Vinyl Mag’s Best of 2014

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Best Albums

  • Strange Desire by Bleachers and The Outsiders by Eric Church (Hannah Smith)
  • A Toothpaste Suburb by Milo and Salad Days by Mac DeMarco (Trey Moss)
  • The Pinkprint by Nicki Minaj, Broke With Expensive Taste by Azealia Banks, and 2014 Forest Hills Drive by J. Cole (DeShonna Johnson)
  • The Balcony by Catfish and the Bottlemen (Jackie Citero)
  • This Is All Yours by Alt-J (Nikki Smith and Emily McBride)
  • Also St. Vincent by St. Vincent and 1989 by Taylor Swift (Emily McBride)

Best Film

  • Gone Girl (Hannah Smith)
  • Godzilla or The Imitation Game (Trey Moss)
  • The Lego Movie. Chris Pratt. Legos. Duh.” (DeShonna Johnson)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Jackie Citero)
  • Annabelle.  “Wow, I think that’s the only movie I saw in theaters this year.” (Nikki Smith)
  • Birdman, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Trip to Italy (Emily McBride)

Best Concert/Show/Festival

  • Eric Church (Hannah Smith)
  • Tall Tall Trees at the rooftop of the Georgia Theatre (Trey Moss)
  • “Does Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On The Run HBO special count?” (DeShonna Johnson)
  • “Hands down Lockn’.  It just keeps getting better and better every year!” (Jackie Citero)
  • Roky Erickson with Black Angels at Terminal West (Nikki Smith)
  • Cabaret on Broadway, Rave of Thrones with Kristian Nairn (Hodor), and The Gaslight Anthem at Shaky Knees (actually, pretty much all of Shaky Knees).” (Emily McBride)

Best Beauty/Fashion Moment

  • “Sarah Jessica Parker’s ode to Oscar de la Renta at the Met Gala.” (Hannah Smith)
  • Erykah Badu’s short hairstyle (Trey Moss)
  • The delicate jewelry trend (Jackie Citero)
  • “The Chanel feminist protest, Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne’s Burberry campaign, and Alexander Wang’s collaboration with H&M. And, course, our first fashion shoot for Vinyl Mag!” (Emily McBride)

Best New Gadget

  • “I just got the iPhone 5, so I’m still fascinated by that. Yes, I do realize the iPhone 6 has been released. Yes, I’m behind the times.” (Hannah Smith)
  • Amazon Echo is pretty neat, but it’s still in beta testing.” (Trey Moss)
  • “My new fridge so that I can rely on more than just Ramen for sustenance.” (DeShonna Johnson)
  • “Recently received a Kindle, and it has changed my world!” (Jackie Citero)
  • Portable phone charger for South by Southwest. Life-changing.” (Emily McBride)

Best Book Read

  • This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. The movie is great, but I highly recommend reading the book if you have the time.” (Hannah Smith)
  • Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick (Trey Moss)
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (DeShonna Johnson)
  • The Defining Decade – it’s a book I would recommend to anyone 18-29! It gives you such a different perspective on how you should be viewing your 20s. Wish I had read the book sooner!” (Jackie Citero)
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (Nikki Smith)
  • Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (Emily McBride)

Best Black Friday/Cyber Monday Purchase

  • “The only thing I bought for Black Friday was one of those bulk packages of Maruchan Ramen.” (Trey Moss)
  • “A black pencil skirt from Target for only like 12 bucks.” (DeShonna Johnson)
  • “Topshop ear cuff for 30 percent off!” (Emily McBride)

Best Thing Learned from Pinterest

  • “I learned how to make healthy ice cream sandwiches using graham crackers, peanut butter, and bananas. Don’t knock it till you try it.” (Hannah Smith)
  • “Let me ask my mom.” (Trey Moss)
  • “Despite the exercise moves that I’ll probably never do, I found a pretty good infographic on preparing for and acing job interviews. Welcome to adulthood, kiddos.” (DeShonna Johnson)
  • “How to make really cute heart cutout cupcakes for Valentine’s Day.” (Jackie Citero)
  • Tumeric mask and any natural remedies.” (Nikki Smith)
  • “So many crock pot recipes.” (Emily McBride)

Best Trip Taken

  • Nashville, Tn.  I’d never been before this year.” (Hannah Smith)
  • “A train ride to the Adirondacks with my buddy Mark.” (Trey Moss)
  • Shreveport, Louisiana. (DeShonna Johnson)
  • “A trip to Bald Head Island in North Carolina for my best friend’s wedding. SUCH an amazing island!” (Jackie Citero)
  • Lobsterfest in Maine (Nikki Smith)
  • “This has been the year of trips for me – it’s been fantastic! The Hamptons this summer. New Orleans to see a friend. Austin for South by SouthwestChicago to see a friend. Monterey, Ca. to see a friend. Nashville to go see Hodor at Rave of Thrones. Favorite must have been New York City this Christmas to see Cabaret – that was a perfect trip.” (Emily McBride)

Best Moment at Vinyl Mag

  • “Being able to share my opinions through different reviews.” (Hannah Smith)
  • “Consistently missing deadlines and forgetting what day it is.” (Trey Moss)
  • Becoming an intern and falling in love with Cara Delevingne!” (DeShonna Johnson)
  • “Every single moment of covering Electric Forest for Vinyl!” (Jackie Citero)
  • “Interview with King Buzzo of The Melvins.” (Nikki Smith)
  • “Getting to put together our first fashion spread.” (Emily McBride)


  • “I’ll decide in 2015.” (Hannah Smith)
  • “Acceptance to Indiana University’s graduate school program.” (Trey Moss)
  • “Worry less.” (DeShonna Johnson)
  • “To try something new or go someplace I’ve never been before every month!” (Jackie Citero)
  • “Plant a garden, and keep it alive.” (Nikki Smith)
  • “Just keep it up.” (Emily McBride)

Most Excited For in 2014

  • “Spending the summer in Athens for the first time.” (Hannah Smith)
  • “Pokemon League Champion. Graduating from UGA is a contender, I guess.” (Trey Moss)
  • “My 21st birthday!” (DeShonna Johnson)
  • “New music and bigger and better music festivals…Governor’s Ball, I’m looking at you! Oh! And we can’t forget about Better Call Saul coming next year!” (Jackie Citero)
  • Becoming a senior at UGA.” (Nikki Smith)
  • Better Call Saul for sure, and more exciting Vinyl stuff!” (Emily McBride)


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