2011 Top Ten List Spotlight: DJ Sharlese

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! Tune in on Friday, December 30th to hear if your favorites made the list!

The Drums at KEXP 10-12-11

The Drums at KEXP 10-12-11 // photo credit: Renata Steiner (more photos)

DJ Sharlese’s 2011 Top Ten Albums

1. The Drums – Portamento [Island]
2. Real Estate – Days [Domino]
3. High Places – Original Colors [Thrill Jockey]
4. Future Islands – On The Water [Thrill Jockey]
5. Puro Instinct – Headbangers in Ecstacy [Mexican Summer]
6. Ritualz – Ghetto Ass Witch [self-released]
7. Still Corners – Creatures of an Hour [Sub Pop]
8. A$AP Rocky – LiveLoveA$AP [RCA]
9. Jeremy Jay – Dream Diary [K]
10. Active Child – You Are All I See [Vagrant]

Should’ve Been On My Top 10

1. Part Time – What Would You Say? [Mexican Summer]
2. Gauntlet Hair – Gauntlet Hair [Dead Oceans]
3. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra [self-released]
4. The Stepkids – The Stepkids [Stones Throw]
5. British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall [Rough Trade]
6. White Fence – White Fence Is Growing Faith [Woodsist]
7. Gui Boratto – III [Kompakt]
8. DOM – Family of Love EP [Astralwerks]
9. Little Wings – Black Grass [Marriage]
10. Pictureplane – Thee Physical [Lovepump United]

Destroyer in the KEXP parking lot 3-18-11

Destroyer in the KEXP parking lot 3-18-11 // photo credit: Morgen Schuler (more photos)

Local Top 10

1. Destroyer – Kaputt [Merge]
2. Nurses – Dracula [Dead Oceans]
3. Derek Kelley and the Speed Wobbles – Bourgeoisie Marmalade [self-released]
4. Seapony – Go With Me [Hardly Art]
5. Craft Spells – Idle Labor [Captured Tracks]
6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra [Fat Possum]
7. Oc Notes – Medicine/Secret Society/The New Generation [self-released]
8. Don’t Talk To The Cops – Regular Show [self-released]
9. Witch Gardens – Alice, Agatha, Branch & Christ [self-released]
10. Portugal. The Man – In The Mountain in the Cloud [Atlantic]

Awesome Local Records That Came Out in 2011 That Should’ve Been On My Top 10 But They Didn’t Make It Because I Was Only Given Up To 10 to Work With And Now I Hate the Number 10

1. Telekinesis – 12 Desperate Lines [Merge]
2. Brite Futures – Dark Past [Turnout]
3. Noddy – Murder! Dance! Kill [self-released]
4. Constant Lovers – True Romance [self-released]
5. Helms Alee – Weatherhead [Hydra Head]
6. Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing [Sub Pop]
7. Blouse – Blouse [Captured Tracks]
8. BOAT – Dress Like Your Idols [Magic Marker]
9. King Dude – Love [Dais]
10. Nacho Picasso – For The Glory [self-released]
11. Pony Time – Pony Time [Per Se]
12. USF – The Spray [Circle Into Square]
13. Onry Ozzborne – Hold On For Dear Life [Fake Four]

Top However-Many-I-Want Jams

1. Wilco “I Might” [The Whole Love, Anti-]
2. Blood Orange feat. Erika Spring “Huge Quit” [DJ Exotica Sage – Blood Orange Home Recordings Mixtape, Rough Trade]
3. Junior Boys “Banana Ripple’ [It’s All True, Domino]
4. A$AP Rocky “Purple Swag” [Deep Purple, self-released]
5. Seapony “Sailing” [Sailing 7’’, Hardly Art]
6. Dizzy Eyes “Let’s Break Up The Band [Let’s Break Up The Band 7’’, Hardly Art]
7. FRIENDS “Friend Crush” [Friend Crush 7’’, Lucky Number]
8. The Rapture “How Deep Is Your Love?” [In The Grace of Your Love, DFA]
9. No Regular Play “Owe Me” Nicolas Jaar Remix [Owe Me Remixes, Wolf + Lamb]
10. Total Control “ Carpet Rash [Henge Beat, Iron Lung]
11. The Joy Formidable “Whirring” [The Big Roar, Canvasback/Atlantic]
12. Toro Y Moi “New Beat” [Underneath the Pine, Carpark]
13. Spoek Mathambo “Put Some Red On It” [Put Some Red on It EP, Sub Pop]
14. Modern Witch – “Desire” [Desire/Love 7’’, Tundra]
15. Azealia Banks – “212” [SINGLE, Self-Released]

Top 10 Music Videos

1. A$AP Rocky – Purple Swag

2. FRIENDS – Friend Crush

3. Is Tropical – The Greeks

4. Tearist – Disposition

5. Beyonce – Countdown

6. Real Estate – Its Real

7. Destroyer – Kaputt

8. Tyler, the Creator – Yonkers

9. The Stepkids – Legend in my Own Mind

10. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

DJ Sharlese is on the air Friday mornings from 1-6AM, and is the producer of Audioasis, on the air Saturday evenings 6-9PM.

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