Tuesday, July 31, 2012

{NEW} zak waters remix

Our latest TIOJ interviewee, Zak Waters, is at it again. This time, he gets us dancing to a remix of Foxy Shazam's hit "Holy Touch." The original jam sounds like the lovechild of a song from The Darkness, Cher, and Whitney Houston, and Zak works his dark magic to make the song even more party-ready. The result is an awesome jam that, for whatever reason, seems like the perfect soundtrack to one of the "hottest New York clubs" as described by SNL's Stefon.

For the record, we're envisioning this club would be called gurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl. This place would have everything: confetti cannons that shoot out Nerds candy, dogs dressed as monks, glo-in-the-dark drinks, and midgets doing skip-it around the dance floor.

We'd wait in line for that.

{PLAYLIST} best of july

July was SUCH a wonderfully busy month for TIOJ and we wouldn't have had it any other way. We:
Listen to the playlist below for Stacey, Kristen, and Krista's top 5 for the month of July.

"Fair Warning" - Penguin Prison
This song was stuck in my head for about a week after seeing these fellas at Firefly... I didn't hate it.
"Octopus" - Bloc Party
Bloc Party is one of my all-time favorite bands, and I'm waiting with bated breath to see this performed live in September.
"Dancing with the DJ" (Chiddy Bang Remix) - The Knocks
Between seeing them do this song live AND with Chiddy Bang at Firefly, I can't get this song out of my head.
"It's Time" - Imagine Dragons 
I'm still amazed that it took until July for us to find Imagine Dragons, and I'm so so so happy we did.
"Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'" - Mayer Hawthorne
I never thought I'd think of Bermuda shorts as sexy, but seeing Mayer at Firefly has completely changed my outlook.
"My Body" - Young the Giant
True life: This  my favorite song performed at Firefly (props to Walk the Moon and Grouplove for crashing the performance).
"Youth" - Foxes
I have SUCH a girl crush on Foxes after her show at U Street Music Hall!
"Take a Walk" - Passion Pit
One of the catchiest songs I've heard since Passion Pit last released an album.
"Five Seconds" - Twin Shadow
Can't stop listening to this and the Hood Internet remix with Waka Flocka Flame.
"Runaways" - The Killers
The Killers won our Best Overall award from Firefly, and we can wait to hear more new stuff like this jam.
"Heart it Races" - Dr. Dog
Dare I say it, I think I like the Dr. Dog cover of this Architecture in Helskinki jam better than the original...blasphemy?
"Ivy & Gold" - Bombay Bicycle Club
I want to have a hoedown every time this comes on.
"MoneyGrabber" - Fitz & The Tantrums
It may be fair to say that this was my favorite song at Firefly (runner up: "My Body" -- see above). Sososo good.
"Get Some" - Lykke Li (Beck Remix)
I have a hard time not desk-dancing whenever this song comes on.
"Silent Way" - Milo Greene
prettiest song ever. (see you Saturday, Milo Greene!)

Best of July 2012 by this is our jam on Grooveshark Stay tuned next month for a recap of Chicago's Lollapalooza and many more thoughts on Ryan Lochte's abs The Olympics.


Click ahead to see our latest mellow obsession...

{FESTIVALS} lollapalooza: a plea

So I'm going to Lollapalooza on Friday and could not be more excited.  After experiencing Firefly, I'm still on a music high that can't be stopped. But one can (logistically) only see so many shows -- this where I need YOUR help.  The lineup for Lolla is so stacked that the entire three days resemble Saturday of Firefly.  I mean, my first dilemma is Friday at NOON. too.many.good.shows.

So, if you guys want to help me/need a new way to procrastinate at work this afternoon, check out the schedule for Lollapalooza here and let me know which bands I HAVE to see. I'd love to get a chance to discover new bands I haven't heard before and get any inside scoop on which bands are baller live and which are more blah.

Right now the ones circled in permanent marker on my schedule are:
Frank Ocean
Alabama Shakes
Bloc Party

...who else should I add???

VMA nominees announced!!

So MTV released the complete list of nominees for the 2012 Video Music Awards today and I fully intended to do an entire post about which videos you should vote for in each category and blah blah blah. Instead, I just decided to say that this video should have been in Video of the Year category -- nay, the Video OF THE CENTURY category.

It is the best thing ever. ever. ever.  Yet again, well played, Black Keys.

(If you're just as enchanted with this man as I am, check out his adorable interview/dance sesh on Ellen)

Go over to MTV's website to vote for this and many more videos before the awards on September 6.  (Props to TIOJ lovahs Imagine Dragons and Of Monsters and Men for their nominations!)

"5 years time" is my jam

Noah and the Whale's "5 Years Time" keeps popping up on 8tracks playlists that I'm listening to this week, and I'm a big fan. It's such a happy, poppy song that it's pulling me out of my post-vacation slump and (kind of sometimes but not really at all) motivating me to do real work.

{RECAP} firefly festival

In case you missed it, TIOJ had the pleasure of going to Firefly Festival this year. We had so much fun that we couldn’t limit our thoughts just to TIOJ so we paired up with one of our favorite music blogs Kick Kick Snare to put together a comprehensive recap of our favorite moments from the three-day festival.

Head on over to Kick Kick Snare here and check out our post!!

Be sure to also hop over to our Facebook page and check out our album of pics from Firefly. And if you’re jealous and want to go next year, you can buy your 2013 pre-sale tickets for a limited time here. We already have. Shocker.

Monday, July 30, 2012

"the a-team" is my mellow monday jam

This insanely gorgeous, stripped down, and surprisingly happy rendition of Ed Sheeran's normally melancholy hit "The A-Team" serves many purposes on this mellow Monday: it eases the insane homesickness I feel for the UK from when I studied there, and it also calms my fraying nerves as I stay glued to the TV during the London Olympics. (ARE YOU WATCHING???) I can't take the stress, you guys. Mercifully, I knew I could count on TIOJ's fave ginge and his petite guitar to keep me calm.

{RECAP} all things gold one year anniversary

On Friday, TIOJ went to the marathon of a concert that was the anniversary celebration commemorating one year of the kick ass All Things Gold shows by All Things Go.  The concert featured RAC, The Knocks, POP ETC, Vacationer, and French Horn Rebellion.

French Horn Rebellion kicked off the show, impressing us with not only their music, but also their theatricallity.  Not two minutes after we walked in, the lead singer was on the floor of the 9:30 Club singing with his french horn...and a drink (naturally).  They reminded us of a nerdier, more electronic LMFAO, which, in case you were wondering, is a great, great thing.

Then came our buddies Vacationer who were yet again, wonderful.  We appreciated the entertaining comments that Kenny offered the crowd while fixing some instrument issues, complimenting our "really nice bone structures" and commenting on his resemblance to our DC hockey star and TIOJ favorite, Alexander Ovechkin (plus Elijah Wood & Shia LaBeouf).
sad we didn't make this realization ourselves
We really liked their cover/remix of Dom's "Jesus" -- you can download the remix here.

Click ahead for the rest of our recap and our requisite awkward(ish) picture.

starting the week with lianne la havas

We are suckers for a good live session and this video of British singer Lianne La Havas crooning on her tour bus is Mellow Monday perfection.

I think if she ever did a duet with John Legend I would die.

(via The Mahogany Blog)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

wait. the weekend's over?!?!

Just found this video from New York rapper LE1F and got SO excited to go out dancing...and then I realized it was already Sunday. sadness.

Still, this video (and the song) is a real gem from the very first few seconds.  Check it out below and start practicing your dance moves for next weekend.

Download LE1F's entire mixtape Dark York here AND be sure to check out his tumblr that features some glorious gifs like this one:
wut it is? wut is up? wut is wut?
via Musical Bears

Friday, July 27, 2012

the british diving team is sexy. and they know it.

Feast your eyes on the British Diving team, ladies and gents. This vid incorporates everything I love: Brits, the Olympics, synchronized dancing, viral videos, lipsynching to "Sexy and I Know It", and the beach.

Bonus points for the patriotic Speedos.

"little talks" remixes are our jam

We are big fans of "Little Talks" from Of Monsters And Men and cannot get enough of this remix of the jam from one of our favorite bands from Firefly, Bombay Bicycle Club.  They put a jazzy vibe to the song that kind of makes you feel like you're listening to it in a classy lounge.  It pleases me.

Passion Pit also did a remix of the song; take a listen for yourself on Rolling Stone.

(via The Line Of Best Fit)

{PLAYLIST} olympics

It's time! The two weeks of staring at Ryan Lochte's abs Olympics are finally here!!  And we couldn't be more excited:
we just couldn't wait until the winter olympics to post this
To celebrate, we've put together our favorite songs to celebrate the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London.  This may be one of our more cliche playlists but, meh, we're goofy like that. 

that face alone is deserving of a gold medal
All I Do Is Win - DJ Khaled
London Calling - The Clash
Winner - The Noisettes
Under Pressure - Queen
Gold On The Ceiling - The Black Keys
Winner - Jamie Foxx feat Justin Timberlake
Waka Waka - Shakira
Champion - Kanye West
Cup of Life - Ricky Martin
The Fighter - Gym Class Heroes
Jamaican Bobsled Chant - Cool Runnings
We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions - Queen

Thursday, July 26, 2012

{THROWBACK} "musicology"

If you haven't noticed, Mausi's "sol" has pretty much been our song of the summer.  So it should come as no surprise that the summer mixtape they put together "J’aime l’été" is pretty much sunshine and perfection.

The best surprise hit of this mix though? Prince's "Musicology." I guess that shouldn't be a surprise...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

{INTERVIEW} zak waters

We are so excited to share our interview with Zak Waters whose song "Skinny Dipping In The Deep End" has been THE soundtrack to our summer. Read ahead for info about Zak's upcoming album, his love of Earth Wind & Fire, and his answers for our first game of Do/Dump/Marry. 

Listen while you read:

TIOJ: Tell us about yourself!
Zak: I live in Los Angeles, where I was born and raised. I did a short two-year stint in Toronto, where I lived with my aunt and grandparents from about 12 to 15 years old. That’s where I really started playing music; my grandpa taught me to play guitar. When I got back to LA my sophomore year of high school, I got really into sports. I played football and wrestled (I know, hard to imagine) and that kind took me out of music until I was about 18. 

Still, singing was always something I did.  I'd come home every day and put on some Luther Vandross or Musiq Soulchild and just shut myself in my room and sing along trying to copy them. I started messing around with FruityLoops when I was about 16 making "beats." I still remember the first song I ever wrote; I just took the instrumental intro to Teddy Pendergrass’ song "Close The Door" and wrote a new lyric and melody over it. It was titled "Loving You Is What I’m For (Don't Let Anybody Tell You Differently)." I was a very sensual 16 year-old, clearly.

A couple of years later, I joined a metal band (again, I know, hard to imagine) where I played bass and sang backups a little. Fast forward, I started a band called Blueskyreality after I graduated high school. The band did pretty well and helped me get my foot in the door. We toured and played a ton of shows. I wrote a million songs, and that’s where I feel I really put in my 10,000 hours in.

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?
Most people compare my music to Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, or Jamiroquai all mashed up with some electronic influences like Justice or Daft Punk, which aligns with my own vision of my music. My inspiration about 90% of the time is to write a song as good as Earth Wind & Fire’s "September" or Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T.” which will never happen, but it’s a good goal to try and attain.

Read on for music videos and Zak's answer to the Britney/Christina/Jessica debate.

{WE LOVE} hot chip

This is semi-embarrassing but I was wayyyy behind the bandwagon in liking the band Hot Chip (who I like to think of as the British version of Cut Copy).  However, after listening to their latest album and some of their older stuff I think I've got myself all caught up.

I got a chance to catch the live stream of their performance at Pitchfork last weekend and was definitely impressed after getting over the fact that the lead singer is the British hipster version of Vinny from Jersey Shore.  Since then, I've woken up every morning with "Look At Where We Are" in my head and I don't hate it.

As an aside, this music video, like most of their others, is hella weird but I still dig the song. (Watch the entire live set at Pitchfork here - Hot Chip starts around 5:55)

Also, definitely realized um, years later that Hot Chip is def featured on some of my favorite mashups including this one from Girl Talk.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

homesick for firefly

It's been little more than 24 hours since Krista, Stacey, and I returned home from the inagural Firefly festival and I still can't get over what a mesmerizing affair the weekend was.

To combat my incapacitating Firefly withdrawal, I've been browsing YouTube all day trying to relive some of my favorite shows from this weekend. Luckily, I stumbled upon this stunning (both looks and sound-wise) Open Session version of Young the Giant's "Strings". I don't quite know why YTG is performing in a secluded little marsh at sunset, but this song is so pretty that I don't quite care.

Only 12 months til Firefly 2013... Who's psyched?

{IF YOU LIKE...} phoenix

Click ahead to listen to the Royal Concept and go ahead and like them already.

"five seconds" is my jam

My brother's been trying to get me to like Twin Shadow for a while and the point was finally proved after listening to one of his latest songs "Five Seconds."

The track was further elevated to greatness when The Hood Internet mashed the jam up with puppy-loving rapper Waka Flocka Fame:

Twin Shadow will be at Black Cat on September 24 and The Hood Internet will be at U St Music Hall on August 9. Join us, won't you?

Monday, July 23, 2012

cape cod is my jam

I'm off to Cape Cod for the week, chickadees! If you need me, I will be looking for Kennedys, watching baseball and The Blues Brothers, and getting my tan on while catching up on sleep from this past weekend. With this as my motto:

some scandinavian "skinny love" for your morning

As we discussed in our DC on Heels post last week, "Skinny Love" is one of my all-time favorite songs so I was incredibly excited when friend of TIOJ Ryan introduced us to this beautiful cover by Robin Hedlund:

And as a bonus, here is the gchat conversation between Kristen and I that followed after viewing this video:

i think that this fella has a 54% chance of being scandinavian
my scandinavia sense is on high alert
i'm unstoppable
how do you know these things?!?!
i heard it
in his voice
and his last name is hedlund
which is basically synonymous with swedish mcswedisherson

Also, this Ed Sheeran cover and this Das Kapital remix. ON REPEAT.

Friday, July 20, 2012

{PLAYLIST} firefly festival

important: what are the odds there will be live fireflies there??
Fireflyfireflyfireflyfireflyfirefly! We're on our way up to Delaware, chickadees! Be sure to follow us on twitter and instagram (@thisisourjamdc for both!) to get frequent updates about who we're seeing (both bands and in our people-watching...).

If you're there, holler! We want to see you! If not, check out this playlist for the songs that Kristen, Stacey, and Krista are most looking forward to each day (and check out our schedules for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)--and an extra for good measure, because it's just too hard to pick:

Firefly Festival by this is our jam on Grooveshark Friday (see our schedule for the day here): 3 Rounds and a Sound - Blind Pilot this song makes me insanely sentimental and I am so excited to possibly hear it played live Fixin' - Walk the Moon one of their more "emotional" songs (Nicholas' words, not mine) -- and it's been on constant replay in my head since June Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin' - Mayer Hawthorne just as excited to see what mayer and his band are wearing as I am to watch them perform this song... Saturday (see our schedule for the day here): Wait So Long - Trampled by Turtles these bluegrass stunners will be a great change of pace during the jam-packed, high-energy second day of Firefly Cough Syrup - Young the Giant even though this song is pretty depressing, I'm so pumped to see all these lovely bearded hipsters This Is Your Life - The Killers can't even put into words how excited I am to see these guys again... so.good.  Sunday (see our schedule for the day here): I've Seen Enough - Cold War Kids amazing song. amazing band. amazing way to pump-up for Black Keys later in the evening! MoneyGrabber - Fitz and the Tantrums how can you not start dancing immediately when you hear this song? Fair Warning - Penguin Prison we've been in love with Penguin Prison since he told us not to f*ck with his money Bonus: Heatwave - Chiddy Bang feat. Mac Miller this song has far and away been my favorite summer anthem for the past couple of years  It's Time - Imagine Dragons so excited we started listening to these guys just in time for this weekend! Some Boys - Death Cab for Cutie Death Cab is one of my most favorite bands of.all.time. and it will be awesome to see them perform their latest album (AND can't wait to see Ben Gibbard's dance moves) 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

{FESTIVALS} firefly: sunday

We're glad that Sunday will be a little more like Friday rather than crazy Saturday with far too many decisions to make.

Here's what we're thinking for Sunday:

Sunday is so calm that it's even color-coordinated.

So easy after Saturday's mayhem, right?? Sunday will be the perfect mix of mellow (basically everything on the main stage) and crazy dancing (Girl Talk, we're looking at you) to end out the weekend.

We really wish that The Black Keys were earlier in the weekend... we saw them at the very end of FreeFest last fall, and they were awesome -- but we were tired. And we're kind of expecting the same thing this weekend (plus add in a couple of earlyyyyy flights out of town on Monday morning...). But nevertheless, we're so pumped to hear and whistle with them to "Tighten Up" (along with everything else from El Camino).

yeasayer to replace passion pit at firefly

This just in (sorta)! Yeasayer will be replacing Passion Pit at Firefly. While we were desolate to learn that Passion Pit canceled (there were a number of profane gchats exchanged between the 4 of us that we should probs not put online...), Yeasayer is such a welcome alternative.

If you don't know Yeasayer yet, listen to this song and fall in love:

Also, check out their latest release, "Henrietta."


p.s. Sorrrry if you're getting Firefly overload/secretly hate us each time we post about Firefly because your second cousin is getting married this weekend so you have to miss it. We're sorry. We'll stop next week.

{GUEST RECAP} forecastle festival

We are oh so pumped to have one our favorite local bloggers Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen here to recap her experience at Forecastle Festival in Louisville last weekend.  

I have attended the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee several times, but had yet to attend Forecastle.  When I heard that My Morning Jacket (my favorite band) was not only headlining the fest but curating it, I couldn’t miss it!

Unlike many music festivals that have attendees camp on the festival grounds, Forecastle is a city festival in lovely Louisville,Kentucky.  It is right on the Ohio River with several hotels nearby and even KOA camping a few miles away (with a shuttle to get to the shows and back).  We chose to stay at a hotel right next to the festival grounds that had a great festival rate on rooms. 

I was really impressed by Forecastle – it was a very well-organized event.  Plenty of facilities (water, potties, food vendors), organized entry gates, and a phenomenal app that had the schedule, could help you make your own lineup, had bios of artists, and even sent out notifications when the schedule changed slightly due to weather.  And speaking of weather – it was supposed to rain all weekend, but it only did early in the day before performances were to take place.

And now, what I know you’re all interested in – the music!  While I saw almost 20 shows at Forecastle, I’m going to summarize my top 5 for you This Is Our Jam readers!

5. Sleigh Bells.  I was a bit concerned as I don’t like Sleigh Bells’ latest album as much as the previous and had heard mixed reviews on their live show, but there was no worry – they brought it to Forecastle Friday night!  High energy, sounded even better live, and the crowd just added to the awesomeness of the show.  I had a great spot center about a dozen people from the rail and it was the perfect welcome to the festival.

listen to jams from sleigh bells here 
Click ahead for the rest of Alison's Top 5 list!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

wanna win tickets to lollapalooza???

Guys, do you have festival overload yet? Do you want to go to Lollapalooza wearing your new TIOJ-approved outfit but just realized passes have been sold out for weeks? Never fear. Enter, Front Row Fan.

Front Row Fan is a new app/game from Dell that you can play with friends to enter for a chance to win FOUR tickets AND airfare to Lolla (as well as a ton of additional prizes). Play the game here, and if you’re more of a visual learner, check out this video that explains the game much better than I can…

The contest ends next Friday, July 27 and if you don't win (sowwwy), you can still get a front row seat of the action by catching the live stream of the festival on YouTube!

Be sure to check back in on Front Row Fan to have chances to win Austin City Limits tickets as well, but be warned, you’ll be competing against us -– we want to go too/have been looking for an excuse to buy cowboy boots.

Disclaimer: Dell gave us the heads up on this promotion, but it is important to us that we offer honest reviews and only write about music/products that we fully endorse. That being said, please excuse while we also try to win some free tickets for Kristen and Stacey.

another girl crush to add to the books thanks to MS MR

Guys, our girl crushes are getting out of hand. From Foxes to Jessie Ware to The Staves PLUS all these ladies -- its getting rather overwhelming.

NOW we have MS MR a boy/girl duo (get it? get it?) turning on the charm.  First, they released this awesome mixtape and now they've come out with a video of them performing "Hurricane" that, between the hauntingly cool female vocals and blue hair (which we could never pull off but secretly wish we could), warrants another addition to our little black pink(?) book.

MS MR "HURRICANE" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

MR and all our man crushes, we love you boys too, but we write about your cuteness enough (lookin' at you, Ben Howard).

DC peeps! If you want to see our crushes in person, be sure to check them out NEXT THURSDAY at the Gibson Showroom (more details via All Things Go).

{FESTIVALS} firefly: saturday

So, Friday's schedule is pretty calm. Saturday is about the opposite.

Here's what we're thinking for Saturday:

SO. MANY. BANDS. Once again, the colors are based on the stages, the white spaces are our resting/drinking/exploring time, and the split time frames are our dilemmas. Our brains are exploding. The only good thing about Passion Pit backing out (boo we're still really bummed about it) is that it's one fewer decision to make. Tell us what to do, friends!

What we do know: we're so excited to dance to Charles Bradley and Chiddy Bang.


dc on heels is our jam

More exciting news for TIOJ !! We're so excited to announce that we will be contributing music and pop culture musings (and overall fun things) for the awesome blog DC on Heels.

Our first post went up this week, so be sure to check it out here where we talk about our all-time favorite jams.  Don't hesitate to holler at us if you have any thoughts about what you'd like to read about on the blog! (We're always looking for reasons to play at fun venues in DC...)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

{FESTIVALS} firefly: friday

Did you know that we're going to Firefly this weekend? And that we're excited for it? We'll be breaking down each day of the festival to share what our exact(ish) plans are and who we're most excited about seeing.

So! Here's what we're thinking for Friday (after stopping at Wawa, natch):

an easy, (god-willing) breezy Friday schedule
The colors for the bands are based on the stages. During the time slots we left blank, we plan on resting under a tree somewhere, drinking Firefly Ale, and/or discovering new music. Friday is our day with our least amount of tough decisions... just wait until you see Saturday's schedule.

The biggest decision of Friday, though, was probably the hardest thing we had to decide all festival: John Legend or Walk the Moon??? As you very well know, we reallyreallyreallyreally love Walk the Moon. Like, a lot a lot. But we also have heard (and Krista knows first-hand) that John Legend is AWESOME live. But it's Walk the Moon. Welcome to our collective internal dilemma. We decided, though, that after last month's Black Cat show, we're too excited to see our boys play at a festival. And we're planning an Olympic-style sprint to John Legend's stage at the end of the WTM set to catch his last song (fingers crossed that it's "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)."

We're not just excited about Walk the Moon on Friday. We're also excited to hear this new Jack White song.

Tomorrow's we'll detail our very elaborate Saturday schedule, but in the meantime, check out our Firefly Style Guide and our Dos and Don'ts for festival-going.

"Cher's main thrill in life is a makeover, it gives her a sense of control in a world full of chaos."

In case y'all haven't noticed, TIOJ just a makeover (insert Clueless reference here) and we are just a little bit excited...
what we did when our new layout went live
Thanks to our beautiful friend Erin for making us look so pretty.  You're the best. 

ALSO! We finally have a TIOJ instagram account.  Follow us @thisisourjamdc and prepare yourself for lots of fun pictures this weekend!

We have some more fun surprises in store this week so stay tuned...

{FESTIVALS} dos & don'ts

In anticipation of Firefly Festival this weekend and Lollapalooza in a few weeks, we've put together a list of Dos and Don'ts for surviving music festivals. Click ahead for the complete list!

Monday, July 16, 2012

stream passion pit's new album!

Good news! NPR is streaming Passion Pit's latest album Gossamer before its release next Tuesday (listen here). We've loved "Take a Walk" and "Constant Conversations" and the rest of the album does not disappoint.

My favorite so far is "Carried Away":

The lyrics seem pretty fitting for all the young professionals in DC, you think??

Justify your thesis
Certain that you need this
Tell me what your point is in defense

I don't think I know you
And I don't really want to
But I can fake it if you can

Gossamer drops on the 24th, just after we see them at Firefly this weekend!

Update: Sad news, Passion Pit has canceled their next few shows, including Firefly.  Read more at Pitchfork.  Get well soon, Michael (ahem, by Lollapalooza hopefully)!

{FESTIVALS} what to wear to firefly

IT'S FIREFLY FESTIVAL WEEK!!! To celebrate, we're taking a break from our regularly scheduled music posting to talk about one of our other favorite topics: clothes.

Firefly Festival Week is finally upon us, and, if you're going, you're probably stressing about what to wear. Have no fear, friends, TIOJ has all the tips and tricks you need!

First things first, check out our ideal outfits for this weekend:

boho & breezy: aztec dress (similar) | skinny belt | spandex (clutch!!) | aviators | leather sandals | leather crossbody
classic & cool: tank top | jean shorts | aviators |  pyramid stud earrings | mini cantina crossbody | havaianas flip flops

Click ahead for a full list of our stylish tips!

dr. dog is my mellow monday jam

Thanks to some in-store Shazamming during an epic shopping spree yesterday, Dr. Dog's cover of "Heart it Races" by TIOJ favorite Architecture in Helsinki is now in my life. Dr. Dog's breezy, mellow version of the somewhat bizarre and undeniably catchy original is the perfect musical inspiration I need on this sleepy Monday as I mourn the end of my vacation.

Don't forget: Dr. Dog is coming to the 9:30 Club in November! Who wants to go with me???

the fringe festival is my jam

DC is in the middle of the Capital Fringe Festival, a ton of different shows all over the city. Yesterday, I was able to catch MoveIus Dance put on the awesome indie-rock ballet Flight of Fancy (A Steampunk Ballet). Since it combined two of my most favorite things, I think I was pretty destined to like it.

There was so so so much good music in it. Oh Land, a beautiful Beatles cover of one of my favorites, Florence and the Machine -- just so much good. When the show started with the Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon," I knew there would be so much musical excellence to come.

The dance that went along with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros was one of the cutest things I've ever seen. Just picture the happiest couple dancing to the happiest song. I die.

You have a few more chances to check out Flight of Fancy! And there are a bunch of concerts, plays, comedy shows, and more that are part of the Fringe Festival just in cases you need a good way to stay out of the heat this week.

mellow monday from milo greene

This new video from Milo Greene is crazy perfect for Mellow Monday. I mean, its got a guy making coffee and casually kayaking. Plus the song is gorgeous. Swoon.

Be sure to check these dudes out at DC 9 on the 24th and/or catch them (with me!) at Lollapalooza!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

black light dinner party + free vinyl are our jam

Black Light Dinner Party and I were just fated to love each other today. I was working on our upcoming playlist for the Olympics (yes, I know we still have a few weeks but we are so excited...we have Cool Runnings on our Netflix queue and have been staring at this picture while we wait for its arrival) and as I was searching through my iTunes for songs about gold medals, I rediscovered this AWESOME song from BLDP.

"Gold Chain":

PLUS it just so happens that these dudes will be performing at DC9 THIS FRIDAY as part of DC9's legendary Liberation Dance Party.  To celebrate playing their first DC show, they're going to be giving out 40 copies of a special limited run vinyl to fans at the show!

Great tunes at a great venue + chance for some free music -- not a bad way to start your weekend. Get tickets for the show here.

Friday, July 13, 2012

{RECAP} foxes

TIOJ started our weekend early last night at U St Music Hall to see our latest girl crush, Foxes.

We were very excited to see Foxes (aka Louisa) live after interviewing her a few weeks ago, and her charm was definitely everything that we expected it to be (I mean, when you run into the artist in the bathroom and end up chatting about clothes -- you know she's charming). Plus, Stacey agreed that my physical description of Foxes being the British Zooey Deschanel was accurate (quirkiness factor included). Winner.

Since this was Foxes first time touring (and um, ever!) in the United States, we weren't quite sure how her live performance would turn out.  Dudes, I don't know why we ever worried because she killed it.  She had such a commanding stage presence from her dance moves to her two bandmates (wearing camera harness contraptions? still confused...) to her hairstyle changes throughout the show -- she had the entire audience falling in love with her.

It was great to hear some of her new music that we look forward to her releasing soon but our fave (and the crowd favorite given the amount of dancing and one dude's intense fist-pumping) was definitely "Youth."  The song has such great progression and Foxes did a great job performing and dancing to this jam after thanking us for being such a wonderful crowd. :)

Special thanks to All Things Go for putting on the show -- make sure to check out their upcoming shows for their one year anniversary celebration in two weeks, they're going to be so so fun!

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{WEEKEND} "i love it"

One of our fave new DC bloggers, Rachel of Fair Vanity, recently told us about this song from Swedish band Icona Pop and I believe my exact reaction was, "You had me at Swedish."

No surprise, this song is awesome and the perfect song to pump you up for a weekend of summer fun.

p.s. Congrats to Melinda - our Think Local First giveaway winner!!

{PLAYLIST} forecastle fest jams

we're still trying to figure out why Forecastle is
pirate-themed, but we don't hate it at all...
Forecastle Festival kicks off in Louisville, KY, today, and, like Coachella and Bonnaroo, we're daydreaming about being there. We think it's so cool that My Morning Jacket is hosting the festival, and we can't wait to hear how awesome the entire weekend is (speaking of, stay tuned next week for a guest recap!). To deal with missing some of our all-time TIOJ favorites (James Vincent McMorrow, we're looking at you...), we've put together some of our favorite songs from the performers and are listening on repeat. So listen to this playlist, drink some bourbon (duh, it's Kentucky), and pretend you're there. 

Forecastle Festival Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Sparrow and the Wolf" - James Vincent McMorrow  "Honey Come Home" - The Head and the Heart   "Brothers" - Tanlines   "The World Is Going (Up in Flames)" - Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires   "Norway" - Beach House   "It's Real" - Real Estate   "Penitentiary" - Houndmouth   "Way Over Yonder In a Minor Key" - Billy Bragg and Wilco  "Crush" - Sleigh Bells   "I'm Amazed" - My Morning Jacket
Are YOU going to Forecastle and need advice about where to brunch/eat/buy band-aids since your new shoes aren't working out as planned? Holler @thisisourjamdc and Krista, TIOJ's Louisville expert, will be happy to assist! p.s. Pitchfork, don't think we've forgot about your festival -- add this Hot Chip song to our playlist and you'll be set!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

{THROWBACK} run dmc

In case you haven't heard yet: Run-DMC is reuniting!

Considering I was a soon-to-be fetus when the video for "It's Tricky" was released, I had never actually seen the music video. Boy, was I missing out. The only real preface I have is that the video features magicians Penn & Teller. So many thoughts...

If that video didn't convince you to see them live at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin in August, I don't know what will.

{THROWBACK} james taylor

I've been off the grid this week while vacationing at home in southern Virginia, where I've basically done nothing but sleep in, read, and bake in the sun. And it has been wonderful. There's something about being home for extended periods of time that just makes me want to listen to James Taylor on repeat. Maybe it is just the fact that JT has the most comforting voice on the planet, or maybe it has something to do with the wonderful combo of whistling intro, nerdy sweater vest, and awkward 70s haircut he's rocking-- but whatever the reason, the vid below is really making my day.

Full disclosure: I may or may not be singing "Going to Virginia in my mind".

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

{WE LOVE} frank ocean

Now that Lollapalooza is officially less than a month away (!!!!), I've been starting to put together playlists to prep and Frank Ocean's jams keep getting me even more excited for this festival. His latest track "Sweet Life" is perfect for summer and makes you feel like you're floating around a pool in one of those big comfy rafts (even if you're like me and just in an office chair on your fifth listen of the song).

Have to also give props to Frank for coming out on his tumblr last week (seriously, read his post) AND for this Coldplay cover of "Strawberry Swing":

Frank's upcoming LP, Channel Orange, is streaming online on his tumblr - highly recommend listening to it on repeat.

{GIVEAWAY} eat local first's kick-off party!

As lovers of all things DC we are so excited to announce our latest giveaway from Think Local First.

To kick-off Eat Local First week (July 14-21), we're giving away two tickets to their Kick-Off party this Saturday that will feature live music from DC bands Young Rapids, Typefighter, and Frau Eva PLUS a perfect-for-summer BBQ buffet and local beer. The event is from 3-7 pm at the awesome venue Acre 121 -- so pretty much the perfect summer afternoon activity. If you can't wait until Friday, you can buy tickets for just $25 here.

To enter, leave a comment letting us know where your favorite place is to listen to local live music. For extra entries, send us a tweet @thisisourjamdc using the hashtag #eatlocalfirst. Leave your comment by noon Friday and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards!

In the meantime, learn more about the participating bands at Listen Local First and check out our favorite (and aptly titled) jam from Typefighter:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

{NEW} bloc party

There has been SO much awesome new music today and we're not complaining.  Especially because Bloc Party just released their video for the first single "Octopus" off their upcoming album Four.

Goodness me, forgot how much we've missed Kele Okereke's voice.

You like?? Make sure to get your tickets to see Bloc Party at the 9:30 Club in September before they sell out!

{AS SEEN ON TV} lykke li for lexus

I found myself rocking out to the latest Lexus commercial and was excited to realize that it wasn't the standard Lykke Li "Get Some" that I was used to.

Turns out, the song featured is Beck's remix of "Get Some" and it's awesome -- it brings a harder, rock edge to the song that definitely gives it new life.

imagine dragons is my jam

I'm still listening to primarily all Firefly playlists (today's is just the running stream on the Firefly website), and I will be for the next ten days.  One of my most recent favorite finds: Imagine Dragons.

Two important questions:
1. How were they not on our radar before now?
2. Imagine Dragons or Ra Ra Riot???

{NEW} the killers & passion pit

So excited to share two next tracks from bands we'll be seeing NEXT WEEKEND.

First up, finally a new song from The Killers off their forthcoming album Battle Born. Per usual, Brandon Flowers & Co. don't disappoint.

Runaways by The Killers on Grooveshark

And another awesome jam from Passion Pit's album that's smoother and sultrier than their previous releases - we approve:

aaaaand repeat until we see these jams live at Firefly. 10 days!!

good morning from "Ill Clinton"

This is quite possibly the best video ever. I will not disclose how many times I've watched it in the past two days, but I will say it's greater than the number of years that Clinton was in office but less than the 83 in M83.


Monday, July 9, 2012

start your week swooning over ben howard

Ben Howard, stop making me love you so much.

Check out his live performance of "Depth Over Distance" -- the perfect, romantic song to start your Mellow Monday off right.

And I may be foolish to fall as I do
Still there's strength in the blindness you fear
If you're coming too
If you're coming too

Friday, July 6, 2012

{WEEKEND} "skinny dipping in the deep end"

Friends, I've been listening to this song from Zak Waters NON-STOP for the past few weeks.  It is, dare I say, THE perfect late night summer song -- just what you need to get you excited for the upcoming weekend.

Please excuse us as we devise ways to sneak into DC pools after hours...

{PLAYLIST} jams from our favorite bens

If you want your future son to be musical, seriously consider naming him Ben. Why is it that it's such a good musical name? It's such a musical power-name that three of our favorite Bens (Folds, Kweller, and Lee) once teamed up to create a band called the Bens. Someone once told us that they wanted to be sponsored by Mercedes Benz. Beautiful music and hilariously witty? Sign. Us. Up.

and starring Ben Folds as Alice

Jams From Our Favorite Bens by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Diamonds on the Inside" - Ben Harper  
despite being over 40 and having 10+ albums, he's still one of the sesssiest Bens we know (or wish we knew...)
"Clark Gable" - The Postal Service   
between Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, and his witty twitter -- Ben Gibbard can do no wrong   
"The Wolves" - Ben Howard   
we're getting so so excited to see this British Ben in September
"Philosophy" - Ben Folds 
 we like to think of Mr. Folds as the Patriarch of the Bens 
"I Can’t Stay" - Ben Browning 
Cut Copy's Ben has proved that he can command and DJ a room all by his ben-some   
"Atlas Hands" - Benjamin Francis Letwich 
this British Ben could sing us the phone book and still make us swoon  
"Falling" - Ben Kweller  not pictured as a member of the Ben-ry Bunch, but we still like him just as much as the other Bens  
"What's So Bad (About Feeling Good)" - Ben Lee  
this Ben never ceases to put a smile on our face  
"No More Running Away" - Ben Taylor Band 
Ben Taylor is the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, which makes him amazing by definition
"Loving You Is Easy" - Ben Rector 
the number one reason we love Ben Rector: this cover.  

Did we neglect any Bens?? We sure hope not, but let us know if we did @thisisourjamdc (or if you have any ideas for our next musically-inclined name playlist... challenge accepted)!

Thursday, July 5, 2012


TIOJ recently had the pleasure of chatting with our favorite up and coming British songstress Louisa Rose Allen, better known as Foxes. Read on as we talk to her about being a (almost) beauty school dropout and her debut show (and trip!) to DC in a few weeks.

Listen while you read:

TIOJ: Tell us about your background!

Foxes: I’m from South Hampton and moved up to London when I was 18. [At 18,] I was in school and was going to leave and do a beauty course that all of my friends were doing, even though I’ve always loved music.

So I was going to leave and study beauty at university and then my sister called me and was like “What are you doing? Don’t you dare. Come up to London NOW! You’re going to music school. You can stay on my sofa.” And I was like, “Okay…”

I got in the car with my mum that day and I had already enrolled in classes at university so we didn’t know what to do. Then “Stop Me” by Mark Ronson was on the radio and my mum, who’s a bit hilarious, said, “Off you go!” and then she literally drove me up to London that day, and I never looked back.

I stayed on my sister’s couch for a year and literally lived out of a suitcase while I was going through music school. Then I dropped out of music school because it just wasn’t me. I just wanted to run off into the sunset and go be creative and make music.

I don’t think music is something that can be taught, necessarily. I think it’s quite a creative process and I found it quite hard to be “taught” music. There wasn’t really an opportunity for me to be unique. So I went off and made some music… and I managed to get to the point where I “found my sound.”

What inspires you when you’re creating your music?

I’m really visually inspired. Growing up, films were a huge inspiration. My mum had me sit and watch Leon five times a day when I was really young. (A TIOJ favorite film -- we approve!)

I think soundtracks are really beautiful. I’m a massive fan and they really inspire me musically. I think it’s because they portray emotion and can tell a story about without having lyrics. That’s really clever. The music back of the track has to be emotional along with the lyrics, and I think that’s something that I really love and try to do.

Click ahead for Louisa's latest music video and her thoughts on Gossip Girl!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


...and Adam Levine.

popsicle-melting hotness c/o the berry
That is all.  Happy Birthday, America.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

{IF YOU LIKE...} the civil wars

Exciting news, friends!! TIOJ is starting a new feature called "If You Like..." where we'll recommend new bands based on bands you currently like.

We lovelovelove bringing you new bands to check out and hope this will be a great way to find new jams without having to wade through a playlist of a ton of bands you've never heard of before.

First up, The Civil Wars:

Click ahead to hear some awesome jams from Milo Greene.

luke bryan is my jam

Now that my impromptu roadtrip is complete, I can admit to myself that driving to Vermont and back in 50 hours was a lofty goal. I'm very happy to report that my coworkers and I survived the whirlwind trip and it was amazing.

Sunset on Lake Champlain. No instagram needed.
Of course, no trip would be complete without jams to keep you company. One of my favorite parts of the trip was definitely the (hilariously serious and semi-cracked out) conversation I had with friend of TIOJ, Lindsay, regarding just how manly we find Luke Bryan. He could serenade me for hours in a car anytime. So glad we stumbled upon his recent hit "Drunk on You" as we scanned the airwaves for hours on end.

Any songs that should be on our radar for future trips? Holler at us @thisisourjamdc and let us know!

firefly 8tracks is my jam

We have our Firefly wristbands, the countdown is on (17 days), and we're scheming outfits already. In musical preparation, I found this 8tracks playlist that the festival put together -- it's made my last two days of work so bearable... and it's given me a huge list of songs to download. On that list: "Say So" by Allen Stone, "Wait So Long" by Trampled by Turtles, and everything by Charles Bradley ("The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" seems eerily appropriate for the post-apocolyptic state of the DMV these days...).

Monday, July 2, 2012

mellow monday from the midwest

Happy Monday!  I'm away from the TIOJ offices this week but had to share these two jams about where I am this week that are oh so perfect for Mellow Monday.

Mat Kearney - "Chicago" (this Daytrotter session version is so prettyyyyyyyy)

Bon Iver - "Michicant" (this video is just as calming as the song - love.)
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