Tuesday, December 31, 2013

{PLAYLIST} best of december

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 30, 2013

{2013} favorite albums

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

twin shadow is (again) my belated jam

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

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

Friday, December 27, 2013

{PLAYLIST} new year's eve 2013!!

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

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

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

Thursday, December 26, 2013

some jams from inside llewyn davis

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

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

But really. JT can do no wrong.

Monday, December 23, 2013

a last minute christmas playlist

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


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

Friday, December 20, 2013

{HOLIDAY BAND POST} ha ha tonka

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

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

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

{PLAYLIST} favorite songs of 2013

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 19, 2013

{HOLIDAY BAND POST} jeremy and the harlequins

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

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

My second pick is this…

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

{HOLIDAY BAND POST} saints of valory

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


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

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

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

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

{WE LOVE} hey love

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

{HOLIDAY BAND POST} my midnight heart

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


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

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

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


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

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

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

Monday, December 16, 2013


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

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

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


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

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

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

Friday, December 13, 2013

have a very decent christmas with diplo and friends

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

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

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{PLAYLIST} merry christmas!

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 12, 2013

happy holidays from the washington capitals!

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

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

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

{THROWBACK} feliz navid

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

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

Related: These Are Our Holiday Special Jams

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

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

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

The original is working pretty well too right now.

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

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

{INTRODUCING} lightwaves

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

watch this last bison video NOW.

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

Props to TIOJ AV Director Caleb for the find!

{WE LOVE} the mowgli's

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

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 9, 2013

chelsea lankes' "ghost" is my jam

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

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

Download the single on Facebook for free!

some love actually musings to start your monday...

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

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

Friday, December 6, 2013

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

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

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

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

a remix for your weekend

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

{RECAP} bombino

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

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

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

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

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

{PLAYLIST} odes to famous people

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

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

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

Thursday, December 5, 2013

{THROWBACK} "with or without you"

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

{WE LOVE} jimmy fallon's 2013 holiday song

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

This video.

{WE LOVE} dan croll

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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

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

Monday, December 2, 2013

swear and shake is my jam

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

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

{PREVIEW} bombino at the hamilton

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

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

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