Top (Ten) of 2007: The Daytime DJs

From 6 AM to 6 PM, five days a week, only three DJs command the airwaves on KEXP and hold the attention of thousands of listeners at any given time. So can you really expect John Richards, Cheryl Waters and Kevin Cole to limit themselves to just ten albums for an entire year? Neither can we. Here’s what the three over-achievers came up with:

John Richards hosts The Morning Show, from 6 to 10AM, Monday through Friday, and plays music that you want to hear at the time you need to hear it. On The Morning Show, John features everything from the Pixies and The Cure to M.I.A. and Burial, breaking new music, embracing old music, and tying it all together.

1. The National – Boxer (Beggars Banquet)
2. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (Capitol)
3. Beirut – The Flying Club Cup (Ba Da Bing)
4. Radiohead – In Rainbows (self-released)
5. Pela – Anytown Graffiti (Great Society)
6. Holy Fuck – LP (Young Turks/XL)
7. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (self-released)
8. Justice – (Ed Banger/Vice)
9. The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters (Fatcat)
10. M.I.A. – Kala (Interscope)
11. Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals (We Are Free)
12. Daft Punk – Alive 2007 (Virgin)
13. Maps – We Can Create (Mute)
14. Kings of Leon – Because of the Times (RCA)
15. Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends (Frenchkiss)
16. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)
17. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (Merge)
18. Elliott Smith – New Moon (Kill Rock Stars)
19. Fujiya & Miyagi – Transparent Things (DD+BC)
20. !!! – Myth Takes (Warp)
21. The Hives – The Black and White Album (A&M/Octone)
22. Pinback – Autumn of the Seraphs (Touch and Go)
23. Elvis Perkins – Ash Wednesday (XL)
24. The White Stripes – Icky Thump (Warner Bros)
25. Bruce Springsteen – Magic (Columbia)
Listen John’s latest podcast, which is a “best of” the Morning Show, and download others by subscribing to our Music That Matters podcasts on our podcasting page.

During the Midday Show, Monday through Friday, 10AM to 2PM, Cheryl Waters brings together Brit pop, guitar rock, shoegaze, soul, hip hop, and any other style of music as she organically builds each mix in pursuit of a beat, melody, or mood. Ever prepared, but always in the moment, Cheryl truly loves music, and you can see it in her inclusive year-end mix (I think she would have included every album in her playlist if I would have let her!):

Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals (We Are Free)
The National – Boxer (Beggars Banquet)
Le Loup – Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly (Hardly Art)
Grizzly Bear – Friend EP (Warp)
Band of Horses – Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)
Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog (Sub Pop)
Pinback – Autumn of the Seraphs (Touch and Go)
Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (self-released)
Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
Radiohead – In Rainbows (self-released)
Blonde Redhead – 23 (4AD)
White Rabbits – Fort Nightly (Gigantic)
Fields – Charming the Flames (Atlantic)
Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (Epic)
Okkervil River – The Stage Names (Jagjaguwar)
Pela – Anytown Graffiti (Great Society)
Editors – An End Has a Start (Fader)
Beirut – The Flying Club Cup (Ba Da Bing)
The White Stripes – Icky Thump (Warner Bros)
Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release (Interscope)
David Vandervelde – The Moonstation House Band (Secretly Canadian)
The Cave Singers – The Cave Singers (Matador)
Panda Bear – Person Pitch (Paw Tracks)
The Besnard Lakes – Are the Dark Horse (Jagjaguwar)
Handsome Furs – Plague Park (Sub Pop)
Wooden Shjips – Wooden Shjips (Holy Mountain)
Ravens & Chimes – Reichenbach Falls (Domino)
Check out Cheryl’s latest podcast, and subscribe for more on our podcasting page.

For the perfect drive-time groove, Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole creates a diverse mix of current releases, sneak-peaks from forthcoming releases, seminal vintage tracks, rarities, b-sides, and in-studio performances. Funk, reggae, soul, world music, electronica, old school hip hop, indie rock — nothing is off limits on Kevin’s show. Listen in each afternoon this week as he features the best of 2007, and here are some of his favorites:

Feist – The Reminder (Cherry Tree)
Wilco – Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch)
Bright Eyes – Cassadaga (Saddle Creek)
Cloud Cult – The Meaning of 8 (Earthology)
The National – Boxer (Beggars Banquet)
Band of Horses – Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)
Tim Armstrong – A Poet’s Life (Hellcat)
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone)
The Budos Band – The Budos Band II (Daptone)
Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog (Sub Pop)
Radiohead – In Rainbows 1 & 2 (Self-released)
Blue Scholars – Bayani (Massline/Rawkus)
Modeselektor, Boogybytes Volume 3 (Mix CD of the Year!) (Bpitch Control)
Hear more on Kevin’s latest podcast, and subscribe for more on our podcasting page.
Go to NPR‘s music site for Kevin Cole’s “13 Great Musical Discoveries of 2007″

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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