Thursday, January 31, 2013

{PLAYLIST} best of january

What a way to kick off 2013! In January, TIOJ:
Listen to this playlist for Krista, and Stacey, and Kristen's top 5 for the month of January:

"Chocolate" - The 1975
Seriously cannot get enough of this catchy jam for my new British faves.
"Feel Again" - One Republic
As corny as it is, this song always puts me in a good mood. No shame.
"The Diplomat's Booty" - Vampire Weekend vs. Bubba Sparxxx
Best of January 2013 by this is our jam on GroovesharkThis hilarious and catchy mashup is the perfect song to get us in the mood for new Vampire Weekend jams!  
"Angel, Please" - Ra Ra Riot
Guys I am SO OBSESSED with this new album and this hand-clap ready jam is one of my faves.
"Coal War" - Joshua James
One of my greatest 8tracks finds to date. Thank you, Interwebz.
"21" - Corey Smith
Stacey may have just turned 25, but "21" is such a lovely, bittersweet way to celebrate.
"Do You" - Miguel
Oh, Miguel. You get me swooning every time. 
"Let Her Go" - Passenger
What's not to love when you have some Brits that sound like the perfect combination of so many faves??
"Riga Girls" - The Weepies
This sleepy song puts us in the mood to wander.
"Vacation Vacation" - US Royalty
It was such a treat to see these DC rockers live and this jam has me day dreaming of escaping this winter weather. 
"That Western Skyline" - Dawes
I'm SO happy that Dawes has emerged on my radar, even if it was a little delayed on my part.
"Suit and Tie" - Justin Timberlake (feat. Jay-Z)
"How Do I Know" - Here We Go Magic
This song (and music video) is speaking to my soul of late. So good. 
"Don't Think Twice" (Bob Dylan cover) - Ted Lennon and Brett Dennen
The only thing greater than Brett Dennen's swiveling hips is Brett Dennen's swiveling hips while playing this beautiful cover. I'm assuming.
"I'll Never Leave You" - Rogue Wave
An achingly romantic song to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day!

Stay tuned for February, which will include seeing some of our all-time faves in concert, Valentine's (and Galentine's) Day, and more!

{THROWBACK} "angel from montgomery"

TIOJ has a newly found obsession with The Lone Bellow... to put it lightly. (It doesn't hurt that there's a W&M connection, holla!) So of course, I wasn't surprised to be completely blown away by their cover of "Angel from Montgomery."

You guys can sing to me any time you'd like. Until then, I'll have this on repeat.

The Lone Bellow: "Angel From Montgomery" from Christopher Pereira on Vimeo.

I do love the Bonnie Raitt original, too...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

{WE LOVE} pontiak

I think I'm genetically predisposed to love Pontiak. These ginger-bearded wonders (and brothers!) not only hail from Virginia, but they also have a certain impressive, charismatic, bluesy style that I'm powerless to resist. (They all live on the same farm--how adorable is that???)

If you have a free 27 minutes on your hands, I highly recommend listening to and loving this feature on Pontiak, courtesy of KEXP Seattle. I'm so excited to have found a favorite with the perfect mix of rock and whimsy.

{INTERVIEW} mike and cody

We are so excited to share our recent interview with DC locals (and TIOJ faves) Mike and Cody. Check out our chat with these fellas as we talk about first concerts, covers, and pre-games.

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourselves! How long have you been making music, both together and apart? 
Cody: We both started playing to some degree at a young age. I took piano lessons on and off throughout elementary school. I never practiced and had the urge to play something more rock-and-roll (probably a typical story). I wanted to play drums after I saw the movie That Thing You Do. [editors' note: this is one of Stacey's all-time favorite movies.] The main character, Shades, made it clear that drums were the coolest.

I met Mike in a DC-area jazz orchestra for high school students. I played drums and he played bass. We went to different schools but became friends through that group and started to jam together on our own. Mike has played drums, guitar, and bass since he was in second grade. He’s been recording his own music for just as long. We both went to college in Boston, and the summer of 2011 is when we started making the music that you hear us putting out as Mike and Cody.

mike and cody
How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it before?
We’ve been told we’re “alternative synth rock with smart incorporation of mainstream pop elements.” We’ve been compared to Katy Perry, Foster the People, Chromeo, MGMT, Radiohead. If you listen to “I’m Gonna Steal Your Date” and then “Devilish,” you’ll see that “eclectic” would be a fitting word choice. There’s usually a groove for everyone, and hopefully all of our songs will make you shake your booty, or bob your head at the VERY least.

You guys have done some really fun covers. How do you pick the songs you cover?  
We’ll just randomly jam on a song but change the chords while keeping the basic melodic structure. That’s what we did with “No Scrubs” and “Hot in Herre.” Then, we messed with the arrangement and instrumentation to fit our style -- while still trying to keep the core elements of the songs that make them great. “Toxic” and “Climax” were suggestions from friends, songs we both really liked and had a great time covering. It’s a hard balance paying tribute to a song but also completely transforming it -- and certain songs seem to lend themselves well to that, at least for our musical point of view.

You guys have played venues all over DC. Do you have a favorite spot to perform in the DMV? 
The Black Cat mainstage! It was our first show in DC and second show ever -- it was a blast. Big stage, great sound, awesome staff. We wanna go back!

Click ahead to find out the guys' thoughts on pre-gaming and what they have coming up...

{WE LOVE} sam smith

Guys, put Sam Smith on your radar ASAP.

We were introduced to the British singer after hearing his vocals on our go-to dancing around the apartment jam "Latch" by Disclosure.

But Sam has just taken things to an entirely different level with his latest release “Lay Me Down.” Unlike “Latch,” this heartfelt ballad will have you snuggling with your pillow and a box of tissues rather than shimmying across the dance floor and, for once, we’re entirely okay with it.

Check out this acoustic session and prepare yourself emotionally. Full disclosure, there were some very un-ladylike words coming out of my mouth when I first this watched this video. So f’ing impressive.

via The Chuckness

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

only got $20 in my pocket...

When I saw Young House Love's Unofficial Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge, I immediately knew that it was absolutely and completely up TIOJ's alley. Let's be real: shopping/thrifting, Young House Love (um my other best friends no big deal), and white rappers are our jam.

In case you need a quick refresher on "Thrift Shop":

John and Sherry laid out three rules for the Thrift Shop Challenge:
Step #1. Go to a thrift shop with -- just as the chorus of the song says -- “$20 in your pocket” and take a picture.
Step #2. Spend that $20 any way you’d like and photograph your spoils.
Step #3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic.

Click ahead to see the results of our adventure:

"woman" is my jam

I don't know about y'all, but my brain is constantly categorizing songs into various scenes for my life soundtrack.  "Woman" by Bom Bom has been the latest new track listing to my soundtrack. The catchy beat and giddy lyrics are just too perfect for that inevitable montage scene. (Because my life film has to be a romantic comedy, apparently.)

Let's be honest, the "He's just so damn tall // I think he got it all" lyric is just too spot on.

Download via Neon Gold

Monday, January 28, 2013

mashup monday: vampire weekend + bubba sparxxx

We can barely contain our excitement for last week's announcement that the new Vampire Weekend album Lemon Sounds will be dropping May.  To celebrate, we've been listening to lots of random Vampire Weekend mashups. Today's favorite mixes "Diplomat's Son" with one of the greatest songs of our generation "Miss New Booty":

The Diplomat's Booty by Vampire Weekend vs Bubba Sparxxx on Grooveshark

 And just for fun -- here's the teaser for the new album!


Friendlies, TIOJ offices are abuzz on this most auspicious occasion. Our lovely, talented blog-mate turns the big 2-5 today and we couldn't be more excited to help her celebrate this milestone!

here's to another 25 years of tailgaiting like a champ!

To celebrate, we've put together a playlist of some of Stacey's favorite jams (as well as a few new surprises) to soundtrack her birthday week (Yes, Stacey celebrates her birthday for more than just one day. Duh.).

“Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold” - The Lone Bellow
“Tete-A-Tete” - Walk the Moon
“Million Dollar Bill” - Whitney Houston
“21” - Corey Smith
“My Body (Tokyo Police Club Remix)” - Young The Giant
“Yellow Light (Cillo Remix)” - OMAM
“Savannah Rain” - Sons of Bill
“Machine Gun Funk On Top Of The World” - Biggie Smalls x Imagine Dragons x Jay-Z
“All My People Go (Budo Remix)” - Kris Orlowski & Andrew Joslyn
“Pretty Girls” - Wale

Sunday, January 27, 2013

{RECAP} ra ra riot

It was such a treat to see Ra Ra Riot perform the other night at the 9:30 Club fresh off the release of their third album Beta Love. 

I've been jamming to the entire Beta Love album since it's release this week and I was pleased to hear the fun, synthpop direction the band has taken with this new album. From the high notes that Wes hits on the title track (seriously, I worry for his vocal chords) to the thoughtful performance of "When I Dream," I like where these dudes are going.

(Please note the sparkly violin. I was lusting after it all night. So shiny.)

The highlight of the show for me was the one-two punch of my new favorite "Dance With Me" and my oldest and most favorite Ra Ra Riot song ever "Can You Tell."

Highly recommend streaming the album on Spotify (other faves include "Angel, Please" and "Binary Mind") and download "Beta Love" for free here.

Next Up: Walk The Moon at the 9:30 Club!

Friday, January 25, 2013

dance all night // we get high on the beat

This video for Mausi's latest jam "M O V E" hands down encompasses everything I want to do this weekend: Dance, hang out with friends, take a casual trip to Portugal, and dance some more.

Who's with me?

Thank goodness we're celebrating Stacey's birthday this weekend and can accomplish 75% of our aforementioned goals. We'll just have to have her speak Spanish to us all night to replace the jaunt to Lisbon. That counts, right?

{PLAYLIST} wanderlust jams

It's not even funny how cold it is outside. And the snow was nice to look at for about an hour, but we're pretty much over that (and more snow during rush hour tonight? Seriously, DMV drivers are bad enough...). To cope with this weather, we're dreaming of getting away -- whether it's to a warm, sunny beach (and a margarita) or next to a fireplace in a cozy cabin somewhere (with a hot toddy).

We need a trip, a trip's what we need:

our current motto (via)
Wanderlust 2013 by this is our jam on Grooveshark "Trip" - Vacationer
"Mexico" - The Staves
"Paradise" - Wild Nothing
"Big Jet Plane" - Angus & Julia Stone
"Islands (Tapioca And The Flea Remix)" - Young The Giant
"Riga Girls" - The Weepies
"New York" - Snow Patrol
"Tennessee" - Yarn
"Blue Ridge Mountains" - Fleet Foxes
"Paris, Tokyo" - Lupe Fiasco 

Bonus! Some extra wanderlusty jams inspired by Where in the World is Matt Lauer.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

{THROWBACK} "burning down the house"

To celebrate the release of Walk The Moon's Tightrope EP (and seeing them for the umm seventh time next week), we're throwing back to the cover song on their latest release "Burning Down The House."

It's so fun to watch the original live version of the Talking Heads performance after seeing the WTM boys perform it so many times. David Byrne & Co. definitely set the bar high.

And here's the Walk The Moon version, pre-approved by Talking Heads fans (read: my father):

{THROWBACK} "don't think twice"

I'm newly obsessed with this cover of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice (It's Alright)." Like listen-to-it three-times-in-a-row obsessed. Thank you for this soundtrack to my week, Brett Dennen and Ted Lennon.

Bonus! Another lovely cover of this jam by Vonda Shepherd. She was the singer on Ally McBeal. Judge away, friends.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

{RECAP} inauguration eve at m central

So this recap is a few days late, which I blame solely on Beyoncé and her most recent scandal. It has clouded my thoughts related to all things Inauguration. Anyway, I think I’ve finally gone through my stages of grief and am ready to recap the Inauguration Eve show from Sunday featuring U.S. Royalty, Low Cut Connie, The Dig, and Shark Week.

The concert, put on by Listen Local First and all the sponsors of pop up venue M Central, was a wonderful way to continue the long-weekend (or wrap up the weekend for those of us that had to work Monday #notbitter) and featured some great graffiti-inspired art that we were able to check out between sets.

U.S. Royalty // Low Cut Connie 

U.S. Royalty headlined the show and solidified their rock star status from their outfits to their passion to their raw talent. I seriously don’t understand how these guys aren’t bigger. We loved hearing old favorites like “Equestrian” and “Vacation Vacation” and were treated to some incredible new songs that we can’t wait to hear again.

Low Cut Connie was the surprise of the night. We weren’t familiar with them prior to Sunday but by the first song, the band pretty much burned their music in your mind in the best way possible. From the unstopping pelvic thrusts to rotating singers to the Grease-worthy get-ups – this band wass too much fun.

(They're playing at IOTA in Arlington on February 1st -- GO SEE THEM!)

Wrapping up the night were TIOJ favorites The Dig whose set reminded me how great their entire album is and DC locals Shark Week who may look unassuming at first glance but can rock harder than a lot of bands I’ve seen recently. You MUST check both bands out.
shark week // the dig
Definitely keep these bands on your radar, people!

Next Up: Ra Ra Riot tonight at 9:30!

{WE LOVE} to & from magazine

In anticipation of upcoming Valentine’s Day festivities, TIOJ is gracing the pages of the wonderful online magazine To & From. The magazine, put together by Meg and Katie, features wonderful picks for V-Day gifts for you and your hunnie from bloggers across the country.

For our contribution, we put together some of our most favorite love songs perfect to sing to your sweetie. (For the record, I would marry Michael Kiwanuka on the spot if he were to ever sing “Bones” to me)

Be sure to check out To & From and begin your online shopping extravaganza and bookmark our playlists on Spotify and 8tracks if you need to make a last minute mix tape next month.

{WE LOVE} passenger

Add some more wonderfully mellow Brits to our rotation: I'm looking at you, Passenger. Even though they've been around for a while, these fellas have been popping up on my radar lately, and I'm so so enchanted with "Let Her Go."

When I first heard this song, I was picturing a mashup (of artists, not of songs) of TIOJ All Stars Ben Howard, Brett Dennan, and Ed Sheeran. Then I learned that Passenger has opened (and will open) for Ed Sheeran (Passenger is such a better choice than Taylor Swift, Ed. Please.) -- I must have musical telepathy.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

morningsiders are our jam

This live session from folk pop group Morningsiders has everything we love about everything:

  • Hand clapping
  • Hipster glasses
  • Cosby sweaters
  • Ukuleles
  • A ginger


Join us in stalking all of the two Morningsiders tunes on SoundCloud.

and another reason i'm obsessed with the lumineers

Guys, the Lumineers' performance on Saturday Night Live the other night made me love them even more. Girl crush alert #3523: I just want to be Neyla so so badly (and dang, girl knows how to play a cello! Maybe I should've played that in elementary school instead of the violin...). They're so joyful and happy and perfect.

Happy Tuesday.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

something sexy for your sunday

From the smooth vocals to the saxophone solo to the Usher-esque lyrics (may need to throwback to "U Got It Bad" later this week) - this shit is sexy. Thank you, Shy Girls. Happy Sunday.

via (BIRTHDAY BOY!!) Musical Bears

Friday, January 18, 2013

happy (inauguration) weekend!!

For those of us in the DC area, the next few days are going to be filled with lots of fun inauguration activities. Since our invitations to the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball SOMEHOW got lost in the mail (rude.), we've been filling up our schedules with all of the awesome events being put on by the awesome peeps over at Listen Local First.

From an Inaugural Ball on Saturday featuring a Mayer Hawthorne DJ set to an Inauguration Eve concert on Sunday featuring some of our favorite DC bands U.S. Royalty and Shark Week AND TIOJ Interview alumni The Dig, there's so much fun to be had. All of the events are going down at pop up location M Central on H St -- check out the full schedule of events here.

To get you pumped for the weekend and Sunday's concert, here's a video for Shark Week's "Get High" featuring SUCH quality awkward dancing. No lie, I've been giggling at my computer screen for the past 3 minutes and plan to repeat this when I see it performed live on Sunday. You've been warned.

Get all the information for Sunday's show here and join us in the awkward dancing!

{PLAYLIST} wintery mix

Since it's January and we are decidedly in the midst of winter, we figured it was time to share some of our most favorite wintery songs (a wintery mix, if you will). We're hoping for a snow day, and we're hoping that this playlist will ingratiate us with the weather gods.

Press play for an accompaniment to your snow dance:

Wintery Mix by this is our jam on Grooveshark "Snowfall" - Ingrid Michaelson
"Winter" - Joshua Radin
"Leaves Fall" - Mansions on the Moon
"Winter Winds" - Mumford and Sons
"Winter Song" - Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
"Wind Blows" - Yukon Blonde
"Coldest Winter" - Kanye West
"Winter Song" - The Head and the Heart
"Sodom, South Georgia" - Iron & Wine 
"November Skies" - Tomas Barfod

Click here for your Spotify version of this playlist!

Thursday, January 17, 2013


TIOJ recently had the pleasure of hanging out with Gil Wojcik and Justin Victoria of local DC band PLOY. Read ahead as we chat with the dudes about writing music, sneaking into SXSW, and their upcoming show at DC9.

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourselves!
Gil: We’ve been friends for 10 years. We started Ploy in a New York Starbucks. Justin was living in New York at the time. I came up to visit and we were just hanging out. We started talking about what we wanted to do in life and just decided that we both wanted the same thing, so we decided to come out with an EP before the end of the summer.

PLOY: Gil & Justin
How would you describe your music?
I’d say we’re mostly electronic and... I hate saying the word indie, but I guess we’re indie-pop.

How did you come up with the name PLOY?
Gil: It was actually when we were in New York at Starbucks -- we were like, “Okay, let’s do it, we gotta think of a name.” Then, ten minutes later, Justin texted me and said, “What do you think of PLOY?” And I was like “Yeah, I’m down.”
Justin: We liked the definition of it and how it looked. It had a ring to it.

Click ahead for more jams and the requisite TIOJ Awkward Picture!

{THROWBACK} "brick"

Since I drive so much, I listen to the radio a lot. And every evening at about 5:30, DC radio station DC101 has a feature that they call the Doo Doo Time Spectacular (I seriously have no idea why it's called that. It bothers me every night.), in which they play a song that used to be on the radio all the time but that you never hear anymore. Basically, it's a throwback every night.

Even though I don't always know or like the jams that they play, I've come across two great ones in the last week or so. A few days ago, I heard the epitome of Throwback Thursday: a random gem that you embarrassingly/proudly know too well. This one was Dashboard Confessional's "Hands Down." Yes, I remembered most of the words. Yes, I'm only a little ashamed.

But last night, Roche was looking for a depressing(ish), downer song to fit the rainy day that we were having. He picked Ben Folds Five's "Brick," which, while being one of the most depressing songs in the history of music, is one of my faves.

Super depressing music video and song aside, can we please talk about how young Ben Folds looks in this video?? It may seem even more drastic of a change since Ben was looking a little old at this year's FreeFest. But I would like a pair of the burgundy pants he had, please.

(side note: my apologies for the overly cracked out nature of today's throwback. i've been taking all kinds of cold medicine today...)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

{WE LOVE} "coal war"

I'm on another 8tracks kick, and I've found a few playlists that are perfect for this rainy week (among them is this coffee shop-esque one). I was so excited to find "Coal War" by Joshua James, which I'm learning is somehow connected to the TV show Sons of Anarchy.

I know nothing about the show or motorcycles (and probably never will), but Gerry Bertier from Remember the Titans (Alexandria, represent) is in the first few seasons. Between songs like this one and some hometown pride, I may need to look into this...

{RECAP} jessie ware

Last night, we had the opportunity (thanks to our boys over at Kick Kick Snare!) to check out British songstress Jessie Ware at the 9:30 Club. Within 30 seconds, it was evident that Jessie fits all the criteria necessary for being a TIOJ bestie. So, instead of our normal recap style we’re going to do this --


She loves Michelle Obama.
Coming onstage in a blazer, Jessie announced to the DC crowd that she “tried to dress like the First Lady.” Don’t we all, girl, don’t we all.

giving us the sweet talk
She is down to earth and humble.
Appreciative of the largest crowd on her US tour, Jessie consistently thanked the crowd with the sincerity that everyone needs in a bestie.

She is crazy talented.
Whether performing upbeat songs like "If You're Never Gonna Move" or some of her slower ballads, girl can sing.

She doesn’t take herself too seriously.
After commenting on a missed a note at the end of a song, Jessie quickly added “Oops, that was probably unprofessional.” Maybe, but we love you more for your honesty.

She loves her friends.
In this Pitchfork interview with Jessie she explains that her hit song “Wildest Moments” was actually written about her best friend when they were going through a fight. Since we don’t have any friends with musical abilities, we need a Jessie to fill that void in our lives/tell us when we’re being a cow.

She’s British.
Jessie kept praising the crowd for being so much better than UK crowds. While we’re not surprised, we’re happy to continue to provide the overly appreciative and, at times, intoxicated spirit of America for future shows.

This video.
See: Children With Swag.

She loves cupcakes (in moderation, of course).
We don't trust anyone that isn't a dessert person.

She’s just the sweetest.
From saying hello to a DC’er in the crowd she met wandering on U St prior to the concert to dedicating “Wildest Moments” to a couple in the crowd (well played, Henry!), Jessie came across as genuinely thoughtful and undeniably adorable.

That's our list for now! J-Woww (Can we call you J-Woww?), call us next time you're in DC and we'll plan our girls night. You bring the Magic Mike DVD, we'll bring the wine.

{WE LOVE} "how do i know"

I've been enchanted with "How Do I Know" by Here We Go Magic since my bro introduced it to me a few weeks ago. The lyrics are so simple, yet cut right to those emotions of excitement and uncertainty that we've all inevitably felt at some point in a relationship.

After listening to the song approximately 50 times, I'm only more enamored with it after watching the music video.The video features a couple fighting over the man's attachment to his robot companion. To be fair, if I owned a robot that could dance like that, I'd also have some serious difficulties giving that up...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

{IF YOU LIKE...} the beatles & the flaming lips

We’re finally getting around to posting about the rave-reviewed Australian band, Tame Impala. You've no doubt seen their name touted on pretty much every “Best of 2012” music list and it’s with good reason. The band has the cool psychedelic vibe of the Flaming Lips and, everyone’s favorite, The Beatles (picturing every scene in “Across the Universe” as I write this).

Their music is transcendent and well suited for pretty much every mood you could have throughout the day (I've been listening to them when I wake up, at work, and pre-gaming…those guys have it all covered).

Plus, the artistry they put into not only their music, but also the creation of their music videos is sincerely impressive.


Well, this was the best way my morning could have possibly started.

French blog, La Blogothèque, known for their incredible concerts à emporter (Take Away Shows) posted their latest session with our favvvvvvvvvorites, The Lumineers. Check out the concert featuring “Ho Hey” and a very literal interpretation of “Big Parade” performed along the streets of San Francisco.

BONUS: LOVING this new song featuring a lovely duet between Wesley and Neyla oh so much.

Monday, January 14, 2013

new music roundup

Phew! There is SO much new music coming out lately from some of our favorite artists, it's getting hard to keep up. Here are some of my most favorite recent releases:

Mausi - "M O V E"
Mausi's "sol" was hands down my favorite song of the summer so it comes as no surprise that their latest track is equally upbeat and wonderful.

Rostam Batmangli - "Don't Let It Get To You"
This release from Vampire Weekend's coolest-named member is glorious and has us itching for a new Vampire Weekend album this year.

Click ahead for more new jams!

{RECAP} vacationer and niki & the dove

We kicked off our weekend with the seemingly bipolar combination of Vacationer and Niki & The Dove at Rock & Roll Hotel. We're still trying to figure out how these two bands decided to tour together, and we're also trying to wrap our heads around how many mullets we saw (total count: three).

Philadelphia band (and TIOJ interview alumni) Vacationer began the show, and they invited the crowd to chill with them as they played through their summer-ready album. Unlike past shows, the band had vintage film clips running in the background of the stage, tinged with the oranges and yellows reminiscent of summer, which perfectly complemented their performance.

The comfortable music plus the film and light-up globe chilling on set truly made us feel like we were lounging on a beach somewhere in an adorable vintage bathing suit rather that clutching a sweaty PBR in a dark DC bar. Songs like "No Rules" and "Summer End" only painted that sunny picture more clearly. Whether it was the change of venue or our overwhelming need to feel like it was summer again, this was hands down our favorite Vacationer performance to date.

In contrast to the chill vibes from Vacationer, Niki & The Dove were not there to invite you to chill. They were inviting you to dance and to dance hard.

Before the show, we weren't that familiar with the duo, but we knew they were Swedish and, therefore, to be trusted. We were obviously taken with Niki and her flowery headress and light-up tambourine (I WANT.), but we quickly became huge fans of Gustaf Karlöf (better known as The Dove), whose prowess on the keyboards and Swedish humility were enchanting.

The duo put on a crazy, electronic show that had the entire crowd dancing (it even looked like there were coordinated jazz hands from time to time...). Whether you were wearing a J.Crew sweater or a mesh tank top, no one in the crowd could escape the duo's beats. The crowd favorites -- and ours too -- were definitely "Somebody" and "DJ Ease My Mind."

Next Up: Jessie Ware at the 9:30 Club!

ps22 is still my jam (duh.)

Who's surprised? These kiddos are probably the coolest. Ever.

Today I'm completely obsessed with their version of Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child," for which they paired up with Ithacapella, an a capella group from Ithaca (duh).

The two groups' version of "Payphone" isn't too shabby either.

In my next life, I'd like to have Mr. B. as my fifth grade music teacher -- is that weird? Maybe just a little.

"song for zula" is my jam

Ugh. This song is so pretty and so sorrowful. From the arresting lyrics to the beautiful strings, I can't begin to put into words how much I'm enjoying this song.

Some say love is a burning thing
That it makes a fiery ring
Oh but I know love as a fading thing
Just as fickle as a feather in a stream
See, honey, I saw love. You see, it came to me
It put its face up to my face so I could see
Yeah then I saw love disfigure me
Into something I am not recognizing

Sunday, January 13, 2013

7 hours to go!!

After too many years, Justin Timberlake is finally ready to respond to our pleas...

Thank god. Approximately 7 hours, 35 minutes, and 54 seconds to go. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 11, 2013

a club-ready (and FREE) soundtrack to your weekend!

Mash-up artist DOSVEC is at it again! This time, he's mashed up some of your favorite jams right now into a weekend-ready mash-up. At 30 minutes long, it's perfect for blasting as you dance around your apartment whilst raiding your roommate's closet with a yummy drink in your hand. (Just us??)

Special shout out to the "Five" track and the Flo Rida/Oh Land mash-up (that's one version of "The Whistle Song" I can totally get behind).

Download the entire mix for FREE here and play it to your cab driver as you head to wherever the weekend may take you.

If you don't have plans yet tonight, we HIGHLY recommend going to a concert tonight! The Knocks are kicking it at the 9:30 Club and we'll be dancing it out with Niki & The Dove at Rock 'N Roll Hotel!

{PLAYLIST} whistling jams

As you well know, TIOJ has big plans for our very own band (and to everyone out there keeping tabs: between the three of us we are now the proud owners of a tambourine and a harmonicamouth-radio... we're well on our way). After a lot of brainstorming, we thought that whistling would be an appropriate addition to our band, but we were really really disappointed to learn that, of the three of us, only Kristen can whistle. Maybe a New Year's resolution? Or we may just be a lost cause.

To make up for our lack of these critical skills, we've come up with a playlist of our favorite jams that feature whistling. Whistle along!

"The Tree" - Sons of Bill 
Whistling Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left" - Andrew Bird
"The Warpath" - Conner Youngblood
"Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera cover)" - Jason Chen  
"Forrest Whitaker" - Bad Books 
"Ripchord" - Rilo Kiley
"Numb Bears" - Of Monsters and Men
"Home" - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
"Stop This Train" (acoustic) - John Mayer
"A Man Walks into a Bar" - Jens Lekman
"Whistle" - Flo Rida 
"Young Folks" - Peter Bjorn & John

Thursday, January 10, 2013

{THROWBACK} "how will i know" (cover)

As Whitney Houston Cover Connoisseurs (yes, we are adding that to our official titles, right below Kristen's title of YouTube Whisperer), we would be remiss not to share the latest Whitney cover that we've unearthered.

This time, the boys of POP ETC share a smooth, slightly synth-y version of Whit's hit "How Will I Know." Check it:

See also: my favorite Whitney cover of.all.time.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

{WE LOVE} dawes

Some time in the early fall, I inherited a ton of new music from Lauren. As soon as I uploaded it all, I promptly drowned my computer in a Virginia monsoon. Luckily (with the help of every computer expert I know), all of my music was safe. Unluckily, I had no idea what new jams I had.

Whenever I go through my iTunes now, I'm always pleasantly surprised to find one of these bands (case in point: Yarn). My latest (re)discovery is Dawes. What a perfect folk-rock-y addition to my Wednesday.

I don't hate the scruff either, especially now that beards aren't sad remembrances of hockey (and I can look forward to seeing Brooks Laich within the next couple of weeks).

{WE LOVE} river st. james and amy patterson

River St. James, besides having the singularly most fabulous name I've heard in a while, also has a quiet swagger that would make Danny Zuko jealous. Oh, yeah, and he has an INSANELY beautiful voice. That too. This cover of "You're The One That I Want" with the talented Amy Patterson is bliss.

{WE LOVE} sin fang

Seriously, guys. WHAT is in the water in Iceland? All the music coming out of there is so wonderful. We've been enchanted with Of Monsters and Men and Sóley and most recently Sóley's former Seabear bandmate, Sindri Már Sigfússon. Better known as Sin Fang.

Sin Fang is releasing a new album Flowers set to come out later this month and I just cannot get enough of his first release "Young Boys." I'm not sure if it's the tambourine, the layered vocals, the progression of the chorus, or that Icelandic accent, but this song to me, is perfection.

As a bonus, I just had to share this video that Sin Fang and the rest of his Morr Music label mates put out for the holidays. Icelanders are so wonderfully weird; we need to book a TIOJ plane ticket ASAP to hang out with them.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

the newest addition to my playlist...

I normally take a few days to digest a song before posting it for you pretty people, but I couldn't wait to post the latest release from British up and comers, The 1975.

"Chocolate" is the daytime companion to the bands earlier late-night ready (an aptly-titled) release "Sex." It sells you in the first ten seconds and continues with bright beats that you'll find will instantly perk up your mood. (The noticeable British accents don't hurt either...)

Adding this to my commuting playlist ASAP. 

hopelessly in love with "we found love"

Full disclosure: I'm not the biggest Rihanna fan (understatement). I know that is blasphemy in some circles and I'm fully prepared for the backlash that statement might get me. Even though Rihanna isn't necessarily my jam, I can't deny that she knows her way around endlessly catchy songs. Case in point: this pretty, haunting cover of "We Found Love" by Ed Sheeran. Sure, Ed kind of sounds somber and hopeless as he sings, but frankly he could sing me the phone book and I'd still swoon.

For the record, this is not my favorite cover of "We Found Love." That noble distinction still lies with Schmidt.

a new jam from fun.

In anticipation of the upcoming season of Girls (who's excited?!?!), fun. has released a new track to be part of the soon-to-be-released Girls soundtrack. Get the full listing/purchase a copy for us here.

We LOVE the music in the show so it should come as no surprise that this new track from fun. does not disappoint. It should also come as no surprise that Lena Dunham decided to feature the band on the album since she's dating guitarist Jack Antonoff - POP CULTURE GOSSIP!

via All Things Go

Monday, January 7, 2013

mashup monday: foxes + youngblood hawke + more

Leave it to girl duo Jane Doze to mash up two of our most favorite songs of 2012. Check out their mashup of Youngblood Hawke's resolution-inspiring "We Come Running" and Zedd's "Clarity" featuring one of our ones to watch in 2013, Foxes.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

hockey is alive!!!

This has been us all day since we woke up to the most wonderful-est news that the NHL lockout is over:

Too excited to function. And to see these beauties again:


Friday, January 4, 2013

{PLAYLIST} new year's resolutions

At this point, four days into the brisk cold of 2013, we hope your resolutions/goals/objectives/whatever you'd like to call them are still going strong. If your resolution for the year is to work out a little more often, we have a pretty baller workout-ready playlist to start you off (if we do say so ourselves)... and even if it's not, we hope you're a little inspired to add a resolution or two to your own list.

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"Now Is the Start" - A Fine Frenzy 
New Year's Resolutions 2013 by this is our jam on GroovesharkSick of your job? Your love life? Your dress size? Use the start of the year to get off your butt and do something about it!
"Anything Could Happen" - Ellie Goulding 
Be open to new experiences. You never know what surprises may befall you if you're open-minded and spontaneous. 
"It’s Time" - Imagine Dragons 
So what if you didn't accomplish all your 2012 goals? Now is the time check off all of those tasks! 
"We Come Running" - Youngblood Hawke 
Slash ellipting slash stationary biking slash Zumba-ing slash kickboxing....
"Feel Again" - One Republic 
If you're anything like 94% of the general public, you've resolved to work out more... you just have to get past the first few hard days, and you'll be able to feel your legs again. 
"Eat That Up, It’s Good For You"- Two Door Cinema Club 
This song has so many good resolutions: eating well, wearing less makeup, and letting go of old relationships. 
"Don’t You Worry Child" - Swedish House Mafia 
In the wise words of Rihanna, "Don't let the bastards get you down." Resolve to not get too bogged down with worries in 2013. 
"Not Alone" - Ben Taylor 
No matter what your relationship status this year, know that you're not alone in 2013. Call up a friend, email a co-worker, or talk to that cute guy on Metro, and resolve to be lonely no more!
"Dog Days Are Over" - Florence + The Machine 
It doesn't look like there are too many predictions about the world ending in 2013, so the worst may be behind us. 
"Everything's Gonna Be Better Next Year" - The Rescues 
Last year may have had its tough moments, but you've got this year to re-charge. Also, we highly recommend resolving to have the self confidence to dance like this guy in 2013.

Need an extra boost of motivation? Check out our Official TIOJ Resolutions for the year as well as our 2012 resolutions jams for a few more tunes to add to your inspirational playlist.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

TIOJ's 2013 new year's resolutions

We may be a tad late on our resolutions for the year, but we needed a lot of recovery time after Monday night (and we're assuming you did too...).

After reviewing our 2012 resolutions, we found that we were successful in fulfilling them! And with that boost of confidence in our blogging selves, we bring you TIOJ's Official 2013 Resolutions:

Explore new DC venues that have somehow slipped under our radars in the last few years 
(Gibson Showroom, Howard Theatre, and The Hamilton, we're looking at you).

Teach Stacey about Instagram and Spotify (Twitter was a success!)

Teach Krista and Kristen how to play their tambourine and mouth radio, respectively. 
(Have Stacey instagram their progress)

Last but not least, we'll always resolve to take more awkward pictures with our fave musicians. 

carousel + vacationer
Here's to a wonderful 2013! Stay tuned for our resolution-worthy jams tomorrow and holler if you have any great resolutions for this year.

{THROWBACK} "i want it that way" (remix)

It is the never ending question asked by all 90's kids (and, let's be real, most people): Backstreet Boys or 'NSYNC? While I am wholeheartedly Team NSYNC, I can't help but delight in this recent Backstreet Boys remix from local DC group, MOVES.

The remix brings a fresh, electropop vibe to the track that sounds like something that would unironically be played during at night at U St Music Hall. While we work on making that actually become a reality, take a listen and let the desk dancing begin.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

cuddling up to miguel

Happy New Year!

If you're anything like my entire apartment, you've spent the first day of 2013 in your pajamas catching up on Netflix, chugging Gatorade, and finding the perfect jams to soundtrack your lazy day.  Over here, we've been enchanted with the latest Tiny Desk Concert featuring Miguel.

His silky smooth vocals in this acoustic session are perfect for listening to while snuggled under a blanket recounting the various pick-up lines that were used (unsurprisingly unsuccessfully) at New Years Eve parties last night. If only everyone could be as charming as Miguel...

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