Friday, August 31, 2012

happy (long) weekend!!

If you all follow us on twitter (ahem, you should), you may have noticed our recent obsession with Madeon's latest single "The City," which features vocals from our TIOJ music crush Zak Waters.

We highly recommend using this jam as the soundtrack to your entire long weekend.  Madeon (who's ONLY 18!) is incredible at putting together wonderful beats that make it impossible not to dance and the addition of Zak Waters' pop-perfect vocals make this collaboration a recipe for a one-song playlist.

{PLAYLIST} labor day jams

Even though we love fall (how could we not with 2/3 of our birthdays, pumpkin spice lattes, and boots??), we're pretty sad that summer is coming to a close. But we've decided that Labor Day isn't going to be the end of our summer even if it is the end of pool season. Enjoy your long weekend with these super chill jams as you make summer last a little bit longer.

may the most laborious part of your labor 
day weekend be playing on a slip 'n' slide.

Labor Day Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"On The Pontoon" - Little Big Town
"Fever" - Night Panther
"Edge of Glory" - Friendly Fires
"The Dive" - Fool's Gold
"Sweet Life" - Frank Ocean
"Get Gone" - White Arrows
"Quiet" - Non Tiq
"Teeo (Crystal Fighters Remix)" - Vadoinmessico
"Somebody" - Jukebox the Ghost
"Roll Up" - Wiz Khalifa

 (Need some extra jams to get you through the weekend? Check out our Best of August Jams and our 2011 Labor Day Jams!!)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

{PLAYLIST} best of august

We're very upset that August is over because it means that summer is nearly over -- but we're going to do our best to relive it (and make it last a little longer). In August, We:

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

"Sleep Alone" - Two Door Cinema Club
As if I needed another reason to be excited about seeing TDCC in October...
"Television" - You Won't
I would like to play a quarter of as many instruments as the boys in You Won't...
"We Are the Tide" - Blind Pilot
Blind Pilot was my surprise fave of Lollapalooza and their title track was def a crowd favorite.
"Home" - Phillip Phillips
This song is so catchy that I can almost look past Phillip Phillips' ridiculous name. Almost.
"Mykonos" - Fleet Foxes
Not only am I enchanted by this song, I would like to go to Mykonos, please.
"Black and Blue" - Miike Snow
my other Lolla fave -- who wants to buy me tix to his show in Nov?!
"Sad" - Maroon 5
Adam Levine serenading me? Yes, please.
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" - Amy Winehouse
The Newsroom was probably my favorite new show of the summer, and their musical selections only added to that.
"Thinking About You" - Frank Ocean
so sexy. so good.
"Knots" - Lisa Hannigan
Lisa Hannigan's raspy, folksy songs are the perfect soundtrack to a breezy, late-summer day.
"Mountain Sound" - Of Monsters and Men 
OMAM has been on repeat since April, and their folksy sound fits in perfectly with my summer soundtrack.
"Bones" - Michael Kiwanuka
I've started pretty much every day this month to this song and it's been glorious.
"Saw You First" - Givers
I hadn't actually heard this song until Krista brought it to my attention through her mashup plea -- now I can't stop listening.
"Little Lion Man" - Mumford and Sons
so so excited for Mumford and Sons' new album next month!
"Tip Toes" - Jaymee Dee
guys. I can't stop listening to this song. It's becoming an issue (ish).

On tap for September: so. many. concerts. Join us, won't you??

{THROWBACK} "i'm real"

I was recently jamming with friends to the always classic "I'm Real" and reminiscing about the days of Ja Rule and Jennifer Lopez when she was actually Jenny from the block and not Jennifer driving around the block in her free Fiat.  Thankfully, Kendra Morris and Godforbid have indulged my recent Murder Inc. nostalgia with this awesome cover of "I'm Real."

And just in case you still want the original, check it out here.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

{WE LOVE} frank + derol

Did you know Miley Cyrus had an older half-sister??? We didn't. Apparently there's an entire brood of Cyruses running around, but we've been too focused on figuring out how to steal Liam Hemsworth that it somehow missed our radar. Until now.

Miles has a big sis, Brandi, who has also taken up the family business after performing as a guitarist on Miley's tour. But, much to my satisfaction, she isn't following in the cowboy booted footsteps of her stepdad and sis. Instead, she's cranking out fetching indie music with her pal Codi Caraco under the name Frank + Derol.

Head over to the Frank + Derol site for a free download of the track and mark your calendars for next Tuesday when their EP will debut on iTunes.

{WE LOVE} snakadaktal

Snakadaktal not only has one of the best band names I've encountered recently, but these endearing Aussies have also completely won me over with their haunting song, "Dance Bear." I can't get enough of this trippy video.

It doesn't look like Snakadaktal will be touring in the States any time soon, so I'll have to console myself by listening to their jams on bandcamp and their record label's YouTube.

{WE LOVE} dancing babies

It's been too long since I've put up a video of a singing/talking/sleeping baby. I needed to fix that.

If I wasn't afraid of having twins (no, but really -- thank you for giving me that fear, Full House), I would want them:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

{NEW} houndmouth EP

So pumped for this new video for Houndmouth's "Penitentiary."

{In case you're trying to remember why this silly name sounds familiar to you, TIOJ interviewed Houndmouth back in March and in just six months, this band has exploded! When we talked with them they'd only performed five shows together. Now, they have a European tour under their belt AND will be coming to DC in a few weeks! Get some.}

Does that set look familiar to you too??

Houndmouth will be at Black Cat on September 19. Be there. And in the meantime, listen to their EP on Spotify.

{RECAP} you won't

just playing the windchimes
Aside from watching hours and hours of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, concerts are probably the best way to end Sunday nights. We caught You Won’t at IOTA on Sunday night, and it was the perfect close to the weekend.

You Won’t is comprised of two guys who play approximately 30,274 instruments. Some things we didn’t know were instruments (did you know you could play the windchimes??). And even though there were just two guys on the stage on a Sunday evening, they were super energized and passionate about their music -- and their dancing -- which made for a great show.

Television by You Won't on Grooveshark


The best part by far was when they each came out into the “crowd” (and not going to lie, it probably made for an even better, more intimate concert experience with just a few dozen people there) for three or four songs (our favorite of those: “F*** TV” -- we’d really like to know the story behind that one). From standing on chairs to casually playing a box accordion (see left), You Won’t definitely kept the energy going throughout the venue.

As has been discussed at length, TIOJ really wants to form a percussion/harmonica band (so any harmonica, or as we call it, a mouth radio, experts out there, please teach us!). You Won’t had so many different instruments that we’d like to add to our band, namely the glockenspiel and saw.

You Won't is finishing up an east coast tour this week, but they plan to be back on the road in the fall. We highly recommend checking them out if, for no other reason, than to help us get a more accurate count of all of the instruments they played (seriously, I'm still thinking about it two days later). In the meantime, we will be watching videos just like this one:

Monday, August 27, 2012

{INTRODUCING} fashions

I cannot get enough of the debut song from Brooklyn band Fashions. "Slip Away" is an upbeat electro-pop song featuring back up vocals from David Wood of TEENS.

i want that fruit wallpaper in my life...
If you're in the mood for something like The Knocks or RAC (seriously, Fashions would have been perfect as an opener for this show) definitely check this ish out and download it for free here.

So excited to hear more from these boys.

via Musical Bears

amy winehouse is my mellow monday jam

I was very pleased when I heard Amy Winehouse's cover of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" on The Newsroom last week (timeout: what are we supposed to do now that it's done for the season?? Why must you have such short seasons, HBO?). It's the perfect mix of Motown and mellow for Monday.


Friday, August 24, 2012

{IF YOU LIKE...} "call me maybe"

It's pretty safe to say that "Call Me Maybe" was the song of the summer.  Whether it was a cover or a lip sync, this song stole the stage this season. Luckily, we've found another song to perk us up throughout these dog days of summer.

Click ahead to take a listen to Jayme Dee's jam that rivals the infectiousness of "Call Me Maybe."

{PLAYLIST} favorite gingers

We all have the same shade of very dark hair. And probably because of that, we (like most of the general public) are enchanted by red hair. Some of TIOJ's favorite gingers: Prince Harry (not sure how we feel about his most recent picture scandal... what would Queenie say??), Ron Weasley, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett's baby, and all of these singers:
you're welcome.

Favorite Gingers by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Sparrow and the Wolf" - James Vincent McMorrow  
"We Get On" - Kate Nash  
"Milk and Honey" - Karen Elson  
"Dream Catch Me" - Newton Faulkner  
"Dancing at a Funeral" - Brett Dennen  
"You Got The Love" - Florence + The Machine  
"The Scientist" - Willie Nelson  
"The Way I Am" - Ingrid Michaelson  
"Happier" - A Fine Frenzy 
"UNI" - Ed Sheeran

Thursday, August 23, 2012

{THROWBACK} stevie wonder

So I’m not sure what’s come over me, but lately I’ve had an insatiable need to listen to Stevie Wonder. It’s pretty much the best thing ever.

Props to all of the live bands I’ve seen out lately who are helping to meet my Stevie Wonder need. Keep up the good work.

"without you, i'm just bones"

Michael Kiwanuka (of Band Math fame) keeps charming the pants off of me. First, I saw him at Lollapalooza and was taken with his guitar skills and British accent.

Now, he's put out a wonderful video for his latest single "Bones." The retro feel of the video fits perfectly with simple lyrics of this love song.

Adding this to the soundtrack for my future wedding.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

happy chuck brown day!

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray declared that, for the rest of time, August 22 will be known as Chuck Brown Day as a way to honor and celebrate the Godfather of Go-Go. We couldn't be more in agreement.

Celebrate by listening on repeat:

{WE LOVE} stop making me swoon, ed sheeran

You may or may not recall that Krista and I had an amazing, mind-blowing, transcendental experience at the Snow Patrol/Ed Sheeran show back in April. The show was one of the best I've ever experienced, and I don't make that declaration lightly. Ed Sheeran and his tiny guitar are at it again, making my mind melt completely with his eerie, reverent, and just plain gorgeous rendition of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars."

Excuse me while I swoon.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Click ahead to find out about one of our new faves...

TIOJ talks to strangers: episode 1

We’re trying out a new segment where we bombard strangers and ask them about music…we’ll see how this goes:

Last week, I was observing one of my fellow over-expressive music listeners on Metro and had a happy hour curiosity-fueled desire to know what he was listening to. I was so delighted when, without missing a beat, he quickly handed me an ear bud and started gushing about his iTunes library.

Turns out, he was listening to the final album Young Modern from Australian band Silverchair. Obviously, I knew we'd be musical friends from the second he said Australian.

“Straight Lines” is a great upbeat rock jam. If you like The Killers, Pearl Jam or, you know, music, you’ll love this song.

Sadly, Young Modern was the last album that Silver Chair put out, but thankfully they have four other albums you can probably make last for the next year at least. Stream all of that goodness on Spotify.

Monday, August 20, 2012

"come away to the water" is my mellow jam

I've been half in love with Glen Hansard my study abroad program showed "Once" during a movie night. He has a certain Irish charm that it is absolutely impossible to recover from, so I never bothered trying.

"Come Away to the Water" is a song which was meant, oddly enough, for the "Hunger Games" soundtrack. Even though the song is performed by Maroon 5 on the album, I can't get enough of Glen's version

If you're anything like me and you are addicted to Glen's voice, he is a member of the Frames and one half of the Swell Season so there are many more jams out there to enchant you.

this is my mellow AND cover AND summer jam

It's hard to say anything bad about "Summertime" from DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, but this cover by Fort Frances gives the original a run for its money.

It mellows it out, but keeps the pool-ready quality of the original, perfect for these last few weeks of summer. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

{PLAYLIST} summertime driving

We are strong believers that summer is the perfect time for road trips, whether it be an impromptu trip to Canada, a day jaunt to the beach, or even just an afternoon out in wine country and/or tubing. And as everyone knows, the most important part of any road trip is the playlist -- in fact, on the way to Firefly, we decided that road trips are infinitely more better when everyone likes the same music (maybe a no-brainer, but it was an an epiphany to us...).

No matter where you're off to, even if it's just around town, we think these are the perfect summer road trip jams. They sound even better with the windows rolled down and the volume all the way up.

Summertime Driving by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Sunny Afternoon" - The Kinks 
"Next in Line" - Walk the Moon 
"Everything Is Sound" - Jason Mraz 
"Trip" - Vacationer 
"Piscine" - Francois and the Atlas Mountains 
"Let's Go Surfing" - the Drums 
"She Was Out In The Water" - One Little Plane 
"Float" - KO KO 
"Summerlong" - Xylos 
"Radio Nowhere" - Bruce Springsteen 
"Vegetable Car" - Joshua Radin
"Take a Back Road" - Rodney Atkins

See also: Road Trip Jams

Thursday, August 16, 2012

{THROWBACK} elvis presley

Today is the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, and it's only fitting that it falls on a Throwback Thursday. In honor of the King today, please enjoy watching (young) Elvis' hips swivel -- the original hypnotic hips (sorry, Nicholas....).

{THROWBACK} mausi summer mixtape

Mausi is at it again with another glorious mixtape.  While not everything on this mixtape is necessarily a throwback, it has a wonderful sprinkling of throwback goodness periodically thrown in to keep you on your toes and jamming.

Anything that features lines from Ferris Bueller, Anchorman, and Superbad along with "Senorita" by JT and old school Kanye is good in my book.

(via Kick Kick Snare)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

{WE LOVE} "baby got back"

No lie, this is one the most impressive Youtube videos I've seen in a really long time. I don't know what on earth possessed someone to find movie clips of every. lyric. to "Baby Got Back," but good work, dude.

For another favorite rendition of Sir Mix-a-Lot's 1992 classic, please direct your attention to Richard Cheese. In other news, Sir Mix-a-Lot is 49. That just seems wrong.

{WE LOVE} land of leland

When Slowcoustic (an incredible site for discovering mellow jams) tells me to love a band who has a song entitled "Norway," I'm kind of powerless to say no.

Land of Leland's Scandinavia-inspired, piano-driven ballad is serene and bittersweet, and Justin Kelly's voice has the sort of slow and soothing quality that would even make Bon Iver jealous.

Check out more jams on Land of Leland's bandcamp!

{WE LOVE} two door cinema club

Two Door Cinema Club is no stranger to TIOJ.  In fact, I'm pretty sure they're on at least half of most of our playlists (exact calculation to follow).

Anyway, we're so excited that they're about to come out with a new album and they officially stole our hearts when they visited one of our favorite sessions Watch Listen Tell to perform their new single "Sleep Alone."

TDCC will be at the 9:30 Club on October 2. Join us!!

(via Mahogany Blog)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

lisa hannigan is my jam

If you haven't heard of Lisa Hannigan, stop what you're doing and listen immediately, because she is fantastic. She has amazing retro style, a sweet/husky/folksy voice, and a petite guitar. What is not to love?


If she sounds a little familiar to you, you're not going crazy. Lisa has been collaborating with Damien Rice for years and provides the female vocals on many of his most famous songs, including "Volcano" and "9 Crimes," below.

For more of Lisa's charming jams to get you through your day, check out her NPR Tiny Desk Concert, and her YouTube channel.

TIOJ favorites from the new Maroon 5 album

So the latest Maroon 5 album, Overexposed, has been sitting around the TIOJ offices for a while and we just realized we haven't posted anything on it yet...rectifying this now!
why yes, we are using any excuse to post a half-naked pic of Adam Levine (via
My favorite so far from the album is "Love Somebody." While it has the Adam Levine crooning I've loved since Songs About Jane, it's adapted to 2012, incorporating newer beats (can I pull off saying "beats"? that's a thing, right?) similar to a lot of the new indie remixes I've been listening to recently. Highly recommend blasting this to get you out of your post-lunch slump.

Love Somebody by Maroon 5 on Grooveshark

On a more chill note, Kristen's obsession from Overexposed is "Sad." It sounds sort of like a Gavin DeGraw song and we can't get enough.

 Sad by Maroon 5 on Grooveshark

(Related: Why we love America: Adam Levine)

Monday, August 13, 2012

{LISTEN} yeasayer album stream on NPR

I've been on an unstoppable Yeasayer kick since they filled in at Firefly last month. (Seriously, the amount that "O.N.E." has played on my computer is getting a little absurd.) Anyway, it should come as no surprise that I've been streaming the new Yeasayer album Fragrant World all day on NPR.

I cannot get enough of "Longevity":

"live in the moment, never count on longevity"

Honorable mention to "No Bones."

Fragrant World drops on August 21 and Yeasayer will be at the 9:30 Club on November 14.

happy shark week!!

HAPPY SHARK WEEK!! (now that the Olympics are over we need something to celebrate)

Unlike Kristen, I'm sadly a novice when it comes to Shark Week, mostly because it normally coincides with my annual family vacation to the beach wherein my cousins eagerly try to get me to watch but my reaction is always, "Uhhh no. I will take my Corona and my chick lit and go work on my tan, remaining in blissful ignorance of shark attacks, thank you very much."

However, if it's in the name of good music discoveries like local DC band Shark Week, I suppose I can make an exception.

Check out Shark Week's jam "If You Want Me To Say (For A While)" - it's great rock song to pump you up for the work week/sitting on your couch watching re-enactments of people losing limbs.

Get more from Shark Week and download their music at your own price over on Bandcamp.

Friday, August 10, 2012

have a sexy weekend

When reviewing the latest Passion Pit single "Constant Conversations," Kick Kick Snare said it best:
"Not gonna lie folks, this is the music hipster babies are gonna be made to." 

When I saw them last week at Lolla, Passion Pit (and the high school couple in front of me) certainly validated this review.

If the original song elicits this sexiness, St. Lucia's remix takes it up another level.  Do with this remix and recommendation what you will.

happy weekend!! *wink*wink*

{PLAYLIST} getting to know you

TIOJ is off to another wedding tomorrow (although just in the least-loved part of the DMV -- what up, Maryland)!! To celebrate Lesley and Matt, we've come up with a bunch of songs that are all about the excitement of getting to know someone new and new love. Happy wedding, crazy kids!

getting to know you by this is our jam on Grooveshark

"Curtain Call" - Aiden Grimshaw 
"You and I" - Avalanche City   
"Favourite Colour" - Tokyo Police Club   
"Junk Of The Heart" - The Kooks     
"Boyfriend" - Best Coast     
"Next To You" - Dante     
"Would You Go With Me" - Josh Turner     
"Be Your Man" - Ivan & Alyosha   
"All I Need" - AWOLNATION     
"Young Heart" - Fast Years 

 See also: I Think I Like You jams

Thursday, August 9, 2012

{RECAP} lollapalooza 2012

This years Lollapalooza was one for the record books, and I'm not just saying that.  The 2012 installment of the festival surpassed all previous years for attendance with 270,000 concert lovers packing Grant Park to the brim (I'm not exaggerating, Lolla is NOT for the claustrophobic).

In addition to the record attendance, this year also featured "Storm-apalooza," in which the entire crowd was evacuated from Grant Park due to an incoming storm.  The quick but intense storm led to the cancellation of TIOJ faves Alabama Shakes and The Temper Trap, which was heartbreaking.  Luckily, however, the skies quickly cleared up and the crowd was allowed to come back in just in time for fun., Bloc Party, and, of course, mud sliding.
mud slide tunnels = great way to make new friends
Now, to the bands! Over the course of 3 days I got to see 25 shows (and that's even with the three hour evacuation on Saturday) and, to keep things readable (and like Firefly), will recap all of them through awards.

Click ahead for the 2012 Lollapalooza Awards and lots of fun YouTube videos!

{THROWBACK} "tequila"

My throwback inspiration often comes from instrumental music that plays during ballet classes (see: "Open Arms" and "Reflection"). Last week, I heard one and I don't know if it'll ever be matched again. Kids, you haven't lived until you've done grand battement (big kicks) to the Champs' "Tequila." It was all I could do to keep it together.

Does this song make anyone else think primarily of The Sandlot? Glad I have something else to add to my mental imagery when I hear this now...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

{WE LOVE} mumford and sons

I've really been liking Mumford and Sons the last few days. I may be a little behind on this one, but that sometimes (often) happens. Maybe my newfound love is related to these guys being in Virginia this week.

I also am really a fan of "I Will Wait," which is on the new album coming out in September. No lie, though, I was definitely thrown off when I heard it on the radio yesterday (props for playing it, DC101!) and I was confused as to why bluegrass-y music was on. But I didn't hate it one bit.

{WE LOVE} songs about fireflies

I promise we'll stop talking about Firefly eventually.  However, Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover from Community) just happened to release his video for his jam "Fire Fly" last week and I liiiike it (regardless of the similar title to our new favorite summer festival and my favorite insect).

On a completely different note (literally), yet still firefly-related, listen to this beautiful song by TIOJ's fave ginge, Ed Sheeran:

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

mashup request: walk the moon x givers

So I had flash of brilliance during Walk the Moon's set at Firefly, which reignited itself during the Givers set at Lollapalooza this weekend.  Here goes: WTM's "The Liftaway" should be mashed up with Givers "Saw You First."  I can't get the combo out of my head and, in my head, it sounds glorious.

I mean, listen to the beginning of "The Liftaway"...

...and then go into the chorus for "Saw You First" (starts at 2:15):

It's got potential.  So, if any of you dear readers happen to have Hood Internet-esque skills, holler at your girl.

Monday, August 6, 2012

{INTRODUCING} health club

We're SO excited to debut a remix from DC band, Health Club.  The new group, reformed from members of Grammar, describes themselves as "dancy fun time electro/hipster doofus dance music" (a winning combination if you ask me). They're working on some new tracks and if they're anything like this remix, we approve of the new direction these dudes are taking.
fully support the amount of flannel in this picture
Check out their remix of the already wonderful jam "Trojans" from Atlas Genius.

Stay tuned for more on Soundcloud.

walk the moon + "maps" = bliss

TIOJ favorites Walk the Moon have been doing SO well lately, and for that we are endlessly pleased. The latest big news for these charming fellas is that they'll be featured on MTV Unplugged at 2 pm today (only online!) showcasing acoustic versions of their hits and this stunning cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps." This song is really sentimental for me and I really can't get enough of WTM's a capella, 50s-esque, serene take, complete with accompanying clapping/stomping and replete with gorgeous harmonies.

"half moon" is my (post-lolla) mellow monday jam

I'll post lots and lots of thoughts about Lollapalooza soon, but until then please listen to this wonderful mellow jam from Lolla-performer, Blind Pilot. It's so beautiful I want to cry every time I listen to it (...I wish I was kidding).

Friday, August 3, 2012

the yuppie files is our jam

we want, we want!
TIOJ is so so excited to be a part of a new series from the ever-so-adorable DC blog The Yuppie Files -- "Currently Loving"! The Yuppie Files has been cataloging DC bloggers' favorite things in style, music, blogs, and more, and we gladly contributed to the effort.

Check out all of our latest loves here (spoiler alert: a lot of them relate to music festivals -- who's surprised?!?), and also keep an eye out for more weekly faves from some of our other favorite DC bloggers.

{PLAYLIST} lollapalooza jams

Kristen and I are so insanely jealous that Krista is off to another music festival this weekend (although we're really not envious at all at the really really hard decisions that she has to make all.weekend.long -- Saturday of Firefly was hard enough for our brains). In our sadness, we've put together a playlist of all the people we think Krista should see this weekend and we wish we could be seeing live too.

Keep track of Krista's Lolla whereabouts and musings on twitter and instagram -- both @thisisourjamdc!

Lollapalooza 2012 by this is our jam on Grooveshark

"It's Not My Fault, I'm Happy" - Passion Pit  
"Mountain Sound" - Of Monsters and Men  
"Household Goods" - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
"Sweet Life" - Frank Ocean  
"1957" - Milo Greene  
"Dominos" - The Big Pink  
"Yer Fall" - Hey Rosetta!  
"Fader" - Temper Trap  
"Our Own Pretty Ways" - First Aid Kit  
"Chillin'" - Wale

Thursday, August 2, 2012

{THROWBACK} "boyfriend" vs. "girlfriend"

Okay, I admit, my post for today is a little bit of a cheat--it's only 50% throwback...but when I saw that some kind fella mashed-up *NYSYNC's "Girlfriend" with J-Bieb's "Boyfriend," I was smitten like a middle schooler at her first dance.

This mashup harkens back to a time in which I was deep in the throes of my unrequited love for JC Chasez. Amusingly, this collab also proves that times may change, music may change, but one constant in life seems to be music videos for top 40 hits. Even though these songs were released eleven (!!!) years apart, they both feature "soulful" rapping interludes (though in "Boyfriend" it's Biebs taking a stab at rapping whereas *NYSNC relied on Nelly), random dance sequences in/on/around cars in surprisingly populated parking lots full of well-dressed twenty-somethings.

I might have to go home and dust off my old "Celebrity" CD for old times' sake...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

{WE LOVE} tUnE-yArDs

As y'all know, I'm starting to freak out about who to see at Lollapalooza this weekend, but one of the bands who keeps creeping their way into my headphones is tUne-yArDs. Not only do they evoke happy (?) memories of my early high school days when I used to wRiTe LiKe tHiS on my myspace profile (don't pretend you didn't too), but their songs are also so cool and dance-worthy while accompanied by wonderfully weird and visually brilliant music videos.

Can't stop listening to their latest single "My Country" - half because it's awesome and half because I'm feeling supremely patriotic.

...wish I could have starred in this video as a child.

{WE LOVE} fleet floxes

I've been listening to a lot of assorted 8tracks playlists this week (all based on the tags "indie pop" and "summer" -- a very nice combo, I must say), and every time a Fleet Foxes song comes on, my reaction is along these lines: "Oh, I like this! Duh, Fleet Foxes again."

As a good Virginian, I really like the Blue Ridge Mountains (and whenever songs reference them... see: Sons of Bill). But as a (inner) suburban kid, I think they're kind of a novelty. True life: I've yelled out, "Hi Mountains!" when they appear on the drive to Charlottesville (I was 19, not 3...). Although Fleet Foxes refer to the mountains in Tennessee, their song "Blue Ridge Mountains" is so so pretty.

My other most recent favorite: "Mykonos."

Are the titles of all of the Fleet Foxes songs telling me I need to travel? Because I don't hate that idea one bit...

{WE LOVE} jens lekman

It occurs to me that I haven't raved over any Scandinavian artists for a while (this shocked me, too--I've been seriously off my game)...which brings me to Jens Lekman. Jens has been a constant on my mellow playlists since college, and his soft vocals have only become more beautiful in the intervening years.

His eclectic "Your Beat Kicks Back Like Death" is my current favorite. The song mixes harmonies, whistling, and sunny beats with some mighty somber lyrics, so I don't recommend listening if you're in the midst of an existential crisis...though if you're just looking for a catchy, upbeat jam to listen to (and whistle to) while you work, this is definitely the one for you!

{AS SEEN ON TV} olympics edition

If you're anything like us (or any other normal person on the globe), you've been glued to the Olympic games on TV for the past week.  While we love watching Ryan Lochte's abs the fierce competitions, we've been enchanted with some of the music we've heard both during the coverage and, more importantly, during the commercials.

First up is the song that was playing during all of the women's gymnastics features.  Fact: each member of TIOJ Shazam-ed this song on separate occasions.  Obviously, we like it. In case you didn't have the crafty Shazam-ing skills that we did, we present American Idol alum Phillip (wait for it) Phillips singing "Home":

The other exciting clip we heard was during a promo for upcoming NBC show Chicago Fire. When we watched this commercial, Stacey and I literally kept looking at the TV and then each other and then the TV going, " it...IT'S IMAGINE DRAGONS!!" So yeah, we're pleased with NBC's song choice.

Honorable commercial mentions go to:
Young the Giant's "My Body" for Michelob ULTRA
Paolo Nutini's "High Hopes" for Target
Of Monsters and Men's "Little Talks" for Best Buy
Walk the Moon's "Tightrope" for HP Envy4 Laptops (will update once the video's online)

So proud of all our fave bands subtly imprinting their brilliance on all of the Americans glued to their TVs this week.
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