Monday, April 30, 2012

{PLAYLIST} best of april

Guys, April has been busy. So busy, in fact, that we needed to review a little bit. Here are some of our favorite TIOJ moments from this past month:
  • Freaking out over the awesome lineups for Firefly Festival and Lollapalooza (and dipped into our TIOJ funds to buy tix to both)
  • Going bi-coastal to share our money-saving tips for Broke Girls Guide in LA.
  • Jamming at so many concerts: Bruce Springsteen, Yellow Ostrich, Snow Patrol, Of Monsters and Men, and The Lumineers ...phew

Listen to the playlist below for Stacey, Krista, and Kristen's top 5 for the month of April.


"The Weight" - The Band
for Levon Helm
"Ho Hey" - The Lumineers
i have legitimately not stopped listening to this album since i saw them live. SO. GOOD.
"Remember" - Misty Miller
"Remember" has suddenly overtaken Duffy's "Syrup and Honey" as my go-to song to sing in the shower. My poor roommates. They're going to have to listen to me belt this out for the next few months. Sorry I'm not sorry.
"Santa Ana Winds" - Sons of Bill 
no lie, this has been on repeat since late March. I had to force myself to change the CD in my car to diversify my listening.
"D-D-Dance" - The Concept
my go-to pump up song of the month -- so glad we randomly found this Phoenix-like band.
"I Can't Make You Love Me/Nick Of Time" - Bon Iver
I've tried not to inundate TIOJ with too many covers in April, but this one was way too glorious to ignore.
"Little Talks" - Of Monsters and Men
so so so happy that the other 2/3 of TIOJ and Concert Correspondent Jurg convinced me to venture up to Silver Spring for the OMAM concert -- they've quickly become a new fave
"Wayfaring Stranger" - Ed Sheeran
Ed blew us away in concert - especially with this acappella jam
"Just Say Yes" - Snow Patrol
Still mentally reliving the Snow Patrol concert from the beginning of the month since I am now confident enough to declare it the single best show I've ever been to. Three words: Just. Say. Yes.
"Cheap Seats" - Alabama
baseball season. uh duh.
"All Of Me" - Tanlines
just can't stop listening to this one.
"I Got" - Young The Giant
Acoustic, harmony-rich "I Got" makes me incredibly, inexplicably happy. That is all.
"Tenth Avenue Freezeout" - Bruce Springsteen 
SUCH a beautiful, wonderful song for Clarence Clemons from his concert at the beginning of April. and I just got tickets to see Bruce again in September, nbd...
"You Ain't Alone" - Alabama Shakes
cannot get over how beautiful her voice is - "just let me be your ticket home"
"Staged Names" & "Hacienda Motel" - Pickwick
Hipster glasses. Beautiful vocals. Serene setting. If you don't like those three things, I'm not sure we can be friends.

Now that April is over (May flowers, are ya coming?), it's time to look forward to TIOJ's blogiversary in May... get excited for lots of fun surprises in the coming month!

{INTERVIEW} DOSVEC

TIOJ recently had the pleasure of chatting with DOSVEC, our new favorite mashup artist. Check out our interview below where we talk about the perfect song, partying in Costa Rica, and “the Midget City,” aka Washington, D.C.

Listen while you read (Warning: This track may induce a serious case of desk dancing):


Tell us about yourself!
I started DJing under the name DJ WHATT, but two and a half years ago, I started to get really stagnant and was losing interest in what I was doing. I've always made mashups but it’s always been mashups for myself and live shows. Finally, another DJ up in Cleveland was like, "Hey, why don't you start releasing this stuff?" I was like, “No, because it’s going to be too much of a pain and it’s going to interfere with my artistic name.” I came up with the name DOSVEC. “Dos” is the number two in Spanish and “vec” is short for the word veces in Spanish which means times—so two times. So you have two songs, you put it together, it’s two times—hence the name DOSVEC.

What made you want to be a DJ? Was there a particular source of inspiration?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn in a very hip hop b-boy culture—listening and understanding what would make people want to move their feet. There was always that break in that song. The breakdown always made me really want to understand how to develop and put that stuff together.

As for the mashup part: I recall viewing DJs grabbing an a cappella record, grabbing an instrumental record and creating a new version of that song live. I would see these people create these mashups live and think that’s really, really cool, not knowing that few years later I'd be doing the same thing but in a different format. 
"We all have creativity buried within ourselves,
it just depends if we're crazy enough to explore that creativity."

What is it like for you to perform live?
I'm very, very big on mixing in key. I try to incorporate and implement the same mechanical and musical aspects in my live shows as I do when I sit down to create one individual song. Meaning, if I'm playing in 1a, I'm not going to jump up to 4b. There's been times when you've been in an establishment and the DJ has a song playing and you're like, "Oh my God, this song is awesome!" and the next song comes on and what happens? The energy and the vibe goes down. It’s because he went from one extreme key to one that was not close to that.

I try to make sure that I don't come out with guns blazing. I come out, I introduce the music, I start building up, building up, building up. Probably about the 35 or 40 minute marker, it’s like, “Okay, let’s go 100 miles per hour from now until the rest of the show.” I call it the roller coaster: at the beginning you have to go up that climb and then once you hit the top, the rest of the time you're screaming and having a good time. When the roller coaster finishes, that’s generally closing time at the place the end of my set, and you're like, "FUCK, that was awesome."

What's the best and worst places you've performed?
Worst? I'll say none. I feel very honored and privileged to do what I do for a living.

Best? That depends. For seeing people dancing—Italy. I've never seen people dancing like it was life or death. It was unbelievable. It lasted the entire time I performed.

Craziest? I would say Spain. I've never seen so much drug consumption by such small individuals. It was absolutely crazy, but my job rocked.

Most fun? Costa Rica. The parties that we had in Costa Rica were in a small surf town, and they had never experienced someone like me coming in and just blowing the lid off the place. Their legal closing time was supposed to be 2:15 in the morning, but one night the last song stopped at 4:45 in the morning. It was nuts—we even did a six hour set on a Monday from 9 pm until 3am. We called it a sex-hour set, and I'd say about 30 percent of the population was in attendance at this party.

Continue reading to find what one song he will NEVER mash up!

Mellow Monday {en français}

Not ready for crazy complicated music this morning? Here is a beautiful song from Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains to ease you into the day AND it's in French so you don't even have to worry about understanding the lyrics (unless you speak French...in which case, disez-moi et nous pouvons parler en français!)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Features {As Seen On TV}

I was in the middle of making a playlist for my roommate while watching TV the other day and the following commercial came on:



Once the commercial was over and we both realized that we were singing the song from the commercial out loud, there was a tacit understanding that the song had to be added to the playlist. So -- for your full listening and playlist-making pleasure, check out "How It Starts" by The Features.

Friday, April 27, 2012

happy weekend from sophia grace and rosie

There's nothing better than having two tiny british children (aka our besties Sophia Grace and Rosie) sing the lastest Nicki Minaj song to pump you up for the weekend. Enjoy.

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{PLAYLIST} sweetlife festival

Who's going to Sweetlife Festival tomorrow?! We're not able to (sad), but we've come up with a bunch of our faves that we hope all these biddies play for your sake. Raise your salads and froyo (and food truck food) as you dance along to these all day to get yourselves in the mood for tomorrow.




"Equestrian" - U.S. Royalty  
this song doubles up perfectly for your Kentucky Derby playlist next week -- stay tuned.
"Some Nights" - fun.  
we're pretty sure that all nights with these guys would be fun
"I Can't Stay" - Ben Browning  
if Ben's solo set is even half as awesome as his stuff with Cut Copy, you'll be wishing you could stay and watch him the whole time
"Levels" - Avicii  
if you don't have this on your workout playlist yet, add it. now. your waistline will thank you.
"Dose of Dopeness" - Kid Cudi
sometimes a dose of dopeness is all you need
"Don't Gonna Work Out" - Fitz and the Tantrums
dudes just watch this video of them performing this song live in a boat on a canal in Amsterdam. ugh. wish we were going to see them now.
"Jerk Chicken" - Action Bronson  
any chance this chef-turned-rapper will be on the next season of Top Chef? he'll automatically be our fave. 
"Trembling Hands" - Explosions in the Sky   
so approp since you'll definitely have trembling hands from all the festival adrenaline!
"Hands on the Wheel" - A$AP Rocky
he samples Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness" on this track -- so fitting
"Sea Legs" - The Shinsˆ
it's the shins - nuf said. 

Have so much fun if you're going to the concert!! Tweet us @thisisourjamdc and let us know if they play any of our jams!! (And make sure to check out our Sweetlife Style post if you're still not sure what to wear yet -- we want that lace dress puhleeeease)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Throwback Thursday: Beyoncé & Jay-Z

Friends. I had the best dream the other night. I was best friends with Jay-Z and Beyoncé.  In the dream, I went over to babysit Blue Ivy (because B had a charity dinner to go to, obvi) and then Jay-Z drove me home and we saw Magic Johnson in the parking lot.

So, in retrospect, I suppose I was the Carter's babysitter rather than their best friend but whatever...I got to hang out with Baby Blue.  In their honor, my favorite throwbacks from TIOJ's favorite power couple.



{Guest Post} Sweetlife Style

In anticipation for the Sweetlife Festival this weekend at Merriweather Post Pavilion, we've asked our fellow DC blogger Liz Fassbender to put together some her favorite looks in case you're still debating what to wear this weekend. 
If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the Sweetlife Festival this weekend and are unsure about what to wear, take some direction from the latest Coachella fashion (but don’t follow blindly – it won’t be sunny and hot and in California, after all) for the perfect festival outfit! Jean shorts (cut off, white, printed or a bright neon pair) work perfect with a vintage looking tank or tee. You may even want to consider wearing a sweater if it’s really chilly on Saturday (I love this look if it’s colder).




A printed or lace dress works too when paired with a belt or denim vest.


Layer your outfit with an army jacket or anaorak to be prepared for any weather (it might be in the 50s with a chance of rain, people). For your feet, cowboy or slouchy ankle boots or Converse shoes work best and won’t slip off like flip flops. If you’re comfortable in wellies, check out the photos from Glastonbury for inspiration – depending on the weather, it might be worth thinking about wearing rain boots. Also, consider wearing your hair up in fun braids or a bun so it will be out of your face. And even if it’s cloudy, you should still wear sunscreen. Finally, don’t forget your sunglasses and the perfect crossbody bag! You’ll want your arms free to hold drinks and dance around!


Images via elle.com
  Want to go to Sweetlife but don't have tickets yet? Head over to Liz's blog, So Much To Smile About, for a chance to win FREE tickets!!

Thanks again to Liz and stay tuned for a Sweetlife playlist tomorrow!! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ed Sheeran {As Seen On TV}

Victoria's Secret has a good track record of featuring some of our favorite bands in their commercials from Lykke Li to The Black Keys to Cut Copy.

But we freaked out the other day when we saw/heard the latest spot featuring one of our new favorites, Ed Sheeran.



We've been OBSESSED with Ed since we saw him perform a few weeks ago. He's huge in the UK and given the fact that his song is featured on this commercial (AND he's incredible), we have high hopes for him over here. (Just see what happened with M83 this past holiday season)

meet misty miller

Misty Miller is 18, plays the ukelele, and is so sweet she'll make your teeth hurt (Clueless reference, anyone?). Thanks to Burberry Sessions, I've been listening to her song "Remember" all morning.


We Love Wednesday: Turntable Kitchen

While I have an (unbiased) soft spot for TIOJ, I think Turntable Kitchen is a brilliant music blog.  It pairs awesome jams with recipes to make literal jam (and other foodstuffs) and both components are consistently wonderful. The blog is written beautifully by an adorable couple with music posts by written by Matthew and food posts by Kasey -- precious.

My most recent favorite post has been this pairing of Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting with music from Tanlines, including my go-to jam of the moment: "All Of Me."

All of Me by Tanlines on Grooveshark


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Be sure to download their April Mix here -- it's free AND includes "All Of Me"!

We Love Wednesday: AJR

I'm now thinking of AJR as the younger, New York version of Hanson (without a total of 1248 kids and with normal haircuts). I'm loving all the covers and mashups from this fam.

There is just so much good in this cover of "We Are Young" and "Hey Soul Sister" by AJR, namely the brother sitting in the middle and that there's a mandolin.



I guarantee that this trio of brothers will make your Wednesday peppier. Go ahead and dance at your desk -- it's fully encouraged.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

bon iver is my jam

Confession time, y'all. I love a good "Set Fire to the Rain" or "Rolling in the Deep" cover as much as the next musically obsessive person, but I really never thought I'd find any cover of "I Can't Make You Love Me" (my favorite Adele song) that could even remotely hold a candle to Adele's version (No offense, Bonnie Raitt). Trust Bon Iver to prove me wrong. This version is absolutely, without-a-doubt, jaw-droppingly pretty. 

Concert Recap: Mayer Hawthorne {guest post}

So excited to share this concert recap from one of our favorite bloggers, Casie of Whipped Style. Casie is a huge Mayer Hawthorne fan so when we saw him coming back to town we knew that our girl Casie would be there dancing, singing, and ready to recap :)

If you're familiar with Mayer Hawthorne, then you know that he has such a fun, free spirit coupled with an "I don't give a **" attitude (so sexy). For those not familiar, here's the nutshell: His music is easy Sunday mornin' breezy tunes that channel smooth mo town vibes peppered with funky, modern beats. His lyrics are sometimes blunt and hilarious (ie: "No Strings Attached") and other times touching and make-you-swoon sweet (ie: "I Wish It Would Rain"). Hi. I'm so in love. If I weren't a happily married woman, Mayer might have a serious stalker situation on his hands.

From the second he walked onto the 9:30 club stage, you could tell he and his band, The Country, were ready to have a blast. And his band is like a strangely fitting metaphor for all things Mayer. They're diverse, relaxed and oh-so-fun -- one with a HUGE LMFAO style 'fro, one with a painter's cap, one with a ball cap + suit vest and lastly, the tall skinny kid on guitar who commands your attention with his enthusiasm. He humbly marveled at the fact that they had just "sold out the 9:30 club-man."

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With the venue totes packed, he opened the show with a little teaser of "Can't Stop" and went right into "The Walk" -- such a fun start!!



One of the unique things about Mayer's music (yes, we're on a first name basis) is that EVERY SINGLE SONG IS INCREDIBLE! All three albums he's released are good from beginning to end. So while this show was a stop on his world-wide tour for How Do You Do, I knew he'd be bust out some classics from albums past.

His set list was actually longer than expected and straight up AMAZING. You can see the full set list here (I recommend a download of each song).

The one song I was waiting for all night was "Maybe So Maybe No" and just before I thought my dreams were dashed, he came out and opened the encore with it. PHEW! He ended with a crowd sing-a-long of "Henny and Gingerale" which was awesome (catch a version of that fun here). All-in-all, a FABULOUS show and I totally thank the gals of This is Our Jam, D.C. for giving me the heads up about it!!!!!!



If you want to learn a little more about Mayer Hawthorne, check out this interview.

Thanks again to Casie -- be sure to tune in to Whipped Style for her Music Monday posts (jams + fashion, yes please.)

Monday, April 23, 2012

jamming on a budget

We are SO excited to be featured today on Broke Girls Guide, a brilliant LA-based website with daily money-saving tips for twentysomethings like us that love to explore, dress, and eat like we're famous people but don't quite have the budget to do that.

Hop on over to Broke Girls Guide for our TIOJ tips on saving money on music and concerts and while you're there sign up for their daily deals to get brilliant tips about saving your dollars on fashion, food, beauty, etc.

And to keep with this saving money theme, we had to post our two favorite broke girls theme songs:



this is my (cover) jam

It is pretty well-documented that we adore Adele. I'm also really loving Jay Brannan's cover of "Someone Like You" today. It doesn't hurt that he charmingly announces to his audience that he's going to do a cover and that he thanks Adele at the end.


No no, thank you, Jay.

loheem is my jam

Today's mellow Monday is brought to you courtesy of Loheem, a French songstress so charming as to defy explanation. She reminds me of the lovechild of Sara Barreiles and Carla Bruni. Her songs are stripped-down and capitaving, sunny and slow. To give you an idea of how idyllic her style is, her own website describes her debut album "like a walk in the fields with the sun of late afternoon" with "just a tinge of reality"--trust me, it sounds even more romantic in French, if you can believe it.


For more Loheem, check out her Franglais-studded jams "Dream Maker", and "Motel Song".

Concert Recap: The Lumineers

Guys. It is taking all of my willpower to write this recap because the concert was SO GOOD last night and I am too full of happy thoughts and Lumineers lyrics to form words but I shall try…

The concert was at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, which was the perfect small venue for this show. The Kopecky Family Band opened and were very fitting openers. The band is made of 6 members and three times the number of instruments – seriously with each new song a new instrument appeared, including a xylophone, slide guitar, trombone, accordion, and tambourine (SO many tambourines- I loved it).

trombones, tambourines, accordions, oh my!
I was pleasantly surprised by them – they’re very entertaining performers and you could tell they were having so much fun playing for us. I really loved one of their new songs "Heartbeat" that will be out on their upcoming album.



Then for the Lumineers- they are so freaking precious I can’t even put it into words. They started with my new life theme song, “Classy Girls.” Impressively, 80% of the audience knew the words to all of their songs (even though their album has only been out for a few weeks), which made the night really fun especially during "Big Parade."

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I still think my favorite song will forever be “Ho Hey”; I could listen to that song on repeat for years, it’s just so happy. That said -- I was enchanted by their performance of “Dead Sea.”


Hands down my favorite part of the night was their encore where they came out into the middle of the crowd to perform (like so close I could have strummed the guitar myself) – they requested that everyone “be in the moment” and put away their cameras and it made for a great performance. They closed the night with a timely tribute cover of Levon Helm’s “The Weight” – so good.

If you want more Lumineers goodness (believe me, you do) check out all their videos on The Sights of Sound.

and how was YOUR weekend?

So I saw the Lumineers last night and will post the full recap but soon but I HAD to post this song to start out the week given the rather debaucherous way we ended the week last week.

"classy girls don't kiss in bars like this"


so good. so fitting. stay tuned for the full concert recap!

Friday, April 20, 2012

these are our night at the bar jams

Thank god it's Friday night, and I juuuuuuuuust got paid! Okay, so maybe you didn't get paid today (but you're welcome for getting *N SYNC stuck in your head all weekend!). Anyway, it's still the weekend, which means that there's a very high possibility that you're going out either tonight and/or tomorrow (we suggest both). What are your plans? These are some songs that remind us of bars and the highs and lows that go along with them. Put these jams on to get in the mood to brave the special gems that you're going to meet (we hope they don't dream of living in Woodbridge) or to get you in the mood to dance. Cheers!

{p.s. if you need an embarrassing song as a confidence booster, don't be a "shy girl" -- click here}

Bar Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark

 
"Red Solo Cup" - Toby Keith (a pre-game essential -- just don't drink too much before and end up like Ovie when you get to the bar)
big tree fall hard (via 25stanley)
"That's Not My Name" - The Ting Tings (actually, Stacey is one of our names...so if you guessed on us, you'd be 1/3 correct, we suppose)
"I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor" - The Arctic Monkeys (please. we know we do.)
"Ego" - Beyonce ("oh, you work on the Hill? we're so impressed. tell us more." uh, false.)
"Dancing On My Own" - Robyn (the most common words out of Krista's mouth: "I just want to dance.")
"Shooter" - Lil Wayne & Robin Thicke (...and then that guy you've been eyeing comes and dances with you to this song. swoon.)
"Greenlight" - John Legend (how were his dance moves? smooth and sexy OR jersey shore...)
"Can I Get Your Number" - No Authority (can I? can I have it?)
"Bug-A-Boo" - Destiny's Child (they didn't get the hint? run away or use our patented line: "Sorry, I can't be in a relationship right now -- I'm an astronaut.")
"On To The Next One" - Jay-Z (some nights you just strike out -- keep TIOJ's theme song in mind as you prepare for Saturday.)

Holler holler at us with ideas of where to go out in DC -- 
we're always looking for new suggestions -- @thisisourjamdc or on facebook.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

take a load off, levon

rest in peace, levon helm.


needed.

Parks and Rec is back on tonight -- it's literally the best news we've heard all day.
 

Throwback Thursday: American Bandstand

Look how young Dick Clark looks (Stevie Wonder too)! Blows my mind.



I wish TV was still like this...



Miss you already, Dick Clark. New Year's Eve won't be the same. I may have to learn Monica and Ross' dance to deal with watching only Ryan Seacrest next December...
thank you, hollywood reporter

Throwback(ish) Thursday: Valerie

I saw a post this morning about a song from Ra Ra Riot ft. Delicate Steve and automatically woke up a little more (i mean, these two toured with my favs, Yellow Ostrich, so you know they're the best) aaaaand may have choked on my coffee when I got to the chorus.

Fun Fact: Steve Winwood's original jam "Valerie" was used by Eric Prydz for the song that defined 87% of the dance parties I attended in college: "Call on Me."  Sorry if I'm a little late to the game putting this together -- I wasn't born when the original came out, oops.



And for Throwback Thursday's sake - SO much 80's goodness in this video:


I wonder if Steve still requires a fan to blow his flowing locks about whenever he performs. I hope so.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

We Love Wednesday: The Concept

Found a new favorite band thanks to the latest show from our favorite collegiate DJs, Lady Grey & Travis Birkenstock. The band is called The Concept and they're from Sweden (surprise surprise).

If you're a fan of Phoenix (and why wouldn't you be) you'll LOVE this band.  I seriously thought I was listening to a new Phoenix track when I first heard the song.



The video for "D-D-Dance" is also awesome (a little NSFW tho).

boys - please come to DC and play for us soon!!

lucy rose is my jam

I am surprised it has taken me so long to discover (and adore) Lucy Rose, since all signs point to her being my dream musician. I am most certainly predisposed to like her music for so many reasons including, but not limited to, TIOJ's well-documented weakness for songs called "Shiver"; the fact that she has collaborated with Bombay Bicycle Club on two of their albums (and is currently touring with BBC and Noah and the Whale); her music being mellow enough to lull me into the most peaceful of moods; and the fact that, musically, she reminds me of a less-sassy, more-sincere Kate Nash (and not only because she's British).

Check out Lucy Rose's rendition of "Shiver" below--this version features Alex, Jack and Suren from Bombay Bicycle Club.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Basics (aka Gotye before he was Gotye) are my jam

So I was researching Gotye the other day on Wikipedia (because I wanted to know how tall he was, naturally) and discovered that before he was Gotye, he was part of a band in Austrailia called The Basics. Also, his real name is Wally.

It should come as no suprise, given my weird love of all Australian music, that The Basics are my jam.  I've been listening to "Wait For You" on repeat and I recommend you do the same.



You can definitely see the similarities between the style The Basics and the more recent Gotye music videos.  Case in point "With This Ship" and Gotye's "Hearts A Mess."

Also, may I present Wally in a suit:


For the record, I still don't know how tall Gotye is.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mashup Monday: DOSVEC

It is way to pretty outside for today to be a Mellow Monday. Thank goodness for our newest mashup find DOSVEC whose jams make us curse it only being Monday.

Listen to this mix and start jamming at your desk while you scheme about who you're going to invite to your pre-game this weekend.



Check out more of his mashups over on Soundcloud.

Concert Recap: Of Monsters and Men (with Lay Low)

This weekend, TIOJ was lucky enough to catch a FREE show from Iceland's Of Monsters and Men at the Fillmore.  We were so pumped to get the chance to see them live after we heard such great things from our Concert Correspondent after their show at Black Cat a few weeks ago (check out her recap here if you missed it!).

Lay Low was precious. Like--makes us wants go to Iceland and cuddle up by the fire in some awesome Icelandic sweater and have her sing to us precious.  She performed with a band for this final show of their tour and, while we would have preferred her by herself, she was still incredible.


We particularly loved when some of the members of OMAM came out during her last song, Horfið, and sang along with her in Icelandic. So fun.

Of Monsters and Men was just a great as they were hyped up to be.  The band is made of up 7 members -- all adorable Scandinavian hipsters (the best kind of hipsters, if you ask us...), and 50% of them can play the accordion, which I am seriously considering as my new life calling.


Anyway, all of their songs were great. The crowd LOVED their latest single "Little Talks" and we were oh so enchanted when Lay Low and her band came out during their last song of their set to perform "Six Weeks."
icelandic jam sesh

All in all, it was a wonderful concert; we still can't believe we got to see them for free (srsly, "Little Talks" is #6 on the Alt Billboard charts--baller) AND we are now currently planning a trip to Iceland.

Next Up: The Lumineers at Jammin' Java--ho hey!

Friday, April 13, 2012

coachella jams {weekend one}

Music Festival season has begun! For those who haven't heard, Coachella is the quintessential music festival whose set list is so jammed with fantastic bands that it takes place over not one, but two weekends in California. While we're not going to be there, we've been browsing Coachella fashions, reading all the celebrity Coachella tweets, and putting together a playlist of our favorite jams expected to be played during the first weekend of the festival.

via pinterest
 
Here are a few of our favorites from bands that we've never seen and wish we could see live.



"Who" - The Sheepdogs
"It's Thunder and It's Lightning" - We Were Promised Jetpacks
"Star Fire Power" - Gardens & Villa
"Turn That Finger Around" - Honeyhoney
"Hit The Ground (Superman)" - The Big Pink
"The Look" - Metronomy
"Songs For Women" - Frank Ocean
"It's Real" - Real Estate
"Heartbeat" - Childish Gambino
"Chateau" - Housse de Racket

Now who wants to buy us plane tickets to go for weekend #2??

Thursday, April 12, 2012

happy nationals' home opener!

Baseball season is in full swing (haha get it??) and today is the Nationals' home opener! It's almost perfect baseball weather (you know, aside from being 50 degrees), and we have a few baseball-y songs to get you in the mood for a great season for the Nats, walk-up jams, baseball commercials, and, most importantly, the Racing Presidents.

Corey Smith's latest, "The Baseball Song":

so you can sing/dance along with the Nat Pack during the seventh inning stretch:

literally -- batter up:

Andddd my favorite baseball song of all time:

Let's go, Nats!

Concert Recap: Yellow Ostrich

I had the pleasure of seeing one of my favorite bands, Yellow Ostrich, headline at Black Cat Backstage last night and, as expected, they did not disappoint.  From the quick and adorable "thnkyou!" after every song from lead singer, Alex Schaaf, to the girl screaming "take off your shirt!" over and over, it was a very enjoyable night.

"thnkyu!"

Yellow Ostrich came out with their second album, Strange Land, a few weeks ago so it was great to compare this performance to the last time we saw them at the 9:30 Club.  The new album is "a lot louder and more rock" (see their interview on Google Play!) compared to the more vocally-focused songs on The Mistress. The new sound took me by surprise during "Hold On," but I loved how it transformed "Campaign."



All of their new songs were great (adding "Marathon Runner" to my workout playlist now).  One of my friends was enchanted by all the instruments that they broke out later in the set, particularly during "Daughter" and as always, I was fascinated by how they use a looping microphone to layer their vocals (like our buddy Ed Sheeran).



Sadly, we didn't take tequila shots with Alex after this concert but we did get a picture...I would say it's not a typical TIOJ awkward picture but my crazed face + Alex's post-concert sweat make it pretty special, so we're gonna count it.
"hey! remember us???"
Next Up: Of Monsters and Men (fo free!) at the Fillmore.

Throwback Thursday: The Howard Theatre

If you live in the DC area you've probably heard that the historic Howard Theatre re-opened this week. The theater, built in 1910, welcomed historic acts like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Supremes.
Duke Ellington (via Howard Theatre)
We're so excited for the re-opening of this venue and impressed with the schedule they've already put together for their opening months.  DC favorite, Wale, had the inaugural performance in the theater and acts like The Roots, Esperanza Spalding, Brian McKnight, and our boys from the White Panda will all be headlining in the coming weeks. 

In honor of the re-opening this week, enjoy these classics from Howard Theatre alums.





Please excuse me while I find someone to dance with me to this song...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

We Love Wednesday: Trampled By Turtles

In anticipation of Firefly Festival this summer, I've started to listen to some of the bands that will be there and my most recent favorite has been folksy/bluegrass band, Trampled by Turtles. 



BONUS: The lead singer, Dave Simonett, has a Michael Fassbender thing going on that we fully support.



For more videos of the band, head over to Sleepover Shows.
For more photos of Michael Fassbender, head over to Best Week Ever.

LOLLAPALOOZA LINE-UP

I'ts finally here!!!



I'm going! This is going to be a busy musical summer.  Who else will be joining me??

Check out the listed line-up here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

these are our jams that are currently on repeat

Krista:
I've been listening to the entire Alabama Shakes album all weekend (listened to it over and over while cooking up a storm for Jeaster brunch) and can't get enough of their first single, "Hold On." Definitely recommend downloading the entire album.



Also on repeat in my head/Spotify/iPod: "White Coats" by Foxes and "Boyfriend" by the biebs.

Stacey:
Ever since seeing Sons of Bill a few weeks ago, I haven't been able to stop listening to their new album, Sirens. The most-played song of all of those is definitely "Santa Ana Winds." Again? Yes, please.



Kristen:
Pickwick was the first band I discovered from the "Doe Bay Sessions", and I've hardly been able to get "Staged Names", the first song from the video below, out of my head since. But that is okay--I wouldn't want to get this song out of my head anyways. Bonus props for the lead singer's ensemble. You know I have a thing for hipster glasses.

Monday, April 9, 2012

{RECAP} Snow Patrol. Just Say Yes.

As you can probably tell from our pre-concert text exchange, Krista and I had a lot of important things on our mind before seeing Snow Patrol on Friday night.

when seeing one of your fave bands, always have a contingency plan.

To put it lightly, Snow Patrol did not dissapoint and was without a doubt the best concert Krista and I had seen in a long, long time. Gary's hair was vaguely reminiscent of Bachelor Ben Flannijigdjsk's unruly mop (but so so much better, thank GOD) and Snow Patrol did play "Just Say Yes", but more on that later.

Bachelor Ben Flajnik, left, and his Irish hair doppelganger, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol.

I don't even know where to start. If Ed Sheeran is engaging, than every single member of Snow Patrol is compelling, charismatic and endearing. Several times throughout the set, front-man Gary Lightbody hopped off the stage to embrace some concert goers at the front, with disastrous and hilarious results since jumping back onstage was a logistical nightmare. Fear the skinny jeans, gents.


Some of the most satisfying moments of the show were those when Lightbody gave sincere, personalized intros to the songs, even going so far as to dedicate several songs to a couple standing right in front of him near the stage (though Lightbody acknowledged that next time he should probably not dedicate "This Isn't Everything You Are", with lyrics like "You can't find the phone so you can call it off/But it might be for the best", "Is he worth all this" and "And you wish you never met" to a married couple in love.) Gary Lightbody later gave a much more heartfelt and appropriate dedication of "Lifening" to Ed Sheeran's parents, who were attentively watching from a balcony above the stage.

Pinpointing our favorite moments seems impossible, when so many wonderful songs (old and new) were played in one show. Krista got goose bumps when the entire crowd sang the chorus solo on "Light Up" and I myself had a particularly hilarious reaction to hearing the intro to "Set the Fire to the Third Bar" (I never entertained the idea that Snow Patrol would sing it in concert without Martha Wainwright there, so I may have been super concerned about how the song would sound without Martha there to sing backup. I definitely turned to Krista and offered to jump up there myself and collab. My concern was unfounded--Snow Patrol rocked it, naturally.) The best surprise was the band's mandolin and bongo-heavy take on "Fallen Empires", the title track of their latest album, with a close second being their rendition of "New York", in which several of the lyrics were altered to say "D.C." instead of "New York".

The most out of body, blissful moment occurred on the very last song: after two previous encore songs were completed and Lightbody bid the crowd goodbye one last time, then and only then did the band start in on "Just Say Yes", my all-time favorite song. I had not been expecting it, and I have to admit: the only thing better than dying of happiness is living through it.




Best quotes of the night:
After dedicating an inappro angsty song to a happy couple Gary Lightbody laughed, mid-lyric and assured them: "Don't worry, it's not about you anymore. As backfiring dedications go that was a doozy."
While enlisting some concert-goers to help push him back on stage after one of his hugging breaks: "These trousers are very tight. Flares for the rest of the tour so I don't injure myself or others."
Upon hearing that a fan near the stage had seen Snow Patrol upwards of 50 times: "Woman are you mad? Bless your heart, you crazy lady!"
The context doesnt even matter for this gem: "I feel like a proper tit!"

foxes is my jam

I cannot stop listening to the latest song, "White Coats" from Foxes.



Find more about Foxes here and look out for her upcoming EP in June!
precious Zooey Deschanel-esque pic courtsey of iamfoxes.com

Sunday, April 8, 2012

"Denim Cashmere" is our jam

Things that I love: The Sound of Music, rapping, and joutfits (see: Justin & Britney).

Given that eclectic list, it is no surprise that this jam, "Denim Cashmere" from rap duo, Tru Fam, is our jam.



Check out their entire EP, Bowties & Applause on their Bandcamp page.

Disclaimer: TruFam sent TIOJ these songs, but it is important to us that we offer honest reviews to you and only write about music that we like and/or fully endorse. That being said - this song is our jam.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Concert Recap: Ed Sheeran

It is not often that you go to a sold out concert and feel like you've got your moneys worth after the opening act - but this was completely the case last night with Ed Sheeran, who opened for Snow Patrol. (stay tuned for Kristen's recap!)

As you know, we here at TIOJ go to a LOT of concerts, but Ed Sheeran was arguably the best opener we have seen.  From the instant he got on the stage, he had such a commanding presence with his incredible voice, crazy ginger hair, and petite guitar.

He did a wonderful job engaging the sold out crowd from the get go during "Give Me Love" and continued to charm us throughout his set.  Not only is Ed British and thus, self-effacing, blunt, and hilarious ("I hope you like my songs...if not, this is going to be a rough 40 minutes for you"), but his parents were also in the crowd and you could tell how proud he was to have them there.

Ed performs solo with just his wee guitar and uses a looping machine to record and loop his vocals to make it sound like there are eight Eds performing rather than just the one. This effect was particularly cool during my favorite song, "Wayfaring Stranger", which he sang a cappella -- at one point he even got the entire crowd to go silent so that he could wrap up the gospel-esque song without a mic. I got chills.


This one reminded us of Basia Bulat's "Hush" - so so pretty.

He finished his set in incredibly entertaining form with "You Need Me, I Don't Need You" in which he not only rapped like a mini Jason Mraz (true story: Kristen and I turned to each other and mouthed "it's like Jason Mraz!" to each other at the exact same time...music soulmates), but he also split the crowd into Sharks and Jets a la West Side Story and had us singing rival harmonies (we, the Jets won, obviously). Also LOVED this song because he has a cameo of "In Da Club"- so good.


Seriously, this a rapping white boy even Stacey would endorse.

To recap, Ed Sheeran blew us out of the water- we can see why he's blown up in the UK and hope that he can continue his success over here in the U.S. Bonus points: he also loves Snow Patrol and watched their entire set from the balcony with his parents. Precious.


If you like what you've heard, you can get a free EP of Ed's music on his website. {Do it.}

Friday, April 6, 2012

these are our {REMIXED} jams

Here at TIOJ we definitely understand the importance of originals -- some things that we never want to be remade or remixed: Diet Coke, Modern Family, and the Mighty Ducks movies (there should never be remakes. the original trilogy is perfect the way it is). But like Lil John announces whenever he sings a song ever, sometimes you need to "REMIX." Some of our favorite remixes: The Glee Project instead of Glee, twists on brunch classics, and the following jams:


"Everlasting Light" (Mummers Remix) - The Black Keys
"Undercover Martyn" (Passion Pit Remix) - Two Door Cinema Club
"Skinny Love" (Das Kapital Remix) - Bon Iver
"Velvet Elvis" (RAC Remix) - Alex Winston
"Pumped Up Kids" (Grouplove Remix) - Foster the People
"Love U More" (RAC Remix) - Sunday Girl
"Why Even Try" (RAC Remix) - Theophilus London
"You've Got The Love" (The xx Remix) - Florence + The Machine
"Sealion" (Chromeo Remix) - Feist
"Blue Jeans" (Penguin Prison Remix) - Lana Del Rey

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Throwback Thursday: "Just What I Needed"

I grew up listening to The Cars so I was pumped to see that they were the latest band covered on A.V. Undercover just in time for Throwback Thursday.  Well covered, Punch Brothers, well covered.


Punch Brothers cover The Cars

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

We Love Wednesday: Mélanie Pain

I've been enchanted with French songstress, Mélanie Pain since I discovered her Best Fit session last week.

I can't stop listening to "Ignore-Moi", which, if you don't speak French, is pretty much about asking your ex to ignore you the next time you see each other. Even if you can't understand the lyrics, I'm sure you can appreciate the sentiment and enjoy her wonderful vocals.



See also this and this (via TIOJ's favorite tumblr, #whatshouldwecallme).

we love wednesday: vampire weekend trivia!

It's a cute little piece of Vampire Weekend trivia that the band got their name (and the inspiration behind their jam "Walcott") from a short film Ezra Koenig filmed/produced in college which (like any good blockbuster, if Twilight has taught us anything) centered around a college kid (appropriately named...Walcott) trying to warn the mayor of Cape Cod of an impending vampire invasion.

I thought this was an adorable, offbeat little story for having an out of the ordinary name, yadda yadda whatever. YOU GUYS. None of that matters. The most important thing is that the trailer for this short film EXISTS. And, seriously, it looks kind of hilarious in the sense that it makes the movie look like the preppy lovechild of "Wet Hot American Summer" and one of the Friday the 13th films. I'm sure you've realized by now that I adore Vampire Weekend and all of their supernatural-inspired eccentricities, but seriously. I'm so charmed by these nerds.

Check out the trailer for "Vampire Weekend" (the movie) featuring Rod Stewart's jam "Sailing" and don't forget to enjoy Ezra Koenig's style choices circa 2005.

Vampire Weekend Trailer from ezra on Vimeo.

Concert Recap: Bruce Springsteen

One of my favorite stories is about Bruce Springsteen and my dad. Circa 1975, my dad wrote a letter to his friend, who was studying abroad in Amsterdam (helloooo, 1970s), lamenting the fact that there were no good bands on campus that semester. The headliner was some guy named Bruce Springsteen, and my dad was not about to go to that. Cue 15 years ago, when that friend pulled out that letter.


My dad is a huge Springsteen fan, and he's been making up for that missed opportunity at Clark University ever since. I've been reaping the rewards. Bruce's Sunday performance was my fourth Springsteen show, and this was by far the best I've seen (I'm sure the quartet of trashed dudes on the most serious man-date in the history of the world contributed to that -- seriously, they hugged each other and punched each other every.song. My favorite part: before the concert when one said to his friend, "Man, Bruce is going to be in the way of Clarence," at which point I leaned over to my mom and said, "Clarence is dead." Keep up with your news, dude.).

As always, Bruuuuuuuuuuce mixed in songs from his 40+ year career while still highlighting Wrecking Ball, his most recent studio album. Bruce got a lot of newer songs out of the way early to make room for his classics in the second half.


Wrecking Ball is a pretty curious album when you listen to the lyrics. It's definitely the voice of the 99%, and Bruce invoked that message throughout the show. One of my favorites: "Rocky Ground," which features a beautiful solo (and rap) from Michelle Moore. Bruce also, throughout this tour, has been playing "American Skin (41 Shots)" in honor of Trayvon Martin, which was beautiful and haunting.

American Skin (41 shots) by Bruce Springsteen on Grooveshark

Guys. The E Street Band. I only hope that I am able to wear leather pants just like Patti when I'm 60 (except I won't, since I don't wear them now). I was so entertained by Little Steven of Sopranos fame, and I was entranced by the line of horns. I was a little (very) nervous about seeing Bruce without Clarence Clemens, but The Big Man's nephew Jake has been playing saxophone in the E Street Band on this tour, which is so incredibly amazing (my dad told me that when Danny Federici died a few years ago, his son filled in for him -- this is why Bruce is the best). Jake looks so much like Clarence (although not quite as large and with an afro).

(Young Clarence is all the way on the left, sans saxophone)

One of the coolest things I've ever seen during a concert was in the last song (excuse me while I skip around a tiny bit). Bruce closed with "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," which includes a ton of Clarence's saxophone and the line "and the Big Man joined the band." After this line, Bruce stopped completely. Jake pointed upward. They didn't play for another three minutes in a beautiful tribute to one of the E Street Band's original members.


(this is in Philly, but it was more or less the same… go to 3:30, and ignore the text in the video. so so so good.)

I've said before that "Thunder Road" is my all-time favorite song but that I'd never seen it performed live. Bruce must have heard my dad's and my wishes, and it was one of the best things I've ever heard in my entire life. Bruce, please keep playing it every time you come to Washington.

Finally, some random Bruce-related thoughts:
- I don't think I've ever seen that much emphatic fist-pumping in a while -- it's not the same as beating up a beat on the Jersey Shore, but more of an angry, statement-making air-jab.
- Someday I'd like to hear Bruce play Born to Run in its entirety.
- Bruce pulled two kids on stage to dance with him. What is their life??
- Come back soon, please! In the meantime, I will be listening to live versions of "Thunder Road"…

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Concert Recap: Of Monsters & Men {guest post}

Thanks to our Concert Correspondent, Jurg, for this lovely recap.  Having her rank a band in her top 5 shows definitely means that we will be standing with her in line next week for the free (!) Lay Low and Of Monsters and Men show next week. 

After last night, I officially need to visit Iceland. Yesterday, the Black Cat hosted two Icelandic acts - Lay Low and Of Monsters and Men. And they were delightful.

Lay Low, whose real name is Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir, was absolutely adorable. From the second she took the stage, accompanied only by her guitar, you just wanted to put her in your pocket. Her songs ranged from mellow to bluesy and she even sang one in Icelandic. I was worried that the sold out crowd would get restless during her set, but between her endearing commentary in not-quite-perfect English ("it is nice to practice between songs...to talk") and her smoky-sweet voice, we were all under her spell.



"We are so far from home, but we're so happy" seems to be a perfect line to describe the band Of Monsters and Men. Despite being just under 3000 miles from their home in Reykjavik, Iceland, OMAM made the Black Cat feel as warm and inviting as your own living room, complete with twinkle lights. They were cheerful and chatty between songs, which is my favorite thing ever, even if it's just an anecdote about everyone taking a nap. During a minor technical difficulty, one of the guitarists (who was wearing a sailor shirt and drinking directly from a bottle of wine - rock on, you precious Scandinavian) gave a key chain his mother made to a girl in the audience.

I was initially drawn to the band because both of the lead singers' voices reminded me of other artists Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir (Ellie Gouling) and Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson (Torquil Campbell from Stars), but OMAM's sound is their own. Their voices layer together so pleasantly, and add to the fullness of the band's sound. The crowd favorites were undoubtedly two of the songs from the EP, "Little Talks" and "Six Weeks," and the drunk guy next to me was really into "King and Lionheart." OMAM also did a great cover of The Cure's "Close to Me," but the song that stood out to me I had overlooked until last night was "Slow and Steady". I fell asleep humming "Slow and Steady," woke up humming it, and it continues to haunt me this afternoon.



Luckily for all you who missed this wonderful show, Of Monsters and Men will be back to DC (er, Silver Spring) in two weekends to play Taste of Iceland at the Fillmore! Get there early (but don't take my spot)!

Band Math


watch listen tell is my jam

I'm not proud of the fact that I snoozed my alarm this morning (ahem...four times) and ended up not having enough time to stop for coffee on my way to work (which devastates me), but I am proud to have stumbled upon the Watch Listen Tell acoustic sessions, which you can be damn sure I'm listening to repeatedly as I (very slowly) wake up.

Below, check out a couple of my faves: Golden Silvers' jam "Magic Touch" and "I Got" by Young the Giant.



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