Well, lookie here. What you do know? It's the return of Heavy Rotation. Longtime readers of Backbeat will remember this feature as one in which we shared our weekly listening habits in hopes of giving you some insight into our individual sensibilities. It's been dormant for a while, but, starting today, it's back. As you'll see from our picks, our musical tastes continue to be vastly different. Below you'll find a mix of old and new tunes, imports and exports. Continue reading to see the five pieces of music that moved us the most this past week, and of course, as always, feel free to add your own picks.
SAMANTHA ALVIANI Marlena Shaw - "California Soul" Vacationer - "Trip" Neil Young - "Harvest Moon" Futurebirds - "Wild Heart" Hot Chip - "Don't Deny Your Heart"
CORY CASCIATO Yeasayer - Fragrant World Morriconez - Cloud of Dust, Cry of Death The Last Names - "Needles in the Camel's Eye" Talking Heads - Remain in Light Divine Fits - "My Love Is Real"
BRITT CHESTER Netsky - "Give and Take" Octopus Nebula - "Through the Next Door" Knife Party - "Rage Valley" DJ Fresh ft. Rita Ora - "Hot Right Now" Zeds Dead - "You and I"
NICOLE CORMIER Black Mask - Us & Them Made Up Minds - Of Sound Mind Afterlife Allstars - Waste of Talent UGK - Underground Kingz Nas - Life Is Good
ERIC GRUNEISEN P.O.D - "Lost in Forever" Black Stone Cherry - "Blind Man" Matthew Moon - "My California" Abused Romance - "Vaporize" Volbeat - "Still Counting"
JOSIAH M. HESSE The Blow - "Parenthesis" Belle & Sebastian - "I Fought in a War" Loretta Lynn - "Fist City" Blur - "She's So High" The Band - "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
DAVE HERRERA Ending People - Fill Your Lungs Flobots - The Circle In the Square The Royal - Forever You Me & Apollo - "Before I Die" The Knew - Man Monster
NOAH HUBBELL Killer Mike - "Ghetto Gospel" RiFF RaFF - "Larry Bird" Joey Bada$$ - "Righteous Minds" Lil B - "Real Life" (Elaquent Remix) Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools
CORY LAMZ Dragonette - "Fixin' To Thrill" Frank Ocean - Channel Orange MNDR - Feed Me Diamonds Archeo - "The Payback" Iggy Azalea - Ignorant Art
STEPHANIE MARCH Jay Z - The Black Album Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band - No Time for Dreaming Polica - Give You the Ghost Beck - Sea Change Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons
BRANDON MARSHALL Kenny Chesney - "Come Over" Iron Maiden - "Fear of the Dark" 2 Chainz - "No Lie" feat. Drake Nile - "Supreme Humananisum of Megalomania" Testament - "Native Blood"
MATT MINER A Place to Bury Strangers - Worship Jack White - Blunderbuss Japandroids - Celebration Rock JEFF the Brotherhood - Hypnotic Nights Liars - WIXIW
TOM MURPHY Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender Peaking Lights - Lucifer Massive Attack - Mezzanine Godflesh - Streetcleaner Washed Out - Within and Without
PATRICK RODGERS Holy Underground Volume 1 compilation Snubluck - Square Wave Phonetics The Underachievers - "Gold Soul Theory" Kidsyc@Brandywine - "No Speaky" The Trust - "Chrissy E"
MARK SANDERS Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey Daughn Gibson - All Hell Jets to Brazil - Orange Rhyming Dictionary Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse Deerhunter - Cryptograms
KYLE SMITH Evoken - Atra Mors Whitehouse -Total Sex Aphex Twin - I Care Because You Do Ash Borer - Ash Borer Antediluvian - Through the Cervix of Hawaah
JON SOLOMON Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros - The Hellcat Years Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left The Flying Burrito Bros. - The Definitive Collection John Coltrane - Coltrane Nico - Chelsea Girls
AMBER TAUFEN Boozoo Bajou - Dust My Broom Aphrodite - Aftershock Kruder & Dorfmeister - The K&D Sessions Saul Williams - The Inevitable Rise and Fall of Niggy Tardust Mark Farina - Mushroom Jazz Vol. 6
AARON THACKERAY Signal To Noise - Kodiak The Sleeping - Questions and Answers Alkaline Trio - Live Acoustic in London Dave Hause - Resolutions Alexisonfire - The Switcheroo Series
ANTONIO VALENZUELA Dzo - "Down Goes Fraiser" E-40 - "Zombie" feat Brotha Lynch & Tech N9ne Nas - "Loco-Motive" feat Large Professor The 17th - "Rubbish" featuring Spoke In Wordz & Fokis Lupe Fiasco - "Bitch Bad"
NOAH VAN SCIVER The Beets - "Stay home" The Microphones - Live in Japan Simon Joyner - Beautiful Losers Built to Spill - There is No Enemy The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
KELSEY WHIPPLE The Blue Angel Lounge - "Delete My Ideals" Pulp - "Last Day of the Miners' Strike" The Rolling Stones - "Play With Fire" The Epilogues - "The Fallout" Portugal. The Man - "1989"