Friday, March 30, 2012

needed.

sorry I'm not sorry that I love this song.

tatas, this is for you.

happy friday!

jams for serenading the ladies of TIOJ

 {male readers, grab your guitars and take note.}

just pretend JGL is singing these jams to you...

As much as we all love music, we're very unfortunately not musically inclined. It may be why we find dudes who are even more appealing. If we had to be serenaded (okay fine, twist our arms) by musicians, we think that any or all of these songs would make us melt. And if we could sing and/or were guys, these songs would be our ammo to get the ladies.




no really, this is my jam

Props to our TIOJ Concert Correspondent for bringing this jam to our attention.

Diana:
they are british indie band!
on a playground.
that is all things good in this world


truer words have never been spoken.  enjoy.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Throwback Thursday: 1987 National Aerobic Championship

First of all, thank you, interwebs.

Second of all, I like to think that this trio mirrors what TIOJ would be like if we were:
a) men
b) professional aerobicisers
c) not fetuses in 1987

No matter those differences, I think we share the same sentiments about each other that Andre, Troy, and Jeffery share.
"I love competing with them and they're my best friends"
"They keep me in line and it's a lot of fun"
"We're hot."

 

can aerobics be a thing again please???

throwback thursday: smashing pumpkins (ahem, civil wars)

Let's be real: if the Civil Wars become any more charming, they'll likely turn into little cartoon Disney characters right before our eyes. They're that cute.

Check out their haunting, unexpected cover of the Smashing Pumpkins jam "Disarm", below.

Throwback Thursday: "Open Arms"

So, I was in my ballet class on Monday night, and the pianist started playing something for one barre exercise... I knew it sounded familiar, but it took a few minutes to place. The answer: Journey's "Open Arms." It took a lot of self-restraint not to wail along. You've been forewarned, class: next time, you're getting my (ahem) beautiful singing voice as your accompaniment.




Wednesday, March 28, 2012

We Love Wednesday: Best Fit Sessions

Well, this is dangerous.  I just found another fantastic music blog with live sessions - as if Big Ugly Yellow Couch, Mahogany Sessions, Sleepover Shows, and Blogotheque were not enough (see sidebar for links!). The Line of Best Fit, where have you been all of my (blog) life???

Found them whilst youtube-ing my latest favorites, Theme Park:


In LOVE with French singer, Melanie Pain:


Goodness me, there are so so so many more sessions from bands you've never heard of like Sing Sing My Darling and from groups you may be more familiar with like Ben Howard and Lykke Li. Check out all of the sessions here.

Concert Recap: Sleigh Bells

I went to see Sleigh Bells last night at the 9:30 Club with our TIOJ Concert Correspondent, Jurg, and (obviously) it rocked. Loudly. Seriously - my ears are still ringing.

The opening band, Liturgy, describes themselves as “progressive death metal” and, unsurprisingly, were NOT my jam. I was scared.

But on to the good stuff- Sleigh Bells was awesome. I was surprised at the male to female ratio, but then immediately realized how much of a girl crush I have on Alexis, sooo that explained things.(Side note: Did you all realize that not only is she a BALLER rocker, but she is also a Teach for America alum AND was nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship?!?! My idol.)


They opened up really strong with “True Shred Guitar” and immediately had the entire crowd dancing. They did a great job of showcasing their new album, Born to Die, without forgetting their original jams. I think the entire crowd got their workout during “A/B Machines”, which pretty much consisted of jumping up and down for 3 minutes straight. Glorious.

Overall, their set was great; I think “Rill Rill” will forever be my favorite Sleigh Bells song and was super impressed with “Demons” off their new album.


I was a little disappointed that they didn’t play one of my new favorites “Crush” and that the concert was pretty short. I suppose Alexis is only able sing/yell for so long before her voice starts to die (and honestly, I don’t think my eardrums would still exist if I stayed there much longer).

Crush by Sleigh Bells on Grooveshark

Next Up: Snow Patrol next week with Kristen! In the meantime, if anyone has any secret home remedies for how to stop ringing in the ears – HELP ME.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

analogies are my jam

In case you haven't already realized:

Kristen : Scandivanian Music :: Krista : Austrailan/Kiwi Music

Therefore, New Zealand's Five Mile Town is my jam:



(via The Mahogany Blog)

these are the random songs on our phones...

Don't deny it. We all have random songs on our iPods, phones, computers, and the mix CDs from 9th grade still in your glove compartment. Don't be embarassed; embrace the randomness and (as all our songs support) dance.

Kristen:
I fully expected it to be easy to pinpoint the most random song on my ipod, but then I realized that the songs on my ipod are so schizophrenic, mismatched and eccentric that finding that one, random jam that completely stuck out from the others was nearly impossible. As it turns out, I'm not really embarrassed by my Spice Girls, Phil Collins, or Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack. The ultimate winner? "The Cha Cha Slide" by Mr. C. My apartment mates and I were pulling an all-nighter junior year and in our red-bull induced haze, we decided we NEEDED to dance the Cha Cha slide. Best 99 cents I've ever spent.



Krista:
Don't really know how this song made it on to my selective iPhone library, but I don't hate it...think the video pretty much speaks for itself.


Thank you, Matt Damon.

Stacey:
Disclaimer: even though I've had my iPhone (which is named Suri Cruise) for approximately four months, I just put music on it about a month ago. And because of that, I don't have a ton on there... I know, I know, no excuses - play like a champion. But the most random song, which really isn't that random given my love of Enrique Iglesias, is maybe "I Like It." But ask me about my iTunes another day -- you'll get some real gems then (including but not limited to three CDs worth of songs to teach ballet to...).

(honorable mention: "The Sign" by Ace of Base. Thank you, New Year's Eve.)



Can you top our random jams? Try your luck in the comments.

Concert Recap: Sons of Bill

I had so many mixed emotions while I stood in line outside of IOTA on Friday night: so excited to see Sons of Bill, so nervous that we wouldn't get in, and so anxious (and then angry) at the Washington Capitals. I had talked Krista and TIOJ friend Ashley into coming with me to this stop on SoB's Virginia Calling tour, promising an excellent show. Apparently others agreed with me (and rightfully so), and we were so excited to get inside (sorry we missed you, opener, we're sure you were wonderful -- you sounded great from outside).

Sons of Bill is comprised of five guys, three of whom are brothers, from Charlottesville, VA. They're a mix of country, rock, and bluegrass (they explain their sound in this awesome interview), and the Virginia Calling tour was a six-stop trip around the great commonwealth that served as a kickoff to their summer-long tour (come back up to DC please -- kthanks). Krista also realized that James has a little bit of a Tim Riggins vibe going on -- yes. So. much. good.

(four fifths of Sons of Bill -- Todd is hiding in the back)

As always, Sons of Bill put on a great show, highlighting their new album Sirens (it dropped yesterday and it's on sale on iTunes -- GO BUY IT RIGHT NOW) and playing some of their older fallbacks. We love love loved the bluesy version of "Roll on Jordan," and it made us happy to learn that the anti-hipster anthem "Lost Love and Indie Rockers" was written at IOTA.

Roll On Jordan by Sons of Bill on Grooveshark

For the record, the bassist, Seth Green, was wearing a vest but not shoes… that's as close to a hipster country boy if I ever saw one.


One of my favorite parts by far was just as Sons of Bill closed out their set -- they first played "Virginia Calling," the last track on Sirens, which I'm counting as their Virginia celebration of this album (see: "Back to the Time" on A Far Cry From Freedom and "Going Home" on One Town Away).



Immediately after, they closed out with "Santa Ana Winds," which I haven't been able to get out of my head since Friday (and I wouldn't have it any other way). I loved that James included the spoken part at the very beginning of the song, and this song is definitely going on every playlist I make for the entirety of the summer.



Monday, March 26, 2012

{guest post} Concert Recap: Gotye & Kimbra

TIOJ loves Gotye (and Gotye covers) and was bummed that we couldn't make his show at 9:30 Club last Thursday.  Lucky for us, our fellow DC blogger, Emily Kate Hargrove, was at the show and kindly agreed to write a recap for us!

I am so psyched to be writing this post for TIOJ! I’m a long time follower, frequent commenter and overall Kristen, Krista & Stacey super fan, so when they asked if I was interested in doing a guest recap of last Thursday’s Gotye show at the 9:30 Club, I believe my response was “OMG, seriously?? Yes!!” So, here it is.
"Emily Kate Hargrove"
I love Gotye and was more than a tad excited to see him, but before Thursday night, the only thing I knew about Kimbra was that she sang the girl part in “Somebody I Used to Know.” Now, I know the Kiwi songstress is kinda awesome.

I spent quite a bit of time trying to think of a way to describe her sound and came up with this: if Gwen Stefani & Amy Winehouse had a kid (logistics aside), and that child was raised on Lena Horne and George Clinton and the P-Funk, you’d have Kimbra. She put on such a fun show and the crowd absolutely loved her. Limbo & Settle Down were my jams. 



Then, it was time! The sold out crowd surged forward as the lights went down making for a lovely, balmy room (translated - everyone was a sweaty mess). Aside from the show itself, my favorite part of the night was when the girl next to me turned to her friend and said "I feel trapped in my pants."

Read on for more Gotye goodness!

the pierces are my jam

I've been a huge fan of the Pierces since their songs "Secret" and "Three Wishes" were featured on a particularly scandalous Season One episode of Gossip Girl (a TIOJ guilty pleasure), and in college, I always turned to the Pierces' snarky, mainly-mellow music to serenade me while I studied. 

I was so so happy when, earlier this week, I stumbled upon a live version of their song "We Are Stars". This song has been in constant rotation on my work-playlist every since.

"Hunger Games" is my jam

Did you go see "The Hunger Games" this weekend? No? Go. Now. Seriously - leave work and go. It's brilliant.

For those of you that aren't running to your cars to go see the movie now, please enjoy this brilliant parody of Lana Del Rey's "Video Games":

"a pita is a pouch of bread..."

Friday, March 23, 2012

happy weekend!!

It's currently 80 DEGREES outside and it's Friday - therefore, this is the only logical song to listen on this glorious evening:

jersey shore jams

Something felt really off last night, didn't it?

We know you were missing your favorite guidos and guidettes of The Jersey Shore -- we were too. To help you through the next few months (you know, until the J-Woww/Snooki spinoff starts airing), we've come up with a Karma-worthy playlist for you to fist pump your little heart out to and dream of being at the shore. And if last week's finale didn't make you excited enough for season 6, maybe these tidbits of information will: Snooki will be nine months pregnant at that point -- just picture that for a hot second. And The Situation is entering rehab (sadly, not for being a douche -- no 12-step program exists for that, unfortunately) -- we can only imagine what Sober Sitch will be like...

Jersey Shore Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark

"Get Crazy" - LMFAO ("Cabs are heeeaa")
"I Like It" - Enrique Iglesias ("I got the shirt, but I ain't wearing the shirt when I go out. This is the shirt before the shirt.)
"Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits" - Magnetic Fields ("this is my best friend Lola. She's a Vegas hooker.")
"Glad You Came" - The Wanted ("Yo, I mean, this situation is gonna be indescribable. You can't even describe the situation that you're about to get into with The Situation.")
"Jersey Girl" - Bruce Springsteen ("never fall in love at the Jersey Shore")
"Beat Dat Beat" - DJ Pauly D (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IH8e4j4yBY)
"I'm In Miami Bitch" -LMFAO ("we're in the MIA, which is miami.")
"Ghosts'n'Stuff" - deadmau5 (“My ultimate dream is to move to Jersey, find a nice, juiced, hot, tanned guy and live my life.”)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

TIOJ Interviews: Houndmouth

A few weeks ago, TIOJ had the pleasure of having a Skype date with Houndmouth, the up-and-coming band from New Albany, IN. We discovered them amongst the blogosphere and were taken with their catchy tune “Krampus.” Read on for our interview with Houndmouth members Katie, Matt, Zak, and Shane as we discuss songs, shows, and Seinfeld.

Listen while you read:


Apologies for being able to only semi-distinguish band members - TIOJ and Houndmouth were both (not so secretly) watching the University of Louisville basketball game whilst skype-ing. (Krista, like Houndmouth, is also from the Kentuckiana area where basketball casts a shadow over everything, including Skype.)



Where are you guys now?
We're at Billow, a cigar lounge in New Albany. We're borrowing their internet...

How did you guys find each other?

Match.com.

How long have you guys been making music together?
Matt: Since November. We were all playing guitar and doing our thing before. Once we got together, we had to switch up instruments.

Shane: I was doing bluegrass music on my own before this. I was in New York and moved back home this past summer, then Matt called me and we started working on stuff. We started jamming and then we found Zak to play bass with us. Then, it was just the three of us for a while until we found Katie. She brought in this old 1960s stage organ; we call her Esty.

How would you describe your music?
Folk-Rock or Alt-Country.

You recently announced that you’ll be part of Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY this summer -- tell us about that.
Yeah, the blogs definitely got us in the door -- plus knowing some people around town. We [Matt and Shane] have never been to a music festival before -- period. We're hoping they give us free tickets to other shows. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing Wilco and the Fruit Bats play…and that band, what are they called, My Afternoon Vest?

Click ahead for more answers and awkward pictures!

Throwback Thursday: Etta James

I'm all for songs throwing in cameos of other jams, but sometimes you just have to go back and appreciate the original version of a song. Case in point: Etta James' "Something's Got a Hold on Me", which is currently featured in Flo Rida's "Good Feeling"...that song you may or may not have DFMO'd (dance floor make out. know your acronyms, kids) to last weekend.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

we love wednesday: lacrosse

things you need to know about lacrosse:

1. they are swedish.
2. as evidenced by the video for their jam "we are kids", they stole my dance moves.



bonus song: "you can't say no forever".

We Love Wednesday: Rap Genius

You know the feeling. You're cruising in your car to WPGC (or your other favorite rap station) and singing along to rap lyrics and have NO CLUE what they mean. Are they talking about sex? drugs? kittens? No idea.

Enter: Rap Genius.  The website has a repository of rap songs and their respective explanations so that you can know if the song you're rapping to the person next to you in traffic is vaguely sexual, offensive, about lollipops, or all of the above.

A good example, DC-native Wale's "Lotus Flower Bomb" feat. Miguel:
Lotus flower bomb, firefly 
(Lotus flower is named “padma” or “kamala,” which also mean vagina. She got that bomb…/Lotus flower is also studied in Buddhism, where it represents a beautiful object in a ugly environment
When I'm low, she take me high
 (One of the effects of the Lotus Flower is that it has mind altering properties, making you overly happy and forgetful, like a “high.” This explains why when he gets upset, the girl lifts him up)
I can teach you all the sounds of love  
(Kama Sutra shit)



Not a huge rap fan but still dying to know what the what the newest Shins songs are about? Have no fear, Pigeons & Planes reports that Rap Genius will soon be creating a new called SterioIQ.com that will feature lyric explanations for an expanded genre of songs.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

happy first day of spring!!

SPRING IS HERE!! To celebrate spring, sunshine, warmer weather, and an excuse to buy new clothes- we've put together our favorite spring songs to listen to while you dream of cherry blossoms, sangria, and dining al fresco.

Kristen:
I love this song for so many reasons: it is mellow (typical), i kind of have a crush on the lead singer (also typical), and there's something so incredibly comforting and satisfying about hearing the main guy (not actually named noah-disappointing) sing "it's the first day of spring/and my life is starting over again".



Stacey:

It should come as no surprise that my favorite day of the entire year is Opening Day (of the baseball season, duh). On this first day of spring, spring training is well underway, the Red Sox have named Jon Lester as the Opening Day starter, and, fittingly, baseball songs are in the air. This new Corey Smith jam is perfectly springy.



Krista:
I seriously cannot get enough of "sol" by Mausi. I've literally just been listening to it on repeat and smiling. Seriously- that girl walking around DC who looks like she's semi-skipping in her professional attire and playing her laptop bag like it's a drum...that's me. Totally okay with it just because I love this song that much. I dare you to listen and not skip your way to the metro in the sunshine.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

these are our st. patrick's day jams

Does anyone else wonder why St. Patrick's Day takes up three different weekends even when the actual day is on a Saturday? In case you haven't had your fill of green Bud Lights, Leprechaun Laps, or four-leaf-clovered headbands, we hope you're planning an Irishly epic St. Patty's Day. Search for the end of the rainbow over at theFFJD, and sham-rock and roll throughout your day of green with these jams:

St. Patrick's Day by this is our jam on Grooveshark


"St. Patrick's Day" - John Mayer
If we need to explain this song choice to you, we're not doing our jobs right.
"Sweet Savannah" - Shooter Jennings
Did you know that Savannah, GA has the second biggest St. Patrick's Day celebration on the East Coast? We didn't until we stumbled upon it and had the best night of our lives.
"Higher Love" - James Vincent McMorrow
one of TIOJ's favorite Irishmen
"Danny Boy" - Johnny Cash
chances are you'll end up singing this while swaying arm in arm with your new Irish best friend at O'(enter bar name here)
"Galway Girl" - The Punters (PS I Love You)
The only thing better than cute Irish songs are Gerard Butler singing cute Irish songs. If you don't believe us, you really need to go watch P.S. I Love you again.
"It's Not Easy Being Green" - The Muppets
tell it like it is, Kermy.
"The Saints Are Coming" - U2
St. Patrick, perhaps?
"Shipping Up to Boston" - Dropkick Murphies
first biggest St. Patty's Day: Boston. Duh.
"American Land" - Bruce Springsteen
learn to jig with this New Jersey rocker and his crew (spoiler alert: next week's playlist will be related to Jersey -- any guesses on what it is?)
"Damian's Irish Rap" - Damian (from The Glee Project)
TIOJ's faaaaavorite Irish lad of the moment -- Damian is our favorite little leprechaun on Glee this season.

Have more St. Patrick's Day-inspired jams for us or ideas on where to get the best green gear around (or maybe a pot o' gold)? Let us know on the o'twitter or the mcfacebook.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Couch by Couchwest is my JAM

The onset of South by Southwest every year ushers in all of TIOJ's favorite things things: colorful outfits, exciting new jams and lots of folksy men with facial hair.

One of the things I'm most excited about this year is the discovery of CXCW (that's Couch by Couchwest, naturally), "the slackers alternative to SXSW."

CXCW encourages those artists who are missing out on SXSW to submit goofy, lazy, laidback vids for everyone on the interwebs to enjoy!

Cody St. James' "Werewolf Waltz" is one of my favorites, made even cooler by the random police sirens that make a cameo:


Adam Hill gets major props for filming his submission in his daughter's treehouse:

march madness TODAY

Did you fill out your brackets yet? You have about 45 minutes to wrap them up, and if you need some advice on how to pick teams, ESPN has your answer:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

we love wednesday: THIS WEATHER

Guys, I'm dying. Of happiness. This weather is quite possibly the best thing I can remember since... last spring, probably.

In honor of these blissful, sunny, breezy few days we've been having, here are some of my fave musical performances that just so happen to look blissful, sunny, and breezy in their own right.

Now watch these vids and as soon as you're through and GO OUTSIDE.





We Love Wednesday: Handshakes

It's no secret that I love when people, athletes and non, have personalized handshakes.

My favorite Russian and his life partner, my very-far-from-favorite Russian:

David Ortiz has a unique handshake for every person in Major League Baseball. Life. Goal.

We Love Wednesday: 7 Minutes in Heaven

You have to love comedians for coming up with new and refreshing ways to interview celebrities. “7 Minutes in Heaven” is a wonderful segment where Mike O’Brien takes celebrities into his closet and asks them wonderfully awkward questions, makes them perform “closet theater” with him, and always ends with the requisite “7 Minutes in Heaven” kiss much to the distaste of most (read: all) of the guests.

Watch them all. They are brilliant.

Paul Rudd:(Full Disclosure- lost my shit giggling during the closet theater part)

Jack "i'm a little bit drunk" McBrayer:


(also LOVE Ty Burrell, Tracy Morgan, and my girl-crush Kristen Wiig)

We are going to be using these segments for upcoming TIOJ interview inspiration questions. Bands, you have been warned.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

these are our march madness jams

Happy March Madness, or the best few weeks of the yearrrrr!

Kristen:
March Madness, in my humble opinion, is the year's best (month-long) holiday. This video basically sums up my internal monologue for the entire duration of the NCAA tourney. Excuse me while I go break out my Duke bball gear.


Honorable mention to "Heroes" by David Cook, which was played during so many of the montages during the 2009 tournament.

Stacey:
Fact: last year during March Madness, TIOJ rented every basketball movie on Netflix and had a monstar marathon event (we did the same with the Mighty Ducks trilogy during hockey playoffs)... and now this is stuck in my head:

Krista:
TOO EXCITED TO PICK A SONG BECAUSE I’LL BE THERE IN PERSONNNNNNNNNN. GAHHHILOVEMARCHMADNESSYESYESYESYES.


LOOK FOR ME ON TV DURING ALL THE GAMES IN LOUISVILE THIS WEEKEND! GO CARDSSSSSSSSS!

oh, adele

Things I love about this video:
  1. Adele;
  2. Adele's cape-let;
  3. Adele's gloves;
  4. Adele's bouffant; and
  5. All the charming things about Adele I have not already mentioned.

Things I don't love about this video:
  1. For the next 14 minutes and 35 seconds I will be getting absolutely no work done as I sway along in my office.

    Monday, March 12, 2012

    no really, this is my jam

    Guys. I can’t stop listening to this song. It is just so sunny and wonderful and I can’t get enough. Kind of makes me feel like JGL a la 500 Days of Summer every time I listen to it while walking around the city. amirite??

    Bonus: the music video is equally happy and gives me serious wanderlust

    Concert Recap: Walk the Moon and Kaiser Chiefs

    In case anyone in the blogiverse was unaware, TIOJ loves Walk the Moon, and excited doesn't even begin to describe our emotions all of last week. We'd been waiting since August to see these guys (you made rescheduling worth the wait, friends), but by the time Friday rolled around, we were about to pee our pants with excitement with every listen of the Anna Sun EP (which was on repeat… since it came out).


    AND BY NICHOLAS' HIPS, WALK THE MOON WAS INCREDIBLE. We were so so excited to hear all of their new jams (Krista may have made sounds like in the "Tightrope" video on her own), and we are proud to say that we won every dance battle that we entered (even when our opponents may not have been aware that they were battling us -- we mean you, legions of 17 year olds who knew none of the words to any song).

    As is usually the case, "Shiver" has been stuck in our heads nonstop since Friday.



    (PS, extra special thanks to John the Bouncer for helping all of TIOJ's Walk the Moon dreams come true.)

    In the lead up to the concert, we had focused entirely on WTM, so we were more than pleasantly surprised that the Kaiser Chiefs put on such a good show. Our favorite part by far was when the lead singer performed while standing on (our) bar. It was a TIOJ (and we're going to go ahead and say it, probably a 9:30 Club) first, and we loved it.


    Thank the queen (duh, because they're British) that they played all their old stuff -- some of our faves were "Oh My God" and "Ruby." We also loved that every British person over the age of 35 in the DMV was there -- so between them and the 17-year-old biddies, we fit right in).



    We have a ton of concerts lined up for the next few weeks (find them here). And in the meantime, keep listening to "Next In Line":

    raised among wolves is my jam

    Question: What do you get when you put seven Danish men in a kitchen together?

    Answer: My dream. And also one of the most charming, eclectic acoustic performances I've seen in a while, courtesy of Denmark's own, Rasied Among Wolves. Major props to the fella in the left-hand corner who appears to be playing a wine bottle.




    If you like this, check out more by Raised Among Wolves here and try not to be too charmed...who am I kidding? BE CHARMED. That's an order.

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

    ho hey!

    love love love this happy new video for "Ho Hey" from The Lumineers.

    please excuse me while I run to the nearest store to buy suspenders for their concert in April.

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    happy weekend!!

    FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY!!

    hope you all have exciting plans this weekend! TIOJ is planning to take DC by storm for a bachelorette party- aka I finally have an excuse to break out this move:

    To get you pumped for the weekend, listen to this new mashup album from The Jane Doze while you try on everything in your wardrobe and sip a Selena Gomez.


    Stream the entire album on Soundcloud.

    these are our daylight savings jams

    Even though the weather keeps ping-ponging back and forth between rainy cold and beautiful sun (or like a lion and a lamb, you could say -- hey, March), we're firm believers that it should officially be spring as soon as the calendar turns to March. Daylight Savings Time this weekend will bring us more sunlight, and we're really excited for it to not always look like the dead of night when we look out our windows.

    We decided to give you an extra song this week to make up for having to spring forward and skip the 2 am hour on Sunday morning (no, but really -- can someone please explain to us how this works?). Spring on over to FFJD for more deets on this playlist. Happy spring!!

    Daylight Savings Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark


    "All Day Today" - Hospitality
    "Woodland" - The Paper Kites
    "Something to Lose" - Corey Smith
    "I'll Be Singing" - Wisely
    "Best Days" - Matt White
    "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" - Jack Johnson
    "Stay Young, Go Dancing" - Death Cab for Cutie
    "We Owned the Night" - Lady Antebellum
    "The Little Things" - Carlos Bertonatti
    "High School Lover" - Oregon Bike Trails
    "We Are Young" - fun. feat. Janelle Monae

    Have more daylight savings jams or ideas for fun springy things for us to do? Spring ahead to @thisisourjamdc or facebook and let us know!

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

    stacey's future child

    Of all the people who love LMFAO, I'd have to say my favorites are:
    1. Stacey
    2. Canadians
    3. Canucks Fans
    4. This Kid


    Throwback Thursday: Disney Films

    I stumbled upon this gorgeous, chill song from Mausi called "Disney Films" and can't stop listening to this while having an internal debate about which Disney princess I most want to be.


    (props for the "American Boy" cameo)

    And while we're in the Disney mood, pretty sure this was a key inspiration for the song:


    For the record, I think I'd most want to be Ariel (swimming all the time and being married to Prince Eric aka the cartoon version of Jon Hamm? yes, please).

    this is my (cover) jam

    I loved this song before I even heard it.

    Sleigh Bells covering Beyonce. Yes. Just Yes.



    T minus 19 days until their concert!

    moi je joue

    My body might be in my windowless office editing documents, but my soul is outside, daydreaming/sunbathing in Dupont Circle while wishing I lived in this ad.

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    we love wednesday: peter gabriel and vampire weekend

    There are few things I love more than ironic cover songs and Vampire Weekend so you can imagine why I'm endlessly amused by Peter Gabriel and Hot Chip's fun cover of VW's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa".

    There is just something so satisfying about hearing Peter Gabriel sing "And this feels so unnatural, Peter Gabriel, too/And it feels so unnatural to sing your own name".

    rappers love puppies

    watch this video and die from cuteness as Waka Flocka Flame snuggles with puppies for PETA.


    Please note wind machine working its magic at 0:58

    Let's be real -is it any wonder this dredded-rapper loves dogs?
    twinsies!!

    (via Pigeons & Planes)

    We Love Wednesday: "Tightrope"

    Things I love about this video:
    - Nicholas playing the suitcase
    - The noises they make circa 2:05
    - Kevin's curious glove
    - The fact that Nicholas has the same haircut as my mom. So hot right now.
    - The ending. Fingers crossed that do that live WHEN WE SEE THEM ON FRIDAY!!!!

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    no, really, this is my jam

    How much do I love "Some Things Never Change" by Robert Francis, you ask? Enough to ignore the fact that he's wearing an incredibly and inexcusably douchey hat INSIDE THE STUDIO.

    That's a hell of a lot, in case you were wondering.

    these are our spring break jams

    some lucky people are on Spring Break right now (hi, we hate you).  Since we can't be on spring break and it SNOWED last night, here are our go-to jams to listen to and at least pretend that we're on a beach somewhere sipping fruity drinks and soaking up the sun.

    Kristen:
    When you're on Spring Break, if you have any worries at all besides whether your SPF is high enough or if there is enough beer in the cooler sitting next to you on the beach, you're not doing it right. Listen to, Kenny, kids.



    Krista:
    "Hips Don't Lie" will forever be associated with my high school spring break. (As will Senor Frogs, water aerobics in Spanish, yard-long glasses of Tequila Sunrises, reggaeton (see: Daddy Yankee), and red pickup trucks - aka taxis)



    Stacey:
    Krista and I made probably the best decision of our collective lives when we decided on Savannah as a pit stop on our way back from our road trip/cruise/hanging with the grandparents extravaganza better known as Spring Break 2010 (We On a Boat). We stumbled upon a huge St. Patrick's Day party (more on that next week), and we met a couple of lovely southern gentlemen from Georgia. We were curious about what they thought of other Georgians like Zac Brown, and one very eloquently told us that he didn't believe Zac Brown was a true Georgian. We respectfully disagree. (But, Clay Vaughn, if you're reading this somewhere on the interwebz -- hello!)

    bombay bicycle club is my jam

    Bombay Bicycle Club takes the stage at 9:30 club tomorrow and I'm celebrating by listening to "Swansea" on repeat all morning. This song is so beautiful that it almost makes me forget how sad I am that I'm not going. Almost.

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    this is my all-time most favorite cover jam ever

    GUYS. This is the most beautiful combination of two of my favorite things EVER. Bruce Springsteen meets LMFAO -- I couldn't be happier. The only thing that would make this cover better (and thank you thank you thank you, Jimmy Fallon, for enabling last week's Bruce Springsteen Week) is if Brooks Laich just wandered onto the stage and stared at the audience with those beautiful eyeballs.

    Click here to see the best cover you'll ever see. Now, please excuse me while I go watch Bruce sway awkwardly while saying "wiggle wiggle wiggle."

    And now I'm off to listen to "Wrecking Ball" until Bruce comes to D.C. on April 1. See you biddies (and your parents) there.

    Friday, March 2, 2012

    these are a lot of our cover jams

    Hip hop songs are great for birthday pregames, dancing in a circle with your girlfriends, and getting you through your elliptical sesh to prep for bikini season (so soon!). Sometimes, though, you need something with a little less bass to listen to on the regular. Enter: hip hop cover songs. Our playlist this week has some of our favorite hip hop covers that put a totally new spin on the songs that Ryan Seacrest counts down every Saturday morning.

    Rap on over (is that possible?) to theFFJD for more information on this playlist.

    hip hop cover jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark

    "No Diggity" - The Klaxons
    "Whatever You Like" - Anya Maria
    "Bitches Ain't Shit" - Ben Folds
    "Frontin'" - Jamie Cullum
    "Hey Ya" - Obadiah Parker
    "Runaway" - Eliza Doolittle
    "Milkshake" - The Pictures
    "On My Level" - Neon Hitch
    "99 Problems" - Hugo
    "Gin and Juice" - Richard Cheese

    Have any more baller hip hop covers that we missed?? share them with us @thisisourjamdc or on facebook while we continue searching for the perfect "Baby Got Back" cover.

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Band Math

    New Band Math, TIOJers! Any guesses?



    Throwback Thursday: "Daydream Believer"

    In celebration of Davy Jones' life, The Monkees' "Daydream Believer":

    For a bonus, a beautiful cover showcasing probably my favorite television couple ever in the history of TV (Pacey and Joey, duh). "Daydream Believer" is Joey and Dawson's song, though, so not really sure what these montage-makers were doing.

    this is my breezy vacation jam

    Later friends! I'm off to bask in the sunshine and will be listening to this breezy jam from The Paper Kites on repeat:

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