KEXP Staff, Volunteers & Interns Top Ten Albums of 2013, Part 1

Neko Case // photo by Autumn Andel

For the last two weeks, we’ve been sharing with you KEXP DJs’ Top Ten Albums of 2013 lists, but KEXP is also supported by many dedicated people who work behind the scenes as staff, volunteers and interns, and who are all passionate music fans themselves. Here’s what they chose for their Top Ten Albums of 2013:

Be sure to tune in tomorrow, Thursday, December 19, for KEXP’s One-Day Radio Rally as we countdown the top albums of the year, as voted on by KEXP listeners.

Anna McClain Blog Contributer/DJ Assistant
Toro y Moi Anything in Return Carpark
Washed Out Paracosm Sub Pop
Neko Case The Worse Things Get... Anti-
Typhoon White Lighter Tender Loving Empire
Cloud Control Dream Cave Votiv
Glasser Interiors True Panther Sounds
Junip Junip Mute
Radiation City Animals in the Median Tender Loving Empire
Local Natives Hummingbird Frenchkiss
The Besnard Lakes Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO Jagjaguwar

Jacob Uitti Blog Writer
Industrial Revelation Oak Head Self-released
Shelby Earl Swift Arrows Self-released
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside Untamed Beast Partison Records
La Luz It’s Alive Hardly Art
Pickwick Can’t Talk Medicine Self-released
Spekulation Doc Watson Self-released
The Growlers Gilded Pleasures Everloving Records
The Moondoggies Adios I’m A Ghost Hardly Art
Polyrhythmics Libra Stripes Kept Records
Campfire Ok When You Have Arrived Self-released
Dashel Schueler CFGRM (Grants Guy), KEXP
Volcano Choir Repave Jagjaguar
La Luz It’s Alive Hardly Art
Phosphorescent Muchacho Dead Oceans
Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park Mercury Nashville
ILLFIGHTYOU S/T Self-released
The Lonely Forest Adding Up the Wasted Hours Trans/Chop Shop
Neko Case The Worse Things Get... Anti-
Weekend Jinx Slumberland
Superchunk I Hate Music Merge
Courtney Barnett The Double EP Milk Records

Savages // photo by Brittney Bollay

Gerrit Feenstra KEXP Blogger
Factory Floor Factory Floor DFA
Arcade Fire Reflektor Merge
Savages Silence Yourself Matador
M.I.A. Matangi Interscope
Rhye Woman Polydor
Cut Copy Free Your Mind Modular
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks Columbia
DJ Koze Amygdala Pampa
Haim Days Are Gone Polydor
Run The Jewels Run The Jewels Fool’s Gold
Matthew Howland Midday Show DJ Assistant
Julianna Barwick Nepenthe Dead Oceans
Julia Holter Loud City Song Domino Records
Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven Warp Records
Rokia Traore Beautiful Africa Nonesuch
Foxygen We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic Jagjaguwar
Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light Constellation
Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze Matador Records
Neko Case The Worse Things Get... ANTI-
Zola Jesus Versions Sacred Bones
The Knife Shaking the Habitual Rabid Records
Brennan Pierides DJ Assistant for The Morning Show
Kanye West Yeezus Def Jam
Gregory Alan Isakov The Weatherman Suitcase Town Music
Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe Domino
Young Dreams Between Places Modular
Kurt Vile Walkin’ On A Pretty Daze Matador
Kissaway Trail Breach Yep Roc
The National Trouble Will Find Me 4AD
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience Part 1 RCA
Deerhunter Monomania 4AD
Sin Fang Flowers Morr Music

Jonathan Wilson // photo by Charina Pitzel

Carol DuPuis Business Support - A.E.
Jonathan Wilson Fanfare Downtown
Bill Callahan Dream River Drag City
Palma Violets 180 Rough Trade Records
Savages Silence Yourself Matador
Arcade Fire Reflektor Merge
Yo La Tengo Fade Matador
Courtney Barnett Avant Gardener Milk!
Daft Punk Random Access Memories Daft Life/Columbia
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Columbia
Atoms For Peace Amok XL
Brian Hill Music & Business Support
Kanye West Yeezus Roc-A-Fella Records / Def Jam Recordings
Savages Silence Yourself Matador Records / Pop Noire
Drake Nothing was the Same OVO Sound, etc.
Daft Punk Random Access Memories Daft Life
Arcade Fire Reflektor Merge Records
Disclosure Settle Island Records
Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze Matador Records
Moonface Julia with Blue Jeans On Jagjaguwar
Chrvches The Bones of What you Believe Virgin Records
Polica Shulamith Mom + Pop Music
Bailey Kitka Traffic Assistant
Typhoon White Lighter Roll Call
Foals Holy Fire Warner Bros.
Lorde Pure Heroine Lava/Republic
Arcade Fire Reflektor Merge
Phoenix Bankrupt! Glassnote
Wampire Curiosity Polyvinyl
Phantogram Phantogram EP Republic
Local Natives Hummingbird Frenchkiss
Savages Silence Yourself Matador
Crocodiles Crimes of Passion Frenchkiss

Phosphorescent // photo by Dominick Mastrangelo

Leigh Bezezekoff Blog Contributor
The Ganges River Band The Ganges River Band Self-Released
The Moondoggies Adios I’m A Ghost Hardly Art
The Black Angels Indigo Meadow Blue Horizon
Phosphorescent Muchacho Dead Oceans
The Cave Singers Naomi Jagjaguwar
Rose Windows The Sun Dogs Sub Pop
The Swearengens Waiting on the Sunrise Self-released
Davidson Heart Kingsbery DHK Self-released
Brent Amaker and the Rodeo Year of the Dragon Fin Records
Various Artists Give 2013 Caffe Vita
Jeff Vetting Events and Outreach Manager
Earl Sweatshirt Doris Columbia
Speedy Ortiz Major Arcana Carpark Records
STRFKR Miracle Mile Polyvinyl
Deltron 3030 Event 2 Bulk Recordings
Jagwar Ma Howlin Mom + Pop Music
Danny Brown Old Fool’s Gold Records
Smith Westerns Soft Will Mom + Pop Music
Los Campesinos! No Blues Wichita
Pusha T My Name Is My Name Def Jam
Chvrches The Bones Of What You Believe Glassnote
Roxy Boggio DJ Assistant for Cheryl Waters
Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse Fat Possum
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Unknown Mortal Orchestra II Jagjaguwar
Thee Oh Sees Floating Coffin Castle Face Records
Dirty Art Club Vermillion Phonosaurus Records
La Luz It’s Alive Hardly Art
Devendra Banhart Mala Nonesuch
Suuns Images Du Futur Secretly Canadian
David Lynch The Big Dream Sunday Best / Sacred Bones
Deerhunter Monomania 4ad
Night Beats Sonic Bloom The Reverberation Appreciation Society

Parquet Courts // photo by Dave Lichterman

Chris Kellogg Production Manager
Jonathan Wilson Fanfare Downtown
Thee Oh Sees Floating Coffin Castle Face
Bill Callahan Dream River Drag City
The Moondoggies Adios I’m a Ghost Hardly Art
Ty Segall Sleeper Drag City
Telekinesis Dormarion Merge
Howe Gelb The Coincidentalist New West
Minor Alps Get There Barsuk
Parquet Courts Light Up Gold What’s Your Rupture?
Pond Hobo Rocket Modular
Trevor Crump Volunteer Photographer
Pony Time Go Find Your Own Per Se Records
Thee Oh Sees Floating Coffin Castle Face Records
Ty Segall Sleeper Drag City
Bleached Ride Your Heart Dead Oceans
Mikal Cronin MCII Merge Records
The Growlers Hung at Heart FatCat Records
Shannon and the Clams Dreams In the Rat House Hardly Art
Veronica Falls Waiting For Something To Happen Bella Union
The Moondoggies Adios I’m A Ghost Hardly Art
Widowspeak Almanac Captured Tracks
Tyson Lynn Board Op
Low The Invisible Way Sub Pop
Neko Case The Worse Things Get... Anti-
Hey Marseilles Lines We Trace Onto Entertainment/Thirty Tigers
The Moondoggies Adios I’m a Ghost Hardly Art
La Luz It’s Alive Hardly Art
Phosphorescent Muchacho Dead Oceans
Mark Mulcahy Dear Mark J Mulcahy, I Love You Mezzotint
Midday Veil The Current TRANSLINGUISTIC OTHER
Bill Callahan Dream River Drag City
Jamie Lidell Jamie Lidell Warp

La Luz // photo by Greg Stonebraker

Beth Crook Photographer
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City XL
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. The Speed of Things Warner Bros.
Typhoon White Lighter Roll Call
James Blake Overgrown Republic
The Lonely Forest Adding Up the Wasted Hours Trans/ Chop Shop
Frightened Rabbit Pedestrian Verse Canvasback
CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe Glassnote
Surfer Blood Pythons Warner Bros.
La Luz It’s Alive Hardly Art
Daughter If You Leave Glassnote
Rachel Ewen Front Desk Volunteer
M.I.A. Matangi Interscope Records
Local Natives Hummingbird French Kiss Records
Au Revoir Simone Move in Spectrums Instant Records
Chvrches Bones of What You Believe Glassnote
Washed Out Paracosm Sub Pop
Sleigh Bells Bitter Rivals Mom & Pop Records
Cults Static Columbia
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience RCA
Janelle Monae The Electric Lady Bad Boy
Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe Domino
Atticus George-Andrijeski DJ Assistant
Atoms for Peace Amok XL
Phantogram Phantogram Barsuk
Tricky False Idols False Idols
Bonobo The North Borders Ninja Tune
Rose Windows Native Dreams Sub Pop
A$AP Rocky Long Live A$AP RCA/Polo Grounds Music
Palma Violets 180 Rough Trade
Sigur Ros Kveikur XL
The Joy Formidable Wolf’s Law Atlantic
Wishbeard It’s All Gonna Break Self-Released

James Blake // photo by Dave Lichterman

Eve Cooke DJ Assistant & Sidekick to DJ Michele Myers
Disclosure Settle PMR Records
Classixx Hanging Gardens Kitsune
Toro y Moi Anything In Return Carpark
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience RCA
The National Trouble Will Find Me 4AD
Danny Brown Old Fool’s Gold
Arcade Fire Reflektor Merge
Daft Punk Random Access Memories Columbia
James Blake Overgrown Polydor
Keep Shelly In Athens At Home Cascine
Greg Stonebraker Photographer
La Luz Its Alive Hardly Art
No Age An Object Sub Pop
Fuzz Fuzz In the Red
Nacho Picasso High & Mighty Self-released
Summer Babes King Tides Self-released
Jacuzzi Boys Jacuzzi Boys Hardly Art
Iska Dhaaf All The Kids/Two Ones Brick Lane
Thee Oh Sees Floating Coffin Castle Face Records
Shannon and The Clams Dreams in the Rat House Hardly Art
Kurt Vile Walkin on a Pretty Daze Matador
Krissi Pearson Photographer
Arcade Fire Reflektor Merge Records
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City XL Recording
The National Trouble Will Find Me 4AD
Poliça Shulamith Mom & Pop Music
Chvrches The Bones of What You Believe Glassnote Records
The Head and the Heart Let’s Be Still Sub Pop
Sleigh Bells Bitter Rivals Mom & Pop Music
Fitz and the Tantrums More Than Just a Dream Elektra Records
Tegan & Sara Heartthrob Warner Bros. Records
Hey Marseille Lines We Trace Onto Entertainment / Thirty Tigers

The Redwood Plan // photo by Dagmar Patterson

Philip LaRose Blog Contributor
Vox Mod SYN-ÆSTHETIC Self-released
Wishbeard It’s All Gonna Break Self-released
The Redwood Plan Green Light Go Self-released
Hotels Cinemascope III Self-released
My Bloody Valentine mbv Self-released
The Julie Ruin Run Fast Dischord
Luxury Liners They’re Flowers Western Vinyl
Future Bible Heroes Partygoing Merge
Kinski Cosy Moments Kill Rock Stars
Annuals Time Stamp Self-released
Andy Klatt Information Specialist
Chance The Rapper Acid Rap Self-released
Janelle Monáe The Electric Lady Bad Boy
James Blake Overgrown Republic
Valerie June Pushin’ Against a Stone Sunday Best
Volcano Choir Repave Jagjaguwar
Foals Holy Fire Warner Bros.
Jake Bugg Shangri La Mercury
Houndmouth From the Hills Below the City Rough Trade
Kanye West Yeezus Def Jam
Graham Amsden Financial Assistant
Toro y Moi Anything in Return Carpark
Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse Fat Possum
Unknown Mortal Orchestra II Jagjaguwar
A$AP Rocky LONG.LIVE.A$AP A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA
Deerhunter Monomania 4AD
Danny Brown Old Fools Gold
Foxygen We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic Jagjaguwar
Ducktails The Flower Lane Domino
Crocodiles Crimes of Passion Frenchkiss
La Luz It’s Alive Hardly Art

Sebadoh // photo by Travis Tyler

Brandon Schoepf DJ Assistant for Morning Show
Girls Against Boys The Ghost List Epitonic
Dr. Dog B-Room Anti-
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Blue Record Jagjaguwar
Foxygen We Are the 21st Centrury Ambassadors of Peace & Magic Jagjaguwar
Savages I Am Here Hardly Art
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro Adam Green & Binki Shapiro Rounder
Bill Callahan Dream River Drag City
The Julie Ruin Run Fast TJR
Courtney Barnett The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas Milk!
Girls Against Boys The Ghost List Epitonic
Sebahoh Defend Yourself Joyful Noise

Check back tomorrow for more Top Ten Albums of 2013 lists from KEXP staff, volunteers and interns!

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One Comment

  1. Shawn
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Really? No love at all for Portugal, the Man? I loved that album!

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