joe Pug - In the Meantime
SHAWN WHITE Drizabone Soul Family - I Fell Apart Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot the Son of Chico Dusty DJ Center - You Got The Love Rick Ross ft. Erykah Badu, T.I. and Jadakiss - Maybach Music III Cookin' Soul ft. Jay-Z, Quincy Jones & Weezy - Summertime in Brooklyn
D. WILLIAMS Eminem/Rihanna - Love the Way You Live The Cool eMCee's - Funky Song The Roots - Dear God 2.0 The D the Man Project - Sugarpie (honeybunch) Flobots - By the Time You Get This Message