Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of December 21, 2009

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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 Darlene Love - "Christmas Baby Please Come Home" Staple Singers- "Last Month of the Year" Issac Hayes - "The Mistletoe and Me" Mack Rice - "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'" Rufus Thomas - "I'll Be Your Santa Baby"

CHRIS CALLAWAY The Kinks - State of Confusion The Kinks- Misfits Ray Davies- Working Man's Cafe Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs Pete Townshend - Empty Glass

CORY CASCIATO Alert - Live at Sutra Beauty Flash - Beauty Flash 2 I Am the Dot - Rare Creatures EP Noah Pred - Live Mutek '08 Yeasayer - "Ambling Alp"

BRIAN FREDERICK Rhianna - Rated R One Republic - Waking Up Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi" Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve and Other Stories Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Christmas Attic A.H. GOLDSTEIN The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset" Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - One Size Fits All Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion Mulatu Astatge - "Cha Cha" Bad Weather California - Young Punks

DAVE HERRERA John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light - Beautiful Empty Pretty Lights - Passing By Behind Your Eyes Pena - Best Friends Hello Kavita - To a Loved One Houses - Summer EP

NICK HUTCHINSON Levon Helm - Electric Dirt Fela Kuti - The Best of the Black President KOSI 101 (Denver) - Home for the Holidays Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Depend on Me: The Early Albums Bob Dylan - Christmas in the Heart

THORIN KLOSOWSKI The Album Leaf - In a Safe Place Tyondai Braxton - Central Market Tangerine Dream - Phaedra Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place A Hawk and a Hacksaw - The Way the Wind Blows

KIERNAN MALETSKY various Artists - Home Alone Christmas DJ Quik and Kurupt - BlaQkout Candy Claws - In the Dream of the Sea Life Fell - A Farewell to Echoes Astrophagus - For Boating

TOM MURPHY The Clash - Combat Rock REM - Dead Letter Office The Gossip - Music For Men Gangcharger - Metal Sun Windy Weber - I Hate People

JEF OTTE Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power Claude Debussy - Estampes Converge - Axe to Fall Paco de Lucia - "Entre dos aguas" The Pixies - Doolittle

DUTCH SEYFARTH Little Fyodor & Babushka - Peace is Boring Bad Religion - Silent Night (*Xmas cover song) Leftover Salmon - Live at Red Rocks 2007 U2 - The Unforgettable Fire Churchill - The Churchill EP

JON SOLOMON The Flaming Lips - Dark Side of the Moon Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light - Beautiful Empty Broun Fellinis - Real Moments Brian Eno - Eno Box 1: Instrumentals

KYLE SMITH La Monte Young - The Well-Tuned Piano Rhys Chatham - A Crimson Grail Deerhunter - Cryptograms Sunn O))) - Black One Wolf Eyes - Always Wrong

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