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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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MUSIC: what I’m into right now [Chvrches, MGMT, Widowspeak]

CHVRCHES, The Bones of What You Believe
–Chvrches arranges thoughtful electronic music– layered, twisting, complex– to complement singer Lauren Mayberry’s lovely, emotive vocals.

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MGMT, MGMT
— MGMT mixes older styles with newer styles. catchy but real. I’ve been a fan since the first album.

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Widowspeak, The Swamps EP out October 29
–moody, compelling, dark

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Widowspeak TOUR DATES:

10/01 – Oxford, MS – Lamar Lounge
10/02 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
10/04 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/05 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ
10/08 – McAllen, TX – Simon Sez
10/11 – Austin TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/12 – Marfa, TX – El Cosmico
10/13 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits**
10/14 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rhythm Room**
10/15 – San Diego, CA – The Void**
10/16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo**
10/18 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel**
10/19 – Davis, CA – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen**
10/21 – Eugene, OR – Cozmic Pizza**
10/22 – Vancouver, BC – Media Club**
* supporting Iron & Wine

10/23 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey**
10/24 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar**
10/25 – Boise, ID – Neurolux**
10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge**
10/27 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge**
10/28 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr**
10/30 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry**
10/31 – Chicago, IL – Schubas**
11/01 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch**
11/02 – Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar Room**
11/03 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore**
11/04 – Winooski, VT – The Monkey House**
11/05 – Cambridge, MA – TT the Bear’s Place**
11/06 – New Haven, CT – BAR Nightclub**
11/08 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom**
**with Pure Bathing Culture

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BEST OF 2010: MUSIC

My 10 favorite CDs of 2010 [not in any particular order]

Charlotte Gainsbourg, IRM [Elektra/Asylum]

Arcade Fire, The Suburbs [Merge Records]

Thee Sgt Major III, The Idea Factory [Spark and Shine Records]

MGMT, Congratulations [Columbia]

The National, High Violet [4AD Records]

Gorillaz, Plastic Beach [Virgin Records]

Kate Nash, My Best Friend is You [Geffen Records]

The Radio Dept., Clinging to a Scheme [Labrador Sweden]

Broken Bells, Broken Bells [Sony]

Martina Topley Bird, Someplace Simple [Ipecac Recordings]

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