WHAT A YEAR! Our favorite S1D moments of 2014

Alright, so we already told you guys about our Favorite Albums of 2014. So today we thought it’d be cool to reflect back on all the cool stuff we did here at S1D this year. We seriously put out way too many good records, videos, singles and more to not have an entire blog post dedicated to them. So without any further hype, the moment you’ve all been so anxiously waiting for, here are some of our favorite S1D moments of 2014, as told by staffers Matt Baldwin, Christina Johns, Thomas Dreux, Alex Cornejo and Jamie Coletta!


Favorite Show:  The Menzingers, Lemuria, PUP, Cayetana @ The Roxy on June 21st
Favorite Live From SideOneDummy clip: Andrew Jackson Jihad – Children Of God
Favorite Video: Restorations – “Separate Songs”
Favorite Trip (if you took one): Fest 13
Favorite Song:Restorations – “Separate Songs”
Favorite Album: PUP – PUP
Favorite Album Cover: Restorations – LP3
Favorite Storytellers clip: Chris Farren


Favorite Show: Andrew Jackson Jihad at the Troubadour 7/30/14
Favorite Live From SideOneDummy clip: Chuck Ragan – “Non-Typical”
Favorite Video: PUP – “Mabu”
Favorite Trip (if you took one): SXSW 2013
Favorite Song: Violent Soho – “Covered In Chrome”
Favorite Album: Violent Soho – Hungry Ghost
Favorite Album Cover: Restorations – LP3
Favorite Storytellers clip: Kyle Kinane




Favorite Show: Andrew Jackson Jihad at The Troubadour 7/30/14
Favorite Live From SideOneDummy clip: Andrew Jackson Jihad “Do, Re, & Me” aka Sean and his mic bouquet
Favorite Video: PUP – “Guilt Trip”
Favorite Trip (if you took one): FEST!
Favorite Song: “Separate Songs” by Restorations
Favorite Album: PUP – PUP
Favorite Album Cover: Restorations – LP3
Favorite Storytellers Clip: Christian Hand

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(There’s Sean with his flower bouquet microphone!)


Favorite Show: The Menzingers + Lemuria + PUP + Cayetana at The Roxy 6/21/14
Favorite Live from SideOneDummy clip: PUP on KEXP
Favorite Video: Restorations – “Separate Songs”
Favorite Trip (if you took one): PERU!
Favorite Song: Tie – Chuck Ragan “For All We Care” / Restorations “All My Home”
Favorite Album: PUP – PUP
Favorite Album Cover: Andrew Jackson Jihad – Christmas Island

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(PUP at The Roxy, 6/21/14. Photo by L.A. Record)


Favorite Show: This one is a three way tie between

  • Andrew Jackson Jihad at the Troubadour 7/30/14
  • PUP at some random kid’s garage in Temecula, CA 10/22/14
  • Jeff Rosenstock x The Smith Street Band x The Bennies at The Fest 11/2/14

Favorite Live From SideOneDummy clip:
Working at S1D certainly has its perks. This year, I had this surreal moment where I poked my head out of my office one afternoon and there was Chuck Ragan and his band The Camaraderie, literally performing their entire new album in our fucking office! What! It was crazy. I’ve been listening to Chuck and his outputs for years so it was totally unreal. Needless to say, any clips from that session will bring a positive feeling to mind so here’s Chuck Ragan and the gang performing “Something May Catch Fire” about 8 feet from my office door.

Favorite Video: This is a tough one but I’ll have to go with PUP and their outstanding video for “Guilt Trip.” We’ve had so many killer videos this year so it’s almost impossible to pick one single favorite but I’m just obsessed with the storyline of “Guilt Trip” (yeah, lil baby cop killaz!). I use this video to turn people onto PUP all the time!

Favorite Trip (if you took one): The answer to this question every single year from now until forever will be The Fest in Gainesville, FL.

Favorite Song: Another tie. I don’t care. This one is between PUP “Dark Days,” which Spotify tells me was my #1 most played track of the year, and The Smith Street Band “Surrey Dive.”

Favorite Album: We put out a stupid amount of great albums this year so again, it’s impossible to choose, but if I had to say, it’s between Restorations LP3  and  The Smith Street Band’s Throw Me In The River. Both have completely taken me over ever since I first heard the demos. I’m so blown away by each record every time I listen. On TSSB, the storytelling is spot on – at times you feel like laughing and others, downright empty inside. And with LP3, it’s a cinematic and truly exciting listen from start to finish!

Favorite Album Cover: Andrew Jackson Jihad – Christmas Island

Favorite Storytellers clip: Erik Griffin talking about his First Gig and winding up inspiring the entire freaking room!

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(Talk about epic moments! Craig from The Bennies singing along to “Young Drunk” by The Smith Street Band, led by Jeff Rosenstock. Fest 13. 11/2/14. Photo by Kara Smarsh.)




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