Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Just Announced: Forecastle Lineup

In case you haven't heard of it, Forecastle is a 3-day festival in Louisville, KY (my old hood, holla holla!) and they've just announced this years lineup for their 10th anniversary.

They've definitely stepped up their game from past years and have scored some huge national groups like Sleigh Bells, Wilco, and Girl Talk, while keeping the Kentucky love with local bands like My Morning Jacket (yes, they're from the ville, surprise) and our new friends from Houndmouth.(Plus TIOJ-favs Walk the Moon and James Vincent McMorrow!!)

Check out their video announcement and get the entire lineup here.

not sure why the festival is pirate-themed but I don't hate it...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

these are our (one day early) leap day jams

In case you forgot, tomorrow is February 29 (not March 1). These are our jams inspired by leaps, jumps, twirls, and funny calendar days.

my train of thought:

leap day - leap - jump - skydiving - skydiving jams- this AWESOME vampire weekend cover:

close enough, right?

I thought of a couple of jump- and leap-related songs, but I never turn down an opportunity to watch Hugh Grant dance in Love Actually. Duh -- would you?

If you're anything like me, the idea of one extra day suddenly appearing every four years OUT OF NOWHERE leaves you horribly off-kilter (why do I always forget leap year is coming?). Thankfully, we have "Leap" by the Cave Singers--it is the perfect folksy, uplifting song to lift our spirits as we anxiously adjust to the extra long 2012 and wait for spring to hurry up and get here.

(forgive me for the weird vid!)

john mayer is my jam

I was so overcome with joy when I realized that John Mayer has released new music I can hardly function. Someone who knows CPR, please stand by. I think I might die of happiness.

Listen to "Shadow Days" below and swoon with me, why don't you?

Monday, February 27, 2012

this music video is my jam

If you don't know by now, I love dancing.  Old people dancing, Asian children dancing, pumpkins dancing; I love them all. That's why this new video from BIGkids is pretty much my dream.  It features a great upbeat song with some amazingly awkward dance moves from characters including, but not limited to: a housewife, a security guard, Joe the plumber, a hooker, and my taxi driver from this weekend.

Emailing the mullet-ed dance leader now to see if he can teach us his sweet moves.

new jam from Yellow Ostrich

weeeee new music from my favorites: Yellow Ostrich!

Check out "The Shakedown" and stay tuned for their album, Strange Land, which drops on March 6.

aaaaaand if you like what you hear (as your should...) be sure to check them out with us Black Cat on April 11th. We'll be the ones taking tequila shots with the lead singer (again).

Friday, February 24, 2012

these are our '80s jams

We love the '80s… we just wished we weren’t babies in its prime so that we could have rocked the neon leggings, Flashdance sweatshirt, and glove on one hand (we already have big hair locked down). Maybe we’ll have our own “Hot Tub Time Machine” moment one day soon, but until then, we can listen to these '80s jams on repeat and imagine ourselves living in a John Hughes movie.

Rock on over to theFFJD for more on this playlist or for advice on what color neon scrunchie to wear on your next night out.

“Like a Prayer” – Madonna
“Fat Bottomed Girls” – Queen
“Sunglasses at Night” – Corey Hart
“I Think We’re Alone Now” – Tiffany
“You Make My Dreams Come True” – Hall & Oates
“Burning Down the House” – The Talking Heads
“Magic” – The Cars
“Pump Up the Jam” – Jock Jams
“I Want a New Drug” – Huey Lewis & the News
“99 Luftballoons” – Nena

More things we love about the 80s: cone bras, mullets, Top Gun, hair crimping, @thisisourjamdc on twitter and on facebook. What’s that you say, those last two things aren’t from the 1980s? We still love them, and we think you should too.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

non tiq is my jam

When I first sent this song to Krista, our gchat conversation went a little like this:

Me: I think I love this, but I can't tell
Krista: are they Scandinavian?
Me: Probably...
Me: I just checked, she's Swedish
Me: I love this.
Krista: Typical.

...story of my life.

Throwback Thursday: Frank Sinatra

Last night I saw The Washington Ballet's beautiful tribute to Twyla Tharp, and one of the performances was "Nine Sinatra Songs," which, as you may be able to guess, was comprised of nine different Frank Sinatra songs. So so so fun and pretty and 1950s-y and beautiful (even despite the fact that I was hacking up a lung -- guys, this illness won't go away).

So, natch, for today's throwback -- my two favorites from last night (sadly, without the dancing).

this is my throwback/cover jam

Check out Town Hall's cover of the duet that may have defined my teenage years: "Always On Time" by Ja Rule and Ashanti:

Want more throwback, cover-y goodness? Listen to their cover of Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle" on Cover Me Songs.

Throwback Thursday: Kodak to Graph

love love love this Kodak to Graph jam that features Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There”

lissie is my jam (oh yeah, and throwback thursday!)

If there's one artist I trust to always feed my addiction to covers, it's Lissie. The folk-singer, who has released versions of Gaga's "Bad Romance", Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters", and Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness", has now added Fleetwood Mac to her cover repertoire. Check out Lissie's fab cover of "Go Your Own Way" below!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Band Math

guess who...

We Love Wednesday: a perfect combination

You all know how we feel about ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS. Britney's "Toxic" is the song that reminds me most of high school. This is a beautiful pair.


We Love Wednesday: Richard Cheese

What do you get when you combine the big band crooning of Frank Sinatra with the gangster rap lyrics of Snoop Dogg?

Behold, Richard Cheese:

We highly recommend playing his entire album the next time you’re driving around with your grandparents.

we love wednesday: robin thicke

As if I needed another reason to love Robin Thicke (besides the fact that Robin is ridiculously hot, has a voice like sin and his dad is Papa Seaver from Growing Pains), I just discovered that Robin has released an insanely beautiful cover of our girl Whitney's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)". Do what you're doing, Robin. We adore you.

new jam from Kid Cudi

Stacey is sick this week so I'm writing her a prescription for a dose of dopeness inspired by this Kid Cudi jam.  Studies show that an increase in dopeness is positively correlated to a decrease in mucus.

Kid Cudi's new album with Dot Da Genius comes out on Tuesday...stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

breaking my earphones is not my jam.

You guys. Today is a sad day. My earphones, my beloved earphones, have succumbed to a long illness and have finally died.

This is obviously tragic for many reasons, the foremost being that I've conditioned myself to work best while listening to mellow jams, and now I'm unable to do that.

To console myself, I've compiled a list of music videos that are entertaining enough to watch on mute (which I'll be forced to do until I stop being lazy and walk to CVS to buy an emergency replacement pair).

After a moment of silence (RIP pink earphones), enjoy the vids below! I'll be sitting at my desk, humming along.

these presidents are our jam

To continue the President's Day happiness on this lovely Theme Tuesday, we would like to present our favorite American Presidents.

If you're having trouble deciding which one is your favorite (or need a song to have stuck in your head all day), listen to this presidential throwback from the Animaniacs.

My favorite president, hands down, is America's first hot ginger, Thomas Jefferson. Can you blame me? He was incredibly eloquent, and TALL (6'2"!) and let's face it--pretty studly. Since TJ is an alum of William and Mary (what up, Tribe!), we obviously go way back and my college experience wouldn't have been the same without him.

TJ was (and still is) a ladies man, obvs.
As a self-diagnosed height-ist, I have a weakness for Honest Abe,  our tallest American president. (He was 6'4''...swoon).
Chillin with my little Lincoln Log at President's Park (the Greatest Place on Earth) in Williamsburg, VA.
It should come as no surprise to anyone at all that my most favorite president of.all.time. is John Kennedy. In case you were unaware, I'm in love with the entire family. Like, took an entire class on them and broke all the rules to climb on the statue of him at Presidents' Park in love. Yeah yeah, I know he wasn't the greatest guy... I'm letting that one slide.

(Duh, honorable mention goes to Barack Obama. And if I ever find out about Barack having an affair, I'd be crushed.)

BONUS: Our most handsome American presidents brought to you by our new favorite tumblr, My Daguerreotype Boyfriend.

Monday, February 20, 2012

no really, this is my jam

"Beggar in the Morning" by Barr Brothers

this is my whitney cover jam

I'm loving all of the Whit covers that have been blowing up all over the place this week. Adding this Aiden James version of "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" to my regular rotation of songs in the Whitney tribute.

Breathe Owl Breathe is my jam

laundry and beards c/o B.O.B flickr
guys, found a new band that I lovelovelove.

Breathe Owl Breathe is from Ann Arbor, MI and they're so bearded and chill(ish) and kooky. I like.

I've been listening to "Swimming" non-stop while looking up Groupon Getaways for trips to the Caribbean...I'm ready for summer.

Swimming by Breathe Owl Breathe on Grooveshark

love "The Listeners" too:

Props to Turntable Kitchen for posting their jams. Check out an interview with them here.

Mellow Monday: Bon Iver studio sessions

as SNL taught us this weekend, Bon Iver makes very relaxing music. Case in point, this wonderful studio session he put out last week. Listen while you nurse your long weekend hangover or actually work (what all the cool kids are going today...).

(via Kristen's fav hockey twitterer: Paul Bissonnette)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

this SNL skit is my jam

Check out this hilarious skit from SNL last night of celebrities paying their respects to Blue Ivy. Watch all the way through to see a wonderful cameo from our fav SNL host, Justin Timberlake.

Kristen Wiig can do no wrong.

Friday, February 17, 2012

these are our waiting for love jams

How was everyone’s V-Day?? Did your boyfriend do something absurdly cute OR did you sit around with all your girlfriends drinking champagne and watching reruns of “The Bachelor”? We wholeheartedly approve of both options, but for the latter group, we have some inspiring songs for all the singletons just waiting for Mr./Ms. Right to swoop in, buy them a drink, and then have lots of sex and babies. Listen. Daydream. Enjoy. (Be sure to wander over to the FFJD for tips on how to find your own Channing Tatum)

Waiting for Love Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark

"Love Song for No One" - John Mayer
"Friend Crush" - Friends
"Can't Hurry Love" - The Supremes
"I've Got This Friend" - The Civil Wars
"Haven't Met You Yet" - Michael Buble
"Waiting" - G. Love & Special Sauce
"Love Soon" - John Mayer
"I Hope She Comes Around" - Sixwire
"A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off" - The Magnetic Fields
"Don't Stop Believin'" - Boyce Avenue

Have ideas on where to find the perfect guy who is able to remember that you hate cilantro AND who also kisses like Ryan Gosling AND gets along with your Grandma? Let us know @thisisourjamdc or on facebook :)

TIOJ Interviews: Chorus Grant

TIOJ loves to find inspiration everywhere, whether it's going to concerts, hearing sweet jams in commercials, or  stumbling upon up an and coming artists on YouTube. The latter was the case with Danish singer, Chorus Grant;   Kristen found his jam "Big Guns" on a magical day of YouTube-ing. We've been hooked ever since. 

We're so happy that in our inaugural TIOJ interview we got the chance to talk to Kristian about his favorite jams, the Chicago Bulls, and the European music scene.
Listen while you read:

Tell us a bit about yourself. How long have you been making music? Where do you live/work currently?
My name is Kristian Finne Kristensen and I once met an American who found that name very peculiar. "As in Christ - the Son of Christ!?" he asked and I said "…..Yes."

I have been working on music for a number of years. About a year and a half ago I got very much into working on music on my laptop. Something I hadn't done before at all. I started creating sounds, programming beats, dabbling with synthesizers, exploring different musical genres, mashing them together and finding out what I liked and wanted to do.

Because music has always had such a tight grip around my heart, I have worked jobs that don't require an education. To have time to create and explore (and leave should the opportunity arise) I had my mind set on 9 to 5 jobs with no strings attached. Primarily I have worked as a bike messenger for the better part of the last many years. In a way, I really love that job and I still do it on the side of my newly started music studies. It can be rough in the winter but you sort of earn the right to a splendid summer job by doing it all year.

I live in Copenhagen, which is the capital of Denmark. I was born on an island called Bornholm that is located in the Baltic Sea between Denmark and Sweden.

Chorus Grant's inspiration: Horace Grant
Where does the name Chorus Grant come from?
When we were growing up, my brother and I loved to follow American basketball via our family's satellite dish that was placed out in the back yard. We both played in the local club and for a few years there I actually thought that I might have a future in the sport (quite funny to think back upon now). At the time the Chicago Bulls were very popular around the globe and their games were a spectacular and exotic thing to watch. In addition to the mega stars of the team there was a guy who I, for some odd reason, felt I could relate to especially. His name was Horace Grant. He wore glasses and the number 54.

This story from when I was a kid and the thought of making a musical term my first name lead to my moniker.

├śnsker du mere? (that's "Want more?" in Danish)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Throwback Thursday: "Creep" (Remix)

Digging this remix by Warm Brew of TLC's "Creep"

"Lisa Lopez is a legend and we can't forget it/Girl like her is as rare as Cubbie penant"

(via Pigeons & Planes)

stream the new Sleigh Bells album


Sleigh Bells were supposed to be in DC tonight performing at the 9:30 Club just for me (and a sold out crowd...) BUT this baller duo rescheduled their show because they're performing on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Given the recent scrutiny over SNL music performances, it should be interesting to see how their performance is received this weekend. 

Anyway, instead of moping about not seeing them tonight, I'm listening to their new album Reign of Terror (stream it here) on repeat and loving "Crush" and "Comeback Kid". Highly recommend you do the same and tune into their SNL performance this weekend.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

We Love Wednesday: "Good Night"

A post-Valentine's Day country jam for your Wednesday, chickens. Bonus points to Gloriana for such a cute video. I don't even hate that Grace from "Secret Life of the American Teenager" is in it.

We Love Wednesday: Gotye Covers

By now I'm sure you've heard Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (if you haven't get on it: click me).

This song as been blowing up so natch, everyone has been covering it. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite covers/mashups of Gotye's jam:

PS22 can do no wrong.

DJ BAHLER mashup of Gotye + Whitney (RIP) + Shins + more

Click ahead for more covers we love!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup

Let SportCenter's John Anderson (yes, you read that correctly...) tell you about this years Bonnaroo lineup:

thoughts on this years lineup?? (check out the entire thing here) I say it's not good enough for me to spend three days in a tent without showering in the summer TN heat, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Lolla.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

guyssssssssssss i have too many (happy) thoughts to write a legit intro- so listen to our playlist of classic love songs (to compliment our valentine's playlist from Friday) while you snuggle up next to your boo OR your bottle of wine and latest Netflix movie (both very respectable options).
February 14 by this is our jam on Grooveshark

and since it's technically Theme Tuesday, here are our favorite respective valentines:

feel free to send all ecards to we'll send one in return <3

Monday, February 13, 2012

schmidt is my jam

I may have a love/hate relationship with Rihanna, but I have a love/love relationship with Max Greenfield, who plays the ever so fratty Schmidt on "New Girl". Therefore, I'm obviously powerless before this video of (fat) Schmidt dancing his little heart out to Rihanna's "We Found Love".

Happy Galentine's Day!

For those of you that aren’t aware of this girl-powered holiday – shame on you. Go watch Parks & Rec now.

To celebrate this pre-Valentine’s holiday, we’ve put together a quick playlist of girl-powered songs to share the lady love for Galentine’s Day. Enjoy!
Galentine's Day by this is our jam on Grooveshark

And just because it’s Galentine’s Day, something to stare at while you listen to this mix:

you're welcome.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

rest in peace, whitney

So, imagine this: it was a typical Saturday night, complete with a birthday pregame, spicy tuna rolls, and a pretty baller playlist (sounds very FFJD of us). Whitney comes on ("I Wanna Dance With Somebody" -- natch), we're all jamming, etc., and then we get a text that Whit died. WHAT THE WHAT? Then after a lot of screaming and twitter-checking and crying, we not only realized that the awful news was true but also that her spirit came to hang out with us for a bit.

As we've said before, we aren't the only ones who love Whitney Houston. To celebrate her life, we've compiled our Whitney Houston memorial playlist in honor of our girl's untimely passing.

Friday, February 10, 2012

these are our valentine's day jams

Shakespeare said: "If music be the food of love, play on." Word, Will.

Okay, now that that's out of our systems, let's chat. It's Valentine's Day on Tuesday (in case you've been living under a rock and/or in a coma and unable to check FFJD) and we have some of our favorite lovey songs to put you in a roses and chocolate and candy hearts mood. So stock up on chocolate this weekend (or definitely on the 15th so you get it on sale!) and put on these jams to prep yourself for V-Day -- we also suggest putting this playlist on repeat around your man-friend to subliminally remind him what day it is.

Valentine's Day Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark

"I Would Do Anything For You" - Foster the People
"I'll Never Leave You" - Rogue Wave
"Cupid" - Jack Johnson
"Nothing Matters When We're Dancing" - The Magnetic Fields
"Closer to Love" - Mat Kearney
"The Guy That Says Goodbye" - Griffin House
"Oh, It Is Love" - hellogoodbye
"Lovesong" - Adele
"Never Had Nobody Like You" - M. Ward
"What I'm Trying to Say" - Stars

We have plenty more Valentine's Day playlists coming up next week, so be sure to check back in with us on the twitter or facebook for a Parks and Rec-style Galentine's Day and more :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Throwback Thursday: Now! That's What I Call Music

The other day I heard a commercial for Now! That's What I Call Music 41. 41!! I'm absolutely and completely flabbergasted that a, they've been making -- and people have been buying -- 41 of these compilations, and b, that Now! That's What I Call Music (the orig in the U.S. series -- who knew that this started in the U.K. in the '80s??) first came out in 1998. I owned it. (uh duh.)

Some of the gems on this album that I listened to on end in third grade (mixing it up with Totally Hits, natch): "As Long As You Love Me" by the Backstreet Boys, "The Way" by Fastball, and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies' "Zoot Suit Riot." (Does anyone know what happened to these guys after their one-hit wonder?) Also, I'm pretty sure that mayyyyyybe three of the seventeen artists featured on the CD are still making music today.

Fourteen years and forty albums (plus a few breakaway series, like Now! That's What I Call Christmases -- have a few of those -- Now! That's What I Call Country Ballads, and my favorite, the Now Esto Es Musica! Latino series) later, the Now! lineups are a little different. I still don't know who a handful of people are (who's Susan Justice, does anyone know?). But Now! still knows who my faves are -- LMFAO, Adele, and Luke Bryan. No lie, I don't hate that they're mixing a little bit of country in...

one of my favorites from Now! 41

Don't worry, guys, the original Now! That's What I Call Music series, which originated in the U.K., is already on their eightieth edition. We have a long way to go. Please excuse me while I now (haaa) go buy Now 41. It'll go well with my three Now! Christmases and my Now 22, 23, and 32 compilations.

throwback thursday: "dearest"

Okay, so this song may not be a throwback in the strictest of senses since it's a cover by the Black Keys, but let's ignore that little fact. "Dearest", originally recorded by Buddy Holly back in the '50s, is breezy, mellow, and insanely easy to love.

this is unexpectedly my jam

Guys, you'll never imagine my excitement at finding a new jam on my most faaaaaavorite blog ever, the DIY/home-makeover/let-us-tell-you-about-our-life-and-baby genius masterpiece Young House Love (legit, dudes, ob.sessed.). It's like John and Sherry and Clara knew that, even though songs like Neon NiteClub's "Brand New Love" aren't my usual jam at any point that isn't a Saturday night, it was exactly what I wanted to hear on a sunny Thursday morning. And it's a good Valentine's-y mood setter -- or excellent music to decorate a kitchen to.

I like it. Thanks, (please please someday I want this to happen) blog best friends.

Throwback Thursday: "Staying Alive in the Club"

What's better that one throwback? That's right, TWO THROWBACKS.

Behold, "In Da Club" vs. "Staying Alive":

via Pigeons and Planes

Side note: If this puts you in a disco mood, I highly recommend this gem of a French film: "Disco"

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

We Love Wednesday: Skizzy Mars

I read an interview today with rapper, Skizzy Mars. Correction: I was skimming until I read that he is influenced by indie rock, Brandon Flowers, Ben Gibbard, and listened to Sum 41 and Simple Plan growing up (holllller Warped Tour 2004). So, seeing as Skizzy is pretty much my (second) musical soulmate, I obviously had high hopes before I even listened and was not disappointed.

Check out, Colours, featuring GROUPLOVE's original jam:

Click ahead for a song featuring one of my favorite Foster The People songs, "Houdini"

this is my (cover) jam

didn't think you could do better than the original version of M83's "Midnight City" but I'm kind of loving this cover by The Knocks and Mandy Lee...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Next In Line" is our collective jam

Sorry we've been too distracted to do a legit Theme Tuesday today because we've been listening to the new Walk the Moon EP on repeat.

Next In Line by Walk The Moon

Download the entire Anna Sun EP on iTunes.
Kristen. Come home already so we can steal if from you. kthanksbye.

ESPN Rivalry Week is my jam

Guys, I don't know if you're aware but I LOVE college basketball. More specifically, the Louisville Cardinals (not be confused EVER EVER EVER with the Kentucky Wildcats). Last night my boys took on last year's NCAA champs, UConn, and crushed them (80-59). It was beautiful.
my boy Gorgui after a baller dunk (c/o Courier-Journal)
As a bonus to the great game, I was digging the theme song for Rivalry Week from Tokyo Police Club that you'll be hearing on ESPN all this week.
Favourite Colour by Tokyo Police Club on Grooveshark
boom. (c/o Courier- Journal)

Bring it, West Virginia.

Monday, February 6, 2012

just another motown monday

The Supremes/The Temptations Pandora station is being good to me today. High point: "Save the Last Dance for Me" by the Drifters.

(The Michael Buble version isn't too bad either...)

in case you missed it...

Bon Iver was on SNL this weekend and obviously killed it. Check out "Beth/Rest" to start your Mellow Monday off right.

Justin also performed "Holocene"- so so beautiful.

Friday, February 3, 2012

happy weekend!!


To start your weekend off right, we have the latest album of mashups from Super Mash Bros, Miley High Club. (download here)

title is inspiring to listen to "party & bullshit" on repeat
Props to these boys for another great album of mashups and some AWESOME song titles. Our personal favorites: Siri Cruise (the name of Stacey's iPhone) and Tour de Franzia (we sort of miss that doing that in college...ish).

Check out Holy Guacamole which includes of sample of "Whip My Hair" from our baby girl Willow Smith who can NO LONGER whip her hair back and forth. (why, Willow, whyyyyyyy?)

Sasquatch 2012 Lineup

LOVE the presentation of the Sasquatch lineup for Memorial Day Weekend:

Sasquatch! Music Festival 2012 Lineup Announcement from Sasquatch Festival on Vimeo.

Bon Iver, Yellow Ostrich, Childish Gambino, Alabama Shakes, The Shins...if only this festival was in Washington DC instead of Washington State...

these are our (real) super bowl jams

Why are we rooting for the Pats to win the Super Bowl?

Oh, right. Hey Tom. (bio27 agrees with us)

So we realize that there's an actual event aside from drooling over Tom Brady and seeing the super cute puppies of the Puppy Bowl this weekend, and we're actually pretty excited about the Super Bowl. We've already decided on our favorite football-themed YouTube gems, we've compiled a football/Super Bowl playlist so you can impress your football-crazed friends while not-so-secretly jammin' out to Madonna.

Ch-ch-check out FFJD for more on this playlist, and, like Gisele said, please pray for Tommy.

Super Bowl by this is our jam on Grooveshark

"Friday Night Lights Theme" - W.G. Snuffy Walden
our favorite favorite favorite football show... Tim Riggins/Matt Saracen/Eric Taylor, where are you??
"Into the Groove" - Madonna
we're hoping that this Madonna classic makes it into the starting lineup
"(And She Said) Take Me Now" - Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson
in honor of the 2004 nip slip
"The Boys of Fall" - Kenny Chesney
Krista: there are probably some good country songs about football, right?
Stacey: yes, every other song that Kenny Chesney sings.
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
we would pay big money to see the Giants roll in to the stadium a la “Remember the Titans”
"Material Girl" - Madonna
we think this is appropriate for the commercialism of all the ads during the Super Bowl. And yes, we would like a new car/TV/lots of Diet Coke.
"Halftime" - Ying Yang Twins
Yes, the Super Bowl is fun to watch and the players are great and the commercials are fun yadda yadda who cares, is it half time yet? Yes? Stand up and get crunk.
"Four Minutes" - Madonna and Justin Timberlake
so curious about Madge will do when she has not four but TWELVE minutes to perform…
"Gold Digger" - Kanye West
win a Super Bowl and drive off in a Hyundai? Okay, Kanye, if you say so.
"Walk This Way" - Aerosmith, Britney Spears, N SYNC, Nelly, and Mary J. Blige
forget that Giselle chick - walk on over to us, Tom Brady

What are your football (or other sports -- we don't discriminate) jams? Holler at us with them @thisisourjamdc or on facebook!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Paste Magazine's Top 20 New Bands of 2011

We received the following email from our TIOJ Concert Correspondent, Jurg (we're laminating her credentials now), who provided her commentary on Paste Magazine's Top 20 New Bands of 2011. Enjoy.

They left off bands who like, existed in 2010 and made it big in 2011 (i.e. Givers, Cults, etc). For each band the article gave a "for fans of" list and that is what I included in parentheses. My comments are included below the listings. This is a little cracked out. Just warning you.

20 - The Lumineers (The Head and the Heart, Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers)
I find it comical that they compare a new band to a new band...but being big fans of both, I totally agree. April 22nd at Jammin Java, tickets go on sale on Feb 7th.

19 - Generationals (Apples in Stereo, Dr. Dog, The Strokes)
This band sounds promising as well...i <3 Dr. Dog, who is at 930 on 3/16 if you guys are interested

18 - Caveman (Andrew Bird, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The National)
This "sounds like" could not be more promising to me. Tickets to their show at the Red Palace on 4/9 are supposedly going on sale tomorrow at noon. I am extremely temped by this, partly bc I have been wanting to go to the Red Palace for a concert.

17 - The Belle Brigade (The Indigo Girls, Simon and Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers)
No interest in this...

16 - Rubblebucket (Dirty Projectors, Fela Kuti, Vampire Weekend)
Intriguing to me purely because the Dirty Projectors are one of the bands the Givers are compared to as well.
{TIOJ Note: For the record, this Solange Knowles cover of Dirty Projectors is my jam}

Click ahead for the rest of the list!

well, i'll be singing this all day

Ever heard of Chorus Grant? Yeah, me neither. But the Youtube, it is so good to me, and today Youtube must have known that I was need of new musical inspiration because they (he? it? the Toobz?) bestowed upon me this fabulous gem of a song. BY A DANISH BAND, no less. What did I do in my past life to earn this good musical karma?

concert recap: smith westerns with porcelain raft

Somebody remind us why we thought it was a good idea to go to a concert on a work night? Oh yeah--because Smith Westerns and Porcelain Raft are amazing. TIOJ is still recovering from the show this morning. While we gulp down our coffee and silently hope no one asks why we are wearing our sunglasses at our desks, here are some things to note:

  • The first opener, Bleached, gave us overwhelming flashbacks to the great teen movies of yore. They sounded surprisingly akin to the Donnas circa "Drive Me Crazy". We didn't hate it.

  • We all collectively want to be Porcelain Raft's apprentice...the kid he had up there playing the drums/keyboards/synthesizer/everything was kind of baller.
Porcelain Raft and his sidekick
  • Krista LOVES "Tip of Your Tongue" by Porcelain Raft and kind of wishes she could also be his apprentice to figure out how he gets so many sounds going on while only having one person up there.

  • Major shout out to Cullen Omori, lead singer of Smith Westerns for his excellent taste in red pants. Krista's pretty sure he was wearing the exact pair she has. Honorable mention for his grandpa sweater (tragically not pictured).
  • Personally, I would like to give Cullen Omori a shout out for being my hair twin. I really do wish I knew what brand of conditioner he uses--his hair was delightfully shiny under the stage lights at Black Cat.
Cullen and those flowing locks

    Kristen, Cullen's hair twin
  • MINUS props for Smith Westerns not playing "Girl in Love". There are no words to convey our disappointment. Here is the song, as a consolation.

  • The real star of the show: Smith Western's drummer, who seemed like he was quite possibly the chillest, most subdued drummer that ever did drum.
you looked so serene

French Films (the band...) is my jam

After I learned that Walk the Moon was coming out with a new EP next week (!!!!!) I took to YouTube and went through my standard queue of WTM videos (aka “Shiver” on repeat) but THEN I got all crazy and started exploring the other videos on the side (rebel!) and was very pleased with my latest find: French Films.

They sound a lot like The Drums, who I love, so that is all you need to know. Enjoy.

Just for the record, I do love actual French Films.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Lumineers are my jam

So today I had two of my friends gchat me almost simultaneously about the SAME random band. After freaking out and using lots of capital letters, I realized that my friends must know me pretty well (and obviously have wonderful taste in music) because this song IS.MY.JAM.

(reminds me of “Hahahaohhoho” by Yellow Ostrich and “Quesadilla” by Walk the Moon. SOLD.)

AND The Lumineer's are coming to Jammin' Java in April. You can find me and my two Lumineers-loving biddies right in front of the stage.

knocked up?

HOT GOSSIP, folks: Our favorite Jersey Shore meatball, Snooki, may be pregnant with her bf, Jionni.
Since hearing the news, we've been listening to this song on repeat:

Knocked Up by Kings of Leon on Grooveshark

what do you call a baby guido??

We Love Wednesday: Jhameel

I read an article that described musician, Jhameel, as "the asian Michael Jackson". SOLD.

totally legit comparison, right??

BONUS: After stalking Jhameel on YouTube I discovered that for every 1,000 fans he gets on Facebook he does a drunken cover of a Top 40 song. It. Is. Awesome.

Digging him? Check out his (drunk) cover of "5 O'Clock" and his (sober) cover of "Blackbird".

kim janssen is my jam

It is possible I love Kim Janssen so much because I'm powerless before a scruffy man with a guitar singing mellow songs to me, but it is also possible I love him solely because he reminds me of Gunnar Stahl from D2: The Mighty Ducks.

Kim Janssen (thanks,!)

Gunnar Stahl

Hard to tell.

we love wednesday: my OTHER favorite clip from "ellen"

Kristen Bell loves sloths, apparently. I think 95% of American got their entertainment yesterday from the suddenly-viral clip of Kristen's sloth-induced panic attack. I, myself, admittedly watched the vid two or three (ahem, seven) times as I empathized with K-Bell's adorable hysteria. Let's be real, if I ever meet a koala, all bets are off. I might actually die of happiness. It must be a Kristen thing to love small, gray, sleepy animals that hang out in trees.

I thought it was only fitting that I use my we-love today to share my OTHER favorite clip from "Ellen". It doesn't feature any cute animals, but it does feature Taylor Swift, who looks like a bunny rabbit.

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