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The Syndicate’s Top Picks of 2014!

Well, we’re here! It’s the end of 2014! This past year has been a banner one for The Syndicate family, with new faces coming on board, productive and exciting trips taken, great music across every genre, and lots of successes to celebrate.

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The Syndicate family at our 2014 Holiday Dinner

But before we let 2015 take over, the whole Syn crew put together their favorite records and comedy releases from the past 12 months – the songs and tracks that soundtracked all of our crazy adventures, and will continue to keep us company as we head into the holidays. Take a look at our lists below (who knows, maybe we share some favorites!), and have a safe and happy holiday. We’ll see you next year!

Allan Benedict (College Radio Marketing & Promotion)
1. Modern Baseball, You’re Gonna Miss It All (Run For Cover)
2. Death From Above 1979, The Physical World (Warner Bros.)
3. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal (What’s Your Rupture?)
4. La Dispute, Rooms of the House (Better Living)
5. Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else (Mom + Pop/Carpark)
6. Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
7. Braid, No Coast (Topshelf)
8. St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
9. Hozier, Hozier (Columbia)
10. Glass Animals, Zaba (Harvest)

Bram Teitelman (Managing Editor, Metal Insider)
1. Pallbearer, Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore)
2. St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
3. At the Gates, At War with Reality (Century Media)
4. Death From Above 1979, The Physical World (Warner Bros.)
5. Trap Them, Blissfucker (Prosthetic)
6. Royal Blood, Royal Blood (Warner Bros)
7. Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner)
8. Mastodon, Once More ‘Round the Sun (Reprise)
9. Phantogram, Voices (Republic)
10. Opeth, Pale Communion (Roadrunner)

Brian Pacris (Director, Business Development)
1. gates., Bloom & Breathe (Pure Noise)
2. Phantogram, Voices (Republic)
3. Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble Music/Xtra Mile)
4. The Afghan Whigs, Do to the Beast (Sub Pop)
5. Braid, No Coast (Topshelf)
6. Thievery Corporation, Saudade (Eighteenth Street Lounge Music)
7. Joyce Manor, Never Hungover Again (Epitaph)
8. Real Friends, Maybe This Place Is the Same and We’re Just Changing (Fearless)
9. Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
10. Pianos Become the Teeth, Keep You (Epitaph)

Honorable Mention: The Jazz June, Neon Trees, Gameface, Gaslight Anthem, Fucked Up, SBTRKT, Beach Slang, The Hold Steady, Pharrell, Caribou, Odesza, DFA1979, Drive-by Truckers, The Glitch Mob, Cloud Nothings, Porter Robinson, FKA Twigs, No Devotion, Chuck Ragan, Foxing, Cheatahs, The Life and Times, Interpol, Minus the Bear

Chris Elles (Partner/Operations & Business Development)
1. Hannibal Buress, Live From Chicago (Comedy Central)
2. Big Jay Oakerson, The Crowd Work Sessions / What’s Your F@!?#ng Deal?! (Comedy Central)
3. Nick Thune, Folk Hero (Comedy Central)
4. Kurt Metzger, White Precious (Comedy Central)
5. Myq Kaplan, Small, Dork & Handsome (Comedy Dynamics)
6. Mark Normand, Still Got It (Comedy Central)
7. Mike Vecchione, Muscle Confusion (Comedy Dynamics)
8. Morgan Murphy, Irish Goodbye (Comedy Dynamics)
9. Neal Brennan, Women and Black Dudes (Comedy Central)
10. Tracy Morgan, Bona Fide (Comedy Central)

Honorable Mention:
Shane Mauss, Jokes To Make My Parents Proud (Comedy Dynamics)
Christian Finnegan, The Fun Part (Comedy Dynamics)
Chris Porter, Ugly and Angry (Comedy Dynamics)
Andy Sanford, Me The Whole Time (Comedy Dynamics)

Chris Lane (Finance)
1. Pink Floyd, The Endless River (Columbia)
2. Winger, Better Days Comin’ (Frontiers Records)
3. Magic!, Don’t Kill The Magic (RCA)
4. Annie Lennox, Nostalgia (Island)
5. Judas Priest, Redeemer of Souls (Epic)
6. Flying Colors, Second Nature (Mascot)
7. Neal Schon, So U (Frontiers Records)
8. AC/DC, Rock or Bust (Columbia)
9. Walk The Moon, Talking Is Hard (RCA)
10. Opeth, Pale Communion (Roadrunner)

Graham Rothenberg (Director, Business Development)
1. First Aid Kit, Stay Gold (Columbia)
2. Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
3. The War On Drugs, Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)
4. Real Estate, Atlas (Domino)
5. St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
6. Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright In The End (Republic)
7. Alvvays, Alvvays (Polyvinyl)
8. Cloud Nothings, Here & Nowhere Else (Carpark/Mom & Pop)
9. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
10. FKA Twigs, LP1 (XL)

Jackie Citero (Radio Coordinator)
1. Taylor Swift, 1989 (Big Machine)
2. Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Balcony (Communion UK/Island UK)
3. First Aid Kit, Stay Gold (Columbia)
4. St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
5. Glass Animals, ZABA (Harvest)
6. Jack White, Lazaretto (Third Man)
7. Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA/Roswell)
8. James, La Petite Mort (BMG)
9. Vance Joy, Dream Your Life Away (Liberation/Atlantic)
10. Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)

Jeff Kilgour (VP, PR & Artist Development)
1. The War On Drugs, Lost In the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
2. Ty Segall, Manipulator (Drag City)
3. Temples, Sun Structure (Heavenly)
4. St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
5. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
6. FREEMAN, FREEMAN (Partisan)
7. Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal)
8. Sharon Van Etten, Are We There (Jagjaguwar)
9. Real Estate, Atlas (Domino)
10. Jungle, Jungle (XL)

Honorable Mention:
Goat, Commune (Sub Pop)
tUnE-yArDs, Nikki Nack (4AD)
Alvvays, Alvvays, (Polyvinyl)

Jerry Rubino (Alternative Radio Promotion)
1. Real Estate, Atlas (Domino)
2. Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Balcony (Communion U.K./Island U.K.)
3. Temples, Sun Structures (Heavenly / Fat Possum)
4. Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
5. Tigers Jaw, Charmer (Run For Cover)
6. Jaws, Be Slowly (Side One Dummy)
7. The Rifles, None The Wiser (Cooking Vinyl U.K.)
8. Braid, No Coast (Topshelf)
9. The Orwells, Disgraceland (Canvasback/Atlantic)
10. Drowners, Drowners (Frenchkiss)

Honorable Mention:
Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal (What’s Your Rupture?)
Morning Parade, Pure Adulterated Joy (So)
St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
Neon Trees, Pop Psychology (Island)
The Afghan Whigs, Do To The Beast (Sub Pop)
J Mascis, Tied To A Star (Sub Pop)
Philip Selway, Weatherhouse (Bella Union)
Cheatahs, Cheatahs (Wichita)
Field Mouse, Hold Still Life (Topshelf)
First Aid Kit, Stay Gold (Columbia)

Joe McGinnis (College/Non-Comm Radio Marketing & Promotion)
1. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal (What’s Your Rupture?)
2. Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
3. St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
4. Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else (Mom + Pop / Carpark)
5. LVL Up, Hoodwink’d (Double Double Whammy)
6. Cheatahs, Cheatahs (Wichita)
7. BANKS, Goddess (Harvest)
8. Mitski, Bury Me A Makeout Creek (Double Double Whammy)
9. Real Estate, Atlas (Domino)
10. Little Racer, Modern Accent (Papercup)

Jon Landman (Partner/Operations & Business Development)
1. Old 97’s, Most Messed Up (ATO)
2. Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
3. Hozier, Hozier (Columbia)
4. First Aid Kit, Stay Gold (Columbia)
5. Restorations, LP3 (SideOneDummy)
6. Jack White, Lazaretto (Columbia)
7. St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
8. Drive-By Truckers, English Oceans (ATO)
9. Strand of Oaks, Heal (Dead Oceans)
10. The Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams (Razor & Tie)

Kaity Davie (Social Media Strategist)
1. The Hotelier, Home Like Noplace Is There (Tiny Engines)
2. Restorations, LP3 (SideOneDummy)
3. St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
4. Modern Baseball, You’re Gonna Miss It All (Run For Cover)
5. Banks, Goddess (Harvest)
6. Manchester Orchestra, Cope (Loma Vista)
7. Xerxes, Collision Blonde (No Sleep Records)
8. Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
9. Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble Music/Xtra Mile)
10. Jon Bellion, The Definition (Visionary Music Group)

Honorable Mention:
Ariana Grande, My Everything (Republic)
Creative Adult, Psychic Mess (Run For Cover)
Fireworks, Oh Common Life (Triple Crown Records)
From Indian Lakes, Absent Sounds (Triple Crown Records)
La Dispute, Rooms of the House (Better Living)
Mitski, Bury Me At Makeout Creek (Double Double Whammy)
Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line (Nonesuch)
Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal (What’s Your Rupture?)
Sam Hunt, Montevallo (MCA Nashville)
Taylor Swift, 1989 (Big Machine)

Kodi McKinney (Manager, Promotion & Marketing)
1. At the Gates, At War With Reality (Century Media)
2. Behemoth, The Satanist (Metal Blade)
3. Fallujah, The Flesh Prevails (Unique Leader)
4. Arch Enemy, War Eternal (Century Media)
5. Cynic, Kindly Bent to Free Us (Season of Mist)
6. Revocation, Deathless (Metal Blade)
7. Mastodon, Once More ‘Round the Sun (Warner Bros)
8. Insomnium, Shadows of a Dying Sun (Century Media)
9. Every Time I Die, From Parts Unknown (Epitaph)
10. Hoth, Oathbreaker (self-released)

Mark Seman (Comedy Marketing)
1. “Weird Al” Yankovic, Mandatory Fun (RCA Records)
2. The Presidents of the United States of America, Kudos to You! (PUSA Inc.)
3. Mark Normand, Still Got It (Comedy Central)
4. OK Go, Hungry Ghosts (Paracadute)
5. Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright in the End (Republic)
6. Hannibal Buress, Live from Chicago (Comedy Central)
7. Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA Records)
8. Coldplay, Ghost Stories (Parlophone)
9. Hari Kondabolu, Waiting for 2042 (Kill Rock Stars)
10. Lionel Messi, Champions League Goal Scoring Record (Barcelona)

Matt Kleinschmidt (Senior Manager, Comedy Marketing; Editor-In-Chief, TheLaughButton.com)
1. Bill Burr, I’m Sorry You Feel That Way (Netflix)
2. Dave Attell, Road Work (Netflix)
3. Jerrod Carmichael, Love At The Store (HBO)
4. Kurt Metzger, White Precious (Comedy Central)
5. Hannibal Buress, Live From Chicago (Comedy Central)
6. Big Jay Oakerson, What’s Your F@!?#ng Deal?!  (Comedy Central)
7. Cameron Esposito, Same Sex Symbol (Kill Rock Stars)
8. Dan Mintz, The Stranger (Comedy Central)
9. Andy Sandford, Me The Whole Time (Comedy Dynamics)
10. Wyatt Cenac, Brooklyn (Netflix)
11. Chelsea Peretti, One Of The Greats (Netflix)
12. Mark Normand, Still Got It (Comedy Central)
13. Patton Oswalt, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time (Comedy Central)
14. Ian Edwards, 100% Half-Assed (Team Coco)

Nick Desimone (Metal Radio Marketing & Promotion)
1. Devin Townsend Project, Z2 (InsideOut)
2. Arsafes, Ratocracy (self-released)
3. Mastodon, Once More ‘Round The Sun (Warner Bros.)
4. Trap Them, Blissfucker (Prosthetic)
5. In The Presence of Wolves, Thalassas (self-released)
6. Anaal Nathrakh, Desideratum (Metal Blade)
7. Godflesh, A World Lit Only By Fire (Avalanche)
8. Xerath, III (Candlelight)
9. Toothgrinder, Schizophrenic Jubilee (Spinefarm)
10. At The Gates, At War With Reality (Century Media)

Rachel Corson (College Radio Marketing & Promotion)
1. St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Visita)
2. Eternal Summers, The Drop Beneath (Kanine Records)
3. Mitski, Bury Me at Makeout Creek (Double Double Whammy)
4. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal (What’s Your Rupture?)
5. Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
6. LVL UP, Hoodwink’d (Double Double Whammy)
7. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjagwuar)
8. The War on Drugs, Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)
9. The Preatures, Blue Planet Eyes (Harvest)
10. Alvvays, Alvvays (Polyvinyl)

Rev. Moose (VP, Business Development)
1. St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
2. Ha the Unclear, Bacterium, Look at Your Motor Go (self-released)
3. Lowell, We Loved Her Dearly (Arts & Crafts)
4. Ásgeir, In the Silence (One Little Indian)
5. Charli XCX, Sucker (Neon Gold/Atlantic)
6. Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll, Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll EP (Skeleton Farm)
7. Metsatöll, Karjajuht (Spinefarm)
8. Glass Towers, Halcyon Days (Dine Alone)
9. Kota, Valoenkeli (Rad Rec)
10. Taylor Swift, 1989 (Big Machine)

Rob Wilcox (Alternative Radio Promotion)
1. The Rentals, Lost In Alphaville (Polyvinyl)
2. Real Estate, Atlas (Domino)
3. Braid, No Coast (Topshelf)
4. Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
5. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal (What’s Your Rupture?)
6. St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
7. Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble Music/Xtra Mile)
8. King Tuff, Black Moon Spell (Sub Pop)
9. Future Islands, Singles (4AD)
10. Alex G, DSU (Orchid Tapes)

Honorable Mention:
Cheatahs, Cheatahs (Wichita)
Joyce Manor, Never Hungover Again (Epitaph)
Manchester Orchestra, COPE (Loma Vista)
The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers (Matador)
Restorations, LP3 (SideOneDummy)

Sam Nakhoul (Marketing Coordinator)
1. Joyce Manor, Never Hungover Again (Epitaph)
2. Nothing, Guilty of Everything (Relapse)
3. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
4. La Dispute, Rooms of the House (Better Living)
5. LVL UP, Hoodwink’d (Double Double Whammy)
6. gates., Bloom & Breathe (Pure Noise)
7. Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else (Carpark)
8. St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
9. Odesza, In Return (Counter Records)
10. Single Mothers, Negative Qualities (XL Recordings)

Honorable Mention:
Cayetana, Nervous Like Me (Tiny Engines)
Cheap Girls, Famous Graves (Xtra Mile)
Death From Above 1979, The Physical World (Last Gang)
Fucked Up, Glass Boys (Matador)
Pianos Become the Teeth, Keep You (Epitaph)
Pup, Pup (SideOneDummy)
Tigers Jaw, Charmer (Run For Cover Records)
Warpaint, Warpaint (Rough Trade Records)

Tim Hager (Marketing Coordinator)
1. Bane, Don’t Wait Up (Equal Vision)
2. Pup, Pup (SideOneDummy)
3. Lagwagon, Hang (FatWreck)
4. Tigers Jaw, Charmer (Run For Cover)
5. Backtrack, Lost In Life (Bridge9)
6. Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble Music/Xtra Mile)
7. Single Mothers, Negative Qualities (XL)
8. Jack White, Lazaretto (Third Man Records)
9. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal (What’s Your Rupture?)
10. Beck, Morning Phase (Capitol)

Tracey Zucatti (Partner/Finance & Administration)
1. Hozier, Hozier (Columbia)
2. Alt-J, This is All Yours (Atlantic)
3. Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
4. Royal Blood, Royal Blood (Warner Bros)
5. Tears for Fears, Songs From The Big Chair- Reissue (Island)
6. Taylor Swift, 1989 (Big Machine)
7. Jim Gaffigan, Obsessed (Comedy Central Records)
8. Pharrell Williams, Girl (Columbia)
9. Afghan Whigs, Do To The Beast (Sub Pop)
10. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Give The People What They Want (Daptone)

Victoria Havlicek (Office Manager)
1. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence (Interscope)
2. The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
3. Thievery Corporation, Saudade (ESL Music)
4. Pharrell Williams, GIRL (Columbia)
5. Jungle, Jungle (XL)
6. Beck, Morning Phase (Capitol)
7. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso (Partisan Records)
8. Chromeo, White Women (Atlantic)
9. Alt-J, This Is All Yours (Atlantic)
10. Phox, Phox (Partisan Records)

Honorable Mention:
Banks, Goddess (Harvest Records)
John Coltrane, Offerings: Live At Temple University (Impulse! Records)
Tears for Fears, Songs From The Big Chair- Reissue (Universal)
Phish, Fuego (ATO)
Jessie Ware, Tough Love (Universal)

Zach Shaw (Publicist)
1. Mastodon, Once More ‘Round The Sun (Reprise)
2. St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista/Republic)
3. Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner)
4. Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA)
5. Death From Above 1979, The Physical World (Warner Bros.)
6. Killer Be Killed, Killer Be Killed (Nuclear Blast)
7. Devin Townsend Project, Z2 (Inside Out)
8. Biblical, Monsoon Season (New Damage)
9. Slash (feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators), World On Fire (Dik Hayd International)
10. Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright In The End (Republic)

Honorable Mention:
Every Time I Die, From Parts Unknown (Epitaph)
Behemoth, The Satanist (Metal Blade)
Jack White, Lazaretto (Third Man Records/Columbia)
At The Gates, At War With Reality (Century Media)
Arch Enemy, War Eternal (Century Media)
Menace, Impact Velocity (Season Of Mist)
Body Count, Manslaughter (Sumerian)
Wings Denied, Mirrors For A Prince (self-released)
Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
Casualties Of Cool, Casualties Of Cool (HevyDevy)

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Taco Bell announces 2014’s Feed The Beat lineup

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Since 2006, Taco Bell has helped support up-and-coming artists via the Feed the Beat program. The Syndicate is proud to work with Taco Bell (as their music agency) and continues to curate and grow Feed The Beat.

This week, Feed The Beat announced the Spring 2014 lineup of 100 artists via feedthebeat.com. In addition to giving all Feed the Beat bands $500 in Taco Bell gift cards to support them on the road, FTB helps artists gain exposure in other ways. too. From featuring bands like little hurricane and Portugal. The Man in their commercials and Feed the Beat bands performing at Hype Hotel during SXSW, to more ambitious projects like the Hello Everywhere documentary, Taco Bell’s Feed the Beat has continually helped new bands connect with music fans.

The program has proven to be so popular that there will be a second lineup of 100 artists later this year for the first time in its history. You can read the full list of bands participating in Feed the Beat at it’s website.

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Twelve Foot Ninja wins Golden Gods Award

TFNGGATwelve Foot Ninja has received the Best New Talent award at this year’s Revolver Golden Gods Awards, America’s only hard rock and heavy metal awards show. With the winners determined by the fans, the Australian group beat out fellow nominees Deafheaven, Scar The Martyr, ††† (Crosses), Heaven’s Basement and Issues for the award.

The Syndicate’s publicity and metal radio teams have been working together to spread the word about Twelve Foot Ninja since the band’s first ever shows in the States, as well as the U.S. release of Silent Machine. Our work in expanding Twelve Foot Ninja’s outreach in North America and introducing them to a wider audience is a shining example of The Syndicate’s impact in the hard rock and metal community. And now, Twelve Foot Ninja has won a Golden God award right before they embark on a headlining tour of North America! The April/May trek will coincide with a handful of appearances at some of the premier U.S. rock festivals, including Rock On The Range and Carolina Rebellion. The group’s return to North America will be in continued support of its critically acclaimed full-length album, Silent Machine.

Congratulations Twelve Foot Ninja! We could not be more excited and proud!

Written by Sam Nakhoul
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