Day 1 of the top 903 albums… ever? We play? People like? All of the above? My thought was just ask people to vote for what they love and what they’ve heard on KEXP and we’ll add it up for them. Which is what we did. Voting started in September and ended the other day. We asked listeners to put down the 10 albums they love the most. We then went through and counted up people’s votes and off we went with New Order at #903 at 6am this morning. The list itself isn’t a critic’s list or even a complete list of every recording ever made but its a really sweet look into the KEXP listener’s (and djs, we all voted!) mind. There are a lot of surprises in there and records that are really new probably made the list when they might not have a year from now but that just adds to the debate. That’s the thing with countdowns, the second you put one together you have people debating and arguing the opinions of others and with music, that isn’t always an easy discussion. I’d put it with religion, politics and circumcision. Everyone has a viewpoint and usually they aren’t the same ones. The answer to anyone saying that to me is the same one I give them if they ask me about politics; “did you vote?”.
The countdown will go from 6am to 6pm today and Friday then during the drive this weekend from noon til 6pm then starting on Monday we continue the pledge drive and the countdown from 6 to 6 all the way up what we hope will be the ending on Kevin’s show on Friday Oct 10th at 6pm. That Friday is going to be one hell of a day! Tune in and tell everyone you know.