Friday, November 27, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy Black Friday! Whether you've been shopping all day or decorating for Christmas, we hope you've had a great day and have a wonderful weekend in store!

Your Weekend Jam: HONNE’s “Gone Are The Days” is the perfect jam for your travels this weekend -- an enticing beat for you to dance in your plane/train/automobile seat to while not being too overpowering as you recover from eating too much.

TIOJ Thoughts: 

If Clueless were set in 2015.

Justin Bieber’s Nirvana t-shirts.

All of these movies are my faaaaaavorites!!

Adele, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots play “Hello” with classroom instruments.

Free! Your favorite jams that you’ve heard on TV, found on Noisetrade!

DC Happenings: Frank Sinatra would be 100 this year, and there’s an exhibit on him at the Museum of American History!

And in case you missed it: Sara checked out White Reaper before we took some time off to celebrate Thanksgiving!!

{PLAYLIST} it will all be okay, part ii

Well, you've made it through Thanksgiving -- but let's be real, the craziness is just getting started. Think of all that's going to happen in the next month: Christmas parties, finals, holiday shopping, figuring out New Year's Eve... and that's not even including the actually holidays. But take a deep breath -- we promise, everything is going to be okay. (And if it gets a little too stressful, there's always Bao Bao and Bei Bei on the National Zoo's panda cam.)


For more tunes for you when things get to be just a little much, see our original It Will All Be Okay Jams here.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

happy thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving, turkeys!! We hope you have a great day filled with plenty of turkey trotting. And mashed potatoes.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

{RECAP} white reaper

Last week  fearless Concert Correspondent Sara Grant headed over to DC9 to check out White Reaper. Check out her recap below!

White Reaper, pop-punk outfit from Louisville, Kentucky, on tour in promotion of their 2015 release White Reaper Has Done It Again have, well, Done It Again at DC9 on Tuesday.

The band has a way of seeming simultaneously very personal while also embodying the we're-all-about-to-fully-experience-this-moment-together-y-ness of well-executed punk shows. There's a feeling you get when listening to a White Reaper song that you are very much in the present moment -- rocking out and being enraptured by the band's abilities -- while also being transported to a memory from a time or feeling you may have forgotten, one in which White Reaper would have been the perfect soundtrack.

epic pic c/o Sara's busted camera phone
The fully-present-in-the-moment thing was well achieved by the foursome. Their banter was minimal. The longest on-stage monologue was at the beginning of the show; a beckoning for concert-goers to approach the stage. "Get closer, there's a rock concert happening up here!" The music did the rest. A tearing, sweaty, high-gear 35-minute set with barely a break between songs. That kind of skilled and all-out, non-stop musicianship allows the audience to ride the wave of the set. To really "be there."

There's another side to an effective punk show that is the surfacing of memories which, rather than being remarkable in themselves, transport you to a familiar feeling. For me, there I was suddenly back in the 90s, trapped in traffic on Route 3 riding from Boston to Cape Cod for the weekend in my friend's parents' beat up Jeep Cherokee (yes with the wood panel). No AC, pavement on fire, each second longer than the last. Dissatisfaction with a hint of hopeful excitement for what's to come - that is adolescence, that is punk, and that was this White Reaper show.

White Reaper proved a friend who is alongside you in these moments - when you're feeling trapped by boredom or restlessness, and when you're celebrating a release from said boredom, or when you're twenty seven and still dancing on the stage at DC9 with your friends. It was truly remarkable that in such a short time, the band was able to bring all of that out. It was enjoyable to be taken on that trip with White Reaper on Tuesday, and I would encourage you to be transported when they swing by your neck of the woods.

Next Up: We'll be taking a quick break from shows this week (if you don't count Grandma singing to herself as she bastes the turkey) -- Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

dan henig is my jam

Full confession, I discovered Dan Henig while watching a college basketball game (go Duke!) and he sang the national anthem. But I liked what I heard, and to Google I went! Turns out this fella who hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, has a knack for covering inappropriate rap songs in coffee shops. Please wait until you are on private headphones to listen to his cover of "Get Low." It's incredible that this is/was ever allowed on radio airwaves.

But there's also something about his original jams. "Still With You" is just so beautiful and honest, and it is definitely now on my winter playlist.

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