DJ Highlights

WKNC Daytime DJs select best albums of ’09

The year 2009 has undoubtedly been a fantastic one for music, from the techno tones and spaced out beats of Animal Collective’s “Merriwether Post Pavilion” to the satisfying and deep “Tarpits and Canyonlands” from Bombadil. We were moved by new albums by old favorites like in Yeah Yeah Yeahs “It’s Blitz” and we were introduced to new acts that leave us wanting more like in Florence and the Machine’s beautiful “Lungs.” After knowing the huge amount of great releases that this year has left us with, I asked the daytime DJs at WKNC to complete a job that’s a lot easier said than done. Below is a list of the top five albums as completed by many of the DJs you know and love. Enjoy!

DJ Danger Tape

1. Dirty ProjectorsBitte Orca
2. Bowerbirds – Upper Air
3. M. WardHold Time
4. The Flaming LipsEmbryonic
5. Japandroids Post-Nothing

Just John

1. Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz
2. Fever Ray – Fever Ray
3. A Sunny Day in Glasgow –Ashes Grammer
4. Yacht – See Mystery Lights
5. Here We Go MagicHere We Go Magic

May Day

1. Bowerbirds – Upper Air
2. M. WardHold Time
3. DiscoveryLP
4. St. VincentActor
5. Camera ObscuraMy Maudlin Career/The Love Language The Love Language

DJ Elly May

1. LuegoTaped-together Stories
2. Jerry Fish & The Mudbug ClubThe Beautiful Untrue
3. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosUp From Below
4. Lonnie WalkerThese Times Old Times
5. GossipMusic For Men

Hot Tamale

1. Florence and the Machine – Lungs
2. Passion PitManners
3. PhoenixWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
4. Matt & KimGrand
5. Discovery – LP

DJ Kligz

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz
2. Florence and the MachineLungs
3. Dirty ProjectorsBitte Orca
4. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
5. Neko CaseMiddle Cyclone

Riff Raff

1. Regina SpektorFar
2. Passion PitManners
3. Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz
4. The Temper TrapConditions
5. You and Your EffectsWire Sharks/Jay Farrar & Benjamin GibbardOne Fast Move Or I’m Gone


1. Sonic YouthThe Eternal
2. U.S.ELoveworld
3. Regina Spektor – Far
4. MetricFantasies
5. VeeleeThree Sides/Various Artists – Here Here Compilation

DJ Ones

1. Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz
2. Florence and the Machine – Lungs
3. PhoenixWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
4. Animal CollectiveMerriwether Post Pavilion
5. Dirty ProjectorsBitte Orca

DJ Matticus Rex

1. Do Make Say ThinkOther Truths
2. PelicanWhat We All Come to Need
3. Bon IverBlood Bank
4. CaspianTertia
5. Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post Pavilion


1. The AntlersHospice
2. MegafaunGather, Form & Fly
3. Various Artists – Dark Was The Night
4. Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light
5. WilcoWilco (The Album)


1. BombadilTarpits & Canyonlands
2. Cotton Jones Paranoid Cocoon
3. MegafaunGather, Form, & Fly
4. Cymbals Eat GuitarsWhy There Are Mountains
5. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosUp From Below

DJ Ray

1. Rural Alberta AdvantageHometowns
2. BrazosPhosphorescent Blues
3. Here We Go MagicHere We Go Magic
4. GrouperCover the Windows and the Walls
5. The Low AnthemOh My God Charlie Darwin


1. The King Khan and BBQ ShowInvisible Girl
2. Megafaun – Gather Form and Fly
3. PhoenixWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
4. TelekinesisTelekinesis
5. The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa

Spaceman Spiff

1. Bowerbirds – Upper Air
2. PhoenixWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
3. Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
4. Harlem Shakes – Technicolor Health
5. The Temper Trap Conditions