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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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Orbe Orbe: music review


Orbe Orbe is a new project for Seattle-based spoken word poet and soul-folk artist Cristina Orbé and producer Jahon Mikal. Orbe Orbe melds electronica with folk and ambient pop. It’s edgy and dramatic with various instrumentation and creative arrangements. Some songs are a bit mellower and some bolder. Cristina’s a talented vocalist with a voice as strong and convincing as Garbage’s Shirley Manson.

“Let Me In” feeds off a paranoid cabaret vibe “you are the poison under my skin” while “Circus Star” remains theatrical in its melody with poignant lyrics: “If she says nothing, it doesn’t mean she has nothing to say.” There’s full-on adrenalin flowing throw “Escape.” On “Parasol,” and “Orangutan” Orbe shows a gentler, more ethereal vocal side.

Originally from New York, when Cristina Orbe moved to Seattle in 2001 her goals were to: “live alone, stop watching television and teach herself to play guitar.” She wrote a song within three months and performed on stage in six months. She became a front-woman for soul-funk bands. Cristina co-founded FEEST, a youth food justice program. She works with teenagers to become leaders in their schools and neighborhoods through cooking, education and political advocacy.

Invisible Kingdoms
release date: October 22, 2013

Orbe Orbe website


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