It’s that time again. When your friendly neighborhood KEXP DJ starts to think about her Top 10 Albums of the year. It’s been a good year! So far my list looks like this:
1. Thunderheist - Thunderheist (Warm dance beats and sexy vocals from the new Canadian duo)
2. Brother Ali - Us (Minneapolis rapper’s undisputed truth gets even funkier)
3. Gossip - Music 4 Men (One of the world’s top vocalists proves she still has it in her, and her band still rocks like no other)
4. Doom - Born Like This (Crazed and brilliant pop-culture writer’s distinctive soft voice gives hip-hop a new kind of intensity)
5. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight (Pretty boy road-trip album is pleasing to the ears)
6. Q-Tip - The Renaissance (Famous rapper from Tribe Called Quest, out on his own, owning it)
7. The XX - The XX (London rock band adds beats to its male/female vocal interplay and indie guitars)
8. Major Laser - Guns Don’t Kill People Lasers Do (Top DJ Diplo goes to Jamaica and records with dancehall musicians and DJ Switch for a dub-dance extravaganza)
9. Miike Snow - Miike Snow (Trippy folky emotional pop songs played over beats with an 80′s polish)
10. Phantogram - Phantogram EP (Sparkly new psych-rock duo makes me crave Joy Division, again)
This list will probably change in the next month before I turn it in officially. The exciting news is that my top band and top album of the year, Thunderheist, are visiting Seattle this week!
Thunderheist play Chop Suey this Thursday night. Here’s a live clip:
The record, simply called Thunderheist, came out at the beginning of the year. They’ve been touring like mad, and I’ve been waiting for them to come for months now. Also have been following the video contest for the song “Jerk It.” If you search on Youtube you can see many interpretations... here’s the winning entry. (No chickens were harmed in the making of this video, I don’t think...)
Michele Myers spins Saturdays on KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle from 3-6pm. She also produces KEXP Documentaries, short radio stories on musical subjects. And hosts “Wake Up” Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 6-9am on WNYE 91.5 FM New York.