KEXP Staff, Volunteers & Interns Top 10 Albums of 2015, Part 2

Father John Misty // photo by Brady Harvey

This week, as we continue to post KEXP DJs’ Top 10 Albums of 2015 lists, we also want to share the favorites of KEXP’s staff, volunteers and interns, the many many dedicated people who work behind the scenes at KEXP, and who are all passionate music fans themselves. Yesterday, we shared Part 1, which you can viewhere. Today and tomorrow, you’ll find even more! And be sure to check out what KEXP listeners voted as their Top 90.3 Albums of 2015 here).

Isaac Kaplan-Woolner Production Assistant
Alabama Shakes Sound & Color ATO
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Telekinesis Ad Infinitum Merge
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
Built To Spill Untethered Moon Warner Bros.
Kurt Vile b’lieve i’m goin down Matador
Deerhunter Fading Frontier 4AD
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Sub Pop
FIDLAR Too Mom + Pop
Ken Tarleton DJ Assistant; Front Desk Volunteer
Alabama Shakes Sound & Color ATO
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Bob Dylan The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 Columbia
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
The Mountain Goats Beat the Champ Merge
Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love Sub Pop
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Asthmatic Kitty
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
Titus Andronicus The Most Lamentable Tragedy Merge
White Reaper White Reaper Does It Again Polyvinyl
Ben Holman Traffic Intern
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly TDE/Interscope/Aftermath
Vince Staples Summertime ’06 ARTium/Def Jam
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
Destroyer Poison Season Merge/Dead Oceans
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Sub Pop
Dr. Dre Compton Aftermath/Interscope
D’Angelo & The Vanguard Black Messiah RCA
Lupe Fiasco Tetsuo & Youth Atlantic
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Asthmatic Kitty
Florence + The Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Island/Republic


Chastity Belt // photo by Allyce Andrew

John Gleason DJ Assistant and Tabling Events
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
Pinkshinyultrablast Everything Else Matters Shelflife Records
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
Viet Cong Viet Cong Jagjaguwar
Jamie XX In Colour Young Turks
Beach House Depression Cherry Sub Pop
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Asthmatic Kitty
Deerhunter Fading Fontier 4AD
Chastity Belt Time To Go Home Hardly Art
Jacob Webb Blog Writer
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly TDE/Interscope/Aftermath
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Asthmatic Kitty
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Sub Pop
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Hop Along Painted Shut Saddle Creek
Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love Sub Pop
Chvrches Every Open Eye Virgin/Glassnote
Beach House Thank Your Lucky Stars Sub Pop
Title Fight Hyperview ANTI-
Speedy Ortiz Foil Deer Carpark
Brandon Schoepf Programming Volunteer & DJ Assistant
Belle and Sebastian Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance Capitol
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Sub Pop
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly TDE/Interscope/Aftermath
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Asthmatic Kitty
Alabama Shakes Sound & Color ATO
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love Jagjaguwar
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
Low Ones and Sixes Sub Pop
Deerhunter Fading Frontier 4AD
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop

Built to Spill // photo by Dave Lichterman

Ann Allen DJ Assistant for Kevin Cole
Alabama Shakes Sound & Color ATO
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
The Helio Sequence The Helio Sequence Sub Pop
Hot Chip Why Make Sense? Domino
Built to Spill Untethered Moon Warner
Lord Huron Strange Trails IAMSOUND
Grace Love and The True Loves Grace Love and The True Loves Self-Released
The Chemical Brothers Born In Echoes Capitol
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Stax
Darlingside Bird Say More Doug Records
Matthew Howland DJ Assistant, Programming Intern
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Chastity Belt Time To Go Home Hardly Art
Deerhunter Fading Frontier 4AD
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly Interscope
Julia Holter Have You in My Wilderness Domino
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Asthmatic Kitty
Girl Band Holding Hands with Jamie Rough Trade
Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love Sub Pop
Protomartyr The Agent Intellect Hardly Art
Childbirth Women’s Rights Suicide Squeeze
Andy Klatt Information Specialist
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly TDE/Interscope/Aftermath
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
A$AP Rocky At. Long. Last. A$AP. A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Leon Bridges Coming Home Columbia
Alabama Shakes Sound & Color ATO
Brandi Carlile The Firewatcher’s Daughter ATO
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Sub Pop
Houndmouth Little Neon Limelight Rough Trade
Jason Isbell Something More Than Free Southeastern

Michael Cronin // photo by Amber Knecht

Jon Hamilton DJ Assistant for Kevin Cole
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Fuzz II In the Red
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Sub Pop
Paul Orwell Blowing Your Mind Away Heavy Soul Records
Mikal Cronin MCIII Merge
Lonna Kelley Take Me Home Spiderman Self-Released
The Mountain Goats Beat the Champ Merge
Thee Oh Sees Mutilator Defeated At Last Castle Face
Desaparecidos Payola Epitaph
The Dead Weather Dodge and Burn Third Man Records
Elise Hirschi Major Giving Intern
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly TDE/Interscope/Aftermath
Blackalicious Imani Vol. 1 OGM Records
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
Christine and the Queens Christine and the Queens Because Music
Speedy Ortiz Foil Deer Carpark
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Natasha Kmeto Inevitable Dropping Gems
TV Ugly UCLA Yankee Cola Alarum
Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp Merge
US Girls Half Free 4AD
Kari Stark Gift Processor
METZ II Sub Pop
Desaparecidos Payola Epitaph
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love Sub Pop
Wimps Suitcase Kill Rock Stars
FIDLAR Too Mom + Pop
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Django Django Born Under Saturn Ribbon Music
Bully Feels Like Columbia/Startime
Mikal Cronin Mcii Merge

Leon Bridges // photo by Amber Knecht

AJ Howard DJ Assistant
Leon Bridges Coming Home Columbia
Alabama Shakes Sound & Color ATO
Foals What Went Down Warner Bros.
JD McPherson Let the Good Times Roll Rounder
Grimes Art Angels 4AD
Beirut No No No 4AD
Jamie xx In Colour Young Turks
Kurt Vile b’lieve i’m goin down… Matador Records
The Arcs Yours, Dreamily Nonesuch
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love Jagjaguwar
William Barcelona DJ Assistant & Morning Show Programming Volunteer
Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion Interscope
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love Jagjaguwar
Low Ones & Sixes Sub Pop
Dam-Funk Invite the Light Stones Throw
Death Grips The Powers That B Harvest
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Sub Pop
Lou Barlow Brace the Wave Joyful Noise
Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love Sub Pop
Chimurenga Renaissance Kudada Nekuva Munhu Mutema Brick Lane Records
Atticus George-Andrijeski DJ Assistant
Viet Cong Viet Cong Jagjaguwar
Thee Oh Sees Mutilator Defeated at Last Castle Face
Kurt Vile b’lieve i’m goin down… Matador
METZ II Sub Pop
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
Chastity Belt Time to Go Home Hardy Art
Protomartyr The Agent Intellect Hardly Art
Fuzz II In the Red
Shlohmo Dark Red True Panther
Yppah Tiny Pause Ninja Tune

Ryley Walker // photo by Dana Pleasant

Roxy Boggio Programming Assistant
Shannon & the Clams Gone by the Dawn Hardly Art
Future Fridays From Fun-zo to Done-zo Self-Released
Wimps Suitcase Kill Rock Stars
Childbirth Women’s Rights Suicide Squeeze
The Dagoes Supreme (rerelease) Sinister Torch / Light in the Attic
Ryley Walker Primrose Green Dead Oceans
Deerhunter Fading Frontier 4AD
The Space Lady / Burnt Ones Split Castle Face
Larry Gus I Need New Eyes DFA
Fauna Shade Baton Rouge Self-Released
Lizzy Rose Flores Traffic Assistant
Ludovico Einaudi Elements (Deluxe Edition) Ponderosa Music & Art
Michaël Bijker Be Here Now Self-Released
Lulacruza Orcas Uji Music
Yppah Tiny Pause Counter
Helios Yume Unseen
Lightning Bolt Fantasy Empire Thrill Jockey
Kanoi Buru Haze Gasstation Rainbow
Bob Holroyd Blueprint Self-Released
Fuzz II In The Red
Low Ones and Sixes Sub Pop
Anna Alter Charts Intern, DJ Assistant, misc. volunteer
Born Ruffians Ruff Yep Roc
Lord Huron Strange Trails Iamsound
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Beirut No No No 4AD
The Districts A Flourish and A Spoil Fat Possum
Chastity Belt Time to Go Home Hardly Art
Blitzen Trapper All Across This Land Lojinx
Built to Spill Untethered Moon Warner Bros.
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Sub Pop
Tame Impala Currents Interscope

Bully // photo by Tori Dickson

Dashel Schueler Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations Manager
All Dogs Kicking Every Day Salinas
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Style Matador
Sick Sad World Fear and Lies Help Yourself Records
Chastity Belt Time to Go Home Hardly Art
Saintseneca Such Things Anti-
Vince Staples Summertime ’06 Def Jam
Bully Feels Like Columbia
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Upset 76 Lauren Records
Colleen Green I Want To Grow Up Hardly Art
Blake Madden Front Desk/ DJ Assistant Fill-in
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly Interscope
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
John Carpenter Lost Themes Sacred Bones
Connan Mockasin and Devonte Hynes Marfa Myths 001 Mexican Summer
FFS (Franz Ferdinand/ Sparks) FFS Domino
Kayo Dot Coffins on lo The Flenser
Stern Bone Turquoise New Atlantis Records
Viet Cong Viet Cong Jagjaguwar
Thundercat The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam Brainfeeder
John Grant Grey Tickles, Black Pressure Bella Union
Jeff Vetting Events and Outreach Manager
Tame Impala Currents Interscope
Vince Staples Summertime ’06 Def Jam
Beach Slang The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us Tiny Engines
Future DS2 Epic
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Surf Self-Released
Ought Sun Coming Down Constellation Records
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
Speedy Ortiz Foil Deer Carpark
Earl Sweatshirt I Don’t Like Sh#t, I Don’t Go Outside Columbia
Foals What Went Down Warner Bros.

Algiers // photo by Dave Lichterman

Jim Beckmann Online Content Manager & Senior Video Producer
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Viet Cong Viet Cong Jagjaguwar
METZ II Sub Pop
Ought Sun Coming Down Constellation Records
Algiers Algiers Matador
Girl Band Holding Hands with Jamie Rough Trade
Salad Boys Metalmania Trouble in Mind
Froth Bleak Burger
Æla Vettlingatök Self-Released
Quarto Negro Amor Violento Balaclava
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