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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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IN THE REALM: shows this week

Paloma Faith
Monday, September 29
Middle East Downstairs

Monday, September 29
The Paradise

Topshelf tour
A Great Big Pile of Leaves
Field Mouse
Tuesday, September 30
Great Scott

Bee vs. Moth
Wednesday, October 1
TT the Bear’s Place

Lykke Li
Friday, October 3
House of Blues

WMBR Anniversary Show #8
Blood Orange
Robin Lane and The Chartbusters
Lazy Susan
Weeping in Fits and Starts
Friday, October 3
Middle East Down

WMBR Anniversary Show #9
The Clamdiggers (proto-Upper Crust)
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
Quintaine Americana
Crazy Alice
Saturday, October 4
Middle East Down

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ON TOUR: Paloma Faith

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bluesy British singer Paloma Faith will tour the U.S. later this month and through October in advance of the release of her latest album A Perfect Contradiction due out October 7, 2014. Her music melds smoky vocals with soulful melodies.

U.S. Tour Dates:

September 26–New York, NY–Highline Ballroom
September 27–Washington D.C.–U Street Music Hall
September 29–Cambridge, MA–Middle East Downstairs
October 2–Minneapolis, MN–Triple Rock Social Club
October 4–San Diego, CA–SOMA
October 5–Los Angeles, CA–The Roxy Theatre
October 6–San Francisco, CA–Slim’s
October 8–Portland, OR–Wonder Ballroom
October 9–Seattle, WA–The Crocodile

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