Wednesday, April 16, 2014

new music roundup!

Just as flowers are seeming to pop up everywhere, so is new music! Sorry, that was lame... anyway -- let's dive right into this edition of new music roundup.

"The Wild Life" - Vacationer
TIOJ's most favorite interview alums are back with a catchy and anthemic jam that has the token laid back vibe of Vacationer.

"Boom Clap" - Charli XCX
As part of the recently announced soundtrack to The Fault In Our Stars, Charli XCX has released this surprisingly happy song for such a depressing book turned movie. (Seriously though, read the book!)

"Sing" - Ed Sheeran
TIOJ's favorite ginge is at it again with a wonderful new jam that highlights his amazing voice and guitar playing abilities. We dare you not to sing along to "Sing."

"Are You Behind The Shining Star" - Trampled by Turtles
Just when we were complaining about not enough banjo in our lives, Trampled by Turtles has answered our call.

What other new jams are you listening to??

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

{RECAP} white hinterland, s. carey

On Sunday night, I capped off a wonderful weekend of sunshine and cherry blossoms with a show from White Hinterland and S. Carey at Rock & Roll Hotel. White Hinterland, aka Casey Dienel kicked off the night and I automatically loved her simply for her sequin top and the fact that she played sitting and without shoes. If I actually had musical abilities, that is the type of performer I would hope to be.

With her impressive layered vocals and instrumentation, White Hinterland reminded me of a female complement to Kishi Bashi. I was just as taken, however, with her more subdued ballads like "David" that highlighted her extremely beautiful and soulful voice.

Overall her performance was wonderful and boosted by her likable and humble demeanor. Her last song "Live With You" that included an acoustic call and response was the perfect way to end her set.

Next up was S. Carey. Sean Carey is the drummer of Bon Iver (swoon) who just released his second album Range of Light. Given his connection to Bon Iver, I was expecting a dreamy, soft Sunday show and while I got that half the time, the other half was a raucous and maginificent drum solo.

Unlike the one woman show that was White Hinterland, S. Carey was supported by four very tall band members and a whole host of instruments (including two xylophones!). It was impossible not to draw connections between S. Carey and Bon Iver from the set design reminiscent of Bon Iver's cave setting from their last tour to the succinctly titled songs. Yet, S. Carey still managed to set themselves apart with a unique sound and passionate musicianship.

From some of the incredible two-person drum sessions to the softer ballads like "Fire-scene," it was an incredible concert to attend live. My favorite song from their performance and on the new album is "Aplenglow" -- if anyone out there is looking for the perfect proposal song -- This.Is It.

Next Up: Stacey's checking out the Revivalists in Philly tomorrow and us DC folk are catching Dan Croll at Rock & Roll Hotel -- have you entered to win tix to this show??

holy cow. this cover.

It's been a while since we've shared a good Miley cover, and the Dixie Chicks certainly sensed that hole on the blog. There are many high points of this cover, but I think my favorite has to be the violin at approximately 2:45. You'll get goosebumps.

In fact, I think I'd like for the Dixie Chicks to team up with Ms. Cyrus herself for a duet on this. Natalie Maines' incredibly powerful voice would pair well with Miley's in belting out this jam, in my very non-expert musical opinion. That level of lady badassness on one stage may be too much for the world to handle.

roo panes is my jam (again and again)

Roo Panes, he of the husky voice, chiseled cheekbones, and quiet English charm is back at it again, this time with "Tiger Striped Sky," a track from his upcoming debut album. It's so easy to swoon to Roo's easy style.

All of Roo's upcoming tour dates take place in the British Isles but here's to hoping his travels take him through little ol' DC soon. 

photo credit: alexander rhind


Monday, April 14, 2014

mashup monday: future x future islands

The latest Future Islands album has been on repeat on my iPod for the past few weeks, so this latest mashup from the Hood Internet featuring Future Islands and rapper Future is most definitely my jam.

Check the well paired mashup and download via Soundcloud below!

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