KEXP Staff, Volunteers & Interns Top 10 Albums of 2015, Part 1

Wolf Alice // photo by Rachel White

For the past few weeks, we’ve been sharing with you KEXP DJs’ Top 10 Albums of 2015 lists, and last Friday, we counted down KEXP listeners’ top 90.3 albums of 2015 (see the results here). 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. Today, we are sharing some of their lists with you.

Greta Heller DJ Assistant for Cheryl Waters & in-studio hospitality
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
Wolf Alice My Love is Cool RCA
Father John Misty I Love you, Honeybear Sub Pop
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love Jagjaguwar
Deerhunter Fading Frontier 4AD
Jacco Gardner Hypnophobia Polyvinyl
Torres Sprinter Partisan
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Paper Mache Dream Balloon ATO
Django Django Born Under Saturn Because Music
Hippo Campus Bashful Creatures Grand Jury
Sara Green Williams Controller & Director of Human Resources
Radkey Dark Black Makeup Little Man Records
The Dead Weather Dodge & Burn Third Man
JD McPherson Let The Good Times Roll Rounder Records
Denver Broncos UK (DBUK) Songs 1 Through 8 SCAC Unincorporated
Dorthia Cottrell Self-Titled Forcefield Records
Gill Landry Self-Titled ATO Records
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Self-Titled Stax Records
Róisín Murphy Hairless Toys Play It Again Sam
Grace Love & The True Loves Self-Titled Self-Released
Ex’s With Benefits Bad Hotel Self-Released
Jackson Long Audio Engineer & Producer
Leon Bridges Coming Home Columbia
The Sonics This is the Sonics Re>> >>Vox
Best Coast California Nights Harvest/Capitol
Death Cab For Cutie Kintsugi Atlantic
Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love Sub Pop
Wilco Star Wars dBpm Records
METZ II Sub Pop
Seapony A Vision self-released
Parquet Courts Content Nausea What’s Your Rupture
Mikal Cronin MCIII Merge


Kendrick Lamar // photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Brian Hill Music and Business Support
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
Jamie XX In Colour Young Turks
Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late Cash Money/Young Money/OVO Sound/Republic
Chastity Belt Time To Go Home Hardly Art
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
Protomartyr The Agent Intellect Hardly Art
Kurt Vile b’lieve i’m goin down Matador
Doomtree All Hands Doomtree
Viet Cong Viet Cong Jagjaguwar/Flemish Eye
Maribou State Portraits Counter
Van Wolfe DJ Assistant for Cheryl Waters
Envy Atheist’s Cornea Temporary Residence
Deafheaven New Bermuda Anti-
Mylets Arizona Sargent House
Lo’ There Do I See My Brother Northern Shore Self-Released
Torres Sprinter Partisan Records
Chelsea Wolfe Abyss Sargent House
The Ghost Ease RAW Cabin Games
Death Grips The Powers That B Harvest Records
Holly Herndon Platform Resident Advisor
Mew + - Play It Again Sam
Jay Kardong Applications Developer
Jason Isbell Something More Than Free Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers
Josh Ritter Sermon on the Rocks Pytheas Recordings /Thirty Tigers
Caitlin Canty Reckless Skyline Self-Released
Jeffrey Foucault Salt as Wolves Signature Sounds
Beach House Depression Cherry Sub Pop
Long Dark Moon Mythologies Factory Belt
Patty Griffin Servant Of Love Thirty Tigers
Fernando Leave The Radio On Fluff & Gravy
Widower Dark Blue Self-Released
Mike Giacolino Broken Roads Self-Released

Dan Deacon // photo by Dave Lichterman

Evelynn Kaplan Former Major Giving Intern/Major Giving Volunteer
Ought Sun Coming Down Constellation Records
Shamir Ratchet XL Recordings
Beach House Depression Cherry Sub Pop
Dan Deacon Gliss Riffer Domino
Jamie xx In Colour Young Turks
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Style Matador
Alabama Shakes Sound & Color ATO
José González Vestiges and Claws Imperial Recordings
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
EL VY Return to the Moon 4AD
Lisa LeClair Front Desk Volunteer
Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love Sub Pop
The Arcs Yours, Dreamily Nonesuch
Lord Huron Strange Trails Iamsound
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
JD McPherson Let The Good Times Roll Rounder
Pony Time Rumours 2: The Rumours Are True Self-Released
The Dead Weather Dodge and Burn Third Man
Pokey LaFarge Something In The Water Rounder
Deep Creep Deep Creep Self-Released
Childbirth Women’s Rights Suicide Squeeze
Carol DuPuis Account Executive – Business Support
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Sub Pop
El Vy Return To The Moon 4AD
Leon Bridges Coming Home Columbia
Jamie XX In Color Young Turks
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love Jagjaguwar
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
Deer Hunter Fading Frontier 4AD
Beach House Depression Cherry Sub Pop
Wolf Alice My Love is Cool RCA

Rose Windows // photo by Amber Knecht

Tim Gordon Tuesday Morning Front Desk Volunteer
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Sub Pop
Tame Impala Currents Modular Recordings
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly Aftermath/Interscope
Alabama Shakes Sound and Color ATO
Jason Isbell Something More Than Free Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Asthmatic Kitty
Rose Windows Rose Windows Sub Pop
Beirut No No No 4AD
Deerhunter Fading Frontier 4AD
Wolf Alice My Love is Cool RCA
Geran Landen Blog Writer
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Pond Man It Feels Like Space Again Modular
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Surf Self-Released
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Quarters Castle Face
Vince Staples Summertime ’06 Def Jam
Wolf Alice My Love Is CoolRCA
Toro y Moi What For? Carpark
Fox and The Law The Trouble With People Self-Released
Gerrit Feenstra Blog Writer
Liturgy The Ark Work Thrill Jockey
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
Jamie xx In Colour Young Turks
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Asthmatic Kitty
Vince Staples Summertime ’06 Def Jam
New Order Music Complete Mute
Shlohmo Dark Red True Panther
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
Hudson Mohawke Lantern Warp
METZ II Sub Pop

EL VY // photo by Amber Knecht

Amber Knecht Photographer
Will Butler Policy Merge
Lord Huron Strange Trails Iamsound
Patrick Watson Love Songs For Robots Domino
FIDLAR Too Mom + Pop
EL VY Return To The Moon 4AD
METZ II Sub Pop
Rocky Votolato Hospital Handshakes No Sleep Records
Ryan Adams 1989 Blue Note
Mikal Cronin MCIII Merge
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Asthmatic Kitty
Katrina Harvie-Watt Major Gift Officer
Jamie XX In Color Young Turks
Foals What Went Down Transgressive – Warner Bros.
EL VY Return to the Moon 4AD
New Order Music Complete Traffic Inc.
Lord Huron Strange Trails Iamsound Records
Deerhunter Fading Frontier 4AD
Telekinesis Ad Infinitum Merge Records
Leon Bridges Coming Home Columbia
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Fashion Matador
Chvrches Every Open Eye Glassnote
Vince Mayo Development Assistant for Major Giving
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
Lil Dicky Professional Rapper Self-Released
Purity Ring Another Eternity 4AD
Lupe Fiasco Tetsuo & Youth Atlantic Records/1st & 15th Entertainment
Chris Stapleton Traveller Mercury
Jamie xx In Colour Young Turks
Vince Staples Summertime ’06 Def Jam
Hudson Mohawke Lantern Warp
Beat Connection Product 3 Anti-
Dan Deacon Glass Riffer Domino

Ought // photo by Tori Dickson

Tim Johnstone Financial Coordinator
Modest Mouse Strangers To Ourselves Epic
Ought Sun Coming Down Constellation Records
Speedy Ortiz Foil Deer Carpark
Happyness Weird Little Birthday Bar/None
Protomartyr The Agent Intellect Hardly Art
Kurt Vile b’lieve i’m goin down Matador
Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles Oh Man, Cover The Ground Suicide Squeeze
Wolf Alice My Love Is Cool RCA
Palehound Dry Food Exploding In Sound
Fuzz II In The Red
Jake Uitti Blog Writer
Pure Ups All Flowing Self-Released
Caspar Babypants Beatles Baby! Self-Released
Stereo Embers Code of the Sound Self-Released
Grace Love and the True Loves Grace Love and the True Loves Self-Released
Lemolo Red Right Return Self-Released
The Honorable Chief The Honorable Chief Ahamefule J. Oluo Self-Released
La Luz Weirdo Shrine Hardly Art
Industrial Revelation Liberation & the Kingdom of Nri Self-released
The Hoot Hoots COLORPUNCH Self-Released
Corespondents lolcats Self-Released
Terrance Robinson DJ Assistant for DJ Miss Ashley
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly Top Dawg Entertainment
OCnotes Color Wheel HomeSkillet Records
10.4 ROG the Vibe Continuum self released
OK Escape from Tomorrow Rare Nnudes
Dex Amora & goldenbeets Ai Level everydejavu
Bryce Bowden & Prospect Quality Over Quantity 2 Honor Roll
Zuke Saga Megalon everydejavu
J’Von & Ackryte Raw Sheep Cascade Records
La Luz Weirdo Shrine Hardly Art
dinoDNA songs from my new matress Rare Nnudes

Waxahatchee // photo by Bebe Labree Besch

Marcus Shriver Business Support Intern
Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp Merge
Joey Bada$$ B4.DA.$$ Cinematic Music Group
Laura Stevenson Cocksure Don Giovanni Records
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Girlpool Before the World Was Big Witchita Recordings
Miguel Wildheart RCA Records
Dej Loaf #AndSeeThatsTheThing IBGM
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Surf Self-Released
Kehlani You Should Be Here Atlantic Records
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6 Comments

  1. Hal Smith
    Posted December 21, 2015 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Huh, I guess everyone who works at KEXP likes the same music, not much variety there. And I can certainly see why I never hear any hard rock or metal on the station. (OK one person likes Deafheaven but has it ever been played?)

  2. Posted December 21, 2015 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Hal, the numbers don’t lie. We don’t play a ton of hard rock and metal, at least not during the daytime, but we do have a show that’s geared particularly for hard rock and metal enthusiasts called “Seek & Destroy”. Check it out.

  3. Lucas
    Posted December 22, 2015 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Neon Indians VEGA Intl. ????

  4. Joe O.
    Posted December 22, 2015 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    no beach music by alex g!? no divers by joanna newsom!? a lot of quality stuff though

  5. Carlos
    Posted December 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    My favourite 2015 album is ‘My Love Is Cool’, because; it’s always special for music fans when a band show up with a great debut album like this.

  6. Tim
    Posted December 23, 2015 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Great lists!! Glad to see some of the records I’ve loved over the last year included and lots of new stuff to check out as well.

    KEXP rules!

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