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STEELE PICKS: Best Albums of 2017

I’m not on as many press lists as I used to be, so I do the best I can as the C-list music critic that I am. here’s my list of the best albums of 2017, in modified alphabetical order.

Adna, Closure

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Alvvays, Antisocialites

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Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rest

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Chelsea Wolfe, Hiss Spun

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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice

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Cults, Offering
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Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

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Gary Numan, Savage (Songs from a Broken World)

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Juana Molina, Halo

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Lana Del Rey, Lust for Life

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Laura Marling, Semper Femina

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The Mountain Goats, Goths

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The National, Sleep Well Beast

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Real Estate, In Mind

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Ride, Weather Diaries

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Saint Etienne, Home Counties

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Slowdive, Slowdive

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Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm
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Zola Jesus, Okovi

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Steele Picks: Top 30 Albums of 2013

–unfortunately I can’t possibly hear every album released. I don’t hear about things. I don’t get access to many until the public does. publicists don’t send me as many albums in advance as I wish.

–here are the the albums this year that moved me, inspired me, made me think.

–they’re in alpha order

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The Avett Brothers–The Magpie and the Dandelion [American]

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Arctic Monkeys—AM [Domino]

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Bleeding Rainbow–Yeah Right [Kanine]

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Camera Obscura–Desire Lines [4AD]

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Chvrches–Bones of What You Believe [Virgin]

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Cults–Static [Columbia]

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Foals–Holy Fire [Warner Music]

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Gliss–Langsom Dans [Modern Outsider]

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Grace & Tony–November [Rock Ridge Music]

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Haim–Days are Gone [Columbia/Sony]

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How to Destroy Angels–Welcome Oblivion [Columbia]

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The Joy Formidable–Wolf’s Law [Atlantic]

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The Julie Ruin– Run Fast EP [TJR]

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Lorde–Pure Heroine [Lava/Republic]

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Lovers–A Friend in the World [Badman Recording Co.]

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Luray–The Wilder

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Laura Marling–Once I Was an Eagle [Ribbon Music]

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MGMT– MGMT [Columbia]

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M.I.A.–Matangi [N.E.E.T./Interscope]

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Mirror Travel–Mexico [Outsider Records]

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My Gold Mask–Leave Me Midnight [Highwheel]

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The National–Trouble Will Find Me [4AD]

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Orbe Orbe–Invisible Kingdoms

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Super Water Sympathy–Hydrogen Child [In Music We Trust]

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Perhapst– Revise Your Maps [Jack Viking Music]

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Throwing Muses–Purgatory/ Paradise

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Frank Turner–Tape Deck Heart [Interscope]

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Violeta Vil–Lapidas y Cocoteros [Young Cubs]

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Waxahatchee–Cerulean Salt [Don Giovanni]

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Chelsea Wolfe–Pain is Beauty [Sargent House]

[all selections by Amy Steele 12/1/2013]

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FILM: September/October films on my radar

The Rum Diary
starring Johnny Depp
based on novel by Hunter S. Thompson
— an American journalist working in Puerto Rico during the 1950s seeks a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots

The Ides of March
starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney
–idealism. dirty politics. Ryan Gosling.

Moneyball
starring Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill
–story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball team using computer-generated analysis to draft players

Machine Gun Preacher
starring Gerard Butler
–story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese child-soldiers

Margaret
starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Allison Janney
–a woman witnesses a bus accident and the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people’s lives.

50/50
starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan
–comedy about a young man’s battle with cancer

Martha Marcy May Marlene
starring Elizabeth Olson
–a woman flees an abusive cult

The Skin I Live In
starring Antonio Banderas
written and directed by Pedro Almodovar
–a plastic surgeon creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage

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