S1D: Favorite Albums of 2014

We could probably fill an entire book with words about how great our releases were this year. And it’s not just us saying it. Places like The A.V. Club, Consequence of Sound, Punk News, Treble Zine and more have been singing the praises of our 2014 releases, too!

On our end, we’re just truly honored to have had a tiny hand in getting these killer records into all of your hands this year.

  • The Gaslight Anthem – The B-Sides
  • Chuck Ragan – Till Midnight
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad – Christmas Island
  • PUP – PUP
  • Restorations – LP3
  • The Smith Street Band – Throw Me In The River
  • Violent Soho – Hungry Ghost
  • The Lees Of Memory – Sisyphus Says
  • JAWS – Be Slowly

2014 release sale albums

So here’s to 2014, one of the best years this label has ever seen. These albums could truly fill all of our personal “best of” lists so we’ve opted to list our favorite non-S1D releases instead because a whole bunch of other labels have had a great year, too!

Without further ado, OUR LISTS:

Christina Johns – production

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold
Rozwell Kid – Too Shabby
Antarctigo Vespucci – I’m So Tethered + Soulmate Stuff (together they equal a full length, eh?)
Cheap Girls – Famous Graves
Hard Girls – A Thousand Surfaces
Radiator Hospital – Torch Song
Cayetana – Nervous Like Me
The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams
The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There
Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else
Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All

Jamie Coletta – publicity & promotion

Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All
Hard Girls – A Thousand Surfaces
Colombian Necktie – Twilight Upon Us
Rozwell Kid – Too Shabby
Cayetana – Nervous Like Me
Dikembe – Mediumship
Braid – No Coast
The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There
Fireworks – Oh, Common Life
Microwave – Stovall
Gates – Bloom & Breathe

Favorite Song: Strand Of Oaks – “Goshen 97”

Matt Baldwin – audio/video engineer

1. The Lawrence Arms – Metropole
2. Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else
3. The Menzingers – Rented World
4. Tigers Jaw – Charmer
5. Beach Slang – Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street (EP) + Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? (EP)
6. The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams
7. Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All
8. Antarctigo Vespucci – Soulmate Stuff (EP) + I’m So Tethered (EP)
9. Cayetana – Nervous Like Me
10. Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again

George Slater – marketing

Violent Soho – Hungry Ghost
The Dirty Heads – Sound Of Change

Rancid – Honor Is All We Know

Thomas Dreux – general manager
(no Twitter bc he rules)


Twin Peaks – Wild Onion
Allison Weiss – Remember When
J Mascis – Tied to a Star
Ed Sheeran – X
Temples – Sun Structures
Strand Of Oaks – Heal
Attuned Vibrations – Solfegio Frequencies
Eagulls – S/T
Mogwai – Rave Tapes

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

Alex Cornejo – warehouse manager

1. Souvenirs – You, Fear & Me
Tim interned here at SideOneDummy a while back and in getting to know him better, I got to know his musical tastes more and when he told me he was in a band I figured it would sound like a little bit of all those rad bands we talked about. It sure does. I’ve gotten every song they’ve put out thanks to Tim and to see them finally put out a full length is fuckin awesome. Great band. Listen to them now and get a head start.

2. El Michels Affair – Loose Change EP
‘Sounding Out The City’ came out in 2005 and it absolutely blew my mind. Because of that album, I kept my eyes and ears on EVERYTHING that Truth And Soul Records put out. Ten years later and even though a lot of this is songs already released, there’s some stuff I never heard and anything NEW from this band is gonna make it on my top list.

3. Spoon – They Want My Soul
I can’t believe Spoon waited 4 years to put out something new. Luckily though, it was probably them just perfecting an amazing record. It was worth the wait.

4. Tigers Jaw – Charmer
TJ had fallen in that bands “I’ve heard of, but never heard them” category. You know that category. With a new record coming out and the opportunity of full album streams online, I gave Charmer a listen and was glad to finally take TJ out of that above mentioned category.

5. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
I got way into ‘Attack on Memory,’ there was just no way I wasn’t going to pay attention to whatever CN put out next. Became a big fan of the band’s music, it was a no brainer that this album was on heavy rotation for me all year.

6. Alvvays – S/T
Great upbeat indie rock pop music. Kind of music that makes you wish you were in the music video to every song just having tons of fun and hanging out with great people and maybe you’re sharing ice cream with your crush or something. Right? No?

7. Lee Fields & The Expressions – Emma Jean
Another artist that I discovered via Truth and Soul Records. Listen to Lee’s song, “Honey Dove” and let me know if you’re not gonna be following this dude’s musical career.

8. Mogwai – Rave Tapes
I saw Mogwai live many years ago and thought they were just so boring live. I was bummed. I needed a break from them. Then a new album comes out and I decided to end my Mogwai hibernation. I’ve accepted that Mogwai is just gonna be best listened to on records. I’m OK with that. This album reaffirms that.

9. The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt
I might be biased, but I’ll always have much love for these guys and no matter what direction they take, one thing is for certain: they don’t give a f***. Too much is talked about whether it’s still cool like this band or not. I say grow up and listen if you like and dismiss if you don’t and that’s it. This album has some jams on it especially “Underneath The Ground.” Coooooold bloooooded.

10. I listened to Songs: Ohia’s The Magnolia Electric Co. and Neil Young (Crazy Horse)’s Zuma so much in 2014 that no one else really deserves to be in this spot.

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