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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


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


Arctic Monkeys—AM [Domino]


Bleeding Rainbow–Yeah Right [Kanine]

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Camera Obscura–Desire Lines [4AD]


Chvrches–Bones of What You Believe [Virgin]


Cults–Static [Columbia]


Foals–Holy Fire [Warner Music]


Gliss–Langsom Dans [Modern Outsider]

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Grace & Tony–November [Rock Ridge Music]


Haim–Days are Gone [Columbia/Sony]

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How to Destroy Angels–Welcome Oblivion [Columbia]


The Joy Formidable–Wolf’s Law [Atlantic]

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The Julie Ruin– Run Fast EP [TJR]


Lorde–Pure Heroine [Lava/Republic]


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


Luray–The Wilder

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


MGMT– MGMT [Columbia]


M.I.A.–Matangi [N.E.E.T./Interscope]


Mirror Travel–Mexico [Outsider Records]


My Gold Mask–Leave Me Midnight [Highwheel]


The National–Trouble Will Find Me [4AD]


Orbe Orbe–Invisible Kingdoms


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]


Violeta Vil–Lapidas y Cocoteros [Young Cubs]


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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LOVERS: music review

photo by Megan Holmes

photo by Megan Holmes

This is my favorite album of the year so far. Intriguing lyrics, intricate harmonies, unusual yet mesmerizing vocals and three strong women composing songs with electronic edginess. What could be better than that? The songs remain somewhat upbeat even if the subject matter isn’t always. The unusual, crisp compositions highlight Lovers many years’ experience as songwriters and producers. Very extraordinary musical talents combined into one band: a brilliant concept. Very danceable. Sometimes moody. Sometimes contemplative. Always self-assured and delightful.

I envy this band, adore this band and want to be an honorary member even though I don’t play any instruments or sing. They’re so cool. They’re happy in the way that you want to dance around expressing your love for your surroundings and all the people in our pathways. Portland, Ore. undoubtedly a hotspot for musical experimentation and expression. These three women sing about sexuality, female friendships and evolution in the face of the ever-changing world.

In 2002, producer/ percussionist Emily Kingan, then on tour with classic Portland feminist hardcore band The Haggard, invited lyricist Carolyn Berk to join the bill. Ferris was their roadie. Years later the trio met up in South America where Berk was traveling and
producer/performance artist Kerby Ferris was living at the time, performing in various electronic projects in Sao Paulo.

Berk said: “There’s something very cosmically powerful about choosing love over and over and over again, recommitting to people, cooperating on creative endeavors. We wanted to make an album that reflected our commitments to supporting each other’s creative processes. There is something so pure and magical about true friendship love, and we wanted to put that into this album.”


A Friend in the World
Badman Recording Co.
Release date: Sept. 24




purchase new album at Amazon: Friend in the World


Sat Sep 21–Mississippi Studios in Portland OR, Record Release show w/ Night Cadet
Sun Sep 22–Chop Suey in Seattle WA w/ Night Cadet, S, and 18 Individual Eyes
Fri Oct 18–Pittsburgh, PA @ BrilloBox (Operation Sappho)
Sat Oct 19–Buffalo, NY @ Ambush! (Duke’s Bohemian Groove Bar)
Sun Oct 20– Providence, RI @ Machine with Magnets
Mon Oct 21–Boston @ the Middle East
Tue Oct 22– Burlington VT @ Necters
Wed Oct 23–Philadelphia PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Fri Oct 25–Durham NC @ Pinhook
Sat Oct 26–Baltimore, MD @ TBA
Sun Oct 27– Brooklyn NY @ Glasslands

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