Friday, December 30, 2011

beyjay baby is coming?!?!

so rumor has it that our girl beyonce mayyyyy be having her baby now/yesterday/in another nine months. we are SO excited for whenever that day may come (any offspring of that power couple is already so much cooler than the three of us combined), until then join us by jamming to "Countdown":

these are our new year's eve jams

GUYS IT'S NEW YEAR'S EVE. You know what that means: it's the most acceptable day of the year to drink too much champagne and wear all together too many sparkles (so basically, it's "pretend you're Taylor Swift day"). Convince your party host to put on this playlist and/or put it on while you deck yourself out. And stay tuned for our resolutions playlist next week -- you know you'll need it as you detox your way into 2012.

Offer a toast to and find more on this playlist at theFFJD.

"Top of the Pops 2011 (What the Fuck)" - Mashup-Germany
This song is pretty much a power hour mix condensed into a four-minute song. Do what you will with that information.
"Good Fucking Night" - Roscoe Dash
careful with those shots of patron (slash save three for us)
"Hearts on Fire (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)" - Cut Copy
cross your fingers that there are strobe lights -- or convince your roomie to flip the lights on and off to this jam
"Look at Her Go" - T-Pain (feat. Chris Brown)
slip the DJ a Benjamin so he'll play this as you make your grand entrance (oh, did we say Benjamin? We meant Lincoln -- we're girls on a budget.)
"Til the World Ends" - Britney Spears
you may have heard that the world is ending in 2012 -- but don't worry, you have until December to get your dance on
"Blackout Remix" - Mike Posner
it's New Year's Eve, it happens... this is a judge-free zone.
"Kiss Me at Midnight" - *N SYNC
make sure you have your cherry chapstick around...
"I Kissed a Girl" - Katy Perry
no cute boys were around at midnight? hope you found a good replacement
"2012" - Jay Sean (feat. Nicki Minaj)
"United States of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom)" - DJ Earworm
our favorite end-of-year tradition (besides, of course, watching Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve hosted by Ryan Seacrest)

Last year we resolved to give up dance floor makeouts. We need help thinking of one that's equally as important for this year. Holla at us with ideas @thisisourjamdc.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

We Love Wednesday: Rostam Batmanglij

Confession: I've been really hesitant to listen to any of Vampire Weekend keyboardist (and DC native!) Rostam Batmanglij's solo stuff for fear that it just wouldn't measure up to VW's peppy-alt wonderfulness.

So so glad to report that Rostam's solo songs don't disappoint.

Sidenote: Does anyone else think it is awesome that his last name has "Batman" in it? Just me? Oh.

friendly fires is my jam

I really want to reenact this video. Any takers?

this is our 2011 jam

One of our favorite parts of the end of the year is seeing how DJ Earworm mashes up the year's best (still think 2009 is up there as one of the best). Try as Mashup-Germany might, it's just not the same as the United States of Pop (World Go Boom):

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

these are my Chicago Blackhawks jams

In case you haven't noticed, TIOJ loves hockey. To be fair, Stacey and Kristen love hockey and have been teaching me to love it since the pro-basketball scene in DC leaves much to be desired (suck it, John Wall). So, I was oh so happy when I reached into my stocking on Christmas morning and pulled out tickets to see the Chicago Blackhawks.

I watched them take on Columbus last night and had SO much fun watching them play. From the fun Blackhawks jerseys:

to jamming to the Fratellis after every goal (we got to do it FOUR TIMES because the Hawks are that awesome):
Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis on Grooveshark

to finding my newest Blackhawks crush, Patrick Sharp (beat my sister at calling dibs on Sharpy, #winning):

i said dibs people, back off.

the game was most certainly my jam.

Now we just gotta get the Caps to win...

{Editors Note: Our friends over at What's Up Ya Sieve have happily (?) pointed out that Sharpy is already taken and a proud papa.  I would be upset if this picture wasn't so freaking cute}

{Editor's Note #2: SHARPY TURNS 30 TODAY!!!!!!! Celebrate by typing his name into Google Image Search}

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day to those of you that celebrate whatever this holiday is/wish you were Canadian (coughStaceycough).

Download this and more tracks from the Hometapes bandcamp.

Friday, December 23, 2011

happy holiday weekend!!

from our new fav tumblr:

a few last minute christmas jams


If you're getting tired of hearing "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" every time you get in your car- I've got two more, hopefully new to you, holiday jams to listen to while you stuff your face with Christmas cookies.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot like Christmas by Telephoned

Thursday, December 22, 2011

mac miller is my jam

It's late December! You know what that means...24/7: Road to the Winter Classic is back! Oh, and Christmas is almost here. But whatever, back to hockey.

Both last year and this year, 24/7 has been on point with their music choices for their installments and they've scored some pretty intense hockey scenes to songs by the xx, Eminem, Interpol, Band of Horses, Boston, M83 and Fitz and the Tantrums (all of whom TIOJ love love love). The most surprising and enjoyable song I've discovered through 24/7 this year has been the Flyer's current victory anthem "Knock, Knock" by Mac Miller. Sure, it's no "Beat dat Beat" and it's the Flyers (meh) but I'm still pretty obsessed.

canada's favorites on ice

Apparently, it's Canadian Musicians On Ice all across Canada this week... you know, like Disney on Ice, but better. Both Michael Buble and the Biebs got to practice with their favorite teams and basically fulfilled every young Canadian's dream. Maybe they traded a concert for a practice? My guess is that they each crooned "All I Want For Christmas" to their teams' respective owners and replaced "you" with "a professional hockey practice." It'd work on me (and probably Ted Leonsis).
(Michael suited up in full pads... good job, MB, safety first -- via the Vancouver Sun)

Not to be outdone, of course, the Biebs took to the ice with the Toronto Maple Leafs the next day.
(Maybe for a special Bieber Appreciation Day, the Leafs will wear purple jerseys... holla holla E!)

I want this to happen in D.C. asap. I pick our favorite hometown rapper (Wale, duh). He's already besties with Uncle Ted and reps Wizards jerseys on the reg. Caps next? Please?

Throwback(ish) Thursday: Boys II Men

So this song is actually a new jam from Bieber's Christmas album, but it features one of our favorite 90's boy bands, Boys II Men, (and its super catchy) so we'll this one slide.

Throwback Thursday: The Hanukkah Song

Guys, did you know that the first Hanukkah Song was originally performed on SNL all the way back in 1994? (The O.J. Simpson reference makes a lot more sense now -- way to be topically relevant, Adam; I'm impressed.)

This throwback is for all the kids in town without a Christmas tree.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

TIOJ Holiday Gift Guide

So guys, there are just 4 (!!) more days until Christmas and 6 more nights of Hanukkah left and we’re gonna bet that some of you biddies still have some shopping left to do. Have no fear, procrastinators, TIOJ is here to help. We’ve put together some very last minutes recommendations of albums to get that one last person on your list who you just can’t seem to find something for.
TIOJ Holiday Gift Guide

For your college age bro/sis:
1. Wale, Ambition
2. The Hood Internet, Mixtape Five
3. Diamond Rings, Special Affections

For your friend who needs new jams:
1. Bombay Bicycle Club, A Different Kind of Fix
2. Friendly Fires, Pala
3. Dolorean, The Unfazed

For your dad:
1. The Black Keys, El Camino
2. The Drums, Portamento
3. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More

For your man friend:
1. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
2. M83, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
3. Mike Posner, The Layover

For your mom:
1. Adele, 21
2. Beirut, The Rip Tide
3. Ellie Goulding, Lights

We’d also recommend concert tickets for the ones you love (or love spending time with but aren’t sure if you’re there yet). If you’re in the DC area, check out our list of upcoming concerts and if you’re not a) visit Ticket Alternative for tix and gift cards b) learn to use google and find concerts near you.

We Love Wednesday: Michael Buble

Dudes, Michael Buble's Christmas album is my jam. I've been listening to it non-stop since December 1st and really jammed to it as I was walking to dinner last night. Now, my normal walking pace is a half jog relative to you slow walkers out there, but as I was walking last night listening to Mr. Buble crooning about chestnuts on an open fire I was pretty much crawling as I dreamt of a white Christmas and stared up at the Christmas lights. Not gonna lie, may have died a little of happiness when "I'll Be Home for Christmas" came on and I saw a couple hug as they walked home together hand in hand with their Pottery Barn bags (Sorry if I stared, couple on the street, I blame Buble).

Bonus points: Mike is silly

...I want those pants for Christmas

Keep on reading for some extra Buble treats:

5 more days 'til Christmas!

so i may be a day late in posting this jam, but c'mon guys, I'm bringing Cheetah Girls into your life, we'll let this one slide.

ha remember when that Cheetah Girl was dating Rob Kardashian? good times.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Drunk History: Christmas

Oh kiddies, do I have a treat for you: Ryan Gosling in "Drunk History: Christmas"

...and remember to make good choices at your work holiday parties/family dinners/Christmas brunch with Grandma...we can't all have Ryan Gosling star in our bad decisions (if only...)

this is my first night of hanukkah jam

happy hanukkah, chickadees!

Monday, December 19, 2011

this is my christmas cover jam

AV Club Undercover is pretty much my favorite thing ever. Pair that with Christmas music and I'm sold.

David Bazan covers "Just Like Christmas" by Low 

this is my cover jam

I've been on a She & Him kick lately (intermixed with my Christmukkah jams, obvi), and Pandora shared this gem with me today. Perfect for mellow Motown Monday.

(Bonus that this recording is from MTV Canada.... I didn't know that they had their own MTV, but I don't hate it.)

Friday, December 16, 2011

these are our CHRISTMUKKAH jams

Merry Christmukkah, everyone! We hope you're excited for Christmas trees, latkes, reindeer, snow, inflatable Santas, twinkley lights, the Maccabeats, and the Christmukkah episode of "The O.C." Over at TIOJ, we've been preparing for weeks, and we've been listening to Christmas music pretty much non-stop since the new Michael Buble Christmas album graced our ears with musical joy. Our resident Jew almost died of excitement at putting up her first Christmas lights, but don't worry, she's spinning dreidels and eating way too much Chinese food to rep the Chosen people and balance out all the Christmas.

Ice skate on over to theFFJD for more on this playlist and your holiday survival guides.

"Tiny Tree Christmas" - Guster
like Guster, we wanted to set the mood with Chinese food
"Merry Christmas Baby" - Otis Redding
another one of our Love Actually faves
"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" - N SYNC
All we want for Christmas is you, Justin Timberlake. Bring your Santa hat, please.
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - Coldplay
Do you think Chris Martin sings this to Gwynnie and the bebes on Christmas Eves? We hope so... but we do wonder what baby Moses thinks about it.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - Jack Johnson
hope that Santa and the reindeer make it to Hawaii to see Jack and his kiddies...
"Very Merry Christmas" - Dave Barnes
We tried to think of something to say about this song but got distracted by Dave Barnes' sexy sexy voice... what were we talking about again?
"Christmas Tree" - Lady Gaga
yes, we're also surprised that the Gags hasn't yet dressed up like a giant Christmas tree, but with a few days left in the holiday season, there's still time...
"Christmas in Hollis" - Run-D.M.C.
"The Christmas Waltz" - She & Him
think Zooey/Jess can come up with a handbell version of this? Winston would be great at playing them
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Glee Cast
one of our all-time faves... and it may explain one of our life philosophies a little too much
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" - Death Cab for Cutie
if Death Cab isn't your style, check out Hanson's version. You won't be disappointed.
"Give Love on Christmas Day" - The Temptations
Love is great, but on Christmas day we'd also accept anything from our wishlist on Anthropologie's website
"Last Christmas" - Florence and the Machine
we're pretty sure nothing will come close to the WHAM! music video, but then again, nothing is able to compete with 1986's finest
"Santa Can You Hear Me" - Britney Spears
yes, we love this. don't judge.
"Mis Deseos/Feliz Navidad" - Michael Buble and Thalia
Why do we find it so amusing that a Canadian is singing in Spanish? Maybe because we can picture half of the Washington Capitals singing this song way too easily...
"Christmas Time is Here" - Woods
Where would we be without a Charlie Brown Christmas? We hope we never find out.
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" - Bruce Springsteen
such a boss version of this Christmas classic... get it get it??
"Jingle Bell Rock" - Rogue Wave
"Everyone in the English-speaking world knows that song." "They do it every year."
"Miracle" - Matisyahu
how do you think Matisyahu's first beardless Hanukkah will be? Still miraculous, we hope.
"Auld Lang Syne" - Lea Michele
Let our girl Lea sing you into the new year, and may your 2012 be filled with peace, love, and most importantly, good jams

We're always looking to add to our Christmas playlists, so tell us what your go-tos are. And what your New Year's Eve jamz will be. Holler holler @thisisourjamdc.

stefon is our jam

if you're ordinary, or love salt, we've got just the spot for you

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Throwback Thursday: "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"

Another list of my favorite things: Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons (we miss you, Big Man), Christmas songs, saxophones, and Christmas Diet Coke cans.

throwback thursday: mickey mouse club

Some days like today, when I'm so swamped with work that I can't seem to get my head on straight, I remind myself that all is not lost. Because, dear friends, just when I start to lose hope I remember that THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB existed, and that wonderfulness gave me videos like the ones below.

Anything involving Vintage JC Chasez, Baby Ryan Gosling, and Petit J. Timberlake (especially R&B ballads, naturally) are a fool proof remedy to sinking spirits.

Ryan reppin' the Great White North


Throwback Thursday: The Noodle Dance

The phrase “..let me noodle of that” has come up WAY too frequently in my meetings this week. Such a phrase would normally annoy me, but it reminds me of “The Noodle Dance” from Disney’s PB&J Otter, which makes having to "noodle on" something much more entertaining.

…Maybe I’ll sing this to my colleague the next time he has to noodle on something. Ha. Done.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

We Love Wednesday: "Last Christmas"

Favorite Christmas song of the year: "Last Christmas." This honor was confirmed after seeing the music video. There are just too many gems in here to pick a favorite part... god bless the 1980s.

Props to the Glee version too, but it doesn't even come close to WHAM.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

guys, 12 DAYS til Christmas!!

these are our holiday special jams

One of the best parts of December is the endless supply of Christmas-related things on TV. Holiday episodes of every show (so excited for Glee Christmas tonight), Michael Buble hosting an extravaganza, and ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas (that we think started in November... that math doesn't quite add up) -- we don't hate it. These are our faves:


So my all-time favorite Christmas special is obviously “Rudolph” (not to be confused with those wannabe remakes they play on ABC Family...) – it was the first movie I ever sat through as a baby and has had a special place in my heart ever since. (True life- I wear Abominable Snowman slippers around our apartment)

HOWEVER, my favorite Christmas tradition is to watch Pee-Wee Herman’s “Christmas at the Playhouse.” It is ridiculous and celebrity-filled. Including, but not limited to: Magic Johnson, Little Richard, Oprah, K.D. Lang, Whoopi Goldberg, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and everyone’s favorite: THE DEL RUBIO TRIPLETS. Be amazed:

(I only hope I can rock skirts that short when I’m that old…or not…)

The O.C.'s "Chrismukkah" episode is a modern classic and I thank Josh Schwartz every December for bringing this tradition into my life. What's not to love about a holiday that involves Seth Cohen, latkes, candy canes, menorahs, Christmas carols, Santa hat yarmulkes and... did I mention Seth Cohen? I, for one, plan on creating a new holiday next winter where the only purpose is spending eight days of celebrating Seth Cohen.


Long before Adam Sandler made all little Jews feel better with "The Chanukah Song" ("when you feel like the only kid in town without a Christmas tree" -- story of my life) and before Seth Cohen made yarmulkes cool (see: above), the Rugrats taught everyone about overcoming the Chanukah Meanie (you have to CH when you say it!) and eating pancakes at night.

(side note, not totally sure why this version is black and white... but yes, I did just listen to it at work.)

Monday, December 12, 2011

this is my (cover) jam

I've been on a Black Keys kick lately and was thrilled when Cover Me Songs posted this great cover of my favorite jam, "Everlasting Light" by Alex Winston. so much goodness.
Everlasting Light (Black Keys Cover) by Alex Winston on Grooveshark

for more "Everlasting Light" goodness, check out the Mummers remix too.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

no really, this is my jam

I have mixed emotions about Drake. His first album was baller and "Successful" is one of my favorite songs ever, but his most recent album just hasn't been doing it for me..HOWEVER, I heard his new song "The Motto" when I was driving this weekend and I couldn't help but break it down in the mall parking lot. (PLUS, Lil' Wayne is on the track and I have a soft spot for him after we had a TIOJ-viewing of his Behind the Music. quality tv right there.)

The Motto by Drake on Grooveshark

Friday, December 9, 2011

these are my chilly friday jams

It's not that I'm obsessed with Scandinavia. It's just that I happen to adore the people, culture, weather, scenery, languages and--most importantly--music that you find there.

Here's my favorite new Scandinavian jams of the week:

these are our cuddling jams

Baby, it's cold outside (CHRISTMUKKAH IS SO SOON JUST WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK'S JAMS). And we all know that the best way to warm up is to find your nearest cutie patootie (snagged him at the office Christmas party? bar down the street? neighbors? we don't discriminate), and cuddle your little hearts out . And if things start to escalate, go back to our makeout jams for some additional mood-setting.

Cuddle up to theFFJD for more on today's playlist.

Cuddle Music by this is our jam on Grooveshark

"Banana Pancakes" - Jack Johnson
"Don't Bother Me" - The Blakes
"Come a Little Closer Baby" - Dierks Bentley
"Come Back to Bed" - John Mayer
"Coming Up Easy" - Paolo Nutini
"I've Got This Friend" - The Civil Wars
"Save Room" - John Legend
"Must Be Doing Something Right" - Billy Currington
"I Hope Tomorrow is Like Today" - Guster
"I'd Rather Be With You" - Joshua Radin

Holla holla @thisisourjamdc with cuddle jams, favorite holiday songs, or your preliminary thoughts on your New Year's Resolutions.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Throwback Thursday: "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"

I have no shame when I say that ‘NSYNC’s “Home for Christmas” is one of the best albums ever. Seriously, think it’s on the list of my desert island albums. Check out their video for "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" and love how '90s it is (and apparently 'NSYNC is friends with Gary Coleman...)

p.s. JT- puhleeeeease start making music again. A girl can only listen to FutureSex/LoveSounds so many times.

study break jams

Per the request of our TIOJ college correspondent , I put together a quick study break playlist. Not quite calm enough to study to, but not quite a pre-game playlist- the perfect tunes to get your head on straight after hours of in the library (which can be rather stressful if you went to our alma mater).

Click ahead to check out my study break jams.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

the black keys and stephen colbert are our jam

Check our favs, The Black Keys, on The Colbert Report.  They're adorable and we love Colbert's attempt to get a sense of the vibe of their new album, El Camino. (stream the entire album here)

Be sure to check out their performance of "Lonely Boy" after the jump.  It's no equivalent to the dancing in their originial music video, but they're still one of the best bands live.

We Love Wednesday: Pintrest

If you haven’t heard of Pintrest yet, get on it.  It’s a great website where you can “pin” things that are your jam to various inspiration boards - aka an excuse to look at pretty pictures and a wonderful procrastination tool.  I love to use it to collect recipes, save gift ideas, and keep an arsenal for funny pictures for future TIOJ-use.  Case in point:
If you’re a Pintrest junkie like us, follow me, Kristen, and Stacey! (don’t judge us for having boards for our future weddings/children…gotta be prepared, guys)
Promise I’ll post on actual music jams soon…in the meantime, keep grooving people:

we love wednesday: like crazy

I saw "Like Crazy" last night and not since "(500) Days of Summer" have I enjoyed a movie soundtrack so much.

My fave jam in the movie has to be "Thursday" by Asobi Seksu. Below, check out both the slow, sweet, heartbreaking original, and a peppy, poppy, oddly uplifting remix by the Twelves.

We Love Wednesday: "All I Want For Christmas"

Over the last few years, "All I Want for Christmas" has been one of my favorite Christmas songs. I credit Love Actually for that one (seriously, that girl. so so so good), but I do love Mariah's orig as well.

BUT THEN, I was driving and listening to Christmas music (duh) the other night, and my ears and heart became so happy when I heard Michael Buble crooning this jam. I died a little inside.

(Also, this conversation happened when I was looking for Michael on youtube...
Kristen: Yep, it's a duet with Mariah.
Stacey: this sounds a lot like Mariah... I thought his voice was getting deeper. Oh, okay, there's Justin. Much better; couldn't tell for a while.)

these are the caps' karaoke jams

Two of my favorite things are Caps Breakaway videos and watching people sing karaoke. This. was. perfect.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

new music from islands

check out the new mellow jam from Islands "This Is Not A Song" (but really, it is and it's my new lying in bed daydreaming jam). check it:

these are our love actually jams

It's no secret that Love Actually is our go-to Christmas movie and that we may or may not be watching it essentially on repeat for the entire month of December. And in addition to contributing phrases to our vocabulary, like "just in cases," the movie has a baller soundtrack.

Hugh Grant’s dance to “Jump for my Love” is arguably the best scene in the movie and I like to imagine that Barack has similar moves when “Party in the USA” is played in the White House (you’ve seen his wife dance, you know Barack’s got moves).

Had to pick this too since this is my favorite story in the movie and the best lines come from the Prime Minister. Watch for him saying *hi* to Natalie during the President’s visit…such a goober in love. (Not gonna lie, part of my tradition of watching this moving is watching him say this at least 5 times in a row. Highly recommend.)

It's not that "All I want for Christmas" wasn't good enough for this post. It's just that when I think about Karl from Love Actually, "Turn Me On" just springs to mind naturally....I wonder why that is...

I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes. Also, I wouldn't be surprised by (or upset about) a Cee-Lo remake of this video...

TIOJ Honorable Mention:
The other day we noticed the teenage boys dancing in this (see: 1:40). We think one of them may be Dudley Dursley. More on "All I Want For Christmas" tomorrow....

Monday, December 5, 2011

eisley is my mellow monday jam

I have such a music crush on Eisley, guys. I love their style, their music, their lyrics, and the fact that their lead singer has a vaguely Rachel Zoe-ish thing going on (you know I'm powerless before anything Bravo-related).

This video, featuring their songs "The Valley" and "Better Love" is breakthtaking.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

happy weekend!!

it's Saturday night.  Hopefully you're like us and getting ready to go out, which includes dancing around to some awesome jams and singing into your flat iron as you sip a Miley Cyrus (those last two are optional...).  To get you pumped up, check out this awesome mashup of 30 (yes, 30. this mashup is epic) of the hottest songs from 2011 from Mashup-Germany.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Throwback Thursday: The Sing-Off Season 3!!

The following is a guest post from TIOJ ‘s Collegiate Correspondent (and my lil sis), Stephanie. The girl is a sucker for a cappella music and Nick Lachey and has graciously shared her favorite throwbacks from this season of “The Sing Off”:

So, for those of you who don’t know, the Sing-Off Season 3 finale was on Monday and I thought I should honor some of the best throwbacks from the season. I was very happy that I finally was able to predict two of the top three finalists The Dartmouth Aires and Pentatonix.

The second place winner, The Dartmouth Aires (all-male collegiate a cappella group: yes please), was the best at supplying me with my fix of throwbacks. Their Queen medley made me quickly remember driving down the streets of Wellesley, MA with my family. Their next throwback reminded me of the good ole days when R. Kelly was the bomb (although that is still true)… Remix to Ignition is my fav so it was hard not to listen to this one 10 times in a row. Bonus- they threw it back to one of my favorite moments of “30 Rock” with their version of Midnight Train to Georgia which was almost as good as Tracy and Jenna’s.

The winners of Season 3, Pentatonix were AWESOME!! They first threw it back in episode 5 with their version of "Video Killed the Radio Star," a classic from our family road trips. Then they really kicked it up a notch with, in my opinion, their best performance all season with Love Lockdown by Kanye West. To finish off their top three I must mention their cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”, which led Ben Folds to say that there will be a influx of births in 9 months.

I loved most of the groups this season and encourage everyone to check out the great joy that is a cappella music.

I would also like to thank the lovely ladies of This Is Our Jam for letting me write this!

Love Ya,

these are our december jams

So it’s already DECEMBER… we would be depressed because of the cold, but December is the month of giving and receiving presents, Peppermint Schnapps, and watching Love Actually on repeat in your footie pajamas.  As a tribute to December, we’ve put together some of our favorite cozy winter songs to listen to before we start bombarding you with Chrismukkah jams (it’s only a matter of time, people -- please prepare yourselves accordingly).

December Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark

“Horchata” – Vampire Weekend
“I Know Places” – Lykke Li
“Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” – Rufus Wainwright
“Winter Song” – Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
“December” – Basia Bulat
"Bridges and Balloons" - The Decemberists
"Flume" - Bon Iver
"White Nights" -OhLand
“I Will Follow You Into The Dark” – Death Cab for Cutie
"Sleep" - Azure Ray

Tell us what jams are helping you get ready for the holidays (and your fave holiday tunes too!) @thisisourjamdc and shiver over to The FFJD for more playlist fun!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

the would-be throwbacks

Does it count as a throwback if the songs are from my not-so-long ago college years? Let's just say yes, shall we?

I was going through my iPod this week and I stumbled upon a song that I absolutely could not live without my junior year of college. "The Moneymaker" by Rilo Kiley was my go-to song to listen to while walking across campus shakin' my...well...moneymaker.

the first of december was covered with snow...

...and so was the turnpike from stockbridge to boston. (thank goodness that's not the case for DC though, not ready for snow yet.)

ps, love the hair, JT.

happy december 1!!

just a little something to put you in the holiday spirit:

via Color Me Katie

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

We Love Wednesday: Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Last night was the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show. We loved the fashion and all the jams (c'mon put Jay-Z on the stage and you're good to go).  I'm not going to recount our favorite outfits and songs.  Instead, I just want to post a picture of this guy:

VS Creative Consultant, Todd Thomas
I love him and his glasses and the fact that he reminds me of a "Best in Show" character. I want to be his friend. And then I could wear his glasses and while he designed fun lingerie for me. Yes. Like that plan.

...okay can't finish this post without noting how much I love this M83 song, "Midnight City" in the most recent VS commercial.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

these are our rainy day jams

Did you know it was supposed to rain today? And by rain, I mean downpour. Not a fan, weather gods, not a fan.

besides having an altogether apt title, this song is necessary for those misty days when you're stuck in your cube because it is the perfect mix of wistful and gloomy. seriously, basia can do no wrong.

If It Rains by Basia Bulat on Grooveshark

So for my rainy day jam I have to holler at Bon Iver. While Bon Iver may be my go-to for most things, he's particularly fitting for rainy days. I saw him live at Lollapalooza one summer and it was raining when he performed, which would have sucked if it was anyone else, but for him it was absolutely perfect.

Also, The Antlers are another perfect rainy day group. I've had their cover of the XX's "VCR" playing in my head on repeat as I look out the window today. (you can download it (fo frees!) on RCRD LBL)

Guys, rain and I really don't get along. I take my cues from Waka Flocka and Wale (see: 3:20).

But I guess if I had to pick a real rainy day song, I'm going with Keith Urban's "Raining on Sunday."

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mayer Hawthorne Monday

HI PEOPLE! Did everyone have a great Thanksgiving? Hope you ate a lot and watched lots of football and heard embarrassing stories about your relatives.  I had three breakfasts every morning (thanks, grandma!) and played a 14 on 14 football game and had the BEST one handed catch ever (too bad it happened before the game actually started...).

Anyway, if you watched football on Thursday you may have noticed the unfortunate appearance of Nickelback during the halftime of the Lions game despite the awesome campaign from our favorite Detroit-native, Mayer Hawthorne.  Thankfully, Mayer didn't let these silly Canadians stop him from jamming on Thanksgiving.  Click the link below to see an awesome concert from Mayer's basement.  It's a really great group of songs AND Papa Hawthorne is playing guitar in the video...if that's not reason for enough for you to watch this video, I don't know what is.

Friday, November 25, 2011

these are our black friday jams

Ladies (and those few gentlemen that can keep with us). The most important day of the year is upon us. No, not Ryan Gosling's birthday (though you probably just missed that--November 12, mark it on your calendar for next year). We're talking about Black Friday. Whether you've been doing the Target-approved exercises for the past three weeks in preparation or if you plan on sleeping in, eating leftover pie for breakfast, and waiting for Cyber Monday - we’ve got some shopping jams for ya.

Black Friday Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark

"Eye of the Tiger" - Journey
we recommend you blast this from your car at 4am as you search for parking outside of Best Buy- ups the intimidation factor
"Let's Go To The Mall" - Robin Sparkles
play this for that extra motivation you need to get up at 4 am to stake out J. Crew -- bonus points if you wear a Robin Sparkles jean jacket
"Money" - The Drums
not so much on the cash money this year? this may be playing in the back of your head all day…
"Run Run Run" - Phoenix
Black Friday is no time to break in your new heels. Put on your comfy kicks and don't be ashamed to book it from one end of the mall to the other
"Money Honey" - Lady Gaga
nothing like Gaga to pump you up after that fight over the last $3 copy of “Crazy Stupid Love”
"Mo Money Mo Problems" - The Notorious B.I.G.
"Jeans" - Quadron
we know jean shopping is usually the worst, but this jam and thoughts of saving dollas will help you through the struggle
"Shop Around" - Smokey Robinson
you know, to find the best deals. duh.
"Bills, Bills, Bills" (Glee cover) - Destiny's Child
we know that these will come in a few weeks -- but just think 'out of sight, out of mind' until post-Christmukkah
"Move Bitch" - Ludacris
don't be afraid to throw some 'bows -- we fully condone it.

Good luck biddies, and just in case you were wondering, we’re all a size 9 and would love a pair of Tory Burch flats for Chrismukkah, please and thank you :) send us presents and good shopping vibes @thisisourjamdc!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We (Don't) Love Wednesday: Movember

So. It's Movember right now. And while I am in complete support of raising money and awareness for prostate cancer research, there are several instances of mustaches crossing too many lines. Thank goodness there's only a week left in November. Gentlemen, please shave. asap.

Prime example of this crisis: Troy Brouwer. Normally, he's beautiful. With a mustache, he's bordering on 1985 (which just happens to be the year he was born... so he couldn't have even had this kind of 'stache back then when it was semi-popular).
There are so many things wrong with the picture on the right.

I can't even bring myself to post a picture of a mustachioed Matthieu Perrault because it gives me nightmares.

Now, that's not to say that I'm anti-facial hair. Some people (ahem, Brooks Laich) do it very well.
those eyeballs get me every time. i die. (thanks for indulging me, blackhawkup)

November, please hurry so we can be done with mustaches like John Erskine's, so full-facial scruff can be more prevalent again, and so those that can't grown a mustache despite trying with all their hearts (god bless, Nicky, Sasha, and Carly) will stop feeling sad.

happy (almost) turkey day!!

I plan on re-enacting this with my Grandma today.  She will be the Snoop to my Martha.

happy birthday, backis!

thanks, gifsoup! nicky is obviously either saying "thanks for loving me, tioj!"or "mumble mumble swedish swedish"
happy birthday to our favorite swede in the entire world, nicklas backstrom. or as they say in the homeland, grattis pÄ födelsedagen! 24 is going to be great, nicky boy--hope ovie gives you lots of birthday hugs and that you score a lot today.

thanks WUYS!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lil' P-Nut is my jam

I'm getting so excited for Thanksgiving, people. Last year, I introduced my cousins to child rapper, Lil' P-Nut, which was pretty much the best thing ever. In anticipation of seeing them today, I've been catching up on my Lil' P-Nut so that I have (crossing-guard approved) street cred when I see them. Check out my boy on Ellen:

literally died laughing at the end. (it got diamonds!)

rain rain go away

the best way to combat the rainy day blues involves a large cup of coffee, impending vacation and, most importantly, "watching you watch him" by eric hutchinson.

stay strong, friends. it's almost thanksgiving!

these are our hometown jams

T-minus 48 hours until Thanksgiving! But really, still in shock that it's the end of November. To best celebrate and represent our homelands, these are our repping-where-I'm-from/hometown jams:

So I'm not actually going to my "hometown" for Thanksgiving, but this is THE PERFECT jam to rep Louisville, KY--brought to you by our hometown faves--Nappy Roots and the Villebillies:

(SOOOO happy that this is the Louisville Cardinals themed version... makes me SO excited for basketball season!)

Since I'm actually going to South Carolina, this is going to be my jam as I fly on down today. Also, feel like we have to post this jam since it calls out pretty much ever city ever (including NEWPORT NEWS! 2:04). I need more funk music in my life.

"Promised Land" by James Taylor is a fun song for reppin' my hometown. I too, "left my home in Norfolk, Virginia" except I did so with D.C. (not Cali) on my mind. Gotta say though, it would be better if someone told James the proper way to say Norfolk (say it with me-- Naw-fick).

Honorable mention to Clipse, an actual Norfolk native, for basically all of his songs, but especially "Virginia" (duh) and "Hello New World" ("this ya man Grinding, from Downtown Norfolk"--correct pronunciation, bt-dubs).

The most natural choice for me in this case would be "My Old School" by Steely Dan (in it, he hates on both of my schools -- "William and Mary won't do" and "that'll be the day I go back to Annandale"). That's pretty depressing, though, and I wanted my jam today to actually be a happy Virginia song (even though I do sometimes front and pretend that I'm from New York, Massachusetts, or inside the D.C. city lines):


Monday, November 21, 2011

music from gossip girl is my jam

So normally when we watch Gossip Girl, amid swooning over outfits and shouting about the improbability of the majority of the plot lines, I highly enjoy screaming out their song choices and judging them for being behind the curve on awesome songs. (I mean, they played "Up, Up, Up" by Givers tonight, c'mon, c dubs- I posted that jam in May) However, I was stumped/enchanted by the song at the end of tonight's episode and thanks to my twitter search prowess, I give you "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye. Sorry if I'm totally behind the curve on this jam (but no, actually don't care)- listen and enjoy the voice of, in Kristen's words, "Baby Sting":

(also sort of love that he looks like a grown up Nicholas from Walk The Moon. As if we weren't already sold)

new mixtape from Mike Posner

As you all know, I dig Mike Posner (not really so much him in person, but whatevs...he could talk to Kristen and Stacey about Duke basketball while I'm dancing in the corner...totally okay with this picture, actually). Anywho, he just came out with a new (FREE!) mixtape, the Layover. (Click here to download!) I'm currently listening to it now so I'm not sure what my favorite track is yet - OOOO Twista is on a track, holler! - but I DO love the fact that he has noted in which context to listen to each song (i.e. "Drive in Dark To This", "Chill to This", "Represent Your Shit To This"). Feel like this may be necessary for the clueless college boys that are probably the only other people that listen to him (see: makeout jams, fellas).

So, enough rambling, check out his remix to "Wonderwall":

Wonderwall ft. Big K.R.I.T. (Drive to This) (DatPiff Exclusive) by Mike Posner on Grooveshark

too true of our lives....

(thanks, she wore red -- we agree wholeheartedly)

Friday, November 18, 2011

guess where i'm going today...

if you need another hint...

these are our thanksgiving jams

It's time for Thanksgiving already?!? Althought we're still in denial that it's quickly becoming winter (even if we keep telling ourselves it's just early fall), it's time for turkeys (and tofurkeys and turduckens) and pilgrims. But maybe not eating pilgrims, they may taste a little bitter. So anyway, it's less than a week until Thanksgiving -- are you going home to hang out with your entire extended family and have them ask a gazillion questions about your life? Do you need music to listen to on your plane/train/automobile? We have that taken care of for you. And yes, we did type "home" into our iTunes search bars to compile this playlist. We have no qualms.

Shimmy on over to theFFJD for more on this playlist (or if you need advice on how to deal with grandmas and high school boyfriends)!

Home for Turkey Day by this is our jam on Grooveshark

"Home" - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
"I Feel Home" - O.A.R.
"Home" - Michael Buble
"Home" - Tim McGraw
"Me and All My Friends" - Walk the Moon
"Autumn" - Paolo Nutini
"Homeboy" - Eric Church
"Hot Cookin'" - G. Love
"Home Is a Fire" - Death Cab for Cutie
"Going Home" - Sons of Bill
"Snow Falls in November" - Julie Doiron

Have any other jams that make your great aunt bugging you about your romantic lifemore bearable? tell us @thisisourjamdc.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

surprise playlist! "best of 2011" songs for sweetgreen

So our favorite place for salads and free music, sweetgreen, tweeted today that they were compiling their "Best of 2011" list.  Obviously, we couldn't pick just one song so here's a quick playlist of our favorite songs from this year:

sweetgreen by Kristen Fro on Grooveshark

Throwback Thursday: "Holidae In"

As promised, the Rap Board inspired today's throwback.  It was super hard to narrow down and I may or may not have gotten distracted by making my own rap lyrics by trying to click a bunch of rapper heads all in a row (highly recommend).  Anyway, I decided on "Holidae In" by Chingy (i miss him.) and Snoop D-O-double-G because, if you're in DC you've probably heard that Mr. Dogg is coming to the 9:30 club on Dec 7 with Wiz Khalifa(insert pot joke here).

Throwback Thursday: "Come Go With Me"

While the Del Vikings original may be a little more legit, I think I'm partial to the "Saved By the Bell" version....

oh my gosh, you guys, i have a protege

this little girl does an amazing rendition of the "hell yes/hell no" face. i couldn't be prouder.


yeaaaaa boiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

guys, found a new way to procrastinate/embrace your inner rapper. May I present: The Rap Board. The website features pictures of rappers with sound clips of their go-to ad libs. It's pretty amazing and will definitely inspire my throwback for later on today. In the meantime, go check out the site and let us know @thisisourjamdc what your sound bite would be if you were on the rap board (mine would be holla holla, obvi).  My personal favorite is Busta or Pharrell (yesssir) and I'm crossing my fingers they put my boy Chris Brown up there soon (leggo!).

thanks to for bringing this into our lives
BONUS: There's going to be an app for this!  Stacey, when you finally get an iPhone, this needs to be the first app you download. No questions.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

this is my cover jam (and i'm OBSESSED)

sometimes gchat says it all: 

me: um you've gotta be effing kidding me. JVM cover of "someone like you". today is a good day
Krista: oooooooooo
Krista: um this is freaking beautiful
me: i know
Krista: makes me want to curl up on a blanket on the floor in front of a fire with the snow falling outside and a mug of hot chocolate in my hands
me: as if "whip my hair" wasn't enough, JVM has to give us another perfect rendition of an already perfect song

Someone Like You (Adele Cover) by James Vincent McMorrow on Grooveshark

We Love Wednesday: The Rockettes

I'm not tall enough to be a Rockette (you have to be between 5'7" and 5'9", so that would take some serious growing on my part), so I can cross that life goal off my list (womp -- at least I can actually accomplish going to every baseball stadium in the country). But I'm fascinated by these girls and their kicklines. It just wouldn't be the Thanksgiving Day Parade or Christmas season without them.

we love wednesday: kalob griffin band

My super cool coworker told me about the Kalob Griffin Band (KGB for short--I can't resist a nerdy spy reference) who just happen to be playing at Hill Country in D.C. on Friday.

And who will be there to see this folksy/bluegrassy band jam? This girl!

Check out "Whiskey My Love":

And as a bonus, they do a cover of "Wagon Wheel". Love.

We Love Wednesday: Beirut

So I got a ton of new music this past weekend and one of the albums I can't stop listening to is "The Rip Tide" from Beirut. I've been listening to "Santa Fe" on repeat allll day.

To accompany my current Beirut obsession I've been watching all of their take-away shows on Blogotheque. (If you haven't watched take-away shows ever, DO IT. NOW. SERIOUSLY, RIGHT NOW. They are quite possibly the best live music sessions I have ever seen. It is taking all my willpower to not watch every single one for the entire a little distracted with the Phoenix set.) Anyway, the Beirut ones are particularly awesome because the lead singer, Zach Condon, speaks wonderful French. As a result, these were my gchats to Kristen today:
Krista: Kristen.
i think i'm in love.
but really.

...seriously people, give me a guy that can sing AND speak french AND can look hot while playing a ukulele and I'm set.

If you like Beirut, join us in stalking Craiglist for tickets to their two sold out shows at 9:30 Club December 13&14.

In the meantime, seriously go watch some take-away shows. Your life will be so much better.
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