Top Ten of 2007: The weekend afternoon DJs

The DJs at KEXP have all chosen their year-end Top Ten lists. This week, we’ll be running through many of the DJ’s lists for 2007, starting with the hosts of our weekend afternoon variety shows, which include some of KEXP’s most veteran DJs, namely Quilty 3000, Jack Walters, Stevie Zoom, and Larry Rose. Proving just how eclectic these DJs are, none of them numbered their Top Ten lists, preferring instead to let listeners imagine the songs together in any order.

On Saturday afternoons from 12-3, you can hear Quilty 3000, who is celebrating her 15th year(!) at the station. Long-time listeners will remember Q3K’s former nom de guerre, “Mr. Quilty’s Widow,” and recognize that over the years she’s hasn’t forgotten how to rock. Recently, Quilty assembled a collection of memorable live recordings from KEXP’s studio for her first Music That Matters podcast. Check it out here.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone)
Band Of Bees - Octopus (Astralwerks)
The Beastie Boys - The Mix-Up (Capitol)
Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond (Fat Possum)
Bill Callahan - Woke On A Whaleheart (Drag City)
Elvis Perkins - Ash Wednesday (XL)
Bright Eyes - Cassadaga (Saddle Creek)
Arthur & Yu - In Camera (Hardly Art)
Elliott Smith - New Moon (Kill Rock Stars)
The Purrs - The Chemistry That Keeps Us Together (self-released)

Saturday afternoons close with “180 Minutes,” hosted by Jack Walters, whose smooth, assuring voice you’ll hear throughout the week announcing our sponsors. If you’ve been listening to Jack’s show for any amount of time, you’ll recognize his signature call: “It’s 4:20, if you know what I mean.” However, there’s no need to acknowledge 4:20 to enjoy his eclectic sets of beats, rock, pop, and twang.

Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (Universal Republic)
Band of Horses - Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)
Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond (Fat Possum)
DJ Bitman - Latin Bitman (Nacional)
edIT - Certified Air Raid Material (Alpha Pup)
Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (Epic)
Pharoahe Monch - Desire (SRC/Universal Motown)
The Shins - Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop)
Thurston Moore - Trees Outside the Academy (Ecstatic Peace!)
The White Stripes - Icky Thump (Warner Bros)

Sunday afternoons begin with Stevie Zoom, another 15-year KEXP vet, who’s versatile enough to sit in for pretty much any show on the air. You’ll hear him regularly late nights on Monday and Tuesday as well. You can expect the same wide range of sounds whenever you listen to Stevie Zoom, as you’ll see in his list of 2007 favorites:

Tim Armstrong - A Poet’s Life (Hellcat)
Art Brut - It’s A Bit Complicated (Downtown)
Battles - Mirrored (Warp)
Galactic - From The Corner To The Block (Anti-)
Richard Hawley - Lady’s Bridge (Mute)
Mexican Institute of Sound - Pinata (Nacional)
Orgone - The Killion Floor (Ubiquity)
The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters (Fatcat)
Up Bustle & Out - Mexican Sessions (Collison)
Amy Winehouse - Back To Black (Universal Republic)

Larry’s Lounge, hosted by Larry Rose, is a perfect Sunday afternoon blend of electronica, chamber pop, hip hop, and indie rock. Larry isn’t afraid to pull out the obscurities and even features them weekly on his “Digging in the Lounge” segment, which has featured lost gems from bands like The Blue Aeroplanes, Shrimp Boat, and Mantronix. You can even listen to Larry’s first Music That Matters podcast here.

Beirut - The Flying Club Cup (Ba Da Bing)
Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha (Fat Possum)
Burial - Untrue (Hyperdub)
Matthew Dear - Asa Breed (Ghostly International)
Eluvium - Copia (Temporary Residence)
Iron and Wine - The Shepherd’s Dog (Sub Pop)
Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala (Secretly Canadian)
M.I.A. - Kala (Interscope)
Panda Bear - Person Pitch (Paw Tracks)
Radiohead - In Rainbows (self-released)

Don’t forget to choose your top 5 of 2007, and based on your votes, we’ll count the Top 90.3 of 2007 starting at 10AM on Friday, December 28.

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