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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.

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

my review

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

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3. Lykke Li, I Never Learn [Atlantic]

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4. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence [Interscope Records]

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5. Banks, Goddess [Harvest]

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6. Zola Jesus, Taiga [Mute]

my review

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7. Phantogram, Voices [Republic]

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

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9. Paloma Faith, A Perfect Contradiction [Epic]

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

my review

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

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12. Chrissie Hynde, Stockholm [Caroline]

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

STEELE interviews Lilla

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14. Megafauna, Maximalist [Danimal Kingdom]

my review

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15. Karen O, Crush Songs [Kobalt]

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

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17. The Kooks, Listen [Astralwerks]

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18. FKA Twigs, LP1 [XL Recordings]

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

my review

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

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STEELE PICKS: Favorite Shows of 2014

Suzanne Vega at The Sinclair–May 30
–I’ll see Suzanne Vega peform anytime, anywhere. She’s magnificent.

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Field Mouse/Wild Ones at Great Scott– August 10
–love this band’s new album. outstanding high energy cool live set.

source: Brooklyn Vegan

source: Brooklyn Vegan

Retro Futura Tour with Howard Jones, Tom Bailey, Katrina and the Waves and Midge Ure, Wilbur Theatre– August 24
–nostalgic fun that took me back to high school. I remembered the songs even though I’d not heard them in years. Did not love this venue.

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Shonen Knife at Middle East Upstairs– September 5
–quirky songs, spunky women and frenetic set.

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Lykke Li at House of Blues– October 3
–emotional, dark, theatrical. visually stunning sets. everything I expected and more.

source: boston theater.com

source: boston theater.com

WMBR Anniversary Show #9 with Orangutang at Middle East– October 4
–saw numerous Orangutang shows in the 90s and these guys are supremely talented and the set was perfection.

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Dave Steele/ source: daykampmusic

The Paperhead at Middle East– October 27
–what a cool band with a laid-back retro vibe. wonderful set.

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High Highs (with Avi Buffalo) at Great Scott– November 8
–electronic. sweet. slightly charming.

source: Brooklyn Vegan

source: Brooklyn Vegan

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

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

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

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Lykke Li, I Never Learn
–beautiful, thoughtful.

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

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

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

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

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

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Dum Dum Girls, Too True
–dark gorgeousness.

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Shonen Knife, Overdrive
–energetic fun.

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Megafauna, Maximalist
–unique, edgy garage-rock.

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Snowbird, Moon
–swirly, magical.

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