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 Beatles - "Hold Me Tight" The Noisettes - "Don't Give Up" Ian Dury and the Blockheads - "Dance Little Rude Boy" David Rynhart - By the Hollow Tree Hound Doig Taylor- Release the Hound
CHRIS CALLAWAY The Stills - Logic Will Break Your Heart The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour The Smiths - various songs Quiet Company - Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
A.H. GOLDSTEIN The Congress - The Congress Joanna Newsom - "Easy" Faith No More - Angel Dust Clarence Henry - "Ain't Got No Home" Achille Lauro - "Friends War"
DAVE HERRERA Pretty Lights - Making Up a Changing Mind Andrea Ball - Dial Tone Achille Lauro - Indescretions The Lovely & Talented - The New American Fable The Autumn Film - the Ship and the Sea
NICK HUTCHINSON Mose Allison - The Way of the World Bill Mckay - Self Titled Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler - The Best Of Furthur - Live at The Auditorium Theatre Chicago, 03/03/2010 EarthRise SoundSystem - The Yoga Sessions
THORIN KLOSOWSKI Deltron - Deltron 3030 Abba - Thank You for the Music Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom - The Days of Mars KMD - Best of Marty Robbins - Gunfighter Ballads
KIERNAN MALETSKY Jason Collett - Rat a Tat Tat Achille Lauro - Indiscretions The Autumn Film - The Ship and The Sea D'Angelo - Voodoo Pavement - Quarantine The Past
TOM MURPHY Iggy Pop - The Idiot The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night Wesley Willis & The Dragnews - Torture Demon Hell Ride The Legendary Pink Dots - The Maria Dimension The Clash - Combat Rock
ADAM PERRY Dr. Dog - Easy Beat Dr. Dog - Fate Dr. Dog - We All Belong Alela Diane - To Be Still Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre
CHARLES RUSSELL Echo & the Bunnymen - People Are Strange Bear In Heaven - Lovesick Teenagers (Twin Shadows Remix) Michael Damien - Rock On The Cramps - I Was A Teenage Werewolf The Thrills - Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?
DUTCH SEYFARTH The Mother Hips - Pacific Pride The Congress - self titled debut Royal Bangs - My Car Is Haunted Dr. Dog - Fate Traveling Wilburys - Volume 3
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KYLE SMITH Phill Niblock - Touch Three Talk Normal - Sugarland Swan Lake - Beast Moans Various Artists - After Dark Yellow Swans - At All Ends
JON SOLOMON Robert Glasper - Double Booked Robert Glasper - In My Element The Clash - London Calling Mstislav Rostropovich - J.S. Bach - Cello Suites Sparklehorse - Good Morning Spider
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
NOAH VAN SCIVER The Brian Jonestown Massacre- Who killed Sgt. Pepper? The Modern Lovers- Precise Modern Lovers Order The Magnetic Fields- Realism Black Tambourine- Complete recordings Patti Smith- Easter