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 - Idealism (Kitsuné /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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