KEXP Staff, Volunteers & Interns Top Ten Albums of 2014, Part 2

First Aid Kit // photo by Alex Crick

For the last two weeks, we’ve been sharing with you KEXP DJs’ Top Ten Albums of 2014 lists, and yesterday we also shared picks from some of the dedicated people who work behind the scenes at KEXP as staff, volunteers and interns. Below, we share Top Ten Albums of 2014 lists from more of these passionate music fans.

If you haven’t voted for your own Top Ten Albums of 2014, there’s still time. VOTE HERE by 6PM on today, December 17, and then tune in to KEXP on Friday, December 19, starting at 10AM, to hear the entire countdown of KEXP listeners’ top albums of 2014.

Anna Alter DJ Assistant
tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack 4AD
Temples Sun Structures Heavenly
First Aid Kit Stay Gold Columbia
Luluc Passerby Sub Pop
J. Mascis Tied to a Star Sub Pop
Jenny Lewis The Voyager Warner Bros.
Bahamas Bahamas Is Afie Brushfire
Spoon They Want My Soul Loma Vista
Interpol El Pintor Matador
Goat Commune Sub Pop
Michael Brinley DJ Assistant and Front Desk Volunteer
Blake Mills Heigh Ho Verve
The War on Drugs Lost In The Dream Secretly Canadian
Brian Eno and Karl Hyde High Life Warp
FKA twigs LP1 Young Turks
Swans To Be Kind Young God
Woods With Light and With Love Woodsist
Real Estate Atlas Domino
Perfume Genius Too Bright Matador
Mac DeMarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
The Weather Station What Am I Going To Do With Everything That I Know You’ve Changed

Dylan Flesch Licensing & Podcasting Coordinator
Courtney Barnett The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas Mom + Pop Music
Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal What’s Your Rupture?
Mac DeMarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
Phantogram Voices Republic
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop
alt-J This Is All Yours Infectious Music
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2 Mass Appeal
De Lux Voyage Innovative Leisure
Levi Fuller Blog Contributor
Survival Knife Loose Power Glacial Pace
Shellac Dude Incredible Touch and Go
Steve Gunn Way Out Weather Paradise of Bachelors
Goat Commune Sub Pop
Virgin of the Birds Winter Seeds Abandoned Love
Tara Jane O’Neill Where Shine New Lights Kranky
Wye Oak Shriek Merge
Low Hums Charm Fin
Motrik Motrik Self-released
Holy Sons The Fact Facer Thrill Jockey
John Gleason DJ Assistant
De Lux Voyage Innovative Leasure
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels II Mass Appeal
Mac Demarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
Caribou Our Love Merge
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Give The People What They Want Daptone
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop
The Horrors Luminous XL
Jungle Jungle XL
Tacocat NVM Hardly Art
Temples Sun Structures Heavenly

FKA twigs // photo by Dave Lichterman

Matthew Howland DJ Assistant for The Afternoon/Midday Shows
FKA twigs LP1 Young Turks
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop
The War On Drugs Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian
Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire for No Witness Jagjaguwar
Posse Soft Opening BADH Records
Perfume Genius Too Bright Matador
Warpaint Warpaint Rough Trade
Perfect Pussy Say Yes To Love Captured Tracks
S Cool Choices Hardly Art
Sharon Van Etten Are We There Jagjaguwar
Ryan Hulsey Fundraising Intern
Ambrose Akinmusire The Imagine Savior is Far Easier to Paint Blue Note
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2 Mass Appeal
Ariel Pink Pom Pom 4AD
St. Vincent St. Vincent Loma Vista
Aphex Twin Syro Warp
Swans To Be Kind Young God
Flying Lotus You’re Dead Brainfeeder
Mac Demarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
Alfa and Emmavie Epoch EP AE Music
FKA twigs LP1 Young Turks
Jon Joslin DJ Assistant for Riz Rollins
Home Video Here In Weightless Fall Home Video
Lamb Backspace Unwind Strata
TV On The Radio Seeds Harvest
Beacon L1 Ghostly
Davidge Slo Light The End
Little Dragon Nabuma Rubberband Republic
Kele Trick Kele Okereke
Movement EP Modular
The Faint Doom Abuse SQE Music
Coldplay Ghost Stories Parlophone
Andy Klatt Information Specialist
Spoon They Want My Soul Loma Vista
War on Drugs Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian
Conor Oberst Upside Down Mountain Nonesuch
Mac DeMarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
The Black Lips Underneath the Rainbow Vice
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop
How To Dress Well “What is this Heart?” Domino / Weird World
Schoolboy Q Oxymoron Top Dawg Entertainment
Young Fathers Dead Anticon / Big Dada
Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else Carpark Records

The Barr Brothers // photo by Jim Bennett

Amber (Zbitnoff) Knecht Photographer
St. Paul & The Broken Bones Half the City Single Lock Records
Operators EP1 self-released
My Goodness Shiver + Shake Votiv
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways RCA
The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream Secretly Canadian
Shakey Graves And the War Came Dualtone
The Barr Brothers Sleeping Operator Secret City
Phantogram Voices Universal Republic
Cataldo Gilded Oldies Red Pepper Records
Black Pistol Fire Hush or Howl Rifle Bird/Modern Outsider
Philip LaRose Blog Contributor
Katie Kate Nation self-released
Todd Terje It’s Album Time Olsen
Vox Mod The Great Oscillator self-released
Aphex Twin SYRO Warp
Phantogram Voices Republic
Warpaint Warpaint Rough Trade
Erik Blood Canons Vol. 1 self-released
Android Amaker Android Amaker RodeoCorp Ltd.
Tara Jane ONeil Where Shine New Lights Kranky
Pure X Angel Fat Possum
Dave Lichterman Photographer
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop
CEO Wonderland Modular
Mac DeMarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
Temples Sun Structures Fat Possum
Big Ups Eighteen Hours of Static Dead Labour
BADBADNOTGOOD III Innovative Leisure
ODESZA In Return Counter-Records
Death From Above 1979 The Physical World Last Gang
Kithkin Rituals, Trances, & Ecstasies for Humans in the Face of The Collapse Pesanta Urfolk
SOHN Tremors 4AD
Bob Martin DJ Assistant
Steve Gunn Way Out Weather Paradise Of Bachelors
Hiss Golden Messenger Lateness Of Dancers Merge
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band Intensity Ghost No Quarter
White Fence For The a Recently Found Innocent Drag City
The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream Secretly Canadian
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
Blake Mills Height Ho Verve
Damien Jurado Brothers And Sisters of The Eternal Sun Secretly Canadian
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop
Amen Dunes Love Sacred Bones
Vince Mayo Development Assistant for Major Giving
First Aid Kit Stay Gold Columbia
Sturgill Simpson Metamodern Sounds in Country Music Loose Music
Augustines Augustines Votiv
ODESZA In Return Counter records
Phantogram Voices Barsuk
Temples Sun Structures Heavenly Recordings
Noah Gunderson Ledges Independent
Dum Dum Girls Too True Sub Pop
Grieves Winter and the Wolves Rhymesayers Entertainment
Strand of Oaks Heal Dead Oceans

Little Dragon // photo by Morgen Schuler

Anna McClain Blog Contributor
Wye Oak Shriek Merge
Girlpool Girlpool EP Wichita
Little Dragon Nabuma Rubberband Because Music
Ex Hex Rips Merge
Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal What’s Your Rupture?
Wampire Bazaar Polyvinyl
Foxygen …And Star Power Jagjaguwar
Tennis Ritual in Repeat Communion
Cherry Glazerr Haxel Princess Burger Records
Sinkane Mean Love DFA
Riese Meyers DJ Assistant for Afternoon Show
Mac DeMarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
Aaron Freeman FREEMAN Partisan
MF Doom and Bishop Nehru NehruvianDOOM Lex
Damon Albarn Everyday Robots Parlophone
Laima & Def III WeenA2 Tontrager Records
Gruff Rhys American Interior Turnstile
Little Dragon Nabuma Rubberband Because, Loma Vista
All You Can Do Watsky Steel Wool Media
They Might Be Giants First Album Live Idlewild Records
Various Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Hollywood Records
Jake Mountjoy DJ Assistant
Odesza In Return Counter Records
Röyksopp The Inevitable End Dog Triumph
Sylvan Esso Sylvan Esso Partisan
The Juan McLean In A Dream DFA
Phantogram Nothing But Trouble Barsuk
Tycho Awake Ghostly International
BANKS Goddess Harvest
Chet Faker Built On Glass Future Classic
Sharon Van Etten Are We There Jagjaguwar
alt-J This Is All Yours Infectious Music
Dagmar Sieglinde Patterson Photographer
Itch Deep End Red Bull Records
Nick & Knight Nick & Knight BMG
Magic Man Before the Waves Columbia
Together Pangea Badillac (Ex) Harvest
ODESZA In Return Counter
The Acid Liminal Mute
alt-J This Is All Yours Infectious Music
Johnny Marr Playland New Voodoo
Graig Markel and the 88th St. Band Graig Markel and the 88th St. Band In Spades Music
Chromeo White Women Big Beat/WEA
Krissi Pearson Photographer
tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack 4AD
alt-J This Is All Yours Infectious Music
Augustines Augustines Votiv
Dum Dum Girls Too True Sub Pop
First Aid Kit Stay Gold Columbia
Kishi Bashi Lighght Joyful Noise
Lykke Li I Never Learn Atlantic
Spoon They Want My Soul Loma Vista/Republic
Lyla Foy Mirrors The Sky Sub Pop
OK Go Hungry Ghosts BMG

Shabazz Palaces // photo by Dave Lichterman

Wolfgang E Ratzlaff DJ Assistant for Troy Nelson
Future Honest Epic
Flying Lotus You’re Dead! Warp
Aphex Twin SYRO Warp
Perfect Pussy Say Yes To Love Captured Tracks
Ben Frost A U R O R A Bedroom Commubity
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2 Mass Appeal
FKA twigs LP1 Young Turks
Gucci Mane & Young Thug Young Thugga Mane La Flare N/A
Total Control Typical System Iron Lung
Kurt B Reighley Development Communications Manager
Perfume Genius Too Bright Matador
Neneh Cherry Blank Project Smalltown Supersound
Owen Pallett In Conflict Domino
Warpaint Warpaint Rough Trade
Chimurenga Renaissance riZe vadZimu riZe Brick Lane
Budos Band Burnt Offering Daptone
King Tuff Black Moon Spell Sub Pop
Steve Gunn Way Out Weather Paradise of Bachelors
Aphex Twin Syro Warp
Zola Jesus Taiga Mute
Rana San DJ Assistant for Chilly
Warpaint Warpaint Rough Trade
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop
FKA twigs LPI Young Turks
Ana Tijoux Vengo Nacional
Quantic Magnetica Tru Thoughts
Silver Jackson Starry Skies Opened Eyes Home Skillet
Movement EP Modular
Benjamin Verdoes The Evil Eye Brick Lane
Wild Balbina Sisters Before Misters Elefant Records
alt-J This Is All Yours Infectious Music
Dashel Schueler Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations Manager
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian
Tacocat NVM Hardly Art
Taylor Swift 1989 Big Machine
Jenny Lewis Voyager Warner
S Cool Choices Hardly Art
Chris Staples American Soft Barsuk
Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else Carpark
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2 Mass Appeal
First Aid Kit Stay Gold Columbia
Protomartyr Under the Color of Official Right Hardly Art

Ty Segall // photo by Kristina Moravec

Kari Stark Gift Processor
PUP PUP SideOneDummy
Big Ups Eighteen Hours of Static Tough Love/Dead Labour
Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal What’s Your Rupture?
Kithkin Rituals, Trances, Ecstacies for Humans in the Face of the Collapse Pesanta Urfolk
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
Sondre Lerche Please Yep Roc
tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack 4AD
The Black Lips Underneath The Rainbow Vice
The Hotelier Home, Like Noplace Is There Tiny Engines
My Goodness Shiver + Shake Votiv
Greg Stonebraker Photographer
Dreamsalon Soft Stab Sweet Rot Records
Meatbodies Meatbodies In the Red
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
The Icarus Line Avowed Slavery Agitated Records
Sam Lachow Huckleberry self-released
Unwound No Energy Numero Group
The Murder City Devils The White Ghost has Blood on its Hands Again self-released
TBASA The Hyper Bully self-released
Dangerfield Newby Muisc In Our Heads Jingoistic Records
The Loveless Building Perfect Where I Am self-released
Jacob Webb Blog Writer
Sharon Van Etten Are We There Jagjaguwar
Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues True Treble
Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2 Mass Effect
Wye Oak Shriek Merge
Lydia Loveless Somewhere Else Bloodshot
The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream Secretly Canadian
A Sunny Day In Glasgow Sea When Absent Lefse
Bombay Bicycle Club So Long, See You Tomorrow Vagrant
Ben Howard I Forget Where We Were Republic
White Lung Deep Fantasy Domino
Sam Wolk DJ Assistant
Young Thug Y Lifestyle self-released
Young Thug I Came From Nothing 2 self-released
Ned Doheny Seperate Oceans Numero Group
Caribou Our Love Merge
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop
Perfect Pussy Say Yes To Love Captured Tracks
White Lung Deep Fantasy Domino
St. Vincent St. Vincent Loma Vista/Republic
Arca Xen Mute
Todd Terje It’s Album Time Olsen
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Live Review: HAERTS & Mikky Ekko at The Crocodile 12/13/14

HAERTS

all photos by Brittany Brassell

For all of those in attendance at the Crocodile on Saturday night, rest assured that you got see a show that will never, ever happen again. Tonight, we saw Columbia and RCA’s freshest flagship acts play a co-headlining date showing off records that are only crawling up the charts as we speak, and this will be the last time either of them play a venue of this size, let alone together. The night’s two offerings were paired in a perfectly complimentary nature. The 80s power pop magic of HAERTS, who KEXP has had nothing but good things to say about since their debut track, “Wings”, dropped early last year, opened up the night with an excellent set of material from their self-titled debut LP, out now on Columbia. Then Mikky Ekko followed with a sultry set of R&B-tinged pop tunes from his upcoming RCA debut LP, Time, out January 20. For both of these great young artists, this tour is just the very beginning, and there’s a lot of upwards to go from here. But for the dedicated crowd at the Crocodile Saturday night, we got a chance to see HAERTS and Mikky Ekko show off their shining potential in an intimate setting that won’t be repeated again going forward.

Mikky Ekko
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Live Video: ADHD at Iceland Airwaves

photo by Jim Bennett (view set)

The guys from ADHD keep busy with a multitude of projects, but that’s not to say they distract easily. In fact, since forming on a whim in 2008, this award-winning Icelandic super-group of sorts has produced five albums of expressive avant jazz. But still, bringing brothers Óskar and Ómar Guðjónsson (saxophone and guitar respectively), Davíð Þór Jónsson (organ and piano) and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (percussion) together into one room to record with us has taken a few years, so what better place than the reverent space of the Free Church in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, where the band met us before our Iceland Airwaves broadcast began. Rejoice! The service begins now:

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Song of the Day: Springtime Carnivore – Sun Went Black

photo by Eddie O Keefe

photo by Eddie O’Keefe

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Sun Went Black” by Springtime Carnivore from the 2014 album Springtime Carnivore on Autumn Tone Records.

Springtime Carnivore – Sun Went Black (MP3)

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Live Around Town This Week

Strand of Oaks // photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

Monday, December 15th

Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, Haujobb, Youth Code at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

Tuesday, December 16th

How The Grouch Stole Christmas: The Grouch & Eligh CunninLynguists, DJ Abilities, DJ Fresh at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

John Roderick’s Rendezvous at The Rendezvous // 21+ (more info)
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TV Eye: Week of 12/15

Jungle // photo by Dave Lichterman

KEXP has our TV eye set for this week in late night television. Set your DVR, TiVo, or just drink some coffee to stay awake for these musical guest performances on your favorite talk shows. Here are the highlights:

Monday, December 15th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Alt-J (R)
Conan: Interpol (R)

Tuesday, December 16th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Charli XCX
Last Call with Carson Daly: Broods
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Paul McCartney
The Colbert Report: Kendrick Lamar

Wednesday, December 17th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jungle
Conan: King Tuff (R)

Thursday, December 18th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Foo Fighters (R)
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jenny Lewis (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Coves

Friday, December 19th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Le Butcherettes (R)

Saturday, December 20th:
Austin City Limits: Tom Waits (performance from 1979)

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Monday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

  • Remember how Modest Mouse hinted at a new song earlier this month? Well, here it is! Stream the track “Lampshades on Fire” (via The Current) below, a sneak peek at their upcoming album Strangers to Ourselves out March 3rd. As you’ll hear, it doesn’t stray far from the trademark Mouse sound you know and love. “Lampshades on Fire” marks the band’s first new music since their 2009 EP No One’s First and You’re Next. [Consequence of Sound]

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KEXP Staff, Volunteers & Interns Top Ten Albums of 2014, Part 1

Phantogram // photo by Matthew B. Thompson

For the last two weeks, we’ve been sharing with you KEXP DJs’ Top Ten Albums of 2014 lists, but 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. Below, you can see what they chose for their Top Ten Albums of 2014.

You still have time to vote for your own Top Ten Albums of 2014! VOTE HERE by 6PM on Tuesday, December 16, and then tune in to KEXP on Friday, December 19, starting at 10AM, to hear the entire countdown of KEXP listeners’ top albums of 2014.

Ann Allen DJ Assistant for Kevin Cole
Real Estate Atlas Domino
Jungle Jungle XL
Temples Sun Structures Fat Possum
Woods With Light and With Love Woodsist
Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
Mac Demarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian
Phantogram Voices Republic
ODESZA In Return Counter Records
We Were Promised Jet Packs Unravelling FatCat
Graham Amsden Financial Coordinator
Mac DeMarco Salad Days Captured Tracks
Chad VanGaalen Shrink Dust Sub Pop
Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness Jagjaguwar
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop
Alvvays Alvvays Polyvinyl
Les Sins Michael Company Records
Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal What’s Your Rupture?
Avi Buffalo At Best Cuckold Sub Pop
Juan Wauters N.A.P. North American Poetry Captured Tracks
King Tuff Black Moon Spell Sub Pop

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Live Review: Pallbearer with Sólstafir & Mortals at Barboza 12/11/14

Sólstafir // all photos by Allyce Andrew

It’s not often you get to say you saw a three band gig where all three bands blew you away for completely different reasons. Luckily for those crammed in Neumos basement at the sold out Pallbearer, Sólstafir, and Mortals show Thursday night, that was 100% the case. Each with an entirely different flavor of “I’m probably going to need ear plugs for this”, this excellent trio brought metal of all shades to the Barboza stage for three and a half hours of manic excellence. Kind of like a unicorn – like an episode of Headbanger’s Ball that was actually 100% good from beginning to end – for those present, there was a mythical thing of beauty to be had amongst the countless amplifiers. For those that weren’t, you sure missed out. Try and cope with the snapshot enclosed herein.

Pallbearer


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2014 Top Ten List Spotlight: Stevie Zoom

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2014, leading up to our 2014 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Voting ends on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 19th to hear if your picks made the list!

Ex Hex

Ex Hex // photo by Andy Bokanev (view set)

Stevie Zoom’s 2014 Top Ten Albums

artist album label
Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League Undefeated Bloodshot
Ex Hex Rips Merge
Francisco The Man Loose Ends Small Plates/Fat Possum
Jenny Lewis The Voyager Warner Bros.
Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2 Mass Appeal
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Give The People What They Want Daptone
Springtime Carnivore Springtime Carnivore Autumn Tone
Sturgill Simpson Metamodern Sounds in Country Music High Top Mountain
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey Going Back Home Hip-O

Stevie Zoom is on the air every Sunday from Noon-3PM.

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