Friday, January 31, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Your Weekend Jams: This weekend TIOJ will be dancing our behinds off at Capitale on K Street to The Chainsmokers! These remix artists have been all over the place lately and their jams warrant a full mini playlist to pump you up for the weekend! (Get your tickets here!)

TIOJ Thoughts:

Kid President reminds us that “there’s plenty reasons to dance -- you just gotta look for them.”

Loved this NPR article about the history and behind the scenes look at one of our favorite music blogs, La Blogotheque.

As if we needed another reason to love Anna Kendrick, she upped the ante by doing dramatic readings of our favorite Beyonce hits.

In honor of The Chainsmokers’ jam “#SELFIE,” I bring you Daily Beast’s weekly roundup of the best celebrity selfies. And yes, this gallery is updated weekly.

Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is the cutest -- watch her teach how to do a rainbow kick! (Apparently, that’s a soccer trick. I didn’t know either.)

Free! Did you catch the Maleficent number during the Grammys this week and subsequently become entranced by Lana Del Rey’s hauntingly beautiful “Once Upon A Dream”?? Well lucky for you, you can grab the single for free on Google Play!

More Free! We can't get enough of the impossibly catchy "Riptide" from Vance Joy that's making us dream of summer days splashing around on the beach and lucky for us, the single is free on iTunes this week!

DC Happenings: Did we mention we’re seeing The Chainsmokers at Capitale?? Get your tickets here and come dance with us!!

And in case you missed it: We chatted with Gavin from Saints of Valory, and we couldn’t be more excited to see them next week -- in DC AND in Philly!

{PLAYLIST} unrequited love jams

First and foremost, we must say: we are pining for spring and summer weather like no other. Seriously, the fact that it'll be in the 40s this weekend is elating our summer-loving hearts. Yet, we know that we have a long way to go before our true love season comes 'round.

Also. This serves as your friendly reminder that Valentine's Day is in TWO WEEKS. Ladies and gentlemen, if there is a special someone that is on your radar, you have two weeks to make a move. You don't want to be sitting at home on the 14th and cry-binging on chocolate and listening to this playlist and wishing you had just had the nerve asked out that person. So please. Take these unrequited love jams as your inspiration, and go ask him/her out.

i cannot get enough of kwabs

I have been infatuated with Kwabs ever since I heard his James Blake cover and this beautiful man with his deep and alluring voice has not disappointed me since.

His latest video "Wrong Or Right"  is the perfect modern R&B song.

Plus, he just visited the coveted BBC Live Lounge and did a Blackstreet cover. This man knows the way to my heart. 

Now please excuse me while I figure out how to get Kwabs to narrate my life.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

{PLAYLIST} best of january 2014

2014 is off to an incredible start here in TIOJ Land, but we're still kind of wondering how we're 1/12 of the way through this year already. But at the same time, it seems like ages since New Year's Day! We kicked off 2014 in the busiest, best way possible. In January, we:

And in January, KristaKristen, and Stacey were listening to:

"Cavalier" - James Vincent McMorrow
My life is complete now that JVM is back with a new gorgeous album (and an upcoming show in DC!).
"Radioactive" - Imagine Dragons feat. Kendrick Lamar
I'm still mooning over the joint performance at the Grammys. SO GOOD.
"Animal"/"Stay" - Jessica Rotter and Emily Colombier
Oh my goodness gracious, this is just the most beautiful mashup/cover ever.
"Come Alive (feat. Toro y Moi)" - Chromeo
Quite possibly the most groovy collaboration we could ever dream up and the recently released video is equally entertaining. 
"#88" - Lo-Fang
This song is so surreally beautiful.
"Southern Sun" - Boy & Bear
"Boy & Bear is tambourine." Boy & Bear is a TIOJ obsession.
"Fever" - Maps & Atlases
I was a little late to the party on this album, but better late than never, right??
"Who Knows Who Cares" - Local Natives
For being so apathetic, this breezy jam is also pretty fab.
"Wreck of the Fallible" - Fox & the Bird
So so happy to have found Fox & the Bird, who sound like the perfect combination of too many bands that I love.
"Liar" - Audego
This beautiful breakup song has been in my head all month and I don't hate it. 
"If I Could Change Your Mind" - HAIM
My girl crush on all of HAIM continues...
"This Place" - Tales of Olde
LOVING this folky crew out of Boston -- the perfect accompaniment to this frigid weather.
"Old Love/New Love" - Twin Shadow
I technically wrote about this jam in December, but the sheer amount of times I've listened to this song this month warrants it a secure spot on this playlist.
"Switzerland" - The Last Bison
Can't get enough of this folksy tune.
"Nobody" - Cecile Salvant
When I grow up, I'd like to be as cool as Miss Cecile Salvant. What an incredible voice and talent and person.

{INTERVIEW} saints of valory

In anticipation of their upcoming concert at U Street Music Hall, we got a chance to chat with Gavin of former TIOJ babysitter and IYL alum Saints of Valory. Read on as we chat with Gavin about  international influences and what we can expect from the band in 2014.

Listen while you read:

Tell about yourselves! How long have you been making music together?
We’re all childhood friends. Godfrey and I grew up together in Brazil, actually, when we were really young. We were able to become friends at a really really young age. And Stephen, who plays keyboards, went down to Brazil when he was 15 or something and he ended up staying there for a few years and we became friends. It’s very much a cool thing because we’ve spent a lot of time on the road together, so to have that mutual friendship, being childhood friends and all, is pretty cool.

How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it before?
In the end, we’re a rock and roll group. We go out there and try to play the most energetic show we can and just really get into the music because if we’re really into the music, then we can pass on that vibe. The crowd can give back to us and it just kind of accelerates; I think that’s what makes a really good show. You know, we’re a rock band. You can call it whatever. A lot of people say we’re an alternative rock band or we have stadium-esque elements. I think in the end, it’s all pretty much rock music.

Saints of Valory has a pretty international background. How does that influence your music?
It plays a huge part when we all get together. Everyone comes from different places in the world and listening to so many different types of music, and that really plays a big part in [our] writing and just jamming together.

Click ahead for more, including the band's latest music video and Coachella scoop!

{THROWBACK} "this is how we do it"

AlunaGeorge are no strangers to awesome cover songs (see: their cover of a Disney classic) so I was delighted to discover their awesome cover of Montell Jordan's classic "This Is How We Do It."

And, of course, the original to make this a true Throwback Thursday:

{RECAP} dc music download's second anniversary show!

Over the last year, we've been so excited to explore and get to know the DC music scene. A huge part of that is DC Music Download, the brainchild of one Miss Stephanie Williams. DMD hosted its second anniversary show last Saturday night at the 9:30 Club with a chock-full lineup of DC bands including Drop Electric, Young Rapids, The Sea Life, The Raised by Wolves), baller DJs, incredible local artists -- plus all of this benefitting an outstanding organization, Girls Rock!

We have a photo recap of this awesome show for you pretty people, courtesy of TIOJ-friend Carla. Congratulations to Stephanie for another awesome show -- we can't wait for the next one!

the raised by wolves

artist lindsay johnson

young rapids
the sea life
drop electric, whose guitarist used a bow. to quote our photographer: "It was awesome and he broke bow strings on purpose. Like, smoke came out of his bowing."

all of this to benefit girls rock!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

{WE LOVE} city rain

I was so happy to stumble upon Philly band City Rain the other day. Their rock music is just the right amount of intense guitar and addicting synth beats to lead to some serious head banging at my desk. If you're an Imagine Dragons fan, this band is definitely up your alley.

(Major TIOJ points for the ginger beard AND hipster glasses in this video. Keep it up, boys!)

Click ahead for more jams, a cover, AND a free download from City Rain!

{WE LOVE} cecile salvant

Ohhhh my goodness, I am so glad that jazz singer Cecile Salvant has come onto my radar. This beautifully talented young woman sounds like Etta James and Lena Horne. Let that sink in for a minute.

Seriously. Cecile Salvant is so incredibly talented; I just can't get over it. She was nominated for the Grammys for best jazz album this past week, and although she didn't win, I can picture many gold sippy cups in her future. Fun fact: Cecile studied in Aix-en-Provence -- and after TIOJ's travels last summer, I can picture Cecile her jazzy voice wonderfully in such a quaint, charming place!! Also, I really like her glasses.

If you need a soundtrack for your workday today, I highly suggest this NPR stream of Cecile's show from the Kennedy Center.

{WE LOVE} kendrick lamar and imagine dragons

I admit, it may be counterintuitive, but I don't necessarily watch the Grammys for the music. At least not the LIVE music. Sure, the music is the driving force behind that particular awards show, but the sheer charisma, buffoonery and unpredictable nature of the fashion is the real draw for me. Sometimes the over-choreographed and under-rehearsed performances serve as my bathroom/sandwich/twitter breaks. But then I saw the Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar collaboration.

It. Was. So. Good. My god. SO much talent on that stage at one time. It was infections, stunning, and--sure--radioactive.

"shut up and kiss me"

After growing up on romantic comedies, aren't those the words what we all want hear? The Black and White Years capture this dream in their bittersweet song of unrequited love in the title track from their new album Strange Figurines. It's honest with the perfect guitar, synth, and drum beats to keep you upbeat and optimistic.

Listen to the full album here.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"concorde" is my jam

This never ending polar vortex has left me craving the outdoors and those sunny days of driving around to nowhere in particular with your your hand out the window rolling in the breeze and your favorite song in the background. Fortunately, the recently released track "Concorde" from LA band Incan Abraham is helping to keep me in that mind space and forget that I'm wearing six layers of clothing on my person. The song builds beautifully and has the perfect balance of '80s influences and modern indie rock to keep you engaged and dreaming of summer roadtrips.

Incan Abraham will be performing at Savannah Stopover festival and SXSW so look out for more from them!

{IF YOU LIKE} ellie goulding, lana del rey

(via 1/2/3)

If you like the husky, breathy vocals of Lana del Ray or the electronic goodness of Ellie Goulding, then you'll love the beat-driven stylings of beautiful Claudia Kane.

The recently released vid for "Residents of Darkness" shows just how charismatic and talented this 21 year old Brit is -- this newcomer is sure to become an instant staple on all of your going out playlists.

happy birthday, stacey!!!!

There are so many reasons we love Stacey. She makes our words wittier, our happy hours happier, and our blog bloggier (what--it's totally a thing.) So to show our appreciation for the 26th anniversary of Stacey's birth, we bring you an assortment of songs that are almost as great as she is. Happy birthday, boo. We heart you.

To celebrate Stace turning the big 2-6, here are six reasons why we love her so:

Stacey does the Carlton better than Carlton himself 

Her unabashed hatred of Taylor Swift 

She tailgates like a champ

Stacey does the best alex ovechkin impression this side of Moscow
ahahahahahhaha best!!!)))))))))) 

She can always be counted on to rock the red wine!  

And because we’re the three best friends that anyone ever had! 

years & years // ages and ages

The bands Years & Years and Ages and Ages are not at all similar sonically, but they're both great and their similarly themed band names are enough to make me play a game of compare and contrast.

We'll start with the Brits from Years & Years. This band is making awesome synth R&B music that's sexy, upbeat and right up my alley. (Think a modern male complement to Whitney Houston.)

In contrast, Portland's Ages and Ages latest release "Do The Right Thing" is acoustic and thoughtful. (Think holding hands in a group and singing "Kumbaya" by the campfire.)

So in summary, these bands are incredibly different -- they can't even agree on the use of an ampersand -- but certainly worthy of being next to each other in your iTunes library.

Monday, January 27, 2014

{RECAP} petticoat tearoom

Saturday night was full of options for seeing DC bands take the stage. I was not about to be left out of the fun, and I caught DCers Petticoat Tearoom… in Philadelphia.

Although they had a change of venue just a few hours before their show, these guys didn’t miss a beat/rolled with the punches/pick your apt cliché here. Despite performing in quite the unconventional venue, the boys of Pettycoat Tearoom made the best of Kung Fu Necktie. (Seriously, weirdest venue I’ve been to. It must have been an old house. There was a kitchen and a dining room and a stage in the separate living room. We made a plan to HGTV that shit and open up the space.)

But really. The gentlemen of Petticoat Tearoom brought such a lively enthusiasm to their set, despite the fact that they were running their own sound and that they could only fit approximately six people in the funny little room in which they were playing. Still. There was such a great rapport between these guys, which was so infectious. I especially loved "Love Isn't Gone."

And “Jubilee Melody.” Because a harmonica, duh.

HEY DC, YOU’RE IN LUCK!! The Petticoat Tearoom will be hitting up The Dunes in just a few short weeks on February 15. Put it on your calendar now, and be sure to get yourself there.

the perfect mellow monday mix

This isn't a mashup in the most traditional sense of the term, but Jessica Rotter and Emily Colombier take this cover of both Rihanna/Mikky Ekko's "Stay" and Miike Snow's "Animal" to a new haunting, beautiful level. It's so raw and emotional; it's the kind of song that makes you want to curl up and cry and not be sure if they're happy or sad tears.

Which, interestingly, is kind of how I feel about turning 26 tomorrow.

{GIVEAWAY} jamestown revival, saints of valory, and the wild feathers!

Aw man, have we got a good giveaway for you kiddies today! We're giving away a pair of tickets to check out the killer lineup of Jamestown Revival, Saints of Valory, AND The Wild Feathers for their U Street Music Hall show on Tuesday, February 4.

Check out our favorite songs from each of the folk/rock/awesomely bearded and behatted bands, and enter to win tickets by Thursday night below!

Jamestown Revival:

Click ahead to enter!!

"love more worry less" with bipolar sunshine

So now that we're almost through the first month of 2014, how many of you all are still working hard towards your new year's resolutions?? If you find yourself slacking a bit, let Bipolar Sunshine be your re-energizing inspiration. His anthemic song "Love More Worry Less" may even add a new resolution to your list on this motivational Monday!

Related: {PLAYLIST} new year's resolutions

Sunday, January 26, 2014

sunday's getting steamy with james vincent mcmorrow & the 1975

As if James Vincent McMorrow and The 1975 were not impossibly sexy and brilliant on their own, they've combined musical forces for the remix of JVM's latest single "Cavalier." It is magnificent.

Be sure to catch both of these awesome groups as they come through town in the coming months! JVM will be at Sixth & I on April 8 and it's already sold out (woof) but The 1975 are headlining the 9:30 Club on May 12.

Friday, January 24, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Your Weekend Jam: As if Disclosure's "F For You" wasn't already the perfect weekend jam, they've gone and added Her Majesty Mary J. Blige to their awesome music video and it is a dream come true.

TIOJ Thoughts:

They just announced the track listing for the Girls, Volume 2 soundtrack, and it will definitely be filling the OC-sized hole in our soundtrack collections.

Not going to lie -- this creeps me out... but now there are ways to live on as music after you’ve died.

Rolling Stone’s list of annoying concert behavior encapsulates TIOJ’s emotions perfectly.

The Olympics cannot come soon enough. Between the Norwegian curling team's choice in pants to Cool Runnings Part Two, I have nothing but the highest hopes for Sochi. Officially FOURTEEN days until the Opening Ceremony.

Free! After watching Beyonce’s documentary on her latest album, this remix of “Partition” featuring Busta Rhymes and Azealia Banks has been on repeat. (Def NSFW, but oh so catchy.)

DC Happenings: DC Music Download is hosting their second birthday party at the 9:30 Club with a baller concert featuring Drop Electric, Young Rapids, and so many more!

And in case you missed it: Don’t forget!! You have just a few hours left to enter our giveaway to see Sylvan Esso live at DC9 on Tuesday! Listen to their latest release “Coffee” here!

{PLAYLIST} grammys 2014

Awards season is in full swing, and this week is one of our most favorites -- the Grammys! Every year we're amazed by the vast number of categories (best liner notes??) and a tad confused by how the Grammys panel defines their awards (when does the year for the 2014 awards start? When do songs/albums/records have to be released? And for goodness sake, what the heck constitutes a "new" artist??). But you best believe that you will find us tuned in on Sunday night, and to get in the mood, we'll be watching E!'s red carpet special on mute while listening to some of these favorite nominees:

hoping we some day win as many grammys as adele... (via)

Plus! We'll be live-tweeting all of our thoughts on everything from dresses and acceptance speeches to performances and who we want to be sitting next to... follow us @thisisourjamdc!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

where has lo-fang been my whole life?

Some fortuitous YouTube stumbling is all I need sometimes to brighten my day. Without such frivolous, random clicking and sifting Lo-Fang might still be out there in the internet abyss unbeknownst to me and my ears would be sadder. Songs like "Boris" and the official single "Look Away" are so good, but the real star is "#88," whose charm is instant. It was love at first listen.

Also: unrelated to his talent, Lo-Fang has cheekbones for days. I certainly don't hate it. Makes it all the more tempting to see him live when he swings through D.C. in March!

{THROWBACK} "you make my dreams come true"

I was inspired by this quick St. Lucia cover of the Hall & Oates classic "You Make My Dreams Come True" to dive into this throwback today.

This love song really needs no introduction -- let the desk dancing begin!

And, no mention of this song would be complete without re-watching this beautifully choreographed scene from 500 Days of Summer.

{THROWBACK} "always on my mind"

One of my most favorite movies ever ever ever, Practical Magic, was on the other day, and of course, I watched and knew every word. But. Because of this movie, I will never be able to appreciate or enjoy Willie Nelson's beautiful "Always on My Mind." In my heart of hearts, I know that it's a beautiful, loving song... but I just can't do it. It will always make me think of creepy Jimmy/Luka (ER, duh).

Stevie Nicks' "Crystal," on the other hand, has the most positive connotations because of the end of this movie. You win again, '90s rom-com.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

{WE LOVE} saint raymond

Get excited, chickens -- I've got a new band to put on your radar. Meet Saint Raymond, aka Callum Burrows, who hails from England and is putting out the indie pop goodness that I crave. His music is catchy and fresh (think a poppier Ed Sheeran with more electric guitar), making it no surprise that he's been named an iTunes artist to watch and has opened for TIOJ girl crushes HAIM.

I can't get enough of "Letting Go" from his first EP...

...And I'm so pleased with his latest single "Young Blood" off his Young Blood EP to be released January 21. Mark your calendars and cross your fingers for North American tour dates, friends!

BONUS! Check out this remix of "Young Blood" by Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke!

new music roundup!

New music just keeps on coming! With festival lineups just announced and so many albums to look out for, we're getting no shortage of new music from our favorite bands and are not complaining one little bit.

Foster The People - "Coming Of Age"
After laying low in 2013, FTP is coming back with their sophomore album Supermodel coming out in March and this first release is a great introduction to the new album.

MØ - "Don't Wanna Dance"
One of our bands to watch in 2014 is starting the year off strong with this impossibly catchy tune that we may or may not already be making up dance moves to...

Misun - "Travel With Me"
Another band to watch in 2014, Misun seems to be dropping a new track every week and we certainly aren't complaining. This latest jam has a tropical, shoulder bopping vibe that makes us want to visit this band in sunny L.A.

Real Estate - "Talking Backwards"
After two years, Real Estate is back making new music. We've got high hopes for this new album after the lovely vibes of this first single that makes us want to hop in the car with our best friend and drive into the sunset.

What other new jams are you listening to??

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

nature boy explorer is my jam

If I were a mad scientist and combined Mumford and Sons, Hey Marseilles, The Head and the Heart, U2, and maybe added in a little extra accordion, the result would be DC's own Nature Boy Explorer, an indie-folky trio that is just lovely. Their music is the perfect accompaniment to building a fire and cuddling up this chilly week. (I seriously need to look into getting a fireplace for my apartment... or maybe just decorating a space heater.)

Nature Boy Explorer is releasing their EP One of These Days this week! In the meantime, you can take a listen below... and be sure to see them when they play at The Treehouse on February 14! (Seriously, it would be a great Valentine's Day date.)

"pressure" is my jam

I have a confession. I've been hoarding a song from you guys. "Pressure" by Until the Ribbon Breaks has been on multiple playlists of mine for the past six months and I'm finally ready to share.

Basically, this song is bad ass. If I were a superhero, this would be the song I would listen to in my phone booth (or whatever the 2014 equivalent of a phone booth is) to pump me up before I went out and fought crime/overpriced cocktails.

I have especially come to love the pause in the song as it loses itself in all-encompassing beats. (I like to think this is probably the point where I'd be spinning around in circles turning into a superhero.)

{GIVEAWAY} sylvan esso @ DC9

We are beyond excited to announce our latest giveaway -- to see Sylvan Esso next Tuesday at DC9! After seeing them twice last year (check out our recaps here and here) and chatting with lead singer Amelia, we can say without a doubt that this duo is guaranteed to get your grooving!

Check out our favorite jam "Hey Mami" and enter to win via Rafflecopter below.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

melting over this san fermin take away show

This is La Blogothèque at it's best. San Fermin is completely mesmerizing performing "Sonsick" on the streets of Paris and their performance of "Oh Darling" in a Chinese restaurant in Paris is my everything.

Be sure to stalk Craigslist if you don't already have tix to their upcoming show in a few weeks at Rock 'N Roll Hotel!

drake is so dreamy...

If you haven't seen Drake's regular and musical hosting gig on Saturday Night Live from this past weekend, do yourself a favor and do that now. Please start with "Started From the Bottom"/"Trophies" and his opening monologue. Then proceed to watch the rest of the show.

I'm also waiting for gifs to emerge of Drake awkward-dad dancing. Just you wait.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

{WATCH} beyoncé: self-titled

We're kicking off a new feature in which we'll spotlight documentaries, interviews, and other video highlights from some of TIOJ's favorite musicians! 

What better way to start a new series than with the world's favorite singer Beyoncé! After dropping her surprise self-titled album right before Christmas, Bey also released a five-part video documentary about the making of this album. It's a great documentary highlighting Beyoncé's new direction and includes awesome cameos from JT, Pharrell, and obvi Jay Z and Blue Ivy.

Be sure to tune back on the weekends for more watch features -- including lots of picks from our AV Director Caleb!

Friday, January 17, 2014

weekend thoughts...

As you know, we at TIOJ have a lot of thoughts... about everything. We've begun compiling the ultimate song for your weekend, a lot more of our thoughts, plus a free download(!) and more -- all of which will help ease you into your weekend every week. Happy Friday, TIOJ-land!

Your Weekend Jam: “Hot Tonight,” the latest single from the much anticipated new Tokyo Police Club album, is the perfectly upbeat yet casual start to get you pumped for the weekend.

TIOJ thoughts...

Must finally hang up this awesome print in my apartment this weekend (via Society 6).

Bruce Springsteen released a new album this week, and this interview he did with Rolling Stone proves that he’s essentially a god among men.

And the winners are... so many bands! Check out NPR's Bob Boilen's 116 favorite concerts of 2013. We went to 15 of's hoping to more overlap in 2014!

Holy crapola -- as if Beyonce could be even more perfect. You must read her essay on gender equality.

Michelle Obama's birthday party is tomorrow, and it's been announced as a major dance party. In case you were invited (holler if you need a plus-onethree), study up on these dance moves.

Free! We can’t get enough of Misun’s catchy “Goodbye Sasha” that’s a perfect continuation of last week’s wanderlust jams. (Get more Misun jams fo free on Soundcloud!)

And in case you missed it: Folksters Fox and the Bird remind us so much of the Avett Brothers and the Last Bison and we are so so happy that we found them (and that their album came out this week!). Add them to your weekend listening!

{PLAYLIST} '80s-inspired jams

There are just some songs that sound like they should have been released in the '80s. (Please forgive us if we're a little bit off; our musical ears were only so developed by the age of two...) While acid-washed jeans, shag haircuts, and shoulder pads may have gone out of style, these are some of our favorite current anthemic, synth-y songs that would fit perfectly in John Hughes' and Molly Ringwald's Breakfast Club-esque world.

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And if these songs get you in the mood for the real deal, click here for some authentic '80s tunes!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

{THROWBACK} "i feel good"

There's nothing better than some James Brown and thanks to local DMV artist JDVBBS we're getting a James Brown sample plus some contemporary rhymes.

And for the original throwback...

If you're digging JDVBBS, be sure to check out his album release party at Jammin' Java on January 18!

{THROWBACK} "too close"

I once again just learned the meaning behind the very inappropriate lyrics of a song from my childhood (thank you, high school friends, for enlightening me and changing my world yet again). How I listened to Next's "Too Close" in 1997, AT NINE YEARS OLD, I have no idea.

(The actual song starts around :45... there's a car chase to begin the music video, naturally. Also, bonus points to Next and his dance crew in this video.)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

{WE LOVE} boy & bear

I am fairly (read: 100%) confident that Krista and Boy & Bear need to convene at South by Southwest in a few weeks. In short, this Australian quintet is all that TIOJ looks for in a manband: a banjo and a mandolin, a slightly retro vibe, and jaunty hipster hats.

Bonus! You can catch a sampler from Harlequin Dream, Boy & Bear's recently-released EP, fo free on Noisetrade now!

{WE LOVE} maps & atlases

While talking best music videos of 2013 with Caleb, we stumbled upon this brilliant video from Maps & Atlases and a fascination with the longtime wonderful indie rock/folk band was reignited.

Our love of beards peppers most of our posts so it should come as no surprise that the video for "Old Ash" from Maps & Atlases fascinates us and deserves a belated honorable mention as great video of 2013.

And since that video, their latest album Beware And Be Grateful (released in 2012 -- yeah, we're a little late on this one, whoops!) has been on repeat, especially the track "Fever."

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

{IF YOU LIKE} the avett brothers, the last bison

(via 1/2/3)

If you like the rocking sound of The Avett Brothers or dig the unique harmonies of The Last Bison, get Fox and the Bird on your radar now! This pop-folk group from Dallas includes oh so many of TIOJ's favorite things: banjos, accordions, husband-wife duos, and so much more. Take a break from work and watch this music video asap -- it both sounds and looks lovely.

Friends! Fox and the Bird's second album, Darkest Hours, is out TODAY! Make sure you take a listen to the whole wonderful thing!

"come down" is my jam

There's a new Australian band to put on your radar! Crooked Colours is an up-and-coming band and their hit "Come Down" is already making it big and getting remixed by everyone.

"Come Down" is like if The 1975 and Chet Faker had an illegitimate love child and Alice Glass from Crystal Castles was the godmother turned music teacher. I love it.

new music roundup -- anticipated albums edition!

New year, new music. To celebrate the impending surge of wonderful music coming our way in 2014, this edition of new music roundup features new jams from some of our most favorite bands who are set to release new albums in these first few months of 2014. Get excited!

Young the Giant - "Crystallized" 
TIOJ's favorite bearded gang is back with a stunning video and equally stunning song featuring the powerful vocals and rhythms we've come to expect from these boys. Their sophomore album Mind Over Matter comes out January 21st!

Yellow Ostrich - "Shades"
Long-time favorites Yellow Ostrich are back with a guitar-heavy release off their upcoming sophomore album Cosmos to be released February 25th.

James Vincent McMorrow - "Cavalier"
JVM is back with taking his hypnotizing vocals to a new level for his sophomore album Post Tropical that comes out today!

Bombay Bicycle Club - "It's Alright Now"
The happy vibes of the charmers of Bombay Bicycle Club are back with their first single off their upcoming album So Long, See You Tomorrow dropping on February 3rd.

What other releases are you looking forward to in 2014??

Monday, January 13, 2014

tales of olde is my jam

When a band is described with the words, "If Justin Timberlake started a folk pop band," they're likely to catch my attention. When they're likened to bands including Of Monsters and Men, The Lumineers, and Mumford and Sons, it's likely that my ears will enjoy them. And when they sound like Tales of Olde, I am sure to love them.

Boston's Tales of Olde are a beautifully classic folky rock group -- yet they're not too old-timey. They have a really lovely sound that makes me wish my apartment had a fireplace (and that I knew how to build and fire). And they actually do cover Justin Timberlake.

Keep these people on your radar -- their first EP will be out later in 2014! And in the meantime, listen to these songs on repeat.

"liar" is my jam

Hot damn am I obsessed with "Liar" from Australian duo Audego. It is quite possibly one of the best break up songs I've ever heard. The lyrics are delivered in such a beautiful way that you almost forget the severity and strength of them and get lost in the music.

"I'm not here to fight, I just want you from my life"

via Pigeons and Planes

Friday, January 10, 2014

"let go for tonight!"

It's finally the weekend!! Celebrate by jamming to TIOJ interview alum Foxes latest video for her hit "Let Go For Tonight" that's guaranteed to put you in a fun loving mood and may or may not encourage a food fight over Sunday brunch this weekend...

{PLAYLIST} wanderlust jams 2014

Although it is substantially warmer than earlier in the week (never have I ever extolled 40 degree weather...), we're still jonesin' to jet off somewhere. It fits in well with our new year's resolution of traveling more -- and if we happen to end up somewhere warm, you will not find us complaining.

Press play below and imagine you're anywhere but back at your desk with us.

Wanderlust 2014 by this is our jam on Grooveshark
"Tokyo" - Imagine Dragons
"Gainesville" -  Pure Bathing Culture
"Switzerland" - The Last Bison
"The Palace Garden, 4 AM" - Beat Connection
"Birmingham" - Shovels and Rope
"San Francisco" - The Mowgli's
"Alaska" - Dr. Dog
"Pompeii" - Bear's Den
"Time Spent in Los Angeles" - Dawes
"Moscow" - Autoheart

Enjoy even more wanderlusty jams here and here -- plus on Spotify!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

{THROWBACK} "sexual healing"

Today I've been inspired by 22 year old Norway producer Kygo whose remix of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" is tickling all of my senses. It modernizes Gaye's classic with some upbeat and tropical-sounding synths while letting the famous lyrics speak for themselves.

And, it wouldn't be Throwback Thursday without Marvin Gaye's original, which I've decided may be one of my most favorite songs ever...

I definitely recommend checking out Kygo's entire page on Soundcloud for more awesome remixes (DYING over this Passenger remix). 

{RECAP} dc music blogger happy hour

On Tuesday night TIOJ held our first ever happy hour for music bloggers in the DC area. It was, in two words, our jam. We met some wonderful people, enjoyed the incredible space at Vera Cruz, and got so inspired about the DC music scene.

The highlight of the event (besides the rounds of Moscow Mules) was a panel discussion featuring Zack from All Things Go, Stephanie from DC Music Download, and Wes from Kick Kick Snare.

Thanks to all who came out, and head over to facebook for more pictures (courtesy of the ever-so-talented Brian Christensen)!

Interested in coming out to future TIOJ events?? Shoot us an email at and let us know if you're a blogger/musician/music lover/tambourine player/etc., and we'll add you to our list!

{THROWBACK} the everly brothers

In honor of Phil Everly, half of the brother duo The Everly Brothers, passing away the other day, there's no more fitting throwback than to these harmonious tunes of the early '60s.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

go see mother falcon tomorrow night!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled blogging to alert you to an awesome concert going down tomorrow night -- The Mother Falcon is playing at Iota! We haven't had the chance to see the band live before, but we can safely predict that this show will be awesome because there are SEVENTEEN people in this band and if there's one truth we've come to realize, it's that the number of instruments present in a show positively correlates to awesomeness. (I mean, there's more than one saxophone. What else in the world is better than multiple saxophones??)

Check out the show and tweet us about how awesome it is please and thanks (can you tell we're a little bummed we aren't able to make it?).

{WE LOVE} handsome and gretyl

Today, I'm trading in my regular predisposition for synthesizers and indie pop beats for folk music and ukuleles thanks to acoustic Seattle duo Handsome and Gretyl. Let's pause to reflect on how wonderful that band name is for a few moments...

Now, to the music -- I discovered this band thanks to this darling Christmas DIY video from Oh Joy! and their bright folk music is the perfect thing to stave off impending seasonal depression now that all the Christmas and New Years excitement is over.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

{FEAT. FEATURE} mary lambert

It is safe to say that you already know Mary Lambert's voice thanks to her feature on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' groundbreaking hit "Same Love." But this girl deserves SO much more attention than that one chorus. I recently found a KEXP session with Mary and was completely blown away by her performance.

Mary actually worked with fellow Seattle musicians Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to co-write "Same Love" and then derived her own song "She Keeps Me Warm" as a continuation of those sentiments.

It is evident that Mary started off as a spoken word poet (much like another Macklemore-featured artist!) with her song "I Know Girls," which is beautiful poetry. I would quote line by line, but the words together are so powerful that they must be witnessed together.

Listen to the full KEXP session here

{IF YOU LIKE} bombay bicycle club, passenger

(via 1/2/3)
If you like the happy go lucky vibes of Bombay Bicycle Club or the dreamily accented British vocals of Passenger, then you'll love Matthew and Me!

Click ahead to listen to Matthew & Me!

Monday, January 6, 2014

new music roundup!

In this first full week of 2014, some of our favorite musicians are jumping right back in with some incredible new music. Here's what we're listening to:

Chromeo - "Come Alive (feat. Toro y Moi)"
This collaboration is pure genius and better than anything we could have dreamed up from Chromeo.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - "Run"
These wackos are back it with an addictive new single (and tour dates including a stop in DC!). You can download this baby for free over on Amazon!

Misun - "Nothing Else"
One of our bands to watch for in 2014 is already hard at work cranking out new songs and keeping us eager for more in the coming year with this latest release!

Swiss Lips - "Fight 4 What U Need"
We were eager for new jams from Swiss Lips in 2013 and finally they're putting out new music for us! We can't wait for more from these Brits!

"it's a new day // and a clean slate"

On this first mellow Monday of 2014, I can't stop listening to London Grammar's "Everywhere You Go." It's an earlier track from the band and its simplicity is mesmerizing.

Friday, January 3, 2014

{2013} top moments

TIOJ has had some pretty big moments in 2013, our second full year of existence. We're taking a hot second to remember five of our most favorite moments of 2013 before we fully turn our focus on 2014.

In 2013, we have LOVED:
  • Debuting our first video with our Firefly Festival recap (and following up with a Trillectro recap too)!

  • Putting together a whole mess of playlists (and drinking lots of punch) with Nikki of Cupcakes for Breakfast.
Here's to a fantastic 2013 and to an even better 2014 with more and more jams!

{PLAYLIST} new year's resolutions 2014

Happy New Year, lovelies!! We hope you had wonderful New Year's Eves and restful days of recovery on New Year's Day. Now, let's talk resolutions. What are you telling yourself you'll do better in 2014?

inspiration via the fresh exchange
If you need inspiration, check out TIOJ's Official 2014 Resolutions, and press play below and on Spotify:

“Shot At The Night” - The Killers
New Years Resolutions by this is our jam on GroovesharkBefore you can meet all of your resolutions in 2014, you have to believe you can do it. We believe you can do it and The Killers are the best people to motivate you if you need a little more convincing. 
“Free Your Mind” - Cut Copy
Whether it's getting over that ex, not getting that promotion, or some unfortunate friend dramz, make up your mind not to dwell on what has happened in your past.
“High Society” - Betty Who
Fingers crossed we have at least a few forays into the Gossip Girl world this year...
"Man in the Mirror" - Michael Jackson
Take some advice from MJ and know that change starts with you.
“Best Day Of My Life” - American Authors
We've learned that optimism is key, so we resolve to have sunny outlooks for 2014.
“Learning to Let Go” - Bombadil
Life is too short to go gray so early. Save yourself some stress and let the little things go. You'll be happy you did.
"On Our Way" - The Royal Concept
Remember that life is about the journey, not the destination so remember to enjoy the ride while you work on reaching your goals this year. 
"Trying to Be Cool" by Phoenix
We're in our mid-to-late '20s now, TIOJers. It's time we realize being cool is way, way overrated. Get down with your nerdy selves.
“Glitter and Gold" - Little Daylight
This ultimate motivation song that chants "you can fight through just gotta let go" while also fulfilling a secondary resolution for us to add a little more glitter and gold to our wardrobes...we can never have enough.
“I Need $” - Polica
We all wish our wallets were a little more padded (with something other than week-old receipts from bars on U Street) and that staring at our bank account balances didn't make us cringe. Time to forego that daily macchiato and save yo' dollas. 

Need more inspiration? Throwback to our (still relevant) resolutions playlists from 2013 and 2012!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

{2013} best music videos

As we finish recapping 2013, we've enlisted TIOJ AV Director Caleb to pick his top five music videos of the past year. Here we go!

5. "Setting Our Tables" - The Last Bison
All around Last Bison stepped it up this year from their music to their live show to their videos. This video is the first step of their journey into the wild, and we're happy to be on the wagon.

Click ahead for the rest!

{2013} favorite concerts

TIOJ took concert-going to a whole new level during 2013, hitting a grand total of over 50 shows and festivals… in approximately six states. We've even brought on Jurg as our full time Concert Correspondent. Because it is basically impossible to think of our most favorite concert experiences, we've given out the first annual TIOJ Concert Awards, honors given that are not unlike our rehashing of music festivals.

And without further ado, the envelopes, please.

So Good We Had To See Them Twice: Alt-J
Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave was my favorite album of 2012 and I was so fortunate to continue to relive the album with not one, but two performances by the band at the 9:30 Club this year. Their sexy and unique style of music translates so well live and being at a sold show with the entire audience yell “Hey Taro!” at the same time has been one of the coolest concert experiences I’ve had to date.

Most Musically Successful Alums from Our Fair Alma Mater (W&M): Tie. The Lone Bellow (Kanene, Class of ‘07) and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down (Thao, Class of ‘06)

When your college is most known for the fact that it’s located in Colonial Williamsburg, it’s a pleasant surprise when not one, but two phenomenal alums make waves in the music scene. Whether it’s Kanene of the Lone Bellow, adding her powerful voice to the band’s folk-rock songs, or Thao charming the pants off her listeners with her quirky, meaningful tunes, we’re proud to call them members of the Tribe!

Best Stage Banter: Father John Misty
Watch any interview with Father John Misty’s J.Tillman and you’ll immediately understand why he deserves this award. This dude is a complete kook whose live shows are not only a showcase of his clever lyricism and music ability, but also a comedy show complete with cursing at the audience, chaotic artwork, and, of course, a stuffed tiger on stage.

(clockwise from top left) night moves // houndmouth // empire of the sun // jessica pratt

Most Down to Earth: Shovels and Rope and Dawes
These two folksy-rock bands were the most wonderful complement to each other, and both bands were comprised of such normal people. Between their harming banter and the familial way in which they finishing out their set together, I felt like both Shovels and Rope and Dawes were going to invite us out for some moonshine. If. Only.

Best Dance Party: Capital Cities at Firefly (Runner up: Walk The Moon)
You know that we love us a good dance party concert here at TIOJ. I don't know it if was that Capital Cities' set coincided perfectly with our point of delirium at Firefly (it happens every year…) or the coordinated dance moves and outfits that these fellas rocked, but they definitely inspired a long-hair-don't-care rock out. (And because we must include Walk the Moon at least once in a yearly recap, their January show was even more evidence of their rollicking fans who are getting increasingly into this band.)

Most Chill-Inducing: Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend has long been one of my favorites, but I just had no idea how utterly transcendent their set would be when I finally, finally, saw them live at Firefly 2013. After a long day of standing, sunning, and simply listening at the three-day music fest, Vampire Weekend was like an oasis in the desert: so very rejuvenating and well worth the wait. We were lucky enough to be within hip-shaking distance of the stage and when Ezra looked over the crowd at the end of the set and the opening strains of "Walcott" played… chills.

Best Use of a Looping Pedal: Kishi Bashi
I can honestly say that Kishi Bashi’s set at Firefly this summer blew my mind. The sounds that that man makes using only his voice and a violin is incredible and I can’t but help to immediately adore any musician who uses a looping pedal so expertly while rocking a bowtie.

(clockwise from top left) hey marseilles // bombino // wild belle // us royalty

Most Likely to Make You Cry: Frightened Rabbit
Frightened Rabbit is definitely one of those bands that you listened to with your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend. There is something inherently personal about this band.

Most Costume Changes: Empire of the Sun
Not typically being drawn to musical acts with background dancers, Empire of the Sun was an exciting change from the typical sets seen at 9:30.

Best Empowering Moment: ZZ Ward
Besides being what can simply be referred to as a guitar-toting, be-hatted badass, ZZ Ward is quite simply one of the most talented females I've seen perform live, ever. Her set was energetic and electric and her confidence is staggering. It's impossible not to admire her sense of self. This also happened to be the first set I've ever seen entirely by my lonesome, and the freeing feeling of anonymously enjoying ZZ's music in a huge, happy crowd was so incredibly empowering.

Best Romper: Thao with the Get Down Stay Down
Just face it. Us mere mortals will never be able to pull off a red shorts romper with such confidence and panache as fellow Tribe alum Thao Nguyen. Girl has as much flair in her mandolin-playing pinkie finger as we have in our entire blogging trio. We don't begrudge her though -- we want to keep partying down with Thao.

Proudest Moment: The Wheeler Brothers and Houndmouth
We had been waiting for what seemed like an eternity to see Houndmouth live, and getting the chance to see them (along with Firefly favorites The Wheeler Brothers) in Philadelphia was so incredible. This band certainly did not disappoint, and I couldn't help but feel like a proud momma seeing them so well-received. They've come such a long way since our Skype date, and I'm so excited to see what they have coming up in 2014.

To keep reliving the year in concerts, check out Jurg's playlist of her favorite jams from 2013 shows on Spotify!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

TIOJ's official resolutions for 2014

As we recover from last night (bloody Marys saved our lives once again...) and the pages of the calendar turn to 2014, we're making some new year's revolutionsresolutions for the upcoming year. In 2014, we hope to:

Make more videos! 

Check out more venues that have popped up in DC (looking at you, Lincoln Theatre, The Dunes, and Echostage)!

Hang out/befriend more local bands!
here's to more photobooth shenanigans
(thanks for starting the trend, brett!)
Have a TIOJ outing to a show in Philadelphia!

Explore a new festival (looking at you, SXSW!!)

Stay tuned for a resolutiony playlist tomorrow, and in the mean time, click ahead to see how successful we were at meeting our 2013 resolutions!
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