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STEELE PICKS: 20 Best Albums of 2014

In 2013 I had a list of 30 best albums. I’ve managed to take it down to 20 this year. There are a lot of women on my list. 17/20 female-fronted bands or female artists. Female vox, darkness and swirling rhythms appeal to me. That’s why I adore Field Mouse so much. Lana Del Rey, Zola Jesus and Lykke Li are dark and dramatic. While I never liked The Pretenders all that much, I appreciate Chrissie Hynde and listened to her powerful solo album over and over. Megafauna is heavier rock than what I generally listen to but with a female singer– a feminist and lawyer– it’s kick-ass. Some are more electronic dance music [EDM] like Banks, Yaarrohs, Phantogram and FKA Twigs. Paloma Faith and Lilla incorporate world music, vibrant beats.


1. Field Mouse, Hold Still Life [Topshelf Records]

my review


2. Dum Dum Girls, Too True [Sub Pop]


3. Lykke Li, I Never Learn [Atlantic]


4. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence [Interscope Records]


5. Banks, Goddess [Harvest]


6. Zola Jesus, Taiga [Mute]

my review

phantogram voices

7. Phantogram, Voices [Republic]


8. Morrissey, World Peace is None of Your Business [Harvest]

paloma faith

9. Paloma Faith, A Perfect Contradiction [Epic]


10. Bee vs. Moth, Shelter in Place [Aggraveire Music]

my review

jenny lewis

11. Jenny Lewis, The Voyager [Warner Bros.]


12. Chrissie Hynde, Stockholm [Caroline]


13. Lilla, The Awakening [Lucky Records/karisma music]

STEELE interviews Lilla


14. Megafauna, Maximalist [Danimal Kingdom]

my review

karen o crush songs

15. Karen O, Crush Songs [Kobalt]


16. Yaarrohs, Flesh and Blood EP [Glass Air Records]

the kooks

17. The Kooks, Listen [Astralwerks]

fka twigs

18. FKA Twigs, LP1 [XL Recordings]


19. Jen Wood, Wilderness [Radar Light, New Granada]

my review


20. o’death, Out of Hands We Go [Northern Spy Records]

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FALL Tour: Dum Dum Girls


dreamy, dark indie pop band Dum Dum Girls on tour this fall.

September 11-14 – Victoria, British Columbia–Rifflandia Festival
September 20 – Denver, Colo.–Riot Fest

October 19 – Denver, Colo.–Larimer Lounge
October 20 – Omaha, Neb.– Waiting Room
October 22 – Minneapolis, Minn.–Fine Line
October 23 – Madison, Wis. –High Noon
October 24 – Chicago, Ill. — Metro
October 25 – Detroit, Mich. –Magic Stick
October 26 – Toronto, Ontario — Opera House
October 27 – Boston, Mass. — The Sinclair
October 30 – Brooklyn, N.Y. — Brooklyn Bowl
October 31 – Philadelphia, Penn.– Making Time PURE Halloween — Union Transfer

November 1 – Washington, D.C. — Black Cat (Burger Records Caravan of Stars)
November 2 – Charlottesville, Va. — The Southern
November 3 – Raleigh, N.C. — Kings
November 5 – Atlanta, Ga.– The Earl
November 7 – Dallas, Texas — Club Dada
November 9 – Austin, Texas — Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 11 – Albuquerque, N.M. — Sister
November 12 – Tucson, Ariz. — Club Congress
November 13 – Phoenix, Ariz. — Crescent Ballroom
November 15 – Pioneertown, Calif. — Pappy & Harriet’s


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IN THE REALM: BEST MUSIC of 2014 [so far]


Field Mouse, Hold Still Life
–dreamy pop that I play over and over.


Morrissey, World Peace is None of Your Business
–every word. every note. every sentiment. all in.


Lykke Li, I Never Learn
–beautiful, thoughtful.


Beck, Morning Phase
–I’m into mellow Beck.


Damon Albarn, Everyday Robots
–I’ve adored every Damon Albarn project since I discovered Blur. this one’s personal and quite lovely.


Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence
–didn’t expect to like this. what a talent. soulful, bluesy folk.


Jack White, Lazaretto
–intriguing, sexy. amazing arrangements.


Chrissie Hynde, Stockholm
–not even a Pretenders fan and this is aces. potent vocals. kicky beat.


Dum Dum Girls, Too True
–dark gorgeousness.


Shonen Knife, Overdrive
–energetic fun.


Megafauna, Maximalist
–unique, edgy garage-rock.


Snowbird, Moon
–swirly, magical.

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