Wednesday, October 31, 2012

{PLAYLIST} best of october

Dudes, this was one of the busiest and best months TIOJ has had in a long while.  This October we...

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

Best of October by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Damn" - The Royal Concept
No lie, this song has been in my head since Saturday and it's glorious.
"Seeds" - Hey Rosetta!
These charming Newfies have me under their spell.
"Cutty Love" - Milo Greene
I still can't get over how pretty this was live.
"LaLa" - Kids of 88
SO in love with the entire album for my new fave Kiwis
"Wind Blows" - Yukon Blonde
Yukon Blonde puts on an amazing live show, and I can't wait to see them when they roll through DC again!
"Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" - Bruce Springsteen
My theme song of Hurrication 2012.
"Don't Save Me" - Haim
Coolest girl trio out there (besides TIOJ, of course)
"We Are Ghosts" - James Vincent McMorrow
We've been hoarding this haunting, beautiful, creepy song for months -- perfect for Halloween!
"January Wedding" - The Avett Brothers
I'm so so happy I rediscovered how wonderfully happy this tune is.
"Tessellate" - alt-J
So sultry. So cool. I pretty much want to live in this song
"Gasoline" - Shovels and Rope
I wanna be half as badass as the lead singer of Shovels and Rope when I grow up.
"El Cerrito Place - Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter
I'd be okay if Kenny asked Grace to sing with him on every one of his songs from now on...
"Farmer & His Gun" - Charlie Simpson
Yet another British singer/songwriter to add to our iPods. Don't hate it. 
"National Anthem" - Lana Del Rey
Despite my better judgement, I kind of dig this song.
"Wait So Long" - Trampled by Turtles
After seeing these fellas at FreeFest, this song has been in regular rotation, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Now please excuse as we dry out from Hurricane Sandy, eat plenty of candy corn, and listen to our Election Jams on repeat and count down the days until all the political ads are over (5 days!!).

{WE LOVE} pumpkins dancing to ke$ha

Ghouls and goblins, may I please present to you my second favorite YouTube video of all time:

I recommend that you watch this at least 13 times in a row (preferably while trying to replicate the dance moves with your co-workers), then listen to our Halloween playlists (2011 or 2012) and/or our Spooky Scary Songza playlist!

{WE LOVE} werewolf music videos

For this Halloweeny edition of We Love Wednesday, I wanted to share two of my favorite favorite tunes for you to put on repeat for the rest of the day.

Naturally, "Thriller" is first. This is just the best.

(I suggest watching the whole thing, but if you can't -- the song starts at 4:40, and the greatest dance sequence in the history of music videos starts at 8:25.)

My other favorite werewolf video comes to you courtesy of 30 Rock. It would be pretty safe to say that "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" is stuck in my head a little more often than it should be.

Enjoy your Halloween (with these two playlists on repeat), and watch out for ghosties!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

a new favorite from an old favorite

I made one of the greatest playlists I've ever made (not to brag or anything) for all of my travels this fall. While listening to it this weekend, I (re)discovered some really wonderful songs. Among them: the Avett Brothers' "January Wedding."

The lyrics of this song are kind of goofy -- but in the happiest of ways. My favorite one: "She keeps it simple and I am thankful for her kind of loving -- because it's simple." Well put, gentlemen.

haim is our jam

Let's compare the similarities between Haim and TIOJ, shall we:
  • Made up of three fabulous girls
  • Sisters (not technically.)
  • Talented musicians (HA.)
Okay so maybe we're not that similar to the three sister of Haim, but I think we can all agree that they're awesome. We've been enchanted with them since we first heard "Forever" and the girls keep wowing us with each new song they release.

I've become even more enchanted after watching this short documentary of them put together by Red Bull Soundstage. Definitely recommend checking it out to catch a glimpse of what it's like to sing with your sisters, tour with your parents, and be serious up-and-comers on the music scene. Watch the teaser below and watch the entire video here.

via Pigeons & Planes

Monday, October 29, 2012

{RECAP} the royal concept, atlas genius, and wolf gang

Hurricane Sandy may be wrecking havoc around us, but we're still riding the high from the awesome concert we attended on Saturday to care too much (plus, we have this playlist to cope). We had SUCH a fun time at U St. Music Hall seeing The Royal Concept, Atlas Genius, and Wolf Gang, which should come as no surprise since each band comes from our three favorite countries Sweden, Australia, and England, repsectively.

PERFECT indie pop lineup
We were most excited to see The Royal Concept, who we've been following loyally since they were just The Concept.  The Swedes had SO much energy, were very appreciative of the lively crowd, and quipped the perfect mantra for us DC-ers: "Music is better than politics."

One of the best parts of their set (besides David slowly stripping throughout the show) was when David took a break and started covering Bon Iver & Kanye’s “Lost in the World.” No lie, U Hall almost had two music bloggers passed out on the floor; faint from musical happiness.

Loved loved loved hearing their new single "World on Fire" and still can't get enough of their first song "Damn."

Atlas Genius' “Trojans” has been a staple on our everyday playlists and it more than lived up to expectations live. Bonus points to their bassist who looked like an Australian version of Evan Chambers from Greek.

Wolf Gang did a baller job closing out the night and kept up the amazing energy of the night. We loved hearing their new song “Horizons” and cannot stop listening to “Lions in Cages."

Please excuse us while we download their entire album. Needed.

Also...we decided to get goofy with The Royal Concept and teach those Swedes the beauty of the TIOJ awkward picture and the sorority squat.
obekväma (Swedish for awkward...)


On repeat in my brain right now: Bruce Springsteen's "Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)." This is further proof that there's a Bruce song for every occasion. Stay safe and enjoy your hurrication!

Friday, October 26, 2012

one more spooky song for your weekend!!

This latest jam from Holy Ghost! wasn't quite spooky enough for our Halloween playlist, but it's WAY too good not to share with y'all. PLUS, I found this video that uses footage from an 80's Halloween party as the backdrop for this song. Perfection.

If you like M83, Miike Snow, Cut Copy, or any of that type of ish -- you better check this out:

{PLAYLIST} halloween

Happy Halloween, friends!! What are your costume plans? And more importantly, can someone tell us which weekend we're supposed to celebrate this year? Worst case scenario, we are definitely okay with eating Sour Patch Kids and dressing up two weekends in a row -- it's a price we're willing to pay.

So press play and get ready to jam to some spooky scary tunes with us!

Halloween 2012 by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Costume Party" - Two Door Cinema Club
"Ghost" - Sr. Sly
"Devil Town" - Bright Eyes
"We Are Ghosts" - James Vincent McMorrow
"Dead Man's Bones" - Dead Man's Bones
"Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" - Father John Misty
"Weighty Ghost" - Wintersleep
"Ghost" - Fairy Tale feat. Misty Miller (Dream Remix)
"Reagan's Skeleton" - Yeasayer
"Your Bones" - Of Monsters and Men
"Cemeteries of London" - Coldplay
"Ghosts" - The Head and the Heart
"Ain't No Grave" - Johnny Cash

See also: Halloween 2011 (one of our most favorite playlists to date)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

{RECAP} lucius and milo greene

If there are two bands you absolutely need to add to your collection right now, it's Lucius and Milo Greene. Do it right now. We caught both of these groups at Rock and Roll Hotel on Tuesday night, and they. were. awesome.

Lucius was such a happy surprise. We had heard of them just in passing, but we were so so impressed by them. They definitely grabbed our attention with all of their percussion (especially when a broken drumstick led to playing the drums with a maraca AND the excellent use of cowbell -- can TIOJ join your band??) and hipstery outfits.

Anyone that wears matching outfits gets major points in TIOJ's book. Anyone who has matching bowties AND mustaches gets so many extra points. Winner: Lucius.

And of course, Lucius' music was great too. We especially loved "Turn It Around," but the best part was when they came out into the crowd at the end of their set to serenade us with a cover of Buddy Holly's "You Don't Matter Anymore."

After talking to Marlana from Milo Greene last week, we knew that they were going to be a great show, and they definitely didn't disappoint. Right away, we were impressed with how five very distinct (and beautiful) voices blended so well.

each person in Milo Greene plays approximately five instruments
Choosing our favorite songs from the set is as hard as choosing our favorite band member -- it changes with each song. But we especially loved how emotional both "Perfectly Aligned" and "Cutty Love" were:


Up next: The Royal Concept, Wolf Gang, AND Atlas Genius on October 27 -- see you all there!

michael jackson vs. vampire weekend

I need some help. I stumbled upon this mashup of Michael Jackson's "Rock with You" and Vampire Weekend's "Run." I love both these songs seperately, but I cannot for the life of me decide if I love them together. All good things do not necessarily mesh well, and while I would dearly love to embrace this mashup of two of my favorite artists, I can't endorse it yet.

Michael Jackson vs. Vampire Weekend - I Wanna Run With You (P. Lee Edit) by Patrick Lee on Grooveshark

Is it too repetitive? Too airy? Too fabulous? Thoughts?

(Full disclosure: I'm leaning towards loving this...)

{THROWBACK} "poison"

This song has been stalking me. On Marvin's rooftop, at wine bars in Tennessee, and between sets at Rock & Roll Hotel; I can't escape it. And it's pretty much the best thing ever.

Without further ado, let's throw it back to Bell Biv DeVoe's 1990 classic "Poison":

(Sorry I'm not sorry that I've posted this throwback multiple times.)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

a lil' bit of lil' wayne to start off your world series

It's still really hard for me to watch baseball because the Nationals are donezo... but luckily for everyone in the DMV, those dang St. Louis Cardinals lost to the San Francisco Giants on Monday night. While Giants fans can be really mean (I'm talking Philly level and then some, people), they do have one fan that takes the cake -- none other than Lil' Wayne.

Lil' Wayne led the San Francisco crowd in a rousing version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in Game 6, which clearly inspired those bearded goofballs to trounce St. Louis. Unfortunately, he may need to work on the melody a bit if he wants to sing during the World Series (which starts tonight!).

Think Lil' Wayne and Nelly had a bet going on whose team would win? I hope so.

{WE LOVE} charlie simpson

At TIOJ, we're suckers for a good British singer-songwriter (see: Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran, Luke Sital-Singh) and thankfully Ffi of Little Black Heart has brought another one into our lives.

Charlie Simpson is a talented singer from London who's made a name for himself after living the dream with the early 2000's boy band, Busted (taking a note from Kenny of Vacationer/The Starting Line fame).  His music has the perfect acoustic, easy, autumnal vibe that we can't get enough of lately.

(Want more? Listen to "Thorns" too!)

Charlie not only has an incredible voice and eyebrows that would make Peter Gallagher jealous, but he's also a little daredevil. He's currently training to get in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing a gig in the coldest inhabited place in the world: Omyakon, Siberia. He's like a musical Bear Grylls. Swoon.

Hopefully, we'll report back in November with his performance!

Get more info on Charlie and download his free EP on Facebook.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

{INTERVIEW} luke sital-singh

We're so excited to share our interview with British singer-songwriter (and Kristen's latest crush) Luke Sital-Singh. Read ahead as we chat with Luke about his musical inspirations -- and as a bonus, listen to a playlist of his favorite jams to listen to on tour. 

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourself! Where are you from? How did you get where you are music-wise?
I'm a songwriter born and bred in London, where I'm currently based. I've been writing songs for nearly 10 years altogether, but I'm only just breaking through. I've got where I am by not giving up. I don't think it's ever crossed my mind to give up. I've always been supported 100 percent by family and friends, so it's been relatively easy to keep chugging away for so long.

How would you describe your music?
My songs are simple, intense, and, for the most part, honest explorations of emotion. I'm massively indebted to the singer/songwriter tradition, and I'm heavily inspired by songwriters like Neil Young, Jeff Buckley, Bruce Springsteen, Damien Rice, Josh Ritter, and Tallest Man On Earth. Sonically, I love artists like Bon Iver and Sigur Rós.

Where do you find inspiration for your music?
Everywhere and anywhere I can. I'm not a prolific writer; I like every song to be good enough to release. But I'm always fishing for potential songs (although mostly unconsciously). I tend to log things that interest me in the back of my mind as I go through daily life. Watching films, TV, reading books and poetry, talking to friends, etc. -- when I sit down to write, all the stuff just comes out as if it's been sorted and filtered while I was asleep.

Who is your dream musical collaboration?
I'd do a record produced by Justin Vernon with orchestral arrangements by Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Rós and co-written with Josh Ritter and David Bazan.

Click ahead for a playlist of Luke's favorite jams and his plans to come to the US!

Monday, October 22, 2012

{RECAP} hey rosetta!, yukon blonde, the jezebels

As you know, the hockey lockout has been really hard on us. Like, really really hard. We're approaching Movember, and our hearts are just hurting for bearded, hairy Canadians to come back into our lives. The best solution: a Friday night concert with a lineup that was two-thirds Canadian. Mostly acceptable alternative.

First up was TIOJ fave Hey Rosetta!, whom we love for many many reasons -- most notably that they're from Newfoundland (and when Kristen told them that she's been to Newfoundland, they looked at her like she was crazy and couldn't understand why...). Their live version of "Seeds" was so incredible, and we just couldn't stop staring at those beautiful Canadians.

While we're at it, let's talk about how much guitarist Adam Hogan looks like Washington Capital Kloten Flyer Brooks Laich (it hurt my soul to even write that):

I guarantee that you will get no more work done today.
Sorry I'm not sorry.
so tell us, what kind of product do you use?

Next up was Yukon Blonde, who were a bit late after learning about DC traffic the hard way. Needless to say, they didn't miss a beat (ha!). These fellas had so. much. hair. (and for us to say that is saying something....), and they had such a great 60s-mixed-with-80s vibe (an unusual combo, but it's true -- think Beach Boys meets a little bit of REM). Among our favorites by these guys were "My Girl," "Iron Fist," and "Stairway."

The Jezebels closed out the night at Rock and Roll Hotel, but we got a little (read: a lot) distracted by the dance floor upstairs... and we were too busy speaking in Canadian to focus on those kiwis.  

Up next: Milo Greene at Rock and Roll Hotel TOMORROW! We'd love to have you join us, and in case you missed it, be sure to check out our interview with Marlana.

PS22 + the lumineers are my jam

This PS22 cover of "Ho Hey" makes me okay with the weekend being over...

Friday, October 19, 2012

happy weekenddddddddddd!!

Hope y'all have exciting plans for the weekend.  Whether you're hitting the clubs or hitting the couch, this new jam from Trey Songz and T.I. is the perfect pump up jam for your Friday night.

(Note: Grandma, listen to this version)

If you're still looking for something to do tonight -- we highly recommend hanging out with the hottest bands (and coolest girls) in DC at Rock 'n Roll Hotel tonight.

{PLAYLIST} election jams

Good news, everyone! In just 18 days, you’ll stop being completely inundated with campaign ads (we’re very excited about Christmas commercials taking their place...). But in the spirit of the debates, Washington, D.C.’s current (constant) political frenzy, and the upcoming election, we present to you TIOJ’s 2012 Official Election Playlist:

"Anything Could Happen" - Ellie Goulding
According to those pollsters -- this ish is pretty close, so who knows who will end up winning next month.
"It's Tricky" - Run DMC
Deciding who you’ll vote for can be tricky business. But regardless, we think it’s very vital to rock around vote!
"Choose" - David Guetta 
'nuf said. 
"Who Are You"- Who
An ode to all those random third-party or super local candidates that no one recognizes...
“Round and Round” - Imagine Dragons 
Listening to politicians talk in circles during debates is one of the most frustrating things. Ever. 
"I Need A Dollar" - Aloe Blacc
...or maybe just a little more to get us out of debt. 
"I Can't Decide" - Scissor Sisters
A (very polite) plea to all you undecideds out there: just pick already! Seriously. We’re ready for this to be over.
“Lonely at the Top” - Randy Newman
Being president seems like a really hard job. We’re glad we don’t have to do it.
"Big Decision" - Elliot Smith
Based on the 28,543 emails you get a day from every candidate under the sun, who you vote for on November 6 will be the biggest decision you make in the next four years. I guess we shouldn’t take it lightly.
"Made In America" - Kanye West, Jay-Z, & Frank Ocean
We wholeheartedly support a Jay-Z/Kanye ticket (although Frank may be a little more reliable as veep than Kanye...). Beyonce would be an excellent first lady. Watch the Throne 2016.

And in case you were wondering, this is our favorite politician:

Thursday, October 18, 2012

{THROWBACK} "pocket like it's hot"

Yes, you read that correctly.  Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion? all these name changes are confusing me) recently teamed up with perhaps the most brilliant brand ever to remix his classic song "Drop It Like It's Hot."

Enter, Hot Pockets.

Not sure much else needs to be said other than the fact that I would not hate receiving the "Hot Cheese" bling circa 1:06 for Christmas this year.

"I just heat it up, to eat it up"

via A.V. Club

(Also, speaking of Hot of my favorite Jim Gaffigan bits)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

{NEW} swiss lips "in the water"

So excited to share the latest jam from one of my most favorite up and coming acts out of England, Swiss Lips.

"In The Water" is only the fourth song that the quintet has put out, but if this upbeat indie pop jam is any indication of what else is to come, we're totally on board.


Guess who!
Click ahead to find out who we're listening to right now...

{WE LOVE} kids of 88

It's been a while since I posted about a band from down under, but, thankfully, New Zealand's Kids of 88 are breaking that streak. As a fellow kid of 88, I've fallen quickly in love with their hand clap ready jams that have the perfect blend of 80's goodness and modern electro-pop vibes.

The guys have toured with fellow kiwis The Naked and Famous as well as Ke$ha, so if you like either of those groups, definitely check them out!

Their album Modern Love just dropped a few weeks ago and we're loving the track "LaLa":

Also can't get enough of this weekend-ready jam from their album Sugarpills:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

{INTERVIEW} milo greene

TIOJ recently had the pleasure of chatting with Marlana of Milo Greene, one of our most favorite mellow bands. Read ahead as we chat with her about cinema, 90s throwbacks, and the band's upcoming show in DC!

Listen while you read:

Tell us about the origin of the band and how you came to be called Milo Greene.
When Robbie and Andrew were in college together, they were in a band together and used the fictitious name of Milo Greene as their booking agent and manager. After they graduated, they wanted to collaborate together full time. [Once] we all got together, we decided to name the project Milo Greene as a tribute to the fake manager.

How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it before?
We like to say it’s cinematic pop.

Speaking of cinema -- you guys recently released the film Moddison to accompany your album. What was the inspiration behind creating the film?
When the band started, we wanted to write music that we felt could be played as a score. We watch a lot of movies and are really inspired by that. We really wanted to have our music put to movies, and we figured the best way to go about doing that would be to do it ourselves. We wrote a script, got a friend to direct, and got a crew together. In five days we filmed the whole thing. And now it’s out, so our dreams came true!

(Seriously dudes, watch the video below.  It's crazy beautiful and bittersweet.)

How did you all collaborate when making this video? 
Filming Moddison was very collaborative -- we all have a very similar taste and style. We were all on the same page about how we wanted it to look and feel. So we did, and we did it without killing each other.

Do you think you’d pursue creating a film companion to future albums?
I hope so! It was really a fun experience and we learned a lot -- there was a lot of paperwork and other stuff that I didn’t think about. I’d totally do it all over again.

Click ahead to read about driving on tour and some of Marlana's favorite tour memories...

shovels and rope is my jam

I love Shovels and Rope. Not only does this South Carolina duo make pretty, gruff, folksy music together, but they're damn hilarious. If you don't believe me, check out their FAQs on their website in which they encourage readers to eschew normalcy and re-explore the Triceratops vs. Torosaurus debate.

Shovels and Rope also happen to throw a mean impromptu concert in offbeat places. Case in point: this rendition of their song "Foresaken Blues", performed in the back of a van, is pretty stellar.

If you need some more convincing, or are simply now as addicted as I am, I highly recommend watching their vid for "Gasoline", seemingly performed in a South Carolina swamp.

lee brice is my jam

Some days are just country music days. Normally those days are reserved for summer, but as I was driving and flipping radio stations this crisp fall morning, I came across Lee Brice's "Hard to Love." It turns out that I've Shazam-ed this song about three times... so at least I'm consistent in my increasingly old age?

Monday, October 15, 2012

this beard, er, cover is my jam

People, I have a confession.  When I first heard the new No Doubt single I was unimpressed. It just sounded so similar to their piror music that I felt like I was being transported back to their 1995 glory days and while I'm normally all for that (particularly on Thursdays) it just wasn't doing it for me.

THEN, I discovered this cover of "Settle Down" by Tommy Miller & Justine Dorsey of the brilliant YouTube channel Steamy in the City.  The two have incredible voices and add a folky vibe to the song that is much more up my alley.

Also, I may or may not be obsessed with Tommy's beard.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

a sultry sunday jam from ∆ (alt-J)

I cannot even begin to count how many times I've listened to "Tessellate" by ∆ (alt-J) in the past week. It is just SO cool and sexy and yes...just listen...

BONUS: Check out this Mumford & Sons cover of the jam:

Friday, October 12, 2012

"winter is for kierkegaard"

I suppose I should be surprised that I could be so entranced by an ode referencing a nineteenth-century existentialist but I'm not. Tyler Lyle's "Winter is for Kierkegaard" is an acoustic stunner. It's possible I'll just never be able to resist a folksy man serenading me and I'm okay with that.

(Speaking of Kierkegaard, if you haven't checked out Kim Kierkegaardashian on Twitter, you're missing out.)

{PLAYLIST} dance dance dance!

We here at TIOJ love to dance. Whether it's out at a concert or by ourselves in the car/Metro/kitchen, we're always groovin'. So, we thought it fitting to start this weekend off rocking out to our some our favorite new and old dancing jams.

Press play and let the desk dancing begin!
DANCE DANCE DANCE by this is our jam on Grooveshark
Dancing With the DJ - The Knocks  
Dancing By Myself - Billy Idol  
D-D-Dance - The Royal Concept  
All She Wants To Do Is Dance - Don Henley
Lights and Music - Cut Copy  
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston  
She Moves In Her Own Way - The Kooks  
Safety Dance - Men Without Hats   
Express Yourself - Diplo  
sol - Mausi

If you're looking for a place to show off your moves tonight, may we suggest hitting up DC 9's Liberation Dance Party?? All Things Go is hosting it this week (and it features a special performance by Queen of Hearts). Be sure to RSVP here!

p.s. In case you missed it, the lovely ladies over on The Everygirl did a fun interview with us. Be sure to check it out here!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

{THROWBACK} biz markie

Oh man, guys, I just stumbled upon perhaps the most glorious "where are they now" moment. Remember 90's rapper Biz Markie of the often imitated, never duplicated "Just A Friend"...

(Side note -- I am obsessed with the hilarity of this music video/it's plot resemblance to Bring It On)

WELL. It appears that Biz has used his rap expertise to educate the younger generation as a "special correspondent" for Yo Gabba Gabba with his recurring feature Biz's Beat of the Day.

Serious props to Yo Gabba Gabba, a TIOJ fave, for seriously keeping it real and promoting awesome jams at a young age.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

{WE LOVE} macklemore & ryan lewis

I've been into Seattle rapper Macklemore and his producer Ryan Lewis since I saw them at Lollapalooza this summer. Macklemore puts on a wonderful live show and distinguishes himself by rapping about interesting issues from having to shop at thrift stores to his dreams of being like Mike growing up.

A friend of TIOJ recently introduced us to the video for Macklemore's jam "Same Love," which recounts the story of a gay couple and their journey together.  It's a beautiful song and video that's definitely worth watching all the way through (may or may not have teared up at some points).

On a completely different note, Macklemore ALSO has a British alter ego that loves to dance (don't we all).  This video is equally worthy of your viewing and fills the LMFAO-sized hole currently in our hearts.

Macklemore's show in November is already sold out. Good luck stalking Craiglist for tickets.

{WE LOVE} grace potter and kenny chesney duets

Kenny Chesney and I have a couple of things in common. One, we both love high school football. We both have a fondness for the beach (and not wearing shoes). We both have a soft spot for literature (he has an album called Hemingway's Whiskey; I was an English major and love whiskey). And lastly, we both have pretty major girl crushes (or maybe his is a regular crush?) on Grace Potter.

Kenny Chesney's "You and Tequila" started my crush on Grace Potter (before I fell in love a little more at FreeFest 2011). But now they've topped themselves with "El Cerrito Place." Even though all of Kenny's songs gives off a summery vibe, I think this works for a sleep fall-ish jam, don't you?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

{IF YOU LIKE...} mumford & sons

If you've been listening to and loving the latest Mumford & Sons album Babel and need to give that album a break, we've got some new jams you may like!
Click ahead to rock out to the banjo, fiddle-filled jams from Minnesota rockers, Trampled by Turtles!

{RECAP} virgin mobile freefest

TIOJ closed out the 2012 festival season with Virgin Mobile's FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion this past weekend. We had so much fun tailgating, wandering through the dance forest, and catching some of our most favorite musicians. In keeping with giving out Best Of awards (like we did with Firefly and Lollapalooza), please check out our recaps below:

Best. Just THE BEST: Alabama Shakes
We can’t even put it into words. Brittany’s voice is just SO incredible. Go buy their entire album pronto.

Most Costume Changes: Santigold
We were so impressed with not only Santigold, but also her dancers. There were a total of three costume changes, two umbrellas, and one horse. Seriously, since Saturday, we’ve been listening to “Disparate Youth” on repeat and have inked Santigold’s name on to our girl crush list.

Most Likely to Make You Feel Old: Penguin Prison
Guys, we were older than most people at Penguin Prison by approximately five years. And while that didn't keep us from dancing our little hearts out to "Fair Warning," it did provide for some excellent people-judging watching.

Most Likely to Cause a High School Flashback: Ben Folds Five
I think it's pretty safe to say that Ben Folds was a constant in soundtrack to most of our high school lives. And when the Five (even though there are just three of them) get together and play "Landed," "Brick," and "Army," it sounds just like you're cruising home from school with your brand new driver's license.

Most Likely to Cause Us to Want to Play an Instrument: Trampled by Turtles
It's common knowledge that TIOJ has high high hopes of one day starting a percussion band. Seeing Trampled again made us want to add in a fiddle and a banjo, so we're currently taking applications...

Best Bromance: ZZ Top
There are no words to describe how amazing, iconic, and completely BADASS ZZ Top's performance was Saturday night. Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill were in fine form with their hilariously choreographed onstage moves and were, quite frankly, the most charming bros I've seen in years. When you factor in that they've been together since 1969 and have released 15 studio albums, do you really expect anything less?

Best Use of the Saxophone: M83
Despite being SO COLD, it was great that M83’s set was at night. Their light show and overall set was incredible, further establishing my never-ending obsession with the saxophone solo during “Midnight City.”
(p.s. Thank you, new (I’m guessing part-werewolf) friend, for letting me warm my perpetually cold hands on your questionably hot back)

As always, well done, Sir Richard Branson.  See you next year!

Monday, October 8, 2012

adele + james bond are our jam

The title track for the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall was just released, sung by none other than the flawless Adele. Check out the beautiful new track AND we highly recommend listening to it while staring at the equally beautiful Mr. Bond.

hotness via Highlight Hollywood
See also: (you're welcome.)

Friday, October 5, 2012

happy weekend!!

Ready for the weeeeekend?? Whether you're dancing around to Penguin Prison tonight or resting up for FREEFEST tomorrow, we've got a good weekend jam for ya!

Check out the latest mashup of Ke$ha and Deadmau5 from our boy DOSVEC:

Be sure to check back -- once this jam hits 3,000 views you'll get to download it for free!

i have a crush on luke sital-singh

The YouTube gods, they were so good to me this morning, y'all. I randomly (serendipitously) stumbled upon Luke Sital-Singh, his gorgeous voice, and his adorable hipster glasses on the latest installment of the Best Fit Sessions. I cannot think of a better way to start my workday than by listening to this super-talented Brit. Krista wants to know what is in water in England that produces such swoon worthy singer songwriters.

I found Luke even more compelling (if possible) after seeing his interview with Any fella who is that cute and cites everyone from Kenny G, Radiohead, Simon & Garfunkel, Slipknot and System of Down as early musical inspirations is worthy of a listen.

For more jams by Luke, check out his Soundcloud.

{PLAYLIST} freefest 2012

TIOJ and friends before Dinosaur Arms Cee Lo Green
at FreeFest 2011
It's finally here! We are so so excited to be headed up to Merriweather Post Pavilion tomorrow for the greatest day of free music of the year (Virgin Mobile FreeFest, duh). We can't even handle all the great music that's coming our way tomorrow. These are some of the jams we're looking forward to most and that we'll have on repeat all day today in preparation.

(PS, come say hi if you're going to be there tomorrow! We'll be the tailgate with the balloons... and of course, you can always holla at us on twitter @thisisourjamdc if you want to join us for a set!)

"Fair Warning" - Penguin Prison
"Reunion" - M83
"Say So" - Allen Stone
"Cherry Wine" - Nas ft. Amy Winehouse
"Codeine" - Trampled by Turtles
"Sharp Dressed Man" - ZZ Top
"Say Aha" - Santigold
"Michael Jackson" - Das Racist
"Hang Loose" - Alabama Shakes
"Rockin' the Suburbs" - Ben Folds Five

And just for the record: we agree with these children that Skrillex sounds like lions. That being said, we still may wander over his way tomorrow.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

{RECAP} the dig

Last night The Dig kicked off their most recent tour at The Red Palace. I was excited to see them live after the witty interview that they did with us a few weeks back and finally catch a show at Red Palace.

Prior to the show, I was eating sushi and watching CSPAN in a bar (obviously, we’re in DC after all…) and was describing The Dig to friends saying “As Vampire Weekend and Vacationer are to summertime, The Dig is to autumn.” I feel like after seeing these dudes live, the description is rather accurate. Subtract the bright sounds of a band like Vampire Weekend and switch it over for rockier, boot-weather fall vibes, and you get The Dig.

Emile (aka Samantha Jones) strumming away
While Red Palace is by no means huge, every person there (aka all the hipsters in DC) was totally into the band. I’m a sucker for upbeat jams to dance to and myself and the crowd most enjoyed rocking out to “Hole In My Heart.”

The guys continued to impress throughout the show. At times they would remind me of bands like The Black Keys or The Antlers, but overall maintained a very unique and impressive sound.

If you’re not in the DC area, be sure to check them out on their tour!

"national anthem" is my jam

I have to admit--I was pretty anti-Lana Del Rey from the start, but I've been completely swayed. I like Lana Del Rey now, but mostly, I just find it amusing that she looks so much like Marissa's little sister from the OC. You know--the girl whose pony had alopecia.

Lana's tongue-in-cheek video for "National Anthem" is not quite a throwback, but has an irresistable retro-vibe that invokes Marilyn Monroe, the Kennedys and Mad Men. I'm pretty much charmed.

{THROWBACK} "i can"

In preparation for Freefest this weekend, we've been jamming to the entire lineup on repeat all week. It's fitting then to throwback to the token rapper of the Freefest lineup, Nas.

Also, in case you didn't realize, let Stacey share exciting news about Nas' performance on Saturday:
"guysssss lauryn hill is going to be with nas at freefest, i'm so exciteddddd"

Glad to see that Nas hasn't stopped rapping out advice. Check out his latest jam, "Daughters":

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

dear solange, i want to be you

That is all.

(Dudes, that would make me Blue Ivy's godmother. Yes.)

{WE LOVE} mlb postseason

Let's review three of my most favoritest things ever, shall we? In no particular order:

     1. Bruce Springsteen
     2. baseball (and sports celebrations)
     3. sports commercials

This is what happens when you combine all of those things. It's perfect.

Did you see Bryce Harper in there?? I hope there's a lot of that this fall.

Guys, I'm so excited. I might cry.

{WE LOVE} npr's first listen

One of the great things about today’s music scene is that, thanks to sites like NPR, you’re able to stream albums BEFORE they’re released, giving you a chance to debate if they’re worth cashing in on the $20 iTunes gift card you got in your Christmas stocking last year (or maybe it's just me that hoards these until I can find the *perfect* song to download...).

This week, NPR has a bunch of new albums to stream that and through all of this streaming, I've fallen quickly in love with a bunch of new music.  First up, Lord Huron. I'm totally digging the title track "Lonesome Dreams," which you can listen to over on NPR, but my favorite may be "Brother":

Lord Huron will be playing at Black Cat Backstage on Sunday night. There is a definite likelihood that, assuming we survive FREEFEST, we will be there swaying along to these sweet folk rock jams. 

Next, I love love love "Locked Out" by Freelance Whales:

You can get a free download of the song here AND the band will be at the 9:30 Club on Halloween!

Also highly recommend checking out Miguel's album if you're in need of some good new baby-making music as well as the new funky Beatles-esque Tame Impala album. So much music, so little time.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

{AS SEEN ON TV} nbc promos

Things that I enjoy about fall:
  • Pumpkin-spiced lattes
  • PS22 kids coming back to school
  • Jumping in piles of leaves
  • The return of my favorite TV shows 
I've been loving the new season of Parks & Rec (especially since they popped over to our stomping ground!) and I've also been loving the mellow song that's been playing the NBC promos that I grudgingly can't fast forward through.

Check out "Run Forever" by Dave Thomas Junior and see what I'm talking about:

"There's never been a better time to be alive"

Monday, October 1, 2012

{GIVEAWAY} BRAINSTORM & more at Black Cat 10/10

If you're anything like us, you're struggling through your Monday and wishing it was time for the weekend (read: FREEFEST) already.  Lucky for you, we've got an exciting giveaway to lift your spirits!

We're giving away two tickets to see BRAINSTORM at Black Cat on October 10.  The band is from Portland, OR and obviously, super cool (see: Portlandia).  Check out their video for "Flat Earth" and see for yourself.

The dudes are opening for Dinosaur Feathers and Shark? -- so be sure to check those kids out too if you're interested.  True life: I had a minor giggle attack watching this Dinosaur Feathers video (kind of makes me miss Fraggle Rock...).

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a mellow start to a hectic week

This week marks another concert-filled week for TIOJ. We’ve got Two Door Cinema Club Tuesday, Penguin Prison Friday, FREEFEST all day Saturday, AND The Dig on Wednesday night. Conveniently, The Dig is so cool and chill and that they’ll be a welcome stop on our concert tour of the DMV this week. Check out our favorite mellow jam “I Already Forgot Everything You Said” and join us on Wednesday to see them at Red Palace!


(Related: TIOJ Interviews The Dig)
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