Top 90.3: Staff, Interns & Volunteers

You’ve already seen the DJ’s Top Picks for best albums of the year, and you’ve listened to the Top 90.3 albums of 2007, as voted by you, the listeners — but what about KEXP’s staff, interns, and volunteers, those committed individuals who work behind the scenes at KEXP? Here are their lists:


Alex Ruder, Programming Intern/Music Reviewer

1. Burial – Untrue (Hyperdub)
2. Caribou – Andorra (Merge)
3. Radiohead – In Rainbows (self-release)
4. Cex – Exotical Privates (Automation)
5. Electrelane – No Shouts, No Calls (Too Pure)
6. Kanye West – Graduation (Roc-A-Fella)
7. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (DFA)
8. The Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (Merge)
9. edIT – Certified Air Raid Material (Alpha Pup)
10. Panda Bear – Person Pitch (Paw Tracks)


Amy Lindsey, Events Producer

1. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (Capitol)
2. Editors – An End Has a Start (Fader)
3. The Blakes – The Blakes (Light in the Attic)
4. Beirut – The Flying Club Cup (Ba Da Bing!)
5. KEXP Volume 3 – Various (KEXP)
6. Radiohead – In Rainbows (self released)
7. Pela – Anytown Graffiti (Great Society)
8. M.I.A. – Kala (Interscope)
9. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)
10. Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release (Wichita)


Andrew Corey, Programming Coordinator

1. Radiohead – In Rainbows (self released)
2. Kings of Leon – Because of the Times (RCA)
3. The National – Boxer (Beggars Banquet)
4. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
5. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (Capitol)
6. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch)
7. Menomena – Friend and Foe (Barsuk)
8. The Cops – Free Electricity (The Control Group/Mt Fuji)
9. The Ponys – Turn the Lights Out (Matador)
10. Sigur Ros – Hvarf/Heim (XL)


Ben Guerechit, Writer

I’m Not There – Original Soundtrack (Columbia)
Bettye Lavette – The Scene Of The Crime (Anti)
Band Of Horses – Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (DFA)
Dr. Dog – We All Belong (Park The Van)
Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog (Sub Pop)
Josh Ritter – The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter (SMG)
Beastie Boys – The Mix-Up (Capitol)
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band – First You Live (Side One Dummy)
Low – Drums and Guns (Sub Pop)


Catherine Roth, Wo’Pop Intern

1. M.I.A. – Kala (XL)
2. Low – Drums and Guns (Sub Pop)
3. Tinariwen – Aman Iman: Water Is Life (World Village)
4. Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog (Sub Pop)
5. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone)
6. Wax Tailor – Hope & Sorrow (Decon)
7. Radiohead – In Rainbows (Self-Released)
8. Neil Young – Live at Massey Hall (Reprise/Wea)
9. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (Republic)
10. Nick Drake – Family Tree (Island)


Danielle Cook, DJ Assistant for John in the Morning

1. Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala (Secretly Canadian)
2. M.I.A. – Kala (Interscope)
3. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (Merge)
4. Radiohead – In Rainbows (self-released)
5. The Cinematic Orchestra (Domino Recordings)
6. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (self-released)
7. Modeselektor-Happy Birthday! (Bpitch Control)
8. Cloud Cult – The Meaning of 8 (Earthology)
9. Gui Boratto (Kompakt)
10. Kanye West- Graduation(Roc-A-Fella)


Eric Maholitz, Writer

1. Radiohead – In Rainbows (self-released)
2. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch)
3. Menomena – Friend and Foe (Barsuk)
4. The National – Boxer (Beggars Banquet)
5. Burial – Untrue (Hyperdub Records)
6. Matthew Dear – Asa Breed (Ghostly International)
7. Patrick Wolf – The Magic Position (Fontana Universal)
8. Panda Bear – Person Pitch (Paw Tracks)
9. Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release (Interscope)
10. Elliott Smith – New Moon (Kill Rock Stars)


Eve Cooke, Programming Assistant for Nite Life

1. Daft Punk – Alive 2007 (Virgin)
2. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (Island, Republic)
3. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (DFA)
4. Justice – Cross (Ed Banger)
5. Bloc Party – A Weekend in the City (Vice)
6. Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release (Interscope)
7. M.I.A. – Kala (XL / Interscope)
8. Radiohead – In Rainbows (XL / TBD)
9. Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future (Polydor)
10. The National – Boxer (Beggars Banquet)


Gregory A. Perez, Photographer

Pelican – City of Echoes (Hydra Head)
The Wrens live @ The Crocodile Cafe, June 9, 2007
The Narrator – All That To The Wall (Flameshovel)
Dead Confederate – EP (T.A.O.)
Band of Horses – Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)
Ted Leo + Pharmacists – Living with the Living (Touch & Go)
Partman Parthorse – s/t (self-released)
Against Me! – New Wave (Sire)
Foals live @ Williamsburg Music Hall at CMJ, Oct. 17 2007
Battles – Mirrored (Warp)


Hilary Harris, Photographer

The Maldives – The Maldives (Homegrown)
Iron & Wine – The Shepherds Dog (Sub Pop)
Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals (We Are Free)
The Cave Singers – Invitation Songs (Matador)
The Shins – Wincing The Night Away (Sub Pop)
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (Merge)
My Morning Jacket – OKONOKOS (ATO/RCA)
Ryan Adams – Easy Tiger (Lost Highway)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Baby 81 (RCA)
Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)


Jim Beckmann, Online Content Coordinator

Harvey Danger did it a year ago, but thanks, Radiohead, for making free music cool! Here are ten free albums (well, nine albums and two EPs) of 2007 that don’t suck:

Atmosphere – Strictly Leakage (here)
Black Kids – Wizard of Ahhhs EP (here)
Cassettes Won’t Listen – One Alternative EP (here)
The Crimea – Secrets of the Witching Hour (here)
The Depreciation Guild – In Her Gentle Jaws (here)
Tim Fite – Over the Counter Culture (here)
Okkervil River – Golden Opportunities Mixtape (here)
Ratatat – Ratatat presents Remixes Vol. II (here)
Saul Williams – The Inevitable Rise & Liberation of Niggy Tardust (here)
VA – Stereogum presents OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer (here)
VA – Warm & Scratchy [Adult Swim] (here)


John Felthous, Volunteer

1. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Baby 81 (RCA)
2. Tegan and Sara – The Con (Sire)
3. The Valley – The Valley (self-released)
4. Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends (Frenchkiss)
5. Pinback – Autumn of the Seraphs (Touch and Go)
6. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (Epic)
7. The Shins – Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop)


Keenan Dowers, Intern/DJ Assistant

1. Fishboy – Albatross: How We Failed To Save the Lone Star State With the Power of Rock and Roll (Happy Happy Birthday to Me)
2. BOAT – Let’s Drag Our Feet (Magic Marker)
3. Police Teeth – Jazz Records For Sale (Blood City)
4. Tullycraft – Every Scene Needs A Center (Magic Marker)
5. Apples In Stereo – New Magnetic Wonder (Yep Roc)
6. The Hat Company – Fair-weather Friends (Little Pocket)
7. The Afternoon Naps – Sunbeamed (self-released)
8. Saturday Looks Good to Me – Fill Up the Room (K Records)
9. Pants Yell! – Allison Statton (Soft Abuse)
10. David & the Citizens – I Saw My Reflection and I Didn’t Recognize Myself (self-released)


Kyle Johnson, Photographer

Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (Merge)
Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha (Fat Possum)
J Tillman – Minor Works (Fargo)
ONEBELO – The R.E.B.I.R.T.H (Subterraneus)
Brother Ali – The Undisputed Truth (Rhymesayers)
Japanther – Skuffed up my Huffy (Tapes Records)
Lonesome Rhodes and the Good Company – Nothing To Write Home About (self-released)
Siberian – With Me (Sonic Boom)
Ghostface Killah – The Big Doe Rehap (Def Jam)
Kevin Drew – Spirit If… (Arts & Crafts)


Leigh Bezezekoff, Programming Intern

The Cave Singers – Invitation Songs (Matador)
The Blakes – The Blakes (Light In The Attic)
Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna…Are You The Destroyer (Polyvinyl)
Mono In VCF – Mono In VCF (Self Released)
The Purrs – The Chemistry That Keeps Us Together (self-released)
Elliot Smith – New Moon (Kill Rock Stars)
The Valley – The Valley (self-released)
Band Of Horses – Cease To Begin (Sub Pop)
Peter Bjorn & John – Writers Block (Witchita)
!!! – Myth Takes (Warp)


Leslie Smith, Traffic Coordinator

1. Wax Tailor – Hope & Sorrow (Decon)
2. Blonde Redhead – 23 (4AD)
3. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (Merge)
4. Blockhead – Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book (Ninja Tune)
5. The Dynamics – First Landing (Hacktone)
6. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (Republic)
7. Burial – Untrue (Hyperdub)
8. Dyme Def – Space Music (Soul Gorilla)
9. The Pierces – 13 Tales of Love and Revenge (Lizard King)
10. Band of Bees (the Bees) – Octopus (EMI, Int’l)


Levi Fuller, Programming Intern/Writer

Antelope – Reflector (Dischord)
Corespondents – Hairy Ghost Pipefish (Noise/Order)
The Dodos – Beware of the Maniacs (self-released)
Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature (Mute)
Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog (Sub Pop)
Menomena – Friend & Foe (Barsuk)
Panda Bear – Person Pitch (Paw Tracks)
Elliott Smith – New Moon (Kill Rock Stars)
The Way it Is – Be Still My Beating (self-released)
Wesafari – Moss Green EP (self-released)


Lisa Shimzu, Slave of Kevin Cole

The National – Boxer (Beggars Banquet)
Radiohead – In Rainbows (self-released)
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone)
Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog (SubPop)
The Blakes – The Blakes (Light in the Attic)
Mono in VCF – Mono in VCF (self-released)
Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature (Mute)
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (plus the cool remix EPs – Capitol)
Burial – Untrue (Hyperdub)
Bole2Harlem – Bole2Harlem Vol 1 (Sounds of the Mushroom)


Melissa Collett, Community Outreach

1. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam (Domino)
2. Pinback – Autumn Of The Seraphs (Touch & Go)
3. The National – Boxer (Beggars Banquet)
4. Peter Bjorn and John – Writer’s Block (Almost Gold)
5. Arthur & Yu – In Camera (Hardly Art)
6. Fujya and Miyagi – Transparent Things (Deaf Dumb & Blind)
7. LCD Soundstystem – Sound Of Silver (Capitol)
8. Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release (Interscope)
9. The Cave Singers – Invitation Songs (Matador)
10. Jens Leckman – Night Falls Over Kortedala (Secretly Canadian)


Melissa Trejo, Programming/Morning Show Assistant

Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release (Interscope)
!!! – Myth Takes (Warp)
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (Island)
Justice – “cross” (Vice)
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (DFA/ Capitol)
Apparat – Walls (Shitkatapult)
M.I.A.- Kala- (XL)
Caribou – Andorra (Merge)
Pela – Anytown Grafitti (Great Society)
Burial – Untrue (Hyperdub)


Mike Turner, Equalizer Chicago producer

Lupe Fiasco -The Cool (Atlantic)
Office – A Night At The Ritz (Scratchi Records)
Tom Schraeder -The Door The Gutter The Grave (self-released)
Ariel -The Battle of Sealand (High Wheel Records)
Cracklin Moth -My Heart is Leaking (self-released)
Cameron McGill and What Army -Hold on Beauty (self-released)
Bang Bang -The Dirt That Makes You Drown (Morpheus Records)
Andrew Bird -Armchair Apocrypha (Fat Possum)
Tenniscourts -Self titled (self-released)
The 1900’s -Cold and Kind (Parasol Records)


Miriam Lamey, Writer

1. The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters (Fatcat)
2. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)
3. Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals (We Are Free)
4. Maximo Park – Our Earthly Pleasures (Warp)
5. Bat For Lashes – Fur and Gold (She Bear/Parlophone)
6. Mando Diao – Ode to Ochrasy (Mute)
7. Okkervil River – The Stage Names (Jagjaguwar)
8. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Baby 81(RCA)
9. The Shins – Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop)
10. Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release (Interscope)


Morgan Kluck, Volunteer

1. Dntel – Dumb Luck (Sub Pop)
2. Radiohead – In Rainbows (self-released)
3. Elliott Smith – New Moon (Kill Rock Stars)
4. Stars – In Our Bedroom After the War (Arts & Crafts)
5. Cloud Cult – The Meaning of 8 (Earthology)
6. M.I.A. – Kala (Interscope)
7. El-P – I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (Definitive Jux)
8. BOAT – Let’s Drag Our Feet (Magic Marker)
9. PWRFL Power – Injured Fruits (self-released)
10. YACHT – I Believe in You. Your Magic is Real. (Marriage Records)


Pema Domingo-Barker, Intern

10. Jamie T. – Panic Prevention (Caroline)
9. Battles – Mirrored (Warp)
8. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
7. Kevin Drew – Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew: Spirit If… (Arts and Crafts)
6. The National – Boxer (Beggars Banquet)
5. M.I.A. – Kala (Interscope)
4. Various – Live at KEXP Vol. 3 (KEXP)
3. The Cave Singers – Invitation Songs (Matador)
2. Radiohead – In Rainbows (self-released)
1. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (Capitol)


Rebecca Campeau, Wo’ Pop Volunteer

M.I.A. – Kala (Interscope)
Los Mono – Somos Los Que Estamos (Sonic360)
Mexican Institute of Sound – Pinata (Nacional)
Camille – Le Fil (Narada)
Funky C – Joya (Sonic360)
Vieux Farka Toure – Vieux Farka Toure (World Village)
Shantel – Disko Partizani (Crammed)
VA- IndiaRama (Wagram)
VA- Mexican Boleros (Trikont)
DJ Bitman – Latin Bitman (Nacional)


Richard Laing, Production Assistant

Apparrat – Walls (BPitch Control)
Battles – Mirrored (Warp)
The Field – From Here We Go Sublime (Kompakt)
Grinderman – Grinderman (Anti-)
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (Capitol)
No Age – Weirdo Rippers (Fat Cat)
Panda Bear – Person Pitch (Paw Tracks)
Radiohead – In Rainbows (self-released)
Tinariwen – Aman Iman (World Village)
Voice of the Seven Woods – Voice of the Seven Woods (Twisted Nerve)


Rischel S. Granquist, Administrative Assistant

Radiohead – In Rainbows (self-released)
Sloan – Never Hear The End Of It (Yep Roc)
Mark Ronson – Version (Red Ink)
Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
The Apples In Stereo – New Magnetic Wonder (Yep Roc)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone)
Iron And Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog (Sub Pop)
The Valley – The Valley (self-released)
M.I.A. – Kala (Interscope)
Rufus Wainwright – Release The Stars (Geffen)


Rory Raabe, Online Content Intern

1. Pop Levi – The Return to Form Black Magick Party (Counter Records)
2. M.I.A. – Kala (Interscope)
3. VA – Across The Universe [soundtrack] (Interscope)
4. Justice – Cross (Downtown/ Ed Banger)
5. Caribou – Andorra (Merge)
6. Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature (Mute)
7. Devendra Banhart – Smokey Runs Down Thunder Canyon (XL/Beggars)
8. The Virgins – The Virgins [EP] (Anything)
9. Fujiya & Miyagi – Transparent Things (Deaf Dumb & Blind)
10. Flight of the Conchords – The Distant Future [EP] (Sub Pop)


Sheryl Witlen, Writer

1. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (Capitol)
2. The National – Boxer (Beggars Banquet)
3. Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals (We Are Free)
4. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)
5.The White Stipes – Icky Thump (Warner Bros)
6. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (Merge)
7. The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters (Fatcat)
8. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (Cantora Records)
9. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare (Domino Records)
10. Digitalism РIdealism (Kitsun̩ /Virgin)


Spike, Online Content Volunteer/Writer

Joe Henry – Civilians (Anti-)
Richard Hawley – Lady’s Bridge (Mute)
Dirt Music – Dirt Music (Glitterhouse)
Grant Lee Phillips – Strangelet (Zoe)
Bettye LaVette – Scene of the Crime (Anti-)
Grinderman – Grinderman (Anti-)
Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
Learn to Sing Like A Star – Kristin Hersh (Yep Roc)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Baby 81 (RCA)
The Shins – Wincing The Night Away (Sub Pop)


Tim Betterly, DJ Assistant and Events Intern

1. Blonde Redhead – 23 (4AD)
2. Beirut – The Flying Cup Club (Ba Da Bing)
3. M.I.A. – Kala (Interscope)
4. Katherine Hepburn’s Voice – Unlimited Nights and Weekends (self-released)
5. PJ Harvey – White Chalk (Island)
6. Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends (Frenchkiss)
7. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
8. Eletrelane – No Shouts, No Calls (Beggars)
9. The Cave Singers – Invitation Songs (Matador)
10. DataRock – DataRock (Nettwerk)

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One Comment

  1. KAT METROVICH
    Posted January 14, 2008 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Hey! I’m a volunteer, too. Please add my top 10, if u can
    One B.E.L.O.
    Amy Winehaus both!
    Wu Tang Clan (Universal/Motown)
    Bro’ Ali (Rhymsayers)
    LCD Soundsystem (Capito)l
    Beyonce “B’day”
    Sharon Jones & Dap Kings (Daptone)
    Burial (cargo)
    M.I.A. Interscope and… Kanye West (Rockafella)

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