KEXP Staff, Volunteers & Interns Top Ten Albums of 2014, Part 1

Phantogram // photo by Matthew B. Thompson

For the last two weeks, we’ve been sharing with you KEXP DJs’ Top Ten Albums of 2014 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. Below, you can see what they chose for their Top Ten Albums of 2014.

You still have time to vote for your own Top Ten Albums of 2014! VOTE HERE by 6PM on Tuesday, December 16, and then tune in to KEXP on Friday, December 19, starting at 10AM, to hear the entire countdown of KEXP listeners’ top albums of 2014.

Ann Allen DJ Assistant for Kevin Cole
Real Estate Atlas Domino
Jungle Jungle XL
Temples Sun Structures Fat Possum
Woods With Light and With Love Woodsist
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
Mac Demarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian
Phantogram Voices Republic
ODESZA In Return Counter Records
We Were Promised Jet Packs Unravelling FatCat
Graham Amsden Financial Coordinator
Mac DeMarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
Chad VanGaalen Shrink Dust Sub Pop
Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness Jagjaguwar
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop
Alvvays Alvvays Polyvinyl
Les Sins Michael Company Records
Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal What’s Your Rupture?
Avi Buffalo At Best Cuckold Sub Pop
Juan Wauters N.A.P. North American Poetry Captured Tracks
King Tuff Black Moon Spell Sub Pop


Wussy // photo by Brady Harvey

Jim Beckmann Online Content Manager / Senior Video Producer
Wussy Attica! Shake It Records
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian
Sólstafir Ótta Season of Mist
Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal What’s Your Rupture?
Low Roar 0 Tonequake Records
Big Ups Eighteen Hours of Static Dead Labour
The Barr Brothers Sleeping Operator Secret City Records
The Orwells Disgraceland Atlantic / Canvasback
Thee Oh Sees Drop Castle Face
Roxy Boggio DJ Assistant for Cheryl Waters/Programming Assistant
The Unicorns Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? Caterpillar Records (Reissue)
Kevin Morby Still Life Woodsist
The Growlers Chinese Fountain Everloving Records
Wimps Repeat End of Time Records
Cherry Glazerr Haxel Princess Burger
The Shivas You Know What To Do K
Shintaro Sakamoto Let’s Dance Raw Other Music Recording Co.
Zig Zags Zig Zags In the Red
Posse Soft Opening Beating A Dead Horse
Caribou Our Love Merge
Alaia D’Alessandro Creative Production Intern and DJ Assistant for Larry Rose
Temples Sun Restructured Heavenly
King Tuff Black Moon Spell Sub Pop
AJ Davila Terror Amor Burger Records
Deerhoof La Isla Bonita Polyvinyl
Julian Casablancas and The Voidz Tyranny Cult Records
Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger Midnight Sun Chimera Music
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Give the People What They Want Daptone Records
tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack 4AD
La Sera Hour of the Dawn Hardly Art
Perfect Pussy Say Yes To Love Sswampzz

Perfume Genius // photo by Morgen Schuler

Cyrus Despres Manager of Information Technology
Run the Jewels RTJ2 Mass Appeal
Flying Lotus You’re Dead Warp
Perfume Genius Too Bright Turnstile
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
Eno / Hyde High Life Warp
Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal What’s Your Rupture?
Chad VanGaalen Shrink Dust Sub Pop
Mac DeMarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
The Men Tomorrow’s Hits Sacred Bones
Moodymann Moodymann KDJ
Sam Dunnington Development Communications Intern
St. Vincent St. Vincent Loma Vista/Republic
Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness Jagjaguwar
FKA Twigs LP1 Young Turks
Perfume Genius Too Bright Matador
Drake Nothing Was The Same Cash Money
Sun Kil Moon Benji Caldo Verde Records
Open Mike Eagle Dark Comedy Mello Music Group
Spoon They Want My Soul Loma Vista
Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2 Mass Appeal
Future Honest Epic
Carol DuPuis A.E. Business Support
Elbow The Take Off and Landing Of Everything Fiction
The War On Drugs Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian
Alt-J This Is All Yours Infectious Music
Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes self-released
The Barr Brothers Sleeping Operator Secret City
St. Vincent St. Vincent Loma Vista/Republic
Beck Morning Phase Capitol
Temples Sun Structures Heavenly
Little Dragon Nabuma Rubberband Loma Vista
First Aid Kit Stay Gold Columbia
Meagan Dupre Front Desk Assistant
Alt-J This Is All Yours Infectious Records
Lo Fang Blue Film 4AD
FKA Twigs LP1 Young Turks
Hozier Hozier Island Records
Broods Evergreen Universal
Sir Sly You Haunt Me Interscope Records
Vance Joy Dream Your Life Away Atlantic Records
Caribou Our Love City Slang Worldwide
Spoon They Want My Soul Loma Vista Recordings
Perfume Genius Too Bright Matador Records

The War on Drugs with Cheryl Waters // photo by Renata Steiner

Gerrit Feenstra Blog Contributor
Shabazz Palaces Les Majesty Sub Pop
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian
Operators EP1 self-released
Future Islands Singles 4AD
Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes self-released
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2 Mass Appeal
Lykke Li I Never Learn Atlantic
Mac DeMarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
Tinashe Aquarius RCA
Fucked Up Glass Boys Matador
Lizzy Rose Flores Traffic Assistant
The Skull Defekts Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown Thrill Jockey
Oskar Schuster Sneeuwland self-released
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestite Artemisia Records
Shellac Dude Incredible Touch & Go
Israel Nash Israel Nash’s Rain Plans Continental
Zig Zags Zig Zags In The Red
Lusine Arterial Ghostly
Sun Glitters Scattered Into Light Mush Records
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
Swans To Be Kind Mute
Andrew Franks Videographer
Jungle Jungle XL Recordings
RAC Strangers Interscope
No Mythologies to Follow RCA
Röyksopp The Inevitable End Wall of Sound
Chromeo White Woman Atlantic
SBTRKT Wonder Where We Land Young Turks
ODESZA In Return Counter Records
Sylvan Esso Sylvan Esso Partisan
Lyla Foy Mirrors the Sky Sub Pop
Flying Lotus You’re Dead! Warp
Atticus George-Andrijeski DJ Assistant and Development Intern
Phantogram Voices Republic
alt-J This is All Yours Infectious
Hundred Waters The Moon Rang Like a Bell OWSLA
Chet Faker Built on Glass Future Classic
Tom Vek Luck Moshi Moshi
Liars Mess Mute
Beck Morning Phase Capitol
Total Control Typical System Iron Lung
Warpaint Warpaint Rough Trade
Jamie T Carry on the Grudge Virgin

Temples // photo by Dave Lichterman

Rischel Granquist Manager of Administrative Services
Temples Sun Structures Fat Possum
Ty Seagall Manipulator Drag City
The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers Matador
Taylor Swift 1989 Big Machine
The Both The Both Superego
Phantogram Voices Republic
Imogen Heap Sparks RCA
Sia 1000 Forms of Fear RCA
First Aid Kit Stay Gold Columbia
Wampire Bazaar Polyvinyl
Jon Hamilton DJ Assistant for the Monday Afternoon Show
Jack White Lazaretto Third Man Records/Columbia
Beck Morning Phase Capitol
Jesus Sons Jesus Sons Mock Records
Kishi Bashi Lighght Joyful Noise
Jenny Lewis the Voyager Warner Brothers
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
Meatbodies Meatbodies In the Red
Conor Oberst Upside Down Mountain Nonesuch
Thee Oh Sees Drop Castle Face
St. Vincent St. Vincent Loma Vista/Republic
Katrina Harvie-Watt Major Gifts Officer
Augustines Augustines Votiv
Alt-J This is All Yours Infectious Records
Phantogram Voices Republic
Glass Animals ZABA Harvest
Strand of Oaks Heal Dead Oceans
Perfume Genius Too Bright Matador
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Only Run self-released
First Aid Kit Stay Gold Columbia
The Black Keys Turn Blue Nonesuch
Drowners Drowners Frenchkiss
Greta Heller KEXP Business Support Intern and DJ Assistant
Bod Party Drug Swoon Records
Perfume Genius Too Bright Matador
The New Pornographers Bill Bruisers Matador
Cataldo Guilded Oldies self-released
Jungle Jungle XL
jj V Secretly Canadian
Zola Jesus Taiga Mute
Caribou Our Love Merge
Museum of Love Museum of Love DFA
tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack 4AD
Brian Hill Music and Business Support
Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else Carpark Records
FKA Twigs LP1 Young Turks
Mac DeMarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2 Mass Appeal
Dreamsalon Soft Stab Sweet Rot Records
Warpaint Warpaint Rough Trade
Todd Terje It’s Album Time Olsen Records
GOAT Commune Sup Pop
Caribou Our Love Merge
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian

Strand of Oaks // photo by Renata Steiner

Susan Hood Blog Volunteer
Bob Mould Beauty & Ruin Merge
Ex Hex Rips Merge
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
Strand of Oaks Heal Dead Oceans
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings Give the People What They Want Daptone
Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal What’s Your Rupture?
The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers Matador
Temples Sun Structures Fat Possum
Phantogram Voices Republic
Foxygen And Star Power Jagjaguwar
Jay Kardong Software Engineer
Sturgill Simpson Metamodern Sounds In Country Music High Top Mountain
Daniel Lanois Flesh and Machine Plus Songs I Love Red Floor Records
Shakey Graves And the War Came Dualtone
First Aid Kit Stay Gold Columbia
Maggie Bjorklund Shaken Bloodshot
Beck Morning Phase Capitol
Woods With Light and With Love Woodsist
Steelism 615 to Fame Single Lock Records
Shovels & Rope Swimmin’ Time Dualtone
Tomo Nakayama Fog On The Lens self-released
Chris Kellogg Operations Manager, Programming and Production
Ty Segall The Manipulator Drag City
Thee Oh Sees Drop Castle Face
The Donkeys Ride the Black Wave Easy Sound Recording Co.
The Barr Brothers Sleeping Operator Secret City
Bonnie “Prince” Billy Singer’s Grave A Sea of Tongues Drag City
Pete Molinari Theosophy Clarksville Recordings
Meatbodies Meatbodies In the Red
The Horrors Luminous XL
Tacocat NVM Hardly Art
Diarrhea Planet Aliens in the Outfield EP Infinity Cat Recordings
Jackson Long Audio Engineer
Nick Waterhouse Holly Stone’s Throw
St. Paul & The Broken Bones Half the City Single Lock Records
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Give The People What They Want Daptone
Taylor Swift 1989 Big Machine
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways RCA
First Aid Kit Stay Gold Columbia
Ryan Adams s/t Pax AM
The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers Matador
Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness Jagjaguwar
Jen Wood Wilderness New Granada

The Drums // photo by Bebe Labree Besch

Clare McGrane Licensing/Podcasting Intern
Phantogram Voices Republic
Alt-J This is All Yours Infectious Music
Lake Street Dive Bad Self Portraits Signature Sounds
Childbirth It’s A Girl! Help Yourself Records
The Drums Encyclopedia Minor Records
Conor Oberst Upside Down Mountain Nonesuch
Amy Nygaard Front Desk Volunteer
The War On Drugs Lost in a Dream Secretly Canadian
Metronomy Love Letters Because Music
Chromeo White Women Atlantic
Pixies Indie Candy Pixiemusic
Warpaint Warpaint Rough Trade
Taylor Swift 1989 Big Machine Records
Kimbra The Golden Echo Warner Bros
Alt-J This is all yours Infectious Records
Beck Morning Phase Capitol Records
Jack White Lazaretto Third Man Records
Charina Pitzel Photographer / DJ Assistant for Kevin Cole
Mogwai Rave Tapes Sub Pop
The Twilight Sad Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave Fat Cat
Interpol El Pintor Matador
Marissa Nadler July Sacred Bones
Stile Antico From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg Harmonia Mundi
Sharon Van Etten Are We There Jagjaguwar
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian
Angela Hewitt Bach: The Art of Fugue Hyperion
The Young Evils False Starts (EP) No-Count
Johnny Marr Playland New Voodoo
Brandon Schoepf Assistant to the Morning Show
Morrissey World Peace Is None of Your Business Harvest
The Faint Doom Abuse SQE Music
The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers Matador
Total Control Typical System Iron Lung Records
Phantogram Voices Republic
The Raveonettes Pe’ahi The Beat Dies
Iceage Plowing Into the Field of Love Matador
Mogwai Rave Tapes Rock Action
St. Vincent St. Vincent Loma Vista
Perfume Genius Too Bright Matador

Kris Orlowski // photo by Morgen Schuler

Jacob Uitti Blog Writer
Prom Queen Midnight Veil self-released
Inly Inly self-released
Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount A.L.I.T.E. self-released
Lonesome Shack More Primitive Alive Naturalsound
Catskills Time Away self-released
The Hoot Hoots Colorpunch self-released
Stereo Embers Stereo Embers self-released
Kris Orlowski Believer self-released
Spekulation Home of the Mighty self-released
The Jesus Rehab The Zoo at Night self-released
Jeff Vetting Events and Outreach Manager
Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2 Mass Appeal
The Hold Steady Teeth Dreams Razor & Tie
How To Dress Well What Is This Heart Domino
Rich Gang Tha Tour Mixtape Self-released
Ex Hex Rips Merge
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
Chad VanGaalen Shrink Dust Sub Pop
Strand of Oaks Heal Dead Oceans
Braid No Coast Top Shelf
Kithkin Rituals, Trances & Ecstasies for Humans in Face of The Collapse self-released
Erin Waters Individual Giving Manager
Warpaint Warpaint Rough Trade
Goat Commune Sub Pop
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
Broncho Too Hip to Be a Woman Dine Alone Records
Benjamin Booker Benjamin Booker ATO Records
Temples Sun Structures Heavenly
Mac DeMarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
Perfume Genius Too Bright Matador
ODESZA In Return Counter Records
Courtney Barnett The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas Marathon Artists
Justin Wilmore Video Producer
Mac Demarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
The War On Drugs Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian
Big Ups Eighteen Hours Of Static Dead Labour
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
Tacocat NVM Hardly Art
Constant Lovers Experience Feelings Good To Die
Kiasmos Kiasmos Erased Tapes
Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness Jagjaguar
Sylvan Esso Sylvan Esso Partison
PUP PUP Side One Dummy
Van Wolfe DJ Assistant (mostly for Cheryl)
clipping. CLPPNG Sub Pop
Dude York Dehumanize Help Yourself
Taylor Swift 1989 Big Machine
S Cool Choices Hardly Art
Panopticon Roads to the North Self-Released
Hightek Lowlives Humanoid Void Cabin Games
Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues Domino
Sun Kil Moon Benji Calo Verde
Run the Jewels RTJ2 Mass Appeal
Swans To Be Kind Young God
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3 Comments

  1. Chris Conkling
    Posted December 15, 2014 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Whoa. The Taylor Swift album is on here a whopping *4* times! Huh. Now I might have to actually listen to that thing.

  2. Jens Billgren
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Roxy, isn’t that Unicorns album more than ten years old by now? But if you haven’t heard it yet then it’s till counts as new, right? Great album choice.

  3. Posted December 28, 2014 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Jens, it was re-released in 2014. The judges say, it counts!

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