Monday, December 31, 2012

{PLAYLIST} best of december

Holy cow, how is December (and 2012) over already? In December we:
Listen to this playlist for Kristen, Krista, and Stacey's top 5 for the month of December:

Best of December 2012 by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Emmylou" - First Aid Kit
These Swedish sisters are my favorite folksy find of 2012.
"Blue Ice" - Shout Out Louds 
I am SO excited this band is finally coming out with new music. Yet another reason to look forward to 2013. 
"Honey Come Home" - The Head and the Heart
I've had The Head and the Heart on repeat all fall/winter. I'll keep it that way, please.
"Thinkin' 'Bout You" - Yuna
Yuna's soulful take on Frank Ocean's hit song is stunning.
"Closer" - Tegan and Sara 
As if seeing The Killers wasn't a surprise enough, having Tegan and Sara open was like receiving an extra concert ticket! 
"Letter to a Pretty Girl" - The Avett Brothers
Another new favorite from an old favorite.
"Guns Out" - Young the Giant
TIOJ's collective crush on YTG won't be fading anytime soon.
"The Old House Is Gone" - St. Lucia 
SO obsessed with this gaggle of South Africans after their killer show at U Hall. 
"Bruises" - Train (feat. Ashley Monroe)
Dear writers of Nashville, please include songs like this for Tami and Deacon to sing.
"Other People" - Beach House
It's no wonder Mates of State chose this song for their guest playlist on TIOJ--"Other People" is ambient and gorgeous.
"Treehouse" - Gold Fields 
One word: Australians. (Seriously. That show at U Hall was my dream) 
"Dance Around" - The Hackensaw Boys
I can't get over how wonderfully bluegrassy the Hackensaw Boys were.
"Waspy" - G-Eazy (feat. Tennis)
Three words: white boy rapping
"Fineshrine" - Purity Ring 
I was a little late on the Purity Ring bandwagon, but considering how much I've listened to this jam, I've more than made up for lost time.
"All of Me" - Tanlines
The perfect jam to get your New Year's Eve going (and help you dance your way into 2013!)!

Get ready for 2013, kiddos: we'll have plenty of concerts and jams to help you ease into the new year.

happy new year!

As we move to 2013 (for real, how is it 2013 already???), we here at TIOJ wish you the happiest of new years! We hope that you: properly celebrate the end of 2012, are able to stick to your resolutions, and have an outstanding 2013 (with plenty of new jams and concerts).

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

{RECAP} the hackensaw boys

It's my own fault that it's taken me so long to fully appreciate the Hackensaw Boys. I've had a few of their songs on my iPod for several years, I've added them to playlists here and there, and I've made mental notes when they've come through DC. But guys. I had no idea what I was missing. Kristen and I saw these fellas at the State Theatre in Falls Church on Thursday night, and it is safe to say that I'm a convert.

and ready to play banjo he was.
First of all, let's talk about the State Theatre, which is such a hidden gem on the greater DMV concert scene. It's an old converted movie theater, it was the location of my first non-major concert (Sons of Bill and Shooter Jennings complete with big black Xes on my hands), and it's within blocks of two former workplaces of mine. AND, more than that, when you're in there you feel transported out of suburbia and essentially in Central Virginia.

Danny Barnes opened up the night by simply telling everyone, "I'm ready to play the banjo now." He was an epic mumbler from Seattle (one of the few things I caught), and he knew his way around a looping pedal. Even though it was just Danny and his banjo, it sounded like there were at least six guys on stage. One of our faves was "Overdue."

Overdue by Danny Barnes on Grooveshark

Finally, it was time for Hackensaw. We saw a little old(er) man wandering around stagesetting up, and we mused about who he could possibly be. He. was. in. the. band. His name is Ward. He plays the guitar. He's our new best friend.

Kristen came up with quite possibly the best way to describe the 
Hackensaw Boys: "three fishermen, a man transported from the 
1950s, a crazy person, and a pretty prep school kid"
The Hackensaw Boys were so completely charming. It was so raw yet refreshing to see their pure joy in playing, especially in an age of such perfectly crafted set lists (they paused after every song to confer and decide what to play next). I still can't believe how quickly their hands were strumming -- it was kind of like watching a hummingbird. They have so much hair and so many beards, so they're naturally right up TIOJ's alley.

The drummer was a sight to be seen. This guy was so energetic, and he was wearing a full-body drum kid (that we later learned he invented and it's aptly called a charismo and it's made of assorted recycled metals). When the rest of the band would pause between songs to retune their instruments, the drummer would still be silently bopping along to a tune in his head.

We didn't cease to be charmed or impressed throughout the entire show. Easily the most impressive thing was that these guys jammed out so hard that they pretty continually shredded fiddle bows without being thrown off. During "Dance Around," the guy singing, no less, broke a guitar string and literally didn't miss a beat. He had his guitar restrung and tuned within 30 seconds tops. Color me impressed.

After last week, I've permanently added the Hackensaw Boys to my radar. True bluegrass, mighty impressive beards, and gems of musicians? I'm embarrassed it took me so long.

The Hackensaw Boys were the perfect wrap-up to a 2012 full of concerts. Check out what's coming up in 2013 and our full concert lineup!

Friday, December 28, 2012

{PLAYLIST} new year's jams

Happy (almost) New Year, friends!! We hope you have your resolutions all picked out, that you've stocked up on champy, and that you have a baller evening planned to ring in 2013.

cheers to 2013!!
New Year's Jams 2012 by this is our jam on GroovesharkThese jams are the perfect accompaniment to prettying yourself, pregaming, going to your party, or perhaps even watching a little bit of Dick ClarkRyan Seacrest's Rockin' New Year's Eve. Maybe you'll even find a nice taxi driver who will let you put it on in the car (um hello, everyone needs a Get Psyched Mix).

"Pop Danthology 2012" - Pop Danthology
"Global Concepts" - Robert DeLong
"Next Year" - Two Door Cinema Club
"Sweet Nothing" - Calvin Harris (feat. Florence Welch)
"And We Danced" - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
"Latch" - Disclosure (feat. Sam Smith)
"Next in Line" - Walk the Moon
"Clique" - Big Sean (feat. Kanye West and Jay-Z)
"United States of Pop 2012" - DJ Earworm

And in case you really miss 2011, check out our New Year's Jams from last year here.

g-eazy is my jam

There's nary a soul in my office today, so there's a strong to quite strong possibility I'll be sitting alone at my desk listening to this collab from G-Eazy and Tennis all day long as a consolation that Christmas holiday is really over and the real world has re-started.

I'm okay with this.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

13 bands to watch for in 2013

As 2012 comes to a close, we've been making predictions about which bands are going to make it big in the coming year. Last year, we had high hopes for Walk the Moon and Yellow Ostrich, who had wowed us with their awesome EPs in 2011, and their baller full-length albums in 2012 killed it. [Editors Note: We're also attributing what we call the "Harry Potter Bump" to a sizable portion of their success.]

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So, we've look into our crystal balls (a.k.a. iTunes) to list out the top 13 musical acts that we predict will make it big (or at least bigger) in 2013. These musicians have released EPs in the past year, and in some cases, we've just heard a couple of songs from them, but nevertheless, we're expecting big things for all of them in the coming year.

Click ahead to see who we predict you'll be listening to next year, and hop over to 8tracks for a complete playlist.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

{PLAYLIST} favorite songs of 2012

We may be biased, but we think that 2012 has been a pretty good year for music. From Bon Iver winning best "new" artist at the Grammy's in the early months of 2012 (we still are a little miffed that people just discovered him this year) to finding countless new bands to obsess over love, we've been pretty pleased.

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Narrowing down our favorite songs of the year was one of our hardest TIOJ tasks to date, but it was a welcome challenge. Take a listen, reminisce a little, and join us in getting ready for 2013!

Because we have (musical) commitment issues, you can also listen to this mix on 8tracks and a longer version on Spotify.

Click ahead for the full track listing!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

have yourself a merry little christmas

Whether you're celebrating with Santa and Christmas cookies or James Bond and Chinese food, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2012

happy holidizzle y'all!

'Twas the night before Christmas and with nothing to do, TIOJ shared a story for you...

But seriously, Snoop Dogg is the king of holiday videos (see: Thanksgiving with Martha Stewart) and have a very merry Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

{PLAYLIST} end of the world jams

So, according to the Mayans, the world is casually ending today. As of right now, things are looking okay, but just in case it gets a little dire, we’ve put together our favorite end of the world jams to prepare you for the impending end of civilization.

our primary concern today

END OF WORLD by this is our jam on Grooveshark "Leading To Death" - Polica 
"Flesh And Bone (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)" - The Killers 
"Til The World Ends (Nicki Minaj + Ke$ha Remix)" - Britney Spears 
"Dark Again (Lights Out)" - Gold Fields 
"2012" - Jay Sean feat. Nicki Minaj 
"It Gets Dark" - Holy Ghost! 
"Zion" - Kids of 88 
"Longevity" - Yeasayer 
"It's The End Of The World As We Know It" - R.E.M. 
"Last Known Surroundings" - Explosions In The Sky 

To further prepare you for the end of life as we know it, BYT and All Things Go are throwing the party to end all parties (and we suppose, the world), featuring our favorite remix artists RAC. Get tickets and deets here.

Thursday, December 20, 2012


I'm a sucker for new musicians putting out music that sounds like it's an original from decades ago. See: Michael Buble's big band crooning or How To Dress Well's Stevie Wonder-esque soul. I love it all.

So, I was delighted to discover JD McPherson who's making music that sounds like it's straight out of the 50's. Hailing from Oklahoma and described as a "rockabilly revivalist," JD's music makes me want to don a vintage sweater set, put on a record, and dance around with my partner a respectable two feet away from me.

And as a holiday treat, JD's awesome Christmas song "Twinkling":

You can download it for free as part of Turntable Kitchen's Christmas mix!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

a christmas present from zak waters

Leave it to Zak Waters to gift us with a sultry cover of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" this holiday season. Not only do is vocal shine in this smooth cover, but he also reached out to our DC faves Mike & Cody to produce and perfect this great track.

Listen and download the track as an early Christmas present to yourself:

Also! Click here to check out Zak's television debut performing on Last Call with Carson Daly last night (this morning?).

gifts + jams with love creative

We've been pretty busy this month: in case you've missed it, we've teamed up with Amanda from Love Creative to put together a shopping guide of music and gifts for everyone on your Christmas list.

Hop on over to check out all of our suggestions if you're doing some last minute shopping, and be sure to check back tomorrow for our last installment!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

wax nostalgic is my jam

In anticipation of the upcoming Local Natives album, I've been listening to this Wax Nostalgic remix of "Who Knows Who Cares" nonstop. It's hitting my musical soft spot and is almost as good as the live take-away show version.

via All Things Go

Also, if you haven't yet listened to the new Local Natives release, "Breakers" -- get on it:

DC friends! Local Natives is playing at the 9:30 Club on April 5 in case you're like us and already putting together your 2013 concert schedule.


Guys, something really remarkable has happened. Somehow, we've managed to write (and you've be able to put up with us for) a thousand posts, and we're still in shock that we've gotten to this point (for real, this was our reaction when we realized we were nearing the millennium mark).

But in all serious (just for a hot second, that's about all we can muster), we owe a HUGE thank you to all of you dear readers. Without you, we'd just be talking to ourselves, which we generally do anyway, so we're always so excited to share our musical and life obsessions with you -- and we're so glad that you keep coming back, even when we're at our most cracked out.

SO, friendies, we hope you stay tuned for the next thousand posts and jams and youtube gems. We promise to do our best to keep them coming for you.

TIOJ in our most typical form....

"bruises" is my jam

When I first heard "Bruises" on the radio, all I could think of was that I thought it should be on Nashville. Can't you hear Tami Taylor/Rayna James singing this with Deacon (who's a fellow W&M alum, nbd)? I initially thought it fit as a Gunnar/Scarlet tune, but the more I think about it, it's definitely a Tami and Deacon song. Nicely done, Pat Monahan and Ashley Monroe.

Monday, December 17, 2012

TIOJ's favorite christmas albums

The holidays are here! If you need another dose of holiday cheer after our Christmas playlist, we're sharing our most favorite Christmas albums that should definitely be in your collection (of course NSYNC is at the top of our tree).

If you’re still searching for last minute gifts ideas, we highly recommend grabbing one of these albums and putting a bow on it. You can even get Holidays Rule at Starbucks! Getting your holiday shopping done whilst sipping peppermint mochas is our jam.

NSYNC - Home For The Holidays 
 James Taylor - At Christmas | Brushfire Records - This Warm December 
Love Actually Soundtrack | The O.C. - Have A Very Merry Chrismukkah 
Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold 
Holidays Rule | She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas | Michael Buble - Christmas

Friday, December 14, 2012

{RECAP} st.lucia, black light dinner party, gold fields, & alex metric

It was another fabulous lineup at U St Music Hall last night thanks to the power duo of All Things Go and Neon Gold Records. We rocked out to Gold Fields, Black Light Dinner Party, St. Lucia, and ended the packed night with a DJ set from Alex Metric.
"keep your heart close to mine"
Click ahead for the full recap.

{PLAYLIST} christmas jams

It's that time of year, when the world falls in loves, every song you hear seems to say...
Merry Christmas!

via katespadeny
To celebrate our favorite time of the year, we're sharing some of our favorite Christmas songs of the moment for you to listen to while you work hard shop online all day. (See also: Chrismukkah 2011)

Chrismukkah 2012 by this is our jam on Grooveshark "Sleigh Ride" - fun. 
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - Andrew Ripp
"Happy Holidays (Beef Wellington Remix) - Bing Crosby
"All My Bells Are Ringing" - Lenka 
"Merry Christmas, Baby" - Cee Lo feat. Rod Stewart 
"Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)" - The Decemberists   
"Put The Lights On The Tree" - Sufjan Stevens 
"Blue Christmas" - Vandaveer 
"Carry Me Home" - Hey Rosetta! 
"Merry Christmas From The Family" - Robert Earl Keen 

And, as another early Christmas present, visit some of our favorite music blogs to download more wonderful Christmas playlists:
Turntable Kitchen
Paste Magazine
Fuel & Friends

Thursday, December 13, 2012

{THROWBACK} skeeter davis

I am really late to the Mad Men party (but in my defense, I started watching this summer and I'm almost done with season three, so I'm making up for lost time). The other day, I watched one of my favorite episodes to date -- and of course, it centers around Kennedy's assassination (who's surprised that I love something related to the Kennedys? Anyone?).

I loveloveloved that they ended that episode with Skeeter Davis' "End of the World" -- just too beautiful/poignant/fitting. Granted, it may not be quite the end of the world that we need to start preparing for in eight days... but for the record, if the world is indeed ending, I would like to go out Draper style.

{THROWBACK} "P.Y.T." (cover)

Dying over this Nite Jewel cover of one of my fave MJ tracks:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

{WE LOVE} yuna

Things I cannot get enough of today, in no particular order:
1. Coffee
2. This stunning Yuna cover of Frank Ocean's "Thinkin' 'Bout You"

How is this so gorgeous?

{WE LOVE} ryan hemsworth

I love me a good remix and lately Ryan Hemsworth has been killing it. His remixes add this extra layer of sexiness to already sultry originals aaand I may or may not imagine him looking like Liam Hemsworth while listening to said sexy songs. Highly recommend it.

I was introduced to him with his remix of Frank Ocean's "Thinking About You" and I started to get butterflies  after this remix of The 1975's "Sex"...

...Then I got ready to take it to the next level when I realized we had a shared love of throwbacks after hearing his remix of Craig David's "Fill Me In"...

...And like has turned to love as I've done more research and discovered he's put out a silly EP covering the best guilty pleasure songs.

Oh, and he's also puts out killer original jams and has a sweet blog. Dude's the total package.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

david thomas jones is my jam

I love finding songs that fit so perfectly with your mood that you hit the replay button on YouTube at least five times in a row. Such has been the case with David Thomas Jones' "Our Lives."

The song has tropical beats that make me forget it's cold and rainy out and the video has this Flight of the Conchords thing going on that I'm totally feeling. Plus, I can unabashedly relate to the solo dance party at the end of the video.

Jam, rinse, and repeat as needed:

Listen to DJT's entire EP on Spotify and grab the "Our Lives" mp3 here to add to your happy dance playlist.

Monday, December 10, 2012

{RECAP} mates of state

After listening to their favorite duos playlist all last week, we were so excited to check out Mates of State at Rock 'N Roll Hotel this weekend.

Kori and Jason were everything we expected them to be and more. It was a treat to see them at such an intimate performance rather than with a whole band. We were so charmed as Jason would look over at Kori and her organ from his drum set between songs, seeming to communicate with her via some sort of secret language. Consequently, this prompted us to re-enact the following scene for the rest of the night...

They did a great job of sampling songs across their impressive range of albums and satisfying the requests the audience was shouting out, while also debuting some exciting new songs.

Some highlights from the show were when they shared a new nacho recipe they learned from one of our lovely DC citizens at the 7-11 on H Street (Doriotos + nacho cheese sauce = best snack ever... put this on our list of things to investigate) and, of course, seeing them perform "My Only Offer."

Now please excuse us while we research potential ways for Mates of State to adopt us... they want to add a few twenty-somethings to their fam, right??

Next Up: St. Lucia, Black Light Dinner Party, and Alex Metric @UHall on Thursday!

mashup monday: katy perry x beirut

Man, these unexpected pairings keep coming -- and we don't hate it one bit.

Last week, Rostam Batmanglij (of Vampire Weekend and Discovery fame) finally released this mashup of Beirut's "Scenic World" and Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" . We unequivocally love everything Rostam does (mostly because his last name has Batman in it, and that's pretty much the most bad ass thing ever...), so obviously, this is our jam.

Listen and download this goodness:

And in case you missed it this summer, our other fave Rostam mashup "Call Me On Broken Glass."

Sunday, December 9, 2012

young magic is my sunday jam

On this dreary dreary Sunday, I've found myself sitting in bed getting caught up on music and Young Magic's jams are totally fitting the chill weekend vibe happening over here.

The minimalistic vocals on "Sparkly" and the progression of the song are beautiful, seamlessly finding the balance between letting you just listen and chill and keeping you on your toes with intiriguing melodies. That makes sense in my sleepy head...take a listen to the song and see what I'm feeling:

Young Magic will be in DC on January 13 opening for Purity Ring at 9:30 Club. It's going to be a killer show, highly recommend checking it out!

Aaaaand if you don't know Purity Ring yet, listen to "Fineshrine" below. I literally have a playlist that has this as every other song because I'm that into it...don't judge.

Friday, December 7, 2012

the avett brothers are my friday jam

It's nothing new that I have a deep-seated love for the Avett Brothers. It's become more or less a Friday ritual for me to stream essentially their entire discography. And I have (another) new favorite song as a result of that: "Letter to a Pretty Girl." It's so nostalgic and homey (um hello, they mention the traffic of Washington, DC and the Chesapeake Bay, and they say coffee is their best friend. For being from North Carolina, these boys know the way to my caffeinated suburban Virginia heart).

Add it to the rotation.

{PLAYLIST} current music crushes

Few things, in our very humble point of view, are better than going to concerts. Chief among them are looking at beautiful people up on stage at concerts. Yes. Please.

This week's playlist is comprised of some of our most recent music crushes that we had to share with the world. Don't mind us, we'll just be staring at their pictures for the next 42 minutes (approximately).

why yes, we do have quite a thing for scruff. thanks, movember
(hotness/jams flow in left-right order)

Jams from TIOJ's Current Music Crushes by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Guns Out" - Young the Giant (beards!)
"Adorn" - Miguel 
"In the End" - The Royal Concept 
"Houdini" - Foster the People 
"Seeds" - Hey Rosetta! (MORE beards!)
"The City" - Zak Waters 
"Free" - Graffiti6 
"Dirty Paws" - Of Monsters and Men (as cute as all these Icelanders are, Brynjar may be our fave)
"Honey Come Home" - The Head and the Heart (EVEN MORE beards!)
"Let's Roll" - Yelawolf  (not pictured because we figured Grandma wouldn't approve. But dayum, this guy has got that bad boy thing going on...)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

{THROWBACK} "second hand news" (cover)

Growing up, I actively hated Fleetwood Mac. I have no idea why, but I did. Kids are weird.

Thank god I got over that because this Yeasayer cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Second Hand News" is my jammmmm.

Mojo Magazine is releasing an entire cover CD of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, that features a cover of "Songbird" from The Staves that is too beautiful not to share as well. Goodness, those girls get me every time.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

{WE LOVE} children with swag

In honor of my favorite tumblr of the moment, Children With Swag, wanted to share two music videos of said swaggerific kids and the awesome jams accompanying them.

First up, Saint Motel's "Benny Goodman" featuring the grooves of Baby Bugaloo (who also KILLS it in the Aloe Blacc video for "Loving You Is Killing Me").

Next, Danny Brown's vid for "Grown Up." Love that this kid is such a tough guy in the video, but needs to hold someone's hand when he crosses the street. Presh.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

{ARTIST PLAYLIST} mates of state: favorite duos

We are SO excited to bring you our latest artist-curated playlist today featuring none other than the adorable Mates of State. If you're not familiar with Mates of State, the band is comprised of husband-wife duo Kori and Jason who have been putting out albums together since the early 2000s. The pair are crazy cool -- like, bring their two precious daughters with them on tour cool.

In anticipation of their upcoming show at Rock & Roll Hotel this Friday, Kori and Jason were sweet enough to put together a playlist of some of their own favorites duos. We may be biased, but it's a pretty perfect playlist -- bookmark this one.

And since Mates of State are one of our favorite duos, here's a bonus adorable video from them: Mates of State will be playing an intimate show this Friday at Rock & Roll Hotel. Get your tickets here and come dance around with us!

Monday, December 3, 2012

a mashup monday miracle

Seeing that Gangnam Style is the most viewed YouTube video EVER, it's no surprise that tons of musicians have been playing around with it lately.

The remix winner so far HAS to be Dan Deacon who literally *just* uploaded this jam in time for Mashup Monday that features Psy's hit + Grimes + Diplo + Lil Wayne + Dirty Projectors + SO MUCH MORE GOODNESS. It's like he knew I wanted a good mashup to start this week...

Get it:

Major props to Travis Birkenstock for the heads up on this baby.

{RECAP} tanlines

On Friday night, Stacey and I trekked over to Black Cat, which had been sadly absent from our lives lately, to catch one of our favorite acts of the year – Tanlines.

We had pretty high expectations for the night, and Jesse and Eric did not disappoint. They were great live, and it was so heartwarming to see that Jesse had a bunch of family at the show, made even cuter when he peppered their set with adorable shoutouts to his family (whaddup, pregnant sister in law!).

all of me is askin'
We loved hearing “Brothers,” and I may have made Stacey uncomfortable during my favorite “late night cuddling” song “Nonesuch” (worth it). But hands down, we (and the rest of the crowd) had too much fun during “All of Me." We loved the extra long intro they put on the song live and had such a wonderful time dancing along.

If y’all don’t have their album Mixed Emotions, get on it. Pronto. You won’t be disappointed.

"when the world gets too much..."

This video from Josh Weller is so beautiful and simply shot. It's the perfect mellow start to your week.

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