Top Ten Albums of 2009 - Staff & Volunteer lists

KEXP DJs have turned in their lists for Top Ten Albums of 2009, but what about the rest of the hardworking staff and volunteers? KEXP is supported by a legion of music-loving people who are dedicated to the mission of sharing musical discovery with everyone else they can.

The authors of the lists below consist of full-time employees, part-time staff, DJ assistants, regular interns, NYC volunteers, and a whole lot more -- and just as their roles at the station vary, so do their musical tastes. Here, you’ll find the expected, the unanticipated, and the unknown. Coming up soon, we’ll feature their Top Albums of the Decade as well.


Oh, and don’t forget that on December 31st, we’re counting down the Top Albums of 2009, as voted on by you, our listeners, and then on January 4th, we’ll count down the Top Albums of the Decade. Tune in all day!

Jim Beckmann, Online Content Coordinator

Artist Album Label
Capsula Rising Mountains BCore
Fool’s Gold Fool’s Gold IAMSOUND
Deer Tick Born on Flag Day Partisan Records
Built to Spill There is No Enemy Warner Brothers
Who Knew Bits and Pieces of a Major Spectacle 101berlin
A Place to Bury Strangers Exploding Head Mute
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Glassnote
Engineers Three Fact Fader Kscope
Foreign Born Person to Person Secretly Canadian
Justin Townes Earle Midnight At the Movies Bloodshot


Leigh Bezezekoff, Programming Intern

Artist Album Label
BEADS No One Knows Self
The Oh Sees Help In the Red Records
The Maldives Listen To Thunder Mt. Fuji
The Fucking Eagles Midnight Sour Gaptooth Jukebox
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest Warp
Modest Mouse No One’s First, And You’re Next Epic
The Animals at Night Cut To Chase Chorus and Fade Recovery Room
Fresh Espresso Glamour Out For Stardom
The Dutchess & the Duke Sunset/Sunrise Hardly Art
Various GIVE Seattle 2009 Cafe Vita


Rebecca Campeau, Volunteer Wo’Pop/Mo’Glo Assistant

Artist Album Label
Amadou & Miriam Welcome to Mali Nonesuch
Buraka Som Sistema Black Diamond Fabric
Novalima Coba Coba Cumbancha
N.A.S.A. Spirit of Apollo Anti
Gui Boratto Take My Breath Away Kompakt
Hello Seahorse! Bestia Nacional
Soulico Exotic on the Speaker JDub
Major Lazer Guns Don’t Kill People Lazers Do Downtown
K’Naan Troubador A&M
Max Pashm Nevermind the Balkans Elektrikos/Organikos


Morgan Chosnyk, Troy’s Assistant/Intern

Artist Album Label
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion Domino
Gui Boratto Take My Breath Away Kompakt
Yppah They Know What Ghost Know Ninja Tune
The Heavy The House That Dirt Built Counter Records
Akron/Family Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free Dead Oceans
Japandroids Post Nothing Polyvinyl
Fever Ray Fever Ray Rabid Records
Dan Auerbach Keep It Hid Nonesuch
Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains Self Released
Sleepy Eyes Of Death Dark Signals Remixed Self Released


Tamar Cohen, Volunteer Morning Show NYC Intern Coordinator

Artist Album Label
Various/ Red Hot Compilation Dark Was The Night 4AD
The xx xx Young Turks
Bon Iver Blood Bank Jagjagwar
Julian Plenti Julian Plenti Is… Skyscraper Matador
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz! DGC
Doves Kingdom of Rust EMI
Fanfarlo Reservoir Atlantic
Andrew Bird Noble Beast Fat Possum
Freelance Whales Weathervanes self-released
Julian Casablancas Phrazes For the Young RCA/Jive


Brian Cullen, Volunteer Photographer/ Writer

Artist Album Label
Pink Mountaintops Outside Love Jagjaguwar
Lightning Dust Infinite Light Jagjaguwar
Jason Lytle Yours Truly, The Commuter Anti-
Port O’Brien Threadbare TBD
Mt. Egypt III Secret Seven
The Dutchess and the Duke Sunset/Sunrise Hardly Art
Dan Auerbach Keep It Hid Nonesuch
The Tallest Man on Earth Shallow Grave Kemado Records
Bill Callahan Sometimes I wish we Were an Eagle Drag City
The Cave Singers Welcome Joy Matador


Carol DuPuis, Underwriting Account Executive

Artist Album Label
The xx xx Young Turks
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Domino
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino
St. Vincent Actor 4AD
Lusine A Certain Distance Ghostly International
Miike Snow Miike Snow Downtown Records
Sonic Youth The Eternal Matador
The Big Pink A Brief History of Love 4AD
Wilco (the album) Nonesuch
Dark Was the Night various 4AD


Kimburly Ervin, Communications and Grants Coordinator

Artist Album Label
Bon Iver Blood Bank EP Jagjaguwar
Various Dark Was the Night 4AD
Handsome Furs Face Control Sub Pop
Wilco Wilco (The Album) Nonesuch
J. Tillman Vacilando Territory Blues Western Vinyl
Man Party Tiger Game EP self-released
Telekinesis Teleknesis! Merge
Jason Lytle Yours Truly, The Commuter Anti-
The Dutchess and the Duke Sunset/Sunrise Hardly Art
Mirah (a)spera K


David Frank, Volunteer Photographer

Artist Album Label
Coconut Records Davy Young Baby Records
Sky Larkin The Golden Spike Wichita Recordings
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Glassnote
M. Ward Hold Time Merge
Fanfarlo Reservoir Canvasback/ATL
U.S.E Loveworld The Rebel Group
Hello Seahorse! Bestia Nacional Records
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz DGC/Interscope
Noisettes Wild Young Hearts Mercury Records
Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson Break Up Rhino


John Gleason, Volunteer Part Time DJ Assistant

Artist Album Label
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest Warp
Bat For Lashes Two Suns Parlophone
Black Moth Super Rainbow Eating Us Graveface
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Domino
Ramona Falls Intuit Barsuk
Hotels Where Hearts Go Broke Hidden Shoal
Phantogram Phanotgram EP BBE
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino
Nurses Apples acre Dead Oceans
Passion Pit Manners Frenchkiss Records


Zach Gore, Video Intern

Artist Album Label
David Bazan Curse Your Branches Barsuk
The Thermals Now We Can See Kill Rock Stars
D. Black Ali’yah Sportn’ Life
Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle Drag City
The Deep Dark Woods Winter Hours Black Hen
Laura Gibson Beasts of Seasons Hush
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Glassnote
J. Tillman Vacilando Territory Blues Western Vinyl
Elvis Perkins in Dearland Elvis Perkins in Dearland XL
Justin Townes Earle Midnight At the Movies Bloodshot Records


Rischel Granquist, Administrative Assistant/CD Project Coordinator

Artist Album Label
Visqueen Message To Garcia Local 638
The Heavy The House That Dirt Built Counter
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz Interscope
Wilco Wilco Nonesuch
The Flaming Lips Embryonic Warner Brothers
The Blakes Souvenir We Are Ok
Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You Capitol
Silversun Pickups Swoon Dangerbird
Major Lazer Guns Don’t Kill People...Lazers Do Downtown
The Purrs Amused, Confused and More Bad News Self-Released


Janice Headley, Programming Assistant Extraordinaire

Artist Album Label
Yo La Tengo Popular Songs Matador
Au Revoir Simone Still Night, Still Light Our Secret Record Company
Julie Doiron I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day Jagjaguwar
Superchunk Leaves In the Gutter EP Merge
The Bats The Guilty Office A Hidden Agenda
The Clean Mister Pop Merge
Pants Yell! Received Pronunciation Slumberland
The Pastels/Tenniscoats Two Sunsets Geographic
OOIOO Armonico Hewa Thrill Jockey
Euros Childs Son of Euro Child National Elf


Kelly Hilst, Outreach & Events Coordinator

Artist Album Label
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Domino Recording Company
Built to Spill There Is No Enemy Warner Bros.
Volcano Choir Unmap Jagjaguwar
Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish I Were An Eagle Drag City
Yo La Tengo Popular Songs Matador
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest Warp
Rachel Grimes Book of Leaves RuminanCe
Japandroids Post-Nothing Polyvinyl
Califone All My Friends Are Funeral Singers Dead Oceans
Wilco (The Album) Nonesuch


Michele Khazak, Associate Producer

Artist Album Label
The Curious Mystery Rotting Slowly K Records
Califone All My Friends Are Funeral Singers Dead Oceans
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Domino
Do Make Say Think Other Truths Constellation Records
Soulsavers Broken Columbia
Hannu Hintergarten Kesh
Yo La Tengo Popular Songs Matador
Taken By Trees East Of Eden Rough Trade
tUnE-YarDs BiRd BrAiNs 4AD
Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics Inspiration Information 3 Strut Records


Soleil Kelley, Production Intern & DJ Assistant

Artist Album Label
Phantogram Phantogram BBE
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down Know Better Learn Faster Kill Rock Stars
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Glassnote
Passion Pit Manners Frenchkiss Records
Generationals Con Law Park The Van
Antlers Hospice Frenchkiss Records
Zero 7 Yeah Ghost Atlantic
Grizzly Bear Veckatamist Warp
Air Love 2 Astralwerks
Luc and The Lovington Feel The Warmth self-released


Chris Kellogg, Producer, New York Programming

Artist Album Label
Grizzly Bear Veckatemist Warp
Built to Spill There is No Enemy Warner Brothers
Dinosaur Jr. Farm Jagjaguwar
Telekinesis Telekinesis Merge
Phosphorescent To Willie Dead Oceans
Malajube Labyrinthes Dare to Care Records
Various Artists Panama! 2: Latin, Calypso & Funk On The Isthmus 1967-77 Soundway Records
BOAT Setting the Paces Magic Marker Records
Kings of Convenience Declaration of Dependence Virgin
Bomba Estereo Blow Up Nacional Records


John Loggins, Volunteer DJ Assistant (NYC)

Artist Album Label
Animal Collective Meriweather Post Pavillion Domino
White Rabbits It’s Frightening tbd
Jeremy Enigk OK Bear Lewis Hollow
Miike Snow Miike Snow Universal
Dan Auerbach Keep It Hid Nonesuch
Blakroc Blakroc Blakroc
David Bazan Curse Your Branches Barsuk
School of Seven Bells Alpinisms Vagrant
Fanfarlo Reservoir Atlantic
Bon Iver Blood Bank Jagjagwar


Sharlese Metcalf, Audioasis Producer

Artist Album Label
Karl Blau Zebra K
Throw Me The Statue Creaturesque Secretly Canadian
Grynch Chemistry EP Self-Released
Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band Dead Oceans
Macklemore x Ryan Lewis The Vs EP self-released
Telekinisis! Telekinisis Merge
The Physics High Society self-released
Motorbikes New Colorself-released
Police Teeth Real Sized Monster Series Blood City
Nurses Apple’s Acres Dead Oceans


Kat Metrovich, Front Desk & Events Volunteer

Artist Album Label
BlakRoc BlakRoc BlakRoc
D. Black Ali’ yah Sportin’ Life
The xx xx Young Turks
Brother Ali Us Rhymesayers
Fresh Espresso Glamour Out For Stardom
Macklemore/Ryan Lewis The VS. EP self released
Tom Waits GlitterAnd Doom Live Epitaph
The Purrs Amused, Confused and More Bad News Big Damn Deal Music
K’naan Troubadour A&M/Octone
Various Live at KEXP Volume Five KEXP


Brady Morella, Volunteer Coordinator

Artist Album Label
Fanfarlo Reservoir Atlantic/WEA
Elvis Perkins in Dearland Elvis Perkins in Dearland XL
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures DGC/Interscope
Hot Leg Red Light Fever Universal UK
Dan Auerbach Keep It Hid Nonesuch
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Up From Below Vagrant Records
The Swell Season Strict Joy Anti
Nirvana Live at Reading Geffen Records
Slender Means Adrift in the Cosmosself-released
Arctic Monkeys Humbug Atlantic


Rachel Ratner, Communications and Outreach Manager

Artist Album Label
The Oh Sees Help In The Red
The Dutchess and the Duke Sunsest / Sunrise Hardly Art
Ty Segall Lemons Goner
Grass Widows Grass Widows self-released
The Intelligence Crepuscule with Pacman In The Red
SPURM SPURM EP ggnzla
Charles Leo Gebhardt IV Unfaithful EP ggnzla
Spits IV Recess
Scraps Scraps EP ggnzla


Aaron Starkey, Online Manager

Artist Album Label
The Flaming Lips Embryonic Warner Brothers
Dinosaur Jr. Farm Jagjaguwar
Built to Spill There Is No Enemy Warner Brothers
Sunn O))) Monoliths & Dimensions Domino
Japandroids Post-Nothing Polyvinyl Records
Antony and the Johnsons The Crying Light Secretly Canadian
Califone All My Friends Are Funeral Singers Dead Oceans
Slender Means Adrift In the Cosmos Painless Life Music
Metric Fantasies Metric Music International
Steve Earle Townes New West Records


Kate Stinson, Volunteer Coordinator Intern

Artist Album Label
Fruit Bats The Ruminant Band Sub Pop
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Glassnote
Yeah Yeah Yeahs! It’s Blitz! Interscope
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino
Neko Case Middle Cyclone Anti-
Fever Ray Fever Ray Rabid Records
Coconut Records Davy Young Baby Records
Passion Pit Manners Columbia
Starfucker Jupiter Badman Recording Co.
Girls Album True Panther Sounds


Reese Umbaugh, Volunteer Podcasting Assistant/Audioasis Assistant/DJ Assistant

Artist Album Label
Handsome Furs Face Control Sub Pop
Felix Da Housecat He Was King Nettwerk
Fresh Espresso Glamour Out For Stardom
Basement Jaxx Scars Ultra
Simian Mobile Disco Temporary Pleasure Wichita
Annie Don’t Stop Smalltown Supersound
Metric Fantasies Metric Music International
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz! Interscope
Black Moth Super Rainbow Eating Us Graveface
Little Boots Hands Warner


Erin Waters, Individual Giving Coordinator

Artist Album Label
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion Domino
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Domino
tUnE-YarDs BiRd BrAiNs 4AD
Grizzly Bear Veckatimist Warp
Cass McCombs Catacombs Domino
Flaming Lips Embryonic WEA/Reprise
Yo La Tengo Popular Songs Matador
The Big Pink A Brief History of Love 4AD
The Generationals Con Law Park the Van Records
Miike Snow Miike Snow Downtown


Sheryl Witlen, Volunteer DJ Assistant

Artist Album Label
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino Records
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz! Interscope
Metric Fantasies Metric Music International
Cold Cave Love Comes Close Matador
The Dodos Time to Die Frenchkiss Records
Robert Francis Before Nightfall Atlantic
Fever Ray Fever Ray Mute
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Up From Below Vagrant Records
Javelin Jamz n Jemz self-released
The xx xx Young Turks


Anthony, Intern

Artist Album Label
Washed Out Life of Leisure EP Mexican Summer
Floating Points Vacuum Boogie EP Eglo Records
Gui Boratto Take My Breath Away Kompakt
Fool’s Gold Fool’s Gold IAMSOUND
Telefon Tel Aviv Immolate Yourself Bpitch Control
Ben Frost By the Throat Bedroom Community
The Maldives Listen To the Thunder Mt. Fuji Records
Burnt by the Sun Heart of Darkness Relapse Records
Wilco Wilco (The Album) Nonesuch
ISIS Wavering Radiant Ipecac
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