KEXP Staff, Volunteers & Interns Top Ten Albums of 2012, Part 2

Beach House / photo by Kyle Johnson

Continuing from Part 1, here are some more Top Ten picks from the many dedicated full-time and part-time staff, quarterly interns, DJ assistants and other volunteers whop operate KEXP on a daily basis. And if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out what the KEXP DJs have picked for their Top 10 Albums of 2012 (here).

So what are your picks? 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.

Tom Smith | GM, Underwriting and Business Support

1. Celebration Rock by Japandroids (Polyvinyl)
2. Put Your Back N 2 It by Perfume Genuis (Matador)
3. Visions by Grimes (4AD)
4. Blunderbuss by Jack White (Third Man/Columbia)
5. Local Business by Titus Andronicus (XL Recordings)
6. Blues Funeral by Mark Lanegan (4AD)
7. The Plot Against Common Sense by Future of the Left (Xtra Mile Recordings)
8. Among the Leaves by Sun Kill Moon (Caldo Verde Records)
9. Kill For Love by Chromatics (Italians Do It Better)
10. Negotiations by The Helio Sequence (Sub Pop)

Rischel Granquist | Assistant to the Executive Director of KEXP

1. Charmer by Aimee Mann (Superego)
2. Landing On A Hundred by Cody ChestnuTT (Redeye)
3. The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy by Nada Surf (Barsuk)
4. The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Macklemore LLC)
5. Class Clown Spots A UFO by Guided By Voices (Guided By Voices Inc.)
6. Ceremonials by Florence And The Machine (Universal Republic)
7. Out Of The Game by Rufus Wainwright (Verve)
8. Researching The Blues by Redd Kross (Merge)
9. Negotiations by The Helio Sequence (Sub Pop)
10. You Me Bullets Love by Bombay Royale (Hope Street)

John Gleason | DJ Assistant for Cheryl Waters

1. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
2. Visions by Grimes (4AD)
3. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Infectious Music)
4. Celebration Rock by Japandroids (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
5. Nocturne by Wild Nothing (Captured Tracks)
6. Information Retrieved by Pinback (Temporary Residence)
7. The Haunted Man by Bat For Lashes (Parlophone)
8. Bloom by Beach House (Sub Pop)
9. Django Django by Django Django (Because Music)
10. Shields by Grizzly Bear (Warp Records)

Nada Surf / photo by Renata Steiner

Louis O’Callaghan | Software Engineer

1. Visions by Grimes (4AD)
2. DRRT by Lost Lander (Glad I Did Recordings)
3. Tramp by Sharon Van Etten (Jagjaguar)
4. Information Retrieved by Pinback (Temporary Residence)
5. Bloom by Beach House (Sub Pop)
6. Shields by Grizzly Bear (Warp)
7. The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy by Nada Surf (Barsuk)
8. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
9. Melody’s Echo Chamber by Melody’s Echo Chamber (Fat Possum)
10. Our House on the Hill by The Babies (Woodsist)

Jon Hamilton | DJ Assistant for The Afternoon Show

1. Blunderbuss by Jack White (Third Man/Columbia)
2. channel ORANGE by Frank Ocean (Def Jam)
3. Fear Fun by Father John Misty (Sub Pop)
4. Sun by Cat Power (Matador)
5. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Infectious Music)
6. There’s No Leaving Now by The Tallest Man on Earth (Dead Oceans)
7. The Lion’s Roar by First Aid Kit (Witchita)
8. Down At the Roller Rink by Anonymous (self-released)
9. Gossamer by Passion Pit (Columbia)
10. Negotiations by Helio Sequence (Sub Pop)

Reeves Richards | DJ Assistant for Friday’s Midday Show with Cheryl Waters and Seek and Destroy

1. Celebration Rock by Japandroids (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
2. Local Business by Titus Andronicus (XL Recordings)
3. Honor Found in Decay by Neurosis (Neurot)
4. Time I by Wintersun (Nuclear Blast)
5. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Infectious Music)
6. There’s No Leaving Now by The Tallest Man on Earth (Dead Oceans)
7. Sorrow and Extinction by Pallbearer (Profound Lore)
8. Animal Joy by Shearwater (Sub Pop)
9. Sentenced to Life by Black Breath (Southern Lord)
10. Major by Fang Island (Sargent House)

The Shins / photo by Jim Bennett

Tahirih Martin | DJ Assistant for Cheryl Waters

1. Contraption Vol. 2 by Beats Antique (Antique Records)
2. Port of Morrow by The Shins (Columbia)
3. For My Parents by Mono (Temporary Residence Limited)
4. Lord of the Fly by Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso (BSBD Music)
5. The Carpenter by The Avett Brothers (American)
6. Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron (IAMSOUND)
7. Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! by Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Constellation)
8. In Our Heads by Hot Chip (Domino)
9. Milo Greene by Milo Greene (Chop Shop/Atlantic)
10. Curve by Our Lady Peace (Entertainment One Music)

Christina Cramer | Front Desk Volunteer

1. The Baggage EP by SleepyPilot (self-released)
2. What Tomorrow Brings by Sightseer (Critical Sun)
3. Night Visions by Imagine Dragons (Interscope)
4. The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (self-released)
5. A Thing Called Divine Fits by Divine Fits (Merge)
6. channel Orange by Frank Ocean (Def Jam/Island)
7. Until The Quiet Comes by Flying Lotus (Warp Records)
8. Bloom by Beach House (Sub Pop)
9. Sun by Cat Power (Matador)
10. Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection by Katy Perry (Capital)

Leana Clothier | Front Desk, Events, Hospitality Volunteer

1. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
2. Eighty One by Yppah (Ninja Tune)
3. Negotiations by The Helio Sequence (Sub Pop)
4. Blues Funeral by Mark Lanegan (4AD)
5. Half Dreams by Sin Fang (Morr Music)
6. The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (self-Released)
7. Folila Amadou and Mariam (Nonesuch)
8. My Head is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men (Universal Republic)
9. Deer Creek Canyon by Sera Cahoone (Sub Pop)
10. S/T by Cheek Mountain Thief (Kimi Records)

Dum Dum Girls / photo by Lauren Slusher

Nicole | DJ Assistant

1. End of Daze by Dum Dum Girls (Sub Pop)
2. 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)
3. Blunderbuss by Jack White (Third Man/Columbia)
4. Celebration Rock by Japandroids (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
5. Metz by Metz (Sub Pop)
6. Sundowning by Nü Sensae (Suicide Squeeze)
7. One Glove by Stephanie (Couple Skate)
8. The Seer by Swans (Young God)
9. Twins by Ty Segall (Drag City)
10. Sorry by White Lung (Deranged)

Kyle Kostrzewa | DJ Assistant

1. (III) by Crystal Castles (Fiction)
2. Light Asylum by Light Asylum (Mexican Summer)
3. WIXIW by Liars (Mute)
4. Master of My Make-Believe by Santigold (Atlantic)
5. A Different Arrangement by Black Marble (Hardly Art)
6. Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells (Mom+Pop)
7. Kill For Love by Chromatics (Italians Do It Better)
8. The Cherry Thing by Nenah Cherry & The Thing (Smalltown Supersound)
9. ƒIN by John Talabot (Permanent Vacation)
10. Trouble by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (Polydor)

Alli Adamonis | DJ Assistant for DJ Alex Ruder

1. ƒIN by John Talabot (Permanent Vacation)
2. Devotion by Jessie Ware (Island / PMR)
3. Total Loss by How to Dress Well (Acéphale)
4. good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar (Interscope/Aftermath/Top Dawg)
5. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
6. Held by Holy Other (Tri Angle)
7. Instrumental Mixtape 2 by Clams Casino (Self-released)
8. XXYYXX by XXYYXX (Relief in Abstract)
9. Visions by Grimes (4AD)
10. Nocturne by Wild Nothing (Captured Tracks)

Cody ChesnuTT / photo by Ben Mobley

Kat Metrovich | uber volunteer/solid gold dancer

1. channel ORANGE by Frank Ocean (Def Jam/Island)
2. Sweet Heart Sweet Light by Spiritualized (Fat Possum)
3. Landing on a Hundred by Cody chestnuTT (Redeye)
4. The Heist by Macklemore/Ryan Lewis (self-released)
5. Master of My Make Believe by Santigold (Atlantic)
6. Blues Funeral by Mark Lanegan (4ad)
7. Pre Future Post Modern Love Songs Aka AlienBootyBass by OC Notes (self-released)
8. Life is Good by Nas (Def Jam)
9. Beams by Matthew Dear (Ghostly)
10. Dimensions by Fly Moon Royalty (Sportn’Life)

Hallie Santo | Online Content Intern

1. Centipede Hz by Animal Collective (Domino)
2. The Seer by Swans (Young God)
3. Bloom by Beach House (Sub Pop)
4. Total Loss by How to Dress Well (Acephale Records)
5. WIXIW by Liars (Mute)
6. Beams by Matthew Dear (Ghostly International)
7. Confess by Twin Shadow (4AD)
8. Bish Bosch by Scott Walker (4AD)
9. Lux by Brian Eno (Warp)
10. The Haunted Man by Bat For Lashes (Parlophone)

Andy Bokanev | Photographer & Videographer

1. Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Infectious Music)
2. Celebration Rock by Japandroids (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
3. Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes (Rough Trade)
4. The HeistMacklemore and Ryan Lewis (self-released)
5. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
6. My Head is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men (Unversal)
7. METZ by METZ (Sub Pop)
8. Blunderbuss by Jack White (Third Man/Columbia)
9. Django Django by Django Django (Because Music)
10. Life is Good by Nas (Def Jam)

Lemolo / photo by Dave Lichterman

Philip LaRose | Blog Contributor

1. Visions by Grimes (4AD)
2. Kill for Love by Chromatics (Italians Do It Better)
3. Eighty One by Yppah (Ninja Tune)
4. The Duke by Joe Jackson (Razor & Tie)
5. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
6. Tender New Signs by Tamaryn (Mexican Summer)
7. Melody’s Echo Chamber by Melody’s Echo Chamber (Fat Possum)
8. The Kaleidoscope by Lemolo (self-released)
9. Interstellar by Frankie Rose (Slumberland)
10. The Palace Garden by Beat Connection (Tender Age)

Jim Bennett | Photographer

1. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Atlantic)
2. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
3. Beard, Wives, Denim by Pond (Xenon)
4. King Tuff by King Tuff (Sub Pop)
5. The Lumineers by The Lumineers (Dualtone Music Group)
6. My Head Is An Animal by Of Monsters And Men (Universal Republic)
7. Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron (Iamsound)
8. Half Dreams by Sin Fang (Morr Music)
9. Fear Fun by Father John Misty (Sub Pop)
10. History Speaks by Deep Sea Diver (self-released)

Amber Zbitnoff | Photographer

1. Fear Fun by Father John Misty (Sub Pop)
2. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (∆) (Infectious Music)
3. Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron (IAMSOUND)
4. Shrines by Purity Ring (4AD)
5. Break It Yourself by Andrew Bird (Mom+Pop)
6. Visions by Grimes (4AD)
7. Valtari by Sigur Rós (Parlophone)
8. Former Lives by Benjamin Gibbard (Barsuk)
9. My Head Is an Animal by Of Monsters And Men (Universal Music Group)
10. Infinity Overhead by Minus The Bear (Dangerbird Records)

Japandroids / photo by Brittany Brassell

Jacob Webb | Blog Writer

1. Bloom by Beach House (Sub Pop)
2. 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 (Clean Slate/Epic)
3. channel Orange by Frank Ocean (Def Jam)
4. Celebration Rock by Japandroids (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
5. Swing Lo Magellan by Dirty Projectors (Domino)
6. Tramp by Sharon VanEtten (Jagjaguwar)
7. Blunderbuss by Jack White (Third Man/Columbia)
8. The House That Jack Built by Jesca Hoop (Bella Union)
9. Devotion by Jessie Ware (PMR/Island)
10. Koi No Yokan by Deftones (Reprise)

Hart Boyd | DJ Assistant for DJ Alex

1. Luxury Problems by Andy Stott (Modern Love)
2. Sebenza by LV (Hyperdub)
3. Nova by Burial + Four Tet (Text Records)
4. Mainline by Tensnake (Defected)
5. Nobody Can Live Forever by Tim Maia (Lauka Bop)
6. Da Mind Of Traxman by Traxman (Planet Mu)
7. good kid, m.A.A.d. City by Kendrick Lamar (Aftermath/Interscope)
8. A Cowboy Overflow Of The Heart (feat. David Berman) by The Avalanches (Self-released)
9. Skylight by Kid Smpl (Hush Hush Records)
10. Home by ODESZA (self-released)

Dylan Flesch | DJ Assistant

1. Maraqopa by Damien Jurado (Secretly Canadian)
2. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
3. Love This Giant by David Byrne & St. Vincent (4AD)
4. Locked Down by Dr. John (Nonesuch)
5. Visions by Grimes (4AD)
6. Old Ideas by Leonard Cohen (Sony Music Distribution)
7. TrampSharon Van Etten (ADA/Jagjaguwar)
8. Sweet Heart, Sweet Light by Spiritualized (Fat Possum)
9. awE natrualE by THEESatisfaction (Sub Pop)
10. Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes (ATO)

The Walkmen / photo by Dave Lichterman

Graham Amsden | Information Intern

1. In Our Heads by Hot Chip (Domino)
2. Bloom by Beach House (Sub Pop)
3. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
4. Longtime Companion by Sonny & The Sunsets (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
5. Heaven by The Walkmen (Fat Possum)
6. Instrumental Mixtape #2 by Clams Casino (self-released)
7. Ice Level by Ava Luna (Infinite Best)
8. good kid, mA.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar (Top Dog/Aftermath)
9. Positive Force by Delicate Steve (Luaka bop)
10. Lord of The Fly by Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso (BSBD Music)

Shelly Corbett | Videographer

1. Composed by Jherek Bischoff (Leaf)
2. 151a by Kishi Bashi (Joyful Noise Recordings)
3. Redemption City by Joseph Arthur (Lonely Astronaut Records)
4. Negotiations by The Helio Sequence (Sub Pop)
5. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Infectious Music)
6. Sweet Heart Sweet Light by Spiritualized (Arista Records)
7. Fear Fun by Father John Misty (Sub Pop)
8. Sun by Cat Power (Matador)
9. The Lion’s Roar by First Aid Kit (Wichita)
10. Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes (ATO)

Dave Lichterman | Photographer

1. ∆n ∆wesome Wave by ∆lt-J (Infectious Music)
2. Habits & Contradictions by ScHoolBoy Q (Top Dawg Entertainment)
3. ƒin by John Talabot (Permanent Vacation)
4. BBNG2 by BADBADNOTGOOD (self-released)
5. Salton Sea by Tomas Barfod (Friends of Friends)
6. Pink by Four Tet (Text Records)
7. Shrines by Purity Ring (4AD)
8. In Our Heads by Hot Chip (Domino)
9. The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (self-released)
10. Cancer For Cure by El-P (Fat Possum Records)

Don’t Talk to the Cops / photo by Hilary Harris

Greg Stonebraker | Photographer

1. Let’s Quit by Don’t Talk To The Cops (Out For Stardom)
2. The Valley by The Valley (self-released)
3. Slaughterhouse by Ty Segall (In The Red)
4. Exalted by Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso (BSBD Music/Self Released)
5. Sweet Heart Sweet Light by Spiritualized (Fat Possum)
6. Bossalona by Fresh Espresso (Out For Stardom)
7. Fear Fun by Father John Misty (Sup Pop)
8. The Tarnished Gold by Beachwood Sparks (Sup Pop)
9. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular Recordings)
10. Celebration Rock by Japandroids (Polyvinyl Record Co.)

Dillon Sturtevant | Online Content Intern

1. Bish Bosch by Scott Walker (4AD)
2. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
3. Tramp by Sharon VanEtten (Jagjaguwar)
4. Dreamin’ Wild by Donnie and Joe Emerson (Light in the Attic Records)
5. Heaven by The Walkmen (Fat Possum)
6. Colored Emotions by Night Moves (Domino)
7. A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material by John Maus (Ribbon Music)
8. A Different Arrangement by Black Marble (Hardly Art)
9. Lux by Brian Eno (Warp)
10. Until the Quiet Comes by Flying Lotus (Warp)

Robbie Johnston | DJ Assistant for Kevin Cole

1. channel ORANGE by Frank Ocean (Def Jam/Island)
2. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
3. 2 by Mac Demarco (Captured Tracks)
4. Bish Bosch by Scott Walker (4AD)
5. Gossamer by Passion Pit (Columbia)
6. Love This Giant by David Byrne & St. Vincent (4AD)
7. Standing At The Sky’s Edge by Richard Hawley (Mute)
8. The Palace Garden by Beat Connection (Tender Age)
9. Incorruptible Heart by Lavender Diamond ( Paracadute)
10. Song Sparrow Research by Song Sparrow Research (self-released)

Jim Beckmann | Web Content Manager

1. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J (Canvasback Music)
2. Önnur Mósebók by Moses Hightower (Records Records)
3. My Head Is An Animal by Of Monsters And Men (Universal Republic)
4. Visions by Grimes (4AD)
5. Lonerism by Tame Impala (Modular)
6. Composed by Jherek Bischoff (Leaf)
7. Allah-Las by Allah-Las (Innovative Leisure)
8. Days Into Years by Elliott BROOD (Paper Bag)
9. Temple Beautiful by Chuck Prophet (Yep Roc)
10. International Orange by Firewater (Bloodshot)

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2 Comments

  1. Joamiq
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    You know what would be awesome (if someone’s really bored)... even though you can get a general sense from reading through these, I’d be interested to see what the results would be if you tallied up the lists of everyone at KEXP to see which albums were on the most lists...

  2. Centrifugal Force 5
    Posted December 27, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    WOT - no Van Morrison?!?!?

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