Tuesday, December 31, 2013

{PLAYLIST} best of december

Happy 2014, TIOJies!! We are in such disbelief that it is the end of yet another musical year, but before we jump completely into the new year, we're taking a hot second to review what we had going on in this twelfth month of 2013. Despite the holiday-shortened month, TIOJ had quite a month. In December, we:
And in December, Krista, Kristen, and Stacey were listening to:

"In/Out" - Dan Croll
Best of December 2013 by this is our jam on GroovesharkDan Croll has been the number one artist on my iTunes this month and I can't wait for more from him in 2014!
"Hey Love" - Quadron
This sassy Dane never fails to churn out utterly catchy songs. 
"500 Miles" - Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan
This beautiful song is just one of so many off of the Inside Lleyn Davis soundtrack. And add in Saturday Night Live from last week, and you have 100% proof that JT can do now wrong.
"Follow Your Arrow" - Kacey Musgraves
Kacey's forcing me to make an exception to my avoidance of country music with this beautiful and catchy song
"Grace Kelly" - Mika
I used to drive my college roommate crazy by playing this on repeat. I'm still not sick of it.
"Colorful Kids" - Ha Ha Tonka
Lovelovelove these boys as babysitters.
"Into The Night" - Carousel
Seeing Carousel live again reminded me how addicting their electro pop is and this latest is no exception. 
"Carol of the Bells" - Pentatonix
This a capella version of such a classic Christmas tune is SO stunning.
"Say My Name/Cry Me a River" - The Neighbourhood
Quite possibly the best mashup/cover ever. (Can we also talk about how these boys aren't British?)
"Beating Hearts" - Savoir Adore
So glad Kick Kick Snare's show got me finally caught up on this wonderful band!
"Shark Attack" - Grouplove
This song, like Grouplove, is really weird. And I love it.
"Springsteen" - Eric Church
Naturally, Eric Church's homage to a Springsteen concert got top billing on our odes to famous people.
"Skinny Love" - Birdy
I've been revisiting Birdy's classic cover to celebrate her babysitting our blog for the holiday season
"Blue Christmas" - Elvis
This oft-covered song is meant to be crooned. Elvis' version will always be best. 
"San Francisco" - The Mowgli's
I'm ever so grateful to PS22 for finally bringing The Mowgli's onto my radar.

Stay tuned for more of our 2013 recaps and, of course, so many more jams in 2014!!

it's just not new year's eve without dj earworm

One of the best parts of December/New Year's Eve is breaking out DJ Earworm's most recent mashup of the year's best hits. This year is no different. May this song become the soundtrack to your evening, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Monday, December 30, 2013

{2013} favorite albums

We're all for random singles getting stuck in our heads throughout the year, but we hold a special place in our hearts for full albums that perfectly showcase a band or musician's talent with an entire record hits. We've reflected on our 2013 listening habits and put together our top 10 albums of 2013 below.

The Lone Bellow, The Lone Bellow
Not only is Kanene of The Lone Bellow the pride of our alma mater, this album has proven itself as one of the best full-length study jam albums around.
Take an extra listen to: "Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold"

John Mayer, Paradise Valley
It's is such a refreshing change of pace for John Mayer to steer away from his usual combo of acerbic wit and electric melodies to focus on a mellowed-out, steel guitar-driven catharsis. There's not a song on this album that doesn't feel genuine, affecting, and at times painfully honest.

Volcano Choir, Repave
Considering Bon Iver is one of our favorite bands, it’s not shocking that this album topped our list. The beautiful balance of Justin Vernon’s soothing vocals paired with the ability of Collections of Colonies of Bees to utterly rock out made for an entrancing record.
Take an extra listen to: "Byegone"

San Fermin, San Fermin
This is just an all around impressive record. Composed by Ellis Ludwig-Leone with help from the lady vocalists of Lucius, this complex, symphonic album is inspiring and one that we definitely plan to keep listening to on into 2014.
Take an extra listen to: "Sonsick"

HAIM, Days Are Gone
We only wish to harness some of the coolness exuded by this trio of sisters that bleeds through every song on their album. (We kind of look like sisters -- does that count?) Days Are Gone marks just one of HAIM's numerous impressive accomplishments in 2013.
Take an extra listen to: "Fallin'"

Local Natives, Hummingbird
There are some days when you just want to sit in your room alone with a cup of tea and consume yourself in music. This year, we found Local Natives’ Hummingbird to be the perfect album for just that. Their bittersweet and beautiful album was just what we craved so many times this year and is chock full of impactful songs.
Take an extra listen to: "Ceilings"

Houndmouth, From the Hills Below the City
Every song on this album segues seamlessly into the next, and we just can't get enough of the beautiful harmonies, witty lyrics, and midwestern charm from some our favorite interviewees.
Take an extra listen to: "Houston Train"

Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
Vampire Weekend, man. They really can't stop finding ways to surprise us. These boys channel their wits and charm into sardonic, poppy hits, and just when you think you have them pegged, they go and release more songs that leave you smirking, sighing, and wanting more. 
Take an extra listen to: "Ya Hey"

CHVRCHES, The Bones Of What You Believe
You know an album is legit when it's impossible to pick a favorite song. Such is the case with CHVRCHES' The Bones Of What You Believe. We didn't think the synth pop band could get better after "The Mother We Share," but their entire album, coupled with seeing it performed live twice, proved us so very wrong.
Take an extra listen to: "Recover"

Charli XCX, True Romance
We rarely find ourselves knowing the words to entire albums but have become a total fan girls when it comes to Charli XCX's True Romance. Her album astutely captures the emotions behind falling in and out of love and became something of a reference guide for our love lives this year.
Take an extra listen to: "You (Ha Ha Ha)"

twin shadow is (again) my belated jam

It seems to have become a New Years tradition that every year I completely forget how amazing Twin Shadow is until I hear his songs on Best Of lists at the end of the year and subsequently become addicted. Last year, this happened when my brother played me "Five Seconds" from his Best of 2012 mix, which led to me dancing around in the snow to the song (likely on a Christmas cookie-induced sugar high).

This year, it's the hit "Old Love/New Love" that has become my earworm just in time for the new year.

Friday, December 27, 2013

{PLAYLIST} new year's eve 2013!!

Happpppppy New Year, lovebugs!! Whether you're celebrating with your sweetie, your besties, or yo mama, we hope that your plans to close out 2013 involve plenttttty of champagne. And glitter. And sparkles. Because, you know, it's only New Year's Eve once a year.

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New Years 2013 by this is our jam on Grooveshark
“Ooh La La” - Goldfrapp
“Can’t Get Enough” - Yeah Boy
“Right Now” - Rihanna feat. David Guetta
“All Night” - Icona Pop
“R.O.Y.L” - The Knocks
“SuperLove” - Charli XCX
“When A Fire Starts To Burn” - Disclosure
"Applause" - Lady Gaga
“If You Didn’t See Me (You Weren’t On The Dance Floor)” - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
"Sexodus" - MIA

Keep on drinking champy/jamming to this playlist on Spotify and our New Year's Eve Jams from 2012 and 2011!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

some jams from inside llewyn davis

So. I saw Inside Llewyn Davis yesterday (Christmas = movies, duh), and while the Coen Brothers' latest  movie itself was dark and kind of confusing, I was so drawn to the beautiful folk tunes featured on this wonderful soundtrack. From Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan to Oscar Isaacs and some traces of Marcus Mumford (who is married to Carey Mulligan??), there was just so so much wonderful music.

Because if it's not a new song but you never get tired of it, then it's a folk song.

But really. JT can do no wrong.

Monday, December 23, 2013

a last minute christmas playlist

Because Grooveshark rudely failed to have some of our most favorite Christmas songs for our latest playlist, we've put together a last minute holiday YouTube playlist featuring Ben Howard, Noah and the Whale, and more! This roundup is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit while you wrap presents, twiddle your thumbs at work, or bake cookies with your mama.


And one more bonus carol from Pure Bathing Culture who give Hugh Grant's rendition of "Good King Wenceslas" a run for its money.

Friday, December 20, 2013

{HOLIDAY BAND POST} ha ha tonka

As a holiday treat to you lovely readers of TIOJ, we asked some of our most favorite and talented bands to share their favorite holiday jams! Today, we've got Brian from Ha Ha Tonka sharing a wistful, bittersweet jam with you! 

My favorite song this particular holiday season is a version of "I'll be Home for Christmas," recorded by some friends of ours, Antennas Up. This tune has always been the saddest of all the Christmas songs to me and sometimes I can't help but feel down this time of year. I've always thought the week after Xmas and before NYE to be the most depressing week of the year… the holidays have past, the year is concluding… there's just an air of finality to it all. The lyrics are so heartbreaking in this song. It's obvious the protagonist isn't going to be making it home for Christmas at all, perhaps never again since it's sung from a soldier's point of view serving overseas. Antennas Up captures this melancholic feeling, perhaps better than anyone, with their version of the song.

And because this is the season of giving (and we like to brag), click ahead for more musical goodness from Ha Ha Tonka.

{PLAYLIST} favorite songs of 2013

Holy cow -- in the blink of an eye, we've somehow come to the verryyyy end of 2013. This has been such a fantastic music year, and TIOJ took on the challenge of coming up with our most favorite songs. It was like choosing a favorite boy band member or the best line in Love Actually. This just keeps getting harder and harder.

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Press play below (and on Spotify) to hear what Krista, Kristen, and Stacey were digging in 2013:

Best of 2013 by this is our jam on Grooveshark "Favorite Song (feat. Childish Gambino)" - Chance the Rapper
I'm certainly biased to the number of time "this my jam" is said in the song, but that said, this song is brilliant and Chance is the one to watch for in 2014. 
"Roar" - Katy Perry
I'm not ashamed. Come on. You know you were thinking it too. 
"Pompeii" - Bastille
This song was definitely my song of the summer (and fall), and I will forever think of almost driving off a cliff in France when I hear it.
"We Sink" - CHVRCHES
From multiple festival appearances to a great album, CHVRCHES was on constant rotation this year and the lyrics in this song were the ones that stuck with me most. 
"Wildfire" - John Mayer feat. Frank Ocean
Very rarely does a song come out that makes my heart stop in the best of ways.
"Let's Be Still" - The Head and the Heart
At the last minute in November, this song snuck its way onto my favorites of the year. It's the most perfect wintery cuddle song.
"Let Go (feat. Kele & MNDR)" - RAC
RAC blew me away with this song to the point where I've pressed replay almost every time I listen to this song. 
"Out of My League" - Fitz and the Tantrums
This infectious song by TIOJ faves quietly became a must-have on all the playlists on my iPod.
"Morning Song" - The Avett Brothers
I was SO excited that the Avett Brothers came out with another(!) new album this fall, one that has been on repeat as I walk around the streets of Philly.
"So Good To Me" - Chris Malinchak
I don't know what it was about this song this year, but no matter what mood I was in this year, this was practically always the only song that I wanted to listen to. 
"The Wire" - Haim
I fell in like with these impossibly cool sisters during Firefly 2013 and this effortless, witty song is the perfect example of their charm.
"I've Been Around" - The Wheeler Brothers
After seeing these fine men at Firefly and then again in Philly this year, the catchy chorus of this song has not escaped my brain.
"Lock You Up" - Charli XCX
I think Charli XCX had one of the most underrated pop albums of the year and this final song off her debut album perfectly sums up the sequence of my love life this year and gives me tingles every time I listen. 
"Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell
I would like to thank this song for revealing an age-old existential question: What rhymes with hug me?
"Best Day of My Life" - American Authors
I'm so excited that this song and band have gotten bigger and bigger and on so many commercials this past year. Listening to this overly optimistic song just never gets old, and I think that it very aptly sums up TIOJ's 2013.

 And because this challenge was just a little too hard, we have an extended version on Spotify and 8tracks!


As a holiday treat to you lovely readers of TIOJ, we asked some of our most favorite and talented bands to share their favorite holiday jams! Today, we've got How Sad with a Christmas Eve double feature for ya! 

David Foster -- "Grown Up Christmas List"
On Christmas, or Christmas Eve perhaps, whilst my family argues about the best way to cook a turkey or almost anything else, I'll usually mix myself the perfect Manhattan and retreat to the next room to drunkenly tickle the ivories and try to remember the lyrics to this song by David Foster. It's cheesy as fuck and totally perfect.

Think About Life -- "Havin' My Baby"
It's New Years Eve, and if you're partying (which you probably are) it's important to find the perfect songs to dance to. This is the perfect song. It's also a great video. And a great Montreal band, sadly now defunct.

And because this is the season of giving (and we like to brag), click ahead for more musical goodness from How Sad.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

{HOLIDAY BAND POST} jeremy and the harlequins

As a holiday treat to you lovely readers of TIOJ, we asked some of our most favorite and talented bands to share their favorite holiday jams! Today, we've got Jeremy from Jeremy and the Harlequins sharing a beautiful classic with you! 

"Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley
I'll have to go with a classic... Elvis Presley's Blue Christmas. It's the only song out of the two dozen standards that I don't mind hearing over and over again. If I'm going to have to hear a compilation repeat about 50 times from Thanksgiving to New Year's, I'll take some Elvis.

My second pick is this…

And because this is the season of giving (and we like to brag), click ahead for more musical goodness from Jeremy and the Harlequins!!

{HOLIDAY BAND POST} saints of valory

As a holiday treat to you lovely readers of TIOJ, we asked some of our most favorite and talented bands to share their favorite holiday jams! Today, we've got If You Like stars Saints of Valory sharing one of their original Christmas songs for us! 

Saints of Valory - "Winter Lights"
This is an original Christmas song called "Winter Lights" that we wrote and recorded two years ago. The majority of the recording was done in our guitarist's bedroom, with our friends and neighbor's kids singing the choir part at the end. It was an adventure creating it to say the least, and we ended up doing a simple video with the children to go along with it as well. We hope you enjoy it and happy holidays!

And because this is the season of giving (and we like to brag), click ahead for more musical goodness from Saints of Valory.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


As a holiday treat to you lovely readers of TIOJ, we asked got some of our most favorite and talented bands to share their favorite holiday jams! Today, we've got the adorable Birdy sharing not one, but two of her favorite holiday song. 

Traditional Carol - "Once In Royal David's City"
I was chosen to sing this when I was little at our Christmas church service. I got it all wrong on the night and started singing Away In A Manger!!!

Mariah Carey - "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
It's such a fun song, it's my sister's and my favourite Christmas song to sing at Christmas!

And because this is the season of giving (and we like to brag), we're following Birdy's lead and sharing TWO of our favorite jams for her!

{WE LOVE} hey love

Danish group Quadron has effortlessly charmed me in the past, so it should really be no surprise that I am 100% in love with "Hey Love." This song is simultaneously sultry, indie, electronic, sweet, and utterly addicting.

{HOLIDAY BAND POST} my midnight heart

As a holiday treat to you lovely readers of TIOJ, we asked some of our most favorite and talented bands to share their favorite holiday jams! Today, we've got Angelica of My Midnight Heart who's made an exception to her avoidance of Christmas music just for us :)

I'm not a terrible, crazy fan of holiday/xmas songs honestly. I feel like most modern ones have to cram the words "Christmas" or "holiday" into them as many times as humanly possible to remind you why you're actually listening to them. And I just don't get why you would suddenly have the desire listen to a song that you really only want to hear at a specific time of year. But I do have a very soft spot in my heart for Paul McCartney's "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time." Probably largely in part of its music video which is quite possibly the most Christmasy acid trip ever documented. It's just so ridiculous and over the top that you can't help but be entertained by it.

And because this is the season of giving (and we like to brag), click ahead for more musical goodness from My Midnight Heart.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


As a holiday treat to you lovely readers of TIOJ, we asked got some of our most favorite and talented bands to share their favorite holiday jams! Today, we've got Ducky with a lovely wintery treat!

"Moth" by Burial and Four Tet is the song for all the wistful, wintery portions of the holidays. It's probably not something to listen to while sitting around a fire drinking eggnog - unless your family is really cool and just a little bit weird. It's more a song for the times you have to wake up before it's light outside, or when you're trudging home through snow on New Years Day and everything is dark but shiny at the same time.

And because this is the season of giving (and we like to brag), click ahead for more musical goodness from Ducky!


As a holiday treat to you lovely readers of TIOJ, we asked some of our most favorite and talented bands to share their favorite holiday jams! Today, we've got our Trillectro BFFs RDGLDGRN sharing their favorite Christmas song. 

John Lennon -- "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" 
It was more than a Christmas song it was more of motivational propaganda to ask people to stop fighting, stop war just for Christmas at least. The sentiment in the song is very genuine and the purpose precisely driven.

And because this is the season of giving (and we like to brag), click ahead for more musical goodness from RDGLDGRN.

Monday, December 16, 2013


As a holiday treat to you lovely readers of TIOJ, we asked got some of our most favorite and talented bands to share their favorite holiday jams! Today, we've got Mark Charles Heidinger of DC favorites Vandaveer sharing his favorite classic holiday jam. 

"I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Frank Sinatra
This tune was originally recorded in the '40s by Bing Crosby, I think, but it's Sinatra's 1958 version that expertly marries the melancholy, warmth and seasonal sentimentality for me. I've been listening to more Sinatra lately on account of our touring mate, J. Tom Hnatow. He's a big fan of the Chairman of the Board, so we spent a number of hours in the tour van giving Frank the mic this past year. Hard to beat that voice. I read a story recently that he had a helipad built at his home in Palm Springs to host JFK in 1962. Just before the visit, Bobby Kennedy intervened and called the visit off, on account of Sinatra's extensive mafia ties. The president apparently stayed with Crosby in LA instead. Can't imagine that sat too well with Ol' Blue Eyes. But at least his version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" stands above the rest, including Bing's. Sometimes it's the little things... Happy holidays, Frank.

And because this is the season of giving, click ahead for more not only a video, but also free downloads for TWO Vandaveer Christmas EPs!


As a holiday treat to you lovely readers of TIOJ, we asked got some of our most favorite and talented bands to share their favorite holiday jams! Today, we've got Grouplove sharing their most favorite Christmasy song. 

Vince Guaraldi Trio -- "Christmas Time is Here" 
Our favorite holiday song at the moment is The Vince Guaraldi Trio's "Christmas Time Is Here" from Charlie Brown's Christmas. Brings back crazy memories of childhood. It's especially nice to listen to on a cold and snowy New England evening but we throw it on mid-summer too when we want to get nostalgic.

And because this is the season of giving (and we like to brag), click ahead for more musical goodness from Grouplove!

Friday, December 13, 2013

have a very decent christmas with diplo and friends

DJ and producer extraordinaire Diplo is spicing up your Christmas this season thanks to his labelmates over at Mad Decent. The group got together to produce A Very Decent Christmas, that will be the perfect soundtrack if you happen to be hosting a Christmas rager complete with strobe lights and a bunch of house music hipsters. OR if you happen to host the coolest DJ venue in DC. (We're looking at U St. Music Hall...)

Take a listen and spice up how you listen to Christmas music for the next few hours.

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{PLAYLIST} merry christmas!

Let's be real: you've already tried the eggnog latte on Starbucks' menu, you've been listening to the Michael Bublé Christmas album on repeat since Black Friday and you're on your third Love Actually viewing (this month). That's right, ladies and gentlemen -- the season of yuletide, mistletoe and jolly good times is upon us. And we couldn't be merrier! (p.s. If you still haven't done all of your shopping, check out our playlist/gift guide collaboration we did this week over on Cupcakes for Breakfast!!)

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Christmas 2013 by this is our jam on GroovesharkPress play below to get even more in the Christmas spirit:

"We Need a Little Christmas" - Sufjan Stevens
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" - Slow Club
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - Amy Winehouse
"My Only Wish" - Britney Spears
"Twinkle" - JD McPherson
"A Great Big Sled" - The Killers
"Carol Of The Bells" - Pentatonix
"Little Drummer Boy" - PlayRadioPlay!
"A Holly Jolly Christmas" - Burl Ives
"White Nights" - Saints of Valory

Keep on celebrating with Christmas (and Christmukkah) jams from 2012 and 2011!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

happy holidays from the washington capitals!

Stop everything you're doing right this very second and watch quite possibly the greatest video to surface in all of 2013. Yes, eight of the Washington Capitals are wearing ugly sweaters and making a music video -- also knows as the greatest thing I've ever seen in the entirety of my life.

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I can't even tell you what my favorite part is. Right now, I'm stuck between:

  • that Brooks Laich actually plays the drums/is somewhat musical, as compared to his teammates.
  • that Troy Brouwer is wearing a wolf hat and a onesie.
  • that Tom Wilson is wearing his workout shorts with his ugly sweater.
  • that John Erskine and Joel Ward are only trusted with toy/inflatable instruments.
  • that Ovie doesn't know how to sing "Jingle Bells" and that his bells break.
  • the pure, unadulterated look of glee on Nicklas Backstrom's sweet Swedish face as he plays the tambourine.
All of the above.

{THROWBACK} feliz navid

Every family has their own holiday traditions, whether it be volunteering at a soup kitchen or always waiting for everyone to be together to decorate your family Christmas tree. For my family, one of our most favorite traditions (besides hanging the ugliest ornaments front and center only to have Mom move them later while we're busy stuffing our faces with Christmas cookies) is watching Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas special Christmas in the Playhouse. It is ridiculous and dated and we know every word.

So, today, let us throw back to one of the many guest appearances on this star-studded special featuring Charo.

Related: These Are Our Holiday Special Jams

{THROWBACK} "(i can't get no) satisfaction"

Not gonna lie, guys, I'm really kicking myself this week for my decision to go back to school. I think I forgot how terrible finals were… and in case you forgot too, they're the worst.

This Cat Power cover of The Rolling Stones popped up on a study playlist the other day, and it was wonderfully accurate for my mood at the moment.

The original is working pretty well too right now.

For the next week, I'd be very appreciative of any coffee, paper-writing music suggestions, and sanity that you have. Please and thank you.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

{INTRODUCING} lightwaves

We're pumped to share the latest track from DC producer Ligtwaves who is expanding from his production and remix background and dabbling into making his own jams. His track "Starting To Believe" demonstrates his skills as a producer accompanied by meaningful lyrics that are particular fitting as we begin to put together our new years resolutions for 2014.

watch this last bison video NOW.

I had to share this awesome music video from our Firefly favorites The Last Bison. The video is so cool and is making we want to rewind and do Thanskgiving all over again.

Props to TIOJ AV Director Caleb for the find!

{WE LOVE} the mowgli's

The Mowgli's have been on the fringe of my radar for a little while, and I'm not really sure why I haven't investigated them more. Thanks to the latest group of kiddos at PS-22, though, I will no longer be remiss in my appreciation of this band. Because we all know that if anything endears me to a band, it's Mr. B. and his crew.

And for good measure, here's the Mowgli's on their own.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"make lots of noise // kiss lots of boys"

As the TIOJ writer furthest away from the country genre, it's no surprise that Kacey Musgraves has completely missed my radar this year. Thankfully, however, All Songs Considered's 2013 recap show has introduced me to this rising star and I'm completely enamored with her song "Follow Your Arrow." (Maybe I've been watching too much Nashville...)

Kacey's solid vocals and relatable and clever lyrics prove that she's well deserving of her recent multiple Grammy nominations.

Listen to the first part of NPR All Songs Considered Year in Music, 2013 podcast featuring Kacey and more here!

Monday, December 9, 2013

chelsea lankes' "ghost" is my jam

I cannot get Chelsea Lankes' first single "Ghost" out of my head. Seriously. I woke up on Sunday morning with this song slowly playing in my head as I awoke to see DC's first snowfall. It was sort of cheesy and magical.

Anyway, have a listen to Chelsea's bittersweet song that builds beautifully, complemented by her heartfelt lyrics. Prepare to be addicted.

Download the single on Facebook for free!

some love actually musings to start your monday...

In honor of the greatest holiday movie of our/all time, I present to you "19 Nagging Questions From  Love Actually." Thank you, Buzzfeed, for reading my mind.

And one more: how old do they think Hugh Grant is? Because approximately 35 isn't really enough to make you a golden oldie...

Friday, December 6, 2013

{RECAP} savoir adore, french horn rebellion & more!

Wednesday night I strolled over to Living Social’s 918 F Street for Kick Kick Snare’s latest pop up concert featuring Savoir Adore, French Horn Rebellion, Carousel, and Caleb L’Etoile. We had so much fun at KKS’s last pop up and this event was just as wonderful.

Carousel kicked off the show in wonderful electro pop fashion. The long-time blog favorites put together such a fun set featuring covers of not only Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” but also Drake’s hit “Hold On We’re Going Home.” Those boys know the ticket to my heart. Besides those covers, I was grooving hard to their latest release “Into The Night.”

Click ahead for the rest of the recap for this surprising show!

a remix for your weekend

We've got the perfect song to start your weekend -- Mausi's latest pop single "Body Language" remixed by DJ producer Caleb L'Etoile. The remix gives the already catchy jam the dance-ready vibe that's guaranteed to brighten up this dreary Friday afternoon. Plus, the song is undeniably flirtatious and will get you in the perfect mood to have some fun this weekend. Have a good one!

{RECAP} bombino

On Tuesday night, I went a bit out of my regular music comfort zone to check out Tuareg guitarist Bombino at The Hamilton and I’m so glad that I did. Bombino’s set was an experience, more than it was a musical performance.

As we previewed the other day, Bombino is from the Tuareg tribe in, as one of his band members announced, the heart of the Sahara in Niger. Like most people out there, I had no frame of reference for this tribe, much less so when it came to what their music would sound like. Thankfully, Bombino’s music was brilliant and accessible. His guitar playing was passionate and complex and, when coupled with the percussion and additional guitars from his band members, made for a captivating performance.

The performance in the seated venue started off pretty tame and slowly but surely turned in to a dance party. Bombino’s music is grounded in a steady percussion beats that make way for the rhythm reminiscent of traditional African or Caribbean music, rendering it nearly impossible not to dance to.

Bombino was seated for the first half of the performance as audience members slowly began to put down their forks and draw closer to the stage. When Bombino decided to stand up and introduce a modern drum kit into the performance, all hell broke loose. People were dancing everywhere without a care, shouting to Bombino in French, and Bombino himself proved that he could move his hips like the best of them. It was an incredible experience to see people across such a broad age range engaging so sincerely with this music.

In total, the show was almost two hours long, with an encore performance featuring Junior from The Wailers. It was such a treat to see this unique performance from this talented musician and I plan to track down this documentary about him over the weekend to get more!

{PLAYLIST} odes to famous people

Like all normal humans, we love us some celebrities. And we're very glad that musicians are also inspired by famous people. Whether they're celebrating a famed feature, reminiscing about their yesteryears, or a celeb's name just happen to fit the beat, here are some of our most favorite odes to the rich and famous.

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Odes To Famous People by this is our jam on Grooveshark "Farrah Fawcett Hair" - Capital Cities
"Grace Kelly" - Mika
"Springsteen" - Eric Church
"Forest Whitaker" - Bad Books
"Harper Lee"- Little Green Cars
"Forrest Gump" - Frank Ocean
"Marilyn Monroe" - Nicki Minaj
"Jane Fonda" - Mickey Avalon
"Clint Eastwood" - Gorillaz

Please excuse us while we go off adding celebrity names to some more classic songs (a la Phoebe Buffay). 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

{THROWBACK} "with or without you"

I'm swooning over Twin Shadow's cover of U2's classic "With Or Without You." Those lyrics + a looping drum pad are irrestible. Well covered, sir.

And, is it just me or does this scene have you automatically thinking of and feeling depressed over this classic scene from Friends?

Listen to more Twin Shadow covers as a part of his UNDER THE CVRS series on YouTube.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

{WE LOVE} jimmy fallon's 2013 holiday song

What do you get when you combine Jimmy Fallon, Rashida Jones, Carrie Underwood, 2013's biggest hits, and the holiday season?

This video.

{WE LOVE} dan croll

I've been enchanted with up and coming British singer Dan Croll over the past few weeks since stumbling across his beautiful "Home" just in time for Thanksgiving. With his lyrics so beautiful, his music videos so creative, and his glasses so hipster, he's quickly becoming a front-runner on our list of singers to watch our for in 2014. Stay tuned.

I never want the intro to "From Nowhere" to leave my head.

Dan perfects the art of the green screen in his video for "In / Out" and has subsequently put himself at the top of our list: Musicians TIOJ Wants to Befriend and/or Shake Tambourines With.

And since Thanksgiving is over and we can now officially listen to Christmas music, check out Dan's sing-a-long cover of "Just Like Christmas":

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

thanks to the neighbourhood, "say my name" meets "cry me a river"

This may be by far the greatest discovery of my month. The Neighbourhood has a mashup cover of Destiny Child's "Say My Name" and Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River." Easily two of the most wonderful songs of the early 2000s, these two songs flow together perfectly, and the soulful, sexy vibe of The Neighbourhood's Jesse Rutherford adds a special little somethin' to both of them. I don't know where this mashup came from, but I'm not complaining in the least.

Monday, December 2, 2013

swear and shake is my jam

Are you missing your sibbies after getting to see them over Thanksgiving week? Then look no further than the Swear and Shake jam "Brother," which is about -- you guessed it -- missing your brother. I can tell you right now that one thing I'm not missing right now is Movember and my brother's mustache.

Swear and Shake's entire album Maple Ridge is available on Noisetrade now!! Be sure to get it and enjoy!

{PREVIEW} bombino at the hamilton

After hearing such great things about Bombino from Alison's Forecastle recap -- we're so excited that Tuareg guitarist Bombino will be coming to the Hamilton on December 3. Bombino will be showing off his crazy impressive guitar skills that have got him recognized by the likes of Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach. Seriously cannot wait for this musical experience.

Learn more about Bombino in the documentary Agadez, The Music and the Rebellion about the tumultuous culture around which Bombino's music has been created.

Bombino will be playing at The Hamilton on Tuesday, December 3rd. Tickets are available here -- come jam with us!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

(PLAYLIST) best of november

Happy Thanksgiving, happy Hanukkah, and happy end of November! Wasn't it just December, like, three weeks ago? Somehow 2013 has continued to speed by, and the month of November has been no different. In November, TIOJ:
And in November, Krista, Kristen, and Stacey were listening to:

Best of November 2013 by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Vagabond" - Mister Wives
Is it weird that I play air tambourine every time I listen to this song?
"Book of Right On" - Sarah Jarosz
We still can't get over how charming Sarah was when we interviewed her for the Quarterlette.
"Let's Be Still" - The Head and the Heart
Probably my most favorite song of the fall.
"Down With Me" - X Ambassadors
This band completely impressed me live and I'm loving this sultry single from their EP. 
"Long Time Gone" - Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones
I didn't see this collab coming, but I'm so glad I found it!
"Hangman" - Ha Ha Tonka
This soulful a cappella spiritual is so haunting and beautiful and chilling.
"Superlove" - Charli XCX
Not ashamed that I sang all the lyrics to this jam like a teenager during Charli's concert this month. 
"Holy Roller" - Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
So much Tribe Pride for this W&M indie rocker alum.
"I've Been Around" - The Wheeler Brothers
These boys are so fun live, and this song has been playing on loop in my head since seeing them earlier this month.
"You're The One For Me" - Great Good Fine Ok
Addicted to this peppy love song
"Picture in a Frame" - Tom Waits
This bittersweet song is so perfect for sleepy, dark fall days.
"That Thing You Do" - The Wonders
Watching one of my all-time favorite movies was easily my best decision of the year.
"Be The Song" - Foy Vance
Foy Vance has quickly become my go-to for chill music to snuggle to during these late fall days. 
"Digital Love" - Royal Concept 
This Daft Punk cover = infectious and exquisite.
"Casino (Bad Things)" - Houndmouth
So excited that I finally got to see Houndmouth live after our interview/Skype date ages ago!

Coming up in December: Celebrating the winter months, the end of 2013, and so many jams!

Friday, November 29, 2013

{PLAYLIST} sleepy jams, part ii

How was your Thanksgiving, lovelies?? Are you still in a tryptophan-induced food coma? Or did you wake up at 3 am to go Black Friday shopping? Either way, we think you deserve a nap. Press play below, burrow under your covers, and have a nap.


Sleepy Jams - 2013 by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"You Can Close Your Eyes" - James Taylor
"Tiderays" - Volcano Choir
"Beautiful" - Trampled by Turtles
"The Shape of Us" - Ian Britt
"Goshen" - Beirut
"Montana" - Youth Lagoon
"Girl with the Red Balloon" - The Civil Wars
"Gracious" - Ben Howard
"Temptation" - Moby
"Radio Can't Rewind" - Sons of Bill

Hit snooze a few more times with some extra cuddle jams (two sets!) and sleepy jams!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

{THROWBACK} motown + nickleback?

Remember all the drama about Nickleback performing at the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving game last year (including Mayer Hawthorne's take on the issue)?? Well, this Motown Tribute to Nickelback (yes, you read that correctly) is the perfect way to get over that exhibition from last year.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

{INTERVIEW} roo panes

TIOJ recently caught up with British cutie Roo Panes, who is on the cusp of releasing his third EP, Land of the Living. Take a read as we discuss musical inspiration, the songwriting process, and more!

Listen while you read!

Tell us about yourself! How long have you been making music? 
I've been writing music since around 12 years old and recently worked out [that] my first poetry recital was around 9 -- though back then it may not have been much to shout about! I always loved reading and writing stories, but I'm really not sure how I got into creating music. When I studied trumpet I wasn't good at sheet reading so I improvised; the same was the case for recorder -- and to this day I cannot read music. So I guess I started creating music when I stopped studying it. Now I'm very interested in studying it. Though playing with classically trained musicians in my band I'm always amazed and slightly jealous of their skills -- maybe I'll go back to studying some day!

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before? 
I find it very difficult because anything I could say in a few words would be pretty vague. I'd perhaps say it's pensive, honest, and natural. It's also tricky because a melody describes what you may not be able to explain anyway. So truthfully, listening is the best way! I'm not all that fond of categorizing with genres.

Where do you find inspiration for your music? 
I think the potential for inspiration is in everything. When I observe the world like that I tend to feel inspired. It can hit you at any time. There are places I turn to that bring me back into that mindset such as books, the countryside, other forms of art -- the list is endless!

Once a member of my band, Miles, was talking to a lady who had seen something she thought I might like, he replied, "Roo's not interested in things like that.'' Slightly taken aback she asked what I was interested in, apparently he replied, "Rainy days and really weird stuff like that." It's a bit of a running joke in our band.

Read more to find out more, including the story behind "Roo."

We discovered you through your collaboration with Burberry -- what was it like to be a part of their campaign?
It was a lot of fun, and a very surreal experience -- one I didn't expect and won't forget.

You've released two EPs -- what is your songwriting process like?
I grow my beard, put up a tent in a field, sit beneath the stars beside the embers of a dying fire. Then I close my eyes, and imagine I'm a writer…

Who would be your dream musician to collaborate with? 
To be honest, I think I'd choose a composer. A collaboration with Vaughn Williams would be my dream.

What have you all been listening to lately? Anything we need to add to our iPods right now? 
I don't listen to much, to be honest, I should probably be asking you! Saying that, I did crack out a bit of Ludovico Einaudi on a jog the other day. Highly recommended.

We have to ask -- how did you get the nickname "Roo"? 
It's a long story, but essentially I got called Roo after a Winnie the Pooh related accident as a child.

What is up next for you?
Well, EP number 3 is coming out online December 2nd, which I'll follow up with a show on the 10th in London. Then I'm off to record a debut album!

Thank you so much to Roo for taking the time to chat with us! Be sure to check out his EP Land of the Living on Monday!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

humming house is my jam

While Kristen is the resident TIOJ humming expert, Humming House is jonesing for a spot at that table. Except they don't hum, they play bluegrass. Thanks to the music geniuses at Noisetrade who know that the closest way to my heart is a mention of the Avett Brothers, I've now added these Nashville-based folksters to my list. And you must get their album fo free on Noisetrade (now! for a limited time only!).

My favorites from this album are probably "Mrs. Wurley" and "Baltimore Boats," but my true love for these guys was cemented as soon as I heard their covers of two of my most favorite songs ever ever ever -- Patsy Cline's "Crazy" and Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." I'm in love.

AND WHITNEY HOUSTON. Get a little more perfect, Humming House.

Monday, November 25, 2013

francis and the lights with a dreamy start to your week

I am so delighted to share the video for "Like A Dream" from Francis and the Lights. The song is perfectly catchy and the music video is simply beautiful with some of the best dance moves I've seen in some time. I'll be singing this song all week and letting the lyric "I'm ready for the big time. Is it ready for me?" be my motto all week.

Francis and the Lights just released their Like A Dream EP today so be sure to check that out!

no, i didn't think haim could get any cooler either...

…but after their musical appearance on SNL this past weekend, I was proven wrong. These girls are unstoppable.

Also, hi Peeta!

These babes just announced their spring 2014 tour, and they'll be in DC on May 8th -- get that shiz on your calendar.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

{GIVEAWAY} savoir adore, french horn rebellion, and carousel!

We are TOO EXCITED to share our latest giveaway for Kick Kick Snare's show coming up on December 4 at Living Social's 918 F Street space, featuring Savoir Adore, French Horn Rebellion, Carousel, AND Caleb L'Etoile.

It's bound to be a great evening in Chinatown, and we want to you to dance with us -- so we're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner! Enter to win after you desk dance via the Rafflecopter below!

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Friday, November 22, 2013

{RECAP} sylvan esso

On Tuesday, I was treated to a quick musical snack from new electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso. After catching them live at 9:30 Club, Tuesday night's show at Black Cat Backstage was a more intimate, casual, and dance heavy performance compared to when I saw them last. And it was the best.

Amelia was rocking a vintage t-shirt from The Police and killer platform shoes in which I have no scientific idea as to how she danced in them. Props, sister. The duo started with their hit "Hey Mami" and continued to play a wonderful mix or interesting and dance-ready songs.

After their show, I am seriously salivating for them to release more songs, which won't be until the new year. So until then...more YouTube videos!

Next Up: Bombino at The Hamilton on December 3rd then Savoir Adore, French Horn Rebellion, and Carousel at Living Social on the 4th!

{PLAYLIST} thanksgiving jams

Happy Thanksgiving, turkeys!! As we head home for the most delicious holiday of the year, we'd like to share a few things that we're thankful for: tambourines, bearded musicians, harmonicas/mouth radios, baller lady musicians, and YOU! We hope that your Thanksgiving is filled with plenty of food, family, and friends, and maybe even a call to the Butterball hotline.

Thanksgiving 2013 by this is our jam on GroovesharkPress play below for some homey Thanksgiving jams!

"Home" - Dan Croll
"Hero" - Family of the Year
"Friends" - Eliza and the Bear
"My Way Back Home" - Dawes
"Last Mile Home" - Kings of Leon
"Friends and Family" - River City Extension
"Fathers Be Kind" - Ivan & Alyosha
"New Leaves" - Owen
"Home Is Not Places" - The Apache Relay
"Welcome Home" - Radical Face

For extra helpings of Thanksgiving jams, check out our playlists from 2012 and 2011, and listen to this year's playlist on Spotify.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

{THROWBACK} "back that azz up"

I was jamming to 2 Chainz's latest "Used 2" the other day in the car and was trying to figure out why it was having such a booty shaking effect on me when I realized that the song has the same hook as Juvenile's high school dance-classic "Back That Azz Up." (Yes, apparently the song does spell is "azz" -- fun fact.)

Check out the two hits and see if you too get transported back to the days when your geometry teacher would squirt you with a squirt gun for dancing too close to your partner during high school dances (just me?). (Lyrics are def NSFW)

{THROWBACK} "unchained melody"

As trite as it may be, The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" is quite possibly one of the most beautiful songs ever written. It popped into my head the other day, which was such a lovely surprise. I'm telling you, musicians knew what they were doing in 1965.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

{WE LOVE} that thing you do!

I was struck by divine inspiration the other night, and I thought of one of my most favorite movies of all time -- That Thing You Do! So naturally, I had to watch it right then and there. How this movie was made in 1996 is beyond me.

If you haven't seen this movie, stop everything you're doing and go watch it right this very second. Not joking even a little bit. And watch this a few times. And then go watch the movie again. That Thing You Do! is the story of a one-hit wonder band in the 1960s and their quick rise and fall from fame. It's the. best.

Seriously -- they're just so cute. I can't even.

And yes, in case you were wondering, I did say every line along with the movie.

{WE LOVE} foy vance

After discovering Foy Vance for last week's cuddling playlist, I've been utterly enchanted by his music. His music is chill, but not sleepy; folky, but not twangy. In essence, the perfect music for these fall days. Check out some of my favorites.

"Joy Of Nothing"

"Closed Hand, Full of Friends" (shoutout to the most glorious of hipster mustaches I have ever seen)

"Guiding Light" -- My favorite video of the bunch because a) Foy's darling Irish accent and b) Ed Sheeran. SWOON.

{RECAP} mister wives, the royal concept, and american authors

Last night, I caught the Three of Clubs tour at Sixth & I featuring the trifecta of Mister Wives, The Royal Concept, and American Authors. Because, let's be real, there is really nothing cooler than chilling in the basement of a synagogue on a Monday night, drinking wine and rocking out to some great on-the-rise bands.

Mister Wives was up first and while I knew the least about them, they were my favorites of the night. The New York-based band comprised of lead singer Mandy Lee and her four male bandmates aka mister wives (get it?!) was a great start to the evening. Mandy's voice is incredible and slightly reminiscent of Ellie Goulding, which when coupled with her spunk and gorgeous locks proved to be an enviable combination. The clear stand outs from Mister Wives included a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” (a solid second after this cover) and “Vagabond.”

Next up were our most recent interview alumni, The Royal Concept. The Swedish quartet were just as engaging, goofy, and hairy as when we saw them last. We were delighted to catch their cover of Daft Punk’s “Digital Love” but could have done without the continued auto tune on some of their newer songs. Favorites from their set included new single “On Our Way” and the cinematic new song about Sweden, dedicated to a member of Mister Wives that night, “Shut The World."

American Authors (our lovely former blog babysitters) closed out the night with an energetic pop performance. We were verrrry pleased to note a striking similarity between lead singer Zac and recently named Sexiest Man Alive Adam Levine (some guys can just really pull off that tank top + tattoos thing…). The band was having so much fun on stage, especially during their hit “Best Day Of My Life,” which is so commercially perfect, we predict we’ll be hearing it through the airwaves much more often. Besides that hit, we loved their cover of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” and “Hit It.”

Next Up: Taking a turkey break, then we're back at it with Bombino at The Hamilton on December 3rd!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

this is quite possibly the coolest music video ever

PEOPLE! Do yourself a favor and get lost interacting with the recently released music video for Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone." The video is in fact a "television" and you can flip through a ton of different channels including cooking shows, a tennis match, a Danny Brown music video (obviously), and Drew Carey on "The Price Is Right." With each flip of the channel, the TV shows are synchronized to match the lyrics of the song. It's mind blowing and a perfect way to spend the last hour of your work day.

desk dancing to this ASTR remix all day

Desk dancing has become the norm at this point in my music listening experience as a young professional. However, ASTR's remix of Erik Hassle's "Talk About It" took things to an entirely different level. We're talking grinding on my chair, hands in the air when that beat drops at 1:05. These are the days where I thank the boss gods that I am allowed to work from home some days. Don't think the rest of my office is ready to see these moves just yet.

(via Kick Kick Snare)

{IF YOU LIKE} vampire weekend, the drums

(via 1/2/3)
If you like retro lyrics and full vocals of The Drums or the sunny sounds of Vampire Weekend, then you must check out Drowners. The band has the vibe of a British '80s pop/punk band paired with the indie rock vibes at the foundation of TIOJ's love for music. We can't get enough of the bands latest single, "Luv, Hold Me Down."

Like what you hear? Grab a free download of the song here!

Monday, November 18, 2013

{RECAP} charli xcx

On Saturday night I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see Charli XCX, one of my most favorite acts of 2013 (and TIOJ interview alum!), yet again at U St. Music Hall.

Charli immediately wowed the crowd, coming out in her usual '90s influenced outfit (complete with a pair of sunglasses and a nightie both of which I'm pretty sure I owned in the 5th grade), to her hit "Nuclear Seasons." Her set was so much fun with lots of curly hair head banging and at one point, even a crowd surfing attempt in the enclosed basement venue. (It lasted approximately 30 seconds/6 inches)

Crowd favorites included "Lock You Up" and a cameo of the guitar riff to Sleigh Bells' "Crown On The Ground" during "How Can I." The highlight of the night, however, was the performance of her latest single "Superlove" during which I was a total fan girl. Seriously though, this song is going to blow up. Mark my words.

For her encore, Charli didn't stick with her Backstreet Boys cover (much to the dismay of the bros behind me) but instead did a pop perfect cover of the classic "I Want Candy."

Next Up: Catching Sylvan Esso again as they open for Minor Alps at Black Cat tomorrow night! 
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