KEXP Staff, Volunteers & Interns Top 10 Albums of 2016, Part 1

Warpaint // photo by Sarah O’Connor

For the past few weeks, we’ve been sharing with you KEXP DJs’ Top 10 Albums of 2016 lists in anticipation of KEXP Listener’s Top 90.3 Albums of 2016, which we will reveal, and countdown on air, this Friday starting at 6AM.

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 are their favorite albums of 2016. Where will their choices land on our countdown?

Bryn Santillan Development Assistant
Savages Adore Life Matador
Shura Nothing’s Real Interscope
Warpaint Heads Up Rough Trade
Midnight Faces Heavenly Bodies Midnight Faces
Kaytranada 99.90% Kaytranada
NAO For All We Know RCA Records
NAVVI Omni Hush Hush
Preoccupations Preoccupations Jagjaguwar
Golden Gardens Reign self-released
HÆLOS Full Circle Matador
Lisa LeClair Guest Services | DJ Assistant – The Morning Show
Kate Tempest Let Them Eat Chaos Fiction Records
The Julie Ruin Hit Reset Hardly Art
Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate Interscope
Desert Mountain Tribe Either That or the Moon Metropolis Records
Summer Cannibals Full Of It Kill Rock Stars
HÆLOS Full Circle Matador
The Coathangers Nosebleed Weekend Suicide Squeeze
Sex Stains s/t Don Giovanni Records
Adia Victoria Beyond The Bloodhounds Atlantic Records
The Lumineers Cleopatra Dualtone Records
Jon Hamilton Programming Intern
Beyonce Lemonade Parkwood Entertainment
David Bowie Blackstar Columbia
Kanye West The Life of Pablo GOOD Music
Chance the Rapper Coloring Book self released
Frank Ocean Blonde Boy’s Don’t Cry
Kendrick Lamar untitled unmastered. Aftermath Entertainment
the James Hunter Six Hold On! Daptone Records
Ty Segall Emotional Mugger Drag City
Margo Price Midwest Farmer’s Daughter Third Man Records
The Frightnrs Nothing More to Say Daptone Records


Margo Price // photo by Melissa Wax

Gerrit Feenstra Blog Contributor
Savages Adore Life Matador
James Blake The Colour in Anything Columbia
Junior Boys Big Black Coat City Slang
Clams Casino 32 Levels Columbia
Factory Floor 25 25 DFA
Porches Pool Domino
Ice Choir Designs in Rhythm Shelflife
The Range Potential Domino
Nada Surf You Know Who You Are Barsuk
Operators Blue Wave Last Gang
Brittany Feenstra Photographer
Savages Adore Life Matador
White Lies Friends BMG
Nada Surf You Know Who You Are Barsuk
Gucci Mane Everybody Looking Atlantic
The Lonely Island Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping Republic
Head Wound City A New Wave of Violence Vice
Nice as F*ck Nice as F*ck Love’s Way
Slaves Take Control EMI
Yeasayer Amen & Goodbye Mute
Trentemøller Fixion Poker Flat Recordings
Anna Rogers Development Communications Intern & Blog Contributor
Gazebos Die Alone Hardly Art
David Bowie Blackstar Columbia
The Avalanches Wildflower Astralwerks
Ty Segall Emotional Mugger Drag City
Kikagaku Moyo House in the Tall Grass Guruguru Brain
Tacocat Lost Time Hardly Art
Animal Collective Painting With Domino Recording Co.
Charles Bradley Changes Daptone Records
Devendra Banhart Ape in Pink Marble Nonesuch
Gooch Palms Introverted Extroverts Summer Camp Records

Ty Segall & The Muggers // photo by Amber Knecht

Brian Hill Music and Business Support
Kanye West The Life of Pablo GOOD Music
Preoccupations Preoccupations Jagjaguwar
Kendrick Lamar Untitled Unmastered Top Dawg
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
Parquet Courts Human Performance Rough Trade
Sunflower Bean Human Ceremony Fat Possum Records
Bon Iver 22, A Million Jagjaguwar
S U R V I V E RR7349 Relapse
Navvi Omni Hush Hush
Haelos Full Circle Matador
Nikhil Sarma Digitization Volunteer
Project Pablo Beaubien Dream SOBO Records
Lnrdcroy Ooze City Mood Hut
Anderson .Paak Malibu Steel Wool/OBE/Art Club/Empire
Mr. Fries WOLFEP033 Wolf Music Recordings
Natural Child Okey Dokey Natural Child Records and Tapes
Jayda G Jaydaisms Freakout Cult
Kaytranada 99.90% XL Recordings
Madteo Feat. Sensational Special Offer WANIA
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
Marco Lazovic Life Without Love Jungle Gym Records
Dashel Schueler Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations Manager
Tacocat Lost Time Hardly Art
Martha Blisters in the Pit of My Heart Fortuna Pop
LVL UP Return to Love Sub Pop
Dogbreth Second Home Asian Man Records
Frankie Cosmos Next Thing Bayonet Records
Chance the Rapper Coloring Book S/R
Florist The Birds Outside Sang Double Double Whammy
David Bazan Blanco Barsuk
Sloucher Certainty Swoon Records
Kate Tempest Let Them Eat Chaos Lex

Tacocat // photo by Victoria Holt

Isaac Kaplan-Woolner Producer for KING 5 Evening segments and Special Programming
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
David Bowie Blackstar Colombia
Beyonce Lemonade Parkwood Entertainment
Smokey Brights Hot Candy Freakout Records
Deep Sea Diver Secrets High Beam Records
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Nonagon Infinity ATO
Margo Price Midwest Farmer’s Daughter Third Man Records
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth RJ Records
Tacocat Lost Time Hardly Art
Van Wolfe DJ Assistant for Cheryl Waters
clipping. Wriggle Sub Pop
The Hotelier Goodness Tiny Engines
Crying Beyond the Fleeting Gales Run For Cover
ANOHNI Hopelessness Secretly Canadian
Panopticon Revisions of the Past Bindrune Recordings
Astronoid Air Blood Music
Death Grips Bottomless Pit Harvest Records
Touche Amore Stage Four Epitaph
clipping. Splendor & Misery Sub Pop
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
Alan Lawrence Photographer
David Bowie Blackstar Columbia
Nick Cave Skeleton Tree Bad Seed
Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker Columbia
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth Atlantic Records
Drive-By Truckers American Band ATO
Kyle Craft Dolls of Highland Sub Pop
Lucinda Williams The Ghosts of Highway 20 Highway 20
Teenage Fanclub Here Merge
Shearwater Jet Plane and Oxbow Sub Pop

Drive-By Truckers // photo by Alan Lawrence

Hanna Stevens Photographer
James Blake The Colour in Anything Polydor Records
Shaprece C.O.A.L.S. self-released
Coco Columbia When the Birds Begin to Walk self-released
IG88 Hiding In My Hands STYLSS
Anderson .Paak Malibu Steel Wool, OBE, Art Club, Empire
NAO For All We Know Little Tokyo Recordings
KAYTRANADA 99.90% XL Recordings
Jack Garratt Phase Interscope
David Bowie Columbia Records
Kiah Victoria Everybody Tralala Inc
William Barcelona DJ Assistant for Evie
Ty Segall & The Muggers Emotional Mugger Drag City
Yoni & Geti Testarossa Joyful Noise
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon Jesu / Sun Kil Moon Caldo Verde
Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition Warp
Open Mike Eagle + Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival Mello Music Group
Gazebos Die Alone Hardly Art
Chimurenga Renaissance Girlz With Guns Glitterbeat
Skepta Konnichiwa BBK
TEEN Love Yes Carpark
Flamingosis Bright Moments self-released
Jackson Long Production Manager, Audio Engineer
Charles Bradley Changes Daptone Records
Nick Waterhouse Never Twice Innovative Leisure
St. Paul and the Broken Bones Sea of Noise RECORDS
Nada Surf You Know Who You Are Barsuk
Bully Feels Like Columbia Records
Wilco Schmilco dBpm
Leon Bridges Louisiana Sun 10″ Columbia Records
Sloucher Certainty Swoon Records
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
The Sonics Live at Easy Street Re:Vox

The Sonics // photo by Jim Bennett

Owen Murphy Producer, John in the Morning
Kate Tempest Let Them Eat Chaos Lex
Don Vail Fades self-released
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
Liv Wings of Love (single) INGRID
Stargazer Lillies Door to the Sun Graveface
David Bowie Blackstar Columbia
Michael Kiwanuka Love and Hate Communion
Drive-By Truckers American Band ATO
The Orange Kyte Microdose (single) self-released
Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam I Had a Dream That You Were Mine Glassnote
Julia Olson DJ Assistant For Abbie 1-6 AM Wednesday
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Nonagon Infinity ATO
Bon Iver 22, A Million Jagjaguwar
Preoccupations Preoccupations Jagjaguwar
Jenny Hval Blood Bitch Sacred Bones
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
DIIV Is the Is Are Captured Tracks
Jesu/ Sun Kil Moon Jesu/ Sun Kil Moon Caldo Verde Records
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
Japanese Breakfast Psychopomp Dead Oceans
Andy Schauf The Party Arts and Crafts (ANTI-)
Melvin Yuan Finance Intern
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
Daughter Not to Disappear 4AD/Glassnote
TOY Clear Shot Heavenly Recordings
Mothers When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired Grand Jury Music
Sunflower Bean Human Ceremony Fat Possum
Leave the Planet Nowhere (Both A & B sides) Wiener Records
Minor Victories Minor Victories Fat Possum
Warpaint Heads Up Rough Trade
DIIV Is The Is Are Captured Tracks
Alpine Decline Life’s A Gasp Maybe Mars (Beijing, China)

Sunflower Bean // photo by Renata Steiner

Cyrus Despres Director of Planning & Business Intelligence
Solange A Seat At The Table Saint Records/Columbia
A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Epic
Noname Telefone self-released
Blood Orange Freetown Sound Domino
Chance The Rapper Coloring Book self-released
Frankie Cosmos Next Thing Bayonet Records
Cass McCombs Mangy Love Anti-
Parquet Courts Human Performance Rough Trade
Karl Blau Introducing Karl Blau Raven Marching Band Records
David Bowie Blackstar ISO Records
Geran Landen Blog Contributor
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
Chance The Rapper Coloring Book self-released
Whitney Light Upon the Lake Secretly Canadian
Frank Ocean Blonde Boys Don’t Cry
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
Anderson .Paak Malibu Steel Wool
Modern Baseball Holy Ghost Run For Cover Records
Kevin Abstract American Boyfriend Empire
King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard Nonagon Infinity ATO
Boogie Thirst 48 Part II self-released
Amanda Lynn Front Desk/phones/tabling/tours volunteer
The Lumineers Cleopatra Dualtone
Explosions in the Sky The Wilderness Temporary Resistance Ltd.
M83 Junk Mute
Grouplove Big Mess Atlantic
The Head and the Heart Signs of Light Warner Bros.
Daughter Not To Disappear 4AD
Santigold 99c Atlantic
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down A Man Alive Ribbon Music
Bear Hands You’ll Pay for This Spensive Records
The Kills Ash & Ice Domino

Explosions in the Sky // photo by Melissa Wax

Stacy McCauslin Hospitality Volunteer, DJ Assistant, Show Stickering, Events, and any/everything else I can!
Operators Blue Wave Last Gang
Wolf Parade EP 4 Sub Pop
Deep Sea Diver Secrets High Beam
Fruit Bats Absolute Loser Easy Sound Recording
Mass Gothic Mass Gothic Sub Pop
Kyle Craft Dolls of Highland Sub Pop
Nada Surf You Know Who You Are Barsuk
Whitney Light Upon the Lake Secretly Canadian
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
The Veils Total Depravity Nettwerk
Caroline “Coco” O’Keefe Guest Services Coordinator/ Receptionist
Bob Mould Patch the Sky Merge
Frightened Rabbit Painting of a Panic Attack Atlantic
Band of Horses Why Are You OK? Interscope
Phantogram Three Universal
Dinosaur Jr. Give a Glimpse of What yer Not. Jagjaguwar
Pixies Head Carrier [PIAS]
Killswitch Engage Incarnate RoadRunner
Against Me! Shape Shift With Me Total Treble Music
Aesop Rock Impossible Kid Rhymesayers
Hiss Golden Messenger Heart like a Levee Merge
Aarin Wright DJ Assistant for El Sonido
Hinds Leave Me Alone Mom + Pop
Xenia Rubinos Black Terry Cat Anti/Epitaph
Helado Negro Private Energy Asthmatic Kitty
Elia Futuro Hermano Don’t Know!
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno: 1000 Watts TRU THOUGHTS
Crater Talk To Me So I Can Fall Asleep Help Yourself Records
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
NAVVI Omni Hush Hush
El Guincho Hiperasia Nacional Records
beGun Amma Foehn Records

Hinds // photo by Melissa Wax

John Gleason DJ Assistant and Show Tabler
Angel Olson My Woman Jagjaguwar
Jamila Woods HEAVN Self-Release
Chance The Rapper Coloring Book self-released
A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service Epic
Kendrick Lamar Untitled Unmastered Interscope
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
Pinkshinyultrablast Grandfeathered Club AC30
The Avalanches Wildflower Modular
Kamaiyah A Good Night In The Ghetto self-released
Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition Warp
Rebecca Brown Front Desk Volunteer
The Album Leaf Between Waves Relapse
Tycho Epoch Ghostly International
Bon Iver 22, A Million Jagjaguwar
The Weeknd Starboy XO
Andrew Bird Are You Serious Loma Vista
Manatee Commune Manatee Commune Bastard Jazz
Kishi Bashi Sonderlust Joyful Noise
Justice Woman Ed Banger
NAVVI Omni Hush Hush
STRFKR Being No One, Going Nowhere Polyvinyl Record Co.
Andrew Franks Volunteer Videographer
Frank Ocean Blonde Boys Don’t Cry
Beyonce Lemonade Columbia
How To Dress Well Care Domino
Anderson .Paak Malibu EMPIRE
De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody… Kobalt
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid Rhymesayers
A Tribe Called Quest We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Epic
Bon Iver 22, A Million Jagjaguwar
Blood Orange Freetown Sound Domino

Anderson .Paak // photo by Brittany Feenstra

Stephanie Monk Content Calendar research for the Morning Show/substitute DJ assistant
David Bowie Blackstar Columbia
Tacocat Lost Time Hardly Art
Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker Columbia
Beyonce Lemonade Columbia
Mogwai Atomic Rock Action
Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate Polydor
The Lumineers Cleopatra Dualtone
Kyle Craft Dolls of Highland Sub Pop
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
Moby & The Void Pacific Choir These Systems Are Failing Mute
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