Playlist: What are you listening to?

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From the September 9, 2012 edition

We checked in with a handful of influential Columbus music fans to find out what’s been in rotation lately. They were given no parameters, so their picks range from the current to the classic and from the underground to the mainstream. Check back soon for more sound recommendations.

Lesley James, Program Director and Afternoon Drive DJ at CD102.5:

Silversun Pickups, “Neck of the Woods”

Ask anyone at CD102.5 what I have been listening to lately and they’ll say Silversun Pickups’ “Neck of the Woods.” It’s been in constant rotation in my office, in my car, and at home since it was released on May 8. It’s a solid album from start to finish and definitely one that you need to spend time with. Trust me, if it doesn’t pull you in immediately, it will after a couple of listens. I love that the band incorporates more electronic elements on this release. Nikki Monninger's bass lines are definitely in the forefront too. “The Pit” really expresses this and the use of electronics. It’s my favorite tune and totally reminds me of Joy Division/New Order. Every track is a standout!

Kareem Jackson, co-owner at Milk Bar and co-founder of Get Right and O-Gee

A$AP Rocky & A$AP Mob

A$AP Rocky/A$AP Mob has my ear at the moment. The flows are smooth, the beats are trippy and mellow, plus they rap about a lot of high-end designers that aren’t on the average person’s radar so they get extra love from me. While everyone else is doing the same repetitive style of rap and videos, A$AP's crew is more innovative and breaking the mold. They grab people’s attention by bring something new. Even true hip-hop heads appreciate them without feeling guilty.

Jon Witzky, Used Kids Records employee and musician with Lightning Path and El Jesus de Magico:

Roxy Music, “In Every Dream Home a Heartache” from their 1973 album “For Your Pleasure”

Roxy Music exists in an eerie and ridiculous universe where, beneath a plastic veneer of pure aesthete, lies a perverse and mock sensuality punctuated by a vaguely tangible sense of violence. [With] “In Every Dream Home a Heartache,” Bryan Ferry’s ode to a blow-up doll, the band creates this landscape perfectly; the tension builds slowly and deliberately and finally explodes in an orgasmic and clichéd rock and roll climax with the words, “I blew up your body… but you blew my mind.” Classic.