Saturday, June 30, 2012

{PLAYLIST} best of june


What the heck, June is over?? It's been a great -- and busy! -- month over at the TIOJ offices. In June, we've:
 Listen to the playlist below for Kristen, Krista, and Stacey's top 5 for the month of June.


These Icelandic charmers have me under their spell.
"Here Now" - Carousel
I've been listening to this EP on repeat, love these boys so much and "Here Now" is seriously my new feel-good song.
"I and Love and You" - The Avett Brothers
I could (and do) listen to this song on repeat.
"I Try" by The Staves
I have a girl crush on all three of these supertalented sisters.
"Dreamlike" - Vacationer
Kenny and the guys from Vacationer are our new fave goofballs - so hard to pick just one song from their album. 
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" - Michael Jackson
still mourning, three years later 
"Bang Bang Bang" by Mark Ronson feat. The Business Int'l and MNDR
First discovered this in an episode of"Girls," and I haven't stopped listening since.
"110%" - Jessie Ware
If you've seen a girl in work clothes dancing around the DMV with her iPod...it is me. Dancing to this song.
"Call Me Maybe" - Ben Howard
This is a very worthy stand-in as my favorite cover of the month (since my actual favorite favorite favorite--Sons of Bill singing Bruce Springsteen--is hiding on the interwebz). Also, there is no such thing as too many "Call Me Maybe" covers.
"Fixin'" by Walk the Moon
TIOJ got to see WTM perform this live and it.was.awesome.
"Move to the Ocean (Baauer Remix)" - Brick+Mortar
This jam off the fab MS MR mixtape is so sesssay. I love.
"My Body" - Young the Giant
"Yer Spring" by Hey Rosetta!
My newest favorite Canadian import.
"Houdini (ft. Foster the People)" - Skizzy Mars
We had SO much seeing FTP live and this "Houdini" remix may be one of my favorite things ever.
"Motto" - Drake
I like this song even more now that Drake and Chris Brown are battling.

We're so excited for all of the summer jams and concerts that we have lined up in July (and for our first festival of the year!!). Did we miss something? Any important concert tips that we need to remember or bands to check out? Let us know!

Friday, June 29, 2012

{RECAP} the lumineers, josh ritter, brandi carlile

Last night was (actually) the perfect night at Wolf Trap—and The Lumineers, Josh Ritter, and Brandi Carlile were the perfect music to mellow out to on the lawn while drinking wine and observing dancing families.

We lovelovelove the Lumineers and may have bought tickets to the entire show just to see them. After Krista raved about them when she saw them at Jammin’ Java in April, I was so excited to see them in person—and as good as they were, I can only imagine what it would’ve been like to be just a few feet from them. Maybe they would’ve shared their tambourine...

"I ain't nobody's problem but my own.."
From start to finish, their entire set was just so good. We were especially proud when they said that last night’s crowd was the biggest they had ever played for. Our favorites were probably “Classy Girls” (the song to which we aspire to live our lives) and “Big Parade”—we just wish we could’ve been closer to dance with them.



Up next was Josh Ritter, about whom we had heard only the best things from Dee and Navid. Apparently his concert last Valentine’s Day was the best they had ever seen, so we were more than game. He didn’t disappoint. Josh and every member of his band were just so excited about every song. Highlights: all of the vests on stage (Josh had one that was black in the front and white in the back), the adorable children running laps around the lawn, Josh slowing it down and playing without his band, the impromptu dance party that erupted to our right, and this song:



Click ahead to read more about the third part of last night's concert, the lovely, folksy, badass-y Brandi Carlile!

{PLAYLIST} fourth of july jams

Can anyone believe it's almost Fourth of July already?? We definitely can't, but we're ready for it... boat rides, fireworks, sparklers, bottomless brunches (yep, we're making that happen), pools, cookouts -- the works. All of those things require an essential soundtrack, obviously. Put this playlist on during any of those activities, and you're guaranteed to be the coolest (hottest? since it's July?) person there.

God Bless America. And Kenneth the Page.

bbq jams by this is our jam on GroovesharkFree - Graffiti6
Tongue Tied - GROUPLOVE
Mountain Sound - Of Monsters and Men
Drinkin' In The Morning - Trampled By Turtles
I'll Get Along - Michael Kiwanuka
Stay At Home - Yellow Ostrich
Roll On Jordan - Sons of Bill
Chicken Fried- Zac Brown Band
I Found You - Alabama Shakes
St. Croix - Family of the Year


Have a great time celebrating, friendlies and be sure to holler @thisisourjamdc if you have any more jams to add to our BBQ-friendly playlist!

{WEEKEND} "call me on broken glass"

Carly Rae Jepsen and Annie Lennox with a little music magic from Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend? There are really no words to describe how happy this mashup is AND how happy I am that the weekend is upon us!



I'm off on an impromptu road trip this weekend and I'd say the probability that we'll spend four hours in the car listening to this song on repeat is strong to quite strong.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

{RECAP} norah jones

A few months ago, someone I met at a concert said that Norah Jones was one of the best concerts he had ever been to. So, I had really high expectations for last night’s show at Wolf Trap… but we’ll get to that later.

I kicked off my week (two days) of Wolf Trap shows by seeing Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson last night on what was a perfect night for an outdoor concert. Sasha opened the concert with a simple, bluesy set in which she and just her bass player stood in front of a curtain. She kind of reminded me of a less throaty Zooey Deschanel.

  Modern Romance by Sasha Dobson on Grooveshark

I tend to go to concerts with a lot of older people. But this time, they (sadly) weren’t fist-pumping or dancing like they were with Bruce Springsteen. It took Norah Jones a hot second to come out after the opener, which may not have been the best move for the audience at “the Trap,” as she called it—old people (and I) have trouble staying up late. Just saying. But when she did come out, she immediately started crooning songs from Broken Little Hearts, her newest album.

There were a lot more upbeat songs on this latest album that Jason the guitar player, who was decked out completely in white, was jamming and dancing to. I think he was the only person in the entirety of Wolf Trap that was dancing, but hey, to each his own. “Say Goodbye” was one of his favorite dancing songs.



Norah started out on the keyboard, then moved to the guitar, and then over to the piano. She played about twelve or so of her newer songs before the band took a break for a couple and she played some of her older songs from Come Away With Me.



Even though I was expecting last night’s show to be super mellow (which it was), I think was hoping that the charm of Norah’s songs would ooze out into her stage personality. I wasn’t completely endeared to her as I was expecting, but she did have her moments when talking to the audience, like about Six Flags. She also had strings of paper cranes and twinkley lights, which definitely upped the cuteness factor.

dancing guitar player is on the left. mid dance.
and i liked norah's dress.



After the band came back, they brought out the standup bass, which brought a fun, folksy feeling to the last few songs—I loved “Creepin’ In.”

(As an aside, highlight of the night was my dad saying, “Her fair is funky. It’s different on both sides.” Her hair was in a side-swept hipster-ish bun. I wear my hair in a side bun or braid at least twice a week. Good observations, J-Dawg.)

Up next: Wolf Trap Week part two—tonight! The Lumineers, Josh Ritter, and Brandi Carlisle. Stay tune for the recap tomorrow!

{THROWBACK} adam oates commercials

Things are looking good for our boyfriends this week. New draft picks, new players, new coach. Let's talk about the coach, Adam Oates. I have a vague recollection of seeing him play when he was on the Caps in the early 2000s (although I could be projecting memories, it happens often). The guy had literally one of the best days of his life yesterday -- being named head coach and then being elected to the Hall of Fame... and then the blogs started searching... and these gems appeared.

Oatesie was getting a little out of hand in this one... what a studmuffin.



And Sports Bog over on the Washington Post also unearthed this one -- I'm getting the feeling that Oatesie was the team heartthrob wherever he went (Brooks Laich has happily assumed that role).


But even better than that -- he was on GUTS. Also known as the coolest game show on Nickelodeon. The entire episode in which AO (the original) appears is over with our faves at Russian Machine Never Breaks (along with hints of how Oatsie will excel as a coach in Washington).

Are you watching the entire thing at work today? Because you should be...

Welcome (back) to Washington, Oatsie! We're excited for what you and your potentially overly-Botoxed face (jury's still out on that one) will do.

{THROWBACK} stars

Stars, one of our favorite Canadian bands, recently announced that their next record The North will be out on September 4 (just in time for Kristen's birthday if you didn't know what to get her yet...).  Since we heard this news, we've been listening to old Stars records while we wait for September to get here already.

Think "The First Five Times" may be my favorite Stars song ever...


(2004 counts as a throwback, right???)

Make sure to check out the first single "The Theory of Relativity" off of the upcoming album and head over to their website to download the track for free.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

{WE LOVE} seabear

My random YouTube stalking pays off sometimes and leads me to the discovery of some truly fantastical things. Case in point: I innocently searched for "Middle Distance Runner" by Sea Wolf the other day so I could listen to one of my favorite mellow jams, and through some random combination of fate, procrastination, and link-clicking, I stumbled upon a new potential fave in Seabear. (They're Icelandic, chickens. I swear Scandinavian bands just find me.)

"Arms" is just so happy, fiddle-driven and I thank YouTube profusely for sending this gem my way.




I also find this live street-side performance of "I Sing I Swim" to be utterly irresistable, and not just for the fact that Icelandic accents and interludes abound.



Check out Seabear's website (called, amusingly, Seabearia) for more info on the band, as well as upcoming tourdates!

{WE LOVE} POP ETC

I've been digging POP ETC since they were featured on Turntable Kitchen's June mix. They remind me of my latest obsession, Carousel, so they are a more than welcome addition to my iTunes library.

Can't stop listening to "Live It Up" -- my life motto.


The band will be in DC next month at the 9:30 Club with RAC -- that concert is guaranteed to be a good time. TIOJ will likely be there dancing about...

Check out a sweet interview with the band and a performance of "Keep It For Your Own" here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

{NEW} avett brothers

I must have subliminally known that the Avett Brothers were releasing their new single today when I searched for their next DC stop as I listened to "I and Love and You" on repeat this morning. That, and/or TIOJ friend slash web guru Erin can read my mind and told me that "Live and Die" was out. New song on repeat.



(and in case you were wondering, they'll be in Richmond on July 20 -- sadly, when we'll be at Firefly -- and in Baltimore on September 23. who wants to road trip with me?)

{INTERVIEW} vacationer

TIOJ had the pleasure to chat with Vacationer before their sold-out show at Black Cat on June 22. Keep reading for our interview with lead singer and bassist Kenny Vasoli (with some occasional commentary from the rest of the guys!) where we discuss getting postcards, (literal) dream vacations, and "American" music.

Listen while you read:


photobooth fun with Kenny & Matt

TIOJ: Tell us about yourself!
Kenny: I’ve been playing music for a long time. I’ve been in and out of bands since I was 14 and I started touring and playing music around 15 or 16, doing a lot of rock and emo-oriented stuff. I started experimenting with different kinds of music like post-punk and experimental rock. Around 2005, I really started to delve into electronic music and got really interested in it. That built up through the years.

Once things started winding down with my last band, Person L, I had the urge to team up with some people and try writing some more electronic-produced music. I went to my friend Matt, who played guitar in The Starting Line [Kenny was the lead singer of the group, much to the delight of our high school selves!] and asked him if he knew any musicians up in Brooklyn who would be interested in teaming up with me for some songs. He pointed me in the direction of Body Language, so we had a blind date session to size each other up. We went up there without any ideas and laid down a bass line and some tracks on top of that and mumbled some melodies and lyrics over top of it, and it showed promise. It wasn’t anything too solid, but it was definitely intriguing enough that all of us wanted to further explore what we had.

By the next time we met, I had a more clear-cut image of the kind of music that I wanted to make with them and, in turn, they sent me a couple of ideas and small loops that I could work with. I wrote some top-line stuff to what they sent me and we banged out two or three songs within a week. We were all floored by how quickly the progress came together between all of us. That’s where the ball started rolling, and we kept writing songs. Every few weekends we’d go up and have sessions together. and before we knew it, we had enough songs for an EP. We started making a few videos for some of the songs and the once the video for “Trip” got on YouTube, it put helped bring us to the forefront of people’s attention.



How did you pick the name Vacationer?
We had that sound of care-free, escapist, warm-weather climate since we started writing the songs in the summer.

What is your dream vacation?
I’m riding a rainbow through David Lynch’s mind… on a surfboard.

How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it?
It’s like The Beach Boys circa 1965 get into the Bill & Ted time machine and go to a rave, and then the sequence is in slow motion.

You've toured with a bunch of different bands from the Naked and Famous to Tennis to Walk the Moon. How has that been? What has been your relationship with those bands? 
Luckily, everybody has been really kind. The best relationship we’ve gotten to build is with Tennis. They’re all completely charming and have an awesome sense of humor. I have the feeling that they’re not that way with everybody, but we sort of forced our friendship on them since we liked their music so much and wouldn’t take no for an answer when it came to friendship. They’re absolutely adorable and it was a true pleasure doing a remix for them. They even sent us a postcard to thank us for the remix, which really shows their character.

Click ahead to hear their Tennis remix and for one of our best TIOJ awkward pics yet

the staves are my jam

I really just can't get over the Staves, you guys. Ever since someone first mentioned this group to me a few months ago, I've been finding myself at a loss, unable to get over how much I adore everything I've heard. These three sisters--who have collaborated with Fionn Regan and toured with TIOJ faves the Civil Wars and Bon Iver--produce music so hypnotizingly beautiful, aching, and folksy that it is almost impossible to resist their songs' haunting pull.








{DOWNLOAD} MS MR mixtape

People. In case you missed our tweet on this subject, you all need to go download the mixtape from MS MR like, yesterday.

It is so so so good (and free!) -- featuring perennial TIOJ faves like Tennis and Beach House as well as some of our up and coming favorites like Haim, Vacationer, and Electric Guest. Seriously though, every song is awesome. The remix of "Move to the Ocean" may be my favorite new find...

Listen to the full mixtape below and download the full set here.



And while we're on the subject of MS MR, make sure to check out "Hurricane" if you haven't heard it yet. So much goodness.


(You can download that ish for free too at msmrsounds.com)

If you love them now, MS MR will be at 9:30 on August 14 with Marina and the Diamonds.  Tickets are already sold out but godspeed to you on your Craiglist-stalking journey for tickets!

Monday, June 25, 2012

michael jackson monday

Can you believe that today is the third anniversary of Michael Jackson's death? It simultaneously seems like much longer ago and also way more recent. I'm refraining from deeming this entire week Michael Jackson Tribute Week like I did last year.

I'm still going to listen to MJ on repeat all day, though.



{CAPFABB CHALLENGE} neon neon neon!

Like all fashionably conscious ladies this season, we are LOVING all the neon everywhere. These bright colors are perfect for summer, and we definitely plan on rocking some fluorescent colors at all of our upcoming concerts (you know, so we stand out in the crowd and make singers in bands fall in love with us -- added bonus).

To celebrate this month's CapFABB challenge, we searched for our favorite music videos featuring neon. Up there in our top three are these fashionable ladies who are all style icons -- especially Willow Smith. Enjoy!

Dev's "Kiss My Lips" has the colorful lights, fun makeup, and rapping from Fabolous that are perfect for inspiring you to be bold and try something new (like rocking a neon top or lipstick):



"Countdown" by Beyonce is our favorite song to dance to in the car and this colorful video is perfect inspiration. (Can we also talk about how she was pregnant when she filmed this? That chick is incredible.)



Had to shout out to our favorite rapper and fashion inspiration for all the teen and tweens out there, our girl Willow Smith:



If none of these songs is doing it for you, we also recommend going more literal and listening to "Neon" by John Mayer, "Fluorescent Adolescent" by Arctic Monkeys, or anything by Neon Trees (we vote for "Everybody Talks").

Make sure to check out CapFABB to see all of the other neon-inspired posts!

happy mellow monday from beirut

Check out this beautiful new video for Beirut's "The Rip Tide" and start your week off nice and relaxed.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

{RECAP} walk the moon and vacationer

We don't even know where to begin.  TIOJ went to our fifth Walk The Moon concert on Friday night and those boys somehow continue to exceed our expectations every.single.time. We had a great time across the board and have a lot of thoughts -- brace yourselves.

We caught the end of the first opener, Find Vienna, and really enjoyed what we heard.  "Taking My Breath Away" was our favorite jam -- although we couldn't get over the lead singer's weird resemblance to Jean-Ralphio from Parks and Rec.

twinsiesssss!
The second opener was our new favorite, Vacationer.  We had the opportunity to chat with them before the show (stay tuned this week for the full interview!!) and were so excited to see them live.  Their music, which was described by lead singer Kenny as "The Beach Boys circa 1965 get into the Bill & Ted time machine and go to rave and the sequence is in slow motion..." was the perfect music to vibe to on a summer night. 

Body Language boys, xylophones, and ginger beards are our jam
Despite some technical difficulties in the beginning, the band brought so much energy to the stage and had the entire crowd vibin' on a pretend vacation with them.  "Everyone Knows" and "Great Love" may be our two new favorites (besides "Trip," of course).  We were also delighted to realize that the way that Kenny can move his shoulders rivals the hip shakin' of Walk the Moon's Nicholas.

get it, Ken (via cinemagram)

Click ahead for our full recap on Walk the Moon's set!

Friday, June 22, 2012

{WEEKEND} "good time" from owl city and carly rae jepsen

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

Check out this collaboration from Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen that's pretty much guaranteed to get you pumped for a weekend of fun in the sun.



Calling it now that this jam will be all over 99.5 in like two weeks.

{PLAYLIST} sunny day songs

Break out the sunscreen, bathing suits, and constant sweating -- it's SUMMER, people!

To celebrate the first day of summer this week and the ridiculous heat wave currently sweeping through DC, we've put together of our favorite (literally) sunny songs.  Put this playlist on repeat, sit in the A/C, sip a G&T, and enjoy.

happiness via cuteloveyoung.tumblr.com

sol - Mausi
In The Sun - She & Him
Stare Into The Sun - Graffiti6
Sunshowers - M.I.A.
Who Loves The Sun - Hafdis Huld
Sunshine - Matt Costa
Another Sunny Day - Belle and Sebastian
Sound of Sunshine - Michael Franti & The Spearheads
Somewhere In The Sun - Kenny Chesney
Anna Sun - Walk the Moon
Sunlight - matt pond PA
Sunset Lover - Josh Kelley

Thursday, June 21, 2012

{THROWBACK} ryan gosling getting his groove on

If there are two things that TIOJ loves, they are dancing children and hot guys. Therefore, it's pretty obvious that this video of Ryan Gosling dancing to "Gonna Make You Sweat" by C+C Music Factory at a 1991 talent show is probably one of these best things we've seen in a while.

Even at 11 years old, that boy had swag. God bless.

{THROWBACK} 98 degrees

nick lachay, that's not even a mock
turtleneck. i have no words.
GIRLS OF THE 90S, WE HAVE THE BEST NEWS FOR YOU TO START YOUR THROWBACK THURSDAYS. It's the best reunion news we've had since New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys decided to tour together. 98 DEGREES IS REUNITING FOR ONE SHOW THIS SUMMER. (yes, TIOJ had a group text exchange to share this joyous news. no, we're not sorry.)

It's been 11 long years since our ears have been graced with the tunes of Drew and Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons, and Justin Jeffre (he existed? he doesn't have a wikipedia page, so all signs point to no). And in the meantime, well, no one really knows what any of them have been doing (save Nick Lachey -- I guess his marriages to famous people and The Sing-Off have kept him in the spotlight).

What is this music video? Does anyone know? WHY does Nick keep wearing white turtlenecks??



So, chickadees, save the date: August 18 in Hershey, PA at the Summer MixTape Festival. 98 Degrees, New Kids on the Block, AND the Backstreet Boys. Has your little 90s heart ever been so happy? (and for the next generation of teenyboppers, Carly Rae Jepson and Kelly Clarkson will also be there... but we're focused on the greatest generation of boy bands.)

This reunion is your perfect opportunity to figure out a way to nab one of them as a husband (you know, except for Nick -- Vanessa may get mad). You always thought that "I Do (Cherish You)" would be your wedding song, right?



reunion attire? please? (via popcrush)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

{WE LOVE} iscariot & shiver shiver

As if it wasn't fabulous enough that Walk the Moon released their new album yesterday, or that we get to see the band (yes...again) in concert at Black Cat this Friday, we found out earlier this week that WTM produced "7in7"--seven music videos in seven days in preparation for their new album. These low-fi, homemade videos are exactly what we've come to expect from WTM--whimsical, hilarious, catchy and (sometimes) earnest recreations of jams we love. On Monday, there was widespread gchat consensus between TIOJ and our concert-loving compadre, Jurg, that Walk the Moon's DIY video for "Iscariot" is a thing of perfection.



My second favorite of the new videos, "Shiver Shiver", highlights some impressive cameos from the Of Monsters and Men band members (a great catch by Krista--she can spot an Icelander from a mile away), and a snazzy coordinated/choreographed dance sequence featuring Nicholas's patented hip shaking (fast forward to 2:42 for the best bits). Major props for the fella Tebowing throughout the entire dance sesh.



Will you be there to rock out with us at Black Cat on Friday? Holler at us @thisisourjamdc!

{WE LOVE} battle of the beltway

As it is extremely well-documented, I'm a big fan of baseball-related commercials. One of my most recent favorites is a Chicago vs. Chicago battle, but things just got even better. Washington vs. Baltimore? Yes please.



Obviously, I'm pro-Nationals all the way (especially the Racing Presidents -- get your Roosevelts right). Except no one should ever talk badly about Cal Ripken. That's just crossing the line, bro.

{WE LOVE} jessie ware

People, I can't stop listening to "110%" from British songstress, Jessie Ware. It's a great mix of electronic, summer fun, and little R&B to both chill you out and make you want to dance...if that makes any sense at all. (Think Robyn mixed with Kate Nash mixed with Florence + The Machine)

Just listen and you'll get it. Promise.



Be sure to check out her JUST released single "Wildest Moments" too. So good.

Also LOVING this remix of her jam "Valentine" with Samphra:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

{BAND MATH}


Click ahead to see who this perfect for summer band is...

{MUSIC VIDEO} the royal concept

The Royal Concept has been exploding since we first posted on them after my brother found their random EP sitting in his radio studio. For starters, they've changed their name from The Concept to The Royal Concept -- as lovers of all things royal (looking at you, Prince Harry), we approve of this name change.

With the anticipation of their new EP, they've released a video for "Gimme Twice" that was premiered this morning on one of new fave blogs, Kick Kick Snare. Check out the video that looks like someone mayyyyyy have been reading 50 Shades of Grey when putting together this video concept -- just saying.


(via Kick Kick Snare -- be sure to check them out for a chance to win a signed EP!)

ALSO: Check out this interview with them about making the video. Godness me, we do love Swedes.

Monday, June 18, 2012

PS22 nails it again

Geez, people -- PS 22 can do no wrong.  I would preface this more but within literally two seconds of hearing this little girl sing Adele's "One and Only", you're hooked.



What are we going to do when they finish school soon and we don't have any new covers for the entire summer?!? (Answer: We'll just watch their old performances. Over. And Over. And Over.)

{INTERVIEW} cruiser

We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Andy States of Cruiser, whose EP we’ve been playing on repeat since Memorial Day. Check out our interview with Andy where we talk about his perfect summer music, long-distance (producing) relationships, and his favorite jams.

Listen while you read:


Tell us about yourself and Cruiser, your recently released EP.
I worked on this set of six songs with the producer for Youth Lagoon, Jeremy Park. I had been working on these songs for the past year or so and I just wanted to ask him some recording questions, so I sent him my music. He actually loved my songs and he offered to help me out and produce some songs. I just released them Memorial Day, so I've been sending it out to as many blogs as possible.

So did you guys ever actually meet in person?
We’ve actually never met in person. I sent everything to him over the Internet -- it was a total trust thing. He's in Idaho, which is ridiculous… we had super long conversations and I just said things over and over and made sure he knew exactly what I wanted. I think a lot of people are afraid to do it -- people get really attached to how their songs sound and how they want something to be. I was all about letting that go a little bit and letting him put his spin on Cruiser because I felt that would take it somewhere that I would've never taken it. I think two people's heads put together who are both good at what they do could result in something better than either of them could've done alone.

Do you have a music background?
It's been a hobby for a long time. I started singing in high school and then writing songs. I've been in various bands over the years. This is the first thing I'm doing by myself, and there's been a good response.

As far as what sparked starting Cruiser, I just feel like I couldn't not make music. I never felt like, when I was working with other bands, that I could get the music I wanted to or the kind of music I was hearing in my head. So over the past few years I've been learning to record on my own and build songs from the ground up, doing all the parts.

If you were to describe your music, what or who would you say you sound like?
It's upbeat beachy pop--really catchy. I keep going for feel-good, summery pop, beachy and surfy.

Click ahead to find out what Andy has on his summer playlist and for our token awkward picture.

Friday, June 15, 2012

{WEEKEND} "bang bang bang"

Happy weekend, chickadees! If you're anything like us, you probably can't believe that it is already the middle of June. Jazz in the Garden is well underway, and you've surely been diligently working on your tans for weeks. The weather is beautiful, and you've got SO many upcoming concerts to keep you occupied.

What more could you possibly need? Answer: "Bang Bang Bang" by Mark Ronson and the Business Intl featuring Q-Tip and MNDR. Perfect way to jumpstart your weekend!

{PLAYLIST} father's day

 
future husbands, take notes (via rookiemoms)

It would be pretty safe to say that all three of us are very musically influenced by our dads, so we figured there was no better way to celebrate Father's Day than with a playlist of all of our papas' favorite songs. We were overwhelmed by the number of songs about dads and daughters (case in point: Ben Folds, Josh Turner, Nas, and John Mayer), so if you're still in need of a Father's Day present, we suggest combining all of those and the following playlist for an excellent mix (and, if your dad is like Stacey's dad -- better known around the TIOJ headquarters as J-dawg -- he'll say he doesn't like any of the music you gave him but then he'll keep listening to it... happens every year).
 
Happy Father's Day to Ronnie, Papa Fro, J-Dawg,
and all the other pops out there!





Father's Day Jams by this is our jam on GroovesharkAll My Loving -- Across the Universe soundtrack
Krista's song with her dad -- so fitting still since they're 700 miles apart this Father's Day
Little Miss Magic -- Jimmy Buffett
Kristen has wonderful memories of listening to Jimmy with her dad and sister, and this is one of the only songs that makes her tear up every. single. time.
My Best Friend's Girl -- The Cars
Krista's dad was in a band in college that cited influences from The Cars (Dad, your Father's Day present is that I chose NOT to post your band pics on the internet. You're welcome.) 
Rolling in the Deep -- Adele 
J-dawg introduced Stacey to Adele... proof of good musical genes right there.
Once in a Lifetime -- Talking Heads
Another Papa K all-time favorite band -- he still quizzes Krista about the various members of the band. She's still wrong every time.
Mary Had a Little Lamb -- Stevie Ray Vaughn
Papa Fro taught Kristen at a young age that SRV was the best guitarist to ever live (and consequently, was also the reason Kristen begged her dad for guitar lessons as a teen).
Thunder Road -- Bruce Springsteen 
It only took four Bruce concerts for J-Dawg to see his favorite song live, but we're both still reeling over HOW GOOD IT WAS.
Waltzing's for Dreamers -- Carrie Rodriguez
True story, Kristen's dad often burns entire episodes of Austin City Limits to DVD to send to her if he thinks she'll like the artists being featured. He's always right. Carrie is his favorite.
The Load-out/Stay -- Jackson Browne
Another staple in Stacey's family -- so much so that the lyrics make their way into family email chains...
Elevation -- U2
Krista's dad may or may not have used U2 songs to teach Sunday School lessons. So hip. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

{THROWBACK} the beach boys

I've been on a mini Beach Boys kick since realizing that they're going to be in town tomorrow at Merriweather (don't have a present for Dad yet? Get some last minute tix and have a lovely evening in the park with pops !).  ANYWAY. I've always been a Beach Boys fan, which I mostly attribute to their constant presence on Full House. Either way, their Greatest Hits album was my favorite CD in 3rd grade (along with the Mulan soundtrack, of course).

So in honor of their 50th Anniversary tour and it being summer and all, let's listen to some beachy music, shall we?



(As an aside, mostly all of the Beach Boys songs are around 2 minutes long -- explains why they could hold the attention of an 11 year old)

Click ahead for another clutch Beach Boys-inspired video that inspired some serious conversations between Stacey and I last night about our childhood phobias.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

{WE LOVE} young the giant

I've been trying really hard to diversify my listening lately, especially in preparation for Firefly in July -- and in doing so, I mayyyyy have fallen in love with Young the Giant just a little bit.

that is some excellent facial hair, friends (via thebaybridged)
The combination of Foster the People the other night, reading Bonnaroo recaps, and a bunch of concerts coming up have me so excited for Firefly. In the meantime, Young the Giant will be on repeat.



{WE LOVE} jay-z and beyonce worry about kanye

New tumblr alert! Jay-Z and Beyonce Worry About Kanye West.

This ish is brilliant. Case in point:

Read more and procrastinate from work on tumblr.

{WE LOVE} hey rosetta!

I have some pretty weird theories on places I haven't been before--just ask Krista and Stacey, who will tell you that I didn't believe in Montana for years (I'm only 60% kidding). Newfoundland was another one of those places--remote and weird and gorgeous and Canadian-- that I thought was way too cool/magical/improbable to actually exist...until I finally went there (and just so you know, it was all of those things and more).

And thank goodness it does exist, because thanks to Newfoundland, I have charming, uplifting, catchy, violin/mandolin-heavy jams from St. Johns-natives Hey Rosetta! to get me through the day. Check out "Yer Spring" and "Young Glass" below and fall in love with these silly Newfies with me, why don't you?





Tuesday, June 12, 2012

{PLAYLIST} rainy day jams

Today is just so rainy....
...we had to take a break to share our clutch rainy day songs for ya. Enjoy and try not to fall asleep.

"slow it down" is my rainy day jam

I don't know about elsewhere, but it's awful rainy and dreary in DC today and you know what that means -- rainy day songs.  "Slow It Down" by The Lumineers is my new favorite song for days like today.  It's relaxed with just the right amount of percussion and gives you this weird sense of calm that you can't help but embrace.

See for yourself and please excuse me as I crawl under my desk and nap listen to this song for the rest of the day.



And in case you need a different Lumineers jam to get you out of your rainy day funk, get your "Ho Hey" on.

Monday, June 11, 2012

{RECAP} kimbra, the kooks, foster the people

The ladies of TIOJ were so excited to travel up to that other state in the DMV yesterday to see Kimbra, the Kooks, and Foster the People. With our concert-going entourage of TIOJ friends and correspondents, we learned self-defense mechanisms, how to make a tailgating tent, and that I can indeed fit inside my trunk--all before going inside Merriweather Post Pavilion.

We were super pumped for Kimbra after hearing how great she was with Gotye a few months ago. We have pretty mixed feelings about her, though. We strongly believe that she looks like what Katy Perry was trying for mixed with the girl who's always the best friend in movies (Kristen informed me that her name is Krysten Ritter).

Kimbra pros: girl knows her way around a tambourine, she has hair that takes on a life of its own in summer heat (we understand), her cute little New Zealandish accent, and we love anyone who loops their music like she did with "Settle Down":



Kimbra cons: We don't think Kimbra used her musical talentz as well as she could've.

I was too distracted by our dancing neighbor to pay attention to any of the Kooks' set. Let's just say that the band was great and I wish we could understand their concert banter -- we're sure they were very funny and witty and British. "She Moves In Her Own Way" inspired some of our friend's best moves.



Click ahead for more jams and our thoughts on the Foster the People set.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

{RECAP} carousel

TIOJ has had a whirlwind affair with Carousel. We discovered them last Sunday, posted a Band Math for them Thursday, and then saw their show and met them last night. Phew.

The guys played last night at DC 9 and we were fortunate enough to chill with them on DC 9's rooftop prior to their performance (they were pretty much in the exact same formation as this pic we posted so they were pretty easy to spot). Kevin, Tyler, and Jackson chatted with us about meeting each other in college, awkward shows, and their love of Adele and respect for Ke$ha.

 Their set lived up to the hype and their declared Facebook band interest of "Making people dance" -- we danced a lot. Most impressive was their ability to put on an incredible show without their drummer and with their guitarist, Tyler, in a sling with a broken arm. 

broken arms didn't stop Carousel from rocking out at DC

Stephanie, our TIOJ College Correspondent, loved their latest jam "Where Have You Gone" and we made up some sweet moves to "Games" with fellow DC music blogger Wesley of Kick Kick Snare.



To top the night off, we got one of our best TIOJ awkward pics with Carousel following the show. (props to Steph for the picture)

Be sure to look out for Carousel the next time they're in DC and download their EP here.

Friday, June 8, 2012

moves like jagger (and bowie)

Happy Friday, chickens! We're all so close to being free from work for 48 glorious hours that I can taste it. I hope you all have some shopping/sunning/brunching/jazzing/drinking/day-drinking on your sched this weekend to keep you occupied!

The vid below was brought to my attention courtesy of friend of TIOJ, Hilary, who described it as the best video on YouTube. As you can imagine, that's a pretty lofty claim, but after watching, I cannot deny this. It. Is. The. BEST.



I want to reenact this at Jazz in the Sculpture Garden tonight. Any takers? I've got dibs on Bowie.

{PLAYLIST} bonnaroo jams

While we're sure this is very refreshing, a colorful fountain
does not a shower make. (holla lifetimecollective)
We have really, really conflicted feelings about Bonnaroo. On one hand, we're SO BUMMED that we're not there this weekend, listening to so so many baller bands/people. But on the other hand, showering is really important to us. It's a tough battle. We were also getting stressed out just by looking at the schedule (Saturday at 12:15, we're looking at you), especially with tent names like "This Tent," "That Tent," and "What Tent." If that's not a recipe for disaster (or who knows, maybe it makes sense when you're there and enjoying all of the refreshments--of the herbal or, ahem, other varieties--at hand?), we don't know what is. In the meantime, we'll be counting down the days until Firefly (41) and Lolla (55) and listening to this playlist on repeat of all the bands we wish were seeing this weekend.


Bonnaroo Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Wouldn't It Be Nice" - The Beach Boys
"Old Pine" - Ben Howard
"Mouthful of Diamonds" - Phantogram

"Disparate Youth" - Santigold
"Fader" - The Temper Trap
"Barton Hollow" - The Civil Wars
"This Head I Hold" - Electric Guest
"Army" - Ben Folds Five
"Slight Figure of Speech" - The Avett Brothers
"Naked Kids" - GROUPLOVE
"Icarus" - The Staves
"My Body" - Young the Giant
"I Can Talk" - Two Door Cinema Club
"Girl Named Tennessee" - Needtobreathe


Are you at Bonnaroo RIGHT NOW? Holler at us @thisisourjamdc if you are and let us know how it's going!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

{THROWBACK} "love fool"

The first tape I ever bought was The Cardigans' First Band on the Moon, just so I could get the song "Love Fool." It was a tape that I got at the Tower Records up the street from my house. I think I listened to it a grand total of four times -- best $8 I (my parents) ever spent.



And in case you've been wondering what the Cardigans have been up to for the last twenty years, Wikipedia tells me that they've had two hiatuses (hiati?) but they're currently on a reunion tour with two stops in Japan and one in Russia. And that's it.

God bless these Swedes.

{THROWBACK] james brown

In anticipation of the soulful T-Bird and the Breaks concert on Sunday, thought that it was only to fitting to throw it back to the godfather of soul himself, James Brown.



Don't forget to enter our giveaway for T-Bird tickets by tomorrow afternoon here!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

{BAND MATH}

Find out who this awesome band is after the jump!

NBA players rapping (in french) is my jam

The NBA semi-finals are well underway and it looks like the Spurs will need to step up their game tonight if they want to beat Oklahoma City and get another chance to make it to the finals this year.

Might we suggest that they look to series-leading scorer/rapper extraordinaire Tony Parker for some inspiration?  Let us never forget the French rap song "Balance Toi" that Parker put out in 2007.



I vote that they blast this during warm ups tonight. I'm sure the Thunder fans wouldn't mind...

{WE LOVE} "i and love and you"

This Avett Brothers' song has quickly found its way into steady rotation on my playlists (both actual and songs that are stuck in my head). It's a perfect sleepy tune for pool-side lounging -- you know, just when you're about to drift off for a happy, warm summer nap.


Lovelovelove the 70s feel of the music video, too -- it's like a perfect mix of hipsters, hippies, and Instagram.

{WE LOVE} "call your girlfriend"

I'm a sucker for a viral video, especially this one featuring adorable Canadian children singing Robyn.



I'm not only impressed with the caliber of their voices (ummmm, they're only 12 and 8 years old, respectively), but I'm also unendingly charmed by Lennon's hipster glasses, and the fact that 8-year old Maisy has mastered "the cup game", which I have never once in my 24-years been able to do convincingly. Lennon and Maisy have a whole YouTube channel devoted to their covers, so you can peruse their charming videos while procrastinating today at work.

(Maisy and Lennon are actually covering the Erato version of "Call Your Girlfriend", check out the girls' inspiration here! For that matter, check out the original jam here.)

{WE LOVE} "call me maybe" covers

Don't pretend you don't know this song and start dancing every time you hear it.

"Call Me Maybe" dance parties are our jam
My ALL TIME FAVORITE so far is from my new favorite Ben. Ben Howard, to be exact. He rocks and mellows out the song all at the same time with vocals that make me swoon and a sweet cello solo.


So good, right? Pull a Kristen and let this be your motivation to see him live at the 9:30 Club in September.

Don't forget to check out these other "Call Me Maybe" covers if you haven't heard them yet:

fun.
Barack Obama (yes.)
Fleet Foxes
Jane Doze (mashup!)

Did we miss any good ones? Want to join us in a "Call Me Maybe" dance party? Holler @thisisourjamdc!

Monday, June 4, 2012

johnny depp makes everything better

I have five words for you: Black Keys featuring Johnny Depp.


Two more words: You're welcome.

this is my new all-time most favorite cover ever

When Bruce Springsteen covered LMFAO in March, I didn't think that my little musical heart could get any happier. It was like Bruce, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Young, Redfoo, and SkyBlu all teamed up just for me.

Things are getting even better.

Sons of Bill covering Bruce? I just about died.

"hallelujah" it's mellow monday

This cover of "Hallelujah" by Daniel Blue is pretty much the prettiest thing ever.  And it's performed in a church. Done.



props to Fuel & Friends

Sunday, June 3, 2012

cruiser is my summertime jam

Guys. I can't stop listening to this entire Cruiser EP. It's just so happy and perfect for summer.

Kristen and I spent a solid 30 minutes trying to do a band math for these jams (shouting out names from The Beatles to Peter Bjorn & John to Smith Westerns to The Beach Boys) but none of them seemed to do the songs justice.  Definitely recommend adding this poppy EP to your summer soundtrack.

Check out the video for "Moving to Neptune" and hop on over to bandcamp to download the EP (it's name your price!).

Friday, June 1, 2012

{WEEKEND} "motto" by drake

Song of the weekend: "Motto" by Drake. Is it on your weekend playlist yet?



Happy Friday!

happy weekend!!

This 4-day week seemed like a 10-day week, amirite?? Oh well, it's FRIDAYYYY (finally!) and we have the perfect jam to pump you up for the weekend.

Listen to this Calvin Harris remix of Florence + The Machine's "Spectrum" and start scheming about what new dance move you want to break out this weekend (bonus points if you can do the booty poppin' in Diplo's latest video for "Express Yourself").



(via Pigeons & Planes)

{PLAYLIST} graduation songs

still wish he would have been our speaker...

Oh, graduation. The only time(s) in your life where it's socially acceptable to wear a funny hat (besides Derby, duh). If you're graduating this year, congratulations! We're very proud of you, and we hope your speaker didn't give a lecture on the economics of the Great Depression (ours did. We're still bitter. Kristen lucked out and got Tom Brokaw.).

As you embark on this great big world (either the real world or the best world: college), let these jams guide you into making good choices, both musically and in life, and we hope that someone gives you a frying pan, just like when Kristen Cavalleri graduated from high school on Laguna Beach.

This Could All Be Yours - Guster
The World Is Ours - Catcall
Darlin' Do Not Fear - Brett Dennen
The Kids Don't Stand A Chance - Vampire Weekend
Someone Cooler Than You - Ben Folds
I Can Lift A Car - Walk the Moon
Lifening - Snow Patrol
No Such Thing - John Mayer
Always New Depths - Bloc Party
Young Forever - Jay-Z

Congrats again to all the grads! Whether you graduated med school, college, or kindergarten -- we're proud of you :)
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