Sunday, September 30, 2012

{PLAYLIST} best of september

Best of September by this is our jam on Grooveshark WHEW, how the heck is September over already?? We had such a great (and busy!!) September, in which we:

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

"Celebrate the Feeling" - The Knocks vs. Kool and the Gang
This is quite possibly the best mashup ever created and has been the perfect soundtrack to my birthday month.
"Damn" - Styles of Beyond feat. Michael Buble
This song is an earworm that just won't quit. I've been humming this for days.
"Siren Song" - Sons of Bill
uh duh, this is still in my head from their show at the beginning of September.
"The City" - Madeon feat. Zak Waters
Pretty sure I ran my fastest 5K solely thanks to this song.
"Depth Over Distance" - Ben Howard
I'd like to thank Krista for bringing this perfection into my life.
"Sweet Life" - Frank Ocean
This song is the perfect transition from chill, poolside summer music to a nice and lazy fall tune.
"Brothers" - Tanlines
Tanlines has crept back in as my go-to album this month and it's been glorious.
"Hunting for Witches" - Bloc Party
One of my favorite Bloc Party songs did NOT disappoint live.
"Girls in their Summer Clothes" - Bruce Springsteen
Proof that there's a Bruce song for every occasion (this one, natch, being the end of summer, or more figuratively, the waning summer days of your youth... aww, Bruce.).
"I Already Forgot Everything You Said" - The Dig
So glad we got to interview these jokesters and can't wait to see them play this enchanting song live next week!
"Cutty Love" - Milo Greene
"All my dreams, my dear, they are of you." Swoon.
"Rivers and Roads" - The Head and the Heart
All I want to do when I hear this song is walk through crunchy leaves with a pumpkin spice latte. And hang out with/gaze at every beautiful member of this band.
"She's on Fire" - Bo Saris
Bo's pretty much the Dutch Mayer Hawthorne. I love.
"Rainy Season" - Hunter Hayes
The perfect ballad care of country's cutest little star.
"September (Phats & Small Remix)" - Earth, Wind & Fire
Do you remember the 21st night of September?? We hope you do...

On tap for October: even more shows! We're so excited to kick off the month with Two Door Cinema Club, The Dig, and FREEFEST, and then close it off with Yukon Blonde, Hey Rosetta!, and Milo Greene. As always, stay tuned for recaps of these shows and, of course, for all of our jams.

Friday, September 28, 2012

{PLAYLIST} welcome to fall

Now that it's officially fall and October is just around the corner, it's now time to break out the boots, flannel, and fall-inspired jams. This playlist makes us want to play in a pile of leaves, go apple picking, and get cozy by a bonfire. Join us, won't you??

"Sweater Weather" - The Neighbourhood
"Autumn Leaves" - Ed Sheeran
"Rivers and Roads" - The Head and the Heart
"Autumn Tree" - Milo Greene
"Colder Weather" - Zac Brown Band
"To Travels and Trunks" - Hey Marseilles
"Charlie Boy" - The Lumineers
"Autumn" - Paolo Nutini
"Thistle & Weeds" - Mumford and Sons
"Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey" - John Mayer

Thursday, September 27, 2012

{PREMIERE} "if you go home alone"

If there are two things we talk about rather frequently on TIOJ they're Scandinavians and mellow music.

Lucky for us, we're blessed to premiere the latest in a music video trilogy from Swedish alternative-pop group, Milano Sun. Their new track "If You Go Home Alone" is a beautifully mellow song, that's wonderfully reminiscent of all the Bon Iver we've been listening to lately. We're kind of obsessed.


The single will be officially released tomorrow, but you can just watch this video and the rest of the music video trilogy on repeat to hold you over.  The other videos are more upbeat and equally wonderful.

{RECAP} ben howard

Okay, so we’re technically a week late with this recap, but we have excuses. Krista didn't have internet, Stacey broke her computer, and Kristen was in a concert-induced haze. We’re a special bunch. However, please don’t let our tardiness in writing this recap make you doubt how awesome the show was. Ben Howard, we love you. You're the best.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Benji, he’s a 25 year old singer-songwriter from England and he’s adorable (sorry people, we’ve already called dibs). His first album Every Kingdom came out this year and it’s already been highly reviewed and shortlisted for Album of the Year for the impressive Mercury Prize (among a stellar lineup of other talented singers from the UK).

Ben started the show with “Depth Over Distance,” which isn’t on his album but is a long-time TIOJ fave.

If there wasn't already infighting between TIOJ about who got to try and woo Ben after the show, there definitely was after that song.

Ben continued to wow the crowd with his impressive guitar-playing skills, alternating between slow, dreamy songs and more upbeat jams. We were especially into his live performance of his first single, “Old Pine.” 

While Ben didn’t succumb to the crowd request for his cover of “Call Me Maybe,” he certainly kept our attention and delivered a wonderful performance to the 9:30 Club.

Check out his entire album on Spotify for more British goodness (we suggest you start with our other favorites, “Only Love” and “Keep Your Head Up”).

Special shout out to Liz and Concetta for being our concert buddies and braving of all the lovey dovey couples with us!

{THROWBACK} ma$e & diddy & biggie & penguin prison

I'm not entirely sure how, but this old Hood Internet mashup of Ma$e, P. Diddy, Notorious B.I.G., and Penguin Prison has appeared on every playlist I've been making and I just cannot get enough.

Listen away and count down with us to the TWO upcoming Penguin Prison shows in DC. October 5 at Living Social's 918 F St (get your tickets here!) and October 6 for FREEFEST at Merriweather.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

{AS SEEN ON TV} new girl

So we normally use this feature to talk about songs in commercials (looking at you using Sleigh Bells, Victoria’s Secret), but I couldn’t resist posting about the music in the background of the premier episode of New Girl last night. Throughout the entire episode, my face was doing something like this as each song came on...

I’m not quite sure what was happening during Schmidt’s party but that’s mostly because I was too excited to hear the song that made me fall in love with Tanlines, “All of Me”:

Then later on something sentimental was happening accompanied by Jessie Ware’s latest jam “Wildest Moments.” I was swooning on my couch.


Keep it up, New Girl.

{WE LOVE} alunageorge

I've been tracking British duo Aluna and George of the aptly named grouped AlunaGeorge for a while now.  Their songs are so cool and sexy and I think it's about time to share their "hip pop" goodness.  Their latest song "Your Drums, Your Love" is so so good and I can't get enough of the awesome dancing in this video:

AlunaGeorge on

Be sure to also check out this Friendly Fires remix they *just* released of "Your Drums, Your Love."

Want more?? Listen to this remix of their first single "You Know You Like It," which we first discovered thanks to Body Language's Matt.  (If he likes it, you know it's worth it...)


Tuesday, September 25, 2012


We're putting together some of our most favorite bands for an exciting Band Math today!

Click ahead to find out who it is!

Monday, September 24, 2012

ease into the week with "open"

I had every intention of writing a mashup post today but, thanks to Turntable Kitchen, mellow music has crept in and bumped my mashup to another week.  I've been listening to their latest "Breakfast Mix" all morning and I was sold after the first song. What can I say? I'm easy to please.

Check out their opening track aptly-titled "Open" by Rhye and see if you're as convinced as I am.  (You guys are getting the Soundcloud version because, as I uncomfortably discovered, the video is defffffinitely NSFW. Whoops.)

While you're at it, listen and download the entire mix here.

(For the record, if you still need a mashup, just listen to the first song on my bday playlist on repeat for your entire life day.)

Friday, September 21, 2012

{WEEKEND} "i can only imagine"

Happy weekend, friends! Or let me rephrase -- I hope you can make the best of this weekend after the TRAGIC news of LMFAO splitting up (in case you've forgotten, I love LMFAO). But don't worry, they'll still be uncle and nephew forever.

This David Guetta/Chris Brown/Lil Wayne song reminded me of Red Foo and Sky Blu before this awful news -- and it may be a key part of getting me through this breakup.

thank you thank you to pants and chuck for
indulging our hockey-inspired playlist!!
The OTHER thing that will most definitely help me is the awesome playlist that we made for What's Up, Ya Sieve, one of our most favorite blogs, inspired by hockey players that have made the cut as Foxy Friday honorees. Go check it out, and say hi to the hilarious Pants and Chuck while you're over there!! Thanks for having us, ladies!

{PLAYLIST} happy birthday, krista!

TIOJ strongly believes that birthdays should be celebrated forever and always for an entire week, and we're so excited to continue Krista's birthday week with today's playlist!

Krista, as you finally enter the world of 24, we present to you a playlist full of dance-worthy jams that we hope encompasses the eclectic-ness of your musical taste. And even more, we hope that it inspires some excellent dance moves across the entire DMV this weekend.

Krista's Birthday by this is our jam on GroovesharkHappy happy birthday, lovey!!

Celebrate the Feeling - The Knocks vs. Kool & the Gang
Dancing on my Own - Robyn
Clique - Kanye West, Big Sean, and Jay Z
The City - Madeon
Big Parade - The Lumineers
Nights Like This - Icona Pop
It's Time (Penguin Prison remix) - Imagine Dragons
Roll on Jordan - Sons of Bill
Here Now - Carousel
September (Phats & Small Remix) - Earth, Wind & Fire

Thursday, September 20, 2012

"damn" is my jam.

Best way to start your morning? Styles of Beyond featuring Michael Bublé. Listen. Love. Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

{RECAP} bon iver

Saturday was a busy day for live music in the DMV. Instead of dancing across the district to The Knocks and Alt-J, we opted to trek up to Maryland and see one of our all-time favorite bands Bon Iver.

Going into the show, a lot of people asked us what you "do" during a Bon Iver concert. Sure, the music was chill and no one was up and dancing, but the band by no means put anyone to sleep. Sure, Justin played "Re: Stacks" acoustic, silencing the entire venue and calling out to all of the local creatures in the woods a la Cinderella.

(So he didn't technically play this song, but it perfectly showcases how amazing and different Bon Iver's voice is live.)

However, he and his 6+ person band were definitely there to entertain. The stage was set up with stalactites coming down from the ceilings, perfectly in touch with the natural vibe of the music. (Consequently, my new life wish is to watch Bon Iver perform in an actual cave) They also made the show a different experience from just listening to For Emma Forever Ago in bed by putting on a crazy cool light show and highlighting the musical talents of the entire band, including a swoon-worthy saxophone solo.
via Washington Post
Overall, the night was an incredible experience. We snuggled up under a blanket with our best friends (half because of the weather, half because we refuse to accept that summer is over and dress accordingly), looking up at the stars, and not not crying to the 1-2 punch that was the back to back performance of "Skinny Love" and "Holocene."

Phew, so good.

{RECAP} bloc party

When I went to the 9:30 Club last night with TIOJ Concert Correspondent, Jurg, I didn't quite know what to expect. I've never had so few preconceived notions about a concert before in my life. With that being said, it is incredible when a band shatters the expectations you didn't even know you had. You guys. Bloc Party was great. My heart is still recovering. My ears might never lose the persistent buzzing that developed shortly after the first song. But none of that really matters because the show was so fun.

Kele Okereke (and his Marvin the Marian tshirt)

I'm having a hard time organizing my thoughts about the evening. Even my phone couldn't contain its Bloc Party fervor:

gotta love predicted text!
Here are some highlights:
  • First, foremost, and FINALLY, I was able to see "This Modern Love" performed live. "This Modern Love" is one of my favorite songs in existence, and words can't describe how happy I was to hear Kele Okereke serenade me (okay, and the rest of the crowd...whatever). Sure, I had to wait until the second or third encore to hear the song, and by that time I was spiralling into a swirling eddy of despair and desolation after convincing myself they wouldn't play it, but I rebounded quickly...
  • I was SO enamored with the set list, including old faithfuls like "Hunting for Witches", "Blue Light", and "Positive Tension."
  • The band gave you approximately no time to recover between songs. Just when you thought you could take a second to catch your breath, Kele would transition into another jam--you just had to keep dancing. Best moment: when Kele announced he was going to play a song you had to dance to...and launched into "We Found Love" by Rihanna.
  • I was less familiar with the songs from Bloc Party's newest album "Four", but the crowd seemed especially excited when the group performed the album's first single, "Octopus", and the rougher, guitar-heavy "Kettling".

{DAD APPROVED} david byrne & st. vincent

Guys, I have a confession. I’ve been hoarding the latest songs from the David Byrne/St. Vincent collaboration because I’ve been waiting to vet the songs through my trusted music colleague/father. Luckily Dad, a longtime David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame) fan, has graced TIOJ with his thoughts on this collaboration -- check it:

From my teens to now, I have to come to have a Holy Trinity of music - Pete Townshend, David Byrne and Bono. Sort of my Father, Son and Holy Ghost of Rock Gods. Pete would be the Father - older, preachy, obstinant; Bono of course is the Son since he thinks (and maybe he is) the second coming of Jesus; Byrne is the Holy Ghost, the most ephemeral and hardest to define but equally powerful.

I have always felt that David Byrne is one of the true rare talents that simply has gifts normal people do not have. His background was in design and architecture, and he sees things in a unuqie way. He sees music as art, and writes with an extra dimension. He is fascinated by, and amazing at, assembling the actual sounds of music into something that is art. To me, this part of what he does is more akin to an an abstract artist than a musician. Most of his songs are impressionistic but meaningful; it takes some time to figure them out, but that is part of the art.

I am glad he is recording and has found a kindred spirit. I leave the actual review of the album to you indie fans that really are on top of things. But I hope I am this hip when I am 60!

Thanks Ronnie! Here's some extra DB for ya:

(Bonus, Walk the Moon also covers "Burning Down the House.")

Dad’s going to miss seeing them in Chicago, but all you DC peeps can catch them at The Strathmore in Bethesda on September 30!

Monday, September 17, 2012

{INTERVIEW} the dig

TIOJ recently had the pleasure of chatting with Brooklyn band The Dig in anticipation of their upcoming show in DC. Read ahead as the guys talk about about touring, reading (or not reading) books, and the Samantha Jones of the group. 

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourselves! Where are you from? How long have you all been playing music together?
Erick: Emile and David grew up together and have been playing music since they were in middle school. I met those two while we were in high school, and we've been playing in different bands together ever since. The Dig has been a band for about 4 years, but we only really started touring in 2009. Our drummer, Mark, joined the band this past winter.

How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
David: I would probably say it's rock and roll music with synths and some ambient sounds.

Where do you draw your musical inspiration?
David: We draw it from a lot of different places. We like a lot of old stuff. Old folk and blues music, early rock and roll stuff, obviously the Beatles are a big one. We're also really into some new bands like Deer Hunter and Here We Go Magic. Every once in awhile one of us will read a book.
Erick: I think it comes from different places.
Mark: I think we don't read books.

Since there are four of you in the group, who would be the Vince/Johnny Drama/E/Turtle of your group? OR, if Entourage isn’t your thing, we’ll also accept characters from Seinfeld or Sex and the City.
David: We're not too familiar with Entourage, so we'll probably have to stick with what we know on this one and go with Sex In the City. Mark would be Miranda, Erick is Carrie, David is Charlotte, and Emile would obviously be Samantha Jones.
Emile: I like that. She's my favorite.
Mark: Miranda? David, that is not very nice.

Click ahead for awkward pictures, favorite jams, and the guys' thoughts on Chuck Bass.

Friday, September 14, 2012

happy weekend!! (DJ edition)

I'm sure you all have noticed that EDM (electronic dance music) has infiltrated Top 40 of late.  However you feel about this style of music, it's hard to argue how perfect it is for getting you pumped for the weekend.  From Justin Bieber's latest to Zak Waters collaboration with French DJ Madeon to Calvin Harris DJing the VMAs, these beats are everywhere.

To pump you up for the weekend, we're sharing our favorite Top 40/DJ-assisted tracks.  Get ready to dance to them in a hot club this weekend...or in your car on the way home from work today.

First up, Swedish DJ Avicii and Duke frat bro Mike Posner with "Stay With You":

Next, Chris Brown (we know, we know) feat. David Guetta with "Don't Wake Me Up":

{PLAYLIST} end of summer

via POH tumblr
Summer might not technically be over until the 22nd, but judging from the gorgeous autumnal weather DC has been having for the past week, fall is surely creeping in. We're not quite ready to switch out our flipflops for our boots and say goodbye to summer quite yet, so we're holding on with one more playlist with some of our favorite late summery songs. But give us another week or two, and we'll be more than ready for our pumpkin spice lattes.

"Summer End" - Vacationer
"I Don’t Want This Night to End" - Luke Bryan
"Summertime Sadness" - Lana Del Rey
"Summer Song" - Lucero
"Day Dreamer" - Donavon Frankenreiter
"Girls in their Summer Clothes" - Bruce Springsteen
"Moth's Wings" - Passion Pit
"Beach Baby" - Miracle Fortress
"Deadbeat Summer" - Neon Indian
"Revelry" - Kings of Leon

Thursday, September 13, 2012

{THROWBACK} "hips don't lie"

One of the first things that my freshman roommate and I bonded over was a mutual love of Shakira. We printed a picture of her (even though she turned out a little blue because of my color ink cartridge) and put her on our door with a note that visitors also had to admire her in order to enter our room.

For the record: everyone agreed with us.

Hips Don't Lie by Shakira on Grooveshark

(a polar bear-sized thank you to ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS
for today's throwback inspiration)



And now for a Throwback-inspired Band Math...

Click ahead to find out!

"all my dreams, my dear, they are of you"

One of TIOJ's favorite up-and-coming bands, Milo Greene, stopped by KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" a couple of weeks ago to perform some of their songs. I am SO thankful for stumbling upon this session through some serendipitous YouTube-ing because "Cutty Love" is such a sweeping, beautiful song and I'm entirely enchanted by it.

Also, major props to the keyboard player's a) ensemble, and b) slow-jam swaying.

For more Milo Greene, check out the full KCRW session here.

{RECAP} sons of bill

We kicked off last Friday night in one the best possible ways—a Sons of Bill concert (followed by Kristen’s birthday celebration, natch). Since seeing the guys in May up in Rockville before narrowly escaping a hurricane-like downpour, we were super pumped to see them again, especially in a small, intimate venue like U Street Music Hall.

As to be expected, it was great.

We caught most of Melodime, the Northern Virginia natives who opened for our favorite Charlottesvillians. We spent most of our time thinking about their wardrobe choices (on a beautiful night in September, why do you need to wear long sleeves and a vest? Seth from SoB has the right idea with the tank/vest combo he dons often…) and debating whether they reminded us more of a 90s rock group or Christian rock music—we settled on a combination of both. HOWEVER, we would like to spread a public service announcement to all opening bands at early shows: you are on a time limit. Stick to it, please.

Sons of Bill came on a little bit later, and true to form, rocked the heck out of U Street Music Hall. God bless James for rocking out as hard as he did despite being sick—it was really a testament to how much they love performing and their fans (especially in or near Virginia).

As always, there was a great mix of older and new stuff, and the more I hear songs from their latest album Sirens live, the more I like them. The title track, “Siren Song,” got the entire crowd going. Also, how great is the new video??

Also high up on our list was “The Rain”:

The Rain by Sons of Bill on Grooveshark

After a couple more months stateside, Sons of Bill is headed to Germany in November (definitely a great visual in our minds… one of the places they’re playing is called KunstKulturquartier). But in the meantime, we’ll keep listening to Sirens and wait for them to come back to DC. Stay away from hurricanes, boys!    

seth is so excited to be jamming. we don't blame him.
(photo courtesy of tioj friend ashley)

Up next: so many shows in the next week! Stay tuned for all of our musings on Bruce Springsteen,  Bon Iver, Bloc Party, and Ben Howard coming up.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

{WE LOVE} mike and cody

We love music from all over (with a declared predisposition for all things Australian and Scandinavian), but living in DC and all, we love us a good local band.

Enter, Mike & Cody. We got hooked on them once a mutual friend showed us this cover of arguably one of the best songs of 2002 and our love of their music has only grown since we started listening to their latest original stuff.

Their EP Let’s Go is full of fun, upbeat songs reminiscent of all of the electro-pop stuff I’ve been posting of late. My favorite song “I’m Not Gonna Steal Your Date” is hilarious and impossible not to dance to.  It's the type of jam that would be right at home blaring out of the speakers at Little Miss Whiskeys or a comparable H St. bar. (Boys, if you need a full concept for this music video, holler at your girl.)

Check out their entire EP (for name your price!) on bandcamp!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"cause you’re the suffragette, and I’m the new vote"

If there's one thing I like, it's a good hip hop cover. Thankfully, Trails and Ways are indulging me with their latest cover of Miguel's "Sure Thing." Not only do they put a chill indie vibe on the song, but they also switch up some of the lyrics adding in intellectual allusions that would make your professor proud.

If, unlike me, you're not a regular listener of WPGC, check out the original song here and download the cover here.

(Found this on the lastest ATG mix -- well played as always, boys!)

Monday, September 10, 2012

"rainy season" is my mellow monday jam

The weather outside may be a perfect ten right now, sunny, mild, breezy, and gorgeous, but since I'm inside my windowless office at work, I have decided to ignore all of that and listen to "Rainy Season" by my favorite little country star Hunter Hayes over and over and over again.

Why, I don't mind if I do!

big sean vs. yeasayer for mashup monday

We've been keeping Mondays pretty mellow around here lately, but I think it's time to throw a mashup in the mix. So, I give you the latest mix from The Hood Internet featuring Yeasayer's new jam "Henrietta" and Big Sean's "Dance A$$" (aka the best Shazam result EVER).

Cannot get enough of this.

Want more like this? Listen to this Waka Flocka Flame x Twin Shadown mashup -- SO.GOOD.

Friday, September 7, 2012

{PLAYLIST} birthday jams for kristen!!

Friends, it's a very important day here in the TIOJ offices:


this sumo wrestler will be escorting kristen
to all of her birthday festivities
Kristen, we love you oh so so much! From your love for Scandinavians to your never-ending hunger for sushi, you are the best co-(tri-?) blogger (and friend, uh duh) we could ever ask for.

To celebrate your special day and you being a quarter-century old, we've put together a playlist of birthday songs just for you. Beginning, of course, with Encore. (In case you guys didn't know, Kristen can rap the ish out of this song. We highly recommend you get her to do it for you at some point in your life.)

Krista & Stacey

"Encore" - Jay-Z
"Octopus (RAC Mix)" - Bloc Party
"Call Me on Broken Glass" - Annie Lennox/Carly Rae Jepsen
"Dancing with the DJ" - The Knocks
"I Got (DADA Remix)" - Young the Giant
"Shiver Shiver" - Walk the Moon
"TNT" - Zak Waters
"Storm Warning" - Hunter Hayes
"Never Fade Away (Benny Benassi Remix)" - Spector
"Just Say Yes" - Snow Patrol

Thursday, September 6, 2012

{THROWBACK} well not technically but...

Okay so this song isn’t technically a throwback but the music video definitely is and I’m, in a word, obsessed.

If I could supplant myself into a music video this would be it.

Well played, Mayer.


Any guesses??

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

{WE LOVE} roo panes. still.

Beautiful Roo Panes is back again with more brooding goodness care of Burberry Acoustic. At least in most of this video Roo doesn't really look directly into the camera, so you can safely watch at work without fear of getting lost in his eyes, even as he sings "But everyone knew that your gaze was my home."


{WE LOVE} gangnam style (racing presidents remix)

It’s no secret that TIOJ loves sports and all things DC so obviously, we are HUGE funs of the National’s Presidents Race. We love cheering for our favorite presidents (what up, Abe?) and laughing at Teddy. However, our love was taken to a new level this weekend when everyone’s favorite bobbleheads took on pop culture.

Much to my delight this Saturday, Teddy led the boys in a rousing dance to the awesome viral video “Gangnam Style”:

Dayum, that Teddy may not be able to race, but boy can he dance.

And in case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen the original viral video, check it out:

Hmmm, perhaps I’ll use this video for my own inspiration and chase Kristen and Stacey around this weekend to pay homage to 1:15. You’ve been warned.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


We're keeping this latest band math pretty simple, here goes:
Click ahead for the reveal of this duo of indie perfection...
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