Thursday, May 31, 2012

{GIVEAWAY} t-bird and the breaks

TIOJ is pumped to be hosting our first ever giveaway for tickets to the T-Bird and the Breaks show on June 10 at DC 9 (one of our most fave venues evvvver!). 

If you're not yet familiar with the band, we like to think of them as the lovechild of James Brown and The Beastie Boys with a little Earth Wind & Fire and G. Love thrown into the mix. 

Obviously, the result is our jam.



HOW TO ENTER:

1. Like T-Bird & The Breaks and This Is Our Jam on Facebook and/or follow @tbirdnthebreaks and @thisisourjamdc on Twitter (do both for extra entries!)

2. For extra entries:
- Leave a comment below
- Tweet about the show using the hashtag #TBirdDoesDC

3. Listen to this song and dance at your computer

Make sure you get your tweets/likes/comments/love letters in by June 8 at 12PM (EST, duh.) and the winner will be announced Friday afternoon.

Don't forget to tell all of your DC friends!!

{THROWBACK} "Sunshine"

I could B.S. you and say that this is my throwback because it is a song about sunshine and it has been super sunny in the D.C. area lately and summer is fast approaching, or that I want to bring a new appreciation for 1970s protest songs, or just because I want to represent Jonathan Edwards (a Nothern Virginia native!) but those reasons would all be silly and untrue. This is really just my throwback because I heard it playing on the radio as a went on a teensy (read: staggering) shopping spree last week, and it has been in my head ever since.

Have a listen and hum away for the rest of the day!


{WE LOVE} roo panes

As it turns out, it might not matter that Roo Panes has a good voice (though he does) and that this song is mellow, bluesy, and lovely (though it is), since I'm too distracted by his perfect face to pay too much attention to the music.




(All kidding aside, don your favorite blindfold and give this a listen--so lovely!)

(Disclaimer: Forgive my belated Wednesday post. History has shown that my internal schedule gets so effed up on holiday weeks!)

{PLAYLIST} best of may

May was a really big month for us --we turned a year old! (and in true TIOJ fashion, we're still celebrating...) During the lovely month of May, the ladies of TIOJ:
Listen to the following playlist for Krista, Stacey, and Kristen's favorites from the month of May. 

So insanely excited for the new Passion Pit album and to see them TWICE this summer -- working on my dance moves now.
That's What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
This has been on repeat in the TIOJ offices, and we're not ashamed to let the world know how much we love it (and its thematic predecessor, "Shy Girl").
Heartbeats - The Knife
Definitely the best song I've Shazammed in a long while.
Only Love - Ben Howard
Stacey and I bought our tickets to see our newest music crush in September... you should too. 
Drive By - Train
The only way this song would be better would be if the Caps were still winning.
You & I - Avalanche City
The perfect sweet summer song.
Float - KO KO
This jam is solid contender for my song of the summer.  well played, KO KO.
Bustin' Loose - Chuck Brown
Still missing DC legend Chuck Brown
Call Me Maybe - fun.
U GOT THE POWER - Swiss Lips
Swiss Lips is one of my proudest new discoveries -- if I love the three songs they have this much, I can't wait to hear an entire album from them.
Summer Song - Treelines
"We all look better with sun in our eyes" is my new summer motto.
Face to Call Home - John Mayer
I've been in J. May withdrawal since he released "Battle Studies" -- this song is such a happy/necessary fix!
Fifteen - Goldroom
Cannot get enough of this chill, electronic jam.
Last Dance - Donna Summer
The ultimate Bar Mitzvah song from the Queen of Disco

We have so much on tap in June -- so many concerts (Lumineers, Walk the Moon, Norah Jones, and Foster the People, just to name a few) and plenty of summer jams, plus the beginning of festival season. As always, holler at us if you have new favorite jams or summer concert tips!

{THROWBACK} like a virgin (cover)

Cannot get enough of this cover by Vince Kidd of "Like a Virgin." He puts a Robin Thicke-esque spin on the classic and has the type of voice that makes you wish you could sing. (Fun fact: Vince is on this season of BBC's The Voice -- that explains it)



via The Mahogany Blog

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

{NEW} jhameel

One of our favorite up-and-coming artists, Jhameel (aka the "Asian Michael Jackson" and the connoisseur of drunk performances) has been debuting his new series Are You Free on Soundcloud over the past few weeks.  He's been releasing a new track (for free download!) once a week and we like what we're hearing.

Check out my favorite new track so far, "Shadow of a Man":


Listen to the entire set and be sure to check back weekly on Jhameel's Soundcloud page.

{WE LOVE} noisetrade

We here at TIOJ love to introduce you to ways to save money on your jams.  We all love supporting musicians, but sometimes a girls gotta buy new shoes go to concerts eat. 

Enter: Noisetrade.  This brilliant website sends out a weekly email featuring a (FREE) album download from  up-and-coming artists.  They offer a "suggested tip" for downloading the album to give the artists some cash monies for generously offering a free download, but it's not required. My favorite feature is that they have great descriptions of the artists along the lines of Pandora/iTunes Genius, calling out similar sounding-artists to give you a sense of whether or not you'll like the album.

My favorite find so far has been Bison who was compared to The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, and The Lumineers. I'll throw in an extra comparison to Of Monsters and Men (seriously they've got the co-ed band, the beards, and the style to be the Virginia version of OMAM) -- those better be enough good bands to tempt you to press play.

Check out the sampler below to check them out and enter your email right there to get your free jams!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

KO KO is my jam

While this song didn't make it on to our Memorial Day playlist, "Float" by California band KO KO was on repeat on my iPod all weekend.  It's catchy whistling and breezy vocals make it the perfect summertime jam.  I predict it will have a steady spot on future TIOJ summer playlists.



Listen to their 3-song sampler on bandcamp and download "Float" for free here.

"heartbeats" is my jam

It's no real secret that I love Scandinavian bands (ahem...understatement). The loving, bittersweet, acoustic "Heartbeats" by Sweden's own Jose Gonzalez has been one of my favorite mellow songs for years, but the original version by the Knife (fellow Swedes!) is so different-- electronic, pleading, and hypnotic-- that it is almost like an entirely different song altogether.




Check out Jose's cover here!

Note: Even music lovers make mistakes sometimes! In the original post, I inaccurately thought that Jose Gonzalez originally sang Heartbeats, but as it turns out, the Knife's version is the original. My bad!

put the cash in my hand

Need some motivational monday tuesday music?? Check out the latest video from A-Trak "Money Makin" that combines the club beats that you danced to this weekend + inspiration from Chromeo's appearance on Yo Gabba Gabba + Justin Timberlake's Omletteville sketch on SNL.

Let the desk dancing begin.

Monday, May 28, 2012

{MUST WATCH} walk the moon with the PS22 chorus

It is no secret that TIOJ loves Walk the Moon and while we do our best not to inundate the blog with WTM jams, I feel that we would be remiss not to post on WTM's recent trip to sing with The PS22 Chorus.
PS22 loves taking awkward pics with the band too! (via PS22)
We are also longtime admirers of PS22 and the videos that they put together with the band are great.  You can tell that both groups truly admire each other (seriously boys, don't think we didn't notice you almost tearing up when you were recapping your experience at the end of the "I Can Lift A Car" video -- and don't even get me started on how much the girls all loved Kevin).

So, check out their performance of Anna Sun and shoutout to my girl at 3:58 who gets the dance party started. Get it. 



You can find all of the videos on PS22's blog including covers of Gotye, fun, and The Beatles. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

happy weekend!!

Let Wiz's latest anthem (and our overall life motto) "Work Hard Play Hard" kick off your 3-day weekend:

avalanche city is my jam

So many cute, wonderful things to admire about "You and I" by Avalanche City, including but not limited to:
  1. hockey playoffs-worthy facial hair;
  2. adorable, kicky lyrics like "if we climbed the highest tree top/and you said you couldn't climb back down/I would build the finest tree house/for our new life above the ground";
  3. synchonized clapping;
  4. ukelele solos.

{PLAYLIST} memorial day

Happy summer, friendlies!! You know that Memorial Day kicks off the beginning of summer, and we intend to spend this weekend as we will most of the summer: at Jazz in the Sculpture Garden and lounging pool-side. These jams are a perfect summery accompaniment to your weekend (except, of course, to Jazz -- people may not like it if you try to compete).

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what TIOJ plans to do all weekend via flickr


Memorial Day Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark

"Flowers In Your Hair" - The Lumineers
"Don't Stop" - Foster the People
"License To Drive" - Work Drugs
"Barefoot Blue Jean Night" - Jake Owen
"Little Talks" - Of Monsters and Men
"Woodland" - The Paper Kites
"Born & Raised" - John Mayer
"Stars & Stripes" - Rogue Wave
"Green Grass" - Tanlines
"Little Things" - The Peach Kings

Have a great long weekend -- get lots of sun and listen to lots of music (we've got jazz and Sons of Bill at Rockville Hometown Holidays Festival on tap) !!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

{THROWBACK} o-town vs. one direction

Guys, do you remember O-Town? The boy band birthed from Making The Band that may or may not have had a huge Dan Miller-sized impact on my middle school life. Anyway, it seems that boy bands have been making a comeback lately and we don’t hate it. Especially once Stacey brilliantly remarked that One Direction’s hit “What Makes You Beautiful” is today’s equivalent of O-Town’s classic “Shy Girl.”

For all of the middle school girls out there reading this and obsessing over the lyrics to “What Makes You Beautiful,” let us throwback to the equivalent song of our generation that spoke to our braces-wearing souls.



And just in case you guys haven't heard the One Direction song (ahem, Kristen) -- get on it:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

{INTERVIEW} gospel music

Gospel Music at Iota c/o Frenchie
TIOJ loves getting new recommendations for bands and after receiving a very enthusiastic recap from a friend of TIOJ who saw Florida-based band Gospel Music at Iota in Clarendon, we were pumped to discover a great new band.


Check out our interview with Gospel Music frontman Owen as we discuss food trucks, google searches, and country music. 


p.s. Owen is also the bassist for Black Kids, who sing one of our favorite songs, "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You," that has been covered by everyone from Kate Nash to Glee.  


Listen while you read:





Tell us about yourself and the band. How long have you guys been making music together? How did you all meet?
I started writing songs probably five years ago, and they stopped being awful probably three years ago, so under the name Gospel Music, I started recording and releasing music. I formed the live band from the best-looking people I could find in Jacksonville. They also happened to be my friends as well as ace musicians.

How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it?
Bouncy, jangly pop with aspiringly witty lyrics and guy-girl vocals. Tends to get comparisons to The Magnetic Fields, Beat Happening, Lou Reed.

You're also the bassist for Black Kids. How did you decide to make the transition and form Gospel Music?
I started to record and play live just as Black Kids was wrapping up touring for that album [Partie Traumatic], so there was never any conflict. I'm carrying the torch with Gospel Music. A much smaller torch.

How did you come up with the name Gospel Music?
It was on a friend's list of Future Band Names, and I stole it from him. It's a nod to having grown up in the Bible Belt. Also, I wanted no one to ever be able to find my music online.

Click ahead for music videos and musical collaborations!

{WE LOVE} "drive by"

I have a new favorite song, and I'm only slightly ashamed to say that it's by Train. Except, as Kristen pointed out to me when we listened to it for the 384th time this weekend, it almost sounds too cool to be Train.

 

A couple of other notable things about "Drive By": This song confirms TIOJ friend Michelle's and my theory on Patrick Monahan, Train's lead singer. We believe that sometime in the last two years or so, Patrick fell in love and got married, because every song since "Hey Soul Sister" has been so happy (case in point: "Marry Me"), and if you listen to the lyrics to this baby, they're all about how they're in for the long haul.

The Capitals also used this song as their winning anthem for the last few weeks of the season and in the playoffs. Still not quite sure why, and it's no "Beat Dat Beat," but we've come up with two explanations: one, the Capitals were trying to prove that they weren't a drive by, or two, that Karl Alzner is just a shy guy looking for someone to hold his love (answer: ME).

{WE LOVE} "call me maybe" by fun.

So, just in case you've ever wondered if silly, kind of embarrassing yet addicting, campy songs automatically sound better when fun. sings them...the answer is yes. Check out fun.'s take on "Call Me Maybe" below.

{WE LOVE} you review

Not sure if you guys have seen the series about kids reacting to various memes (if not, check that ish out) -- but I just found it's cooler, British musical cousin created by Noisey and it is my jam.

Check out "Azelia Banks, Reviewed By Cute Kids":


"I think a lion would like this...because it eats meat"

also- kids review Skrillex's "Bangarang" (note: 2:28 for an accurate drawing of Skrillex and his "frend"):



Related: Cute Dogs Listening To Sad Songs

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"born and raised" is my jam

Now, I know I have a love/love relationship with John Mayer. He might be my favorite artist. But I still didn't quite know what to expect from his newest album, "Born and Raised".

I've had it on my calendar for weeks to buy the album the moment it dropped, so to say that I was excited to finally be able to listen to it today is a tiny bit of an understatement. I had some really high hopes and, thankfully, it is my extreme pleasure to report that I'm just as enamored with every single song as I had hoped to be.

There were so many pleasant surprises about this album: earnest lyrics, acoustic interludes, bluesy riffs, a country twang that we haven't really heard from J. May before. I love everything, but am most notably addicted to the bluesy ballad "Fool to Love You", harmonica-driven "Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey", and breezy, retro "Queen of California".



Now excuse me while I go listen again.

Friday, May 18, 2012

{RIP} donna summer

STOP DYING, FAMOUS PEOPLE. We can't take it anymore, and I really don't like that the Rule of 3s is becoming the Rule of 14s.

We figured that there was no better way to honor Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, than as a disco-ing start to your weekend. She worked hard for the money, and it's a last dance, last chance for love.




(for real, how many bar mitzvahs did this close out for you? best ever, right?)

{PLAYLIST} wedding songs

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wedding fist pump c/o stylemepretty.com
Big weekend, friends! The ladies of TIOJ are flying out to St. Louis for our first wedding as a blog, and we couldn't be more excited. St. Louis, get ready. Congratulations, Leah and Morgan! (and in case all you brides-to-be were wondering, yes, we would be more than happy to provide your wedding playlist as long as you let us come dance.)
 

Wedding Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark

"Like A Star" - Corinne Bailey Rae
"Marry You" - Bruno Mars
"At Last" - Etta James
"Hold You In My Arms" - Ray LaMontagne
"Marry Me" - Train
"(There Is No) Greater Love" - Amy Winehouse
"Angel" - Jack Johnson
"Dance Me To The End Of Love" - The Civil Wars
"I Do" - 98 Degrees (c'mon people, you know you were thinking it too)
"Each Day Gets Better" - John Legend
"God Only Knows" - The Beach Boys

Make sure you follow us @thisisourjamdc as there is a strong possibility we will be live-tweeting the reception. Wedding guests, you have been forewarned of the madness that will ensue when "Like A Prayer" comes on.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

{TIOJ BIRTHDAY} throwback thursday

In celebration of our first birthday last week, we'll be sharing our favorites posts over the past year -- get ready to reminisce and holler if we've missed one of your favorite posts :) 


As much as we love discovering new music, nothing beats finding old gems from our past (or even before) for Throwback Thursdays.

Legends of the Hidden Temple is definitely one of our
favorite throwbacks (via #whatshouldwecallme)


Some of our favorite throwbacks this year have been when we . . .

. . . reminisced about Enrique Iglesias' extensive career.

. . . remembered the good ol' days of the Mickey Mouse Club.

. . . found some great covers of old classics, like "Always on Time," "Higher Love," and "Dancing in the Moonlight."

. . . knew that we'd be very susceptible to 1980s advertising for hipsters.

. . . wished we were the one in Center Stage.

. . . and explored the history of Now! That's What I Call Music.

{THROWBACK} "over and over again"

It's only fitting that today's throwback be Nelly since TIOJ is embarking on a trip to St. Louis this weekend (stay tuned for more on that later). While "Over and Over Again" doesn't feature the St. Lunatics like other clutch Nelly jams, it was one of my faves back in the day because of Tim McGraw (it was during my strictly country phase -- Krista is really glad I grew out of that one).


Check out one of our original throwbacks for more Nelly, and meet me in St. Louis!

{RIP} chuck brown

As a DC music blog, we were sad to hear about the death of Chuck Brown, the godfather of Go-Go, the DC-unique funk music style. We just recently got into his original music (although even if you don't recognize his name, you've heard samples of his music before) and are sad we won't be able to see him perform around DC in the future.

To celebrate his life and his music, check out some of his most famous songs:



Sound familiar?? It's featured in one of our favorite throwbacks, "Hot in Here" by Nelly.

"Wind Me Up!"

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

{WE LOVE} "summer song"

I just discovered Treelines' "Summer Song," which is, fittingly, perfect for summer. Since I've been listening to that one song on repeat, I figured out why I love them -- they're from Western Canada (be still, my heart). Flannel and beards, please and thank you.

Summer Song by Treelines on Grooveshark
We all look better with sun in our eyes -- new summer motto and theme song.

{TIOJ BIRTHDAY} we love wednesday

In celebration of our first birthday last week, we'll be sharing our favorites posts over the past year -- get ready to reminisce, and holler if we've missed one of your favorite posts :) 


On Wednesdays, we wear pink. Actually, we just like to share things that we love, from youtube videos to songs to thoughts on pretty much anything. And sometimes we really do wear pink.

how we feel about everything we post on Wednesdays (via hardwarecanuck)

Some of our favorite We Love Wednesdays from the past year are when we . . .

. . . shared our all-time favorite youtube videos (that both happen to feature young Asian children).

. . . found some weather-inspired music.

. . . mused on mustaches.

. . . dreamed of the careers of our future children.

. . . and discovered the Asian Michael Jackson (and reminisced about the real one).

Get ready for our favorite throwbacks coming your way tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

{TIOJ BIRTHDAY} concerts

In celebration of our first birthday last week, we'll be sharing our favorites posts over the past year -- get ready to reminisce and holler if we've missed one of your favorite posts :) 

Did you know that we love concerts? We really really do. And over the past year, we've had the opportunity to go to so many awesome ones.

back when we fell in love with Walk the Moon in June

Some of our favorites include . . .

. . . discovering Mayer Hawthorne and Breakbot while dancing away to Chromeo.

. . . being wooed by the lovely sounds of the Lumineers.

. . . hanging out with Ryan Miller's parents at Guster's show.

. . . seeing Snow Patrol in what was one of our favorite concerts ever.

. . . achieving a life goal of hearing "Thunder Road" live.


We always have an eye for upcoming concerts. Here's what we're looking forward to in the coming months.

{TIOJ BIRTHDAY} covers

In celebration of our first birthday last week, we'll be sharing our favorites posts over the past year -- get ready to reminisce, and holler if we've missed one of your favorite posts :)

TIOJ loves covers. Like we really really love covers. The more unexpected of a combo, the better. Over the past year, we've . . .

. . . loved everything that Chamberlin does.

. . . were charmed by Sarah Jarosz' bluegrassy ways.

. . . thanked Jimmy Fallon immensely for the beautiful combination of Bruce Springsteen and LMFAO.

. . . swooned over James Vincent McMorrow singing Adele.

. . . and found a playlist full of Grandma-approved hip hop covers.

More TIOJ favorites are coming your way -- stay tuned!

Monday, May 14, 2012

goldroom is my jam

I seriously cannot stop listening to "Fifteen" by Goldroom.  I would attempt to describe the song for you but the description on Goldroom's facebook page sums it up much more poetically than I ever could:

"An amalgamation of dreamy synths, emotive vocals, and tropical disco grooves, Goldroom paints the soundscape of summertime in Los Angeles."

On that note -- listen to this pronto:



Fun fact: Goldroom does remixes for TIOJ fave, Penguin Prison.  We love.

{TIOJ BIRTHDAY} monday favorites

In celebration of our first birthday last week, we'll be sharing our favorites posts over the past year -- get ready to reminisce and holler if we've missed one of your favorite posts :)

We like to mix things up on Mondays. Whether mellow, motivational, mashed up, or motown-y, we've found it critical to begin your week with a good jam because, let's be real, Mondays normally start something like this:

Our most favorite Monday posts have been...

...mellowing out with our favorite ginger, James Vincent McMorrow.

...starting the day off dancing with Catalina Rhyme Mixers.

...grooving to Motown with The Drifters.
...chilling out to this playlist of Mellow Monday songs, perfect for a rainy day like today.

Stay tuned for more TIOJ birthday favorites all week :)

good morning!!

I know we normally start out the week with mellow music, but I found this beautiful video featuring the song "Allô Allô" and it's the perfect way to wake you up for the rest of the week.


Video from The Land of Nod Inc. (via Black Eiffel) featuring "Allô Allô" by Les Sans Culottes

Now please excuse me while I look up flights to Paris...

Friday, May 11, 2012

happy weekend!!

FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY!!!

Hope you guys have awesome plans for this beautiful weekend. We've got the latest mixtape from The White Panda to start your weekend pre-gaming off right.

Grab your drink and crazy straw and enjoy:


Great mix, amirite??? Be sure to check out The White Panda boys at the Howard Theatre on May 18!

{RECAP} hadag nachash

Seeing an Israeli hip hop band is probably not what you’d guess if you asked what I did last night. But I did, and it was great. Hadag Nachash was playing at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, which I’m now convinced only hosts bands with seven or more members and fun instruments (see: Of Monsters and Men).


Hadag Nachash (literally “snake fish” in Hebrew) sang pretty much only in Hebrew, but that didn’t stop anyone from dancing or some people (TIOJ-friend Kimmy) from singing along. Yes, I was that girl dancing maybe a little too spastically in the corner. No, I’m not sorry. Highlights: so many random instruments (the trombone was probably my favorite, but someone did tell me there was a glow-in-the-dark recorder, which I’m still so bummed I didn’t see); Israeli hippies with dreads, t-shirts over polos, and some other curious fashion choices; Kimmy’s realization that the beat to one song sounded like Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady”… it may have been during “California.” I may be making that up.



The only song I knew going into this concert was “The Sticker Song,” the lyrics of which are comprised of phrases from political bumper stickers. It’s perfect for desk-dancing on this sunny Friday if you need a new jam.
   

If you're feeling a little international today -- or you just want to bop around a little at your desk -- give Hadag Nachash a shot. You'll like it, I promise.

(BONUS: I was just about dying from my two-hour drive up to Silver Spring when I decided to flip through radio stations on my second row of buttons… and I heard “Anna Sun.” I may or may not have screamed a little bit, blasted my jam, and caused concern for all of my driving neighbors.)

{PLAYLIST} mother's day

Don't forget--Sunday is Mother's Day!! TIOJ loves moms (both our moms and moms in general) and has put together a playlist of our favorite songs that remind us of our moms (from the sentimental to the super cliche). If you need any last minute ideas for presents for yo mama, we suggest burning this playlist to a CD for your mama.

via tumblr



"How Sweet It Is" - James Taylor
James Taylor is to Krista's mom what Justin Timberlake is to her -- each generation needs a JT to love and adore
"Crazy" - Patsy Cline
With the Patsy Cline Greatest Hits cassette, Stacey's mom (yes, that's her favorite song) taught her that the best way to listen to music in the car is loud enough that you can't hear yourself singing....
"Hey Mama" - Mat Kearney
thought mom would prefer this to The Lonely Island's mom song (which you should still listen to)
"Sweet Pea" - Tommy Roe
reasoning for one of Stacey's (many) nicknames from her mama
"You Could Be Happy" - Snow Patrol
a little bittersweet but still Krista's mom's favorite song because of all the "twinkling"
"Where You Lead" - Carole King
This song will always reminds Kristen of her mother, mostly because she and her mama have been known to hum incessantly to old Carole King jams
"Hey Mama" - Kanye West
needed.
"I Got It From My Mama" - will.i.am
our eyes, our curls, our terrible sense of direction -- we got it from our mamas
"Perfect Fan" - Backstreet Boys
uh duh.
"Mama" - Spice Girls
mom, thanks for loving us through our spice girls phase...we knew it couldn't have easy to explain to us why "two become one" was too suggestive to sing at school

Happy Mother's Day to Julie, Rosemary, and Laura and to all of the other moms out there!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

happy birthday, tioj!

Friends, today is a really big day. Our baby is embarking on toddlerhood:

TIOJ is officially a full year old!!!

TIOJ firmly believes in birthdays (and extending them for a full week... or month), so we plan on celebrating our first full year of existence for at least the next week. In the meantime, though, we wanted to re-share our first post and what we're feeling right now.


It's only fitting that Walk the Moon was our first post. We are so so excited about what they've done this past year, too. It seems like just yesterday that we saw them opening at the Black Cat Backstage, and now they've hung out with Jimmy Fallon, are getting ready to tour Europe with fun., and are headlining their own tour... our boys are so grown up!

And in true TIOJ form, we have a lot of emotions that are best described with this momentous occasion:
what we've been doing all day (via whenindc)

Stay tuned for our birthday posts throughout next week -- we'll reflect on all of our favorite things from the past year and share some of our plans for the next.

Thanks for all of your blog-love over the past year -- here's to many more!!
sparklers, Manny, and #whatshouldwecallme are our jam

{THROWBACK} try a little tenderness

I've been on an Otis Redding kick since Band Math last week and was so excited when this scene came on while watching Pretty in Pink over the weekend.

Check out Ducky's lip sync of "Try A Little Tenderness":



Related: The best video to come from Kanye & Jay-Z's release of "Otis" (featuring Redding's original jam): Otis X Milo & Otis

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

{DOWNLOAD} the hood internet: volume six

THEY'RE BACK! Our favorite Chicago mashup artists are back with their sixth mixtape. It features some jams that they've had out for a while (like this Mayer Hawthorne x M83 jam) as well as some baller new ones.



Download the entire album via Souncloud (continuous mix) or via Raptorhideout (separated tracks).

jam on.

{WE LOVE} harvard baseball vs. "call me maybe"

Baseball movies aren't exactly known for their well-executed spontaneous dance scenes like football and hockey movies (see: Mighty Ducks, Remember the Titans, the Replacements) so I never really expected the Harvard Baseball team to break it down to everyone's current guilty-pleasure song "Call Me Maybe". Imagine my happy surprise when I saw this gem of a video of the team doing a well-coordinated (if somewhat repetitive) routine, made ever-so more satisfying when you factor in the passed out dude in the back seat who never witnesses a thing despite the fact that the entire team is serenading him.





A few things to note:
  • It takes strong men to lip sync with that sort of passion and conviction. Major props, gentlemen.
  • How many times do we think they practiced this before actually filming it? You know that couldn't have been the first take.
  • The dude in the sunglasses is REALLY into the fist-pump heavy choreography. It makes me thing that he's either from Jersey, or listening to better music through those earbuds.
  • All baseball players kind of look alike (read: stoic, tall, attractive)--what is that about? Furthermore, is a well-groomed goatee part of the baseball uniform?

(Many thanks to friend of TIOJ Hilary for the heads up on this gem!)

{WE LOVE} chorus grant

Remember when we interviewed Danish singer, Chorus Grant a few months ago?? Well, good news – his album And The Villa Nova has been released internationally for our faraway listening pleasure.

I was very curious to see what his full-length album would sound like after listening only to “Big Guns” and embarrassing number of times. Overall, the CD is much more relaxed than what’s showcased on his first single, which is definitely not a bad thing. The slower songs are beautiful and really showcase his voice.

I was taken aback by his track “A Letter From Karen” as his vocals in the song have a striking Ben Gibbard-esque (of Death Cab for Cutie) quality to them.


The Ben Gibbard doppelganger really only comes up on that one song and his other songs bring out his unique style – I’ve pressing repeat on “Goldenhead by Goldenhead” and “Tomadoze.” My favorite though, apart from “Big Guns” of course, has been “Savings & Loans.” I’m not entirely sure why, but I think it may be because I have some subconscious desire to follow the chorus lyrics “I’m saving all my money and I’m moving away” – and do just that. I mean, who doesn't dream of forgetting real life and living in a beach house in the Caribbean?



Check out the entire album on Spotify and be sure to check out our interview with Chorus Grant here if you missed it.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

the magnetic fields are my jam.

The Magnetic Fields are my jam. They are also, as proven by singer Stephin Merritt's performance on KEXP below, really really WEIRD.

Yes, that is a bathroom serving as a makeshift studio. Yup, he's definitely sitting on the toilet. He is working the scarf/cap/hipster glasses/ukelele combo. At one point, he Irish-goodbyes and peaces out mid song. And for the entire video (especially while singing about taking a hit out on an ex), he's completely charming--even while talking about the logistical nightmares that accompany playing the harmonium onstage.

Love.

ben howard is my jam

Our love, Ben Howard, just posted his music video for his jam "Only Love" and it is beautiful.  Enjoy.



If you're a fan of this, I definitely recommend checking out Ed Sheeran. I think I would die of musical happiness if these two Brits performed together...

this is my (cover) jam

I'm really liking this cover of the Beastie Boys that Coldplay did the other night in honor of Adam Yauch. They mellow out "Fight for Your Right (to Party)" just enough for this cloudy Tuesday.

Monday, May 7, 2012

{NEW} passion pit!

Guys. Passion Pit is back. They've been hiding out since Manners came out and rocked my world in 2009 and are preparing to release their new album Gossamer on July 24. SO EXCITED. (seriously people, "Sleepyhead" is still my ringtone...and it's 2012.)

Anyway, check out their first released single from their new album "Take A Walk":


(adding that to my metro playlist now...)

I'm so pumped to hear the rest of the album and see them live (TWICE!) this summer.  Check out Pigeons & Planes for their full concert schedule and if you're in the area and haven't bought tickets to see them (and so many more bands!) at Firefly Festival in DE this summer -- get on it.

lee fields is my jam

I was fully prepared to post Lee Fields's song "It's All Over (But The Crying)" but instead found the video below for "Faithful Man" and was too enchanted by his intro to not post this song.  Perfect words and a beautiful song for this motivational monday. 

"If you gotta laugh, laugh out -- let it go, don't let it down. I believe laughter is the best remedy -- I'm not a doctor!...I'm a singer. It's what I do."

Sunday, May 6, 2012

{RECAP} MNDR

TIOJ had the awesome opportunity to catch a free show from MNDR at one of the coolest venues in DC, Montserrat House.  The concert, sponsored by Bacardi Plus (high school in a can!), started off with three great DJs and reinforced my (not so) secret life wish of being a DJ.  one day...
Willy Joy
When MNDR (nee Amanda Waner -- get it?!) took the stage we were instantly impressed with her ensemble and were pumped to have her start the show with our favorite jam "Cut Me Out."



She did a great job of working the crowd and making the intimate location really feel like a house party.  At one point she even came down into the crowd while singing "the deepest of her deep tracks."  It was so cool to watch her mix her music live, making it sound like there was so much more to her music than just one girl on stage.  Further reinforcing my dream secret life wish...

Montserrat House was the perfect location for the concert and we can't wait to get the chance to go back there soon!

{GUEST RECAP} fun.

We were pretty bummed to miss getting tickets to fun's two sold-out shows last week at the 9:30 club, but thankfully our girl Dee from Diary of Dee got her tickets in time and wrote an awesome recap for us. 

What a show. I've been to a few fun. shows in the past and their recent shot to fame is evident in their amped up show at the 9:30 club. The energy was amazing and it was one of their best shows that I've been to. Hopefully you were streaming on NPR if you weren't there.


First up was Miniature Tigers. If you've seen fun. perform before, you may be familiar with Miniature Tigers. They have polished up their act since I last saw them and are a great opening act. They played a good mix of some of their older songs and their newer songs (which I'm not as familiar with, but I love what I heard). Favorite song is an oldie, but a goodie: Cannibal Queen. The lead singer/guitarist Charlie Brand is awkwardly adorable and has a great sound, so check 'em out. After all, Nate Ruess thinks they are cool enough to bring on tour. That's a pretty good endorsement to me.


As soon as the music restarted, the crowd went insane. There were many fist pumps (apparently not limited to the Jersey Shore) and audience singing almost overpowered the band at some points. Nate seemed emotional with the crowd's adoration and enthusiasm, so I'm proud that DC treated my favorite artist so well.

They had a good mix of songs between both of their albums and threw in a few covers, "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was awesome. As soon as their hit song "We Are Young" started, the crowd flipped out and we all sang along (and sounded pretty good according to what I recorded- kudos to us). We all danced and jumped until we were exhausted and the show ended on their song "Take Your Time (Coming Home)", which was a perfect way to end.



Want more? Be sure to check out Diary of Dee for her open letter to fun's lead signer Nate Ruess and so much more!

Friday, May 4, 2012

needed.

Here's a perfect mashup of my two guilty pleasure jams ("Domino" by Jessie J and "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen) - just in time for your weekend pre-game.



aaaand repeat.

{PLAYLIST} kentucky derby jams

Tomorrow is one of our favorite days of the year: the Kentucky Derby. Mint Juleps, gambling, pretty ponies, big hats, tiny jockeys -- SO many of our favorite things and so much to love. To prepare, we've been listening to the Sounds of Kentucky CD that Krista's mom sent us last year for Derby (seriously, it exists -- we play "Call To The Post" to wake up our apartment every weekend) and the following playlist on repeat.  We recommend you do the same -- it's embarrassing to be the only one singing "My Old Kentucky Home" at the TV before the race... and still it happens to Krista every year.

no need to rush, we have enough mint juleps for everyone (via kyderby.com)


"Louisville, KY" - Ella Fitzgerald
"Only The Horses" - Scissor Sisters

"Blue Moon of Kentucky" - Patsy Cline
"Equestrian" - U.S. Royalty
"My Old Kentucky Home" - Johnny Cash
"Wild Horses" - Daniel Letterle

"One Mint Julep" - The Clovers
"Should've Been A Cowboy" - Toby Keith

"My Old Kentucky Home" - Nappy Roots & The Villebilles
"My Old Kentucky Home" - John Prine *this is the real one*

Who are you putting your money on tomorrow? Need a bangin' Mint Julep recipe? Let us know @thisisourjamdc or on facebook.

p.s. Cinco de Mayo, don't think we've forgot about you:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

{THROWBACK} history of whistling

This video for “History of Whistling” is awesome (and I’m not just saying that because I can't whistle).



If you like that, be sure to check out "History of Song Lyrics That Aren't Song Lyrics."

(via Gawker)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

{WE LOVE} 20 new bands to watch out for

Confession: I love lists. To-do lists. Grocery lists. Top 5 lists. I do not discriminate. (Seriously: you should see some of the lists TIOJ works on behind the scenes. It’s impressive.)

Anyway, it should come as no surprise that I was very intrigued by the list of 20 New Bands To Watch Out For published recently on Complex. I’ve been reading and analyzing the list for the past couple of days and am finally ready to share my list of my favorite four out of those 20 (I was going to do five but decided to count Swiss Lips twice because I like them that much).

(Editor’s Note: Felt like a proud mom to see TIOJ favorites Alabama Shakes and Tanlines already on the list. Holler.)

1. Swiss Lips
I was fully prepared to put Swiss Lips as my number one just based on the song “Grow” that Complex posted THEN I looked up their other videos and found this video for “U Got The Power” and fell even more in love.


Seriously guys, this video has found a spot on my top 5 music video list (right next to “Lonely Boy” and “Drum In Your Chest”).

2. Electric Guest
This band recently came on to our radar from some other blogs and we are totally buying what they’re selling. Let’s be real, TIOJ has a weakness for petite lead singers that can move their hips (see: Nicholas from Walk the Moon).


If you like what you hear be sure to check them out THIS SATURDAY at Rock and Roll Hotel (assuming you’re still alive after celebrating Derby/Cinco de Mayo).

Read on for the rest of the list.

{WE LOVE} "black tambourine" by beck

I've been known in the past to hear a song in passing--in a restaurant, store, coffee shop, blaring from the speakers of a passing car, etc.--and go on to hum that song for days, rarely knowing what I'm singing, and even more rarely knowing the correct lyrics to the song. Thank GOD for whoever invented Shazam (quite possibly my favorite app ever). Thanks to Shazam, I now know that the gem I was jamming along to while getting my morning coffee on Monday is "Black Tambourine" by Beck. The song is so bass-heavy and catchy, and has just the right amount of pep to get me through this rainy work day. Plus, as you can see below, the video is kind of badass.



{WE LOVE} chicago vs. chicago

I really love sports commercials. My latest fave (although it can really never come close to an amen from the bobbleheads, "Betrayal," or anything with Alex Ovechkin) is Chicago vs. Chicago. Main reason: Ron Swanson.

 

Krista, please take me to Chicago so I can join in on this debate, kthanks.

{BAND MATH}

It's that time again!!

GUESS WHO:

Click ahead to find out who it is!
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