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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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ON TOUR: o’death


New York’s o’death call themselves alt-country and goth. there’s definitely a lovely dark undertone to their songs on new album Out of Hands We Go. More edgy alt-folk. Sets a mood. With ukulele, banjo, violin there’s a twangyness. The music pushes you to the depths in a beautiful manner. o’death are: Greg Jamie [vocals, guitar]; Gabe Darling [vocals, ukulele, banjo]; David Rogers-Berry [drums]; Bob Pycior [violin] and Newman [bass].

10/17 – Zoo Bar – Lincoln, NE
10/18 – Moe’s Original – Denver, CO
10/20 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
10/22 – The Tractor – Seattle, WA
10/23 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
10/24 – Sam Bond’s Garage – Eugene, OR
10/25 – The Depot at Humboldt State University – Arcata, CA
10/27 – The Crepe Place – Santa Cruz, CA
10/28 – Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
10/29 – Leo’s – Oakland, CA
10/30 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
(w/ Guy Blakeslee, Lonesome Leash)
10/31 – Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace – Pioneertown, CA
(w/ Gram Rabbit)
11/01 – The Wayfarer – Costa Mesa, CA (w/ Guy Blakeslee)
11/02 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
(w/ All Them Witches, Lonesome Leash)
11/03 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ (w/ Lonesome Leash)
11/04 – Low Spirits – Albuquerque, NM (w/ Lonesome Leash)
11/06 – Fun Fun Fun Nites – Austin, TX
11/07 – Baton Rouge, LA (w/ Lonesome Leash)
11/08 – The BEATnik – New Orleans, LA (w/ Lonesome Leash)
11/10 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
11/11 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
11/12 – The Pinhook – Durham, NC
11/13 – DC 9 – Washington D.C.
11/14 – The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Death Vessel)
11/15 – Middle East Upstairs – Cambridge, MA (w/ Death Vessel)
11/16 – The Space Gallery – Portland, ME (w/ Death Vessel)
11/17 – The Middle East – Cambridge, MA (w/ Death Vessel)


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