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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