KEXP Staff, Volunteers & Interns Top Ten Albums of 2012, Part 1

Grimes / photo by Morgen Schuler

You’ve already seen what the KEXP DJs have picked for their Top 10 Albums of 2012 (here), but what about all of the people who support our programming and every element of what makes KEXP mighty? There are many dedicated souls who operate KEXP on a daily basis -- full-time and part-time staff, quarterly interns, DJ assistants and other volunteers -- all brought together by their shared passion for music. Here’s what they chose for their Top 10 Albums of 2012.

By the way, you still have time to vote for your own Top 10 Albums (voting ends on Friday, December 21) before we count them down on Friday, December 28.

Andy Klatt | Information Specialist

1. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
2. Fear Fun by Father John Misty (Sub Pop)
3. Plateau Vision by Lushlife (Western Vinyl)
4. Major by Fang Island (Sargent House)
5. The Way We Move by Langhorne Slim & The Law (Ramseur Records)
6. The Lion’s Roar by First Aid Kit (Witchita)
7. Landing on a Hundred by Cody ChesnuTT (Vibration Vineyard)
8. Be the Void by Dr. Dog (Anti-)
9. The Man With The Iron Fists by Various Artists (OST Soul Temple Entertainment)
10. Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron (IAMSOUND)

Elly Henriksen | Development Assistant

1. Antibalas by Antibalas (Daptone)
2. Brighten & Break by POLLENS (Tapete)
3. Zammuto by Zammuto (Temporary Residence)
4. Ondatropica by Ondatropica (Soundway)
5. Deep Time by Deep Time (Hardly Art)
6. Putrifiers II by Thee Oh Sees (Sub Pop)
7. King Tuff by King Tuff (In The Red)
8. channel ORANGE by Frank Ocean (Def Jam)
9. Lucifer by Peaking Lights (Domino/Weird World)
10. Love This Giant by David Byrne and St. Vincent (4AD)

Erin Waters | Individual Giving Manager

1. Give You the Ghost by Polica (Totally Gross National Product)
2. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Canvasback)
3. Shields by Grizzly Bear (Warp Records)
4. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
5. History Speaks by Deep Sea Diver (self-released)
6. All Hell by Daughn Gibson (Sub Pop)
7. Visions by Grimes (4AD)
8. Shrines by Purity Ring (4AD)
9. Fear Fun by Father John Misty (Sub Pop)
10. Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron (IAMSOUND)

Jack White / photo by Morgen Schuler

Brady Morrella | Volunteer Services Senior Coordinator

1. The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do by Fiona Apple (Epic)
2. Blunderbuss by Jack White (Third Man Records/Columbia)
3. Strange Weekend by Porcelain Raft (Secretly Canadian)
4. Take the Kids Off Broadway by Foxygen (Jagjaguwar)
5. The Bad Ones by Blonds (Gluck Music)
6. Valtari by Sigur Ros (XL Recordings)
7. ...is with the demon by Troy Von Balthazar (Vicious Circle)
8. We Will Always Be by Windy and Carl (Kranky)
9. Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! by Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Constellation)
10. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular Records)

Chris Kellogg | Production Manager

1. The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy by Nada Surf (Barsuk)
2. Gentle Spirit by Jonathan Wilson (Bella Union)
3. Shields by Grizzly Bear (Warp)
4. The Lion’s Roar by First Aid Kit (Wichita)
5. Putrifiers II by Thee Oh Sees (In The Red Records)
6. The End of That by Plants & Animals (Secret City)
7. The Tarnished Gold by Beachwood Sparks (Sub Pop)
8. Beards, Wives Denim by Pond (Modular)
9. Exorcise by Tilbury (Records Records)
10. Europe by Allo Darlin’ (Slumberland)

Gwen Colwell | Assistant Director of Development

1. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Canvasback)
2. Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes (ATO)
3. Folila by Amadou and Mariam (Nonesuch)
4. The Lion’s Roar by First Aid Kit (Wichita)
5. Break it Yourself by Andrew Bird (Mom + Pop)
6. Sun by Cat Power (Matador)
7. Django Django by Django Django (Because Music)
8. Faithful Man by Lee Fields & The Expressions (Truth & Soul)
9. Locked Down by Dr. John (Nonesuch)
10. Tramp by Sharon VanEtten (Jagjaguwar)

Barry Adamson / photo by Christopher Nelson

Sara Green Williams | Administrative & Financial Manager

1. I Got High b/w River 7″ by JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound (Bloodshot)
2. The Laughing Stalk by Wovenhand (Sounds Familyre)
3. International Orange by Firewater (Bloodshot)
4. Palindrome Hunches by Neil Halstead (Brushfire)
5. 20th Anniversary Special V1-5 by Slim Cessna’s Auto Club (self-released)
6. Blunderbuss by Jack White (Third Man Records/Columbia)
7. Thankful N’ Thoughtful by Bettye LaVette (Anti-)
8. Foreign Spells by The Young Evils (self-released)
9. I Will Set You Free by Barry Adamson (Central Control)
10. Animal Joy by Shearwater (Sub Pop)

Andrew Corey | General Manager, KEXP Broadcast Service

1. A Thing Called Divine Fits by Divine Fits (Merge)
2. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
3. Fear Fun by Father John Misty (Sub Pop)
4. Confess by Twin Shadow (4AD)
5. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Canvasback)
6. Shields by Grizzly Bear (Warp)
7. Lux by Brian Eno (Warp)
8. Poor Moon by Poor Moon (Sub Pop)
9. Dept. of Disappearance by Jason Lytle (ANTI-)
10. Celebration Day by Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)

Bailey Kitka | Traffic Assistant

1. Celebration Rock by Japandroids (Polyvinyl)
2. Dýrð í dauðaþögn by Ásgeir Trausti (Self-released)
3. Maraqopa by Damien Jurado (Secretly Canadian)
4. Give you the Ghost by Polica (Totally Gross National Product)
5. The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Macklemore LLC)
6. Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells (Mom + Pop)
7. Confess by Twin Shadow (4AD)
8. Tramp by Sharon Van Etten (Jagjaguwar)
9. Foreign Spells by The Young Evils (Self-Released)
10. Time Capsules II by Oberhofer (Glass Note)

Father John Misty / photo by Hilary Harris

Carol DuPuis | KEXP Business Support Account Executive

1. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Infectious_
2. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
3. Jake Bugg by Jake Bugg (Mercury)
4. Visions by Grimes (Arbutus)
5. Swing Lo Magellan by Dirty Projectors (Domino Records)
6. The Lion’s Roar by First Aid Kit (Redeye)
7. Home Again by Michael Kiwanuka (Polydor)
8. Fear Fun by Father John Misty (Sub Pop)
9. Bend Beyond by Woods (Woodsist)
10. Bloom by Beach House (Sub Pop)

Greg Rice | Online Developer

1. Port of Morrow by The Shins (Aural Apothecary/Columbia)
2. Shallow Bed by Dry the River (Sony)
3. Blunderbuss by Jack White (Third Man/Columbia)
4. Theatre Is Evil by Amanda Palmer (8 Ft. Records)
5. Negotiations by The Helio Sequence (Sub Pop)
6. The Kaleidoscope by Lemolo (Self-released)
7. Fear Fun by Father John Misty (Sub Pop)
8. Shields by Grizzly Bear (Warp)
9. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Infectious Music)
10. S/T by Allah-Las (Innovative Leisure)

Scott Bell | GM, Online Service

1. Let’s Go Eat the Factory by Guided by Voices (Guided by Voices Inc.)
2. Point of Morrow by The Shins (Apothecary/Columbia)
3. My Head is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men (Record Records)
4. Silver Age by Bob Mould (Merge)
5. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Infectious Music)
6. Algiers by Calexico (Anti-)
7. The Lion’s Roar by First Aid Kit (Wichita)
8. The Carpenter by The Avett Brothers (American)
9. O’ Be Joyful by Shovels & Rope (Dualtone)
10. Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now by Justin Townes Earle (Bloodshot)

The Tallest Man on Earth / photo by Dave Lichterman

Chris Beiter | Software Engineer for KEXP Online

1. A Thing Called Divine Fits by Divine Fits (Merge)
2. Negotiations by Helio Sequence (Sub Pop)
3. Feel The Sound by Imperial Teen (Merge)
4. There’s No Leaving Now by The Tallest Man on Earth (Dead Oceans)
5. The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Macklemore LLC)
6. The North by Stars (Soft Revolution Records / ATO)
7. Shields by Grizzly Bear (Warp)
8. TRST by Trust (Arts & Crafts)
9. Silver Age by Bob Mould (Merge)
10. The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy by Nada Surf (Barsuk)

Jamie Alls | Chief Engineer

1. ∆n ∆wesome W∆ve by Alt-J (∆) (Infectious Music)
2. The Lumineers by The Lumineers (Dualtone)
3. Dýrð í dauðaþögn by Ásgeir Trausti (Sena)
4. 151a by Kishi Bashi (Joyful Noise)
5. Visions by Grimes (4AD)
6. Nootropics by Lower Dens (Ribbon Music)
7. Shallow Bed by Dry the River (Sony Music)
8. How it’s Done in Italy (re-release) by My Bubba & Mi (Kimi)
9. Bend Beyond by Woods (Woodsist)
10. Give You The Ghost by Poliça (Totally Gross National Product / Mom + Pop)

Jon Joslin | DJ Assistant for DJ Riz/Research Assistant for DJ Sharlese (Audioasis)

1. Beams by Matthew Dear (Ghostly International)
2. Bloom by Beach House (Sub Pop)
3. For Now by Beacon (Ghostly International)
4. Touch Screens by Erik Blood (Self-Released)
5. Union by Saint Saviour (Surface Area)
6. Channel Orange by Frank Ocean (Island Def Jam)
7. Crypts by Crypts (Sargent House)
8. A Forest by Christian Löffler (Kl Records)
9. Negotiations by The Helio Sequence (Sub Pop)
10. Hy-Brasil by Lights Out Asia (n5md)

Kingdom Crumbs / photo by Hollyanne Faber

Roxy Boggio | DJ Assistant

1. Both Lights by AU (The Leaf)
2. Break It Yourself by Andrew Bird (Mom+Pop Records)
3. Until the Quiet Comes by Flying Lotus (Warp)
4. Pink by Four Tet (Text Records)
5. A Sleep & A Forgetting by Islands (Anti/Epitaph)
6. Kingdom Crumbs by Kingdom Crumbs (CD Baby)
7. Moms by Menomena (Barsuk)
8. Acapellas Now: Remixes by Wizdumb (Lurk Music)
9. A Different Arrangement by Black Marble (Hardly Art)
10. Fragrant World by Yeasayer (Secretly Canadian)

Leigh Bezezekoff | Volunteer/Blog Contributor

1. Negotiations by The Helio Sequence (Sub Pop)
2. Fear Fun by Father John Misty (Sub Pop)
3. Muscle for The Wing by The Maldives (Spark & Shine)
4. Shields by Grizzly Bear (Sub Pop)
5. Deer Creek Canyon by Sera Cahoon (Sub Pop)
6. 2 Horses by Davidson Hart Kingsbery (Fin Records)
7. Loways by Ole Tinder (Self-released)
8. Devil Gets Her Way by The Swearengens (Self-released)
9. Danzig in the Moonlight by Ken Stringfellow (Spark & Shine)
10. Rotting on the Vine by The Purrs (Fin Records)

Lizzy Rose Flores | DJ Assistant

1. ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND! by Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Constellation Records)
2. Deer Creek Canyon by Sera Cahoone (Sub Pop)
3. Locked Down by Dr. John (Nonesuch Records)
4. (III) by Crystal Castles (Fiction Records)
5. Maraqopa by Damien Jurado (Secretly Canadian)
6. ƒin by John Talabot (Permanent Vacation)
7. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
8. Palace Garden by Beat Connection (Tender Age Records)
9. Visions by Grimes (4AD)
10. The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Self-Released)

Of Monsters and Men / photo by Jim Bennett

Krissi Pearson | Photographer

1. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Infectious Music)
2. Born to Die by Lana Del Rey (Interscope/Polydor)
3. My Head is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men (Universal Republic Records)
4. A Wasteland Companion by M. Ward (Merge)
5. Awe Naturale by TheeSatisfaction (Sub Pop)
6. Sun by Cat Power (Matador)
7. The North by Stars (ATO Records)
8. The Lion’s Roar by First Aid Kit (Wichita)
9. Happy to You by Mike Snow (INGRID)
10. Maraqopa by Damien Jurado (Secretly Canadian)

Kerry Weinrich | Volunteer Coordination Intern

1. In Our Heads by Hot Chip (Domino)
2. Instinct by Niki & the Dove (Sub Pop)
3. Strange Weekend by Porcelain Raft (Secretly Canadian)
4. Shields by Grizzly Bear (Warp Records)
5. Passage by Exitmusic (Secretly Canadian)
6. Svartir Sandar by Solstafir (Season of Mist)
7. Put Your Back N 2 It by Perfume Genius (Matador)
8. 151a by Kishi Bashi (Joyful Noise Recordings)
9. (III) by Crystal Castles (Fiction Records)
10. Valtari by Sigur Ros (Parlophone)

Annie Wilson | Guest Services/Hospitality Intern, Volunteer, Plutonium Member

1. The Glorious Dead by The Heavy (Ninja Tune)
2. The Hellcat Years by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros (Hellcat)
3. Blunderbuss by Jack White (Third Man/Columbia)
4. International Orange by Firewater (Bloodshot)
5. The Bloom & The Blight by Two Gallants (ATO Records)
6. Tramp by Sharon VanEtten (Jagjaguwar)
7. Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)
8. Folila by Amadou & Mariam (Nonesuch)
9. LUX by Brian Eno (Warp)
10. The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Self-released)

Divine Fits / photo by Dave Lichterman

Jill Tourtillotte | Morning Show DJ Assistant

1. Fear Fun by Father John Misty (Sub Pop)
2. Maraqopa by Damien Jurado (Secretly Canadian)
3. Love This Giant by David Bryne & St. Vincent (4AD)
4. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
5. Blunderbuss by Jack White (Third Man/Columbia)
6. Be the Void by Dr. Dog (ANTI-)
7. The Wild, the Innocent, the TV Shuffle by TV Girl (Self-released)
8. Django Django by Django Django (Because Music)
9. Dreamin’ Wild by Donnie and Joe Emerson (Light in the Attic Records)
10. White Feathers, White Linens by Whitney Ballen (Self-released)

Gerrit Feenstra | Blog Writer

1. A Thing Called Divine Fits by Divine Fits (Merge)
2. Confess by Twin Shadow (4AD)
3. Come of Age by The Vaccines (Columbia)
4. Until the Quiet Comes by Flying Lotus (Warp)
5. Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells (Mom & Pop)
6. Coexist by The xx (Young Turks)
7. Pink by Four Tet (Text)
8. good kid: M.A.A.D city by Kendrick Lamar (Interscope/Aftermath)
9. Jiaolong by Daphni (Merge)
10. Diver by Lemonade (True Panther)

Brian Hill | KEXP Account Executive, Music & Business Support

1. Shields by Grizzly Bear (Warp)
2. Give You The Ghost by Polica (Totally Gross National Product)
3. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
4. We Don’t Even Live Here by P.O.S. (Rhymesayers)
5. Animal Joy by Shearwater (Sub Pop)
6. Visions by Grimes (4AD)
7. good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar (Interscope/Aftermath)
8. (III) by Crystal Castles (Fiction Records)
9. Blunderbuss by Jack White (Third Man/Columbia)
10. Attack On Memory by Cloud Nothings (Carpark)

Macklemore / photo by Dave Lichterman

Jen Petersen | Administrative & Financial Assistant

1. good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar (Interscope/Aftermath)
2. channel ORANGE by Frank Ocean (Def Jam/Island)
3. Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)
4. Landing On A Hundred by Cody ChesnuTT (Self-released)
5. The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Self-released)
6. Kaleidoscope Dream by Miguel (RCA)
7. awE naturalE by Thee Satisfaction (Sub Pop)
8. The Only Place by Best Coast (Mexican Summer)
9. The Bravest Man In The Universe by Bobby Womack (XL Recordings)
10. O Be Joyful by Shovels & Rope (Dualtone Music Group)

Sharlese Metcalf | Events Producer

1. Let’s Quit by Don’t Talk To The Cops (Self-released)
2. 1 by Absolute Monarchs (Good to Die)
3. The Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 2 by The Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 2 (Minimal Wave)
4. Talent by Heavenly Beat (Captured Tracks)
5. Dopamine by Jarv Dee (Cloud Nice)
6. A Different Arrangement by Black Marble (Hardly Art)
7. Plastic Love by Sympathy Nervous (Minimal Wave)
8. Lord$ Never Worry by A$AP Mob (Self-released)
9. No Love Web Deep by Death Grips (Self-released)
10. Crossed Paths by Shifted (Mote Evolver)

Rebecca Campeau | DJ Assistant Wo’Pop

1. Passeio Pelo Trilho by Flume (Azafama-Producoes Artisticas)
2. Karimba by Novalima (ESL)
3. Folila by Amadou & Miriam (Nonesuch)
4. Mala in Cuba by Mala (Brownswood Recordings)
5. Quilombo do Futuro by Maga Bo (Post World Industries)
6. Father Creeper by Spoek Mathambo (Sub Pop)
7. Looking for the Sea by Pupkulies & Rebecca (Normoton)
8. 40° of Sunshine by Bibi Tanga & The Selenites (Nat Geo Music)
9. Carnivale Electricos by Galactic (Anti/Epitaph)
10. MTMTMK by The Very Best (Moshi Moshi/Cooperative Music)

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