Wednesday, August 31, 2011

this is my (cover) jam

so i was going to save this for a mellow monday but couldn't hold it in. this.cover.is.my.jam.

beautiful singing + acoustic guitar + passion pit...yes please.



We Love Wednesday: my iPhone

happy hump day chickens!! for my weds post post imma do a list of reasons my I love my iPhone:

1. I am posting this from my phone as we speak (baller)
2. I can get on the interwebs from anywherrrrre. This is most important on weeks like this where I don't have access to a computer all week (the horror!).
3. Don't want to wait in line for Chipotle? Need to know where the closest happy hour is? There's an app for that! (and yes, I'm all about using them- the line at chipotle gets long man)
4. Words with friends! I just played the word "sext" for 24 points- bring it, Grace.
5. FaceTime! Thanks to this sweet feature I got to get a tour of my sister's dorm room, how precious.
6. It's virtually my iPod, thank goodness. And it's SO easy to create fast playlists (for a run, traffic jams, saving a party with lame music) (side note: there's also a "Music Hour" (read: power hour) app- clutch)
7. Twitter! I can send tweets (that get retweeted by fab people like Diamond Rings and WPGC all from my cute lil phone. (speaking of- holler @thisisourjamdc folks)
8. Instagram! This app is my jam and makes me feel like such a legit photographer. Check it: http://instagr.am/p/GFLZi/
9. I can use it as my boarding pass and freak out old not tech-savvy people when I just wave my phone to get through security (well played, Delta, well played).
10. I can watch 30 Rock and The Hangover whenever I want. (Clutch when I got stuck in a snowstorm in my car for 6 hours- Tracey Morgan and Bradley Cooper make everything okay.)

got a new app for me to try?? holleratchyogurl.

We Love Wednesday: No One on the Metro

Yes, we do have a Washington Post article about this youtube video on our fridge. And Krista and I may or may not have reenacted this video when we were the only ones on the Metro.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

this is my (cover) jam

I was lucky enough to grow up listening to Cars (thanks, dad!) so you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon this cover of "Just What I Needed" by The Strokes and Jarvis Cocker. Check it out:


this is our power couple jam

We are SO SO SO EXCITED that the ultimate power couple (Beyonce and Jay-Z, duhsies) are prego. It was only a matter of time before they added such brilliance to the world. Their baby (perhaps a baby boy?) is going to be so beautiful and talented and cool, we just can't handle it.

Krista:
I love pretty much everything Jay-Z and Beyonce put out especially when they do it together but I gotta say my fav Jay-Z song has to be this one. Think it was elevated to it's number one status when I heard a smooth jazz version of it while we were eating dinner one night (best night ever).



And wanted to add my personal congrats to the happy couple- so excited for them and I'm so glad I get to connect with their future star while we anxiously await it's arrival (thank you @BeyJayFetus).

Kristen:
I sat at my desk for quite a while this morning trying to think of an explanation that was witty enough, convincing enough to convey you why "Numb/Encore" is obviously the ONLY logical choice for my Jay-Z jam, but honestly? Everything that I thought of was just so subpar for explaining just how awesome I think the song is. Sure, this version is a mash-up, and you know TIOJ has a soft spot for those. But really, I think my affection for this song basically just stems from the fact that you've never really lived unless you have rapped this jam from start to finish while pregaming for a night out at the bar. I do this more often than you might think. You should try it sometime.



Honorable mention for fave jay-z moment: this video of our president being awesome.

Stacey:
I think Beyonce is hands down the coolest person on the face of the earth. And because of that, I can't give directions without including "to the left, to the left" -- I know it's not original, and I'm completely okay with that.




And a few more Beyonce/Jay-Z collaborations to tide you over until the greatest one ever comes...

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cee-Roo is my jam

I just spent the last umm hour watching videos from Swiss mix masterrrrr, Cee-Roo. He has some incredible videos and love the songs that he chooses to remix.

My favorite of the bunch right now is his remix to Aloe Blacc's "I Need A Dollar" (mostly b/c Kristen and I heard it this weekend and were humming it the entire way back home from our hurrication)



If you like that- check out this awesome video he did for Ain't No Sunshine. incredible.

(props to Black Eiffel for finding this baller)

this is my summer jam

In my head, Jake Owen didn't look so much like Tim Riggins, but I don't hate it....

Link

Friday, August 26, 2011

these are our (hurricane) jams

Irene is coming (so of course, in my head: hurricane + earthquake = the world is ending), and we hope you're preparing accordingly with a hurrication party, and we've got your soundtrack for that taken care of. Take a look at our earthquake jams if you want to shake it up (haha SO funny) or if you want to go for the full natural disaster theme. Check out theFFJD for more hurricane happenings.



As always, holla at us with ideas/requests for new playlists or with your weekend/hurricane recaps and misadventures @thisisourjamdc!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Throwback Thursday: "Come On Eileen"

...or as it's been playing in my head all week, "Come On Irene." Weather's getting crazy this week, kids -- be careful, stay dry, and stay unshaken (is that what you tell someone during an earthquake? It's what I've been saying, so I'm going with yes.).


comment allez-vouz?

You've probably guessed by now that we like concerts here at TIOJ. You did realize that, right? Okay, good!

One thing I love most about our numerous concert excursions out and about in the DC area is how amazing it is to have the opportunity to see a band we would have never had the chance to listen to otherwise. Without seeing Guster, I wouldn't have known that Lady Danville sings an utterly infectious song called "Sophie Roux". Without "Sophie Roux", I'd probably be way more productive at work since I've wasted so many stretches of time listening to the song on repeat, but I'd also be sad. Because as you can listen for yourself below, "Sophie Roux" is adorable, French, and in permanent rotation in all of my playlists.

Throwback Thursday: Fatal Bazooka

yep, you guessed it, another foreign song for ya!

ok so- I studied abroad in Luxembourg (yes, it's a real country and they speak Luxembourgish, it's not a made up language- I'll give you lessons) and lived with 3 adorable host sisters who kept me up to date on the latest and greatest European tween jams. My favorite of the semester and the one we made up dance moves to was "Parle à ma main" by Fatal Bazooka. The song means talk to the hand and we all remember those days on the elementary school playground when we pulled out that phrase (coupled with the hand signals for "Loser, Whatever, Fly Away For Ever").



side note- also love this video because Fatal's characters remind me of two great cinematic masterpieces: Malibu's Most Wanted and White Chicks (DUDES! they say "this is our jam" in this clip, FTW).

BONUS FRENCH SONG: We all remember Eva Longoria's ex, NBA Star, Tony Parker, yes?  Check out his french club jam, "Balance Toi".

new music!

so in case you haven't been following all the buzz for the past week regarding a Bon Iver/James Blake collaboration- wait no longer, my friends.  Here is their jam, "Fall Creek Boys Choir"- listen, love, anxiously await their next song. (i'm praying they put out a mellow music equivalent of "Watch the Throne")

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

We Love Wednesday: Alex Ovechkin commercials

With hockey season quickly approaching, one of my favorite lovable goofballs is starting to pop up in new commercials. For real, when did he learn to use nunchucks? (Also, who thought it was a good idea to give Ovie nunchucks? Dude's crazy.)

But my all time (okay, maybe tied for first with "sorry penguin") favorite:

Can I have some shots vodka please?

We Love Wednesday: Bollywood Jams

sticking with a foreign music theme for this week...

True Life: I often wish that I had a more interesting cultural heritage. It would be awesome if I had grown up speaking Finnish to my grandma or had huge meals with my Italian family a la Vinny on the Jersey Shore. Specifically, I've always jealous of my Indian friends that got to take Indian dance lessons. As we all know I just wanna dance and as much as I love pretending to be Shakira when I go out (surriously, I challenge anyone, anytime, anywhere, to a shimmy-off), it would have been great to have been involved with legit cultural dance. Therefore, I'm a big fan of these Indian jams (and yeah yeah I realize that they're super americanized...)



Punjabi MC + Jay-Z = genius

we love wednesday: thao and mirah

Thao and Mirah are way cooler than I am. And cooler than most of my friends. And cooler than pretty much everyone else I've ever met. This is just a fact.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

these are our (earthquake) jams

so yeah, DC just experienced a 5.9 earthquake. To cope with this craziness we bring you our earthquake jams to help you cope with all this (or so Obama can listen to them while he's golfing this afternoon...).

Stacey:


Kristen:


Krista:


for your entertainment, my correspondence with Kristen throughout this event:
Kristen: Are you okay??
Krista: Oh yeah, everything's fine here. None of our liquor bottles fell off our fridge so all is well.

this is our (non-english) jam

Happy Tuesday!! We loved Kristen's French jam by Mika yesterday and decided to stick with the foreign-song theme for today.

Kristen: "Vondt i Hjertet" by Razika: it is no secret that bands from Scandinavia are my jam--especially bands from Bergen (see: Sondre Lerche and Krista's jam, Kakkmaddafakka). The title of this song might mean "Pain in the Heart" but there's nothing sad about this upbeat jam by Bergen's own Razika. I mean, to be fair, my elementary Norwegian means I don't fully understand what these girls are singing about and the lyrics aren't available online...but instead of breaking out my trusty Norwegian-English dictionary, I'm just going to dance along to this breezy jam without a worry in the world!



Krista:
So my brain is exploding with songs that I want to post.  There are just too many for one day, so look for more foreign songs from me for the rest of the week. But since I have to choose...
Je parle francais, donc, j'adore les chansons francaises.  Alors, je vous presente "Tomber la Chemise" par Zebda.

(true life, got that song from a mix my high school French teacher made for me, holler Mrs. Amick!)

ALSO as Kristen mentioned, Kakkmaddafakka is my jam.  I've been digging their song "Drø Sø" and had to post that as well.  Fair warning- I have no idea what the Norwegian lyrics to this song mean - there's a high chance they're extremely offensive. oops.


Stacey:
Even though I do LOVE Enrique Iglesias and everything associated with him, this Juanes song is my go-to non-English song. It reminds me of Spain and it makes me want to dance.... Although "Escapar" is a close second.

no really, this is my jam

TIOJ loves DC-native, Wale.  We love his jam "That Way" (played on repeat on WPGC, holla holla).



makes me want to keep wearing them heels that really compliment my frame...

End of Summer Jams

One of our favorite dc fashion blogs, So Much To Smile About, just put together some of her End of Summer jams.  She threw on some of our favorite jams ("Lost in My Mind" has been playing on repeat on my iPod lately) and introduced us to some great new ones (my homework for today is to listen to lots and lots of U.S. Royalty).  Hope you enjoy. 

Keep the playlists coming Liz :)



  • Equestrian by U.S. Royalty
  • Call It What You Want by Foster the People
  • Lost In My Mind by The Head and the Heart
  • Mouthful of Diamonds by Phantogram
  • Crystalised by The xx
  • Tightrope (feat. Big Boi) by Janelle Monáe
  • Bang Bang Bang by Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.
  • Punching In a Dream by The Naked and Famous

Monday, August 22, 2011

this is our jam (in concert)

TIOJ has the incredible benefit of living in the DC area and therefore access to a huge variety of concert venues. As avid concert-goers we wanted to share our picks for September concerts. (props to our concert consultants, Grace and Jurg, for helping us compile this list)

WE ARE SO THERE:
September 10: Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Merriweather Post Pavilion
TIOJ was lucky enough to score tickets to this year’s FreeFest. After having so much fun at Merriweather for the Sweetlife festival back in May, we’re excited to have another chance to spend the day at MPP listening to some awesome bands. Most looking forward to: Cut Copy (Krista), The Black Keys (Kristen), Cee-Lo. He and his little dinosaur arms fascinate me (Stacey).

September 16: Kaiser Chiefs with Walk the Moon, 9:30 Club
So, Walk the Moon was our original jam and consequently we have to go see them every time they’re in the area. (After this show, we’ll have seen them at every venue in the area except R&R Hotel; get on that boys.) We’re so excited to see them perform again and are pretty sure we’ll be able to work out the dance to “Quesadilla” this time around. We are equally pumped for Kaiser Chiefs. Those boys “Never Miss a Beat” and are real fun live, plus we have a soft spot for British rockers (oh hey, Arctic Monkeys) so we’re anxiously awaiting this night.

September 26: Foster the People with Cults, 9:30 Club
All the remixes and covers of “Pumped up Kicks” have been my jam all summer and I can’t wait to see them rock the original live. Surrriously people, if you haven’t listened to FTP yet, do it. They’re awesome. PLUS Cults. (There’s an earlier FTP show that night with another opener who isn’t Cults and I seriously don’t understand why people would go to that). LOVE LOVE LOVE both these bands and that’s all I have to say about that. (plus we love going to concerts with TIOJ-fav, Gracers)
{Side note- this show is sold out. Sorry about your loss. We’ll tell you how awesome it is later}

PONDERING:
September 6: The National/ Wye Oak/ Yo La Tengo, Merriweather Post Pavillion
Who doesn't love The National? Wye Oak and Yo La Tengo are just cherries on top. I love getting a bargain, and seeing these three acts for one price-- $30 for the lawn-- is almost as satisfying as extreme couponing. Bonus? Early September weather in the DC area all but guarantees a breezy, warm night, best spent jamming out under the stars.

September 8: Braids with Peter Rabbit, DC 9
Friend of TIOJ, Ewee, LOVES Braids and we dig her taste in music, so we are intrigued…

September 9: Peter Bjorn and John, 9:30 Club
Krista wakes up to them every morning, so they’re obviously awesome. We’ll ponder if we have the stamina to rock out to this show before the marathon that will be FreeFest.

September 23: Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, 9:30 Club
Thao's a fellow W&M alum and we LOVE her. 

September 23, Fleet Foxes/ Walkmen, Merriweather Post Pavillion
Fleet Foxes remind me of two of my best friends from college, both of whom are not in DC (sad panda). I have them to thank for introducing me. I'm not as familiar with Walkmen, but I used to have one and it was awesome, until I tried to run with it and it skipped every two seconds (totally raining on my O-Town parade). Then I bought an iPod Mini and my life seemed complete. Until that became obsolete as well. DAMN TECHNOLOGY, I CAN'T KEEP UP. Anyway- Fleet Foxes. Should be mellow and tickets are only $25!

September 24: Jason Mraz with Colbie Caillat, Merriweather Post Pavilion
If you don’t like Jason Mraz, we don’t understand you. My grandma likes Jason Mraz. My boss likes Jason Mraz. Just not sure if Mr. A-Z is worth sacrificing precious birthday-celebrating time…we’ll get back to you.

September 24: WMZQ Fall Fest (featuring Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Jerrod Neimann), Jiffy Lube Live
I may have hurt Krista's soul by forcing her to post two country concerts, but get your last fix of big country concerts for the summer.

September 25: Sons of Bill, The State Theatre
These country rockers love Virginia and always put on a great show... and they're playing with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, a band name that pretty much guarantees excellent country music.

September 27 & 28: Matt Nathanson, 9:30 Club
Fun fact: Matt Nathanson played during Kristen's freshman orientation. That night she was too busy helping one of her fellow freshmen who was lost (and drunk, and shoeless, and unable to remember his dorm's nor his roommate's name) find his way home to really appreciate Matt's show, so the opportunity to watch MN play without the funny college orientation shenanigans is almost too good to pass up.

WISH WE COULD:
September 7: Twin Shadow with Diamond Rings, Rock & Roll Hotel
Diamond Rings is our jam and we are oh so curious about what he would be like live. However, that’s a certain TIOJ-er’s birthday (put it on your calendar and come buy Kristen a drink) so there are other types of celebrating that will need to be had.

September 16: Lupe Fiasco with Wale, Big Sean, Miguel, Merriweather Post Pavilion
We heard about this concert literally within 24 hours of buying our Kaiser Chiefs/WTM tickets. Not gonna dwell on how unfortunate this is and will instead drown our sorrows in 18 jams in a row on WPGC everyday.

September 17: Chris Brown, Verizon Center
Chris Brown is our fav hate to love, but really just love artist. As much as we’d love to see him dance and sing “Look at Me Now”, not sure if that could balance out paying that much money for tickets and having to sit through him singing “Sex”.

LOOKING FORWARD TO:
October 18: Alexi Murdoch, 6th & I Synagogue
This concert was brought to our attention by friend of TIOJ, Christine, who always seems to have a beat on the best shows in the area. Can you really say no to a guy who brought so much great angst to the O.C.'s soundtrack. (You know the O.C. was your jam. Don't front.)

October 18: Givers, Black Cat
Friend of TIOJ, Diana heard them played at a military-heavy pub last weekend (aka not a place that I would go to hear off-beat, hipster tunes) and loved it.  Just waiting for them to get huge. (We also saw them at R&R Hotel a few months ago and dug it...minus the fact that the lead singer's eyes roll back in his head when he performs, oh well.)

October 23: The Civil Wars, Jammin' Java
The Civil Wars are one of TIOJ's current fave folksy bands. They aren't afraid to add some Michael Jackson covers to their repertoire, so you know they're okay in TIOJ's book. Unfortunately, their concert comes at the beginning of William and Mary's homecoming weekend, and like any good members of the Tribe, we'll be too busy harking upon the gale to attend. Someone go in our stead and send our regrets, 'kay?

October 26: Ra Ra Riot with Yellow Ostrich, 9:30 Club
I was super excited when I heard Ra Ra Riot was coming back to DC (another Sweetlife/Lolla fav) but I LITERALLY freaked the f out when I realized Yellow Ostrich was opening. Don’t know if you realized, but they’re my latest jam and I cannot wait to see them. I should post the frantic gchats that were sent to prove my excitement….

Alright, that’s our latest rundown for September concerts. Let us know if you have any other recs of concerts to check out and we’ll keep you posted on how awesome all of these shows are!

desk dancing, take two

"elle me dit" by mika. c'est mon jam. ouiiii.


Friday, August 19, 2011

these are our PREGAME jams

it's friday and you're probably pondering where you're going to hang out, what you're going to wear, and how long you'll sleep in this weekend.  while we can't answer all of those questions for you we CAN tell you what to listen to.  enter our weekly FFJD playlist; this week: Pregame Jams.

we came up with our favorite jams to listen to while sipping on a Selena (or our new fav, a Mila Kunis) and getting ready for a night out.  so pull your vodka out of the freezer and enjoy.

(side note- for all the deets on the songs we picked, check our guest post on The FFJD)


what do you need a playlist for next week? holler @thisisourjamdc and we'll dig through our iTunes libraries just for you.

bon iver is my jam

i love bon iver so much.  true life: it was the only music i could study to in school and its all i listen to at work for the first 2 hours of pretty much every day.

he just released his new video for "Holocene", which was shot in Iceland and it is incredibly beautiful. enjoy.



TIOJ trip to Iceland? check yes.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Throwback Thursday: "Sunglasses at Night"

This song is stuck in my head probably more than it should be.... but I'm okay with that.


Throwback Thursday: "Signs"

so I realize that this isn't the first time that I've thrown back to Snoop Dogg.  not sorry.

I found this song buried in my iTunes as we were working our FFJD playlist for tomorrow and Stacey hadn't heard it, so obvi, had to share this song on TIOJ. I mean, c'mon, Snoop + JT...can't go wrong.



also, I would like Justin Timberlake to come and dance at my birthday party next month.  Can someone please make this happen? kthanksbye


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We Love Wednesday: Dustin Pedroia

Happy birthday, Dusty!

What an acrobat. (Holla, graphics hunt)

We Love Wednesday: Stephanie

so today is my sister's birthday...HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPHHHHHHH!

In honor of such a momentous occasion, I had to dedicate my Wednesday post to her. She and I have SO many jams- some cool, some silly, and some super embarrassing, but all with lots of wonderful memories.  Here's a birthday throwback to one of our favs:


so, congrats on being a grown up now Bef.  Now go put on your birthday hat and have a wonderful day!

i think you should wear this to celebrate tonight.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

this.is.awesome.

things that are my jam:

  • "Otis" by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  • The film, "Milo and Otis"(circa 1986)
so, obvi, this video is perfection:

OTIS video from j lowe on Vimeo.


totally forgot the part when Otis rides the turtle...wonder if that shiz is streaming on Netflix...

UPDATE: The movie was originally a Japanese film. No wonder I turned out so cultured.

this is my jam from last night

Lady Danville, Jack's Mannequin, and Guster + beautiful night at Wolf Trap = TIOJ's perfect Monday evening. Also, the fact that Ryan Miller's PARENTS were sitting directly in front of us did not hurt a bit.

Krista:
It's SO hard to pick my favorite jam from last night. Not gonna lie, I was a little disappointed that my favs Ra Ra Riot ended up not being the opener, BUT I was ever so pleasantly surprised by their replacement, Lady Danville. I was enchanted by their percussionist who played what looked like a wooden box throughout the show (true story: we have a round version of it in our apartment that I may bring out as a drum at our next party...thoughtts??): http://instagr.am/p/KX6mG/

but let's focus: Guster. First of all, I judged every song based on whether or not the lead singer's mom got up to dance. (that's right, she was sitting right in front of us shaking her thang next to her equally adorable husband. I can only hope that my future husband can shake his hips like that when he's in his 70s) That being said, they ended the show playing a cover with Jack's Mannequin of my jam from last week, "Young Folks" and it.was.awesome. BUT my real jam of the night was "Come Downstairs and Say Hello". The song is so great because it starts out slow and then creeps up on you. And that's pretty much what happened last night; I had forgotten how much I loved the song and as it went on I just got more and more into it. So much so that last night as I was falling asleep the line "...every night as I'm falling asleep those words repeated in my head" was repeating in my head over and over again. I didn't hate it.


Kristen:
Like Krista, I tried to choose my favorite jam from last night and just couldn't narrow it down. There were too many gems, too many songs in my head, too many flashbacks to high school (not as horrifying as you might think) and too many clutch people-watching moments.

Best Dressed: The guitarist from Lady Danville has swagger and I love it. I was digging his plaid pants, purple shirt and bowtie almost as much as I was digging Lady Danville's music.

Most Talented: Every single member of Guster. It was like a game of really, really cool musical chairs up on stage during Guster's set. Literally. The guys switched between piano, bongos, drums, guitar, harmonica, bass--and at one point, trumpet--seamlessly. I'm so digging "Do You Love Me?" as my new feel-good jam.


Most Likely to Succeed: Ryan Miller's (Guster frontman) parents. Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Miller. You raised a charismatic badass and you're completely adorable. Props for singing all the songs and shakin' those hips.

Stacey:
My favorite parts of last night, in order...

1. RYAN MILLER'S PARENTS. I know, we're talking about them a lot. But we really liked them. My thought process regarding them: "aww old people on a date to Guster! I hope I'm that cool when I'm 70... Dude's got moves! Dance on, friend... wait, is the lady waving to Ryan? As he's talking about his mom and his disco ball hat?... HOLY SHIZA THAT'S HIS PARENTS! I WANT THEM TO BE MY FRIEND! THEY'RE SO CUTE!" And then I only half paid attention to the rest of the show because I was trying to figure out a way to jump over the row of seats in front of me and dance with them.

2. "Careful" (duhsies -- love that jam) and "Homecoming King." I love Massachusetts and all things about Massachusetts. Word.


3. Realizing that the lead singer of Jack's Mannequin looked and danced JUST like Stefon from Weekend Update on SNL. After I saw it, I couldn't go back. Dopplegangers!


Monday, August 15, 2011

these are my (cover) jams

sweetgreen totally made my day by sending out a great free mixtape, Watermelon Punch, this morning.  I've been listening all day and am lovvving this Cris Cab cover of Kanye's jam, "All of the Lights".



and speaking of covers...not sure that mom and dad would dig the content of the song but this Neon Hitch cover of Wiz Khalifa is my jam (sorry, parents).

this is my driving jam

When driving to and home from Charlottesville this weekend, I decided it would be cute (read: nerdy but endearing) if I listened to Sons of Bill the entire way. Doesn't it make sense to be listening to the line "when I'm rolling south down 29" while actually driving down 29? It did to me. I guarantee that listening to them will make you want to road trip through/near/around the Blue Ridge Mountains.




okay, fine, i might have a music crush on ben honeycutt...

God bless YouTube, you know? What would I do with my idle minutes at work without live vids of Walk the Moon to entertain me? How would I watch pirated versions of HBO shows? And we all know my life would be slightly less vibrant without all those videos of adorable Asian babies.

Most of all, sometimes I feel like YouTube has more insight into my musical preferences than I do. I randomly stumbled upon Ben Honeycutt's channel earlier this morning and I can already tell that I have many minutes (hours) ahead of me rocking out to his covers and mashups.

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 12, 2011

these are our makeout jams

it's Friday, so you know what that means biddies: GUEST PLAYLIST ON FFJD

This week's theme: Makeout Jams.  c'mon, we know you all have a few go-to songs you secretly have stored away in your iTunes library for that special occasion.  We're not ashamed to share our so-called "baby-making jams" and we hope they serve you well this weekend.

So- hop on over to FFJD to get the complete rundown on all of the jams that we picked and/or just plug-in your headphones and listen to the playlist right here my friends.



and as a bonus, our FAV sexayyyyy song that we couldn't find on Grooveshark.



shall we get intimate again??

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Throwback Thursday: Vengaboys

Is it Happy Hour yet? No? Well, in that case, I'm throwing back to the song that is helping me make it through the last hour of work and keeps me on the elliptical for an extra 3 minutes and 24 seconds every time I workout. Enjoy.

throwback thursday: "life in the fast lane"

I grew up on classic rock. My dad used to quiz me in the car, as we listened to Norfolk's classic rock gem, 106.9 the FOX. Whenever he asked me which band was playing, my go-to answer was always "Um...the Eagles?" By the time I reached high school, my answer shifted to "Hell yes, this is the Eagles!"

I completely admit to rocking out to "Life in the Fast Lane" as I sat at a bar last night with Stacey, while nursing my gin and tonic. The lyric "He was brutally handsome/And she was terminally pretty" is one of my favorite lines in all of classic rock.


Throwback Thursday: "Sometimes"

On the way back from a mini-road trip last weekend, we found the original Britney Spears CD in my friend Natalie's car. Not only did we listen to pretty much the entire thing, we found that we all still knew all the words. And then we realized/remembered that:

1. the album Britney was released in 1999--that's 12 years ago!
2. Britney used to be really normal/innocent looking
3. the liner notes of the CD folded out into a poster of Brit
4. it all started going downhill when she and JT broke up (but not before they graced the world with the absolute best joutfit jensemble ever known to man)







(holla ezinemark)

Then we listened to the lyrics of "Sometimes," Brit's second released single. It's so so ridiculous, and by ridiculous, I mean brilliant. And by brilliant--well, we just thought Brit was a little confused. Are you scared of this dude or do you like him? While you figure that out, girlfriend, keep dancing on the pier. In your mock turtleneck.



(I actually really love Brit, and I'm not in any way making fun of her. Except for maybe her clothing choices, but I guess it was the late 90s...)


we love wednesday: "shape of my heart"

You might see "Shape of My Heart" and automatically thing that the Backstreet Boys are my We Love Wednesday jam. You'd be half right. My current obsession is "Shape of My Heart" by Noah and the Whale, and trust me, they're a close second to BSB in my heart.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

We Love Wednesday: Laughing Babies

Quite possibly one of the cutest things I've ever seen. I want one.

We Love Wednesday: Yellow Ostrich

So I’ve been wanting to post on Yellow Ostrich for a while because these boys are seriously my jam.  For whatever reason, I just love there band name (almost as much as this one) and there music is just so so cool. I want to be friends with them and am still kicking myself that I was out of town when they were in DC (come baccccck puhlease).  If you like them, make sure to mark your calendar for the re-release of their album, The Mistress, on August 16.

Here’s their main jam, “Whale”:


(by the by- all the sessions on Big Ugly Yellow Couch are my jam)

And my personal fav, “Hahahaohhoho”:



And just for funsies because I love the A.V. Club- check out their cover of “In The Summertime” by Mungo Jerry:


Yellow Ostrich covers "In The Summertime" by Mungo Jerry on WBEZ's deck

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

happy birthday, whit!

We love Whitney Houston. A lot a lot. (We also really love birthdays.) So of course we had to pay a special tribute to the provider of our life theme song (Million Dollar Bill, just in cases you forgot) on her birthday!



and the brilliant original:


Happy birthday, lady!

this is my ringtone jam

happy tuesday!

soooo this week we're sharing our favorite songs that we have/had as our ringtones.

Krista:
While my standard ringtone is "Sleepyhead" by Passion Pit, my alarm ringtone is "Young Folks" by Peter Bjorn and John.  The first 30 seconds of this song are just so cheery and make we wish I could whistle (although, for the sake of my roommates, it's probably good I can't).



Stacey:
I never got used to any of the Verizon ringtone options for my current phone, nor did I ever commit to buying a legit ringtone for it. But on my beautiful old flip phone affectionately referred to as Redphone, I was serenaded by Guster whenever it rang. Then when I was listening to the CD in my car and "Careful" came on, I'd get really confused. It still happens sometimes. (PS, Dear Guster -- please play this song next week! Love, Stacey)



[ed note: not entirely sure why the background to this video is just a star of David, but we're not gonna ask questions...]

Kristen:
Well, Kristen is indisposed (read: not on gchat), but we are 97.8% sure that this would be the jam she would pick (or anything by WTM for that matter...we can't wait to see those boys (again) in a month!)

justin bieber rapping is my jam

We've already established that Justin Bieber and Chris Brown are our jam, especially when they're put together.  SOOOOO, we've been digging this remix of our fav jam, "Look at Me Now" with sweet little biebs working on his rap skillz.



keep it up biebs, we like.

Monday, August 8, 2011

this is my cover jam

Beyonce is just so cool. I'm obsessed.


Jay-Z and Kanye are my jam

There's not much to say other than the fact that Jay-Z and Kanye's collaboration album just dropped. There is no way this could not be my jam. Songs with vocals from Beyonce, Otis Redding, and Will Ferrell- yes please.

You can stream the album here.

that shit cray.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Throwback Thursday: Gin Blossoms

I've been in a late '90s/early '00s (did we as a society ever come up with a phrase for that? the 2000s?) boy band mood lately (read: always), just in case you haven't been able to tell. And even though they aren't technically the same kind of boy band as the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees since they play instruments, Gin Blossoms is still a band comprised of only dudes that, in my mind at least, is just very late '90s/early '00s (I'm going to try to make that one stick).





and my fave (these days):

throwback thursday: "fins"

I'm not going to lie. I was a Shark Week holdout in past years. I didn't count down the days until Discovery started playing shark horror stories. I didn't really care that there was going to be 24/7 programming about the horrible, toothy sharks that lurk in the ocean. I am from a beach town--in my opinion I thought it was best if I remained in the dark about sharks.

"Oh, haha, it is Shark Week. How lame!" I'd say to my friends. Except then the darnest thing happened. My friends would nod solemnly at me and respond.

"Damn right, it's Shark Week. And it. is. AWESOME."

I now approach Shark Week with an open mind. I totally dig programs like "Mythbusters vs. Sharks" or "Andy Samberg: Chief Shark Officer" and just skip the shows like "Top Ten Great White Shark Attacks". In honor of my new-found appreciation for Shark Week, my throwback this week is "Fins" by Jimmy Buffett. How can something be scary if Jimmy Buffett sings about it? (See: Volcanoes, Pirates, Hurricanes.)






(Bonus: check out my favorite non-throwback shark song!)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

We Love Wednesday: Barack Obama

We already knew he had swag. Fifty never looked so good. Happy birthday, Barack!

(holla politico)

(thanks zimbio)

I just melted a little. Dad shorts and Malia and Sasha.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

i'm not sure if these are my jams...

I'm conflicted, guys. I don't know how I feel about white boys rapping, and it keeps coming up in songs. Some I like, some I don't--it would be easier if I could just make a decision.

Sometimes it's okay: I fully support Eminem (life's rough on 8 Mile, he needs to express himself) and I really love the Lyte Funky Ones. Yes, that's what LFO stands for. I guess it's not real rap, but Rich Cronin (rest in peace, bro) tries really hard. And come on--they're called the Lyte Funky Ones. I'm also okay with "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies (remember when you were ten and tried to sing all the words to the verses but failed miserably? oh, just me again?) and that Savage Garden song with the words "chickacherrycola." Maybe they're not rapping and just singing really quickly, but it's relatively close to it. But they don't bother me.

I think what I can't get behind is country singers rapping. I love country music. But they sometimes shouldn't rap. Jason Aldean raps(ish) in "Dirt Road Anthem," although he did get Luda to help him at the CMA awards. Big fan of that duo (but as you know, we like Luda in just about anything). And Corey Smith, one of my faves, semi-raps in about a third of his songs. I just don't know if I can get behind it.

These, though, are okay any day of the week:




I don't think I'll be able to come to a decision on this. I may just keep watching Jimmy and JT. Word.

This Is My "Sorry I'm Not Sorry I Know All the Words to This Jam" Jam

You know you have them. And you're definitely not sorry about knowing all the words. In fact, you sing them loudly and proudly... okay, maybe that's just us.

Krista the Navajo:
"Baby Got Back." And this is the version that I sing in my head. (Find the orig here.)


Kristen:
True story: when I was younger, my sister and I used to rap Left Eye's verse of TLC's "Waterfalls" together. I think I was eight. I didn't realize then that the song is about cocaine and HIV. But damn if I didn't rock my verses.


Stacey:
I just really love British boy bands from the late '90s. And I wonder, are you thinking of me, 'cause I'm thinking of you -- and I wonder, are you ever coming back in my life, BB MAK?

Monday, August 1, 2011

this is my disney jam

Warning: Listening to this song at work might cause you to break out into some spontaneous desk-dancing. Ain't no thing though--happens to the best of us. Also probably best if you make sure you don't go around your office going "Bitch, I'm the boss." Unless you ARE the boss. In which case...carry on, friend.


happy birthday, mtv!

MTV is turning the big 3-0 today. On August 1, 1981, jams were changed forever when "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the first music video to be played:



In the past thirty years, MTV has gone through several incarnations. Some of my faves:



Carson Daly and all of the NSYNCers are so young!! I was also a very big fan of Say What? Karaoke. And The Hills is my jam.



Thirtieth birthday present for MTV viewers? Jersey Shore season 4 starting on Thursday. Can't wait.
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