Best of 2014 Staff Lists

by Sam Logan on December 17, 2014

Every year around the end of November, conversations start to percolate around the office: “Did you hear…?” “Did you see…?” So, the tradition continues of compiling our favorite albums, songs, moments, or whatever else we dug this year into a much-loved, much-debated list. We hope you enjoy ours, and please share your favorites of 2014 with us below!

Evan Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance – Silk Hope, NC
The Art of Cool Festival – Durham, NC
The Big What? – Mebane, NC
Lock’n Interlocking Music Festival – Arrington, VA

SarahTaylor Swift, Blank Space: “… lonely Starbucks lovers”
St. Vincent, Digital Witness: “What’s the price for you next week?”
Sylvan Esso, Hey Mami: “Coming to terms on a shivery tip”
The War on Drugs, Red Eyes: ”Well you could see through the door, that it’s going my way”
Alt-J, Every Other Freckle – “I’m going to fit into you like a cat fits into a demon”


Album of the Year: D’Angelo & The Vanguard, “Black Messiah”
Party Jammer of the Year: Chris Brown, “Loyal”
My Personal Best Karaoke Performances of the Year: Phil Collins, Against All Odds
My Personal Worst Karaoke Performance of the Year: Steve Miller Band, Jungle Love
Meal of the Year: Bottomless Trout @ Skipper Forsyth’s Bar-B-Q in Henderson, NC

Sam1. The War On Drugs, “Lost In The Dream”
2. Run The Jewels, “RTJ2”
3. Protomartyr, “Under Color of Official Right”
4. Spoon, “They Want My Soul”
5. Isaiah Rashad, “Cilvia Demo”
6. Future Islands, “Singles”
7. Sturgill Simpson, “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music”
8. Ty Segall, “Manipulator”
9. Taylor Swift, “1989”
10. Wye Oak, “Shriek”


Covered in glitter and nowhere to go.
A pirate called me a mermaid. Day/month/year/life made.
I just ate a chocolate covered orchid. I guess we can cross that off the list.
Spent a decent amount of time last night counting sheep. Lots of them were giving me sass.
Why if it ain’t soup season.

AndreiChromeo, “White Women”
Banks, “Goddess”
Jungle, “Jungle”
Aphex Twin, “Syro”
Mr. Scruff, “Friendly Bacteria”


Glass Animals, “ZABA”
Alt-J, “This Is All Yours”
MØ, “No Mythologies To Follow”
2 Chainz, “B.O.A.T.S.II #METIME”
SBTRKT, “Wonder Where We Land”
Bon Iver, “For Emma, Forever Ago”
Atmosphere, “Southsiders”
Hozier, “Hozier”
Kanye West, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”
Interpol, “El Pintor”
Big Boi, “Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

MikeDale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., “The Speed of Things”
Yellow Ostrich, “The Mistress”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Unknown Mortal Orchestra”
Lucius, “Wildewoman”
Chromeo, “White Women”
Lushlife, “Plateau Vision”
Brian Horton, “Brand New Day”


1. Future Islands, “Singles”
2. Sun Kil Moon, “Benji”
3. Isaiah Rashad, “Cilvia Demo”
4. Hiss Golden Messenger, “Lateness of Dancers”
5. Parkay Quarts, “Content Nausea”
6. Wing Dam, “Shifter Bliss”
7. Viet Cong, “Cassette”
8. Zack Mexico, “Run Out of Money and Die”
9. Open Mike Eagle, “Dark Comedy”
10. Krill, “Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts into Tears”


King Mez, “Long Live The King”
J.Cole, “2014 Forest Hills Drive”
Broken Bells, “After the Disco”
Wara from the NBHD, “Kidnapped”
Run the Jewels, “Run the Jewels 2”
Ariana Grande, “My Everything”
Partynextdoor, “Two”
Stalley, “Ohio”
D’Angelo & The Vanguard, “Black Messiah”

Lockdown, Voodoo Woman
Lilac Shadows, Honeycombs (Stay Asleep)
Skinny Zazu, The Trap House
Alex Blood & The Diggers, Tired of Workin’
Analog Rascals, Gringo Starbuxxx 
Johnson Orchid, My Audition
Smooth Antics, Indigo
Dre Murro, I Wanna Be Down

Liz Lawrence – Heard one song and instantly became a fan; best find of 2014
Bradford Loomis, “Stampede”
Dehlia Low, “State of Jefferson”
Sharn Te Pou, “Chalice”
Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, “3 Pickers “


1. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, “Piñata”
2. Run the Jewels, “Run The Jewels 2”
3. Ghostface Killah, “36 Seasons”
4. Your Old Droog, “Your Old Droog EP”
5. Schoolboy Q, “Oxymoron”


Temples, “Sun Structures”
Ryan Adams, “S/T”
La Dispute, “Rooms of the House”
Crobot, “Something Supernatural”
Run The Jewels, “RTJ2”
Cage The Elephant, “Deep Hands: Live Session”


1. Sturgill Simpson, “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music”
2. Drive-By Truckers, “English Oceans”
3. Sun Kil Moon, “Benji”
4. Freeman, “FREEMAN”
5. Pallbearer, “Foundations of Burden”
6. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, “Wig Out at Jag Bags”
7. Beck, “Morning Phase”
8. Mastodon, “Once More ‘Round the Sun”
9. Pilgrim, “II: Void Worship”
10. Phish, “Fuego”
11. Eyehategod, “S/T”
12. Brownout, “Brown Sabbath”
13. The War On Drugs, “Lost in the Dream”
14. Run the Jewels, “Run the Jewels 2″
15. Pink Floyd, “The Endless River”



1. Oreo cupcakes
2. Chocolate chip cookie dough
3. Traditional chocolate
4. Pumpkin pie
5. Cherry-filled chocolate chip.
1. Rose’s Meats & Sweets’ Ramen
2. Mami Nora’s Peruvian Chicken
3. The Federal’s Pork Sandwich


Hozier, “S/T”
The Black Keys, “Turn Blue”
Shovels and Rope, “Swimmin’ Time”
Banks, “Goddess”
Grohg, “Darkness and the Freedom It Breathes”


5. A lesson in judgment:
2. A lesson in homophones:
3. A lesson in topography:
2. A lesson in humility:


Behemoth, “The Satanist”
Godflesh, “A World Lit Only by Fire”
Mayhem, “Esoteric Warfare”
Tombs, “Savage Gold”
Goatwhore, “Constricting Rage of the Merciless”
Belphegor, “Conjuring the Dead”
Pallbearer, “Foundations of Burden”
Cannibal Corpse, “A Skeletal Domain”
1349, “Massive Cauldron of Chaos”
At the Gates, “At War with Reality”
Krieg, “Isolation/Transmission”


Sun Kil Moon, “Benji”
Black Crown Initiate set at ReverbNation/Skateboard Marketing CMJ Showcase
The Knick on Cinemax
Real Estate, “Atlas”
iPhone 6


5. Chromeo, “White Women”
4. Sylvan Esso, “Sylvan Esso”
3. Phantogram, “Voices”
2. Alt-J, “This is all yours”
1. Bombay Bicycle Club, “So long, See you tomorrow”

Best Beer: The Bruery – Sour in the Rye
Best Kickstarter: u64 pressurized growler
Best Video: Game of Thrones (80s VHS intro)

What were some of your favorite releases, songs, or moments from 2014? Share with us in the comments below!

Last year, over 9,000 Artists from 70 countries competed to perform in front of 40,000 fans in Rome, Italy. Seattle’s Joyfield ended up taking home the grand prize after being hand-selected from the final round of 25 global Artists. Hard Rock Rising 2014 was a huge event for Artists across the world, so we are excited to announce that Hard Rock Rising is coming back for another round.

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Beginning January 5, 2015, you can enter for a chance to play the main stage of Hard Rock Rising 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. With more than 85 cafes participating worldwide, Artists from all corners of the globe will have a chance to compete for top honors. Best of all, submission is FREE.

How it Works

1. Create or log in to your ReverbNation account
2. Select the song you’d like to submit
3. Agree to the official program Terms and Conditions

FIVE bands will have the opportunity to play live on stage in Barcelona, Spain.

So get ready to enter Hard Rock Rising 2015 – registration opens January 5, 2015!

Getting your music onto services like iTunes and Spotify is essential to an independent Artist’s complete web presence. We’re proud to offer our Artists a quick and affordable method of digital distribution, and we want to help make sure that your release won’t get rejected by the retailers’ strict guidelines.

With that in mind, we put together a final checklist to make sure that your release meets those requirements and doesn’t end up delayed. Watch the following video, or check out the highlights below.

Rights Ownership

You alone must own or control all necessary rights to any song or User Content that you submit for Digital Distribution. You are responsible for securing all appropriate permissions, clearances, licenses, or other authorizations and for paying all third-party fees and royalties required.

If you submit a cover song, you must obtain the appropriate license from a rights management organization (Harry Fox Agency, Limelight, etc.) to do so and should be able to provide documentation of this license to us.

You must own or control the rights to all images, logos, and trademarks you display on your album artwork, and you must be able to submit proof of ownership to us.

Size & Content of Artwork

Your album artwork must be a complete square — e.g. the exact same dimensions on either side. Ideally, your artwork should be no smaller than 1500 x 1500 pixels. If your artwork is smaller than that, you will be prompted to add a colored border to your release, which may result in some of the artwork being altered.


This is an example of what adding a colored border to your release could look like.

Also, make sure that you or your designer did not simply enlarge a smaller image to meet these size requirements — this will result in a blurry, pixelated image that will also get your release rejected.

This was a small image that was enlarged to meet the 1500x1500px requirement — it would be rejected by iTunes for blurriness.

This was a smaller image that was enlarged to meet the 1500x1500px requirement.

Your artwork cannot display any nudity, drugs, extreme violence, company logos, or website URLS. The ONLY text you can display on your artwork is your Album Title, Artist Name, Record Label, Producer, or Contributing Guests. Please note that any text on your artwork must match what you list in your Release Details.


You cannot list URLs, logos, or extra text on your album cover.

Performer Attribution

It’s important to give credit to featured performers who contributed to your work, but you’ll want to do that in the Song Details section of each song — NOT in the song title itself.


Make sure you list any contributors in the right section — NOT in the Song Title.


If you need further assistance with any of these issues, please feel free to email our Support team at To learn more about Digital Distribution, visit here.

(iTunes and Spotify are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. and Spotify AB Corporation respectively.)

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