Top Ten of 2007: The Overnight DJs

From the hours of 1AM to 6AM, while much of Seattle is sleeping, the overnight DJs at KEXP keep the tunes rolling for the insomniacs, graveyard shift employees, and listeners in other parts of the world where the middle of the night is really the middle of the day. DJs Shannon, Chilly, El Toro, Troy Nelson, and Larry Metro spin out eclectic mixes unlike you’ll hear during the day. Even if you’re not up late on a weekday night, you can check out these stellar DJs on our Streaming Archive.


DJ Shannon plays a Britpop heavy mix on Monday nights but never forgets that great music comes from other parts of the world. Tune in to Shannon’s show for great new music before you’re likely to hear it anywhere else.

Mason Proper – There is a Moth in Your Chest (Dovecote)
Mew – Frengers (reissue) (Columbia)
The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters (Fatcat)
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (Capitol)
The Shout Out Louds – Ill Wills (Merge)
Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future (Geffen)
Stars – In Our Bedrooms After the War (Arts & Crafts)
Editors – An End Has a Start (Fader)
Fujiya & Miyagi – Transparent Things (DD+BC)
Jamie T – Panic Prevention (Caroline)
Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals (We Are Free)

Listen to Shannon’s latest Music That Matters podcast here.

DJ El Toro spins perhaps the widest mix at the station. Built from his immense knowledge of music, Kurt’s show combines new music with old, known with unknown, indie rock with soul, country, blues, disco, electronica, world, R&B, you name it! In the guise of his real world alter-ego, Kurt B. Reighley, DJ El Toro writes for MSN Music, The Stranger, The Advocate, No Depression, and right here on the KEXP Blog with his weekly column Weird At My School.

1. Robert Plant & Alison Kraus – Raising Sand (Rounder)
2. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (Universal)
3. Matthew Dear – Asa Breed (Ghostly International)
4. Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala (Secretly Canadian)
5. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (DFA/Capitol)
6. The Cave Singers – Invitation Songs (Matador)
7. Beirut – The Flying Club Cup (Ba-Da-Bing)
8. Jennifer Gentle – The Midnight Room (Sub Pop)
9. Bettye Lavette – Scene of the Crime (Anti-)
10. Linda Thompson – Versatile Heart (Rounder)

Listen to El Toro’s latest Music That Matters podcast here and be sure to tune in Christmas morning as he supplies an all-holiday mix on The Morning Show.

DJ and producer Chilly really knows his beats, as you’ll hear on his most recent podcast, “Chilly’s Hip-Hop Favorites 2007″ (download here), but you’ll find a diverse mix of all genres on Wednesday overnights. Here are his favorites:

M.I.A. – Kala (Interscope)
Grinderman – Grinderman (Anti-)
Brother Ali – Undisputed Truth (Rhymesayers)
Battles – Mirrored (Warp)
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (self-released)
Dyme Def – Space Music (Soul Gorilla)
The White Stripes – Icky Thump (Warner Bros)
Black Francis – Bluefinger (Cooking Vinyl)
Tullycraft – Every Scene Needs a Center (Magic Marker)
Dinosaur Jr. – Beyond (Fat Possum)

There’s no joking around with Thursday overnight DJ Troy Nelson, who’s gotta be the most humorless, grave-faced person at the station. If you believe that, you’ve obviously never heard Troy’s show! Not only does he play a bad ass mix of new music but, listening to his show, you’ll continually be surprised to discover that one of the funniest personalities on air at KEXP also has serious knowledge of music.

1. Radiohead – In Rainbows (self-released)
2. Panda Bear – Person Pitch (Paw Tracks)
3. Gabriel Teodros – Lovework (Massline)
4. Arthur & Yu – In Camera (Hardly Art)
5. Pop Levi – The Return to Form Black Magick Party (Counter)
6. Devendra Banhart – Smoky Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (XL)
7. Voice of the Seven Woods – Voice of the Seven Woods (Twisted Nerve)
8. The White Stripes – Icky Thump (Warner Bros)
9. David Vandervelde – The Moonstation House Band (Secretly Canadian)
10. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (self-released)

Listen to Troy’s first Music That Matters podcast here.

The frenetic voice of DJ Larry Metro is impossible to mistake. Always seeming like he’s about to explode with excitement as he announces sets that themselves seem ready to blow, Larry mixes electronica, dance, hip-hop, global music, rock, and other styles for a fully charged, dynamic and often challenging show. Here’s Larry’s Top 10 Album List for 2007, in no particular order:

The Valley – The Valley (self-released)
M.I.A. – Kala (Interscope)
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (Capitol)
edIT – Certified Air Raid Material (Alpha Pup)
Pistolera – Siempre Hay Salida (self-released)
The Cave Singers – Invitation Songs (Matador)
Grayskull – Bloody Radio (Rhymesayers)
Neil Young – Chrome Dreams II (Reprise)
Orgone – The Killion Floor (Ubiquity)
Cex – Exotical Privates (Automation)
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