XRAY DJ Picks: Best of Decade and 2019

Before hindsight strikes in 2020, coast out the remaining hours of blissful ignorance 2019 can offer to sweet tunes and top selections from our amazing DJs.

Surveying an entire year’s worth of music while sifting out the nuggets of gold can be difficult. Mining an entire decade is admittedly next to impossible, but we sure tried our darndest. For a DJ, picking a favorite song is like asking a parent to choose a favorite child. This is not difficult for a one-child-family, but we live in a world where music, new and old, is abundant and 40,000 new uploads are submitted to Spotify each day. This was a tough job!

These selections from both 2019 and the 2010s give you an unique x-ray into the creative gray-matter that makes up Portland’s best independent radio station.

Looking for new exciting sounds to grace your life? These lists will enlighten, challenge and delight across genres. Tracks and albums found deep in the crevices of 7″ bins of record stores and Bandcamp pages that may not appear in the Google top 5 results. We’ve compiled playlists of both DJ picks for favorite tracks of 2019, as well as selections from their favorite albums of 2019 and the 2010s.

Many of these tracks have been wrangled into the following Spotify playlists for further exploration. Tune into XRAY.FM, listen hard, enjoy life and open your pocket books to buy albums, merch and show tickets to support the music you love. Happy New Year!

  • Show: Backroad to Nowhere
  • DJ: Tom Humphrey
  • Time: Sundays 6-7 p.m.
  • Favorite Music Track from 2019: Sarah Louise – “Chitin Flight”
  • Favorite Albums from 2019: Kassi Valazza – Dear Dead Days ; Itasca – Spring ; Abronia – The Whole of Each Eye ; Garrett T. Capps – All Right, All Night
  • Favorite Music Track from the 2010s: Jackie Lynn – “Franklin, TN”
  • Favorite Albums from the 2010s: Marisa Anderson – Mercury ; Circuit des Yeux – In Plain Speech ; Bill Callahan – Apocalypse ; Plankton Wat – Drifter’s Temple ; The Baird Sisters – Until You Find Your Green
  • Favorite Local Artists of the Decade: Flash Flood and the Dikes ; Marisa Anderson ; Kassi Valazza • Mouth Painter • Abronia
  • Show: Hello Cruel World
  • DJ: JBJ Time: Thursdays 3-4 p.m.
  • Favorite Music Track from 2019: Big Thief – “Contact”
  • Favorite Albums from 2019: Aldous Harding – Designer ; Buke And Gase – Scholars ; Strand Of Oaks – Eraserland ; LCD Soundsystem – Electric Lady Sessions, ; Fernando Viciconte – Traitors Table
  • Favorite Music Track from the 2010s: Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin”
  • Favorite Local Artist of the Decade: Bitch’n
  • Show: Double Bummer
  • DJ: Bob Ham
  • Time: Tuesdays, 11:00pm–12:00am
  • Favorite Albums from 2019: Mark Lomax, II – 400: An Afrikan Epic ; Kim Gordon – No Home Record ; Like A Villain – What Makes Vulnerability Good? ; Jessica Ekomane – Multivocal ; Angel Bat Dawid – The Oracle
  • Favorite Albums from the 2010s: Beyonce – Lemonade ; David Bowie – Blackstar ; Lou Reed and Metallica – Lulu ; Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music ; Maryam Saleh/Maurice Louca/Tamer Abu Ghazaleh – Lekhfa
  • Show:The Darkest Hour
  • DJ: Steven Cantor
  • Time: Tuesdays, 12:00am–2:00am
  • Favorite Music Track from 2019: Sam Wilkes – “Descending”
  • Favorite Albums from 2019: Esperanza Spalding – 12 Little Spells ; Pedro Martins – Vox ; Fabian Almazan Trio – This Land Abounds With Life ; Anton Eger – Æ ; Ronin Arkestra – Sonkei
  • Favorite Local Artist of the Decade: Jarrod Lawson
  • Show: Strike of Death
  • DJ: DJ Skull Time: Saturdays, 2:00am–3:00am
  • Favorite Music Track from 2019: Tomb Mold – “Planetary Clairvoyance”
  • Favorite Albums from 2019: Ares Kingdom – By the Light of Their Destruction ; Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance ; Sacrilegia – The Triclavian Advent ; Demiurgon – The Oblivious Lure ; Deiphago – I, The Devil
  • Favorite Albums from the 2010s: Unrest – Grindcore, Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms, Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain, Suffering Hour – In Passing Ascension, Trenchrot – Necronomic Warfare
  • DJ: DJ Bones Favorite Music Track from 2019: Party Cannon – “Tactical Chunder”
  • Favorite Albums from 2019: Imprecation – Damnatio Ad Bestias ; Lvcifyre – Sacrament ; Aggravator – Aggravator ; Blue Holocaust – Flesh for the Cannibal God ; Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance
  • Favorite Music Track from the 2010s: Condition Critical – “Random Acts of Killing”
  • Favorite Albums from the 2010s: Cystic Dysentery – Homicidal Suicide ; Iniquitous Savagery –Subversions of the Psyche ; Omophagia – Guilt by Nescience ; Deprecated – Deriding His Creation ; Wormed – Krighsu
  • Favorite Local Artist of the Decade: Witch Vomit
  • Show: The Sound of Pictures
  • DJ: DJ Scili Time: Wednesdays, 4:00am–5:00am
  • Favorite Albums from 2019: 1. Monos (Original Soundtrack Album) 2. Inoyama Land – Commissions: 1977-2000 3. If You’re not Part of the Solution… 4. Echo in the Canyon (feat. Jakob Dylan) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 5. Proxima (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Favorite Albums from the 2010s: 1. Blaze original cast recording 2018 2. Adventure Time (Original Soundtrack) 3. Logan’s Run (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 4. Gook original motion picture score 5. The Dance of Reality (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Favorite Local Artist of the Decade: The Blue Cranes, Sallie Ford, Mike Coykendall, Ron Steen, Plastic Cactus
  • Show: Discovery
  • DJ: DJ Ed
  • Time: Thursdays, 10:00pm–11:00pm
  • Favorite Music Track from 2019: Sparks – “Please Don’t Fuck Up My World”
  • Favorite Albums from 2019: 75 Dollar Bill – I Was Real ; Ariwo – Quasi ; Loren MazzaCane Connors & Daniel Carter – The Departing of a Dream Vol. VII ; Defective AI – A Book of Coherent Warnings ; Helado Negro – This Is How You Smile
  • Favorite Music Track from the 2010s: Lonnie Holley – “I Woke Up in a Fucked Up America”
  • Favorite Albums from the 2010s: Anohni – Hopelessness ; Blue Chemise – Daughters of Time ; Burial – Rival Dealer ; Werner Durand ‎– Hemispheres ; Yair Elazar Glotman – Compound
  • Favorite Local Artist of the Decade: Visible Cloaks
  • Show: Past Haunts
  • DJ: DJ Barrows
  • Time: Mondays, 10:00pm–11:00pm
  • Favorite Music Track from 2019: Bambara – “Serafina”
  • Favorite Albums from 2019: Drab Majesty – Modern Mirror ; Samuel Kerridge & Taylor Burch – The Other ; HTRK – Venus In Leo ; The Twilight Sad – It Won/t Be Like This All The Time ; Panther Modern – Los Angeles 2020
  • Favorite Music Track from the 2010s: Grouper – “Headache“
  • Favorite Albums from the 2010s: Grouper – A|A ; HTRK – Work (Work, Work) ; Bambara – Shadow on Everything ; Crocodiles – Sleep Forever ; Tamaryn – Tender New Signs
  • Favorite Local Artist of the Decade: Grouper
  • Show: Sessions from the Box
  • DJ: James Dineen
  • Time: Saturdays, 2:00pm–4:00pm
  • Favorite Music Track from 2019: Bent Knee- “Bone Rage”
  • Favorite Albums from 2019: 5. French Vanilla – How Am I Not Myself? ; 4. Bent Knee- You Know What They Mean ; 3. Weyes Blood- Titanic Rising ; 2. BODEGA- Shiny New Model ; 1. Altin Gün- Gece
  • Favorite Music Track from the 2010s: Jesca Hoop – “Peacemaker”
  • Favorite Albums from the 2010s: 5. Rose Windows – The Sun Dogs ; 4. Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked For Death ; 3. Weyes Blood- Titanic Rising ; 2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra- II ; 1. Jesca Hoop- The House That Jack Built
  • Favorite Local Artist of the Decade: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Show: Welcome to Your Good Day
  • DJ: Chancie Chance
  • Time: Thursdays, 4:00pm–6:00pm
  • Favorite Music Track from 2019: Klaus Johann Grobe – “Ja!”
  • Favorite Albums from 2019: Drugdealer – Raw Honey; Reptaliens – VALIS ; Chris Cohen – Chris Cohen ; Jay Som – Anak Ko
  • Favorite Music Track from the 2010s: Ty Segall – “Orange Color Queen”
  • Favorite Albums from the 2010s: Of Montreal – Lousy with Sylvianbriar ; Sam Evian – You, Forever ; Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly ; Drug Cabin – Wiggle Room ; Ariel Pink – Mature Themes ; Scent – KIM EP
  • Favorite Local Artist of the Decade: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Show: Jam the Controls
  • DJ: Travi Dee
  • Favorite Music Track from 2019: Sneaks – “The Way It Goes”
  • Favorite Albums from 2019: Neon – S/T 7″ ; Charlie Megira – Tomorrow’s Gone ; La Neve- The Vital Cord ; All Hits – Introducing… ; Megan Thee Stallion- Fever
  • Favorite Music Track from the 2010s: Sleaford Mods – “Donkey”
  • Favorite Albums from the 2010s: Neon- S/T 7″ ; Sleaford Mods- Austerity Dogs ; Vex Ruffin – Crash Course ; Household- Elanes ; Hombeboy Sandman + Edan – Humble Pi
  • Favorite Local Artist of the Decade: Unknown Mortal Orchestra