Friday, January 05, 2007

Locals only

One week ago today, Seattle radio station KEXP wrapped up their year with their annual Top 90.3 of the year (as voted by the listeners,) running from 8AM all the way to 4:30PM. This year, folks voted close to home, with Band of Horses and The Decemberists taking the top spots, and even the next two had NW ties - Neko Case (Tacoma/Vancouver) and Silversun Pickups (who recorded their album in Seattle with local legend Steve Fisk.) After TV on the Radio (mine and plenty of others' number one pick) came two more with local ties: The Black Angels (on the best little basement run label in the Northwest - A Light in the Attic Records) and Built to Spill. And if we move a bit further out, geographically speaking, there's only two foreigners (Thom Yorke, Belle & Sebastian) in the whole top twenty.

Playlist: KEXP's Top 90.3 of 2006
Listen to the broadcast here

And while it hurt your chances on this list to be from elsewhere, if you were a hip-hop artist you were doomed. The Roots (#33,) Michael Franti & Spearhead (#45) barely made a splash, and Ghostface Killah came in as an afterthought (#90,) and let's be honest - Gnarls Barkley (#14) barely counts.

Where's the hip-hop love, KEXP listeners?

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1 comment:

drake leLane said...

KEXP Top 90.3 of 2006

1. The Great Salt Lake - Band Of Horses
2. O Valencia! - The Decemberists
3. Star Witness - Neko Case
4. Lazy Eye - Silversun Pickups
5. Wolf Like Me - TV On The Radio
6. Black Grease - The Black Angels
7. Goin' Against Your Mind - Built To Spill
8. The Greatest - Cat Power
9. Atoms For Peace - Thom Yorke
10. We Used To Vacation - Cold War Kids
11. Rich Wife - The Long Winters
12. Funny Little Frog - Belle and Sebastian
13. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
14. Nausea - Beck
15. The Room Got Heavy - Yo La Tengo
16. Insistor - Tapes 'n Tapes
17. Power Doesn't Run on Nothing - The Thermals
18. Lowdown - Tom Waits
19. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
20. Smile (Single) - Lily Allen
21. Like A Pen - The Knife
22. The Gulag Orkestar - Beirut
23. Chinese Translation - M. Ward
24. Steady, As She Goes - The Raconteurs
25. Over And Over - Hot Chip
26. Thunder on the Mountain - Bob Dylan
27. Dimension - Wolfmother
28. Gold Lion - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
29. Long Time - The Roots
30. Chicago (Adult Contemporary Easy Listening Version) - Sufjan Stevens
31. On The Radio - Regina Spektor
32. In The Morning - Junior Boys
33. Orange Sky - Alexi Murdoch
34. Incinerate - Sonic Youth
35. Modern Times - Black Keys
36. Lloyd, Im Ready to be Heartbroken - Camera Obscura
37. Deep Down - Calexico
38. Yell Fire - Michael Franti
39. Fly Me Away - Goldfrapp
40. My Little Brother (Original) - Art Brut
41. Life Wasted - Pearl Jam
42. Wordless Chorus - My Morning Jacket
43. Beige Stationwagon - Canada
44. Slide Away - Joseph Arthur
45. Been Here Before - Jeremy Enigk
46. The W.A.N.D. - The Flaming Lips
47. Wildcat - Ratatat
48. Que Sera - Wax Tailor
49. Futures - Zero 7
50. A Blessing And A Curse - Drive-By Truckers
51. Woke Up New - The Mountain Goats
52. Fraud In The 80's - Mates of State
53. Standing In The Way Of Control - The Gossip
54. Rough Gem - Islands
55. How We Operate - Gomez
56. You're All I Have - Snow Patrol
57. Like The 309 - Johnny Cash
58. Don't Take My Sunshine Away - Sparklehorse
59. Gun Show - Bobby Bare Jr.
60. White Daisy Passing - Rocky Votolato
61. Be Good - Tokyo Police Club
62. Lovers Who Uncover - The Little Ones
63. What's The Altitude [Featuring Hymnal] - Cut Chemist
64. Random - Lady Sovereign
65. Get It Up - Thee Emergency
66. Dart For My Sweetheart - Archie Bronson Outfit
67. You Only Live Once - The Strokes
68. Pink & Sour - Califone
69. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane
70. New Years - Asobi Seksu
71. Napoleon Says - Phoenix
72. Glasgow Mega-Snake - Mogwai
73. I'm Ready - The Twilight Singers
74. Half The Time - Pablo
75. This Scene Is Dead - We Are Scientists
76. Live In Sunshine - The Rapture
77. The Champ - Ghostface
78. The Zookeeper's Boy - Mew