Sunday, March 31, 2013

{PLAYLIST} best of march

So March is over, but it's still not spring? That's not okay with us. As we pine for warmer weather, we're looking back over the eventful month that we had. In March, we:
Press play for Krista, Stacey, and Kristen's top 5 for the month of March:

Best of March 2013 by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" - Kendrick Lamar feat. Jay-Z 
I've listened to this song so much lately that I've almost said it people who interrupt me at work. It's sort of an issue.
"Pump Up the Jam" - Technotronic
Greatest. song. ever.
"Diane Young" - Vampire Weekend 
Love this song to an incredible degree -- even after some explained to me that Diane Young = dyin' young. Womp.
"A Tout A L'Heure" - Bibio 
While it doesn't feel like spring outside yet, this jam is giving me hope for sunny days ahead.
"Safe and Sound" - Capital Cities
As much as I love this jam, I'm still doubting Capital Cities' knowledge of geography and California's capital.
"Upstairs" - Young Buffalo 
TIOJ was lucky enough to hear this performed live by these charming youngsters.
"I Wanna Be Like You" - AlunaGeorge 
I welcome any excuse to listen to more Disney songs in my daily life.
"Can't See the Stars" - He's My Brother She's My Sister
SO excited that I stumbled upon this gem of a band!
"Crack the Shutters" - Snow Patrol 
Spring is upon us and this jam is perfect for ushering in the sunny days ahead of us.
"You & I" - Local Natives
Cannot get enough of this entire album. Kicking myself for not buying tickets to their show.
"Daylight" - Maroon 5
This is unabashedly my favorite song of the moment. That Adam Levine is just so prettywitty. And I love that days are getting longer and longer.
"Pompeii" - Bastille 
My newest British obsession.
"Dissolve Me" - Alt-J 
My mind was pleasingly blown seeing one of my most favorite albums performed live.
"Crazy Game of Poker" - O.A.R.
Sometimes you just really need a throwback to high school. On repeat. 

Keep jamming on Spotify and join us in April for more jams, more shows, and (we hope) much warmer weather!

Friday, March 29, 2013

{RECAP} hey marseilles and young buffalo

This past Tuesday, TIOJ ventured down to our old stomping grounds in Clarendon, VA to catch Hey Marseilles and Young Buffalo at Iota. Overall, the night was just as perfect as we could have hoped from the addictive French fries at the café to Hey Marseilles sound checking to TLC and "Total Eclipse of the Heart."

Young Buffalo kicked things off with a great set full of energy that had us scrambling from our table to get closer to the stage. While their appearance lives up to their quirky name, YB's music was far from immature. We were getting some awesome Vampire Weekend and at time Talking Heads-ish vibes and were thoroughly impressed by their entire set (and, also, the drummer’s cheekbones).

After interviewing Hey Marseilles, we could not wait to see them live to see if they lived up to their “orchestral folk pop” descriptor--and boy did they ever. This band has unbelievable stage presence, due in large part to the combination of instruments (12 by our count) and the blend of personalities. There were so many boys and so many instruments that our eyes were darting all over the stage for the first few minutes. (A welcome problem, in our opinion.)

"I love you for your wit, not for the shit you spout in your dreams."
The balance of the difference instruments they used was sweepingly beautiful and we were particularly enthralled by the trumpet and accordion solos in songs like "From a Terrace" and "Heart Beats."

Next Up: The 1975 and PLOY at DC9 on Saturday!

crushing on bastille

I can't really explain why I've been fixated on British bands with questionable hair choices lately, but the latest in my long string of band crushes is Bastille, whose song "Pompeii" is the perfect mix of harmony, earnestness, hand-clapping and gravity defying hair.

What brand of hairspray do you think the lead singer uses on his 'do? Asking for a friend...

{PLAYLIST} rip google reader

When Google Reader announced that they were ceasing to exist, we were more than a little crushed. We're really trying our best to adapt to Bloglovin', but we know it'll be a process. The following jams are helping us mourn the loss of our beloved Google Reader but also adjust to (what will hopefully be) our cherished Bloglovin'. Press play below... and while you're add it, add us on Bloglovin! Please?

RIP Google Reader by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution" - Cut Copy
Case in point: about two weeks after we learned about Google Reader's fate, a friend of TIOJ asked what happened... this is what happens when you neglect your blogs.  
"(Nice to Meet You) Anyway" - Gavin DeGraw
Just when we were convincing EVERYONE to get Google Reader, they leave us in the lurch. 
"We'll Meet Again" - Johnny Cash 
Godspeed, G-Reader. May we meet again.
"All My Lovin'" - Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe version) 
Gearing up to give Bloglovin' all our lovin'.
"Brand New Day" - Joshua Radin 
New day, new blog aggregater -- we're hoping for the best.
"Leavin'" - Jesse McCartney 
Google Reader's announcement was the worst kind of breakup -- over email. 
"Why Can't He Be You" - Patsy Cline 
As much as we're trying to adjust to Bloglovin', we know there will be days where we just wish that it was Google Reader...
"New Shoes" - Paolo Nutini 
The best way for Bloglovin' to win us over may be to give us new shoes...
"Where Have You Gone" - Carousel
We plan to sing this to our blank computer screens come July 1 when Google Reader officially dies.
"Blog Is Hot" - Mac Miller  
Oh, blog? Not bloggers? 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

new music roundup

Time for another roundup of all the wonderful new music floating around cyberspace this week!

Houndmouth - "On The Road"
One of very first interviewees, Houndmouth has been blowing up lately and will be releasing their full length debut on June 4. Join us next Friday as they kick off their tour at Iota!

Carousel - "Another Day"
I have a feeling this will be my late night, windows down theme song this summer. Love it.

Phoenix - "Entertainment"
While this isn't thaaaaat new and has already been remixed by Dinosaur Jr and Blood Orange, we'd be remiss not share the latest from these frenchies.

Skizzy Mars - "Nostalgia"
Skizzy just dropped his latest album Phases and we're in a word, OBSESSED with his jam "Nostalgia" featuring Beirut's "The Concubine".

{THROWBACK} robert goulet

I received the following text from my brother this morning: “Guess what I’m listening to now as I enjoy my morning mocha?”

The answer:

So, obviously, I've been listening to some old school Robert Goulet all day and had to share.

And it is impossible to mention Robert Goulet without including one of the best Will Ferrell skits of all time (and the sequel featuring Jay-Z).

{THROWBACK} "two princes"

As soon as you listen to this song, you'll immediately be transported back to the mid-90s -- which is exactly what happened when I happened upon it in recent weeks. The clothing in the music video helps with that. A lot.

luke sital-singh is at it again

TIOJ interview alum Luke Sital-Singh (and his amazing hipster glasses) was at it again earlier this month, releasing a Parisian video for his hopeful ballad "Bottled Up Tight."

Here's to hoping someone this adorable serenades us with the Eiffel Tower looming nearby when Krista, Stacey, and I take France by storm in July.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

{WE LOVE} "Diane Young"

I waited over a week after Vampire Weekend released tracks off their upcoming album, Modern Vampires of the City, to post this. I get kind of over eager about bands I love so I had to let the new-music honeymoon glow fade, just in case I was giving undue praise out of sheer euphoria that VW was once again producing new stuff. I'm happy to report that one-week and many listens later, "Diane Young" is still a winner in my book. The song is definitely not what I anticipated. Gone are the African-inspired drum-beats and calculated too-cool-for-an-Ivy-Leage-school lyrics that endeared me to "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" and "One (Blake's Got a New Face)." In are the developed, poppy, George Michael-esque throwback rhythms that make VW's songs so infectious. I'm such a fan.

Don't forget to give VW's other recently released track, "Step," a listen!

{WE LOVE} kendrick lamar

Guys, we need to talk about Kendrick Lamar. You're probably already familiar with the Compton rapper considering his album good kid, m.A.A.d. city topped pretty much every Best of 2012 list last year. Plus, if you're anything like us, you've probably taken to saying "...drank" every time you go out and your girl friends have started rapping Kendrick's "F**kin' Problem" verse every time you hang out (looking at you, Sarah).

In anticipation of Firefly, we've been listening to Kendrick a lot lately and our love for him grew exponentially when:

1. Jay-Z rapped on his track "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" and we got to see this video of him reacting.

2. We realized that Kendrick's full name is Kendrick Lamar Duckworth. This makes Kendrick and Duckworth (the butler from Duck Tales, duh.) cousins, right?

The Duckworths (original1-2)
3. This song featuring Drake keeps playing on the radio:

We could go on and on, but for now we'll just suggest you go listen to his entire album on Spotify. Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

you had me at "koala"

Here are some true things:
1. I only listened to this song because of the name.
2. I like this song way more than I should probably openly admit.
3. But since I admitted it, I can also just go ahead and tell you I'm on my second listen of the morning. (Okay, FINE, fourth listen. Are you happy?)
4. The boys of Vinyl Jacket have stunning whistling abilities.

As Krista gchatted so aptly...they had us at koala.

Monday, March 25, 2013

a mellow AND mashup jam from daughter

There's nothing like a good Bon Iver cover to start Mellow Monday. But when you mash up said cover with Hot Chip and add the hauntingly beautiful vocals of London band Daughter, you've pretty much incapacitated the TIOJ offices on this Monday morning. Well played, Daughter.

Friday, March 22, 2013

{PLAYLIST} march madness jams

This week marks one of our most favorite times of the year: the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament. Our brackets our filled out, we're wearing our (Louisville Cardinal) red and our (Duke Blue Devil) blue, and we're getting really good at flipping between all of the games being shown at the same time.

Two of our most favorite things: College basketball and brunch.
As good 90s kids, we wholeheartedly love all things Jock Jams and Space Jam (you might even say those jams are our jam). Press play for some of our favorites (and some newer songs that would be on a 2010s version of Jock Jams)!

March Madness Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark"Space Jam" - Quad City DJs
"Welcome to the Jungle" - Kanye West and Jay-Z
"Bounce" - MSTRKRFT (feat. N.O.R.E. and Isis)
"Pump Up the Jam" - Technotronic
"Wings" - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
"Five Seconds" - Twin Shadow
"Jump on Stage" - Girl Talk
"Basketball" - Lil' Bow Wow (feat. Jerpaine Dupri, Fabolous, and Fundisha)
"F**kin' Problem" - A$AP Rocky (feat. 2Chainz, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar)
"Tribal Dance" - 2Unlimited

Bring the jams to your March Madness party on Spotify.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

{THROWBACK} "i wanna be like you"

As unabashed lovers of all things Disney related, I actually squealed out loud when I discovered AlunaGeorge's cover of "I Wanna Be Like You" from The Jungle Book. Because, why not?

And, the original for you nostalgic souls:

Related: Mausi's jam "Disney Films"

{INTERVIEW} hey marseilles

TIOJ was delighted to chat with Matt Bishop of Seattle band (and Band Math alum) Hey Marseilles. Read ahead as we chat with Matt about the band's upcoming album and tour, presidents, and his feelings about Taylor Swift.

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourselves! How long have you been making music together?
We have been making music for going on three years. We've released a full-length album, and we have a second coming out in about a month. We’re all from Seattle. A couple of us met at the University of Washington and then made a record. And here we are!

How did you come up with the name Hey Marseilles?
Our guitar player is French, so the name Marseilles comes from the city in France... actually, we just really liked the way it sounded. And we had, and still do have, an accordion in our band -- so what an appropriate title.

How would you describe your music to someone that's never heard it before?
I use the term “orchestral folk pop” when I want to be concise. Really, it’s acoustic pop music with some cello and viola and accordion and clarinet and trumpet and all those other instruments.

Click ahead for more!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

HAIM + banjos are our jam

I'm having a Christopher Walken-esque reaction to this cover of HAIM's "Don't Save Me" by Bear's Den and Joe Banfi -- I gotta have more cowbell banjo!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

the 20/20 experience is my jam

I happened to catch some of Justin Timberlake's release party for The 20/20 Experience on the radio last night, and it reassured me that JT's talents haven't gone by the wayside. That could've been because he introduced his song "Let the Groove Get In" as "the Jackson Five go to Brazil," and we all know that if there's one thing that renders me powerless, it's Michael Jackson.

This song is also vaguely reminiscent of Gloria Estefan's "Conga." Even better was remembering that Gloria and *N SYNC teamed up for "Music of My Heart" in 1999. (Consider today an early/faux Throwback Thursday.)

sweet hair, JT.

{PREVIEW} craft brewers conference music series

Beer connoisseurs are descending on DC next week for the Craft Brewers Conference, and in tandem with that, The Hamilton is hosting a Craft Brewers Conference Music Series in which they feature a brewery each night -- and a band from that region, as well. In preparation for this week-long event, TIOJ participated in a tasting in which we sampled not only the featured beers but the five bands who will be taking The Hamilton’s stage.

The schedule for the week consists of:

3/25: Elephant Revival; New Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins, CO)
3/26: The Mother Hips; Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Northern California)
3/27: The Revivalists; Abita Brewing Company (New Orleans, LA)
3/28: Cris Jacobs Band; Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, MD)
3/29: Here We Go Magic; Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)

Getting to know The Hamilton (and some other off-the-beaten-path venues) was one of our New Year's Resolutions, so we were really excited to check out the venue, these bands, and these beers. Click ahead to read our full recap of our tasting!

Monday, March 18, 2013

a fun. and lady a jam i can get behind

I generally have very mixed opinions about both fun. and Lady Antebellum. I liked both. Then they both got overplayed and sold out quite a bit (and as a true lover of top 40 radio, if I'm saying that, then it must be true). And now I think both are a little too whiny for my everyday taste.

But for whatever reason, I'm okay with fun.'s cover of "We Owned the Night." It may be because I actually like the Lady A version of the song (probably because one of the dudes sings it...). And because it makes me think of summer (which, with this morning's snow, seems a long long way off).

Friday, March 15, 2013

happy weekend!!

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has crazy fun plans for this St. Patrick's Day weekend. To kick things off, rock out to one of our most favorite recent tracks performed by DC up-and-comers Misun and remixed by one of DC's most dance-worthy DJs Brett.

And in case you need a drinking soundtrack for, um, the entire weekend, TIOJ's St. Patrick's Day Jams.

{PLAYLIST} daylight saving time 2013

The beautiful weather last weekend was a wonderful indication that spring is trying its darnedest to be sprung -- now, if only the weather gods would get the clue and give us springy weather for an extended period of time. Spring officially starts next week. Let's get on this.

With Daylight Saving Time officially underway, it's lighter later in the day, which makes us dream of outdoor happy hours (even if we did have to spring ahead an hour and it's a little darker in the morning).

Press play to celebrate the beginning of spring and lighter, longer days with us:

"Holocene" - Bon Iver
"Waitin' on a Sunny Day" - Bruce Springsteen
"Prayin' for Daylight" - Rascal Flatts
"Up Up Up" - The Givers
"Crack the Shutters" - Snow Patrol
"If I Ever Feel Better" - Phoenix
"Shuffle" - Bombay Bicycle Club
"Daylight" - Maroon 5
"Waiting for the Feeling" - Bright Light Bright Light
"Lover of the Light" - Mumford and Sons

For some additional listening:
Daylight Saving Jams - Fall 2012 (in case you're still a little sleepy)
Daylight Saving Jams - Spring 2012 (for an extra spring in your step)
Sunny Songs (to enjoy the extra hour of sunshine)
And, as always, keep jamming to this playlist on Spotify and 8tracks.

Sidenote: TIOJ would like to give major props to Stacey as she has recently made significant progress in (mostly) understanding the point behind and mechanics of daylight savings time. HOLLER, Stace!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

{THROWBACK} "i want you"/"true"

I love randomly pressing shuffle on my iPod and seeing what treasures it can find. During my most recent round of shuffling, a double whammy of a throwback came through my headphones. Lloyd’s remix of “I Want You” featuring Andre 3000 and Nas is not only some of 2007’s finest hip hop, but it also samples the quality 80’s jam (and The Wedding Singer soundtrack-approved) "True" by Spandau Ballet.

And for your entertainment, Steve Buscemi at his finest:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"à tout à l'heure" is my jam

Full disclosure, I first heard Bibio’s “À tout à l'heure" while driving a convertible after coming back from the beach (sorry I’m not sorry) so I was pretty much conditioned to like it.

Seriously though, the sunny synths are a perfect complement to the hints of warmer weather we’ve been having (take that, Snowquester) and we’re suckers for any and all French idioms thrown in to our daily vocabulary.

{RECAP} night moves and django django

Night Moves and Django Django helped TIOJ rang in Daylight Saving Time this past weekend. First up was Night Moves, who look and feel like they should be from another era. We were torn between the 60s and the 80s (seriously, these guys just have so much hair), and we were a little surprised that they were from Minneapolis and not the UK (but we'll get to that). We were also really big fans of their Cosby sweaters.

the lead singer slightly resembles a muppet -- in the best way possible
These guys were everything you could want in an opener: they were extremely gracious and excited to be there, they didn't try to overshadow the headliner, and they were great at building energy and excitement for Django Django. We especially loved their jam "Headlights."

From their opening notes, Django Django did a great job getting the crowd ready to rock out. Between these (actual) Brits' penchant for percussion instruments and matching printed shirts, we were hooked. Of all of their songs, we -- and the rest of the crowd -- liked "Firewater" a lot, and it seemed pretty fitting for a Saturday night.

Seeing Django Django on Saturday was a great preview for how awesome they'll be at Firefly -- we can't wait to dance with them again!

Up Next: How to Dress Well and Sky Ferreira at U Street Music Hall on March 19!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

local natives for a rainy day

The latest Local Natives album has been in steady rotation on my iPod lately and I can't seem to get past the first track "You & I" on this rainy Tuesday.

capital cities is my jam

Whenever I've heard Capital Cities' "Safe and Sound" on the radio in recent weeks, I've been positive that their name was a reference to the District. Apparently, I'm the only one who's so DC-focused. It's kind of like how I get confused by TV commercials when I'm in upstate New York that reference "the capital region." (But at least Albany is the New York capital. Capital Cities is from Los Angeles -- that's not even a state capital, dudes. I guess I'm a bit of a capital -- and Capitals -- elitist.)

Regardless of their geographical confusion, "Safe and Sound" and the rest of Capital Cities' songs have just the right amount of pop to get you in the mood for warm weather. Even better: they'll be at Firefly this summer. And they have great beards.

Monday, March 11, 2013

MØ is my jam

Guys, I have a confession. I've been a hoarding a song from you. I've meant to share it for months now, but I would always get too distracted dancing around or daydreaming about moving to Denmark to actually put something together.

Lucky for you, Yours Truly just put out a new video of this jam that warrants finally sharing with the world. Behold, our latest Scandinavian crush MØ performing "Pilgrim."

Friday, March 8, 2013

{PLAYLIST} high school jams

We've been a bit nostalgic of late (much of this was inspired by cleaning out my closet at my parents' house this past week -- you guys will never believe the treasures I found in there), so an extra long throwback of all of our high school jams seemed pretty fitting.

Press play and drift back to 2004. You've just gotten your driver's license (unless you're Kristen... then you're going to wait a few more years), and you have nothing to do after school except drive around the suburbs before you have to be back at school for volleyball/football/dance practice (or your newspaper deadline).

High School Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"California" - Phantom Planet
"The General" - Dispatch
"As Lovers Go" - Dashboard Confessional
"Right Thurr" - Chingy
"Blue Side" - Rooney
"Found My Rosebud" - The Thrills
"Boys of Summer" - The Ataris
"Gossip Folks" - Missy Elliot
"Fat Lip" - Sum 41
"Paper Heart" - All American Rejects
"Toxic" - Britney Spears
"Crazy Game of Poker" - O.A.R.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

{THROWBACK} patsy cline

The first album I remember knowing every single word to is, without a doubt, Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits. My mom and I would blast that song (on cassette) whenever we did errands and/or drove pretty much anywhere. It's the tunes to which I learned that the radio had to be super loud so it would drown out our voices. And through "Back in Baby's Arms," I learned that "baby" was a term of endearment not solely used for children.

In honor of Patsy's 50th deathiversary was yesterday, I present to you today's throwback: 

"when i grow up i'm going to be a sunbeam"

I'm off to sunny Florida for a few days and wanted to leave y'all with this sunny song from our Icelandic favorite, Sin Fang. (Shout-out to Sóley on keyboards!)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

{WE LOVE} kwabs

Shucks, I am such a sucker for a big, soulful voice. Thank goodness I discovered up and coming London singer Kwabs.

His emotional original "Getaway" gives Maxwell a run for his money...

And then he speaks to my indie soul with this swoon-worthy cover of James Blake's "The Wilhelm Scream."

Our BFF Jessie Ware has already put her stamp of approval on Kwabs, so we predict lots of good things to come for this guy!

{WE LOVE} he's my brother she's my sister

Even though I hadn't been planning to, I ended up going to a show when I was in Miami this past weekend, and I may have a new favorite band because of it. He's My Brother She's My Sister has been on the very very outskirts of my radar (aka I had heard their name before), but they're quickly rising in my ranks.

Just a few reasons I really really liked this weirdly charming quintet and you should too:
  1. The lead (girl) singer wore a leopard print spandex onesie. I need one of those.
  2. The drummer stood on top of a drum, looked like she was straight out of the 1960s, and tapped (like tap dance tapped) for extra percussion. On Wikipedia, she's referred to as the Tap Dancing Drummer. That takes so much coordination. I'm in awe.
  3. My brother never indulges me when I try to get him to do things like form a brother-sister pairs tennis team. This sister got her brother to create a band. (This may also have to do with the fact that my brother and I aren't exceptionally musically and/or athletically talented...)
  4. There's an upright bass. And a top hat. 
  5. I just really like when there are siblings in bands.
  6. The cover of their album is a picture of everyone in the band brushing their teeth. Here's something weird about me: I really love brushing my teeth.
  7. This cover:

Great news! He's My Brother She's My Sister will be hitting DC on this current tour in May -- they'll be at the Black Cat Backstage on May 8 with the Kopecky Family Band. Put that on your calendar. Right now. You won't regret it.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

{RECAP} alt-J

alt-J’s An Awesome Wave was my favorite album of 2012 so it was with tempered expectations that I went into their live show last night. There are not a lot of albums where I can’t pick a favorite song (much less obsess over a 30-second interlude), so the fact that alt-J had such an impact made me a little nervous.  Thankfully, alt-J did not disappoint as they crooned to the 9:30 Club last night and proved why their album deserves so much recognition.

What’s gets me about alt-J is that I literally stutter when I try to explain them. Their sound is so unique and difficult to compare to other bands, that I’m often tongue-tied when I try to sing their praises to others. Luckily, everyone in attendance last night already understood and appreciated the accessible oddity of alt-J and were equally into the show.

"oh something good tonight will make me forget about you for now"
The band’s live setup was pretty simple and they played everything from their album with the welcome addition of “Buffalo," featured in Silver Linings Playbook (For the record, I've decided to mark this moment in the set list as “Ode to Jennifer Lawrence.”).

The crowd swooned and sang along beautifully to “Matilda” and I uncovered a new-found obsession with “Dissolve Me” and “Interlude 2” (seriously when you make interludes this killer, you've got it.).

alt-J closed their set with “Taro” that, in compliance with their unique sound, featured a sitar-sounding guitar riff during the chorus that, again, is just too cool for words.

Next Up: Painted Palms at Black Cat Backstage in approximately 5 hours...

Monday, March 4, 2013

feeling jazzy with chet baker

I stumbled across jazz musician Chet Baker last week and his beautiful music is all I seem to want to listen to on this mellow Monday morning. While I realize I am approximately 60 years late to the party, it's never too late for some good jazz.

ALSO - I have to note Chet Baker's influence on my current musical crush Chet Faker (read an interview here). I just love it when these musical worlds collide.

Now, please excuse me while I listen to Chet's entire discography and pretend to be Richard Gere in Runaway Bride.

Friday, March 1, 2013

party in the city where the heat is on

Story time: Krista and I roadtripped to Florida for spring break our senior year of college, and, naturally, we had pretty baller playlists the entire way (including our 17 hour day woooo). Of course, Will Smith's "Miami" was on there because it was our final destination/cruise departure point, but we wouldn't listen to it until we got there. But as soon as we crossed Miami city limits, we blasted Will Smith approximately seven times in a row. What else are you supposed to do?

I'm headed off to Miami this weekend, and while it may be rainy and cloudy and cool, you best believe I'll be serenading my entire plane with this jam as soon as we hit the ground.

{PLAYLIST} spring break

Spring break is finally upon us! Colleges are on to something -- early March is just the perfect time for a break from cold (and sometimes life). While we aren't technically afforded the week-long vacations we grew up with, it's not going to stop us from jet setting away for the weekend or, more realistically, dreaming of warm weather while we online shop for bikinis at work.

So whether you're a lucky college kid on spring break or a young professional on your lunch break, these jams should get you in the sunshiney, mojito-sipping mood.

Spring Break by this is our jam on Grooveshark"If I Could Do It Again" - Corey Smith  
"Bochicha" - Dom    
"Sorority Girl" - Luke Bryan    
"Holiday" - Vampire Weekend     
"Keg In The Closet" - Kenny Chesney    
"Ahead Of The Wave" - The Non-Commissioned Officers
"Boys In The Summer" - Jessie James    
"Blue Dress" - Walk The Moon    
"Day Dreamer" - Donavon Frankenreiter   
"Cupid Shuffle" - Cupid (Spring Break 2010 - WOOHOO
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