Friday, July 29, 2011

see ya in a week biddies!!

ok kids, i'm off for vacation!

I make no promises to be as on the ball as Stacey was while she was on vaca this week, but definitely check out our twitter @thisisourjamdc to see what jams i'm rocking out to on the beach. In the meantime, I'll leave you with my jam from The White Panda that pretty much describes what I'll be doing for the next week.


is it the weekend yet?

This scene from "Wet Hot American Summer" perfectly encompasses how I felt this morning when I realized that yes, I really did have to go to work. Bleh.

Its entirely possible that the idea of work would have been made more bearable if, say, I was allowed to wear a rockin' Spingsteen-esque denim ensemble like Paul Rudd, but sadly it is approximately a bajillion degrees outside (if I had to guesstimate), and my work doesn't count joutfits as a part of "business casual".

guest posting is our jam

TIOJ is so so proud to announce our first guest post! Go check out our First Date Jams playlist over at one of our fave blogs, TheFFJD (Meredith may be one of my blogging-idols, nbd... and contrary to popular belief, I'm not actually her)!

Enjoy and let us know how psyched up you get with this playlist! And holler at us if you have any ideas for future playlists!

happy friday!

so I realize it's not Friday night yet, but this song has been in my head since I woke up this morning. Happy Friday/Pay Day friends!

okay did not realize there was so much going on in this video.

first, what what WHAT are they wearing??
second, JC Chasez in a lime green backwards snuggy.  Be still my 12-year-old heart.
third,  minute 1:50 - quite possibly one of the most awkward moments ever....

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Throwback Thursday: The Blues Brothers

So as you biddies know, I'm in Cape Cod this week (drop), and one thing that my family must do every summer is watch The Blues Brothers. It started one year that it was the only movie we had (on VHS) and my brother and I hadn't seen it. Now any person who comes to the beach with us is forced to (read: given the to delightful pleasure of being able to) watch it.

JUST IN CASE you haven't seen this movie (and you should -- now), it's the story of two brothers (the Blues Brothers -- duh) who are on a mission from God to raise enough money to save the orphanage at which they were raised. Luckily, they're in a band. Unluckily, they don't have a lot of time to raise this money and the entire Chicago Police Department (and others) are on their heels. It also features performances by Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. Just watch it. I promise you'll laugh and then thank me (in that order).

Throwback Thursday: "Show Me Love"

so friend of TIOJ, Ewee, was visiting this past weekend and while we were out at happy hour this gem came on at the bar and the two of us BROKE IT DOWN aaaaand I immediately decided that this HAD to be my thursday throwback. Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did.

(props to Sign of the Whale and Sticky Rice for having an incredible playlist of throwbacks playing last weekend)

throwback thursday: hoku

I agonized over today's post. I just couldn't decide. I could post on something I love, in belated honor of We Love Wednesday (which I unceremoniously forgot about yesterday). I could post on a throwback, which would be totally apropos (my favorite word, FTW) for Throwback Thursday. I could ignore all that and just post a silly song, maybe one that I'm embarrassed to admit I once knew all the words to.

Or, I could find one song that encompasses all of these things. Enter "How Do I Feel (The Burrito Song)" by Hoku. This was my jam circa at the dawn of the new Millennium.

I always imagined Hoku's inner monologue went something like this: "Why yes, I do have kind of a ridiculous name for a rando singer from Hawaii, and yes I may be generic and tan and cute, and I'm singing about burritos for no apparent reason. But I am IN LOVE, y'all. And it appears that I am able to surf and also like to dance in a vaguely hula-ish way. BECAUSE I AM HOKU."

Okay, fine, she probably didn't say "y'all."

We Love Wednesday: Yo Gabba Gabba

Disclaimer: yeah yeah yeah, it's not Wednesday anymore.  Sorry bout it folks, a girls gotta get paid (and have a social life)- anyway here's what I meant to say yesterday:

Okay, to be fair, I've never actually watched an entire episode of Yo Gabba Gabba (c'mon people, I'm a "grown up").  However, my seven(teen) year-old sister has shown me some silly clips from the show that are entertaining for any age group.  I mean, what's not to love about a song called "Don't Bite Your Friends"(that's shit's gonna be stuck in your head all day now, you're so welcome).  BUT- the best part of Yo Gabba Gabba is the fact that they have legit bands come on and sing songs for the show.  Now, like "Don't Bite Your Friends" (seriously, I'm going to get that song to take off- the dance is going be in every club, calling it now), the songs teach you very important lessons.

My favorite of the bunch is Chromeo's ditty about washing your hands:

If you like that, check out these clips from Mates of State, The Shins, and MGMT.  Seriously, there are so many more...I may need to start DVR'ing this show (if we had a DVR that is).

Alright, later friends- I'm off to find me a VCB (Very Clean Boy).

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

We Love Wednesday: Cape Cod

My 10 favorite things about Cape Cod:

1. the beach... duh.
Red River Beach is my jam (thanks, Chatham House)

2. high temperatures of 79 degrees
3. so much Red Sox paraphernalia
5. lobstahs and clam chowdah
6. cute little town centers
8. really good restaurants
9. the Cape Cod Baseball League (think Summer Catch but better... except when I realized that all of the players were born in 1991.)
The Harwich Mariners field (thanks, redjacket)

I'm not coming back to Virginia, especially if it stays 100+ degrees there. And if I have to go back to work.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This Is My Beach Happy Hour Jam

We love the beach. We love happy hour. Here are our favorite jams for these two events combined. Happy Theme Tuesday biddies!

My initial reaction to this theme was to yell (via gchat, of course) "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere!" to Kristen and Krista. But then I opened my iTunes and realized that Kenny Chesney is the country-beach crossover master... after all, he did kind of forget that he was from Knoxville for a while and pretend to be from the Caribbean, and the entire album "Be As You Are" is islandy-country. But the most happy hour-y and beachy of those? "Guitars and Tiki Bars." (Although this one is a close second, just because it has the sound of the beach in the background.)

I don't only love Thao because she's a fellow member of the Tribe, she's sassy, she looks like a lot of fun and she likes to dance around the beach in a dress and snorkeling gear playing a teeny guitar, but all those factors certainly don't hurt. This is my perfect beach jam.

As much as I'm tempted to suggest a reggae jam or the obvious choice, Margaritaville (or anything by J Buff...)- I have to say that my perfect beach happy hour jam is Shwayze's "Corona and Lime". It's got the perfect beat for happy hour chillin in the sun so sit back, take a sip, and enjoy.

Holler at us if you have any great beach happy hour jams to add to our playlist. In the meantime, t-minus 2 hours until happy hour!

my current obsession: sarah jarosz

So, no kidding, my dad is probably cooler than me. Especially (get this) when it comes to music. Every time I come home for a visit, he always has old episodes of Austin City Limits on PBS queued up on our DVR for us to sift through. He bookmarks artists he thinks I'll like, and he's almost always right. One of my faves that he suggested is Sarah Jarosz, a bluegrass artist from down South. She's a badass grammy nominated mandolin player and she has a nerdily adorable fiddle player (vaguely twampy) in her band, and you should know by now that nerdily adorable boys are my downfall.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

this is my (heatwave) jam

2. thank god for air conditioning
3. thank god for nelly (because this song has been making the heat a little more fun for me. that, and using #itsgettinghotinherre all week bahaha)

later, dudes!

I'm peacing out of this god-forsaken heat and shipping up to Boston (slash Cape Cod) -- have wonderful (and air-conditioned) weekends!

And also, just because:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Throwback Thursday: "Poison"

It’s no secret that my favorite radio station is WPGC (home of at least 18 jams in row)- not only because I love hip hop, but also because they play awesome throwbacks all the time. Today was no exception- they threw back to one of the best hip hop songs of the 90's: “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe. I danced in my car to it. It was great. People judged. I kept dancing. This is my life.

no really, this is my jam/throwback thursday

This heat might not be so unbearable if I was on an island in the sun somewhere, drinking a rather large margarita, slathered in SPF 50 with a fully charged Kindle. Since I'm at work in silly D.C., though, with no respite from the swampy, sweltering  air, I'll console myself by listening to Deaux's cover of "Island in the Sun" and pretending.

Island in the Sun Cover (Weezer Cover) by deaux

While I'm on the topic though--does anyone remember "Holiday in the Sun"? It was obviously, and memorably, one of the Olsen twins' finest works, in which Weezer's original version of "Island in the Sun" was featured quite heavily, playing between montages of the twins breaking hearts, taking names, and catching Caribbean artifacts smugglers. It is also important to note that this is the movie in which Megan Fox perfected her patented bitch-face.

Throwback Thursday: "Where the Party At"

I'm pretty sure I learned about this 2001 hit through the classic Keanu Reeves movie "Hardball" -- you know, where he's addicted to gambling but then he agrees to coach a little league team and he learns to love the kids and baseball and Diane Lane. Great movie. Also clutch soundtrack. Pretty sure this was the first rap song I ever downloaded (on Napster, duh)... I thought I was really cool.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

We Love Wednesday: Gramps Morgan

So FYI in case you've been inside for the past two days watching reruns of the Real Housewives, it's CRAZY HOT outside this week.  So what makes the heat a little more bearable? Popsicles? Swimming Pools? Japanese Summer Cooling Spray? Yes, all of these things; but also: REGGAE MUSIC.  Enter, Gramps Morgan.

I discovered dear old Gramps last summer when I was sailing the Caribbean (drop). I heard this sweet reggae cover of J-May's "Come Back to Bed" while we were eating dinner one night and awkwardly flagged down our waiter to say "yes, yes, another beer please...ALSO who is singing this sweet cover??".  To which he responded, "It's Gramps Morgan, mon".  (Seriously, he said mon, not trying to stereotype, it happened.)

Anyway, thus was born my love for Gramps Morgan whose songs are my go-to jams on these hot, hot summer days.  Here's the song that started it all:

Another fav- Gramps + India Arie = perfect poolside music

We Love Wednesday: Friday Night Lights

I'm kind of (really) in mourning. Friday Night Lights aired its last episode ever. I cried (more than I did at the end of Harry Potter, for the record). And then I bought the first season on DVD. It's just. so. good.

Friday Night Lights combines several of my favorite things: TV shows based around high schools with the appropriate amount of high school dramz, southern accents, and football movies/TV shows. It has made me want to be Tami Taylor (and then I think about what my life would be like if I ever lived in Texas, and I realize that it wouldn't be the best of ideas... for starters, my hair would be about the size of the state itself).

This is the intro to the pilot episode. You're hooked already, right?

Tim Riggins is broodingly beautiful. Tyra is a firecracker. I may start listening to Coach Taylor's speeches when I have to become motivated to do things. Luke Cafferty is just so endearing. Matt Saracen is the most adorably awkward person to ever grace the planet, and his grandma is the best.

Texas Forever. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

we love wednesday: ryan adams

I love Wednesdays, covers, Vampire Weekend, mellow music, and today, I definitely love Ryan Adams.The mellow music gods decided to be nice to me today, friends. Ryan Adams covered one of my all-time favorite songs, "Mansard Roof" by Vampire Weekend, and it. Is. Lovely. The only thing that could possibly make this better is if Ezra Koenig showed up to sing back-up vocals. But seriously, this is my jam.

Also check out Ryan's cover of another, equally fantastic VW song, "Oxford Comma". Who knew you could make the normally sassy line "who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?" sound so morose?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"this modern love" is my jam

In my personal opinion, "This Modern Love" feels like it was made for a movie montage. You would be perfect for the the part of the movie after shit has hit the fan but before there is real resolution, when the main character is walking down the sidewalk after just getting her ass handed to her, kind of meandering, just being generally contemplative and/or badass.Yeah, one of those scenes. Just sayin'. Check out the amazing acoustic version via Blogotheque!

This Is My Walk-Up Jam

TIOJ friends, we're trying something new. As you well know, we have a lot of thoughts (and a lot of jams) that we just want to share, so we're going to start doing Theme Tuesdays. Pretty self-explanatory: one post each Tuesday will be titled "This Is My ___ Jam," and we'll each share what our go-to jam for that particular theme would be. Then you should all comment and tell us what your jams are (because we're always looking for more).

SO! Our inaugural Theme Tuesday is "This Is My Walk-Up Jam." You know, the song that baseball players walk up to home plate to before every at-bat. Our hometown Washington Nationals have some pretty good ones (I'm talking about you, Ryan Zimmerman -- quality song rotation every year). And we don't discriminate against pitchers either -- every reliever needs a good song to run in to (Tyler Clippard, I miss you running in to this gem). When I was about 10, my brother told me that if he was ever a major league closer, his intro song would be a mash-up of "Hells Bells" and "Crazy Train." In his next life as a major league baseball player, he can make that happen (sadly, his pitching career in this current life ended at age 9... which was long before he told me about his desired mash-up).

So if we were professional athletes (aside from our brief but brilliant careers on the NAKID kickball fields of D.C.), these would be our walk-up jams:

While I'd ideally like my walk-up song to be "You Shook Me All Night Long" because I think "knockin' me out with those American thighs" is the single best lyric in the entire classic rock radio rotation, the song isn't exactly immediately catchy for a brief walk-up snippet. Therefore, I'm obligated to go with the opening riff of "Back in Black" instead. Love.

So I'm going to take this first Theme Tuesday literally and throwback to one of my favorite Nelly jams, "Batter Up":

But let's be serious, people. As much as I'd love to swagger up to home plate to this song, it is much more likely that I'd be the obnoxious one in the stands pulling a Cameron a la Ferris Bueller.

With this as my walk-up jam, I would have a problem with dancing up to the plate... but hey, maybe that would throw off the other team. If I mixed it up with some Bruce Springsteen, they'd never know what to expect but everyone would be super pumped up all the time.

What's your walk-up song? Ryan Zimmerman, this includes you: we want to know why you pick such good jams.

Monday, July 18, 2011

neville longbottom is (still) our jam

So TIOJ saw the last Harry Potter movie this weekend and like any normal human person, we were incredibly sad that the HP series has come to a close.  However, there was one thing that made up for this being the last Harry Potter movie- Neville's UNREAL hotness:

You're welcome.

On a sidenote, I'm still slightly in mourning that we missed Matthew Lewis' appearance at the Georgetown premiere of the movie.  I will just keep looking at pictures to try and numb the pain....

Matt just chillin 10 MINUTES AWAY FROM US....sadddddd

no really, this is my jam

It's no secret that TIOJ loves all things Scandinavian and this band is no exception. Norwegian band, Kakkmaddafakka, is oh so fun and has arguably one of the best names we've seen in a while (sound it out, people...ohhhhhh, get it now?!?!).  Check out their sweet video for their song, "Restless":

Now, if I ever meet a Norwegian at a future Kakkamaddafakka concert, this will be the following scene that will inevitably go down given my knowledge of only 2 Norwegian phrases:

Krista (to hot Norwegian): Jeg liker √łynene dine (your eyes are very beautiful)
Ulrik the Beautiful: uhh...Takk (thank you)
Krista: KAKKMADDAFAKKKKKKA!!!! "you're so restless lalalala"
Ulrik: yah.......
Krista: Det er veldig kleint (This is very awkward)

and scene.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Throwback Thursday: "The Space Between"

So whenever I heard “The Space Between” by DMB, my heart does a little pitter patter and I get super nostalgic for the wonderful week that I spent in Rhode Island for a week at sleep away camp. It was a wonderful week of classic camp activities; hiking, capture the flag, swimming, talent shows, and campfires. The best part of the week though, hands down, were the counselors. Let me be more specific: one counselor in particular. Dave. He was a dreamy, dark-haired 16 year-old from New Hampshire who knew his way around a guitar. Counselor Dave deserved such admiration because every night he would come to the window of the girls cabin with his guitar and would serenade us. I had never really heard the sweet sweet melodies of Mr. Dave Matthews and his band; but I fell in love with Counselor Dave singing them to us acoustically (I didn’t know what acoustic even was at the time, but I liked it)

His nightly serenades were one, if not THE highlight of camp. In fact, when my parents came to pick me up after that glorious week I made them stop at the nearest Sam Goody that we could find so that I could spend my allowance money to buy the DMB CD and pop that shit into my portable CD player. Pretty sure I already missed camp so much in those first few hours that I put the tears in “tears we cryyyyy”. God bless.

Breaking News!

Just in time for Throwback Thursday, Nickelodeon has announced that it will begin airing reruns of our favorite cartoons from our glory days. I’ve already mentioned how much I love Doug (in fact, I own a few episodes on VHS. Fun fact: they’re ORANGE! Well played, Nick, well played). In addition to Doug, they’ll be re-broadcasting other gems like Rugrats (which I wasn’t allowed to watch because they said “shut up”…) and All That (never understand why that was cancelled. Goodburger-Lori Beth Denberg-Young Amanda Bynes-what’s not to love?!?).

Mark your calendars for July 25 and get ready to throwback with your classic Nicktoons.

Now I’m going to be humming the Doug theme song all day…maybe I should make that my new ringtone….doooooo doodoo doodoo

props to Jezebel and TIOJ friend, Rachel for this breaking news

Throwback Thursday: "Killing Me Softly"

I spent two summers (or maybe three?) at Congressional Camp (a day camp, because I obvi had to be here for swim team), and although we had our ups and downs (I may have cried a couple of times there... but I cried a lot as a child.), it did give me one wonderful gift: an appreciation of lip syncs. (Also, I learned last night that TIOJ-friend Letitia also went to Congressional -- I probably would've liked it a lot better if I had known that/her then. Oh well.)

Every year, Congressional had a massive lip sync contest in which your team/group/thing did a lip sync to some song. It's where I first learned to love Michael Jackson (rest in peace), and my group once did The Twist. The greatest gift I got from the Congressional lip sync was my exposure to "Killing Me Softly."

One of the older camp groups (in my head, they were really old, like 18, but that doesn't really make sense -- they were probably about 13) lip sync-ed to this song, and part of their routine was throwing popcorn at each other. Still don't really understand why. But thank you, Congressional Camp, for opening my eyes to this classic.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We Love Wednesday: The Lawn

I love my neighborhood. I mean, this Arlington stuff is fine and all, but I just really love my hood, which I refer to affectionately as the Glen. Kristen thinks that my neighborhood should have a CW show about it. I agree -- we're pretty dang cute. My brother argues that there isn't enough dramz for TV. Even though we may not be on Dawson's Creek level of drama (although there is a creek and it provides a lovely backdrop -- also, Lizzy lived across the creek and once got in trouble when she and her dog crossed it on a log), I think that if we combined every summer, we'd get enough drama for a show. Or it would just be a comedy -- more likely situation.

The cornerstone of the Glen is, without a doubt, Parklawn Pool, often lovingly called the Lawn. No pool will ever compare to the Lawn, and sometimes when I go to other pools, I feel like I'm cheating a little bit. Growing up, we'd have countdowns to Memorial Day, want to be the first person in the pool when it opened (that didn't last long), and waited for swim team to start. Everyone wanted to be a life guard (probably except me) and swim coach (yeah, that happened).

Yep, swim team was the best part of summer. I always was a little resentful that I was signed up for day camps because I wanted to be able to go to morning swim practice and then hang out at the pool all day everyday. Sleepaway camp was completely out of the question -- I needed to be there for swim meets every Saturday morning (that changed in high school, but that's a story for another day). I just knew that the Parklawn Piranhas would not be able to function without yet another 9-10 girl.

As we got older, the Lawn was backdrop to plenty of boy-girl drama, which could pretty easily be made into my future TV show. Now, all the new kiddies have more than surpassed our drama level. (A few years ago when I was coaching, I was driving two of my nine-year-old girls to a movie, and one of them was distressed because her boyfriend was eight and she was in love with a younger man. Multiply that by 8754313 now that those kids are 13.) Add in some bromances (David and Bryce) and a rival team (ugh, Longbranch), and I'd say that's pretty perfect for television.

Growing up, I thought that the 15-18s (the oldest age group, for all of those who aren't down with NVSL lingo) were the coolest people to walk the grounds of Parklawn's hallowed pool deck. They kind of were. Then I turned 15, and I realized that I was not instantly cooler and that I was still pretty awkward. But. With great age comes great responsibility: now that I was a 15-18, I was on tap to help lead cheers. I know way too many swim team cheers, and I'll probably have them memorized for my entire life. I'm sure that at some point in my lifetime, I will need to know the following cheer: "Give a yell, give a yell, give a big and central yell, and when we yell we yell like hell and this is what we yell! Alabam alabam alabam diego san diego hocus pocus triganocus rah rah Parklawn!" (those are the right sounds -- I could have been saying the wrong words since age five, but I'd rather not know at this point. Like, Google says that it's a "big substantial yell" -- say what?). And don't even get me started on the 15-18 girls relay clap -- getting to do that was one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. Best part about cheers: getting to stand on the diving board and yell with/at the kiddies. Same went for my year as Coach Stacey.

So, as Camp Week continues on, I'll leave you with one more Parklawn cheer, one that we're really proud of since it's semi-unique to us:

"Give me a P! (P!) Give me an A! (A!) Give me an R! (R!) Give me a K! (K!) Give me a L! (L!) Give me an A! (A!) Give me a W! (W!) Give me an N! (N!) What's that spell? (Parklawn!) What's that backwards? (Nwalkrap!)"

It's a silent N.

We Love Wednesday: The Parent Trap Soundtrack

right down the middle??...right down the middle.
One of the classic camp-related movies is probably Lindsay Lohan's proudest achievement (besides my jam, Mean Girls, of course),  The Parent Trap.  True life: I know all the words to this flick- seriously, ask Kristen- we were watching it the other day (props to Netflix for fulfilling all our camp-movie needs) and as the DVD was skipping, I put on my best "British" accent and narrated all the skipped parts ("I love Oreos. At home I eat them with....I eat them with peanut butter"). Anyway, I could go on and on quoting this movie, but instead imma focus on the crowning glory of this movie: its soundtrack.

This soundtrack was literally the soundtrack to my childhood.  It would blast it from my boom box as I cleaned (read: danced) around my room, picking up all my Beanie Babies.  Now, whenever I hear any of the songs from the movie, especially the ones that are a little more popular like "Bad to the Bone", all I can think of is Annie James getting her ass "royally flushed" by Miss Hallie Paaaarker.

Here's a classic from the music montage (a.k.a. the best part of any movie) where they learn how to pretend to be each other.  Seemed easy enough- I mean, everyone carries of picture of their butler with them to camp, right?

Another fav part: when Hallie arrives in London and realizes how baller her mom is (we miss you, Natasha Richardson!).

Seriously people, I could go on and on about how great this soundtrack is, but for now I'll leave you all with a throwback to the original Parent Trap to get you biddies ready for Thursday:

side note: if anyone knows how to make GIFs, holler holler. all I want in my life is a GIF of the lady who plays Janice in Friends doing her sassy finger point when the twins get shipped off to the isolation cabin.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"I Hope We Never Part": Things I Learned from "Salute Your Shorts"

Salute Your Shorts is a great little slice of teenage Americana that helped me realize at a young age all that my summers could one day live up to, and that summer camp stereotypes really aren't that far off from real life. The most important things to take away from this show?

1. The "What Were You Thinking??" Romance: Now, I'm not saying anything as unfortunate as Dina's infatuation with Donkeylips happened to yours truly while at camp. But I have to cop to a couple of ill-advised crushes on my part. When you're being held captive at a secluded camp for any length of time, you forget all the fish in the sea, and instead focus in on all  the guys in the pool. They're probably immature, wearing hemp necklaces, dunking each other and showing off for any girl within a ten foot radius, but those boys--they suddenly start to look really good, don't they? Next thing you know, you're taking nature strolls together and sharing the same picnic blanket during a camp-wide viewing of "Steel Magnolias". You know...hypothetically.

2.  Unfortunate and sometimes entirely realistic nicknames: I used to think that "Salute Your Shorts" was disseminating the myth that you need to have an awesome nickname to attend camp (see: ZZ, Telly, Donkeylips, Sponge, Ug, Pinksy). I thought it was entirely outlandish to assume that just because I stepped within camp bounds that I'd suddenly receive a nickname stemming from some sort of inside joke with my friends. Totally bogus, right? Wrong. (Just ask my old camp friend, Roo). Then I went to college and realized the nicknames aren't just a camp thing. Nowadays, it is within the bounds of common human interaction to refer to someone almost exclusively as "Sweater Vest" or "Buzz".

3. Stupid haircuts are timeless: Just ask Budnick and his modified bowlcut/mullet hybrid. Mullets have (for the most part) gone the way of the dodo, but you totally know you once knew someone who had (or, conversely, had a crush on someone who had) one of the following hairstyles: cornrows, a bowlcut (for you post nineties kids, think of a modified Bieber), shaggy surfer hair, a mohawk. Its okay to admit this. You are not alone.


4.Camp Style: Questionable clothing choices ran my life during my tenure at camp. One summer I think I rocked more tie-dye than most people own in a life time.

I wouldn't change a thing about my camp memories.

this is (literally) my summer camp jam

Just in time for camp week, I've been digging the band literally called Summer Camp.  They're super chill and their music (and music videos) look like they're straight out of the '80s.  I mean, they have a song called "Jake Ryan"- who could say no to a song titled after THE dreamiest guy of all John Hughes's movies. Anyway, here's my fav jam from Summer Camp, "Ghost Train":

aaaand just for funsies now because I'm thinking about Jake Ryan:

original pic from

Monday, July 11, 2011

TIOJ Presents: CAMP WEEK 2011

Get excited people, it's CAMP WEEK!!!

What does that mean you ask? Well, TIOJ is having a summer camp themed party this weekend and in anticipation, our posts this week will all be summer camp-related.  We'll be sharing stories of our camp glory days, discussing our favorite camp movies, and of course, posting the best camp jams we can find.

By the end of this week you'll go from this:

Gerald Garner (Aaron Schwartz) in Heavyweights (

To this:

Gerald all growed up (and married to Dorota in Gossip Girl!),
So, break out your tie-dye, perfect your ghost storytelling skills and get ready for Camp Week!! (if you have any suggestions of things you want to make sure we share, holla holla in the comments)

TIOJ does not promise dramatic hotness changes, but we'll see what we can do...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

brunch is our jam

TIOJ brunched this weekend at a lovely event hosted by one of our fav blogs, Bitches Who Brunch. Bottomless mimosas + fashion show + goodie bags = OUR JAM. 

Look, we're famous!
holla holla Greg from

neville longbottom is our jam

there are no words.

props to for bringing this into our lives

Friday, July 8, 2011

this is my weekend jam

Lupe's been my jam for the last few weeks. This song is also in Ryan Zimmerman's walk-up music rotation this season (more on that to come soon).

Happy weekend!

this is my (cover) jam

"Pumped up Kicks" by Foster the People has been my jam all week and just today I found two awesome covers/mash ups of the song. ENJOY!

first up, Sophie Madeleine, who is adorable and doing 30 cover songs in 30 days, so check out her out (also lovvvving her cover of "One Fine Day"):

second, check out a mash up of the song from one of my fav fav fav sites, The Hood Internet:

Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks (The Hood Internet Remix feat. Hollywood Holt) by hoodinternet

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Throwback Thursday: "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)"

True Life: I know all of the words to this song.

...have a feeling there's a high probability of me singing this at our next party...sorry im not sorry.

Throwback Thursday: Westlife

Do you remember Westlife? You may not -- this Irish quintet had a relatively short-lived pop culture life in the U.S. and were pretty obscured by 98 Degrees and O-Town (oh right, and *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys too). But. You probably remember "Swear It Again" from at least one middle school dance and/or bar mitzvah (Krista does -- it was the background music of her first slow dance, shared with a young man named Gibs).

I was always a bigger fan of "Fool Again." It was my jam (and it still is...). I learned about it from TIOJ-friend Lizzy, who saw it all over MTV Asia circa 1999. And yes, we both still know all the words to it.

Fun facts: Westlife was originally signed by Simon Cowell (pre-American Idol). Additionally, the band (now a quartet) is still making albums and touring, albeit not in the United States. Don't worry, I'm already researching when/where.

throwback thursday: jewel

I got my first CD circa 1998, shortly after my aunt gifted me my (at the time) most prized possession: a boombox. I was enchanted. I never thought I could own something so precious, and so versatile. You're telling me that this one contraption could play cassette tapes, tune into the radio and play CDs? That was too good to be true.

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So for my birthday, my sister gave me my first CD: Jewel's "Pieces of You". I just thought Jewel was this rando Canadian with a vaguely yodeling voice, but she turned out to be so much more than that. First of all, she's from Alaska, and I seriously had this entire CD on repeat for the next 4 years. "You Were Meant for Me" was the first song I ever learned in my guitar lessons. The CD also had some pretty--shall we say--educational poetry in the CD liner. Don't believe me? Look it up.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

we love wednesday: the pretty reckless

Listen--I've got no real beef with Taylor Momsen. I mean sure, I was pretty happy when I read recently that Jenny Humphrey would be making a timely exit from Gossip Girl, but who wasn't? I'm not a fan of Taylor's personal style, per se. I wouldn't ask her for any handy tips in eyeliner application. I certainly wouldn't want to meet her in a dark alley, since she seems to be the type that would eff you up. But...I really dig her music. She can do acoustic very well, and she even covers some awesome bands from time to time (example: our man Cee-Lo.)

I'd probably enjoy her mash up of the xx's song "Islands" and Rihanna & Eminem's collab "Love the Way You Lie" more if she were, you know, wearing real pants, but nonetheless, its pretty great.

We Love Wednesday: The Greatest

This is probably one of my favorite commercials of all time (of. all. time.).

Also, next week is the MLB All Star Game. I love it. And the Home Run Derby. When else do the players get to sit on the field and be the weird, eccentric players that I love? Plus, Big Papi is captain of the American League team this year, and he's best friends with everyone in baseball. (No, really -- he has a different handshake for every player in the league.)

Last year, David Ortiz helped Hanley Ramirez dab some sweat
off his forehead. What a good friend. (image from zimbio)

We Love Wednesday: A.V. Club Undercover

if you're not familiar with the A.V. Club, check that shit out- it's a great music blog (and run by the greatest news source of all time, The Onion, so you know it's good). Anyway, one of the awesome things that they do is A.V. Club Undercover where they have bands come in to the studio and cover a song off a pre-selected list of options. There are some good ones, some bad ones, and some f'ing awesome ones. Here are two of my favs:

Fruit Bats cover Hall & Oates
...seriously this song has been on every playlist i've made for the past like 4 months

Justin Townes Earle covers Bruce Springsteen

and to recap from yesterday: Frightened Rabbit is seriously my jam people

aaaaand just to get you into the spirit for Throwback Thursday tomorrow, check out They Might Be Giants covering Chumbawumba, which I KNOW was everyone's jam back in the day- don't try to deny it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

this is my (belated) mellow monday jam

"World News" by Local Natives is infectious and summery, and I can't seem to get it out of my head. Trust me, there are much, much worse things.

Disclaimer: Holiday weekends really screw with my head and I totally thought today was Monday. Then I got my heart set on this perfectly appropriate Mellow Monday jam, and I decided to post anyways. Thanks to Stacey for pointing out my calendar mis-reading ways. Enjoy!

no really, this is my jam

I discovered Frightened Rabbit last summer and listened to them all summer while sailing the Caribbean and laying out on my vacations to Michigan, Nashville, and Belize (best summer ever? yes, yes it was).  Since I can't have such an epic time this summer (thanks, grown up life), this song transports me back to last year and makes it all okay.

Friday, July 1, 2011


So I know this video made its rounds a few months ago, but it popped into my head this morning, and I think that, if these babies were having this really exciting conversation today, it would be something like this:

Baby 2: Gotta get down, it's Friday.
1: Fourth of July YAYYY!
2: Fireworks!
2: Almost the weekend!
1: Oh no! I lost my sock!
1: Happy weekend!'s been a long morning. Sorry I'm not sorry.
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