KEXP Staff & Volunteer Top 10 Albums of 2010, Part 1

We say it all the time, but it seems like it’s never said enough: KEXP could not run with nearly the efficiency, depth and wide range of knowledge if it weren’t for our legion interns and volunteers, who do everything from DJ assistance to stuffing envelopes to writing for the Blog to representing the station at events and shows and to, well, you name it! We are incredibly fortunate to benefit from their generous donation of time and expertise in their work that reaches all corners of KEXP. And, where as the DJs provide the face of the station, the staff at KEXP work extremely hard behind the scenes to support them and to provide all of the services that our listeners enjoy, from events like the KEXP BBQ to our many podcasts to our member benefits and so much more. No matter how varied anyone’s contribution is to KEXP, or how large or small, the thing that drives all of our staff, volunteers and interns, of course, is music! So who better to turn to for recommendations on the best albums of 2010?

Check out their lists below, and don’t forget, you can vote your own Top 10 of 2010 by Monday, December 20. Then on January 3, we’ll be counting down the Top 90.3 albums of the year as voted on by you, the listeners.


Ann Allen - DJ Assistant

Total Life Forever by Foals (Sub Pop)
Heligoland by Massive Attack (Virgin)
Plastic Beach by Gorrilaz (EMI)
Treats by Sleigh Bells (Mom+Pop)
Yakamay by Galactic (Anti)
Shadows by Teenage Fanclub (Merge)
How I Got Over by The Roots (Def Jam)
Swim by Caribou (Merge)
Enchanted Chapel by Young Evils (self-released)
Pickin’ Up the Pieces by Fitz and the Tantrums (Dangerbird)

Jessie Allen - Intern, The Morning Show

1. Gemini by Wild Nothing (Captured Tracks)
2. Forget by Twin Shadow (4AD/Terrible)
3. Everything In Between by No Age (Sub Pop)
4. Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter (4AD)
5. Innerspeaker by Tame Impala (Modular)
6. The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens (Asthmatic Kitty)
7. Total Life Forever by Foals (Sub Pop/Warner Bros./Transgressive)
8. King of The Beach by Wavves (Fat Possum)
9. Before Today by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (4AD)
10. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire (Merge)

Michael Beck - DJ Assistant / Blog Contributor

1. Teen Dream by Beach House (Sub Pop)
2. High Violet by The National (4AD)
3. The Drums by The Drums (Downtown)
4. Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter (4AD)
5. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire (Merge)
6. Congratulations by MGMT (Columbia)
7. Epic by Sharon Van Etten (Ba Da Bing)
8. Big Echo by The Morning Benders (Rough Trade)
9. Lucky Shiner by Gold Panda (Ghostly International)
10. Tidelands by The Moondoggies (Hardly Art)

Rob Bender - Account Executive

The Suburbs by Arcade Fire (Merge)
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty by Big Boi (Def Jam)
Brothers by The Black Keys (Nonesuch)
National Ransom by Elvis Costello (Hear Music/Universal)
2 by Grinderman (Anti)
How I Got Over by The Roots (Def Jam
Treats by Sleigh Bells (Mom & Pop)
Transference by Spoon (Merge)
Innerspeaker by Tame Impala (Modular)
The Monitor by Titus Andronicus (XL)

Ryan Bort - Online Content Intern

1. Innerspeaker by Tame Impala (Modular)
2. Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter (4AD)
3. Phosphene Dream by The Black Angels (Blue Horizon)
4. Melted by Ty Segall (Goner)
5. Cosmogramma by Flying Lotus (Warp)
6. Before Today by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (4AD)
7. This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem (DFA)
8. Beach Fossils by Beach Fossils (Captured Tracks)
9. Brothers by The Black Keys (Nonesuch)
10. Lisbon by The Walkmen (Fat Possum)

Morgan Chosnyk - DJ Assistant

1. In Evening Air by Future Islands (Thrill Jockey)
2. Disconnect From Desire by School of Seven Bells (Ghostly)
3. Surf Noir by Beat Connection (Tender Age)
4. Go by Jonsi (XL)
5. Crazy For You by Best Coast (Mexican Summer)
6. Teen Dream by Beach House (Sub Pop)
7. This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem (Virgin)
8. Tall Hours In The Glowstream by Cotton Jones (Suicide Squeeze)
9. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West (Roc-A-Fella)
10. King Knight by Salem (I Am Sound)

Carol DuPuis - Underwriting Account Manager

Broken Dreams Club by Girls (True Panther)
Innerspeaker by Tame Impala (Modular Recordings)
The Suburbs by Arcade Fire (Merge)
Teen Dream by Beach House (Sub Pop)
Heligoland by Massive Attack (Virgin/EMI)
Lisbon by The Walkmen (Fat Possum)
Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter (4AD)
Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens (Asthmatic Kitty)
Forgiveness Rock Record by Broken Social Scene (Arts and Crafts)
The Head and The Heart by The Head And The Heart (self-released)

John Gleason - Intern/DJ Assistant

1. Teen Dream by Beach House (Sub Pop)
2. This is Happening by LCD Soundsystem (DFA)
3. Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter (4AD)
4. Mines by Menomena (Barsuk)
5. Gorilla Manor by Local Natives (Frenchkiss)
6. Total Life Forever by Foals (Sub Pop)
7. The Drums by The Drums (Downtown)
8. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire (Merge)
9. Plastic Beach by Gorillaz (Virgin)
10. Swim by Caribou (Merge)

Jerry Green-Schweitzer - Traffic Intern

Detachments by The Detachments (THISISNOTANEXIT)
Disintegration (Reissue) by The Cure (Rhino/Electra)
Go by Jonsi (XL)
$O$ by Die Antwooord (Interscope)
The Morning After, The Night Before by James (Mercury Records Ltd.)
2 by Grinderman (Anti)
Teen Dream by Beach House (Sub Pop)
Interpol by Interpol (Matador)
Special Moves by Mogwai (Rock Action Records)
Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa by Various (Honest Jon’s Records)

Jon Hamilton - DJ Assistant, The Afternoon Show

1. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire (Merge)
2. Plastic Beach by Gorillaz (Virgin)
3. High Violet by The National (4AD)
4. Learning by Perfume Genius (Matador)
5. Sea of Cowards by Dead Weather (Third Man)
6. I’m Having Fun Now by Jenny & Johnny (Warner Bros.)
7. The Winter of Mixed Drinks by Frightened Rabbit (Fat Cat)
8. Romance Is Boring by Los Campesinos! (Wichita)
9. Weathervanes by Freelance Whales (Frenchkiss)
10. Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty by Big Boi (Def Jam)

Jon Harthun - Online Content Intern

1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West (Def Jam)
2. One Life Stand by Hot Chip (Astralwerks)
3. Saint Bartlett by Damien Jurado (Secretly Canadian)
4. Contra by Vampire Weekend (XL)
5. Transference by Spoon (Merge)
6. Crazy for You by Best Coast (Mexican Summer)
7. Mines by Menomena (Barsuk)
8. Live at Electrical Audio by David Bazan (+1 Records)
9. The Head and the Heart by the Head and the Heart (CD Baby)
10. Where The Messengers Meet by Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band (Dead Oceans)

Clarita Hinojosa - Intern, Sonic Reducer

1. Roman Soldier by Factums (Captcha)
2. I Was Gone (EP) by Woods (Woodsist)
3. Rush To Relax by Eddy Current Suppression Ring (Goner)
4. Melted by Ty Segall (Goner)
5. Eyes All Around by Midday Veil (Translinguistic Other)
6. First Blood by Nobunny (Goner)
7. White Lung by White Lung (Deranged)
8. Play It Strange by The Fresh & Onlys (In The Red)
9. Never Satisfied 7″ by Fergus and Geronimo (Hardly Art)
10. Males by The Intelligence (In The Red)

Jon Joslin - DJ Assistant

Maximum Balloon by Maximum Balloon (Interscope)
Black City by Matthew Dear (Ghostly)
Golden Sea by Our Broken Garden (Bella Union)
Jesu: Pale Sketches Demixed by Pale Sketcher (Ghostly)
Eyelid Movies by Phantogram (Ghostly)
Into The Great Wide Yonder by Trentmoller (101 Distribution)
Mixed Race by Tricky (Domino)
The Lady Killer by Cee Lo Green (Elektra)
The Tracks Are Alive by Pezzner (Freerange)
The Automatic Process by Home Video (101 Distribution)

Chris Kellogg - Production Manager

Go by Jónsi (XL)
Tidelands by The Moondoggies (Hardly Art)
Shadows by Teenage Fanclub (Merge)
Penny Sparkle by Blonde Redhead (4AD)
Majesty Shredding by Superchunk (Merge)
Music For A While by Revolver (Astralwerks)
The Soft Pack by The Soft Pack (Kemado)
Fences by Fences (Onto)
That’s How We Burn by Jaill (Sub Pop)
Teen Dream by Beach House (Sub Pop)

Andy Klatt - Information Assistant

1. How I Got Over by The Roots (Def Jam)
2. Brothers by The Black Keys (Nonesuch)
3. The Winter of Mixed Drinks by Frightened Rabbit (Fat Cat)
4. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire (Merge)
5. The Wild Hunt by The Tallest Man on Earth (Dead Oceans)
6. Down The Way by Angus & Julia Stone (EMI)
7. J Roddy Walston and The Business by J Roddy Walston and The Business (Vagrant)
8. Plastic Beach by Gorillaz (Parlophone/Virgin)
9. A Balloon Called Moaning by The Joy Formidable (Black Bell)
10. Strange Weather, Isn’t It? by !!! - (Warp)

Gabriel Marowitz - Marketing Intern

Things That Fly by The Infamous Stringdusters (Sugarhill)
The Head and the Heart by The Head and the Heart (self-released)
Brothers by The Black Keys (Nonesuch)
The Wild Hunt by The Tallest Man on Earth (Dead Oceans)
Harlem River Blues by Justin Townes Earle (Bloodshot Records)
Dancing on the Gallows by Rose’s Pawn Shop (self-released)
This is Happening by LCD Soundsystem (DFA/Virgin)
Reckless by The SteelDrivers (Rounder)
Palomino by Trampled by Turtles (Banjado Records)
Contra by Vampire Weekend (XL)

Katy McCourt-Basham - Volunteer & Former Intern

1. Go by Jonsi (XL)
2. The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens (Asthmatic Kitty)
3. The Head and the Heart by The Head And The Heart (self-released)
4. Teen Dream by Beach House (Sub Pop)
5. Crystal Castles by Crystal Castles (Polydor)
6. Happy Birthday by Happy Birthday (Sub Pop)
7. Saint Bartlett by Damien Jurado (Secretly Canadian)
8. Fences by Fences (Onto)
9. Farewell Good Night’s Sleep by Lay Low (Loo)
10. Sanitas by Stafrænn Hákon (Kimi)

Kat Metrovich - Front Dest / DJ Assistant

This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem (DFA)
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West (Def Jam)
Heligloland by Massive Attack (Virgin)
Treats by Sleigh Bells (N.E.E.T)
2 by Grinderman (Anti)
How I Got Over by The Roots (Def Jam)
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty by Big Boi (Def Jam)
They La Soul by Mash Hall (self-released)
False Priest by Of Montreal (Polyvinyl)
LP4 by Ratatat (XL)

Brady Morrella - Volunteer Coordinator

1. How to Live on Nothing by Troy Von Balthazar (3rd Side Records)
2. This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem (Virgin)
3. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire (Merge)
4. Libraries by The Love Language (Merge)
5. Plastic Beach by Gorillaz (Virgin)
6. All Day by Girl Talk (Illegal Art)
7. Congratulations by MGMT (Columbia)
8. Mondo Cane by Mike Patton (Ipecac)
9. One Life Stand by Hot Chip (Astralwerks – Caroline)
10. Feeler by Toadies (Kirtland)

Greg Rice - Web Developer

Weathervanes by Freelance Whales (Frenchkiss)
The Suburbs by Arcade Fire (Merge)
The Orchard by Ra Ra Riot (Barsuk)
Lisbon by The Walkmen (Fat Possum)
What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood by The Mynabirds (Saddle Creek)
The Head and The Heart by The Head and the Heart (self-released)
The Winter of Mixed Drinks by Frightened Rabbit (Fat Cat)
Gorilla Manor by Local Natives (Frenchkiss)
The Lady Killer by Cee Lo Green (Elektra)
Plastic Beach by Gorillaz (Virgin)

Kate Stinson - Volunteer Coordination Intern

The Big Black & Blue by First Aid Kit (Apocalypse Sound)
Zebra by Beach House (Sub Pop)
Infinite Arms by Band of Horses (Sub Pop)
Plastic Beach by Gorilaz (Virgin)
This is Happening by LCD Soundsystem (DFA)
Contra by Vampire Weekend (XL)
False Priest by Of Montreal (Polyvinyl)
The Head and the Heart by The Head and the Heart (self-released)
Broken Bells by Broken Bells (Columbia)
Volume Two by She & Him (Merge)

Reese Umbaugh - Audioasis Assistant, Blog Contributor,Podcasting Assistant

1. Body Talk trilogy by Robyn (Konichiwa/Cherrytree)
2. Something for Everybody by Devo (Warner)
3. Aphrodite by Kylie Minogue (Astralwerks)
4. Hands by Little Boots (Elecktra)
5. Night Work by Scissor Sisters (Universal)
6. Funstyle by Liz Phair (Rocket Science)
7. Blood/Candy by The Posies (Rykodisc)
8. Travelling Like the Light by VV Brown (Capitol)
9. Happiness by Hurts (RCA)
10. Remora, Remora by Noddy (self-released)

Erin Waters - Individual Giving Coordinator

1. Teen Dream by Beach House (Sub Pop)
2. Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter (4AD)
3. Innerspeaker by Tame Impala (101 Distribution)
4. Phosphene Dream by Black Angels (Blue Horizon)
5. Crazy for You by Best Coast (Mexican Summer)
6. This is Happening by LCD Soundsystem (DFA/Virgin)
7. Pearly Gate Music by Pearly Gate Music (Barsuk)
8. Treats by Sleigh Bells (MOM & POP Music)
9. The Head and the Heart by The Head and the Heart (self-released)
10. Forgiveness Rock Record by Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts)

Jeffrey Whitelaw - Production Intern

1. Our Love Will Cut Through Everything by My Heat Belongs To Cecila Winter (Chop Records)
2. Suburban Nature by Sarah Jaffe (Kirtland)
3. Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph by Frog Eyes (Dead Oceans)
4. The Body Of Christ And The Legs Of Tina Turner by Fight Like Apes (Model Citizens)
5. Pope Killdragon by Strands Of Oaks (self-released)
6. Tidelands by The Moondoggies (Hardly Art)
7. The Calcination Of Scout Niblett by Scout Niblett (Drag City)
8. Personal Life by The Thermals (Kill Rock Stars)
9. Dark Light by Lovers (Badman Recording Company)
10. False Priest by Of Montreal (Polyvinyl)

Honorable Mention: Future Weather (EP) by The War On Drugs (Secretly Canadian)

Zachary Young - Video Intern

1. Teen Dream by Beach House (Sub Pop)
2. Before Today by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (4AD)
3. This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem (DFA/Virgin)
4. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire (Merge)
5. Clinging to a Scheme by The Radio Dept. (Labrador)
6. Wilding by Kammerflimmer Kollektief (Staubgold)
7. Contra by Vampire Weekend (XL)
8. No Más by Javelin (Luaka Bop)
9. Does It Look Like I’m Here? by Emeralds (Editions Mego)
10. Foreigner by Von Spar (Italic)

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