2010 Top Ten List Spotlight: Rachel

When it comes to albums released in 2010, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who’s pored over them more intensely than a KEXP DJ. So, what were their favorites? Which CDs did they reach for the most, or, uh, “click on” the most in their iTunes players? Find out as KEXP looks at each DJ’s list through the month of December, leading up to our 2010 Top 90.3 Countdown, as voted on by YOU, the KEXP listener! Voting ends on Monday, December 20th, so let us know your favorites now.

photo by Gregory A. Perez

Rachel’s 2010 Top Ten Albums
Hello. Here’s some of my favorite albums (and videos) of this year. Please enjoy.

Ariel Pink - Before Today (4AD)
Ariel Pink’s most polished album to date, but it’s still pretty great! (I rhyme all the time)

Grave Babies - Bloodskul (Skrot)
Allow me to bum thee

Nerve City - Sleepwalker (Sacred Bones)
Ever feel really sad, but happy about it?

Personal and the Pizzas - Raw Pie (1-2-3-4- Go!)
Do you like pizza?

SPURM - SPURM 2 (ggnzla)
I maybe be biased on this one, but I think SPURM might be the second best band in Seattle.

The Intelligence - Males (In the Red)
The Intelligence have a great tour blog. I just learned they will be making a video for the song “Bong Life” dressed in victoria era clothes. I can’t wait. Til then, here’s a video of them live (sorta).

Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime (In the Red)
Thee Oh Sees are gems. Hot, sweaty, frantic, talented gems. Kind of like this video.

Ty Segall - Melted (Goner)
If I were half as talented at his age as I am now I’d be twice as talented.

Tyvek - Nothing Fits (In the Red)
Let’s slam dance

Unnatural Helpers - Cracked Love and Other Drugs (Hardly Art)
I predict Dean and his rotating cast of superhero musicians will continue naturally helping to keep rock alive into the next century.

Rachel is a fill-in DJ at KEXP.

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