Tuesday, April 30, 2013

{PLAYLIST} best of april

What a whirlwind of a month April has been! We've kept ourselves busy in the TIOJ offices this month. In April, we:
Press play for Stacey, Kristen, and Krista's top 5 for the month of April:

"Ends of the Earth" - Lord Huron
I've already warned Krista and Kristen that they'll have to hold me back from jumping at Lord Huron when we see them at Firefly...
"Lady Luck" - Pickwick
The best falsetto I've heard since Mr. JT himself. This song is addicting.
"Get Lucky" - Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell)
Between this combo of talent and the disco vibes of this song, I think I've found my summer anthem
"Good as New" - Vacationer
These fun fellas always put me in the perfect summery mood.
"Heart of My Own" - Basia Bulat
Words cannot describe how happy I am to finally hear one of my favorites live.
"So Good to Me" - Chris Malinchak
I literally cannot stop listening to this song. It's just the best. 
"Best Day of My Life" - American Authors
SO glad I found these fun English-major-pleasers.
"Fistful of Swoon" - Vandaveer
Vandaveer's whispery ballad is so hypnotizing and sweet.
"Keep You" - Wild Belle"
Thank goodness we have Firefly to make up for missing this duo at Coachella
"When My Time Comes" - Dawes
Always and forever on repeat.
"A Change is Gonna Come" - Sam Cooke
This song is iconic and chill-inducing.
"Been There Before" - Ghost Beach
After dancing on stage to this jam, I can't get enough. 
"Jangling" - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
Getting so so pumped to see all 329 of these guys at Firefly!
"Faith" - Lake Street Dive
I'm not usually one for George Michael covers (um, the original is perfect, duh) but this version of "Faith" is unbeatable.
"If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On the Dance Floor)" - Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr.
a.k.a. my life theme song

See you guys in May!! 
couldn't resist... (via)

Monday, April 29, 2013

{RECAP} basia bulat and pickwick

TIOJ's Concert Correspondent Jurg and I had a busy night on Saturday as we trekked U Street to see one of my favorite artists in existence, Basia Bulat, and TIOJ fave, Pickwick, perform a show at DC9.

When I first heard Basia was coming to town, I was inconsolably happy. It's my mission to hear all of my favorite songs performed live at least once in my life, and I'm so happy to check "Gold Rush" off of my list. Even though she was ailing from an illness, Basia was incredibly gregarious and charming throughout the entire short set, all blonde hair and smiles as she serenely plucked away on her harpsichord. When she stared out into the crowd and uttered "Tonight is a slow jam night," I knew she was the real deal.

After Basia, Pickwick took the stage for another lovely, mellow set. Or at least that's what I thought was going to happen. I was very, very wrong. While it was still lovely, Pickwick, as it turns out, has nary a mellow bone among them--the danger with discovering bands through live sessions, you see, is tricking yourself into thinking they're much, much more docile and breezy than they actually are. It was the best surprise EVER. Frontman Galen Disston has big hair, a big voice, and a big stage presence--far to big for DC9, if I'm being honest. No really--he needed much more space to dance around than was alotted to him. I'd be amazed to see what he could do with a bigger stage. He was hypnotizing, frenetic, and contagious as he bopped around the stage treating us to songs like "Letterbox" and "Staged Names." The real high point of the night, though, was when the entire crowd chimed in to sing along with Disston's falsetto on my personal favorite, "Lady Luck." Incredible.

"fistful of swoon" for a dreary morning

Mondays are bad enough without (literal) gray clouds looming overhead, but as the rain outside my office window puts a damper on the beginning of my work week, I'm finding that my morning coffee is struggling to keep my eyelids aloft. So I've decided to just embrace the gloom and peacefulness.

Luckily DC-born Vandaveer understands my pain, and they've offered "Fistful of Swoon" as some sort of consolation as this dreary morning creeps along. I could listen to Mark Charles Heidinger whisper-sing to me all morning--and, in fact, I might do just that.

Friday, April 26, 2013

{PLAYLIST} animal jams

Things got a little zoo-y over at TIOJ this week when we realized that so many of our favorite artists/bands have tunes about animals. We highly suggest pressing play on this playlist while wandering around the zoo. That's what we'll be doing, anyway. You can find us by the giant pandas.

Animals by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"Sparrow and the Wolf" - James Vincent McMorrow 
"Elephant" - Tame Impala 
"Kangaroo Court" - Capital Cities 
"Whale" - Yellow Ostrich 
"Animal" - Neon Trees 
"Tucan" - Kids of 88 
"Sealion" (Chromeo remix) - Feist 
"Zebra" - Beach House 
"Wolves" (Bon Iver cover) - Ellie Goulding 
"Buffalo" - Alt-J

For a bonus, we've included one of our favorite songs that, while not strictly about animals, features some great animal noises (see: 2:10).

Thursday, April 25, 2013

{THROWBACK} "time after time"

I was flipping radio stations while sitting in traffic this morning when I heard Cyndi Lauper's voice belting out "Time after Time" -- and suddenly I was transported back to fifth grade chorus (where my singing career began and ended). Whenever I hear this song, I always think of my teacher making us enunciate "secrets" so that it didn't sound like Sucrets breath mints.

And then I spent a while (there was a lot of traffic this morning) reliving a recent Parks and Recreation episode where Ann forces April to have a girly sing-along. Everyone knows this song, because it's awesome.

{RECAP} broccoli city festival

TIOJ hopped over to the DC Fairgrounds last Sunday for a sunny day of music, grilled cheese sandwiches, and giant Jenga to celebrate Earth Day as a part of Broccoli City Festival.

Mother Nature must have been pleased we were celebrating Earth, because the weather was perfect. We enjoyed wandering around the fairgrounds full of awesome local clothing vendors and food trucks while sipping on our summertime beers. Plus – we got to document our Jenga skillz with our new Vine app!
misun // locke kaushal
 dale and the z-dubs //TIOJ + broccoli

The highlight of the event was, of course, the music. Local indie band Misun started things off in a very fun fashion. Each song was more fun than the next, and we especially enjoyed the crowd members that were waving their broccoli stalks in the air like they just didn’t care. One of our favorites was the “strutting home from a successful happy hour” jam “Harlot”:

Click ahead for the rest of the recap!

{THROWBACK} "twist and shout"

To prepare for a long weekend in Chicago, there is nothing better than this fabulous Ferris Bueller clip:

I've been practicing these moves all week. Prepare yourself, Chi-town.

{IF YOU LIKE} the xx, florence and the machine

via 1/2/3
If you're into the sexy vibes of The XX or the powerful vocals of Florence and the Machine, we highly recommend checking out New York duo MS MR.

From their first single "Hurricane" that ignited our girl crush to their more recent releases, this pair -- comprised of Lizzy Plapinger (of Neon Gold fame) and producer Max Hershenow -- is definitely a band to put on your radar.

And one more bonus because we're suckers for cover songs:

DC people! MS MR will be playing with Sir Sly at U St Music Hall on May 9 -- come dance with us!

{THROWBACK} "a change is gonna come"

There are a few songs in this world that are so lovely and iconic, so rife with emotion and passion, so eloquent, so comforting, and so intrinsically memorable, that I simply can't get enough of them in any way that I can get them.

Heartbreaking, ear-catching and uplifting at the same time, Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come" is one of those songs.

As spring continues to flood through D.C., bringing with it the inevitable optimism that seems to exist in droves this time of year, this song has made it's way in the regular rotation in my life.

For an extra treat, google for the slightly hard to find James Taylor (which I just repeatedly typed as "Jams Taylor"--surely my future stage-name when TIOJ starts our oft-talked about folk band) version of "A Change is Gonna Come," first performed on an episode of the West Wing. You won't regret it.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

{WE LOVE} edward sharpe and the magnetic zeroes

Even though it's still (too) many weeks away, I've been getting in the mood for Firefly by listening to some of the bands that will be playing there. And while I knew a few songs from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes (I think that "Home" may be one of the cutest songs I've ever heard), I fall in love a little more with each new-to-me song I hear from these guys.

Also, there are approximately 37 people in this band. Which makes them even more endearing and intriguing.

just a few dozen people casually chilling in a field.
cannot wait to experience this at firefly. (via)

{WE LOVE} charli xcx

Sometimes (read: most of the time) I just want to listen to a fun young girl singing pop music about liking boys, dumping boys, and being your own person. Lucky for me, Charli XCX's debut album True Romance is everything I could have asked for.

The cooler-than-me 20 year old from England is revitalizing pop music.  She brings together all of the electronic synths that I'm obsessed with but also has the perfect pop vocals that, in the best way possible, remind me of classic Spice Girls. (I may be a little biased with this comparison since Charli rocks Ginger Spice-approved platforms all the time)

Want more Charli? Watch her talk more about her "blog pop" genre is this cool documentary and for you DC people - Charli XCX will be taking U St Music Hall by storm on June 3!

{WE LOVE} lake street dive

If you've never listened to Lake Street Dive, there's surely been a little part of you--a bluesy, jazzy part of you--that has been left dormant and unfulfilled and you owe it to yourself to rectify that mistake right now.

This Boston-based "free country band" is unendingly talented and has a way to snare you within moments of first listening to their music. Case in point: I never thought I'd be quite so enamored with a George Michael cover, but I guess this goes to prove my secret theory that Lake Street Dive could sing anything and I'll be completely and utterly charmed.

Monday, April 22, 2013

"so good to me" is my jam

I've been finally clearing out my Google reader and TIOJ inbox and while the majority of songs have been a one and done listening experience, Chris Malinchak's "So Good To Me" has been a "click repeat 10 times in a row" listening experience.

As the sun shines on this Spring day and we creep a week closer to summertime, let this song be your soundtrack.

{RECAP} twin forks, the lone bellow

After months of listening to The Lone Bellow, we were so so excited to finally see them live last Wednesday night at DC9. A standup bass, folksy soulful tunes, and a fellow W&M alum -- what's not to love?

The night began with Twin Forks, whose lead singer is extremely familiar to all emo tweens of the early 2000s -- none other than Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional. We were thrown off at first, since they sounded a little bluegrassy and not at all like Dashboard, but every once in a while we'd hear just a hint of the old stuff thrown in.

From the beginning of their soundcheck, The Lone Bellow won us over by starting a singalong of "You Are Not Alone." (It was their third show of the day, which explained a little of how wacky they were -- and it was so perfectly endearing and human.) The crowd was so into the entire set. "Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold" especially got everyone dancing and singing along.

The banter between all of the members of the band was so natural and light, albeit a bit cracked out because of how long their day was. The lead singer reminded us a bit of Nick Miller from New Girl, which is probably one of the highest compliments in our book. And Kanene was simply outstanding. The Lone Bellow is definitely on the upswing -- and we couldn't be more excited for them.

via brewing culture, since we always end up behind giants at DC9

(We're sure that headliners Ivan and Alyosha were also great, but because this was a late show on a Wednesday night and we're old ladies, we just couldn't do it.)

a mellow (and heartwrenching) start to your week

La Blogothèque is at it again with their amazing Take Away Shows. Their most recent series features the stunningly beautiful vocals of Irish band Kodaline.

Listen to Kodaline's mesmerizing "All I Want" as you ease into a new week.

p.s. DCers! Catch Kodaline opening for the Airborne Toxic Event at 9:30 Club on May 8 & 9!

Friday, April 19, 2013

get lucky this weekend

After much teasing, Daft Punk has finally officially released the first single "Get Lucky" off their upcoming album Random Access Memories.The song features Pharrell, which is pretty much all you need to know to guarantee how wonderful it is.

Hello, summer night soundtrack.

{PLAYLIST} earth day

We here at TIOJ love celebrating any holiday we can, and Earth Day is no exception. So, happy Earth Day, humans!

We're celebrating Earth Day on Sunday at Broccoli City Festival down at the DC Fairground. You can't really go wrong with a baller line up (obvi), food trucks, yoga demonstrations, and more greeny activities (including oversized Connect Four and flip cup... just saying). Join us by entering to win tickets here!

Earth Day by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"Vegetable Car" - Joshua Radin 
"All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands" - Sufjan Stevens 
"Gasoline" - Alpine 
"The 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)" - Jack Johnson
"Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" - Neko Case
"Recycled Air" - The Postal Service 
"Green Grass" - Tanlines 
"Lights Out, Words Gone" - Bombay Bicycle Club 
"Big Yellow Taxi" - Counting Crows
"Some Kind of Nature" - Gorillaz 
"Earth Song" - Michael Jackson
"Colors Of The Wind" - Ashanti

 And speaking of oft-neglected holidays, don't forget that Record Store Day is on Saturday! Check out the awesome roundup DC Music Download put together here, and get to shopping on Saturday.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

{THROWBACK} "crush"

If I were to mention the name Jennifer Paige, I doubt that most people would immediately recognized the name. However, give me 10 seconds to play a clip of her 1998 hit "Crush" and I guarantee that you'll be quickly transported to summer days of jamming to her single while you readjusted your butterfly clips and clipped out pictures of JTT from your latest copy of Tiger Beat.

Lucky for the music world, Londoner Jai Paul has (not so officially?) put out a brilliant electronic cover of this 90's jam for all of us nostalgic souls:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

{RECAP} brett, ghost beach, chad valley

Last Thursday night, we hopped on over to Rock N Roll Hotel to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather and the wonderful synth/electronic pop stylings of Brett, Ghost Beach, and Chad Valley.

Local band Brett kicked off the night in brilliant fashion. From the lead singer’s Michael Jackson-esque moves to their cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “Someone Great” – these guys seriously got the crowd going.

We were big fans of “Rap Songs” -- especially getting to witness the performance live next to friend of TIOJ Caleb L’Etoile who just put out his own remix of the jam.

Ghost Beach was up next and after desk dancing to them all last week, I was pretty pumped for their live set. Much to my delight, the New York band did not disappoint and I can confidently say that they had the most energetic stage presence that I’ve witnessed in a while. They were so engaging with the crowd during their hits “Miracle” and “Been There Before” and I’m fairly certain that the guys in front of us on a bro date were about to pass out from excitement after every single song.

The highlight of their set by far was the last song during which they encouraged the audience to come up on stage. My roommate and I looked over at each other for approximately half a second and immediately scrambled up on stage and began to dance around like we were dancing on a bar in Mexico on Spring Break. It was the best.

(TOTALLY recommend downloading all their jams for your summer nights for free here)

Chad Valley ended things on a sexy late night vibe with his flashing lights and sensual backup female vocals. Chad, dubbed by a fellow concert goer as a “Hip British cherub,” wowed the crowd with his smooth falsetto and sexy synths. From the super intimate “Evening Surrender“ to the more up tempo “I Owe You This“ – Chad was a great finish to this lineup.

Next Up: The Lone Bellow at DC 9 tonight!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

{GIVEAWAY} broccoli city festival -- april 21

WHAT are you guys going for Earth Day this year? If you’re in DC and you love the planet, might we recommend joining us at the all-day Broccoli City Festival this Sunday over at the DC Fairgrounds?

This festival will feature a stacked lineup of musical acts, ranging from hip hop to electronic to some great local indie bands -- guaranteeing a jam for everyone. We’re pretty stoked for Big K.R.I.T. and Misun, just sayin'…

In addition to the stellar music lineup, BC Fest will feature many many more great activities, from food trucks to yoga demos to a sneaker recycling station.

To celebrate this great event, we’re stoked to team up with the awesome crew at Rock Creek Social Club to give away TWO PAIRS of VIP tickets to the festival. Enter via Rafflecopter below by Friday, April 19! (You can also get tickets via Living Social or via Eventbrite.)

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Monday, April 15, 2013

mashup monday with kendrick and giraffage

The Hood Internet is back at it again with this glorious mashup of Kendrick Lamar's "Poetic Justice" and Giraffage's "Close 2 Me." True life: I listened to this song 12 times in a row when I first discovered it. Cannot get enough.

Friday, April 12, 2013

start the weekend dancing

Finalllllly - it's Friday! From the summer-esque weather we've been having to the cherry blossoms blooming, there are so many things to be happy about this weekend. Now, you can add this lovely collaboration between our favorites The Knocks and St. Lucia to your list of things to be happy about.

So, start your weekend of spring cleaning and unpacking all of your summer clothes with this brilliant new track.

{PLAYLIST} coachella 2013

Another year, another weekend wishing we were at Coachella. Even though we won't be able to attend the California desert music festival this weekend, we're getting in the spirit by donning our most bohemian outfits, streaming the sets online, and listening to this playlist of both old and new favorites on repeat.

  Coachella Jams 2013 by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"Keep You" - Wild Belle
"Sweet Talk" - Jessie Ware
"Ends of the Earth" - Lord Huron
"Lay Your Cards Out" - POLICA
"Keep Your Head Up" - Ben Howard
"Oblivion" - Grimes
"Get Gone" - White Arrows
"Not the Same" - Tanlines
"Varsity" - Smith Westerns
"Sun" - Two Door Cinema Club

Thursday, April 11, 2013

{THROWBACK} chumbawumba

Remember Chumbawumba? And "Tubthumping"? And drinking a whiskey drink, a vodka drink, a cider drink, and a lager drink? (I have a friend who "tubthumped" on his birthday a few years ago and set out to complete that task -- apparently, it's much easier than one would imagine.)

So apparently, Chumbawumba pre-sold an EP many years ago called In Memorium: Margaret Thatcher, and the plan was to release it, fittingly, when Margaret Thatcher died. No matter that the band has since broken up. All those diehard Chumba fans that ordered this EP in 2005 were mailed their copy this week. Who does that? And what do they have against Margaret Thatcher (shoutout to our former Chancellor)??

Anyway. Here's some "Tubthumping" for old times' sake:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

dale earnhardt jr. jr. presents my life theme song

I don't have a lot to say besides a) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is one of my most favorite band names ever (along with Kakkmaddafakka) and b) between the synths and the lyrics, this song is my life soundtrack.

{INTERVIEW} skizzy mars

TIOJ recently had the change to catch up with one of our favorite rappers Skizzy Mars. Read ahead as we chat with Skiz about his new album, The Killers, and discover yet another musician with a secret love for Taylor Swift.

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourself! How long have you been making music, where are you from, all of that good stuff!
I'm 19 and from New York City, I've been making music for two or three years now.

Your album Phases was just released -- can you tell us about how this album is different from past songs you've released?
Phases [is] my first project -- I just wanted to document my life over the past couple years. I've gone from being a regular kid in high school to being a full time musician on the road half the year, so I had a lot of inspiration. I did some experimenting [but] stuck to some of the old stuff people were fond of too. I'm pretty happy with it.

You frequently collaborate or sample other tracks on your songs. How do you go about selecting a song to sample or reaching out to a collaborator?
With samples, I rarely take a track and have a producer sample it and make into some corny rendition. Either my sample will be really subtle and probably unrecognizable or I'll just rap over the original track like "Nostalgia."  Those are just tracks I listen to and feel like I could enhance in some way.

Click ahead for more!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

{RECAP} maroon 5

Last Wednesday night I traded in my $2 PBR’s, sloppily stamped hands, and sweaty rooms full of max 50 people for $8 Stella’s, high-tech scanned tickets, and an arena full of 18,000 people. All in the name of Adam Levine.

Yes yes, I escaped my bubble of indie concerts to finally see Maroon 5 at the Verizon Center, something I’ve been dying to do since I ruined my copy of Songs About Jane after listening to it too often on my sweet purple boombox (those were the days…). Much to my delight, the show was great. The band’s live performance and Adam Levine’s face are just as perfect in person as I’ve always imagined them to be.

I will admit that the change of venue took me a few songs to get used to. I experienced a temporary case of restless legs syndrome after being forced to sit (partially to comply with social norms and partially because I was irrationally terrified of falling from Section 400 onto the stage) and I groaned a little bit during their, what I feel to be, gratuitous pop songs about appliances (ahem, “Payphone” and “Stereo”). However, the band quickly turned me around by playing one of my favorite songs ever “Sunday Morning” and my favorite from their most recent album, “Love Somebody.”

Sorry I'm not sorry this lyric video is cheesy and oh so attractive. 

The stage setup and video backdrop were engaging without distracting from the performance and the audience got a special treat during the encore when a bridge dropped down from the heavens (okay okay, ceiling) to bring Adam and James closer to the audience for a beautiful acoustic performance of “She Will Be Loved.”

Next Up: Returning to our comfort zone (read: Rock N Roll Hotel) on Thursday to see Chad Valley, Ghost Beach, and Brett!

Friday, April 5, 2013

{PLAYLIST} see ya later, winter

Okay, weather gods. Let's chat for a minute. It's April -- which is very, very decidedly spring. We're so over wearing winter coats and gloves and earwarmers (all of which have been worn in the last week), and it would be just so nice if we could finally break out sundresses and sandals.

We're hoping that this playlist is the final hint to winter that, frankly, we're over it. Come on, spring -- we're pulling for you!

See Ya, Winter by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"The Ice and Snow Haunt Me Still" - Brown Bird 
"The First Days of Spring" - Noah & the Whale 
"Maybe Tomorrow" - Pretty Lights 
"The Calm and the Crying Wind" - Trampled by Turtles
"New York I Love You" - Miles Davis and LCD Soundsystem 
"Always New Depths" - Bloc Party 
"The Rain" - Sons of Bill 
"Take Me Out of the City" - Dawes 
"I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun" - Beach House
"Good as New" - Vacationer

Thursday, April 4, 2013

{THROWBACK} john denver

I recently stumbled across some preview tracks for the upcoming album The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver and can I just say, dayum, that dude wrote some songs. I'm completely enchanted with this album and so excited about the impressive lineup of contributors that they've put together from Edward Sharpe to Blind Pilot to Old Crow Medicine Show.

Check out some of my favorites below and stream the entire album on NPR.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

{WE LOVE} american authors

I was an English major in college, so I think I may have been predisposed to like American Authors completely and utterly because of their name. I found these Brooklyn-based fellas from one of my favorite 8tracks playlisters, and I'm so so glad that I did.

 These guys also have a bunch of awesome covers, including this one of Ellie Goulding:

Even though I was an English major, I did my best to avoid British literature. In fact, of all of my English classes, I think only three or four classes included non-American writing, and two of those were required. Sorry I'm not sorry.

{WE LOVE} generationals

Chick flicks frequently tell the story of the "just a friend" boy next door suddenly becoming The One or the nerdy girl who takes off her glasses and suddenly everyone falls in love with her. Lately, this plot line has been resonating with me as I begin to fall quickly and surprisingly in love with Generationals. 

The New Orleans band has been on my periphery for a while -- I've seen their name on emails, heard good things about them from my friends, and seen them cooly sipping a PBR and talking about the latest Vampire Weekend at house parties (okay the last one's not true, just trying to paint a picture here). Then, the other day, I randomly decided to listen to the steam of their latest album Heza and fell head over heels. I literally can't stop listening to "You Got Me" and "Put A Light On" is going to be on pretty much every playlist I make for the next 6 months.

Plus, even their earlier albums are great. Makes me wish we could have been friends in college -- we could have had so much fun dancing together at my sorority formal. Oh well.

For you DC friends, Generationals will be playing at Rock N Roll Hotel on April 17!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

{INTERVIEW} lovelife

TIOJ recently caught up with Brooklyn (by way of London) band Lovelife in anticipation of their upcoming show tomorrow night at U Hall. Read ahead as we chat with Lee about making remixes for Maroon 5, dream collaborations, and SXSW. 

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourselves! How long have you all been making music (both together and apart)?
I remember writing my first song aged 12. It was awful. I remember filming myself on a Sony HandyCam doing a cover of Eleanor Rigby (The Godhead version). We all started writing music for Lovelife about a year or so ago. Now, here we are.

How does your songwriting process differ from the process by which you make remixes?There isn't much of a difference, to be honest. We only ever use the vocal track for remixes, and we build a whole new song around that. It takes as much time and love to do a remix as it does to write an original.

What is your favorite type of music to remix?
We've only ever really remixed pop music -- it's what we enjoy the most. We're constantly on the hunt for the perfect pop song.

If you could collaborate with any musician, who would it be?
I personally would love to do something with Danny Brown. He is so beyond ridiculous I think we could make something special. To be honest, I'd just like to go on a night out with him.

Click ahead for more!

be still, my heart

Guys. Mumford and Sons and Dawes playing together. I have no words to express just how happy this is. A banjo and an accordion on the stage. And that dancing.

This makes me so excited to see Dawes in June, and seeing Mumford and Sons live just moved up several notches on my life to do list. As if it wasn't already at the top.

{RECAP} midnight faces, PLOY, the 1975

TIOJ reunited with one of our favorite venues DC9 for a sold-out evening last Saturday night with Midnight Faces, PLOY, and The 1975.

Local(ish?) band Midnight Faces kicked off the show and were a rocking surprise start to the night. We liked their music -- and their faces.

Next up was one of our most favorite local bands and interview alums PLOY. After listening to the bands for months and just narrowly missing all the other opportunities to see them around DC, we were so pleased to finally catch them live. Gil’s vocals were on point in the live setting and we admired Justin’s stoic performance of pretty much every different instrument they had on stage.

We loved hearing “Fool” and their new track “XIX,” but the crowd (and our) favorite was definitely oldie but goodie “Anywhere.”

The Machester rockers of The 1975 finished the night, and their leather jackets and badass haircuts could not disguise their genuine appreciation for the sold-out crowd at their first show in DC. We knew these guys were good ones when they admitted that “we’re totally obsessed with Homeland. We probably sound like idiots, but we recognize things [around DC].” Dudes, we do that all the time -- not silly at all!

pic via Made of Chalk because we were standing behind giants on Saturday....
While I was disappointed to have not heard more songs off their latest Music For Cars EP, we were treated to hearing pretty much their entire upcoming album -- and they prefaced their set by saying that they want the new record to sound like the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie (at which point I’m pretty sure I melted onto the floor).

The crowd went bonkers over their latest single “Chocolate,” and afterwards Matthew admitted, “We wrote that song in my bedroom and now you all know it -- that shit's fucking great!" Seriously, though, we’re predicting lots more hype for this song -- so so catchy. We may even go ahead and call it the song of the summer (or at least one of them).

The 1975 is one band you should definitely put on your radar -- from their consistent aesthetic to their exciting live show, they’ve got something brewing. Be sure to stay tuned for another show in June when these boys come back to DC on tour supporting The Neighbourhood.

Next up: Ogling Adam Levine (and the rest of Maroon 5) at the Verizon Center tomorrow!

Monday, April 1, 2013

a (fiscal) year-end mashup from RAC

While we normally expect compilation mashups of popular jams every December, RAC has graced us with a  brief new mashup cheekily titled "Song of the Year" mashing up some of the biggest songs over the past few months.

So, celebrate the start to a new fiscal year (still trying to get my office to buy us a cake to celebrate the occasion ..) while jamming to Bauuer's "Harlem Shake," Duck Sauce's "Barbra Streisand," Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know," and RAC's own "Hollywood."

"wildest moments" remixes are our jam

It seems that we're not the only ones enchanted by British songstress Jessie Ware. Some big names have been remixing her hit "Wildest Moments" and we're totally buying what they're selling.

First up, this funky Star Slinger remix that literally stopped me in my tracks and had me quickly loading my Shazaam app while out shopping a few weeks ago:

Next, this just released remix from A$AP Rocky rapping on her track:

Maybe I'll invite Star Slinger and A$AP to our next BFF slumber party with Jessie...

happy opening day!!

Today is by far my favorite day of the entire year. It's greater than my birthday -- and I love my birthday. Opening Day of the baseball season means that summer is coming, hope and tradition are restored, and maybe, just maybe, a World Series in Washington (or Boston... but that seems far less likely this year...). I'm crossing my fingers and toes and eyeballs.

On Opening Day, you have nothing to lose, and nowhere to go but up. 162-0 season? Could happen.

Click here for some baseball-themed jams, and be sure to watch some baseball today. Happy Opening Day!!

Also. More of this, please:

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