KEXP Staff, Volunteers & Interns Top 10 Albums of 2016, Part 2

Car Seat Headrest // photo by Amber Knecht

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. How many of their choices are yours?

Tim Johnstone Financial Coordinator
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
Drive-By Truckers American Band ATO
Kate Tempest Let Them Eat Chaos Lex
The FRIGHTNRS Nothing more to say Daptone
A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Epic
Quilt Plaza Mexican Summer
Lvl Up Return to Love Sub Pop
Bueno Illuminate Your Room Babe City Records
Hiss Golden Messenger Heart Like a Levee Merge
Arbor Labor Union I Hear You Sub Pop
Ann Allen DJ Assistant-Afternoon Show/Lead DJ Assistant
Poliça United Crushers MOM+POP
Manatee Commune Manatee Commune Bastard Jazz Recordings
Beyoncé Lemonade Parkwood Entertainment
A Giant Dog Pile Merge Records
Moderat lll Monkeytown Records
Phantogram Three Republic Records
Navvi Omni Hush Hush Records
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service Epic
Miike Snow iii Atlantic
Jacob Webb Licensing & Podcasting Coordinator
Japanese Breakfast Psychopomp Yellow K / Dead Oceans
David Bowie Columbia
Bon Iver 22 A Million Jagjaguwar
Mitski Puberty 2 Dead Oceans
A Tribe Called Quest We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Epic
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
Jessy Lanza Oh No Hyperdub
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker Columbia
Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth Atlantic


Japanese Breakfast // photo by Patrick Luhrs

Kari Stark Gift Processing Coordinator
PUP The Dream Is Over SideOneDummy
Greys Outer Heaven Carpark
So So Glos Kamikaze Votiv
Ty Segall & The Muggers Emotional Mugger Drag City
Diarrhea Planet Turn To Gold Infinity Cat
Tacocat Lost Time Hardly Art
Martha Blisters In the Pit of My Heart Dirtnap
Weaves Weaves Kanine
Beyoncé Lemonade Parkwood/Columbia
The Hotelier Goodness Tiny Engines
Caitlin Klask DJ Assistant for Tuesday night variety show
Benoît Pioulard The Benoît Pioulard Listening Matter kranky
Infinite Body Avolition Isounderscore
Miserable Uncontrollable The Native Sound
Good Willsmith Things Out Bodies Used to Have Hausu Mountain
Indoor Voices Auratic Häxrummet Records
Dominic Coppola Beloved Sequel
Owen The King of Whys Polyvinyl
Cerise Smoke Screen Dreams Psychic Cats
Savage Sister Speechless Wild Patterns
Wray Hypatia Communicating Vessels
Charina Pitzel DJ Assistant for the Afternoon Show | Photographer
David Bazan Blanco | Dark Sacred Nights Barsuk
Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker Columbia
Daughter Not To Disappear Glassnote
Lisa Hannigan At Swim ATO
Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée Deutsche Grammophon
Kate Tempest Let Them Eat Chaos Fiction
Michael Kiwanuka Love and Hate Interscope
Ólafur Arnalds Island Songs Universal
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
Trentemøller Fixion In My Room

David Bazan // photo by Charina Pitzel

Lizzy Rose Flores Production Traffic Assistant
Yndi Halda Under Summer Big Scary Monsters
Human Factor Homo Universum R.A.I.G Records
mathbonus we’re drowning Consumer Zero
SineRider Seconds Minutes Sun Sea Sky Productions
Swans The Glowing Man Young God Records
The Radio Dept. Running Out Of Love Labrador
Bruno Sanfilippo The Poet 1631 Recordings
Damien Jurado Visions of Us on the Land Secretly Canadian
A Tribe Called Quest We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service Epic
Tortoise Catastrophist Thrill Jockey
Andy Bokanev Photographer
Bon Iver 22, A Million Jagjaguwar
Anderson .Paak Malibu Steel Wool Records
Chance the Rapper Coloring Book self-released
NxWorries Yes Lawd! Stones Throw
James Blake The Colour in Anything Polydor Records
Blood Orange Freetown Sound Domino Recording Co.
Frank Ocean Blonde Boys Don’t Cry
Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate Polydor
The Olympians The Olympians Daptone
Kendrick Lamar untitled unmastered. Top Dawg Entertainment
Sharon Branson Podcast Licensing Intern
Jean-Michel Blais II Arts & Crafts
Låpsley Long Way Home XL Recordings
Trails and Ways Own It self-released
Marian Hill ACT ONE Republic
Wax Tailor By Any Beats Necessary Le Plan / Lab’Oratoire
Esperanza Spalding Emily’s D+Evolution Concord Music Group
BADBADNOTGOOD IV Innovative Leisure
The Kills Ash & Ice Domino Recording Co.
Frightened Rabbit Painting of a Panic Attack Atlantic
Mac Miller The Divine Feminine Warner Bros.

Låpsley // photo by Melissa Wax

Amber Knecht Photographer
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL
Ty Segall & The Muggers Emotional Mugger Drag City
Beyoncé Lemonade Parkwood/Columbia
Júníus Meyvant Floating Harmonies Record Records
Daughter Not To Disappear 4AD
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Nonagon Infinity ATO
Bon Iver 22, A Million Jagjaguwar
Bleached Welcome the Worms Dead Oceans
Mitski Puberty 2 Dead Oceans
Young In The City Young In The City Self Released
Greta Heller DJ Assistant for the Midday Show & Board Operator
Solange A Seat at the Table Columbia
Parquet Courts Human Performance Rough Trade
Frank Ocean Blonde Boys Don’t Cry
Charlie Hilton Palana Captured Tracks
Crater Talk To Me So I Can Fall Asleep Help Yourself Records
Margaret Glaspy Emotions and Math ATO
Kate Tempest Let Them Eat Chaos Lex
Beyoncé Lemonade Parkwood Entertainment
Whitney Light Upon The Lake Secretly Canadian
Kyle Craft Dolls of Highland Sub Pop
Jim Beckmann Content Manager & Senior Video Producer
Kendrick Lamar Untitled Unmastered Top Dawg / Aftermath / Interscope
Thee Oh Sees A Weird Exits Castle Face
Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate Polydor
A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Epic
The Wedding Present Going, Going… Scopitones
Barbagallo Grand Chien Almost Musique
Goat Requiem Sub Pop
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree Bad Seed Ltd
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
SUÐ Meira suð! self-released

Thee Oh Sees // photo by Amber Knecht

Katrina Harvie-Watt Major Giving Officer
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
Beyoncé Lemonade Parkwood Entertainment
HÆLOS Full Circle Matador
Glass Animals How to be a Human Being Harvest Records
RNDM Ghost Riding Monkeywrench
Wolf Parade EP 4 Wolf Parade Productions
Cymbals Eat Guitars Pretty Years Sinderlyn
Operators Blue Wave Last Gang
Sia This is Acting Monkey Puzzle Records
Local Natives Sunlit Youth Loma Vista
Andrew Hackett Blog Contributor
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree Bad Seed Ltd.
Rihanna Anti Westbury Road and Roc Nation
Kanye West The Life of Pablo GOOD Music, Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records
Chance the Rapper Coloring Book Independent
Leonard Cohen You Want it Darker Columbia
David Bowie Columbia
Mogwai Atomic Rock Action
Frank Ocean Blonde Boys Don’t Cry
Black Marble It’s Immaterial Hardly Art
Underworld Barbara, Barbara, We Face a Shining Future Caroline International
Andy Klatt Information Specialist
Beyoncé Lemonade Parkwood/Columbia
Chance The Rapper Coloring Book G.O.O.D. Music
Anderson .Paak Malibu EMPIRE/OBE/Steel Wool/Art Club
Frank Ocean Blonde Boys Don’t Cry
NxWorries (Anderson.Paak & Knxwledge) Yes Lawd! Stones Throw
Tacocat Lost Time Hardly Art
Camp Cope Camp Cope Poison City
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Nonagon Infinity ATO
A Tribe Called Quest We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Epic
Diarrhea Planet Turn to Gold Dine Alone

Diarrhea Planet // photo by Amber Knecht

Casey Dunau Blog Writer
Schoolboy Q Blank Face LP Top Dawg Entertainment
Whitney Light Upon the Lake Secretly Canadian
The Avalanches Wildflower Astralwerks
Solange A Seat at the Table Saint
Kanye West The Life of Pablo G.O.O.D. Music
James Blake The Colour in Anything Polydor
Frank Ocean Blonde Boys Don’t Cry
Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition Warp
Miike Snow iii Downtown
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam I Had a Dream That You Were Mine Glassnote
Jim Bennett Photographer
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
Kate Tempest Let Them Eat Chaos Lex
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
A Tribe Called Quest We got it from here..Thank You 4 Your service Epic
Kendrick Lamar untitled unmastered Interscope
Charles Bradley Changes Daptone
Mugison Enjoy! Mugiboogie
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree Bad Seed Ltd.
Kikagaku Moyo House in the Tall Grass Guruguru Brain
Various (Mark Farina) Mushroom Jazz 8 MRI
Ana Baldan Fetter In-studio Volunteer
Céu Tropix Six Degrees Music
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
Andrew Bird Are You Serious Loma Vista Recordings
Bon Iver 22, A Million Jagjaguwar
Elza Soares The Women at the End of the World Mais Um Discos
Kevin Morby Singing Saw Dead Oceans
ANOHNI Hopelessness Secretly Canadian
Moio Cabana Café Balaclava Records
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador Records
Anderson .Paak Malibu Steel Wool Records

Andrew Bird // photo by Morgen Schuler

Mitch Etter Hospitality and DJ Assistant
David Bowie Columbia
Animal Collective Painting With Domino
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
Night Moves Pennied Days Domino
Deakin Sleep Cycle My Animal Home
Mudcrutch 2 Reprise
Nicholas Allbrook Pure Gardiya Spinning Top Music
Deep Sea Diver Secrets High Beam Records
De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody A.O.I. Records
Kate Tempest Let Them Eat Chaos Lex
Kat Metrovich Front Desk, DJ Assist, Events
Kaytranada 99.90% XL
Beyoncé Lemonade Columbia
Anderson .Paak Malibu Steel Wool/Empire
A Tribe Called Quest We got it from here, thank you for your service Epic
Solange A Seat at the Table Columbia
BJ the Chicago kid In my mind Motown
Industrial Revelation Liberation and the Kingdom of Nri self-released
Deep Sea Diver Secrets High Beam
Michael Kiwanuka Love and Hate Polydor
Rihanna Anti Roc Nation
Russell Hart DJ Assistant for Riz
Blood Orange Freetown Sound Domino
Weval Weval Kompakt
Junior Boys Big Black Coat City Slang
Charles Bradley Changes Daptone
Glass Animals How To Be A Human Being Harvest
ANOHNI Hopelessness Secretly Canadian
Anderson .Paak Malibu Steel Wool
A Tribe Called Quest We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Epic
BadBadNotGood IV Beat Records
Massive Attack Ritual Spirit / The Spoils EPs Virgin EMI

Charles Bradley // photo by Chad Syme

Tom Smith Director, Underwriting and Business Support
Parquet Courts Human Performance Rough Trade
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
The Avalanches Wildflower Astralwerks
The Hidden Cameras Home On Native Land Outside Music
Jagwar Ma Every Now and Then Mom & Pop
Erik Blood Lost In Slow Motion Home Skillet Records
Kyle Craft Dolls of Highland Sub Pop
Black Mountain IV Jagjaguwar
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
Leela Bilow Individual Giving Manager
Agnes Obel Citizen of Glass Play It Again Sam
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
David Bazan Blanco Barsuk
Samaris Black Lights One Little Indian
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
Júníus Meyvant Floating Harmonies Records Records
NAVVI Omni Hush Hush
Flock of Dimes If You See Me, Say Yes Partisan
Tsuyoshi Nariyama Novelette Nem
Japanese Breakfast Psychopomp Yellow K / Dead Oceans
McKenna Haley Event Producer
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
Rihanna ANTI Westbury Road Entertainment
Chance The Rapper Coloring Book self-released
Crater Talk To Me So I Can Fall Asleep Help Yourself Records
Blood Orange Freetown Sound Domino Recording Co.
Frank Ocean Blond Boys Don’t Cry
Solange A Seat At The Table Saint Records/Columbia
Noname Telefone self-released
Japanese Breakfast Psychopump Dead Oceans
Haim Leave Me Alone Mom+Pop

Crater // photo by Melissa Wax

Dylan Flesch Media Asset Librarian
Beyoncé Lemonade Parkwood/Columbia
Anderson .Paak Malibu EMPIRE/OBE/Steel Wool/Art Club
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
Noname Telefone self-released
Charles Bradley Changes Daptone
Operators Blue Wave Last Gang
PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project Island
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down A Man Alive Ribbon
Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate Polydor
Rischel Granquist Manager of Administrative Services
David Bowie Columbia
Sia This Is Acting RCA
Beyoncé Lemonade Parkwood/Columbia
Chance The Rapper Coloring Book self-released
Parquet Courts Human Performance Rough Trade
Phantogram Three Republic
Childish Gambino Awaken, My Love Glassnote
Nada Surf You Know Who You Are Barsuk
Anderson.Paak Mailbu Empire/OBE/Steel Wool/Art Club
The Weeknd Starboy XO/Republic
Matthew Howland DJ Assistant/ Audioasis Intern
Frank Ocean Blonde Boys Don’t Cry
ANOHNI Hopelessness Secretly Canadian
Kanye West The Life of Pablo G.O.O.D. Music
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
Beyoncé Lemonade Parkwood/Columbia
Solange A Seat At the Table Saint Records
Tim Hecker Love Streams 4AD
NAVVI Omni Hush Hush
Ian Sweet Shapeshifter Hardly Art
Kendrick Lamar untitled unmastered Interscope

NAVVI // photo by Eric Tra

Sarah Curtis Front desk
Charles Bradley Changes Daptone
St. Paul and the Broken Bones Sea of Noise 2016 Records
Beyoncé Lemonade Parkwood Entertainment
Nice as Fuck Nice as Fuck Love’s Way
Hey Marseilles Hey Marseilles Shanachie Ent. Corp
Golden Gardens Reign Golden Gardens
The Head and the Heart Signs of Light Warner Bros.
Margaret Glaspy Emotions and Math ATO
Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth Atlantic
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis This Unruly Mess I’ve Made Macklemore LLC
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