2011 Top Ten List Spotlight: DJ El Toro

The KEXP DJs hear thousands of albums every year, but in 2011, which ten really stood out for them? Find out as KEXP looks at each DJ’s list through the month of December, leading up to our 2011 Top 90.3 Countdown, as voted on by YOU, the KEXP listener! Voting ends on Monday, December 19th, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 30th to hear which albums made the list!

Zola Jesus from our 2011 CMJ Broadcast at the Ace Hotel NYC

Zola Jesus from our CMJ Broadcast at the Ace Hotel NYC, 10/19/11
photo by Victoria VanBruinisse (more photos)

DJ El Toro’s 2011 Top Ten Albums

rank album artist label
10 James Blake James Blake Universal Republic
9 The Sound of Everything Thousands Bella Union
8 The Harrow & The Harvest Gillian Welch Acony
7 50 Words for Snow Kate Bush Anti-
6 Skying The Horrors XL
5 Black Up Shabazz Palaces Sub Pop
4 Only in Dreams Dum Dum Girls Sub Pop
3 Strange Mercy St. Vincent 4AD
2 Conatus Zola Jesus Sacred Bones
1 Helplessness Blues Fleet Foxes Sub Pop

DJ El Toro hosts the variety mix show on Wednesday nights from 9 PM to 1 AM on KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle and kexp.org. His weekly rant, “Weird At My School,” appears infrequently on the KEXP Blog. Please follow DJ El Toro (aka Kurt B. Reighley) on Twitter and/or Tumblr!

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