KEXP Staff, Volunteers & Interns Top 10 Albums of 2017, Part 2

The National // photo by Amber Knecht

Throughout the month of December, KEXP has been counting down our top albums. From Top 10 lists from our DJs to the Top 90.3 of 2017 voted by listeners, we’ve chronicled a wide array of some of this year’s most thrilling released. Now we’re turning the mic over to our behind the scenes staff, volunteers, and interns who help keep the station running. Here are their favorite albums of 2017. How do their lists line-up with yours? (Check out Part 1 of this list here.)

Jim Beckmann Video Manager
Mikko Joensuu Amen 1, 2 & 3 Svart Records
Preservation Hall Jazz Band So It Is Sony Legacy
Kendrick Lamar DAMN. TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
The National Sleep Well Beast 4AD
Slowdive Slowdive Dead Oceans
Elbow Little Fictions Concord Records
Hammock Mysterium Hammock Music
Algiers The Underside Of Power Matador
Cigarettes After Sex Cigarettes After Sex Partisan Records
amiina Fantômas Mengi
John Gilbreath DJ, Host; Jazz Theater
Vijay Iyer Far From Over ECM
Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse Morphogenesis Pi Recordings
Solange A Seat At The Table Saint/Columbia
Jazz Passengers Still Life With Trouble Thirsty Ear
Gerald Clayton Tributary Tales Motema
Tinariwen Elwan Anti
Matt Wilson Honey and Salt: Music inspired by the poetry of Carl Sandburg Palmetto
Ambrose Akinmusire A Rift in Decorum Blue Note
Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker Columbia
Charles Lloyd New Quartet Passin’ Thru Blue Note

Perfume Genius // photo by Matthew Thompson

Jon Hamilton Programming Intern
Kendrick Lamar DAMN. Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope
Benjamin Booker Witness ATO Records
Perfume Genius No Shape Matador
Tyler, the Creator Flower Boy Columbia Records
Ty Segall Ty Segall Drag City
Beth Ditto Fake Sugar Virgin
Open Mike Eagle Brick Body Kids Still Daydream Mello Music Group
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile Lotta Sea Lice Milk! Records
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Soul Of A Woman Daptone Records
Conor Oberst Salutations Nonesuch
Julia Berglund Lead Music Library Volunteer
Mount Eerie A Crow Looked at Me P.W. Elverum & Sun
Kendrick Lamar DAMN. Aftermath / Interscope Records
Big Thief Capacity Saddle Creek
Perfume Genius No Shape Matador Records
Chicano Batman Freedom is Free ATO Records
Ariel Pink Dedicated to Bobby Jameson Kemado Records
Destroyer ken Merge
Lorde Melodrama Universal New Zealand
Bully Losing Sub Pop
St. Vincent MASSEDUCTION Loma Vista Recordings

Sampha // photo by Dave Lichterman

Kaitlin Frick Intern
Clark Death Peak Warp
Bonobo Migration Ninja Tune
John Maus Screen Memories Ribbon Music
Four Tet New Energy Text Records
Protomartyr Relatives in Descent Hardly Art
Sampha Process Young Turks
Drab Majesty The Demonstration Dais Records
Mount Kimbie Love What Survives Warp
Austra Future Politics Domino
Kelela Take Me Apart Warp
Katrina Harvie-Watt Associate Director of Development, Major Giving
The National Sleep Well Beast 4AD
Bonobo Migration Ninja Tune
Cigarettes After Sex Cigarettes After Sex Partisan Records
Wolf Parade Cry, Cry, Cry Subpop
The Xx I See You Young Turks
Portugal. The Man Woodstock Atlantic Records
LCD Soundsystem American Dream DFA Records
Spoon Hot Thoughts Matador
Beck Colors Capitol Records
Sylvan Esso What Now Loma Vista Recordings

The Courtneys // photo by Brady Harvey

Kelsey Brannan DJ Assistant for the Afternoon Show & Music Charts Volunteer
Waxahatchee Out In The Storm Merge
St. Vincent MASSEDUCTION Loma Vista
Benjamin Booker Witness ATO
Alvvays Antisocialites Polyvinyl
Sheer Mag Need to Feel Your Love Wilsuns Recording Company
Kendrick Lamar DAMN. Top Dawg Entertainment
Wolf Alice Visions of a Life Dirty Hit
ODESZA A Moment Apart Foreign Family Collective
Charlotte Gainsbourg Rest Because Music
The Courtneys The Courtneys II Flying Nun
Leela Bilow Individual Giving Manager
Sylvan Esso What Now Loma Vista Recordings
JFDR Brazil White Sun Records
Soley Endless Summer Morr Music
Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins RCA
Slowdive Slowdive Dead Oceans
Austra Future Politics Domino Records
Perfume Genius No Shape Matador Records
DoNormaal Ego Slave Self-Released
Fleet Foxes Crack Up Nonesuch Records
Offa Rex The Queen of Hearts Nonesuch Records

Run The Jewels // photo by Melissa Wax

Leisa Smith DJ Assistant & Social Media for The Afternoon Show
The Horrors V Wolf Tone
The xx I See You Young Turks
The National Sleep Well Beast 4AD
SZA CTRL Top Dawg Entertainment
Odesza A Moment Apart Foreign Family Collective
Maggie Rogers Now That The Light Is Fading EP Capitol Records
The War On Drugs A Deeper Understanding Atlantic Records
Julien Baker Turn Out The Lights Matador
Run The Jewels RTJ3 Run The Jewels, Inc.
Ryan Adams Prisoner Pax-Am/Blue Note
Lisa LeClair Weekend Receptionist | DJ Asst. for The Morning Show
The National Sleep Well Beast 4AD
Slowdive Slowdive Dead Oceans
L.A. Witch L.A. Witch Suicide Squeeze
Lea Porcelain Hymns To The Night Lea Porcelain Recordings
Kevin Morby City Music Dead Oceans
Rainer Maria S/T Polyvinyl
Feist Pleasure Interscope
Dreamdecay Iron Lung Records
Kelli Schaefer No Identity Amigo Amiga
Vagabon Infinite Worlds Father/Daughter Records
Lizzy Rose Flores Production/Programming Traffic Manager
Dasher Sodium Jagjaguwar
Power Trip Nightmare Logic Southern Lord
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Luciferian Towers Constellation Records
HAM Söngvar Um Helvíti Mannanna Sticky Plötuútgáfa
Dälek Endangered Philosophies Ipecac Recordings
Hammock Mysterium Self Released
Forest Swords Compassion Ninja Tune Records
Run The Jewels Run the Jewels 3 Self Released
Slowdive Slowdive Dead Oceans
Rakta Oculto Pelos Seres Dama Da Noite Discos / Nada Nada Discos

Sylvan Esso // photo by Melissa Wax

Matthew Belt Online Content Intern
Meatbodies Alice In The Red Records
Austra Future Politics Domino
Sylvan Esso What Now Loma Vista
Aldous Harding Party 4AD
The National Sleep Well Beast 4AD
London Grammar Truth Is A Beautiful Thing Ministry of Sound
Arcade Fire Everything Now Columbia
The xx I See You Young Turks
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Flying Microtonal Banana Heavenly
Matthew Howland DJ Assistant, Writer for KEXP Blog, Former Afternoon Show Assistant
Tiny Vipers Laughter Ba Da Bing
Laurel Halo Dust Hyperdub
Mount Eerie A Crow Looked at Me P.W. Elverum & Sun
Visible Cloaks Reassemblage RVNG Intl.
Posse Horse Blanket Self-Released
Richard Dawson Peasant Weird World
King Krule The Ooz True Panther
The Courtneys II Flying Nun
The Baird Sisters Until You Find Your Green Ba Da Bing
Ryuichi Sakamoto async Milan

Shabazz Palaces // photo by Renata Steiner

Matthew Schmidt Morning Show Production Intern
Perfume Genius No Shape Matador
Downtown Boys Cost of Living Sub Pop
St. Vincent MASSEDUCTION Loma Vista
Mozart’s Sister Field of Love Arbutus
Kendrick Lamar DAMN. Top Dawg Entertainment
Fever Ray Plunge Rabid Records
Priests Nothing Feels Natural Sister Polygon Records
Shabazz Palaces Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star Sub Pop
Austra Future Politics Domino
Chastity Belt I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone Hardly Art
Mitch Etter In-Studio Hospitality / DJ Assistant
Fleet Foxes Crack Up Nonesuch Records
Gorillaz Humanz Parlophone
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Lotta Sea Lice Matador
Foxygen Hang Jagjaguwar
Avey Tare Eucalyptus Domino
Father John Misty Pure Comedy Sub Pop
Pond The Weather Marathon Artists
Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins RCA
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard / Mild High Club Sketches of Brunswick East ATO
Alvvays Antisocialites Polyvinyl

Moses Sumney // photo by Hanna Stevens

Nikola Litven DJ Assistant Monday afternoon with Stevie Zoom
Algiers The Underside of Power Matador
Sampha Process Young Turks
ShitKid Fish PNKSLM
Bully Losing SubPop
Big Thief Capacity Saddle Creek Records
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Lotta Sea Lice Matador
SZA Ctrl TDE/RCA
Vince Staples Big Fish Theory Def Jam
Thundercat Drunk Brainfeeder
Sapphire Slows Time Kaleidoscope
Sharon Branson Cheryl’s librarian
Kelela Take Me Apart Warp
Ibeyi Ash XL
Gorillaz Humanz Parlophone UK
ODESZA A Moment Apart Counter Records
Pickwick Turncoat Small Press Records
The xx I See You Young Turks
The Horrors V Caroline/Wolftone
Andrew Joslyn Awake at the Bottom of the Ocean Lux Finite Music
Moses Sumney Aromanticism Jagjaguwar
Cherry Glazerr Apocalipstick Secretly Canadian

The War On Drugs // photo by Matthew Thompson

Skyler Locatelli Account Executive – Business Support
The Horrors V Caroline Distribution
Kelly Lee Owens Kelly Lee Owens Smalltown Supersound
Fleet Foxes Crack Up Nonesuch Records
Austra Future Politics Domino Records
The Brian Jonestown Massacre Don’t Get Lost A Records
The War on Drugs A Deeper Understanding Atlantic Records
L.A. Witch L.A. Witch Suicide Squeeze Records
Jane Weaver Modern Kosmology Fire Records
The Black Angels Death Song Partisan Records ‎
Charlotte Gainsbourg Rest Because Music
Stacy McCauslin Band hospitality, DJ assistant, Show stickering, Event tabling, and more
The Shins Heartworms Columbia Records
Wolf Parade Cry, Cry, Cry Sub Pop Records
Zebra Hunt In Phrases Tenorio Cotobade
Ryan Adams Prisoner Blue Note Records
Arcade Fire Everything Now Sonovox Records
Beck Colors Capitol Records
Spoon Hot Thoughts Matador Records
Ride Weather Diaries Wichita Recordings
The National Sleep Well Beast 4AD
Dave Depper Emotional Freedom Technique Tender Loving Empire

Lusine // photo by Melissa Wax

Stephanie Shafer Stewardship Manager
alt-J Relaxer Infectious Music
Portugal. The Man Woodstock Atlantic Records
Spoon Hot Thoughts Matador Records
Sylvan Esso What Now Loma Vista Recordings
Lusine Sensorimotor Ghostly International
Odesza A Moment Apart Foreign Family Collective
The Barr Brothers Queens of the Breakers Secret City Records
Pickwick Lovejoys Kung Fu Records
Cigarettes After Sex Cigarettes After Sex Partisan Records
Bomba Estereo Ayo Sony Music Latin
Tim Johnstone Financial Manager (this list is in no particular order)
Thievery Corporation The Temple of I & I ESL Music
The Black Angels Death Song Partisan Records
Chastity Belt I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone Hardly Art
Versing Nirvana Help Yourself Records
Casper Skulls Mercy Works Buzz Records
Meatbodies Alice In The Red Records
Protomartyr Relatives in Descent Domino Recording Co.
Lo Tom Lo Tom Barsuk Records
Steve Earle & The Dukes So You Wannabe An Outlaw Warner Bros
Hurray for the Riff Raff The Navigator ATO Records

Dude York // photo by Melissa Wax

Van Wolfe DJ Assistant for Cheryl Waters
Bent Knee Land Animal InsideOut Music
Mew Visuals Play it Again Sam
Mount Eerie A Crow Looked at Me P.W. Elvrum & Sun
Dude York Sincerely Hardly Art
Charly Bliss Guppy Barsuk
Polyphia The Most Hated Sony Music Entertainment
Ex Eye Ex Eye Relapse Records
Sun Kil Moon Common as Light and Love are Red Valleys of Blood Calo Verde
Kitty Miami Garden Club Pretty Wavy
Tera Melos Trash Generator Sargent House
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