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

End-of-Year Countdown
12/13/2016
KEXP
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 SantillanDevelopment Assistant
SavagesAdore LifeMatador
ShuraNothing's RealInterscope
WarpaintHeads Up Rough Trade
Midnight FacesHeavenly BodiesMidnight Faces
Kaytranada99.90%Kaytranada
NAOFor All We KnowRCA Records
NAVVIOmniHush Hush
PreoccupationsPreoccupationsJagjaguwar
Golden GardensReignself-released
HÆLOSFull CircleMatador

Lisa LeClairGuest Services | DJ Assistant - The Morning Show
Kate TempestLet Them Eat ChaosFiction Records
The Julie RuinHit ResetHardly Art
Michael KiwanukaLove & HateInterscope
Desert Mountain TribeEither That or the MoonMetropolis Records
Summer CannibalsFull Of ItKill Rock Stars
HÆLOSFull CircleMatador
The CoathangersNosebleed WeekendSuicide Squeeze
Sex Stainss/tDon Giovanni Records
Adia VictoriaBeyond The BloodhoundsAtlantic Records
The LumineersCleopatraDualtone Records

Jon HamiltonProgramming Intern
BeyonceLemonadeParkwood Entertainment
David BowieBlackstarColumbia
Kanye WestThe Life of PabloGOOD Music
Chance the RapperColoring Bookself released
Frank OceanBlondeBoy's Don't Cry
Kendrick Lamaruntitled unmastered.Aftermath Entertainment
the James Hunter SixHold On!Daptone Records
Ty SegallEmotional MuggerDrag City
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer's DaughterThird Man Records
The FrightnrsNothing More to SayDaptone Records
Margo Price // photo by Melissa Wax

Gerrit FeenstraBlog Contributor
SavagesAdore LifeMatador
James BlakeThe Colour in AnythingColumbia
Junior BoysBig Black CoatCity Slang
Clams Casino32 LevelsColumbia
Factory Floor25 25DFA
PorchesPoolDomino
Ice ChoirDesigns in RhythmShelflife
The RangePotentialDomino
Nada SurfYou Know Who You AreBarsuk
OperatorsBlue WaveLast Gang

Brittany FeenstraPhotographer
SavagesAdore LifeMatador
White LiesFriendsBMG
Nada SurfYou Know Who You AreBarsuk
Gucci ManeEverybody LookingAtlantic
The Lonely IslandPop Star: Never Stop Never StoppingRepublic
Head Wound CityA New Wave of ViolenceVice
Nice as F*ckNice as F*ckLove's Way
SlavesTake Control EMI
YeasayerAmen & GoodbyeMute
TrentemøllerFixionPoker Flat Recordings

Anna RogersDevelopment Communications Intern & Blog Contributor
GazebosDie AloneHardly Art
David BowieBlackstarColumbia
The Avalanches WildflowerAstralwerks
Ty SegallEmotional MuggerDrag City
Kikagaku MoyoHouse in the Tall GrassGuruguru Brain
TacocatLost TimeHardly Art
Animal CollectivePainting WithDomino Recording Co.
Charles BradleyChangesDaptone Records
Devendra BanhartApe in Pink MarbleNonesuch
Gooch PalmsIntroverted ExtrovertsSummer Camp Records

Ty Segall & The Muggers // photo by Amber Knecht

Brian HillMusic and Business Support
Kanye WestThe Life of PabloGOOD Music
PreoccupationsPreoccupationsJagjaguwar
Kendrick LamarUntitled UnmasteredTop Dawg
RadioheadA Moon Shaped PoolXL Recordings
Parquet CourtsHuman PerformanceRough Trade
Sunflower BeanHuman CeremonyFat Possum Records
Bon Iver22, A MillionJagjaguwar
S U R V I V ERR7349Relapse
NavviOmniHush Hush
HaelosFull CircleMatador

Nikhil SarmaDigitization Volunteer
Project PabloBeaubien DreamSOBO Records
LnrdcroyOoze CityMood Hut
Anderson .PaakMalibuSteel Wool/OBE/Art Club/Empire
Mr. FriesWOLFEP033Wolf Music Recordings
Natural Child Okey DokeyNatural Child Records and Tapes
Jayda GJaydaismsFreakout Cult
Kaytranada99.90%XL Recordings
Madteo Feat. SensationalSpecial OfferWANIA
Car Seat Headrest Teens of DenialMatador
Marco LazovicLife Without LoveJungle Gym Records

Dashel SchuelerCorporate, Foundation and Government Relations Manager
TacocatLost TimeHardly Art
MarthaBlisters in the Pit of My HeartFortuna Pop
LVL UPReturn to LoveSub Pop
DogbrethSecond HomeAsian Man Records
Frankie CosmosNext ThingBayonet Records
Chance the RapperColoring BookS/R
FloristThe Birds Outside SangDouble Double Whammy
David BazanBlancoBarsuk
SloucherCertaintySwoon Records
Kate TempestLet Them Eat ChaosLex

Tacocat // photo by Victoria Holt

Isaac Kaplan-WoolnerProducer for KING 5 Evening segments and Special Programming
Car Seat HeadrestTeens of DenialMatador
David BowieBlackstarColombia
BeyonceLemonadeParkwood Entertainment
Smokey BrightsHot CandyFreakout Records
Deep Sea DiverSecretsHigh Beam Records
King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardNonagon InfinityATO
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer's DaughterThird Man Records
RadioheadA Moon Shaped PoolXL Recordings
Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor's Guide to EarthRJ Records
TacocatLost TimeHardly Art

Van WolfeDJ Assistant for Cheryl Waters
clipping.WriggleSub Pop
The HotelierGoodnessTiny Engines
CryingBeyond the Fleeting GalesRun For Cover
ANOHNIHopelessnessSecretly Canadian
PanopticonRevisions of the PastBindrune Recordings
AstronoidAirBlood Music
Death GripsBottomless PitHarvest Records
Touche AmoreStage FourEpitaph
clipping.Splendor & MiserySub Pop
Car Seat HeadrestTeens of DenialMatador

Alan LawrencePhotographer
David BowieBlackstarColumbia
Nick CaveSkeleton TreeBad Seed
Leonard CohenYou Want It DarkerColumbia
Angel OlsenMy WomanJagjaguwar
Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor's Guide to EarthAtlantic Records
Drive-By TruckersAmerican BandATO
Kyle CraftDolls of HighlandSub Pop
Lucinda WilliamsThe Ghosts of Highway 20Highway 20
Teenage FanclubHereMerge
ShearwaterJet Plane and OxbowSub Pop

Drive-By Truckers // photo by Alan Lawrence

Hanna StevensPhotographer
James BlakeThe Colour in AnythingPolydor Records
ShapreceC.O.A.L.S.self-released
Coco ColumbiaWhen the Birds Begin to Walkself-released
IG88Hiding In My HandsSTYLSS
Anderson .PaakMalibuSteel Wool, OBE, Art Club, Empire
NAOFor All We KnowLittle Tokyo Recordings
KAYTRANADA99.90%XL Recordings
Jack GarrattPhaseInterscope
David BowieColumbia Records
Kiah VictoriaEverybodyTralala Inc

William BarcelonaDJ Assistant for Evie
Ty Segall & The MuggersEmotional MuggerDrag City
Yoni & GetiTestarossaJoyful Noise
Jesu / Sun Kil MoonJesu / Sun Kil MoonCaldo Verde
Danny BrownAtrocity ExhibitionWarp
Open Mike Eagle + Paul WhiteHella Personal Film FestivalMello Music Group
GazebosDie AloneHardly Art
Chimurenga RenaissanceGirlz With GunsGlitterbeat
SkeptaKonnichiwaBBK
TEENLove YesCarpark
FlamingosisBright Momentsself-released

Jackson LongProduction Manager, Audio Engineer
Charles BradleyChangesDaptone Records
Nick WaterhouseNever TwiceInnovative Leisure
St. Paul and the Broken BonesSea of NoiseRECORDS
Nada SurfYou Know Who You AreBarsuk
BullyFeels LikeColumbia Records
WilcoSchmilcodBpm
Leon BridgesLouisiana Sun 10"Columbia Records
SloucherCertaintySwoon Records
Car Seat HeadrestTeens of DenialMatador
The SonicsLive at Easy StreetRe:Vox

The Sonics // photo by Jim Bennett

Owen MurphyProducer, John in the Morning
Kate TempestLet Them Eat ChaosLex
Don VailFadesself-released
Angel OlsenMy WomanJagjaguwar
LivWings of Love (single)INGRID
Stargazer LilliesDoor to the SunGraveface
David BowieBlackstarColumbia
Michael KiwanukaLove and HateCommunion
Drive-By TruckersAmerican BandATO
The Orange KyteMicrodose (single)self-released
Hamilton Leithauser & RostamI Had a Dream That You Were MineGlassnote

Julia OlsonDJ Assistant For Abbie 1-6 AM Wednesday
King Gizzard and the Lizard WizardNonagon Infinity ATO
Bon Iver22, A MillionJagjaguwar
PreoccupationsPreoccupationsJagjaguwar
Jenny HvalBlood BitchSacred Bones
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
DIIVIs the Is Are Captured Tracks
Jesu/ Sun Kil MoonJesu/ Sun Kil MoonCaldo Verde Records
Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial Matador
Japanese Breakfast PsychopompDead Oceans
Andy SchaufThe Party Arts and Crafts (ANTI-)

Melvin YuanFinance Intern
Angel Olsen My WomanJagjaguwar
DaughterNot to Disappear 4AD/Glassnote
TOYClear ShotHeavenly Recordings
MothersWhen You Walk A Long Distance You Are TiredGrand Jury Music
Sunflower BeanHuman Ceremony Fat Possum
Leave the PlanetNowhere (Both A & B sides)Wiener Records
Minor Victories Minor Victories Fat Possum
WarpaintHeads UpRough Trade
DIIVIs The Is AreCaptured Tracks
Alpine DeclineLife’s A GaspMaybe Mars (Beijing, China)

Sunflower Bean // photo by Renata Steiner

Cyrus DespresDirector of Planning & Business Intelligence
SolangeA Seat At The TableSaint Records/Columbia
A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your ServiceEpic
NonameTelefoneself-released
Blood OrangeFreetown SoundDomino
Chance The RapperColoring Bookself-released
Frankie CosmosNext ThingBayonet Records
Cass McCombsMangy LoveAnti-
Parquet CourtsHuman PerformanceRough Trade
Karl BlauIntroducing Karl BlauRaven Marching Band Records
David BowieBlackstarISO Records

Geran LandenBlog Contributor
Car Seat HeadrestTeens of DenialMatador
Chance The RapperColoring Bookself-released
Whitney Light Upon the LakeSecretly Canadian
Frank OceanBlondeBoys Don't Cry
RadioheadA Moon Shaped PoolXL Recordings
Anderson .PaakMalibuSteel Wool
Modern Baseball Holy Ghost Run For Cover Records
Kevin Abstract American BoyfriendEmpire
King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard Nonagon InfinityATO
BoogieThirst 48 Part IIself-released

Amanda LynnFront Desk/phones/tabling/tours volunteer
The LumineersCleopatraDualtone
Explosions in the SkyThe WildernessTemporary Resistance Ltd.
M83JunkMute
GrouploveBig MessAtlantic
The Head and the HeartSigns of LightWarner Bros.
DaughterNot To Disappear4AD
Santigold99cAtlantic
Thao and the Get Down Stay DownA Man AliveRibbon Music
Bear HandsYou'll Pay for ThisSpensive Records
The KillsAsh & IceDomino

Explosions in the Sky // photo by Melissa Wax

Stacy McCauslinHospitality Volunteer, DJ Assistant, Show Stickering, Events, and any/everything else I can!
OperatorsBlue Wave Last Gang
Wolf Parade EP 4Sub Pop
Deep Sea DiverSecretsHigh Beam
Fruit BatsAbsolute LoserEasy Sound Recording
Mass GothicMass GothicSub Pop
Kyle CraftDolls of HighlandSub Pop
Nada SurfYou Know Who You AreBarsuk
WhitneyLight Upon the LakeSecretly Canadian
Car Seat HeadrestTeens of DenialMatador
The VeilsTotal DepravityNettwerk

Caroline "Coco" O'KeefeGuest Services Coordinator/ Receptionist
Bob MouldPatch the SkyMerge
Frightened RabbitPainting of a Panic AttackAtlantic
Band of HorsesWhy Are You OK?Interscope
PhantogramThreeUniversal
Dinosaur Jr.Give a Glimpse of What yer Not.Jagjaguwar
PixiesHead Carrier[PIAS]
Killswitch EngageIncarnateRoadRunner
Against Me!Shape Shift With MeTotal Treble Music
Aesop RockImpossible KidRhymesayers
Hiss Golden MessengerHeart like a LeveeMerge

Aarin WrightDJ Assistant for El Sonido
HindsLeave Me AloneMom + Pop
Xenia RubinosBlack Terry CatAnti/Epitaph
Helado NegroPrivate EnergyAsthmatic Kitty
EliaFuturo HermanoDon't Know!
QuanticPresenta Flowering Inferno: 1000 Watts TRU THOUGHTS
CraterTalk To Me So I Can Fall AsleepHelp Yourself Records
Angel OlsenMy WomanJagjaguwar
NAVVIOmniHush Hush
El GuinchoHiperasiaNacional Records
beGunAmmaFoehn Records

Hinds // photo by Melissa Wax

John GleasonDJ Assistant and Show Tabler
Angel OlsonMy WomanJagjaguwar
Jamila WoodsHEAVNSelf-Release
Chance The RapperColoring Bookself-released
A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your ServiceEpic
Kendrick LamarUntitled UnmasteredInterscope
Car Seat HeadrestTeens of DenialMatador
PinkshinyultrablastGrandfeatheredClub AC30
The AvalanchesWildflowerModular
KamaiyahA Good Night In The Ghettoself-released
Danny BrownAtrocity ExhibitionWarp

Rebecca BrownFront Desk Volunteer
The Album LeafBetween WavesRelapse
TychoEpochGhostly International
Bon Iver22, A MillionJagjaguwar
The WeekndStarboyXO
Andrew BirdAre You SeriousLoma Vista
Manatee CommuneManatee CommuneBastard Jazz
Kishi BashiSonderlustJoyful Noise
JusticeWomanEd Banger
NAVVIOmniHush Hush
STRFKRBeing No One, Going NowherePolyvinyl Record Co.

Andrew FranksVolunteer Videographer
Frank OceanBlondeBoys Don't Cry
BeyonceLemonadeColumbia
How To Dress WellCareDomino
Anderson .PaakMalibuEMPIRE
De La Souland the Anonymous Nobody...Kobalt
Angel OlsenMy WomanJagjaguwar
Aesop RockThe Impossible KidRhymesayers
A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your ServiceEpic
Bon Iver22, A MillionJagjaguwar
Blood OrangeFreetown SoundDomino

Anderson .Paak // photo by Brittany Feenstra

Stephanie MonkContent Calendar research for the Morning Show/substitute DJ assistant
David BowieBlackstarColumbia
TacocatLost TimeHardly Art
Leonard CohenYou Want It DarkerColumbia
BeyonceLemonadeColumbia
MogwaiAtomicRock Action
Michael KiwanukaLove & HatePolydor
The LumineersCleopatraDualtone
Kyle CraftDolls of HighlandSub Pop
RadioheadA Moon Shaped PoolXL Recordings
Moby & The Void Pacific ChoirThese Systems Are FailingMute

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