Friday, January 30, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy weekend, friendlies!! Get ready for the Super Bowl by donning your navy blue or your green, and by making all of your favorite snacks. You can find us by the buffalo chicken dip.

Your Weekend Jam: Dance through your entire weekend with COIN’s latest jam, “Run.” It may even inspire you to go for a run! Or to just dance around your apartment.

TIOJ Thoughts:

Let’s get drinks. 

Biz Markie x The Muppets.

Babies playing peek-a-boo. I die.

The best thing about the Super Bowl -- snacks on snacks on snacks. We’ll be making a few of these.

Wish our school closures were announced like this…

Free! Speaking of Belle & Sebastian, Starbucks is giving away a free song off their recently released album Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance on their app!

DC Happenings: Harmonic Blue will be debuting their new album at Black Cat on Saturday night -- be there!

And in case you missed it: Just a few hours left to win!! Enter NOW to win tickets to Jukebox the Ghost, Little Daylight, and Secret Someones!!

{PLAYLIST} super bowl jams 2015

It's that magical Sunday -- the one where buffalo chicken dip and guacamole are more than acceptable as dinner and when you pretend to care about both football and commercials while also trying to recap your weekend adventures with your friends. Are you ready for the Super Bowl?

If you've been blissfully unaware the last few weeks, this year's showdown takes place in Arizona between the New England Patriots and last year's champs, the Seattle Seahawks. And the real news has been about the amount of pressure in footballs -- Deflategate has taken over every other talk of the actual game. AND, perhaps most importantly, Katy Perry is the halftime performer -- get ready for some theatrics.

Press play below for an alternative soundtrack to the game -- we bet these jams will be much exciting than the refs blowing their whistles.

"Firework" - Katy Perry
No doubt KP will kick of her show with plenty of fireworks. 
"More than a Feeling" - Boston
Is it just our partial New England bias, or do we have more than a feeling about this game??
"Can't Hold Us" - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Exactly what Richard Sherman will be saying to the entirety of the Patriots organization.
"Entertainment" - Phoenix
If only Phoenix were providing Sunday's entertainment instead of just sharing a name with the host city!
"American Woman" - Lenny Kravitz
It's hard for us to see Lenny as anything but Cinna now, but we can't wait for his halftime cameo. That's enough to put our snack refill on hold.
"Roar" - Katy Perry
Would not be surprised to see someone roar on Sunday, whether it's KP's backup dancers or a player...
"Shipping Up to Boston" - Dropkick Murphy's
The Super Bowl may not be in Boston, but no other band or song epitomizes Boston sports better.
"You Are a Tourist" - Death Cab for Cutie
Best thing about the Super Bowl (football wise) -- no home field advantage, so everyone's a tourist.
"Hello Seattle" - Owl City
Or maybe hello Tom Brady...
"This Is How We Do" - Katy Perry
Will not be surprised to hear this line uttered in an on-field post-game interview. Calling it now.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

{THROWBACK} "december"

I know, I know -- it's January. But I have a new guilty pleasure TV show, and it's VH1's Hindsight. And this song was in last week's episode.

Anyway, Hindsight is a charming story of time travel in which a girl goes back in time (to 1995) and calls off her first wedding (and this all happens the night before her second wedding!). But you've seen the commercials on Hulu, no doubt.

One of the best parts of this show is all of the throwbacks -- there is so much 1990s goodness, from the Ace of Base in the pilot to this week's "December" by Collective Soul. You may not have known what this song was called, but I promise you know the song when it was on the radio all the time.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

{RECAP} team spirit, motion city soundtrack

We sent Concert Correspondent Danielle out into the snow on Monday night to check out Team Spirit and Motion City Soundtrack at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Check out her recap below!

So yes, I braved the elements Monday night for an evening of garage pop, guitar-fueled rock delight. And I wasn’t the only one. The Fillmore in Silver Spring drew a diverse crowd of multigenerationals for the Team Spirit and Motion City Soundtrack show. It didn’t matter what age you were, all could agree these guys delivered amped up performances. It was my first time seeing Team Spirit, a side project of former Passion Pit lead keyboarder, Ayad Al Adhamy. These Brooklyn-based garage rockers brought high energy and it was hard not to jump around to “Jesus, He’s Alright,” the first track on their self-titled debut EP.

Then Motion City Soundtrack, who’s been around since ‘97, hit the stage and got me all nostalgic for my high school Warped Tour days. They offered up their most mosh-worthy, high intensity tracks just as they did back then, while throwing in a few timely wintery sadness songs like “Resolution” and “Together We’ll Ring in the New Year” from their second album Commit this to Memory. They made their long-time fans happy by playing plenty of favorites, including mine, “This is for Real,” in an encore. Way to end a show with an epic dance party (at least on my end), which made roughing it in a blizzard totally worth it!

Next Up: Krista and Morgan are forgoing Super Bowl nachos in favor of the beautiful voice of Asaf Avidan at the 9:30 Club on Sunday night!

jp cooper is my jam

I hope the day when I get sick of watching quirky, silver-tongued Brits singing serene tunes in sunny gardens never, ever comes, because randomly stumbling upon artists like JP Cooper is really too good to give up.

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