Friday, May 31, 2013

{PLAYLIST} wedding jams

Wedding season is underway, and TIOJ is so so excited to celebrate this weekend with one of our favorite couples around. We think that this pair of high school sweethearts is pretty much the cutest, so we wanted to compile some of our favorite lovey songs, especially about marrying your best friend. Tish and Alex, we are SO happy for you guys!

panda lurve via

Wedding Jams (2013) by this is our jam on Grooveshark"I Just Called (to Say I Love You)" - Stevie Wonder
"Brand New Day" - Joshua Radin
"Sweetest Thing" - U2
"Perfectly Aligned" - Milo Greene
"Hello My Old Heart" - The Oh Hello's
"Let's Stay Together" - Al Green
"Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" - Michael Buble
"Stubborn Love" - The Lumineers
"Take Me As I Am" - Wyclef Jean (feat. Sharissa)
"You're My Best Friend" - Queen

a sexy start to your weekend

Guys. I know it's only 9:00 in the morning, but I've already listened to "Name In Lights" by Little Daylight five times this morning. It is the perfectly catchy and sexy song to wake you up and get excited for the warm weekend ahead!

Aaaaaand if you need something to wake up now that you're feeling all antsy -- check out Little Daylight's remix of Niki & The Dove's "Tomorrow." So fun.

People! Little Daylight will be opening for Charli XCX on Monday night at U St. Musical Hall. Dance around with us, won't you?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

{PLAYLIST} best of may

Oh my goodness, how is May over already? It's been a great month for TIOJ, and we're so excited that summer is officially underway. In May, we:

Press play for Krista, Kristen, and Stacey's top five for the lovely month of May:

Best of May 2013 by this is our jam on Grooveshark"You and I" - Crystal Fighters
Cannot get enough of this wonderful new album that's perfect for summer!
"Beach" - San Cisco
Only three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and San Cisco's awkwardness.
"Bloom" - The Paper Kites
This is the happiest, most lovely way to usher in summer.
"Nancy from Now On" - Father John Misty
OBSESSED with FJM after his 9:30 Club performance
"Gone, Gone, Gone" - Phillip Phillips
This is a strong contender for my fave summer anthem.
"Recovery" - Frank Turner
Not only does this charming Brit keep his accent as he sings, he may also be friends with Prince William... double win.
"Lock You Up" - Charli XCX
So enchanted with our latest TIOJ Interviewee and can't wait for her show next month!
"Ya Hey" - Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend is back at it again, and TIOJ couldn't be happier about it.
"If I Were You" - The Whiskey Farm
Please sign my petition to get these Wisconsonites to perform on the east coast.
"Royals" - Lorde
"We're driving Cadillacs in our dreams."
"Old Skin" - Olafur Arnalds
What is it about Icelanders that makes them so enchanting and talented?
"I've Been Around" - The Wheeler Brothers
New. Favorite. Band.
"Found You Out" - Sir Sly
Put this band on your radar ASAP - they're wonderful live!
"Favorite Song" - Chance the Rapper (feat. Childish Gambino)
this my jam, this my jam, this my jam, this my jam.
"Cruise (remix)" - Florida Georgia Line (feat. Nelly)
This jam is definitely on the list for songs of the summer.

Coming up in June: let festival season begin! Stay tuned as we kick off a summer of concerts and jams, highlighed by the second annual Firefly Festival!!

{THROWBACK} "rollin' with the homies"

Clueless is without a doubt one of my favorite movies. Of all time. I can't believe that it's 18 years old this year. That's right -- Clueless came out in 1995. It could be a legal human.

Tomorrow night, this classic film is being shown as part of one of my favorite DC summer traditions: the Rosslyn outdoor movie festival (sorry everyone, you have to cross the river...). I can think of no better way to celebrate these two glorious things coming together than with Brittany Murphy's rendition of "Rollin' with the Homies" -- and the original by Tupac and Coolio.

But for real. Friday night. Greatest movie ever. Just saying.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

{WE LOVE} lorde

I’m typically more inclined to like male-led music, but lately, I’ve been on a lady singer kick. My latest girl crush is Kiwi singer Lorde. Her The Love Club EP has been in constant rotation for the past few weeks and I can’t get enough of her jam “Royals.”

Oh, and this chick is only 16. Get it.

Listen to her entire EP here.

BONUS: Lorde's cover of Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody."

{WE LOVE} the whiskey farm

Was I predisposed to liking The Whiskey Farm because of their name? Probably yes. Even still, I can't get enough of these guys and gals. The Whiskey Farm describes themselves as "a delicious and refreshing drink of folk, bluegrass, and rock music that's good for the ears, heart, and soul!" Exclamation mark included. All things that I love.

I may have to take a trip up to Wisconsin to see The Whiskey Farm (and while I'm there, finagle having a whiskey ginger with the band) -- any takers?

{WE LOVE} ólafur arnalds

As if we needed another reason to love Iceland, along came Ólafur Arnalds. Welcome to TIOJ, Ólafur. Your music video for "Old Skin" creeps the hell out of me, but I am so terribly fond of you anyways.

If you have a spare 35 minutes, I highly recommend watching Ólafur's KEXP session. He's seven different types of lovable.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"u da best" is my jam

I first listened to Wet's "U Da Best" thinking it would be an adorable love song to add to one of our lovey playlists. False.

The song tells the honest truth about a relationship that just isn't fated to work out. From the opening lyric "All I know is / When you hold me / I still feel lonely / Lonely when you hold me" to the chorus of "But baby, you're the best," the song perfectly captures that incredibly challenging situation when you want things to work, but they just cannot.

On top of all this honesty, the song is beautiful and impossible to get out of your head -- much like the idea of your ex who dumped you because they loved you but weren't in love with you -- but in a good way.

Download Wet's EP for name your price on Bandcamp.

"gone gone gone" is here to stay

I love American Idol. I'd pretend I was embarrassed by that admission, but I have no shame. I do owe American Idol a lot, after all, since they were responsible for my introduction to Phillip Phillips, he of the ridiculous name and aw-shucks attitude, with a penchant for bittersweet, folksy songs. Phillip's new(er) release, "Gone Gone Gone," is infectious, invoking happier, American Mumford & Sons vibes. This song is so sweet it makes my teeth hurt and I don't think I'll stop listening any time soon.

"let it go" is my (belated) mellow monday jam

We're easing you back into this short week with the captivating "Let It Go" from London singer Fe. Press play as you rub aloe on your sunburn, let go of your winter worries, and prepare yourself for the wonderful summer ahead.

Friday, May 24, 2013

the BEST way to start your memorial day

Guys, I may have found the single greatest video on the interwebs. Mashing up the frontrunner for song of the summer (Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," duh) and some quality dance moves? Yes. Please. On repeat.

This video is absolutely and completely TIOJ-approved:

Krista: seriously i've been thinking lately that if i could have lived in another era, it would be the 70s...  i think i could really get behind the whole disco thing

Here's hoping that everyone you know busts out these moves while out and about this weekend.

{PLAYLIST} let summer begin!

After this weird, non-existent spring that we just had in D.C., we're so excited to officially welcome summer back into our lives this Memorial Day weekend! Whether you're roadtripping to the beach or staying around town, these jams are the perfect accompaniment to getting your tan (and drink) on.

canoe carrier cuties c/o
Press play and let the lovely sounds of summer help you relax this long weekend!

Memorial Day 2013 by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"No Rules" - Vacationer 
"California Sunrise" - Dirty Gold 
"Sky" - Joshua Radin (feat. Meiko)
"Bloom" - The Paper Kites 
"We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)" - Thao and the Get Down Stay Down 
"Kissing in a Tree" - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
"Take a Step" - Milo Greene 
"Diane Young" - Vampire Weekend 
"Hammock" - Millionyoung 
"Summer Jam" - Jake Owen (feat. Florida Georgia Line)

Keep on jamming to this playlist on 8tracks and Spotify!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

{PREVIEW} crystal fighters "cave rave"

We've been praying for summer since last September, and now that its finally approaching, we've been collecting jams to be our warm weather soundtrack. Lucky for us, British/Spanish band Crystal Fighters is releasing their sophomore album Cave Rave just in time for summer.

We became enchanted with Crystal Fighters after their addictive hit "At Home" and the too-cute-for-words "Plage." With their new album, the band maintains the upbeat melodies that first won us over while introducing more tribal beats, inspired by their experience writing the album in Spain's Basque country. The entire album presents a consistent aesthetic from the album artwork, to the beautiful colors and natural surroundings of the album's music videos to the songs themselves.

Their lead single "Separator" and the accompanying video are wonderful examples of the vibe of this album: Basque-inspired, dance-ready, sunny, and at times a little trippy.

Our favorites off the album include "You & I" and "Love Natural," which, like "Plage," put an irrepressible smile on your face and make you want to don a floral bikini, jump off a rope swing into a lake, and get into a splash fight with your crush in the water.

As a whole, the album is a wonderfully sunny record that is a must-download for this summer. With their sophomore album, Crystal Fighters has proved that they can not only make addictive pop melodies, but that they can also write impactful and heartfelt lyrics. Cave Rave will have you planning ridiculously cute dates with your significant other all summer long (or at least daydreaming about them while you tan and scope out cuties at the pool). We highly recommend streaming the entire album over on Hype Machine and buying it once it comes stateside May 28th!

Lucky for us, Crystal Fighters will be at Firefly Festival in Dover, DE on June 22. Check out the rest of their tour dates here.

{THROWBACK} west coast rap

I can't stop listening to the latest jam from The Neighbourhood titled "West Coast," which has, not shockingly, led to me listening to West Coast rappers for the past two hours.

Check the new Neighbourhood jam and then some of my favorite West Coast throwbacks.

"Nuthin' But A G Thang" - Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg (hehe look a little Snoop!)

"California Love" - 2Pac

i can't get enough of san cisco

When I first clicked on this video and the calming, earnest opening strains of "Beach" filtered through my earphones, I was so very pleasantly surprised to discover that San Cisco's charm extended far beyond the awkward, kitchy vibe I had come to expect of them. Then the camera pulled back to reveal what is possible the best, weirdest, and most taxidermied live session set I have ever seen and I realized that maybe a little kitch and awkwardness never hurt anybody. See/listen for yourself:

Lions, tigers, and San Cisco, oh my. (Taken from the :33 mark in the video.)

{THROWBACK} "i want it that way"

Recent TIOJ interviewee Charli XCX just covered one of the greatest pop songs of our time, and she does such a fantastic job with the classic Backstreet Boys jam "I Want It That Way." Perfect.

And for all you purists out there, the original is still just as good 15 years later:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

{WE LOVE} song titles with acronyms

Okay, I admit this is one of my more obscure interpretations of We Love Wednesday but it's worth it, I promise.

I recently came across British band Hey Sholay whose latest jam "WDYRWMTB" (Who Do You Really Want Me To Be) brings to mind the emotive singing (and accents) of The 1975 with the indie rock edge of a Young The Giant-esque band. We're totally digging it, and the accompanying sign language interpretation of the song in the video below.

And now that we're on the subject of song titles with acronyms, I can FINALLY share this beauty of a song (and acronym) from Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt. While the song "Iotdwykirthbr" (It's okay to do what you know in your heart to be right) and the band name may be a little intimidating, it's certainly worth a listen if you're in a mood for a good indie jam/catchy melody to take over your brain for these last few hours of the work day.

What other song titles with acronyms have I missed that are your jam??

{RECAP} father john misty, jessica pratt

Last Thursday night TIOJ hopped over to the 9:30 Club for Jessica Pratt and Father John Misty, which turned out to be one of the best concerts we've been to in a while. (We took it as a good omen that J. Tillman decided to join us (ish) for pre-concert tots at Satellite Room before his show.)

San Francisco singer Jessica Pratt opened the show with a lovely, simple set that showcased her impressive voice and guitar playing. Her old school style, both musical and sartorial, put us at ease and made us wish we were sitting on a porch with her in the 1960's while she played for us.

We were most impressed her fitting Fleetwood Mac cover, and the beautiful melodies "Bushel Hyde."

Former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman kicked off the Father John Misty set asking the DC crowd if they were "ready for a night of unorthodox scathing political commentary?" Were we ever. Throughout the night, Tillman and the band kept the crowd entertained, playing favorites like "Only Son Of A Ladies' Man" and "Nancy From Now On" that were made all the better by Tillman's unabashed stage presence.

Tillman, a gangly bearded fellow, shook his respectable 6'+ frame like a teenager practicing Beyonce moves in the mirror; a phenomena that would be unsettling in most circumstances, but was somehow surprisingly sexy. His glee performing made the already wonderful songs so much better than our original interpretation.

The band covered their latest album, highlighting their unique blend of folk-rock with some disco and psychedelic vibes thrown in to the mix. Tillman kept up his hilarious performance with banter between sets including the introduction of his Life Coach D'Artagnan, a stuffed white tiger siting regally along the stage.

For the encore, the crowd was treated to two new songs from the band's forthcoming sophomore album. We particularly enjoyed the acoustic non-traditional love song that Tillman performed solo. The band wrapped things with up with a cover of The Beatles' "Happiness Is A Warm Gun," leaving the crowd drooling for more and making, at least us, quickly run home to learn and perfect Tillman's seemingly effortless dance moves.

All in all, the show was everything we love about live music. We were introduced to new music and gained a much deeper appreciation of a band we had previously only superficially enjoyed.

Next Up: Charli XCX at U Hall on June 3!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

"hey mami" is my jam

I literally cannot stop listening to "Hey Mami" by Sylvan Esso. The infectious chorus, looping melodies, hand claps, and Feist like vocals are just perfect.

Highly recommend putting this song on repeat as you stare at your clock and countdown the days until Memorial Day Weekend.

via The Wild Honey Pie

Monday, May 20, 2013

"young and beautiful" is my mellow monday jam

The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books. I have really mixed feelings about the movie. Leo was, much to my surprise, incredible. Some of the other characters -- not as much. A week after seeing the movie, I'm still very torn about it.

As we knew beforehand, though, the soundtrack was so wonderful. And perfect for this mellow Monday is Lana Del Ray's "Young and Beautiful" -- so heart-wrenching and soulful and beautiful. It doesn't quite fit into how I've interpreted the book version of Gatsby, but it's a great Monday song nonetheless.

Friday, May 17, 2013

{PLAYLIST} phone jams

Have you ever noticed just how many songs there are about giving someone a ring on the ol' telephone? Because there are a lot. And we like 'em all -- from payphones to drunk dials and every one in between.

This week's playlist is dedicated to Kristen's fallen friend/phone, who served her well for the better part of two years. Rest in peace, iPhone 4.

remind us again why there aren't phonebooths anymore? (via)

Phone Jams by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"Call on Me" - Eric Prydz
"Telephone" - Lady Gaga (feat. Beyonce)
"One Call Away" - Chingy
"Drinkin' and Dialin'" - Darius Rucker
"867-5309 (Jenny I Got Your Number)" - Tommy Tutone
"The Call" - The Backstreet Boys
"Ricky Don’t Lose That Number" - Steely Dan
"Payphone" - Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa
"Yellow Pages" - Ed Sheeran
"Call Me Up" - The Magic 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

{THROWBACK} "collide"

The other day, I heard Howie Day's "Collide" on the radio and I was immediately transported back to the angst of high school. It was kind of fitting, too, that I was driving pretty near where my high school...

On a tangential note, who goes by Howie when they're, as Wikipedia informs me, 31 years old? Just saying.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

{WE LOVE} "cups (you're gonna miss me)"

Don't kid yourself. Your heart stopped a little bit when Anna Kendrick performed "You're Gonna Miss Me" in last summer's vomit-inducing comedy Pitch Perfect. Anyone that plays the cup game in post-Lunchables life is an All Star. Since the film, Anna continues to perform this song live and it even received it's own radio version (that sounds like it was remixed by Imagine Dragons...) and music video. But, we wanted to share these two OTHER versions of the song that are less commercial and just as cup-centric.

First up, the original jam by Lulu and the Lampshades:

AND our favorite kiddos over at PS22 Chorus recently did a cover of this song and it's just as wonderful as you would anticipate.

Now, please excuse me while I take over the break room and teach my co-workers how to play.

{WE LOVE} the wheeler brothers

The top three reasons I'm a fan of the Wheeler Brothers:

  1. I love bands of siblings
  2. Their album is called Gold Boots Glitter. Three of my most favorite things.
  3. They're friends with Sons of Bill.
I am SO excited to see these fellas at Firefly in June. If this Treehouse Session is any indication, they will be high on my list of favorites.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

{INTERVIEW} charli xcx

TIOJ had a chance to catch up with our latest pop favorite, Charli XCX. Read on as we chat with her about love, growing up in the British rave scene, and performing “I Love It” with Icona Pop.

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourself! Where are you from and how long you’ve been making music.
I’m from London. I’m a pop singer and I’ve been making music since I was 14. I started playing these raves and traveling up to London when I was 14 or 15 years old, and I got interested in the pop world and London while I was playing these shows and parties. Everything rolled on from there, really.

via Charli's tumblr
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
I’d describe it as definitely pop music -- but pop music with a twist. I describe it as “purple pop.” I think I see my songs as being the color purple just because they’re emotional and rich and luscious.

As females, we empathize a lot with your music. Can you tell us about your writing process and where you find inspiration for your songs?
With this record, I was really just focusing on my experiences with love, I suppose, and everything that has happened during to me during love. I feel like I’ve really grown up through the process of writing this record. One of the songs on there, I wrote when I was 15 and, then most of it, I wrote when I was 18, 19, 20. I feel like you change a lot as a person during that time period, and you have all different types of experiences of love -- whether that be first relationship, first break up, or first time you think you’re really truly in love. I feel like I was just drawing inspiration from what I thought love was and I’ve definitely fallen in love during the process of writing this album.

I think that romance is only true when there’s two sides of it -- when there are the times when you are on top of the world and you sparkle like you’re living in this state of ecstasy and you’re so happy, but then there’s also the side where you’re feeling really dark and depressed and you’re crying and alone. I think romance is only true when you have both sides of that.

Click ahead for the rest of the interview!

Monday, May 13, 2013

{RECAP} magic man, sir sly, MS MR

Last Thursday we hit U Hall for the quintessential All Things Gold lineup of three great up-and-coming indie electro pop rock bands in preparation for Saturday's Sweetlife Festival.

Rhode Island five-piece Magic Man started things off with a fun set, as they completely lived up to the recent hype they've been receiving (especially since it was just announced that they'll be supporting Walk The Moon's upcoming tour). We dug their song "Texas" that's wonderfully reminiscent of The Killers.

Sir Sly was up next, and while we knew some their songs, we had yet to get a real sense of what the band's sound was and how it would be executed live. The band quickly put all of our doubts of their cohesiveness aside with an energetic set made memorable by the lead singer's distinctive voice and the heartfelt rocking of the entire band that was much more apparent in a live setting.

Full disclosure, we also may have been rather biased toward liking the band due to lead singer's resemblance to New Girl's Nick Miller. 

Brooklyn band MS MR ended the night. Lead singer Lizzy Plapinger has stated in interviews that she doesn't really consider herself a singer. However, she proved that she not only has the chops for the job but she also has the on-stage persona that makes you truly appreciate her music -- while also making you want to invite her to brunch and discuss where one shops for crop tops. (But seriously girl, where did you get your shirt? We want.)

The crowd was clearly excited to hear MS MR's set and showed their adoration during their hit "Fantasy" and while also singing an impromptu "Happy Birthday" to Lizzy.

All in all, it was a great night and was a great consolotion for not being able to hit up Sweetlife this year.

Next Up: Jessica Pratt and Father John Misty at 9:30 Club!

The Notorious B.I.G x Flume is my mashup jam

This mashup album from DJs Jaymee Franchina & Jeremy Smith really needs no introduction. You just need to know that it mashes up The Notorious B.I.G. with the beats of Australian musician Flume (who's already a winner in my book thanks to this jam featuring my crush Chet Faker).

Happy Monday!

Listen/download the entire album for free here.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

happy mother's day!

Happy Mother's Day! A special thanks to our moms for being so loving and supportive and always answering their phones to give us solicited cooking and medical advice and unsolicited, but not unappreciated, boy advice. You ladies are our jam.

To celebrate this special day, check out our Mother's Day playlist and watch children talk about their moms in this adorable video from Small Fry.

Friday, May 10, 2013

some sweetlife jams for your weekend

SweetGreen's Sweetlife Festival is tomorrow at Merriweather Post Pavilion, which means one thing: it is undeniably and officially (east coast) festival season!

If you're headed up to MPP tomorrow, you can't really go wrong -- you'll catch so many great acts. We'd be particularly excited about Phoenix and Lindsey Stirling. And don't forget to check out the Treehouse -- SO many TIOJ faves will be there (HAERTS, MS MR, and so many more!)!

We'd also just like to throw out that it is thanks to Sweetlife that we discovered Walk the Moon (and we owe SweetGreen a thousand thank yous and salad toppings for that) -- so who knows! You may end up finding your new favorite band tomorrow. Let us know who it is.

{PLAYLIST} tioj's second blogiversary!

It's a very special day in the TIOJ offices, friends. As of today, This Is Our Jam is officially two years old!! As you know, TIOJ takes birthdays very seriously (really, we celebrated our first blogiversary for an entire week, as we are wont to do). This year, we decided to recount some of our favorite jams and the favorite things we've done this past year.

Blogiversary 2013 by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"Tete-a-Tete"- Walk the Moon
"Big Parade" - The Lumineers
"Cutty Love" - Milo Greene
"Mountain Sound" - Of Monsters and Men
"Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey" - John Mayer
"I Got" - Young the Giant
"Take a Walk" - Passion Pit
"Only Love" - Ben Howard
"Seeds" - Hey Rosetta!
"Favorite Song" - Chance the Rapper and Childish Gambino

our most common reaction to songs (via)
Some of our favorite things from our second year of existence have been:
We've said it before and we'll say it again: thanks for indulging us for the last two years. We've loved every minute of it, and we can't wait to keep the jams coming for you in our third year (fingers crossed we don't have the terrible twos...).

here's to many more years! (via)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

{THROWBACK} "ring of fire"

I used to think there was a little place in my heart that could only be filled by Johnny Cash's gruff voice and infinitely layered personality--that Johnny himself was the only artist weathered and grizzled enough to so capably convey all the emotions required to perform his songs. That was until folksy ingenues Lennon and Maisy Stella strummed their little guitars right into my life.

Pre-teen phenoms who burst onto the scene with their surprisingly emotive Robyn cover, the Stella sisters may have not graduated from middle school yet, but they provide a refreshing, innocent take on "Ring of Fire" that completely blows me away. When I was their age(s) I was too busy Scotch-taping pictures of Devon Sawa onto my bedroom walls and learning all the lyrics to S Club 7 songs  to give Johnny Cash the attention he deserved.

C'mon, try and tell me that Maisy Stella and her ukelele aren't the cutest thing you've seen all day. I dare you.

{THROWBACK} "no diggity"

It is no secret that "No Diggity" is one of my most favorite songs as extolled on this post and this post. Luckily, British boys Bondax just killed it with their remix of this classic Blackstreet jam.

Stream below and listen all the way to the end for a certain pop music surprise.

new music roundup

Guys, the interwebs have been on fire today. From a bearded John Krasinski lip syncing to Katy Perry to the recently released jams below, we're very thankful for the Internet.

Mausi - "Losing You / Say My Name (Solange x Destiny’s Child Cover)"
I sincerely believe that Mausi can do no wrong and this latest cover in tribute to the Sisters Knowles is just strengthening this theory.

Crystal Fighters - "You & I"
This new Crystal Fighters track is just so adorable and perfect for summer -- cannot wait to see them at Firefly!

Phoenix - "Trying To Be Cool (Wax Nostalgic Remix)"
We've been digging Phoenix's latest album and this latest remix of the jam proves that Wax Nostalgic is a force to be reckoned with.

Vampire Weekend - "Ya Hey"
We are so pleased with all of Vampire Weekend's new music especially this one because it features nonsensical lyrics and popping bottles of champagnes, two of our most favorites things. Stream the entire album on iTunes.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

{WE LOVE} jazzy things

No idea why but jazzy music is filling some musical void in my life right now and I gotta share some of the gems I've been listening to.

First up, this jazzy cover of "Suit & Tie" by The Stepkids. It's perfect.

Next, Michael Buble's new album To Be Loved. I do not care if this sounds lame, but I just love Mr. Michael Bubleeeee.

And last, but certainly not least, EVERYTHING by Smooth Jazz All Stars (seriously, their discography is INSANE).

p.s. If you're into any of this, I HIGHLY recommend checking out Las Vegas lounge/cover singer extraordinaire Richard Cheese when he comes to the 9:30 Club on June 28.

{WE LOVE} frank turner

I'm fascinated with British singers and their accents. Most of them lose their accent when they sing, but how? And how do some keep their cute little accents (looking at you, Ed Sheeran)?

Frank Turner is the latter. My favorite fact about Frank Turner: he went to Eton and was classmates with Prince William.

I feel like we'd be friends. And if that got me closer to the royal family (read: Prince Harry), I'm more than okay with that.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

RDGRNGLD is my jam

I may have found the happiest break up song in existence. RDGRNGLD's "I Love Lamp" is so cheery that you almost don't hear the line "I don't want to be your friend, I don't ever want to see you again."

Also, just for the record: I have a lot of trouble when bands omit vowels from their names. RDGRNGLD, MNDR, MS MR --who's next?

Monday, May 6, 2013

{RECAP} daughter

On Thursday, we wandered down 14th street to catch British indie folk band Daughter at Black Cat. Given the chill nature of Daughter’s music, we weren’t quite sure how it would translate to a sold out audience. Yet, Daughter was completely captivating from the moment they took the stage. From lead singer Elena sipping on tea between songs to guitarist Igor using a bow to play his guitar, it was a truly special performance.

cuteness captured by Wild Honey Pie
We were surprised to discover that Elena is the cutest and most shy performer we've ever come across. After each performance she would say something all cute and British but it was practically inaudible as she whispered into the microphone. Her demure nature, however, just added to the mood of the evening. While she may have spoken softly, she sang so confidently, commanding the sold out crowd to attention, and allowing everyone to truly listen to her lyrics. We frequently found ourselves listening to a song and then getting hit with a lyric that we could relate to so intensely that we would just look at each other with a tacit understanding of what Elena was singing about. See: "I want you so much, but I hate your guts."

As the show went on, Elena’s shyness became more apparent as the crowd sang along to “Youth” and “Candles.” At the end of each song, she quickly moved her hand clearly at home on her guitar up to her mouth to cover an excited giggle like a 12 year old whose crush just whispered something sweet in her ear. It was pretty much the cutest thing ever. You must check out Elena and her darling band if you're given the chance and until then, listen to their recently released album here!

Next Up: He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister at Black Cat on Wednesday!

sir sly is my mellow morning jam

I've watched this live video of Sir Sly's "Ghost" five times already and I cannot decide if it's because:

a. This song is the perfect mellow start to this dreary day.
b. Our Halloween playlists are always my favorite ones.
c. The lead singer's look and title of the song make me think of Ryan Gosling and his band Dead Man's Bones.

Well, regardless of the reason, I'm digging this song and can't wait to see them on Thursday at U Hall with MS MR! Get your tickets and vibe with us here

Friday, May 3, 2013

an unexpected pairing for your weekend jam

As TIOJ's resident country music listener, I knew that Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" would be a solid jam for summer 2013. But one day I heard it on the radio and it was even better -- thanks to the one and only Nelly. I can't get enough of this seemingly odd pairing.

With the beautiful weather we'll have this weekend, take a hint from these three fine gentlemen: roll the windows down, turn the radio up, and cruise.

{PLAYLIST} hipster hookup jams

Guys, things are about to get sexy up in here. We've compiled some of our most favorite sultry, indie tunes to mellow you out and set the mood for this weekend. (They'll also be pretty essential for your Sunday hangover if your Saturday will be anything like ours... hello, Kentucky Derby.)

Make good choices.

Hipster Hookup by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"Open" - Rhye
“Pull Me Down” - Mikky Ekko
"The Suburbs" - Mr. Little Jeans (Arcade Fire Cover)
“Go Slow” - HAIM
"Get It On" - Azekel (T.Rex/XXYYXX Cover)
“Love and Feeling” - Chet Faker
"Nonesuch" - Tanlines
"I Know Places" - Lykke Li
"Bloodflows" - S O H N
"Raza" - Kids of 88

Make sure to bookmark this playlist for future reference on Spotify as well. You're welcome.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

{THROWBACK} afroman

During a TIOJ adventure a few weeks ago, we unknowingly crashed a bar trivia night -- and, predictably, rocked it. Not so predictable: the category was pot (it was the week of 4/20).  One musical clue was to identify none other than Afroman's "Because I Got High."

Fun facts about Afroman, thanks to Wikipedia:
  • He has a very extensive discography!
  • He was nominated for a Grammy.
  • He's almost 40... which means he was a 30-year-old singing about getting high. I mean, that's cool.

(I'd also like to note that at one point during trivia, they said "cannabis" and I heard "Canada." If only.)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

{IF YOU LIKE} the staves, ingrid michaelson

via 1/2/3

If you're a fan of the husky, soulful voices of sister trio The Staves or the sassy wit of Ingrid Michaelson, we are so pleased to introduce you to a new band that's just on the verge of blowing up big time. Daughter is a delightfully British band whose songs are the perfect combination of beautifully haunting indie folk. Take a listen and you'll be hooked, we promise.

We'll be checking out Daughter tomorrow night at Black Cat, so stay tuned for a full recap on this up-and-coming band!

{WE LOVE} chance the rapper & childish gambino

So here I was, absentmindedly clicking through Soundcloud this morning and I stumbled upon the latest track from Chance The Rapper feat. Childish Gambino. I was bobbing happily along and then the chorus hits and I literally started giggling like a maniac at my desk:

“this my jam, this my jam, this my jam...”

Helloooooo new blog theme song!

After listening to solely this track approximately 753 times, I gave Chance’s entire mixtape AcidRap a chance (tehe) and was oh so pleased. I have to give a special shoutout to "Nana" feat. Action Bronson that includes a rap about my boy, Rick Pitino. Listen and download the entire mixtape here.

And as a bonus now that we’ve mentioned Childish Gambino,please watch this hilarious video of Donald Glover going on a first date with MTV and ninjas…

AND because I cannot pass up on an opportunity to laugh at Kristen, please read the following:

me: were you the one who just realized donald glover and childish gambino were the same person?
Kristen: yes.
i loved them both so ardently
but... separately
i was simultaneously happy and sad to realize they were the same
because on the one hand, i love them both
but on the other hand, i thought i loved two awesome people
but there's only one person that awesome
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