2017 tops.

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Sampha / Process
SZA / Ctrl
Nick Hakim / Green Twins
Kendrick Lamar / DAMN
LANY / LANY
Moses Sumney / Aromanticism
Vince Staples / Big Fish Theory
Toro y Moi / Boo Boo
St. Vincent / MASSEDUCTION
Ibeyi / Ash
Jay-Z / 4:44
NJOMZA / sad for you
Drake / More Life
Maggie Rogers / Now That the Light is Fading
Tyler, The Creator / Flower Boy
Calvin Harris / Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Bonobo / Migration

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2016 tops.

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A Tribe Called Quest > We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
Local Natives > Sunlit Youth
Beyoncé > Lemonade
Childish Gambino > Awaken, My Love!
Solange > A Seat at the Table
Anderson Paak > Malibu
HÆLOS > Full Circle
The Avalanches > Wildflower
Kaytranada > 99.9%
St. South > Nervous Energy
Klaus Johann Grobe > Spagat de Liebe
Deep Sea Diver > Secrets

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2015 tops.

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in some particular order . . .

Father John Misty > I Love You, Honeybear
Kendrick Lamar > To Pimp a Butterfly
Lianne La Havas > Blood
Beat Connection > Product 3
Sufjan Stevens > Carrie & Lowell
Jamie xx > In Colour
Tuxedo > Tuxedo
The Internet > Ego Death
Leon Bridges > Coming Home
Mark Ronson > Uptown Special
Death Cab For Cutie > Kintsugi
Big Grams > Big Grams

2014 tops.

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S. Carey >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Range of Light
Spoon >>>>>>>>>>>>>> They Want My Soul
Tycho >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Awake
Flying Lotus >>>>>>>>>>>>>> You’re Dead!
James Bay >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Let It Go
Sam Smith >>>>>>>>>>>>>> In The Lonely Hour
TV Girl >>>>>>>>>>>>>> French Exit
Ryan Adams >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ryan Adams
Mary J. Blige >>>>>>>>>>>>>> The London Sessions
The War On Drugs >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lost In The Dream
Chet Faker >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Built on Glass
Odesza >>>>>>>>>>>>>> In Return

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2013 tops.

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◇ ALBUMS ◇

Rhye >> Woman
Disclosure >> Settle
Daughter >> If You Leave
Local Natives >> Hummingbird
Classixx >> Hanging Gardens
Haim >> Days Are Gone
Toro Y Moi >> Anything In Return
Wild Cub >> Youth
Volcano Choir >> Repave
Autre Ne Veut >> Anxiety
Still Corners >> Strange Pleasures
Childish Gambino >> Because the Internet

◇ SONGS ◇

Phantogram >> Black Out Days
Disclosure >> Latch
St. Lucia >> Elevate
Jim James >> Know Til Now
Magic Man >> Paris
Quadron >> LFT
Goldroom >> Embrace
SOL >> The Key
Arctic Monkeys >> Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
Shy Girls >> When I Say I Love U
Banks >> Before I Ever Met You
Danny Brown >> 25 Bucks (feat. Purity Ring)

◇ MIX ◇

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2012 tops.

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in no particular order…

albums

top twelve albums:

Beat ConnectionPalace Garden
How To Dress WellTotal Loss
Macklemore & Ryan LewisThe Heist
The xxCoexist
DaughterThe Wild Youth
LemonadeDiver
SOLYours Truly
Cat PowerSun
The Helio SequenceNegotiations
Patrick WatsonAdventures In Your Own Backyard
FanfarloRooms Filled With Light
Chad ValleyYoung Hunger

…………………… take a listen ……………………

top twelve live music moments:

February 18thBombay Bicycle Club … The Crocodile
March 15thLee Fields & The Expressions … SXSW
March 20thSister Crayon … The Sunset
April 10thFanfarlo … The Crocodile
April 25thJustice … Paramount Theatre
July 13thCampfire Ok … The Crocodile
July 22ndPhantogram … Capitol Hill Block Party
September 2nd & 3rdTony Bennett, LP & M83 … Bumbershoot
September 18thAnimal Collective … Paramount Theatre
November 8thStars … Showbox Market
December 6thCharles Bradley … Neumos
December 8thSufjan Stevens … The Neptune

shows

2011 tops.

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two thousand eleven exposed my ears to more significant sounds than ever before. from vulnerable vocals and eccentric electrobeats to lyrics that linger in the lobes, I consistently found refreshing rhythms hidden amongst the airwaves and headphones. 

below alphabetically reflects the records which caught my curiosity and moved me most.

. . . . . . . . AVIDLY ADMIRABLE ALBUMS . . . . . . . . .

Adele – 21
Astronautalis – This Is Our Science
Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming
Childish Gambino – Camp
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Friendly Fires – Pala
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne
Jessica Lea Mayfield – Tell Me
Little Dragon – Ritual Union
Neon Indian – Era Extrana
Phantogram – Nightlife
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Starfucker – Reptilians
Teams vs. Star Slinger – Teams vs. Star Slinger
Toro Y Moi – Underneath The Pine

the appreciation I have developed for the abundance of talent that resides in the northwest is unlike any other. it seems there’s nowhere else in the nation that hosts home to an assortment of artists as diverse as those in the evergreen state. as some of these KEXP characters have grown into friends, it has been swell to watch the progression of success and well deserved recognition come their way over the past year. I take pride in my filthy city, and for this reason alone the location needed a separate list.

. . . . . . . . LOCALLY LOVED LP’s . . . . . . . . .

Allen Stone – Allen Stone
Campfire Ok – Strange Like We Are
Craft Spells – Idle Labor
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Grand Hallway – Winter Creatures
Pickwick – Myths
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
The Physics – Love is a Business

when people ask me why I enjoy living in Seattle I always reply by explaining how this town fuels itself on concerts just as much as it does on coffee. with a variety of venues filled with bands and fans on a nightly basis, the options are endless to marvel in person. often I find my calendar packed with must-see shows, some sharing similar set times as others causing for the strategic planning of “Portering” around to catch them all. there’s something so special about witnessing audible art come to life on stage, and I am happy to have lost count now on the number of performances I have gotten to experience live since moving here.

. . . . . . . . MAGICAL MUSIC MOMENTS . . . . . . . .

Campfire Ok
February 5th | Columbia City Theatre

brass, bulbs and beautiful souls on stage made this the best cd release show I’ve ever been to.

Kisses
March 6th | The Vera Project

got lost in the sound with one of my favorites.

Quadron
March 18th | Malverde

a balcony set overlooking the city skyline led to this Denmark duo being my favorite SXSW discovery.

Childish Gambino
April 8th | Neumos

rapped along with the multifaceted emcee right before the rest realized his brilliance.

Fleet Foxes
April 14th | Columbia City Theatre

one of the lucky three hundred who got to witness this in the ideal intimate setting.

Ghostland Observatory
July 22nd | Capitol Hill Block Party

outdoor dance party underneath illuminating lasers on 10th and Pike.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
September 4th | Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival

full circle moment.

Astronautalis
October 7th | The Vera Project

intensity, passion and the most impressive freestyle I’ve ever heard flow through a microphone.

Chromeo & Mayer Hawthorne
October 8th | Showbox Sodo

two dapper and dynamic acts with fun friends to dance with by my side always equals for good times.

Black Star
November 5th | Showbox Sodo

hip hop bucket list check mark.

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