Monday, December 31, 2012

{PLAYLIST} best of december

Holy cow, how is December (and 2012) over already? In December we:
Listen to this playlist for Kristen, Krista, and Stacey's top 5 for the month of December:

Best of December 2012 by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Emmylou" - First Aid Kit
These Swedish sisters are my favorite folksy find of 2012.
"Blue Ice" - Shout Out Louds 
I am SO excited this band is finally coming out with new music. Yet another reason to look forward to 2013. 
"Honey Come Home" - The Head and the Heart
I've had The Head and the Heart on repeat all fall/winter. I'll keep it that way, please.
"Thinkin' 'Bout You" - Yuna
Yuna's soulful take on Frank Ocean's hit song is stunning.
"Closer" - Tegan and Sara 
As if seeing The Killers wasn't a surprise enough, having Tegan and Sara open was like receiving an extra concert ticket! 
"Letter to a Pretty Girl" - The Avett Brothers
Another new favorite from an old favorite.
"Guns Out" - Young the Giant
TIOJ's collective crush on YTG won't be fading anytime soon.
"The Old House Is Gone" - St. Lucia 
SO obsessed with this gaggle of South Africans after their killer show at U Hall. 
"Bruises" - Train (feat. Ashley Monroe)
Dear writers of Nashville, please include songs like this for Tami and Deacon to sing.
"Other People" - Beach House
It's no wonder Mates of State chose this song for their guest playlist on TIOJ--"Other People" is ambient and gorgeous.
"Treehouse" - Gold Fields 
One word: Australians. (Seriously. That show at U Hall was my dream) 
"Dance Around" - The Hackensaw Boys
I can't get over how wonderfully bluegrassy the Hackensaw Boys were.
"Waspy" - G-Eazy (feat. Tennis)
Three words: white boy rapping
"Fineshrine" - Purity Ring 
I was a little late on the Purity Ring bandwagon, but considering how much I've listened to this jam, I've more than made up for lost time.
"All of Me" - Tanlines
The perfect jam to get your New Year's Eve going (and help you dance your way into 2013!)!

Get ready for 2013, kiddos: we'll have plenty of concerts and jams to help you ease into the new year.

happy new year!

As we move to 2013 (for real, how is it 2013 already???), we here at TIOJ wish you the happiest of new years! We hope that you: properly celebrate the end of 2012, are able to stick to your resolutions, and have an outstanding 2013 (with plenty of new jams and concerts).

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

{RECAP} the hackensaw boys

It's my own fault that it's taken me so long to fully appreciate the Hackensaw Boys. I've had a few of their songs on my iPod for several years, I've added them to playlists here and there, and I've made mental notes when they've come through DC. But guys. I had no idea what I was missing. Kristen and I saw these fellas at the State Theatre in Falls Church on Thursday night, and it is safe to say that I'm a convert.

and ready to play banjo he was.
First of all, let's talk about the State Theatre, which is such a hidden gem on the greater DMV concert scene. It's an old converted movie theater, it was the location of my first non-major concert (Sons of Bill and Shooter Jennings complete with big black Xes on my hands), and it's within blocks of two former workplaces of mine. AND, more than that, when you're in there you feel transported out of suburbia and essentially in Central Virginia.

Danny Barnes opened up the night by simply telling everyone, "I'm ready to play the banjo now." He was an epic mumbler from Seattle (one of the few things I caught), and he knew his way around a looping pedal. Even though it was just Danny and his banjo, it sounded like there were at least six guys on stage. One of our faves was "Overdue."

Overdue by Danny Barnes on Grooveshark

Finally, it was time for Hackensaw. We saw a little old(er) man wandering around stagesetting up, and we mused about who he could possibly be. He. was. in. the. band. His name is Ward. He plays the guitar. He's our new best friend.

Kristen came up with quite possibly the best way to describe the 
Hackensaw Boys: "three fishermen, a man transported from the 
1950s, a crazy person, and a pretty prep school kid"
The Hackensaw Boys were so completely charming. It was so raw yet refreshing to see their pure joy in playing, especially in an age of such perfectly crafted set lists (they paused after every song to confer and decide what to play next). I still can't believe how quickly their hands were strumming -- it was kind of like watching a hummingbird. They have so much hair and so many beards, so they're naturally right up TIOJ's alley.

The drummer was a sight to be seen. This guy was so energetic, and he was wearing a full-body drum kid (that we later learned he invented and it's aptly called a charismo and it's made of assorted recycled metals). When the rest of the band would pause between songs to retune their instruments, the drummer would still be silently bopping along to a tune in his head.

We didn't cease to be charmed or impressed throughout the entire show. Easily the most impressive thing was that these guys jammed out so hard that they pretty continually shredded fiddle bows without being thrown off. During "Dance Around," the guy singing, no less, broke a guitar string and literally didn't miss a beat. He had his guitar restrung and tuned within 30 seconds tops. Color me impressed.

After last week, I've permanently added the Hackensaw Boys to my radar. True bluegrass, mighty impressive beards, and gems of musicians? I'm embarrassed it took me so long.

The Hackensaw Boys were the perfect wrap-up to a 2012 full of concerts. Check out what's coming up in 2013 and our full concert lineup!

Friday, December 28, 2012

{PLAYLIST} new year's jams

Happy (almost) New Year, friends!! We hope you have your resolutions all picked out, that you've stocked up on champy, and that you have a baller evening planned to ring in 2013.

cheers to 2013!!
New Year's Jams 2012 by this is our jam on GroovesharkThese jams are the perfect accompaniment to prettying yourself, pregaming, going to your party, or perhaps even watching a little bit of Dick ClarkRyan Seacrest's Rockin' New Year's Eve. Maybe you'll even find a nice taxi driver who will let you put it on in the car (um hello, everyone needs a Get Psyched Mix).

"Pop Danthology 2012" - Pop Danthology
"Global Concepts" - Robert DeLong
"Next Year" - Two Door Cinema Club
"Sweet Nothing" - Calvin Harris (feat. Florence Welch)
"And We Danced" - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
"Latch" - Disclosure (feat. Sam Smith)
"Next in Line" - Walk the Moon
"Clique" - Big Sean (feat. Kanye West and Jay-Z)
"United States of Pop 2012" - DJ Earworm

And in case you really miss 2011, check out our New Year's Jams from last year here.

g-eazy is my jam

There's nary a soul in my office today, so there's a strong to quite strong possibility I'll be sitting alone at my desk listening to this collab from G-Eazy and Tennis all day long as a consolation that Christmas holiday is really over and the real world has re-started.

I'm okay with this.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

13 bands to watch for in 2013

As 2012 comes to a close, we've been making predictions about which bands are going to make it big in the coming year. Last year, we had high hopes for Walk the Moon and Yellow Ostrich, who had wowed us with their awesome EPs in 2011, and their baller full-length albums in 2012 killed it. [Editors Note: We're also attributing what we call the "Harry Potter Bump" to a sizable portion of their success.]

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So, we've look into our crystal balls (a.k.a. iTunes) to list out the top 13 musical acts that we predict will make it big (or at least bigger) in 2013. These musicians have released EPs in the past year, and in some cases, we've just heard a couple of songs from them, but nevertheless, we're expecting big things for all of them in the coming year.

Click ahead to see who we predict you'll be listening to next year, and hop over to 8tracks for a complete playlist.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

{PLAYLIST} favorite songs of 2012

We may be biased, but we think that 2012 has been a pretty good year for music. From Bon Iver winning best "new" artist at the Grammy's in the early months of 2012 (we still are a little miffed that people just discovered him this year) to finding countless new bands to obsess over love, we've been pretty pleased.

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Narrowing down our favorite songs of the year was one of our hardest TIOJ tasks to date, but it was a welcome challenge. Take a listen, reminisce a little, and join us in getting ready for 2013!

Because we have (musical) commitment issues, you can also listen to this mix on 8tracks and a longer version on Spotify.

Click ahead for the full track listing!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

have yourself a merry little christmas

Whether you're celebrating with Santa and Christmas cookies or James Bond and Chinese food, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2012

happy holidizzle y'all!

'Twas the night before Christmas and with nothing to do, TIOJ shared a story for you...

But seriously, Snoop Dogg is the king of holiday videos (see: Thanksgiving with Martha Stewart) and have a very merry Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

{PLAYLIST} end of the world jams

So, according to the Mayans, the world is casually ending today. As of right now, things are looking okay, but just in case it gets a little dire, we’ve put together our favorite end of the world jams to prepare you for the impending end of civilization.

our primary concern today

END OF WORLD by this is our jam on Grooveshark "Leading To Death" - Polica 
"Flesh And Bone (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)" - The Killers 
"Til The World Ends (Nicki Minaj + Ke$ha Remix)" - Britney Spears 
"Dark Again (Lights Out)" - Gold Fields 
"2012" - Jay Sean feat. Nicki Minaj 
"It Gets Dark" - Holy Ghost! 
"Zion" - Kids of 88 
"Longevity" - Yeasayer 
"It's The End Of The World As We Know It" - R.E.M. 
"Last Known Surroundings" - Explosions In The Sky 

To further prepare you for the end of life as we know it, BYT and All Things Go are throwing the party to end all parties (and we suppose, the world), featuring our favorite remix artists RAC. Get tickets and deets here.

Thursday, December 20, 2012


I'm a sucker for new musicians putting out music that sounds like it's an original from decades ago. See: Michael Buble's big band crooning or How To Dress Well's Stevie Wonder-esque soul. I love it all.

So, I was delighted to discover JD McPherson who's making music that sounds like it's straight out of the 50's. Hailing from Oklahoma and described as a "rockabilly revivalist," JD's music makes me want to don a vintage sweater set, put on a record, and dance around with my partner a respectable two feet away from me.

And as a holiday treat, JD's awesome Christmas song "Twinkling":

You can download it for free as part of Turntable Kitchen's Christmas mix!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

a christmas present from zak waters

Leave it to Zak Waters to gift us with a sultry cover of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" this holiday season. Not only do is vocal shine in this smooth cover, but he also reached out to our DC faves Mike & Cody to produce and perfect this great track.

Listen and download the track as an early Christmas present to yourself:

Also! Click here to check out Zak's television debut performing on Last Call with Carson Daly last night (this morning?).

gifts + jams with love creative

We've been pretty busy this month: in case you've missed it, we've teamed up with Amanda from Love Creative to put together a shopping guide of music and gifts for everyone on your Christmas list.

Hop on over to check out all of our suggestions if you're doing some last minute shopping, and be sure to check back tomorrow for our last installment!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

wax nostalgic is my jam

In anticipation of the upcoming Local Natives album, I've been listening to this Wax Nostalgic remix of "Who Knows Who Cares" nonstop. It's hitting my musical soft spot and is almost as good as the live take-away show version.

via All Things Go

Also, if you haven't yet listened to the new Local Natives release, "Breakers" -- get on it:

DC friends! Local Natives is playing at the 9:30 Club on April 5 in case you're like us and already putting together your 2013 concert schedule.


Guys, something really remarkable has happened. Somehow, we've managed to write (and you've be able to put up with us for) a thousand posts, and we're still in shock that we've gotten to this point (for real, this was our reaction when we realized we were nearing the millennium mark).

But in all serious (just for a hot second, that's about all we can muster), we owe a HUGE thank you to all of you dear readers. Without you, we'd just be talking to ourselves, which we generally do anyway, so we're always so excited to share our musical and life obsessions with you -- and we're so glad that you keep coming back, even when we're at our most cracked out.

SO, friendies, we hope you stay tuned for the next thousand posts and jams and youtube gems. We promise to do our best to keep them coming for you.

TIOJ in our most typical form....

"bruises" is my jam

When I first heard "Bruises" on the radio, all I could think of was that I thought it should be on Nashville. Can't you hear Tami Taylor/Rayna James singing this with Deacon (who's a fellow W&M alum, nbd)? I initially thought it fit as a Gunnar/Scarlet tune, but the more I think about it, it's definitely a Tami and Deacon song. Nicely done, Pat Monahan and Ashley Monroe.

Monday, December 17, 2012

TIOJ's favorite christmas albums

The holidays are here! If you need another dose of holiday cheer after our Christmas playlist, we're sharing our most favorite Christmas albums that should definitely be in your collection (of course NSYNC is at the top of our tree).

If you’re still searching for last minute gifts ideas, we highly recommend grabbing one of these albums and putting a bow on it. You can even get Holidays Rule at Starbucks! Getting your holiday shopping done whilst sipping peppermint mochas is our jam.

NSYNC - Home For The Holidays 
 James Taylor - At Christmas | Brushfire Records - This Warm December 
Love Actually Soundtrack | The O.C. - Have A Very Merry Chrismukkah 
Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold 
Holidays Rule | She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas | Michael Buble - Christmas

Friday, December 14, 2012

{RECAP} st.lucia, black light dinner party, gold fields, & alex metric

It was another fabulous lineup at U St Music Hall last night thanks to the power duo of All Things Go and Neon Gold Records. We rocked out to Gold Fields, Black Light Dinner Party, St. Lucia, and ended the packed night with a DJ set from Alex Metric.
"keep your heart close to mine"
Click ahead for the full recap.

{PLAYLIST} christmas jams

It's that time of year, when the world falls in loves, every song you hear seems to say...
Merry Christmas!

via katespadeny
To celebrate our favorite time of the year, we're sharing some of our favorite Christmas songs of the moment for you to listen to while you work hard shop online all day. (See also: Chrismukkah 2011)

Chrismukkah 2012 by this is our jam on Grooveshark "Sleigh Ride" - fun. 
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - Andrew Ripp
"Happy Holidays (Beef Wellington Remix) - Bing Crosby
"All My Bells Are Ringing" - Lenka 
"Merry Christmas, Baby" - Cee Lo feat. Rod Stewart 
"Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)" - The Decemberists   
"Put The Lights On The Tree" - Sufjan Stevens 
"Blue Christmas" - Vandaveer 
"Carry Me Home" - Hey Rosetta! 
"Merry Christmas From The Family" - Robert Earl Keen 

And, as another early Christmas present, visit some of our favorite music blogs to download more wonderful Christmas playlists:
Turntable Kitchen
Paste Magazine
Fuel & Friends

Thursday, December 13, 2012

{THROWBACK} skeeter davis

I am really late to the Mad Men party (but in my defense, I started watching this summer and I'm almost done with season three, so I'm making up for lost time). The other day, I watched one of my favorite episodes to date -- and of course, it centers around Kennedy's assassination (who's surprised that I love something related to the Kennedys? Anyone?).

I loveloveloved that they ended that episode with Skeeter Davis' "End of the World" -- just too beautiful/poignant/fitting. Granted, it may not be quite the end of the world that we need to start preparing for in eight days... but for the record, if the world is indeed ending, I would like to go out Draper style.

{THROWBACK} "P.Y.T." (cover)

Dying over this Nite Jewel cover of one of my fave MJ tracks:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

{WE LOVE} yuna

Things I cannot get enough of today, in no particular order:
1. Coffee
2. This stunning Yuna cover of Frank Ocean's "Thinkin' 'Bout You"

How is this so gorgeous?

{WE LOVE} ryan hemsworth

I love me a good remix and lately Ryan Hemsworth has been killing it. His remixes add this extra layer of sexiness to already sultry originals aaand I may or may not imagine him looking like Liam Hemsworth while listening to said sexy songs. Highly recommend it.

I was introduced to him with his remix of Frank Ocean's "Thinking About You" and I started to get butterflies  after this remix of The 1975's "Sex"...

...Then I got ready to take it to the next level when I realized we had a shared love of throwbacks after hearing his remix of Craig David's "Fill Me In"...

...And like has turned to love as I've done more research and discovered he's put out a silly EP covering the best guilty pleasure songs.

Oh, and he's also puts out killer original jams and has a sweet blog. Dude's the total package.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

david thomas jones is my jam

I love finding songs that fit so perfectly with your mood that you hit the replay button on YouTube at least five times in a row. Such has been the case with David Thomas Jones' "Our Lives."

The song has tropical beats that make me forget it's cold and rainy out and the video has this Flight of the Conchords thing going on that I'm totally feeling. Plus, I can unabashedly relate to the solo dance party at the end of the video.

Jam, rinse, and repeat as needed:

Listen to DJT's entire EP on Spotify and grab the "Our Lives" mp3 here to add to your happy dance playlist.

Monday, December 10, 2012

{RECAP} mates of state

After listening to their favorite duos playlist all last week, we were so excited to check out Mates of State at Rock 'N Roll Hotel this weekend.

Kori and Jason were everything we expected them to be and more. It was a treat to see them at such an intimate performance rather than with a whole band. We were so charmed as Jason would look over at Kori and her organ from his drum set between songs, seeming to communicate with her via some sort of secret language. Consequently, this prompted us to re-enact the following scene for the rest of the night...

They did a great job of sampling songs across their impressive range of albums and satisfying the requests the audience was shouting out, while also debuting some exciting new songs.

Some highlights from the show were when they shared a new nacho recipe they learned from one of our lovely DC citizens at the 7-11 on H Street (Doriotos + nacho cheese sauce = best snack ever... put this on our list of things to investigate) and, of course, seeing them perform "My Only Offer."

Now please excuse us while we research potential ways for Mates of State to adopt us... they want to add a few twenty-somethings to their fam, right??

Next Up: St. Lucia, Black Light Dinner Party, and Alex Metric @UHall on Thursday!

mashup monday: katy perry x beirut

Man, these unexpected pairings keep coming -- and we don't hate it one bit.

Last week, Rostam Batmanglij (of Vampire Weekend and Discovery fame) finally released this mashup of Beirut's "Scenic World" and Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" . We unequivocally love everything Rostam does (mostly because his last name has Batman in it, and that's pretty much the most bad ass thing ever...), so obviously, this is our jam.

Listen and download this goodness:

And in case you missed it this summer, our other fave Rostam mashup "Call Me On Broken Glass."

Sunday, December 9, 2012

young magic is my sunday jam

On this dreary dreary Sunday, I've found myself sitting in bed getting caught up on music and Young Magic's jams are totally fitting the chill weekend vibe happening over here.

The minimalistic vocals on "Sparkly" and the progression of the song are beautiful, seamlessly finding the balance between letting you just listen and chill and keeping you on your toes with intiriguing melodies. That makes sense in my sleepy head...take a listen to the song and see what I'm feeling:

Young Magic will be in DC on January 13 opening for Purity Ring at 9:30 Club. It's going to be a killer show, highly recommend checking it out!

Aaaaand if you don't know Purity Ring yet, listen to "Fineshrine" below. I literally have a playlist that has this as every other song because I'm that into it...don't judge.

Friday, December 7, 2012

the avett brothers are my friday jam

It's nothing new that I have a deep-seated love for the Avett Brothers. It's become more or less a Friday ritual for me to stream essentially their entire discography. And I have (another) new favorite song as a result of that: "Letter to a Pretty Girl." It's so nostalgic and homey (um hello, they mention the traffic of Washington, DC and the Chesapeake Bay, and they say coffee is their best friend. For being from North Carolina, these boys know the way to my caffeinated suburban Virginia heart).

Add it to the rotation.

{PLAYLIST} current music crushes

Few things, in our very humble point of view, are better than going to concerts. Chief among them are looking at beautiful people up on stage at concerts. Yes. Please.

This week's playlist is comprised of some of our most recent music crushes that we had to share with the world. Don't mind us, we'll just be staring at their pictures for the next 42 minutes (approximately).

why yes, we do have quite a thing for scruff. thanks, movember
(hotness/jams flow in left-right order)

Jams from TIOJ's Current Music Crushes by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Guns Out" - Young the Giant (beards!)
"Adorn" - Miguel 
"In the End" - The Royal Concept 
"Houdini" - Foster the People 
"Seeds" - Hey Rosetta! (MORE beards!)
"The City" - Zak Waters 
"Free" - Graffiti6 
"Dirty Paws" - Of Monsters and Men (as cute as all these Icelanders are, Brynjar may be our fave)
"Honey Come Home" - The Head and the Heart (EVEN MORE beards!)
"Let's Roll" - Yelawolf  (not pictured because we figured Grandma wouldn't approve. But dayum, this guy has got that bad boy thing going on...)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

{THROWBACK} "second hand news" (cover)

Growing up, I actively hated Fleetwood Mac. I have no idea why, but I did. Kids are weird.

Thank god I got over that because this Yeasayer cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Second Hand News" is my jammmmm.

Mojo Magazine is releasing an entire cover CD of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, that features a cover of "Songbird" from The Staves that is too beautiful not to share as well. Goodness, those girls get me every time.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

{WE LOVE} children with swag

In honor of my favorite tumblr of the moment, Children With Swag, wanted to share two music videos of said swaggerific kids and the awesome jams accompanying them.

First up, Saint Motel's "Benny Goodman" featuring the grooves of Baby Bugaloo (who also KILLS it in the Aloe Blacc video for "Loving You Is Killing Me").

Next, Danny Brown's vid for "Grown Up." Love that this kid is such a tough guy in the video, but needs to hold someone's hand when he crosses the street. Presh.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

{ARTIST PLAYLIST} mates of state: favorite duos

We are SO excited to bring you our latest artist-curated playlist today featuring none other than the adorable Mates of State. If you're not familiar with Mates of State, the band is comprised of husband-wife duo Kori and Jason who have been putting out albums together since the early 2000s. The pair are crazy cool -- like, bring their two precious daughters with them on tour cool.

In anticipation of their upcoming show at Rock & Roll Hotel this Friday, Kori and Jason were sweet enough to put together a playlist of some of their own favorites duos. We may be biased, but it's a pretty perfect playlist -- bookmark this one.

And since Mates of State are one of our favorite duos, here's a bonus adorable video from them: Mates of State will be playing an intimate show this Friday at Rock & Roll Hotel. Get your tickets here and come dance around with us!

Monday, December 3, 2012

a mashup monday miracle

Seeing that Gangnam Style is the most viewed YouTube video EVER, it's no surprise that tons of musicians have been playing around with it lately.

The remix winner so far HAS to be Dan Deacon who literally *just* uploaded this jam in time for Mashup Monday that features Psy's hit + Grimes + Diplo + Lil Wayne + Dirty Projectors + SO MUCH MORE GOODNESS. It's like he knew I wanted a good mashup to start this week...

Get it:

Major props to Travis Birkenstock for the heads up on this baby.

{RECAP} tanlines

On Friday night, Stacey and I trekked over to Black Cat, which had been sadly absent from our lives lately, to catch one of our favorite acts of the year – Tanlines.

We had pretty high expectations for the night, and Jesse and Eric did not disappoint. They were great live, and it was so heartwarming to see that Jesse had a bunch of family at the show, made even cuter when he peppered their set with adorable shoutouts to his family (whaddup, pregnant sister in law!).

all of me is askin'
We loved hearing “Brothers,” and I may have made Stacey uncomfortable during my favorite “late night cuddling” song “Nonesuch” (worth it). But hands down, we (and the rest of the crowd) had too much fun during “All of Me." We loved the extra long intro they put on the song live and had such a wonderful time dancing along.

If y’all don’t have their album Mixed Emotions, get on it. Pronto. You won’t be disappointed.

"when the world gets too much..."

This video from Josh Weller is so beautiful and simply shot. It's the perfect mellow start to your week.

Friday, November 30, 2012

remix roundup

We love original jams, but sometimes it's so refreshing to discover a remix that completely reworks the song you've listened too so many times on your iPod. Here are some of our faves at the moment:

Pacific Air - "Float (RAC Mix)"
"Float" by Pacific Air (formerly KO KO) was my easy, breezy jam this summer, but this new remix from superstar RAC gives the song a completely different vibe and takes it from poolside perfect to dance floor ready.

Metronomy – “The Look (TIP’s Shook Shook Rework)”
The original jam from Metronomy is one of those jams that is so happy and makes you kind of want to dance around like a nerd (just me? I may have watched the music video too many times...). But this TIP remix adds a cool factor to the original, making it sound like something I would play if I was DJ'ing at the end of the night in a dive bar in Columbia Heights. Ya dig?

Kesha - "Die Young (Remix - Featuring Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa & Becky G)"
Okay so this one isn't thaaaaat different from the original, but I just love Becky G on this track. Watch out, Nicki Minaj.

{PLAYLIST} waking up jams

These dark, cold mornings have been making it pretttttttty hard to get out of bed, amirite? And with three more weeks of the days getting shorter, it's going to get even worse. But we have a solution for you! Put on these jams, which will take you from your bleary-eyed first cup of coffee all the way to Metro, where you'll for sure be rocking out as you begin your commute.

 "I Need a Dollar" - Aloe Blacc
"Here Comes the Sun" - The Beatles
"Milk and Sugar" - G.Love
"Closer to Love" - Mat Kearney
"Get Up" - Carousel
"Honey" - Swim Deep
"Rise and Shine" - The Little Ones
"Take Me Over" - Cut Copy
"Amie" - Pure Prairie League
"We Turn It Up" - Oh Land

Thursday, November 29, 2012

tanlines tomorrow!

Who's playing with us and Tanlines at Black Cat tomorrow?????

The best part of this video: The Dwight Shrute-approved mock turtleneck. Saucy.

{PLAYLIST} best of november

November is wrapping up, which means two things: it is completely acceptable (and encouraged) to listen exclusively to Christmas music, and it's time to recap this wonderfully crazy, busy, and quick little month. In November, we:
 Listen to this playlist for Krista, Kristen, and Stacey's top 5 for the month of November:

Best of November 2012 by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"The Mother We Share" - CHVRCHES
OBSESSED. That is all. 
"Lights On" - The Pierces
Best lyric I've heard in a while: "Some people say that I want you for your money/But I really want you for your body."
"Mountain Sound" - Of Monsters and Men
Currently at the top of my to do list: go to Iceland, find out what's in the water up there, and meet cute little singers.
"How Will I Know/All That We Had Is Lost" - Postiljonen
Whitney Houston + Swedes + mellow vibes is the perfect recipe for one of the best covers I've heard in a while. 
"Pretty Face" - Sóley
Sóley's haunting voice is captivating on this somber ballad.
"Time to Run" - Lord Huron
 I'm so thankful that the musical fates combined to enlighten me with this song.
"& It Was U" - How to Dress Well
This song is the perfect explanation of "neo-soul" and I want more of it, pleaseandthankyou. 
"New York, I Love You" - LCD Soundsystem feat. Miles Davis
Words can't express how impressed I am with this seamless, elegant collaboration.
"Listen Up Sweetheart" - Yarn
Yarn is a beautiful combination of two of my most favorite things: bluegrass and snarky wit.
"Put the Gun Down" - ZZ Ward
ZZ Ward is the kind of singer that makes we wish I could sing. Or be Connie Britton in Nashville...
"I Gotsta Get Paid" - ZZ Top
After 30 years together, ZZ Top is still finding new ways to surprise their fans--case in point: this baller rap cover.
"Down in the Valley" - The Head and the Heart
The Head and the Heart has the most perfect fall/winter vibe, and I can't get enough.
"Social Studies" - Body Language
I had SO much fun seeing these guys live -- just sad that Grooveshark doesn't have their stellar new EP yet. Woof.
"Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey" - John Mayer
I wholeheartedly and unreservedly adore John Mayer. I'm not ashamed. I am, however, ashamed at how many times I've listened to this song in a row.
"Wagon Wheel" - Mumford and Sons
Favorite song, favorite cover. Done and done.

On tap for December: deets about Tanlines and Mates of State (and any other concerts we can fit into our schedules!), dozens of Love Actually references, a musical recap of 2012, and lots and lots of wonderful new holiday jams for y'all!

{THROWBACK} lohan holiday

In honor of all the Liz & Dick publicity that's been out there, just wanted to remind everyone that a) Lindsay has a younger sister, Ali and b) Ali released a Christmas album Lohan Holiday in 2006.

Couldn't think of a better way to kick off the Christmas season.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

{WE LOVE} bluegrass + whitney houston

Thank you, Kelly McFarling, for giving me something that has been strikingly absent in my music-loving life: a banjo-driven, soulful, bluegrass Whitney Houston anthem. I salute you, madam.

Props to friend of TIOJ Lindsay for bringing this cover to my attention. I am forever in your debt.

{WE LOVE} shout out louds

You know that moment when you're cleaning out your closet and suddenly find that sweater that you thought you lost ages and ages ago after some drunken night at a Hood Internet concert night with a small gathering of friends? You totally loved the sweater, but wrote it off as being lost forever and went on with your life.

Well, that's how I feel about the Shout Out Louds. They were my JAM in college. Like, tracked them down when I was studying abroad and saw them play in LUXEMBOURG (it was the best, by the by). I had totally forgotten about them until I happily stumbled across them on my Google Reader and realized that they're thankfully releasing their fourth album in February.

If their first single "Blue Ice" is any indication, it's going to be a wonderful album.

(Guys! They're also giving away 7'' of this single No biggie. Enter to win a Christmas present for me by emailing with the subject "Blue Ice Giveaway" -- more info here.)

Plus, some classic Shout Out Louds for old time's sake:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"dust and bones" is our mysterious jam

Here at TIOJ we love a good mystery and of course, a good song. Thankfully, Night Terrors of 1927 is keeping us satisfied on both fronts. Our world class Facebook stalking has left us with no information on this supposed duo. Not even an old prof pic with an ex-girlfriend...rude.

Thankfully, their jam "Dust and Bones" is such a BIG anthem of a song that we'll happily listen to it over and over again while we invent their back story. The song calls to mind some of our favorite go-to bands like Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, and Passion Pit while bringing something so new and exciting that a Band Math wouldn't do them justice.

To download the tracks and search for more clues, head over to the band's website or Neon Gold.

one more thing to be thankful for...

Thanksgiving may be over, but we're still giving thanks for new music discoveries and free downloads of said music. Enter, Johnny Stimson.

I played "Where It Goes" while I was home for Thanksgiving and Johnny's song literally made my Grandma and all of her sons stop their Black Friday scheming and perk their heads up to see where this lovely music was coming from. "Where It Goes" is a comfortingly beautiful song that showcases Johnny's talents as a singer-songwriter, bringing to mind some of our favorite singers like Mat Kearney, Marcus Mumford, and Phillip Phillips. Can't wait to hear more from him.

As a belated Thanksgiving treat, you can download the tracks for free here.

Monday, November 26, 2012

{RECAP} elle king, sóley, and of monsters and men

TIOJ had quite the night last Sunday between a gaggle of Icelanders and one very explicit cover song. Check it.

First up, Elle King. We were only able to catch a few of her songs, but we were completely enamored with what we heard. Not only did she do a pretty stellar rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Jackson,” but her cover of "My Neck, My Back" was one of the most hilarious covers we've heard. Ever. Let's be real, any time people sing inappropriate and overtly sexual songs in such a casual manner, we're sold (See: Ed Sheeran covering "Pony"). She's the ballsy, leather-wearing, badass singer we dream of being one day.

Seeing as TIOJ has a collective addiction to all things Scandinavian, there was a pretty high pre-show probability that we’d love Sóley based solely on her Icelandicness, but as soon as she walked on stage with her giant hipster glasses, our love was confirmed.

Charming Icelandenglish chatter peppered the downtime between quiet, haunting, and, at times, ambient songs ("The Sun Is Going Down" is a particularly gorgeous example). Seemingly peppy and entirely adorable Sóley performed more than one funeral song (including the somber “Wedding,” in which a dead girl coerces a man into marrying her), but Sóley’s not creepy, she swears (and we agree -- in fact, she's precious).

TIOJ is helpless before a looping pedal -- Sóley was absolutely hypnotizing during “I'll Drown,” looping her own vocals and bringing the house down with only an oddly-charismatic, matter-of-fact drummer, stoic guitarist, and her own backup singing as accompaniment.

We've been to the 9:30 Club too many times to count, but this was quite possibly the most crowded we've ever seen it. Major props must be awarded to OMAM from going to playing free shows just six months ago to packing the most famous venue in D.C.

As always, we were utterly charmed by the entire ensemble of OMAM. (Seriously. Can we talk about what is in the water up there that makes them so adorable? We’re more than a little in love with the bandana-wearing guitarist and vest-wearing drummer.) It was evident that we were not the only ones -- everyone at the venue just seemed so very happy to sing along with these Icelanders.

We loved singing our respective parts to "Mountain Sound" and got chills when literally the entire crowd lost their ish (impressive for a Sunday concert, we might add) and took over singing responsibilities during "Little Talks." Shout out to our new fave songs "Lakehouse," which, we've concluded, has the most "la la"-ing of any song we know, and “Sloom,” which has heartbreakingly earnest lyrics.

We've also concluded that there need to be more accordions and trumpets used in bands -- OMAM’s trumpeter/piano player/accordionist/Icelandic snow princess was mesmerizing as she jumped from instrument to instrument. Get on it, music industry. Please and thank you.

Friday, November 23, 2012

{PLAYLIST} brothers & sisters

We lovelovelove when bands are comprised of siblings. It makes us wish that we -- and our sibs -- were all musical. Whether you've absolutely had it with your little brother at this point or you're still having a great time with your big sis this Thanksgiving, these jams (from bands that include brothers and sisters) are the perfect addition to the end of your holiday weekend.

this thanksgiving, we are thankful for awkward family photos

"Forever" - Haim
"Girl In Love" - Smith Westerns
"The Valley" - Eisley
"Beggar In The Morning" - Barr Brothers
"Mexico" - The Staves
"Virginia Calling" - Sons of Bill
"Lights On" - The Pierces
"Wax" - Theme Park
"Lolita" - The Veronicas
"Ragoo" - Kings of Leon
"The Mother We Share" - CHVRCHES

PS -- are you going Black Friday shopping this year? Do you need extra inspiration? In return for these Black Friday jams, we'd like plenty of presents, please.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

{THROWBACK} thanksgiving parade edition


Did you run a Turkey Trot this morning? Are you taking a break from "helping" in the kitchen? Did someone throw their back out yet during the family football game (a yearly tradition in my family)?

Whatever you've done so far, odds are that you've watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this morning. So, in honor of Throwback Thursday and Thanksgiving, we'd like to remind you of the musical stylings of the young Aaron Carter.

And in case you were wondering, Aaron IS still alive.

My favorite excerpt from his Wikipedia page:
"In January 2012, Carter was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. He was eliminated in the first episode." #livingthedream

happy thanksgiving!!

One more thing for you to add to your gratitude list this Thanksgiving: Nicole Westbrook's "It's Thanksgiving," which will forever be known as the holiday version of Rebecca Black's "Friday."

You. are. welcome.

Reasons I am thankful for this video:
  • the extreme importance placed on mashed potatoes. Yes, they really are that crucial to any Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Fourth of July's month isn't specified as is Easter's (April), Christmas' (December), and New Year's (January). 
  • the rooster neighbor.
  • Nicole uses (some) proper grammar, unlike Miss Black ("we we we are gonna have a good time" trumps "we we we so excited").
  • the very passionate rap in which Nicole tells her (much younger) friends that she's thankful for them -- and mashed potatoes.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

{WE LOVE} sóley

As you know, TIOJ is a big fan of Icelanders. Enter: Sóley (of another fave, Seabear!). Her song "I'll Drown"is so hauntingly beautiful. We like it.

Good news, DCers! You'll be able to check out Sóley next week. She'll be with TIOJ-fave Of Monsters and Men on Sunday and then on her own at DC9 on Monday. Join us, won't you??

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

lord huron is my jam

Do you ever feel like you're destined to really really like some songs? Destined may be a strong word, but sometimes the fates all combine to convince you that a song is going to be one of your new favorites. The fates, in this case, were my musical muse Lauren, a lovely Songza playlist, and the geniuses over at Turntable Kitchen. I can't get enough of Lord Huron's "Time to Run."

Now. About the music video. When I started watching it, I was all about it. Beautiful song, beautiful scenery -- I'm sold. Then things got a little weird around the 3:00 mark. And by the fourth minute, I don't even know. Still, I have to hand it to Lord Huron for such an elaborate (and multilingual!), hipstery video.

Bonus! For even more Lord Huron loveliness, check out their Tiny Desk Concert over at NPR. I guarantee that it will improve the quality of your Tuesday as you power through your final few hours before Thanksgiving.


Here we go again!

Click ahead to find out!

Monday, November 19, 2012

mashup monday with wale + carousel

I would have NEVER imagined Wale and Carousel together, but White Panda has done it and I like it.

happy mashup monday!

when lcd soundsystem and mile davis collide

I wish I could find the words to adequately describe to you how gorgeous and heart-wrenching this YouTube duet by LCD Soundsystem and Miles Davis truly is, but no matter how I try and put it the fact that remains is this: you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you don't listen.

A million thanks to Hil for the heads up on this gem.

quite possibly the most TIOJ-est of covers. ever.

We are in a literal frenzy at the TIOJ offices after finding this's hard to find the right words to intro this song, so we'll let our friends over at The Chuckness do it for us:

"Postiljonen had me at Swedish. Then they had me at Whitney Houston cover. A combination of a Swedish, laid back, electro Whitney Houston cover left me picking pieces of my brain off the floor."

...and the ensuing TIOJ email chain:
STOP IT. yes. 

I can't even. So perfect.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

{RECAP} body language

This weekend DC's hottest club was Submerge. The pop-up art exhibition/music venue on H St. had everything. An army of blow up sex dolls, fancy port-a-pottys, a Car2Go, and musicians performing in their socks.

The best part of the evening was catching Body Language's performance. We'd seen members of Body Language perform with the guys of Vacationer, but this was the first time we got to see the Brooklyn band's full set and it was just as good as we anticipated.

shoes? who needs shoes?

I can't even begin to pick my favorite song of the night, so here's their entire new EP Grammar for your listening pleasure.

Props to All Things Go & Listen Local First for putting on such a baller show!

Friday, November 16, 2012

start your weekend smiling

The title track off Ra Ra Riot's upcoming album Beta Love is just so happy and the perfect song to start your weekend off smiling. I dare you not to love it.

DC people - get your tix for their show at 9:30 in January here!

{PLAYLIST} coming home

What the heck, guys -- it's already time for Thanksgiving?? While we're having a really hard time wrapping our brains around the fact that it's getting to be late-November (and winter), we have the perfect playlist to keep you company on the train/plane/automobile ride home, wherever it is that you're off to. Good luck with traffic and airport lines, and buy pretty things during your Black Friday marathon!

Press play for some especially homey tunes:

"93 Million Miles" - Jason Mraz
Coming Home by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Let's Go Home" - Carousel
"Born and Raised" - John Mayer
"Happy Home" - Onuinu
"Tattoos On This Town" - Jason Aldean
"Home" - Phillip Phillips
"Interstate 8" - Modest Mouse
"Home" - Dierks Bentley
"Every Night" - Imagine Dragons
"Find My Way Back Home" - Sons of Bill
"At Home" - Crystal Fighters
"Travelling" - Paper Lions
"Home Again" - Michael Kiwanuka
"Down in the Valley" - The Head and the Heart
"Stairway" - Yukon Blonde

Bonus! Our Thanksgiving jams from 2011 for a second helping of jams.

Holiday double bonus! Check out these playlists on 8tracks and a combined serving on Songza.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

DC's hottest club is...

Looking for something hip and fun to do this weekend?? May we recommend checking out our faves Body Language over at Submerge - H St's hottest club newest pop-up "art-happening."

The event, hosted by our peeps over at All Things Go and Listen Local First, includes DJ sets and performances from local DC bands including Brett, Young Rapids, and oh so many more. Tickets are $12 -- so get them on Eventbrite while they're hot and find out more info over on ATG.

True Life -- heard this song in Ann Taylor of all places and had a dance party in the dressing room. It was the best.

Bonus -- This Body Language remix of Hood Internet's latest original jam:

{THROWBACK} zz top + "25 lighters"

If it seems like I'm more than a little amused by ZZ Top, it's because I am. Not many bands could stay together for 33 years and still find new ways to surprise their fans but ZZ Top never fails to do so.  ZZ Top's newest tongue-in-cheek and, frankly, completely baller pseudo-throwback is a cover of "25 Lighters" by DJ DMD and Fat Pat which was originally released in 1999. Even if you aren't familiar with the original (I sure wasn't) this bluesy cover will amuse and entertain you to no end. I want to be as cool as Billy Gibbons when I grow up.

{THROWBACK} "please mr. postman"

When I was in elementary school, the entire second grade had a unit in which we learned about the postal system. Every class had its own street name (I was on Schwartz Circle), and we rotated being the mail collectors, processors, sorters, and deliverers. You could write letters to your friends in other classes, to your first grade teacher, or anyone else. And obviously, you got to design the stamp (for the record, stamps had just gone up to 32 cents at that point... none of this 46 cents craziness).

Naturally, we had a play or some sort of assembly for parents. And of course, we learned a song to perform. And now "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes always triggers memories of sorting mail in the second grade post office ("Return to Sender" was a close second, but we couldn't learn the words in time...).

Fun fact/nerd alert: once I told my mom that I wanted to be a mail deliverer when I grew up because they got to read a lot. Reading the names and addresses on envelopes seemed like a lot at the time... thanks for redirecting my focus, Mom.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

{WE LOVE} yarn

Guys, I have a new musical obsession. I've been listening to Yarn pretty much non-stop for the last month. This fun band is more than meets the ear. I suggest taking a close listen to their lyrics -- you'll find a whole lot of sass behind this upbeat bluegrass (my favorite for that: "25 Years"). But my most favorite of their songs is definitely "Listen Up Sweetheart."

(I owe a HUGE thank you to Lauren for enlightening my life with these guys!!)

{WE LOVE} fashions

Gotta give a major props to my brother for keeping me updated on new Brooklyn band, Fashions. I've been enchanted since their first single "Slip Away" and they're keeping me convinced with the release of their Young Heart EP.

Their songs have the perfect new wave/80's vibe that our Dad brought us up on, creating something like David Bowie's modern electro-pop lovechild. It's glorious.

Bonus -- love this interview that lead singer Matthew did with be you | be sure about being a "hipster." Check out his thoughts on Ray Bans, PBR, and Instagram here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

{NEW} jams from haim + alt-j

Man, there is SO much awesome new music coming out. We can hardly control our excitement, much less get a handle on our never-ending queue of jams starred on Google Reader. Still, we have to share the newest releases from two of our most favorite bands of the moment.

First up, Haim. These chicks are on a roll. After the awesomeness that was "Don't Save Me," they're at it again with another great jam that's slightly heavier (in the best way possible) than their other stuff. Shew, so excited for their full album...

Next, Alt-J. These dudes took after Alabama Shakes and released a song for the upcoming movie Silver Linings Playbook (WHO is in charge of the soundtrack for this movie?? I would like to date them, please). Anyway, the track is obviously awesome -- I have a hard time describing Alt-J since I think they're just so cool, so go ahead and have a listen to see for yourself.

nick jonas and the administration is my jam. yes, i'm surprised by this too.

I credit Shazam with being my closest ally in my musical education. So many songs I hear in random places would pass me by if Shazam didn't allow me to save those gems for a rainy day blog post.

A perfect example: I was minding my own business while innocently bargain shopping at TJ Maxx this past weekend, when I found myself humming along to a happy, incessantly catchy song playing on the stereo system. And yeah, it turns out that song was actually by Nick Jonas and the Administration, which was more than a little amusing at the time, but I'm not even mad about it. I'm still humming along and I guarantee you I might not have given the song a fair shake if it hadn't snuck up on me as I sifted through severely discounted designer dresses.

As a bonus: check out the J.May-esque "Olive and an Arrow" by Nick & co.

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