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 The Mothers of Invention - Absolutely Free Ron Miles - "I'll Be There" Howlin' Wolf - "Do the Do" Alia Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté - Ali and Toumani Devon Sproule - "Don't' Hurry for Heaven"
CHRIS CALLAWAY The Kinks - Word of Mouth Band of Horses - Everything All the Time David Bowie - Young Americans Rush - Test for Echo Split Enz - True Colours
CORY CASCIATO Swayzak - Groove Technology vol 1.3 Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog OST Zeno - Amnesia Studio Mix Gorillaz - Plastic Beach Grimbert - "Zombie Apocalypse"
BRIAN FREDERICK Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto Daniel Merriweather - Love and War HIM - Sreamworks: Love in Theory and Practice Broken Bells - "Your Head Is On Fire" Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue
A.H. GOLDSTEIN James Brown - "The Payback" King Curtis - "Memphis Soul Stew" Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me Houses - Fall EP Louis Jordan - "Caldonia (Single)"
JASON HELLER No For an Answer - A Thought Crusade Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs - Medicine County Hunter Dragon - Weight & Measure Mose Allison - The Way of the World Prince - Dirty Mind
DAVE HERRERA Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto Local Natives - Gorilla Manor Athlete - Black Swan Jaguar Love - Hologram Jams Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
RU JOHNSON UGK-Too Hard to Swallow. Gang Starr- Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr OutKast- The Love Below Amy Winehouse-Frank Ludacris- Release Therapy
THORIN KLOSOWSKI Gorillaz - Plastic Beach Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands Shogu Tokumaru - Exit Bruce Haack - Haackula Archie Shepp - Black Gipsy
TOM MURPHY The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago The Normal - "Warm Leatherette" Mission of Burma - Vs. The Fall - A-Sides
ADAM PERRY Dr. Dog - Fate Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night Midlake - The Courage of Others Black Francis - NonStopErotik Ween - Pure Guava
CHARLES RUSSELL Shackleton - Death Is Not Final Santa Hates You - Rocket Heart Jean Elan - Killer Fake Blood - Mars (Herve re-edit) Robert Smith - Very Good Advice
DUTCH SEYFARTH The Swayback - Die Finks Mumford and Sons - Winter Winds Zach Heckendorf - The Cool Down 500 Miles to Memphis - We've Built Up To Nothing The Mother Hips - Pacific Dust
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KYLE SMITH La Monte Young, John Cale et al. - Inside the Dream Syndicate Vol. 1: Day of Niagara Cold Cave - Love Comes Close Kylesa - Static Tensions Suicide - Suicide Talking Heads - Fear of Music
JON SOLOMON The Clash - London Calling King Tubby - Dub Gone Crazy: The Evolution of Dub at King Tubby's 1975-1977 The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots King Crimson - Discipline Pharoah Sanders - Thembi
AMBER TAUFEN Tim "Love" Lee -- Confessions of a Selector Aphrodite -- Urban Junglist Honey, I'm Homely! -- Dance Hall Crashers Beck -- Midnite Vultures Eminem -- The Eminem Show
ANDY THOMAS Joe Pug - Daytrotter Session Riot Before - Fists Buried in Pockets Alkaline Trio - This Addiction PJ Bond - You Didn't Know I was Alphabetical Throwaway Sunshine - For Everything We're Not