Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of August 3, 2009

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As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, 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
The Trampolines - Between the Lines
Various Artists - Puros Corridos Pesados
John Common - Beautiful Empty
The Velvet Underground - Another View
Ian Dury - Reasons to be Cheerful

Chris Callaway
All Smiles - Oh for the Getting and Not Letting Go
The Thrills - So Much for the City
Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
World Party - Dumbing Up
Vigilantes of Love - Summershine

Cory Casciato
Hearts Like Lions - "Through the Cracks"
The Jim Jims - Bottom of the City
The Ideal Fathers - "Failing at Nintendo is Not an Option"
Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story) - The Great Collapse
16 Bit Lolitas - Warung Brazil 001

Eryc Eyl
Daniel Francis Doyle - "Your Cursive"
Miles Fisher - "What We Know"
Caspian - Tertia
Jonathan and BPro - The Turn It Up EP
Veckaflyest - "Fine for Pop" (Lil Wayne vs Grizzly Bear)

Brian Frederick
Under The Influence Of Giants - Under the Influence of Giants
The Sounds - Crossing The Rubicon
I Hate Kate - Embrace The Curse
Ida Maria - Fortress 'round My Heart
Innerpartysystem - Self Titled

A.H. Goldstein
Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
Jimmy Ruffin - "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?"
Jimmy Hughes - "Steal Away"
Big Bill Broonzy - "Glory of Love"
Elysian Fields - Bum Raps and Love Taps

Jason Heller
Box Elders - Alice and Friends
Various Artists - Mile High Low Life
Venom - At War With Satan
Brian Eno - Before and After Science
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - "Her Strut" (over and over...)

Dave Herrera - (imports)
Boy Eats Drum Machine - Boomboxxx
Oh My God - The Night Undoes the Work of the Day
Miles Nielsen - Miles
Amazing Baby - Rewild
Eyedea & Abilities - By the Throat
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Dave Herrera - (exports)
Houses - Summer EP
The Trampolines - Between the Lines
Whygee & Sunkenstate - Suicide Watch 2: Sambodextrust
Savage Henry - Step Lively
Saints - Saints
Tiny Television - Mission Statement

Cicily Janus
Miles Okazaki - Generations
Q-Tip - The Renaissance
Danielle Ate the Sandwich - Things People Do
Iron & Wine - Shepherds Boy
Mika - Life in Cartoon Motion

Tom Murphy

Wipers - Over the Edge
XTC - Black Sea
Here We Go Magic - Here We Go Magic
Pink Reason - Cleaning the Mirror
The VSS -
Nervous Circuits

Jef Otte
Joe Pass - Portraits of Duke Ellington
The Velvet Underground - Loaded
Madonna - "Borderline"
Wu Tang Clan - 13 Chambers
The Kinks - Part One Lola Versus the Powerman and the Moneygoround

Adam Perry
Paul Simon - Graceland
Broken Social Scene - Beehives
Sera Cahoone - Only As The Day Is Long
Neil Young - MTV Unplugged
Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Quibian Salazar-Moreno
Mos Def - The Ecstatic
Street Sweeper Social Club - Street Sweeper Social Club
Janelle Monae - Metropolis: The Chase Suite
Method Man & Redman - Blackout! 2
Kid Hum/Rockthedub - Offshore Drilling

B.Dutch Seyfarth
3AM - You Don't Need a Fake ID ep
The Skyline Surrender - Pangea
My Body Sings Electric - Never Left the Ground
Kyle Galanaugh - The Bergen Park EP
Post Paradise - Watch Me Explode

Patrick Sites
The SteelDrivers - The SteelDrivers
Grateful Dead - Europe '72 (Disc 1)
Dave Mathews Band - Live at the Mile High Music Festival
Euforquestra - Explorations in Afrobeat
Sam Bush Band - King of the World

Jon Solomon
Bowerbirds - Upper Air
Sonic Youth - The Eternal
Megafaun - Gather, Form and Fly
Eddie Harris - Plug Me In  
John Coltrane - Live at Birdland

Kyle Smith
Josef K - Entomology
The Fall - Dragnet
Neurosis - Given to the Rising
Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer
Cut Copy -
In Ghost Colours

Amber Taufen
Juana Molina - Un Día
TV On the Radio - Dear Science
Aphrodite - Aftershock
Tosca - Delhi 9
Mr. Oizo - Lambs Anger

Andy Thomas
Cobra Skulls - American Rubicon
Black Mountain - In the Future
Jon Snodgrass / Cory Brannan - Split
In The Red - Volume 2
Damion Suomi -
Damion Suomi

Noah Van Sciver
Flipper - Generic
Brian Jonestown Massacre - Smoking Acid
Black Flag - The First Four Years
The Vaselines - Enter the Vaselines
Slicing Grandpa - Le hardcore

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