Voting is now closed for KEXP’s Top 90.3 Albums of the Year. We’ll be running down the list, as voted on by you, at 10AM on Friday, December 28. Tune in and see how your favorites ranked among KEXP listeners.
Here are a few more Top Ten lists compiled by our DJs:
Every Friday evening from 9PM to 1AM, as you’re getting ready to go out or heading to the clubs, DJ Michele Myers spins an energetic set of soul, electronica, jazz, funk and rock on Nite Life. During each show, Michele features one album that has affected her deeply with the Midnight Album Feature. You can also catch Michele’s work on the KEXP Documentaries. These are her picks for 2007:
- Brother Ali – The Undisputed Truth (Rhymesayers)
Honest, soul-infused hip hop. Wise rhymesayer.
- The Blakes – The Blakes (Light In the Attic)
Local rock reminiscent of T Rex and Love and Rockets – with a hint of Ramones. These melodies have staying power. Quintessential rock and roll.
- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Baby 81 (RCA)
With a band name from a Marlon Brando movie, how could they go wrong? Two smart, sensitive rockers with guitars, amps and microphones. Raw sophistication. Cinematic awareness. Motorcycle boots. Crunchy rock goodness.
- Orgone –The Killion Floor (Ubiquity)
Smokin’ funk/soul debut from L.A. Horn-filled grooves based in reggae, soul, afrobeat, funk and R&B. Top notch musicianship. These guys don’t mess around. Truly contemporary soul.
- Elliott Smith – New Moon (Kill Rock Stars)
Although we miss Elliott terribly since he left, it is uplifting to hear these incredibly soft, intense songs. This collection is another confirmation that he is master of the acoustic mood. If anyone sings like an angel…it’s our sad, gorgeous, gone poet, Elliott Smith.
- Band of Horses – Cease To Begin (Sub Pop)
Completely unique yet somehow familiar. Haunting, gorgeous melodies. Lyrics that question. Words are once-removed, but real. The melodies become part of your DNA. Warning: these songs may invade your dreams.
- Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (Universal Republic)
Released in England in 2006, we got this baby in 2007. Whiskey-soaked retro R&B. This album is a classic. She’s the Peggy Lee of the millennium. Instinctual. Brilliant.
- The White Stripes – Icky Thump (Warner Brothers)
This is the first White Stripes album I’ve really loved. Led Zeppelin is dead. This is as close as we are gonna get. Jack White is paving the way. Chunky, solid rock and roll. Playful, perfectly played. Consummate musical professionalism.
- Iron & Wine – Shepherd’s Dog (Sub Pop)
Honey-voiced folk-rock. The soft-sung, excellent songwriter Sam Beam is consistently this good. Stories of wishes. Poetic. Smart. Solid. Right.
- Radiohead – In Rainbows (Self Released)
Once you’ve entered this watery world, it’s hard to leave. Magnetic. Intoxicating. Free.
You’ll hear Rachel Ratner on air regularly as she fills in at pretty much any time of the day. Interns and volunteers will also know Rachel as she heads our massive and productive internship program. Rachel’s thoughts behind her Top Ten list? I’ll let her tell you:
“Ever wonder what I listen to in the car (before my stereo broke), while showering (which, contrary to popular belief, I do do occasionally), or at the rare instances I make an appearance at the gym? No? Well here they are anyway.”
Rachel’s top ten albums she listened to while on the go:
- Pissed Jeans – Hope for Men (Sub Pop)
- Intelligence – Deuteronomy (In the Red)
- M.I.A. – Kala (Interscope)
- Coconut Coolouts – Party Time Machine (Haunted Horse)
- Casy and Brian – Catbees (Pish Posh USA)
- Shellac – Excellent Italian Greyhound (Touch & Go)
- Black Lips – Good Bad Not Evil (Vice)
- Welcome – Sirs (FatCat)
- No Age – Weirdo Rippers (FatCat)
- Various Artists – Hyphy Hitz (EMI)
Fill-in DJ Shani Jayant is a transplant from WNYU, where she held many positions besides being a regular DJ. Now, while she attends graduate school at UW, you’ll hear her interesting, offbeat, and underground tastes when the other DJs are away. Here are ten of favorites from 2007:
- Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer (Polyvinyl)
- Panda Bear – Person Pitch (Paw Tracks)
- Pink Reason – Cleaning The Mirror (Siltbreeze Records)
- Jana Hunter – There’s No Home ( Gnomonsong)
- Phosphorescent – Pride (Dead Oceans)
- A Sunny Day In Glasgow- Scribble Mural Comic Journal (Notenuf Records)
- Studio – Yearbook 1 (Information)
- Electrelane- No Shouts, No Calls (Too Pure/ Beggars)
- John Maus – Love Is Real (Upset The Rhythm)
- Burial – Untrue (Hyperdub)