Friday, November 30, 2012

remix roundup

We love original jams, but sometimes it's so refreshing to discover a remix that completely reworks the song you've listened too so many times on your iPod. Here are some of our faves at the moment:

Pacific Air - "Float (RAC Mix)"
"Float" by Pacific Air (formerly KO KO) was my easy, breezy jam this summer, but this new remix from superstar RAC gives the song a completely different vibe and takes it from poolside perfect to dance floor ready.

Metronomy – “The Look (TIP’s Shook Shook Rework)”
The original jam from Metronomy is one of those jams that is so happy and makes you kind of want to dance around like a nerd (just me? I may have watched the music video too many times...). But this TIP remix adds a cool factor to the original, making it sound like something I would play if I was DJ'ing at the end of the night in a dive bar in Columbia Heights. Ya dig?

Kesha - "Die Young (Remix - Featuring Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa & Becky G)"
Okay so this one isn't thaaaaat different from the original, but I just love Becky G on this track. Watch out, Nicki Minaj.

{PLAYLIST} waking up jams

These dark, cold mornings have been making it pretttttttty hard to get out of bed, amirite? And with three more weeks of the days getting shorter, it's going to get even worse. But we have a solution for you! Put on these jams, which will take you from your bleary-eyed first cup of coffee all the way to Metro, where you'll for sure be rocking out as you begin your commute.

 "I Need a Dollar" - Aloe Blacc
"Here Comes the Sun" - The Beatles
"Milk and Sugar" - G.Love
"Closer to Love" - Mat Kearney
"Get Up" - Carousel
"Honey" - Swim Deep
"Rise and Shine" - The Little Ones
"Take Me Over" - Cut Copy
"Amie" - Pure Prairie League
"We Turn It Up" - Oh Land

Thursday, November 29, 2012

tanlines tomorrow!

Who's playing with us and Tanlines at Black Cat tomorrow?????

The best part of this video: The Dwight Shrute-approved mock turtleneck. Saucy.

{PLAYLIST} best of november

November is wrapping up, which means two things: it is completely acceptable (and encouraged) to listen exclusively to Christmas music, and it's time to recap this wonderfully crazy, busy, and quick little month. In November, we:
 Listen to this playlist for Krista, Kristen, and Stacey's top 5 for the month of November:

Best of November 2012 by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"The Mother We Share" - CHVRCHES
OBSESSED. That is all. 
"Lights On" - The Pierces
Best lyric I've heard in a while: "Some people say that I want you for your money/But I really want you for your body."
"Mountain Sound" - Of Monsters and Men
Currently at the top of my to do list: go to Iceland, find out what's in the water up there, and meet cute little singers.
"How Will I Know/All That We Had Is Lost" - Postiljonen
Whitney Houston + Swedes + mellow vibes is the perfect recipe for one of the best covers I've heard in a while. 
"Pretty Face" - Sóley
Sóley's haunting voice is captivating on this somber ballad.
"Time to Run" - Lord Huron
 I'm so thankful that the musical fates combined to enlighten me with this song.
"& It Was U" - How to Dress Well
This song is the perfect explanation of "neo-soul" and I want more of it, pleaseandthankyou. 
"New York, I Love You" - LCD Soundsystem feat. Miles Davis
Words can't express how impressed I am with this seamless, elegant collaboration.
"Listen Up Sweetheart" - Yarn
Yarn is a beautiful combination of two of my most favorite things: bluegrass and snarky wit.
"Put the Gun Down" - ZZ Ward
ZZ Ward is the kind of singer that makes we wish I could sing. Or be Connie Britton in Nashville...
"I Gotsta Get Paid" - ZZ Top
After 30 years together, ZZ Top is still finding new ways to surprise their fans--case in point: this baller rap cover.
"Down in the Valley" - The Head and the Heart
The Head and the Heart has the most perfect fall/winter vibe, and I can't get enough.
"Social Studies" - Body Language
I had SO much fun seeing these guys live -- just sad that Grooveshark doesn't have their stellar new EP yet. Woof.
"Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey" - John Mayer
I wholeheartedly and unreservedly adore John Mayer. I'm not ashamed. I am, however, ashamed at how many times I've listened to this song in a row.
"Wagon Wheel" - Mumford and Sons
Favorite song, favorite cover. Done and done.

On tap for December: deets about Tanlines and Mates of State (and any other concerts we can fit into our schedules!), dozens of Love Actually references, a musical recap of 2012, and lots and lots of wonderful new holiday jams for y'all!

{THROWBACK} lohan holiday

In honor of all the Liz & Dick publicity that's been out there, just wanted to remind everyone that a) Lindsay has a younger sister, Ali and b) Ali released a Christmas album Lohan Holiday in 2006.

Couldn't think of a better way to kick off the Christmas season.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

{WE LOVE} bluegrass + whitney houston

Thank you, Kelly McFarling, for giving me something that has been strikingly absent in my music-loving life: a banjo-driven, soulful, bluegrass Whitney Houston anthem. I salute you, madam.

Props to friend of TIOJ Lindsay for bringing this cover to my attention. I am forever in your debt.

{WE LOVE} shout out louds

You know that moment when you're cleaning out your closet and suddenly find that sweater that you thought you lost ages and ages ago after some drunken night at a Hood Internet concert night with a small gathering of friends? You totally loved the sweater, but wrote it off as being lost forever and went on with your life.

Well, that's how I feel about the Shout Out Louds. They were my JAM in college. Like, tracked them down when I was studying abroad and saw them play in LUXEMBOURG (it was the best, by the by). I had totally forgotten about them until I happily stumbled across them on my Google Reader and realized that they're thankfully releasing their fourth album in February.

If their first single "Blue Ice" is any indication, it's going to be a wonderful album.

(Guys! They're also giving away 7'' of this single No biggie. Enter to win a Christmas present for me by emailing with the subject "Blue Ice Giveaway" -- more info here.)

Plus, some classic Shout Out Louds for old time's sake:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"dust and bones" is our mysterious jam

Here at TIOJ we love a good mystery and of course, a good song. Thankfully, Night Terrors of 1927 is keeping us satisfied on both fronts. Our world class Facebook stalking has left us with no information on this supposed duo. Not even an old prof pic with an ex-girlfriend...rude.

Thankfully, their jam "Dust and Bones" is such a BIG anthem of a song that we'll happily listen to it over and over again while we invent their back story. The song calls to mind some of our favorite go-to bands like Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, and Passion Pit while bringing something so new and exciting that a Band Math wouldn't do them justice.

To download the tracks and search for more clues, head over to the band's website or Neon Gold.

one more thing to be thankful for...

Thanksgiving may be over, but we're still giving thanks for new music discoveries and free downloads of said music. Enter, Johnny Stimson.

I played "Where It Goes" while I was home for Thanksgiving and Johnny's song literally made my Grandma and all of her sons stop their Black Friday scheming and perk their heads up to see where this lovely music was coming from. "Where It Goes" is a comfortingly beautiful song that showcases Johnny's talents as a singer-songwriter, bringing to mind some of our favorite singers like Mat Kearney, Marcus Mumford, and Phillip Phillips. Can't wait to hear more from him.

As a belated Thanksgiving treat, you can download the tracks for free here.

Monday, November 26, 2012

{RECAP} elle king, sóley, and of monsters and men

TIOJ had quite the night last Sunday between a gaggle of Icelanders and one very explicit cover song. Check it.

First up, Elle King. We were only able to catch a few of her songs, but we were completely enamored with what we heard. Not only did she do a pretty stellar rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Jackson,” but her cover of "My Neck, My Back" was one of the most hilarious covers we've heard. Ever. Let's be real, any time people sing inappropriate and overtly sexual songs in such a casual manner, we're sold (See: Ed Sheeran covering "Pony"). She's the ballsy, leather-wearing, badass singer we dream of being one day.

Seeing as TIOJ has a collective addiction to all things Scandinavian, there was a pretty high pre-show probability that we’d love Sóley based solely on her Icelandicness, but as soon as she walked on stage with her giant hipster glasses, our love was confirmed.

Charming Icelandenglish chatter peppered the downtime between quiet, haunting, and, at times, ambient songs ("The Sun Is Going Down" is a particularly gorgeous example). Seemingly peppy and entirely adorable Sóley performed more than one funeral song (including the somber “Wedding,” in which a dead girl coerces a man into marrying her), but Sóley’s not creepy, she swears (and we agree -- in fact, she's precious).

TIOJ is helpless before a looping pedal -- Sóley was absolutely hypnotizing during “I'll Drown,” looping her own vocals and bringing the house down with only an oddly-charismatic, matter-of-fact drummer, stoic guitarist, and her own backup singing as accompaniment.

We've been to the 9:30 Club too many times to count, but this was quite possibly the most crowded we've ever seen it. Major props must be awarded to OMAM from going to playing free shows just six months ago to packing the most famous venue in D.C.

As always, we were utterly charmed by the entire ensemble of OMAM. (Seriously. Can we talk about what is in the water up there that makes them so adorable? We’re more than a little in love with the bandana-wearing guitarist and vest-wearing drummer.) It was evident that we were not the only ones -- everyone at the venue just seemed so very happy to sing along with these Icelanders.

We loved singing our respective parts to "Mountain Sound" and got chills when literally the entire crowd lost their ish (impressive for a Sunday concert, we might add) and took over singing responsibilities during "Little Talks." Shout out to our new fave songs "Lakehouse," which, we've concluded, has the most "la la"-ing of any song we know, and “Sloom,” which has heartbreakingly earnest lyrics.

We've also concluded that there need to be more accordions and trumpets used in bands -- OMAM’s trumpeter/piano player/accordionist/Icelandic snow princess was mesmerizing as she jumped from instrument to instrument. Get on it, music industry. Please and thank you.

Friday, November 23, 2012

{PLAYLIST} brothers & sisters

We lovelovelove when bands are comprised of siblings. It makes us wish that we -- and our sibs -- were all musical. Whether you've absolutely had it with your little brother at this point or you're still having a great time with your big sis this Thanksgiving, these jams (from bands that include brothers and sisters) are the perfect addition to the end of your holiday weekend.

this thanksgiving, we are thankful for awkward family photos

"Forever" - Haim
"Girl In Love" - Smith Westerns
"The Valley" - Eisley
"Beggar In The Morning" - Barr Brothers
"Mexico" - The Staves
"Virginia Calling" - Sons of Bill
"Lights On" - The Pierces
"Wax" - Theme Park
"Lolita" - The Veronicas
"Ragoo" - Kings of Leon
"The Mother We Share" - CHVRCHES

PS -- are you going Black Friday shopping this year? Do you need extra inspiration? In return for these Black Friday jams, we'd like plenty of presents, please.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

{THROWBACK} thanksgiving parade edition


Did you run a Turkey Trot this morning? Are you taking a break from "helping" in the kitchen? Did someone throw their back out yet during the family football game (a yearly tradition in my family)?

Whatever you've done so far, odds are that you've watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this morning. So, in honor of Throwback Thursday and Thanksgiving, we'd like to remind you of the musical stylings of the young Aaron Carter.

And in case you were wondering, Aaron IS still alive.

My favorite excerpt from his Wikipedia page:
"In January 2012, Carter was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. He was eliminated in the first episode." #livingthedream

happy thanksgiving!!

One more thing for you to add to your gratitude list this Thanksgiving: Nicole Westbrook's "It's Thanksgiving," which will forever be known as the holiday version of Rebecca Black's "Friday."

You. are. welcome.

Reasons I am thankful for this video:
  • the extreme importance placed on mashed potatoes. Yes, they really are that crucial to any Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Fourth of July's month isn't specified as is Easter's (April), Christmas' (December), and New Year's (January). 
  • the rooster neighbor.
  • Nicole uses (some) proper grammar, unlike Miss Black ("we we we are gonna have a good time" trumps "we we we so excited").
  • the very passionate rap in which Nicole tells her (much younger) friends that she's thankful for them -- and mashed potatoes.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

{WE LOVE} sóley

As you know, TIOJ is a big fan of Icelanders. Enter: Sóley (of another fave, Seabear!). Her song "I'll Drown"is so hauntingly beautiful. We like it.

Good news, DCers! You'll be able to check out Sóley next week. She'll be with TIOJ-fave Of Monsters and Men on Sunday and then on her own at DC9 on Monday. Join us, won't you??

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

lord huron is my jam

Do you ever feel like you're destined to really really like some songs? Destined may be a strong word, but sometimes the fates all combine to convince you that a song is going to be one of your new favorites. The fates, in this case, were my musical muse Lauren, a lovely Songza playlist, and the geniuses over at Turntable Kitchen. I can't get enough of Lord Huron's "Time to Run."

Now. About the music video. When I started watching it, I was all about it. Beautiful song, beautiful scenery -- I'm sold. Then things got a little weird around the 3:00 mark. And by the fourth minute, I don't even know. Still, I have to hand it to Lord Huron for such an elaborate (and multilingual!), hipstery video.

Bonus! For even more Lord Huron loveliness, check out their Tiny Desk Concert over at NPR. I guarantee that it will improve the quality of your Tuesday as you power through your final few hours before Thanksgiving.


Here we go again!

Click ahead to find out!

Monday, November 19, 2012

mashup monday with wale + carousel

I would have NEVER imagined Wale and Carousel together, but White Panda has done it and I like it.

happy mashup monday!

when lcd soundsystem and mile davis collide

I wish I could find the words to adequately describe to you how gorgeous and heart-wrenching this YouTube duet by LCD Soundsystem and Miles Davis truly is, but no matter how I try and put it the fact that remains is this: you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you don't listen.

A million thanks to Hil for the heads up on this gem.

quite possibly the most TIOJ-est of covers. ever.

We are in a literal frenzy at the TIOJ offices after finding this's hard to find the right words to intro this song, so we'll let our friends over at The Chuckness do it for us:

"Postiljonen had me at Swedish. Then they had me at Whitney Houston cover. A combination of a Swedish, laid back, electro Whitney Houston cover left me picking pieces of my brain off the floor."

...and the ensuing TIOJ email chain:
STOP IT. yes. 

I can't even. So perfect.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

{RECAP} body language

This weekend DC's hottest club was Submerge. The pop-up art exhibition/music venue on H St. had everything. An army of blow up sex dolls, fancy port-a-pottys, a Car2Go, and musicians performing in their socks.

The best part of the evening was catching Body Language's performance. We'd seen members of Body Language perform with the guys of Vacationer, but this was the first time we got to see the Brooklyn band's full set and it was just as good as we anticipated.

shoes? who needs shoes?

I can't even begin to pick my favorite song of the night, so here's their entire new EP Grammar for your listening pleasure.

Props to All Things Go & Listen Local First for putting on such a baller show!

Friday, November 16, 2012

start your weekend smiling

The title track off Ra Ra Riot's upcoming album Beta Love is just so happy and the perfect song to start your weekend off smiling. I dare you not to love it.

DC people - get your tix for their show at 9:30 in January here!

{PLAYLIST} coming home

What the heck, guys -- it's already time for Thanksgiving?? While we're having a really hard time wrapping our brains around the fact that it's getting to be late-November (and winter), we have the perfect playlist to keep you company on the train/plane/automobile ride home, wherever it is that you're off to. Good luck with traffic and airport lines, and buy pretty things during your Black Friday marathon!

Press play for some especially homey tunes:

"93 Million Miles" - Jason Mraz
Coming Home by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Let's Go Home" - Carousel
"Born and Raised" - John Mayer
"Happy Home" - Onuinu
"Tattoos On This Town" - Jason Aldean
"Home" - Phillip Phillips
"Interstate 8" - Modest Mouse
"Home" - Dierks Bentley
"Every Night" - Imagine Dragons
"Find My Way Back Home" - Sons of Bill
"At Home" - Crystal Fighters
"Travelling" - Paper Lions
"Home Again" - Michael Kiwanuka
"Down in the Valley" - The Head and the Heart
"Stairway" - Yukon Blonde

Bonus! Our Thanksgiving jams from 2011 for a second helping of jams.

Holiday double bonus! Check out these playlists on 8tracks and a combined serving on Songza.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

DC's hottest club is...

Looking for something hip and fun to do this weekend?? May we recommend checking out our faves Body Language over at Submerge - H St's hottest club newest pop-up "art-happening."

The event, hosted by our peeps over at All Things Go and Listen Local First, includes DJ sets and performances from local DC bands including Brett, Young Rapids, and oh so many more. Tickets are $12 -- so get them on Eventbrite while they're hot and find out more info over on ATG.

True Life -- heard this song in Ann Taylor of all places and had a dance party in the dressing room. It was the best.

Bonus -- This Body Language remix of Hood Internet's latest original jam:

{THROWBACK} zz top + "25 lighters"

If it seems like I'm more than a little amused by ZZ Top, it's because I am. Not many bands could stay together for 33 years and still find new ways to surprise their fans but ZZ Top never fails to do so.  ZZ Top's newest tongue-in-cheek and, frankly, completely baller pseudo-throwback is a cover of "25 Lighters" by DJ DMD and Fat Pat which was originally released in 1999. Even if you aren't familiar with the original (I sure wasn't) this bluesy cover will amuse and entertain you to no end. I want to be as cool as Billy Gibbons when I grow up.

{THROWBACK} "please mr. postman"

When I was in elementary school, the entire second grade had a unit in which we learned about the postal system. Every class had its own street name (I was on Schwartz Circle), and we rotated being the mail collectors, processors, sorters, and deliverers. You could write letters to your friends in other classes, to your first grade teacher, or anyone else. And obviously, you got to design the stamp (for the record, stamps had just gone up to 32 cents at that point... none of this 46 cents craziness).

Naturally, we had a play or some sort of assembly for parents. And of course, we learned a song to perform. And now "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes always triggers memories of sorting mail in the second grade post office ("Return to Sender" was a close second, but we couldn't learn the words in time...).

Fun fact/nerd alert: once I told my mom that I wanted to be a mail deliverer when I grew up because they got to read a lot. Reading the names and addresses on envelopes seemed like a lot at the time... thanks for redirecting my focus, Mom.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

{WE LOVE} yarn

Guys, I have a new musical obsession. I've been listening to Yarn pretty much non-stop for the last month. This fun band is more than meets the ear. I suggest taking a close listen to their lyrics -- you'll find a whole lot of sass behind this upbeat bluegrass (my favorite for that: "25 Years"). But my most favorite of their songs is definitely "Listen Up Sweetheart."

(I owe a HUGE thank you to Lauren for enlightening my life with these guys!!)

{WE LOVE} fashions

Gotta give a major props to my brother for keeping me updated on new Brooklyn band, Fashions. I've been enchanted since their first single "Slip Away" and they're keeping me convinced with the release of their Young Heart EP.

Their songs have the perfect new wave/80's vibe that our Dad brought us up on, creating something like David Bowie's modern electro-pop lovechild. It's glorious.

Bonus -- love this interview that lead singer Matthew did with be you | be sure about being a "hipster." Check out his thoughts on Ray Bans, PBR, and Instagram here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

{NEW} jams from haim + alt-j

Man, there is SO much awesome new music coming out. We can hardly control our excitement, much less get a handle on our never-ending queue of jams starred on Google Reader. Still, we have to share the newest releases from two of our most favorite bands of the moment.

First up, Haim. These chicks are on a roll. After the awesomeness that was "Don't Save Me," they're at it again with another great jam that's slightly heavier (in the best way possible) than their other stuff. Shew, so excited for their full album...

Next, Alt-J. These dudes took after Alabama Shakes and released a song for the upcoming movie Silver Linings Playbook (WHO is in charge of the soundtrack for this movie?? I would like to date them, please). Anyway, the track is obviously awesome -- I have a hard time describing Alt-J since I think they're just so cool, so go ahead and have a listen to see for yourself.

nick jonas and the administration is my jam. yes, i'm surprised by this too.

I credit Shazam with being my closest ally in my musical education. So many songs I hear in random places would pass me by if Shazam didn't allow me to save those gems for a rainy day blog post.

A perfect example: I was minding my own business while innocently bargain shopping at TJ Maxx this past weekend, when I found myself humming along to a happy, incessantly catchy song playing on the stereo system. And yeah, it turns out that song was actually by Nick Jonas and the Administration, which was more than a little amusing at the time, but I'm not even mad about it. I'm still humming along and I guarantee you I might not have given the song a fair shake if it hadn't snuck up on me as I sifted through severely discounted designer dresses.

As a bonus: check out the J.May-esque "Olive and an Arrow" by Nick & co.

{DOWNLOAD} zak waters covers "gimme little sign"

We were trying to save this new jam from TIOJ favorite Zak Waters until the weekend, but no. It can't wait. It can't even wait until later today.

So just trust us. Press play. Dance at your desk (try not to spill your coffee...may have already happened over here). Download Zak's cover of Brenton Wood's "Gimme Little Sign" for free. And repeat.

And just because we love throwbacks so much -- here's the original. Throwback Thursday has come early this week :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

norfolk & western is my jam

How am I spending this mellow, gorgeous day off from work, you might ask? By swaying in my apartment to Norfolk & Western's entire discography. Not only does Norfolk & Western name-drop my hometown (obviously earning major points in my book), but the folksy and infectious band is comprised of musicians who have played with M. Ward, Laura Veirs, and the Decemberists so I essentially feel predisposed to love everything they sing. Most of Norfolk & Western's songs are nostalgic and ambient, with the occasional fantastic banjo hook thrown in--definitely worth a listen (or two...or three). Check out the beautiful and somber "How to Reel In" below.

How to Reel In by Norfolk & Western on Grooveshark


Guess who!

Click ahead to find out!

"don't you fret, my dear..."

Sad news. It appears that the Civil Wars may be on the path to breaking up...they've cancelled their remaining tour dates due to "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition." (via Buzzfeed)

While this news certainly bums us out, this beautiful NPR Field Recording of the duo playing at Sasquatch! makes us feel better and we're keeping our fingers crossed that we actually have nothing to fret about.

The Civil Wars : NPR Field Recording from NPR Music on Vimeo.

Also, can we please talk about how adorable and pregnant Joy is in this video??

Friday, November 9, 2012

{NEW} alabama shakes

Alabama Shakes have just released a new song "Alright Below" for the upcoming move Silver Linings Playbook. I have no idea what this movie about, but give me Alabama Shakes, my fellow Kentuckian Jennifer Lawrence, and Hollywood's hottest movie douchebag Bradley Cooper, and I'm sold.

{PLAYLIST} favorite covers

No matter how much we love original jams, there's just something about covers that does it for us. Whether it's one of our favorites being covered or doing the covering, a new look at hip hop classics, a certain pop summer anthem that's covered incessantly, or the coolest elementary school chorus EVER, we love 'em.

Press play to listen to an extra-long collection of some of our latest faves!

Favorite Covers by this is our jam on Grooveshark "If You Leave" (OMD cover) - Nada Surf
"Kids" (MGMT cover) - The Kooks
"Little Secrets"  (Passion Pit cover) - Chamberlin
"White Winter Hymnal" (Fleet Foxes cover) - Oh Land
"Someone Like You" (Adele cover) - Airto
"Wonderwall" (Oasis cover) - Ed Sheeran
"Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"  (Vampire Weekend cover) - Hot Chip feat. Peter Gabriel
"Heart It Races" (Architecture in Helsinki cover) - Dr. Dog
"Wait So Long" (Trampled By Turtles cover) - Motion City Soundtrack
"Sure Thing" (Miguel cover) - Trails and Ways
"Use Somebody" (Kings of Leon cover) - Laura Jansen
"Skinny Love" (Bon Iver cover) - Birdy
"Lights" (Ellie Goulding cover) - wanderhouse
"Knocked Up" (Kings of Leon cover)- Lykke Li
"Wagon Wheel" (Old Crow Medicine Show cover) - Mumford and Sons

Thursday, November 8, 2012

ZZ Ward is my girl

I am currently sitting on a balcony in Austin refreshing Craigslist for Grace Potter tickets for tonight and it feels like fate that, whilst refreshing, I've stumbled upon ZZ Ward.

ZZ Ward has the similar strong, female rock sound of Grace and I'm hoping that this sampler I'm listening to never ends...

Update: The final track "Last Love Song" is like Adele and Grace Potter did a duet. I'm dying.

Props to 1Band1Brand for introducing me to ZZ. Be sure to pop over to 1Band1Brand and download her sampler for name your price!

{THROWBACK-INSPIRED} how to dress well

Goodness me, I am OBSESSED with How To Dress Well's jam "& It Was U."  The song reminds me of acoustic Michael Jackson plus some modern beats, and a hint of Earth Wind & Fire/Stevie Wonder. So, pretty much, all of my favorite things.

But seriously -- I am such a sucker for a good falsetto.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

{WE LOVE} diamond rings

Diamond Rings is a long-time TIOJ favorite so we were pumped for the release of his sophomore album, Free Dimensional. Unsurprisingly, the entire album does not disappoint and has quickly found a spot on our regular commuting playlist.

For those of you new to Diamond Rings (aka John O'Regan) -- he's a super stylish Canadian who fuses dance-ready electronic jams with his impressive deep voice. The lead single off the album "I'm Just Me" is the pretty much the electronic-indie pop male version of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." Plus a fabulous light show. Sold.

Let's be real, the dude is sponsored by MAC Cosmetics. Baller.

I've already added a bunch of songs to future playlists, but I had to share the precious lyrics from "All The Time":

Want more? (You know you do) Stream the entire album on Soundcloud AND download this awesome Diamond Rings remix of the latest Stars song "The Theory of Relativity."

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

CHVRCHES is my jam

Of all the music I listened to this weekend, the song that's stuck with me is from Scottish band CHVRCHES.  Their latest song "The Mother We Share" is a wonderful electro-pop jam that was a fitting soundtrack to a family weekend.

CHVRCHES is currently on a European tour with Passion Pit and Chad Valley and after listening to this jam an undisclosed number of times, they're a perfect fit.

TIOJ bonus points awarded for this video. Babies in overalls are also our jam.


Happy Election Day!!!

We hope you all have already voted or have scoped out your lunch break voting route for later. To get you in the election spirit, we've got one of Kristen's favorite clips from The West Wing to inspire you as you exercise your civic duty:

Remeber to dress warmly and bring your iPod as you wait -- the lines are all super long and you might be at your polling place for a while (what we've learned first-hand: bring tissues too). And if you need a little something extra, here's our election playlist again.  We're kind of obsessed with it mostly because that first song, "Anything Could Happen," makes us registered Virginians pretty excited about our votes today.

Monday, November 5, 2012

some acoustic passion pit for your morning

There's nothing quite better than an acoustic Passion Pit set to start off your Monday...

Friday, November 2, 2012

"it's almost nighttime, and you know that's the right time to dance"

Guys. This Loon Lake remix is the PERFECT jam to start your weekend off dancing.

"Put your cherry on your lips and shake those sexy hips, tonight's the chance!"

via Kick Kick Snare

{PLAYLIST} daylight saving time jams

So we're falling back this weekend with the end of Daylight Saving Time... wish I could tell you that I understand what that means (things I will never understand as long as I live: daylight saving time, the monetary details of the NHL 50-50 split, and how flavored water exists).

sometimes you just really need a nap.

We've come up with a playlist that will help you ease your way into the sleepiness of winter. It'll also be pretty clutch as you nurse your hangover on Sunday morning -- since you'll have an extra hour of bar time on Saturday night.

Daylight Savings Time by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"Ms" - Alt-J 
"Dark Star" - Polica 
"Called Out in the Dark" - Snow Patrol 
"Ships in the Night" - Mat Kearney 
"This Is Not a Song" - Islands 
"Sleepy Eyes" - U.S. Royalty 
"Whispers in the Dark" - Mumford and Sons 
"Trouble Sleeping" - The Perishers 
"Blue Ridge Mountains" - Fleet Foxes 
"Louisiana 1927" - Old School Freight Train 

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