Monday, June 30, 2014

{PLAYLIST} best of june 2014

Phew, 2014 is flying by -- as of today, it's officially half way over! As summer has gotten into full swing, TIOJ has kept busy. In June, we:
And in June, we were listening to:



"Keep On Shining" - Curtis Harding
Curtis Harding's optimistic and honest music was just what I needed this month.
"Little Miss Sunshine" - Caleb Hawley
Entirely too delayed, Caleb Hawley is back on my radar and wonderful.
"Powa" - tUnE-yArDs
This old hit from tUne-yArDs was so amazing and sexy live
"Brothers" - Little Chief
I want to be part of Little Chief's tribe. Please.
"Sexual Healing" - Hot 8 Brass Band
I loved seeing Chef this month and the scene with this song was one of my favorites.
"Take Me Home Tonight" - Eddie Money
The ultimate throwback. Ever.
"A Summer Thing" - Cayucas
After seeing them live, Cayucas has officially become my summer soundtrack (as if they weren't already).
"Little Miss Whiskey" - The Morrison Brothers Band
Songs about whiskey by a DC-based band of (two sets of!) brothers. Someone pick me up off the floor.
"Dreamy Bruises" - Sylvan Esso
Syvlan Esso blew me away after seeing them for the third time this month!
"How Will I Know" - Whitney Houston
Sam Smith's cover of this classic is incredible... but it's still no Whit, a goddess among ladies.

{RECAP} AJR, lindsey stirling

We've got a very special recap today! We sent friend of TIOJ Letitia to see AJR and Lindsey Stirling at Echostage last week, which we learned was her "first real rock concert." Read ahead as we get Letitia's refreshing (read: hilarious) perspective on the show PLUS some awesome pictures from our boy Brian!

Being in my mid-twenties never felt too old -- until yesterday at 7:30 pm behind a teenager and her parents at Echostage (who, btw, just told her that they were leaving at 9:30 pm, no matter what). Had I arrived at a preview of my life 20 years from now? But that's okay, I understood that I had stepped out of my element into a strange land where teenyboppers sang about YouTube views, hashtags, while playing vocal playbacks through button-pressing on a complicated-looking Simon Says box.

ajr by brian christensen
That aside, the AJR opening set was overall good, but difficult to get in to. And this is probably coming from the most-sympathetic-to-boy-bands-wish-N*SYNC-would-come-back-forever-26-year-old-of-2014. It was probably a combination of getting farted on multiple times (WHY!?!?), standing behind a couple giants (probably didn’t help that I’m 5’2’’), and lyrics + cover music inspired by artists way before their time on topics I’m not sure they can relate to (except for whatever cover they did with the lyrics “Hey mamma rock me” -- I feel like that was appropriate). But anyway, overall, it was a fun set list, the band members seem very clearly passionate about their work and despite performing for an audience that was predominantly unaware of their general existence (asked around quite a bit what the set list was going to be, and most people were aware of an opening band but no specifics on who they would be), they were able to effectively engage the crowd into new a cappella-type-smells-of-Jonas-Brothers-1D-type music.

For the overly excited geeky former violinist (me), Lindsey Stirling was the highlight of the evening. I had stumbled across her last summer when I was under language pledge at a language immersion summer program and she slipped her way into my super selective Pandora station. While I liked her music then, what really did me in was stumbling across a YouTube video of her smashing pots dressed up as Zelda (I’m totally serious, cue Youtube video Legend of Zelda: Pot Smasher). Basically, it was amazing and made my inner nerd oh-so-giddy-happy.

lindsey stirling by brian christensen
Who cares that by this point in the evening I had been farted on a few more times, stood behind a father that insisted on putting his daughter on his shoulders during all the interesting parts (what gives? Come on dude!), and was tipsy from two very Amaretto-y Sours (I can feel the judgment, just stop -- I have tolerance issues). Anyway, the dance moves, the choreography, the motivational tips about standing out where you feel strong, and of course, the amazing music was a simply amazing rock concert cherry popper (THANKS TIOJ).

I’ve heard that for those of you that are more into jumping around and dry humping everyone around you during music you can hardly see or understand, this isn’t your concert. But if you’re in the mood to appreciate an individual that really took violin performance to a new level, was road blocked every step of the way, really followed her calling (AND PLAYED A ZELDA MEDLEY COVER IN THE MIDDLE OF HER SET LIST) -- this is a concert for you. This is Barrage, Piano Guys, and everything you DON’T miss about a classical symphony orchestra. While you won’t be singing along (maybe humming?), you will be head bobbing and truly floored by the kinds of things she can do concurrently with your body and mind (memorizing that kind of set list cannot be easy).

Basically, highly recommended -- I loved it. I even forgot about how tired my feet were 30 minutes in! Worth it in every way!

Thanks again to Letitia and Brian for covering this show -- click ahead for more pictures!!

alex and sierra are my jam

Never have I ever watched an episode of The X-Factor... BUT! I am so enamored with "Scarecrow," the single from winners (and real-life couple) Alex and Sierra. Once I saw them on The Today Show last week, I was charmed -- as these two clearly are with each other.

Plus, muppets in the music video. I love.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

{WATCH} bob boilen on creative mornings

Bob Boilen is a fixture in the DC music scene. His fedora hat and bolo tie can be spotted across music venues in the city every night of the week and All Songs Considered is a consistent influence on TIOJ. Given our affinity for Bob, his musical taste, and his brilliant work at NPR, I had to share this great talk that he did for Creative Mornings.



"I always say that nobody's music is really bad. It's really up to the listener. I don't think of myself as deciding between good music and bad music, I just decide that the best thing I can do is decide what works for me and what I can put my passion behind."

Friday, June 27, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday kiddos! Whether you're spending the weekend frolicking with your summer fling or sipping wine with us at VinoFest, we hope you have a fabulous weekend. Let these thoughts wrap up your Friday on a happy note!

Your Weekend Jam: Great Good Fine Ok puts a perfect head-bopping synth remix on Little Daylight’s “Love Stories,” and we can’t get enough. Listen over on Soundcloud!

TIOJ Thoughts:

Jam to the songs of summer from 2014 to 1962 over on NPR!

Animals dancing to “Push It” (the otter at 0:12 stole my moves).

The 100 best emojis… just because.

This is why I’m afraid of EDM concerts.

Free! Let’s be real… we’ll never get enough of Pharrel’s “Happy” and this remix from Lenno is a welcome (and free) addition to our music library. Download for free on Facebook!



More Free! Yesterday’s throwback cover of “All Night Long” by Penguin Prison is available for free on Soundcloud!

DC Happenings: VinoFest is this weekend! Come to Union Market and sip and shake along with TIOJ!

And in case you missed it: We chatted with Jamestown Revival about campfires, songwriting, and more -- be sure to catch them at Gypsy Sally's with us on Sunday night!

{PLAYLIST} i think i like you, part ii

Summer is decidedly here, which means sundresses and seersucker shorts. It also means the prospect of summer flings -- and a new wedding taking over all of your social media every single weekend. No, actually -- every. weekend.

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If you're crushing on someone, these songs are a great celebration of that exciting "I think I like you" feeling. Press play and smile along!

 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

{THROWBACK} "how will i know"

Let me tell you, it was so hard to wait all the way until Throwback Thursday to post Sam Smith's incredible cover of our holiness Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know." Sam's incredible falsetto adds such a hauntingly beautiful quality to this classic -- we're obsessed.


And, of course, the original just can't be beat.



See also: "How Will I Know" by POP ETC.

And also: a complete documentation of our favorite lady.

{THROWBACK} "all night long"

TIOJ favorite Penguin Prison is back with an amazing updated cover of Lionel Ritchie's "All Night Long" that's making us wish it was Friday already.



And the original is all of its Lionel Ritchie glory:

{RECAP} lake street dive

On Tuesday night, I hopped over to the 9:30 Club to check out interview albums Lake Street Dive. After Kristen's rave review of their show at The Hamilton, I was so excited to check these guys out for myself and they did not disappoint. From the get go, the band had an approachable air that put you right at ease as they strolled out to "What's New Pussycat?"

The crowd was immediately taken by lead singer Rachel and her stunning voice and equally perfect hair. I was instantly charmed during "Clear A Space" that had me craving a backyard dance party with this fun bunch.



The band continued to play a great mix of old hits, songs from their newly released album Bad Self Portraits, and new songs that they were trying out. What was most impressive was that each song was literally written by a different member of the band. I don't think I've ever seen such a collaborative song-writing experience in a band and the result was impressive. I must admit, I was biased towards upright bass player Bridget because a) she plays the upright bass (bad ass much?) and b) this song.


Besides their hit "You Go Down Smooth" and their awesome covers, I was taken by the hilarious honesty of the title track off their latest album "Bad Self Portraits."



Overall the show was great and I only wish that the DC crowd and at times the band would have been a bit more energetic about this fantastic music.

Next Up: VinoFest on Saturday at Union Market!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

little chief is my jam

Oh my goodness. I have found the perfect band for summer, for lounging outside by the water or by a campfire, for everything. From the loveliest music to the most endearing "about us" page on their website and, perhaps most importantly, that they call themselves and their fans the Tribe (W&M 4eva), I just can't get enough. Think Dawes meets The Head and the Heart meets a little bit of Nashville meets The Lumineers meets Americana wonderfulness.




Find their debut album Lion's Den on Noisetrade now, and do not take these Arkansans out of your musical rotation.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ed sheeran x sam smith

The friendship and admiration that Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith have for each other as incredibly talented young British singers warms my soul to no end. (Sam Smith has nothing on Taylor Swift, IMHO. Although he may need to work on his needlepoint skills...)

Therefore, we would be remiss not to share this incredible video of Ed Sheeran covering Sam Smith's hit "Stay With Me." I can't decide which version I like best, so I will just take two of each, please.



God can you imagine if these two performed together?? The world might implode.

{INTERVIEW} jamestown revival

TIOJ recently had the chance to catch up with Jonathan of Jamestown Revival (who, by the way, are experts at TIOJ awkward pictures!). Check out this interview in which we hear about the story behind Jamestown Revival, favorite states, and dream collaborations.

Listen while you read!



Tell us about yourselves and how Jamestown Revival came to be! 
Zach and I have been friends since the age of 14. We grew up together in the small rural town of Magnolia, Texas. We wrote our first song together at the age of 15. From there, we were roommates in college and continued making music together and we finally came together under an official moniker in February of 2011. We actually made the decision to seriously pursue Jamestown Revival after a weekend of writing songs together out on my family’s land in Huntsville, TX.

You recorded your album Utah in the wilderness of Utah -- what was that experience like/do you feel that the environment directly impacted how the album turned out? 
That experience was one that we will always cherish. We got to lock ourselves away up in the mountains and focus completely on one thing: making music. The atmosphere definitely influenced the sound. The fact that we didn’t even record in a studio gave it an inherently raw and ‘live’ sound. That, coupled with the fact that we recorded the whole thing live to tape in the same room gave it a very roomy and natural vibe. The setting was beautiful, and we really tried to incorporate that in to the album. In the beginning of Heavy Heart, those birds you hear were actually recorded from the back porch of the cabin one morning after we’d stayed up all night tracking. When I listen back to the album, it’s those types of things that really bring me right back to that cabin.

photo by josh franer
You also have a song called "California." Do you have a favorite state? Why? 
I’m going to answer that diplomatically and say that I have Texas running through my blood, and California running through my heart. Texas is home, but I will be forever grateful and fond of the Golden State for everything she gave us; inspirationally and otherwise.

Click ahead for Jamestown Revival's campfire style and more!

Monday, June 23, 2014

attention all garden state soundtrack lovers!

Breaking(ish) news for all you lovers of Garden State and its magically wonderful soundtrack: Zach Braff is finally back with a new movie Wish I Was Here and equally impressive soundtrack! Not only does the movie look incredible, but the soundtrack featuring Bon Iver, Hozier, The Shins, and more is no doubt going to have an equally impressive impact as the formative soundtrack to Garden State did on our musical development.

Check out the trailer below featuring a new song "So Now What" by The Shins -- because what is a Zach Braff movie without The Shins (and a Turk cameo)??



The movie comes out July 18 and the soundtrack will be out July 15! (via NPR)

titus jones is a mashup monday miracle

What better way is there to start off Monday than with some desk-dancing-ready mashups for our new discovery Titus Jones! Betty Who tweeted about this guy over his latest mashup featuring her smash "Somebody Loves You" AND Calvin Harris' additive "Summer" AND Whitney Houston's classic and TIOJ theme-song "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." In sum, this song is our TIOJ happy place.



Keep jamming to Titus' summer-ready mashups with this jam featuring "Pumpkin Blood," "I Love It," "Summertime Sadness," and more!



Keep jamming to these summer-perfect mashups on Soundcloud!

caleb hawley is my jam

I am so thankful for Noisetrade for bringing Caleb Hawley back onto my radar this week. He's been in the recesses of my brain (a very scary place, I must admit) for a while -- I saw Caleb perform in the fall of 2012 at Ebenezer's Coffeehouse -- and I remember being so charmed by his wit and voice and demeanor. But thanks to Noisetrade, he's back to the forefront of my mind, and I won't hide him from you any longer.

You must go check out Caleb for yourself. He's a singer-songwriter with eclectic influences and is be likened to artists like Aloe Blacc and Bruno Mars, so there's definitely a little soul mixed in there. And when I saw him, he sang LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It." LMFAO, my friends, is never in the back of my brain.



My favorite by him is "Little Miss Sunshine" -- it's such a happy, positive message and song:



Check out Caleb's music on Noisetrade while you can!

Friday, June 20, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy weekend, TIOJ! We hope that you have a sun-filled and wonderful weekend in store, whether you're at Firefly Festival, hanging around DC, or anywhere that your adventures take you!

Your Weekend Jam: JUUN paired up with the unstoppable Sam Smith for the fabulous “When It’s Alright” that’s the perfect jam to fuel your energy this Friday.



TIOJ Thoughts:

Bored waiting for US to play again? Take NPR’s 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz!

I know the pain of being surrounded by tall concert-goers all too well…

How is Hey Dude 25 years old??

Free! Electronic favorites Anamanaguchi just put out a new sunshine-y single for free! Listen and download "Pop It" via Soundcloud below!



DC Happenings: DCist is putting on another free show at The Lot on Saturday night! Get the deets here!

And in case you missed it: If you're a fan of MS MR or Lana Del Ray, you must take a listen to Noosa -- you'll love her!

new music roundup!

Good news! We've got a hefty serving of new music from some of our favorite acts coming your way. Your musical snack is served below, enjoy!

"Hunger Of The Pine" - alt-J
Krista is DYING of happiness over the first release off of alt-J's forthcoming and much-anticipated sophomore album. The song is just as wonderful in that creepy sexy vibe only alt-J can pull off. Bonus points for the surprisingly perfect sampling of Miley Cyrus' "4x4" in this jam.



"Forgiveness" - St. Lucia
To celebrate the success of their debut album, St. Lucia is releasing a deluxe edition of When The Night that includes THREE new songs including "Forgiveness." This track has the same tropical, dance-ready pop vibes that we love from this band.



"Tough Love" - Jessie Ware
British songstress Jessie Ware and her gorgeous voice are back with an obviously wonderful track. I forgot how much I've missed her music in my life...



"We're Making Friends" - The Black and White Years
We fell in love with their song of unrequited love, and this latest release from The Black and White Years is just as catchy and wonderful.



"Excuses" - Run River North
With this new jam from If You Like alumni Run River North, we have no excuse not to listen more often. This video is for their first single off their debut album, due out this fall!



What new music have you been listening to??

{PLAYLIST} firefly festival 2014

As Firefly Festival, TIOJ's favorite and most local festival, takes place this weekend, we're living vicariously through Concert Correspondent Jurg as she takes on the now FOUR-day extravaganza of bands upon bands upon bands. Be sure to check out Jurg's previews of the weekend (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday!), and if you're in Dover this weekend, take a rest in the hammocks for us.

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After your much-needed nap in the hammocks, be sure to check out these wonderful bands:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

{THROWBACK} "blister in the sun"

I went on a mini solo road trip last week down to the beach, and in repeatedly scanning radio stations in my rental car, I found a wonderful radio station that provided a whole host of TIOJ-approved tunes. One such jam was The Violent Femmes' summer classic "Blister in the Sun," which I have discovered I cannot sit still while listening.

But before you imagine coordinated dancing, please reconstruct that mental image to awkward spazzing, made even better by being restrained by a seat belt.

{THROWBACK} "sexual healing"

Have you all seen Chef yet? This film from Jon Favreau is fabulous and the perfect feel good movie for summer. Plus, the entire film has an incredible soundtrack -- my mom and I pretty much salsa danced out of the theater. One of the most fun musical moments in the film is a singalong to Hot 8 Brass Band's cover of "Sexual Healing." Never has "I'm hot just like an oven" felt so apropos.



And the original in all of Marvin Gaye's glory...



Listen to the entire Chef soundtrack on Spotify!

{PREVIEW} vinofest 2014

As we announced last week, there's a FABULOUS event just around the corner that's about to take over the foodie-friendly Union Market area in NE DC next week. VinoFest will showcase a wonderful array of vino and music (both local and national/international!) along with great food, activities, and charity engagement.

To get excited for the festival, we've decided to flex our (wannabe) sommelier muscles and do a quick wine pairing between the wines and musical acts that will be featured at VinoFest.

Ruffino Processco & Thievery Corporation
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The smooth, sensual, and clean music of Thievery Corporation pairs nicely with the "crisp, clean, and delicate" sensation of this bubbly processco. A glass of this processco will be offered to all who attend VinoFest, much like the accessibility of Eric Hilton's DC-based Thievery Corporation who are available to locals when you happen to find yourself in the right place at the right time.



Click ahead for the rest of our band/wine pairings!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

{PREVIEW} firefly festival 2014: sunday

Firefly Festival starts TOMORROW and before she makes the trek to Delaware our Concert Correspondent Jurg is here to share what she's most looking forward to this year day by day. Last but certainly not least, Sunday!

I'm Excited for: Misterwives, Cherub, Childish Gambino

Misterwives - They've been all over the place, don't want to miss these infectious tunes!

Childish Gambino - TROY BARNES. That is all.

Cherub - These fellows recently put out a music video for "Doses and Mimosas" that is super bizarre (and NSFW). I just imagine their life show must be...an experience.



Deciding Between: Dan Croll and Vance Joy
Here's hoping we have enough energy left (DAY 4!) to make it to either of these 12:30 sets!

Dan Croll - A 2014 TIOJ Musician to Watch!

Vance Joy - This Australian really tugs at the heartstrings and I cannot wait to hear "Rip Tide" live.



Have fun tomorrow, Jurg!!

the morrison brothers band is my jam

Officially in the rotation for my summer playlist is The Morrison Brothers Band. It has been well documented that I am powerless before a band comprised of brothers (and this band has not one but two sets of sibs!), and when they sing about whiskey, I'm just done. "Little Miss Whiskey," you are my jam.


DC! These guys are local (just another reason they're my kindred spirits) and they're playing all over the DMV and surrounding states in the coming weeks -- including at the 9:30 Club on July 11! Put them on your calendar now!

this OK Go music video is insane

The Internets are abuzz with talk about OK Go's latest music video for "The Writing's On the Wall," and I must say, I absolutely understand why. This is the coolest, trippiest optical illusion, and  these fellas filmed in one shot -- and it is so so so cool and impressive and baller. Check it:

{FEAT. FEATURE} dan tyminski

This edition of {FEAT. FEATURE} came to us from friend of TIOJ Allison who recently saw Allison Krauss and Union Station in Louisville and was excited to realize that the familiar voice on Avicii's hit "Hey Brother" is member of Krauss' band Dan Tyminski. 



Dan has been around for a while and has put out a number of solo bluegrass records. You may also recognize Dan's voice from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Whether you've seen the movie or not, this live version of "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" is totally worth a listen if you're in the mood from some bluegrass.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

{PREVIEW} firefly festival 2014: saturday

Firefly Festival is in TWO DAYS and our bandanna-loving Concert Correspondent Jurg is here to share what she's most looking forward to this year day by day. Today, we're checking out Saturday's lineup!

I'm Excited For: Geographer, Lucius, Boy & Bear, Outkast

Geographer - After their awesome set opening for Tokyo Police Club, I'm excited to see them bust out that saxophone in the Woodlands.

Lucius - These ladies and their harmonies have been at the top of my must-see list for some time.

Boy & Bear - They're playing opposite Imagine Dragons and Tune-Yards, so this should be a nice intimate set, complete with their charming Aussie banter.

Outkast - Gotta check out these guys as they make their way around the festival circuit!



Deciding Between: Sleigh Bells, Tegan & Sara, Beck

Sleigh Bells - Singer Alexis is my personal music girl crush, and their noise-pop is a head-banging good time.

Tegan & Sara - Their "Closer" music video with the puppies is fantastic. I'm not sure what else to even say, other than I'm pretty sure we would be friends in real life.



Beck - A great chance to hear recently (ish) released "Morning Phase." Definitely a great option if you need a break before the late night sets.

ooo baby, i'm in love with this lana del rey cover

Leave it to James Vincent McMorrow to come out with another wonderful cover. This time, he sings Lana Del Rey's recent release "West Coast" and, as expected, perfectly showcases his gorgeous falsetto.

Watch below and keep listening for a quick interview from James about his new album (which we witnessed live and is still the best show we've seen this year!).



Related: JVM covers "Higher Love" // JVM covers "Someone Like You" // JVM covers "Whip My Hair"

{IF YOU LIKE} ms mr, lana del rey

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If you like the sultry vocals of Lana Del Rey or the hauntingly cool sounds of MS MR, then you must check out Noosa. You may remember her from her feature on Ghost Beach's "Close Enough" but this Long Island songstress is totally making her name for herself with her latest EP Wonderland. Check out her hit "Clocktower" and fall in love below!



Listen to her entire Wonderland EP on Soundcloud!

Monday, June 16, 2014

{PREVIEW} firefly festival 2014: friday

Firefly Festival is THIS WEEK and our fearless festival-loving Concert Correspondent Jurg is here to share what she's most looking forward to this year day by day. Today, we're checking out Friday's lineup!

I'm Excited For: Hunter Hunted, Bleachers, A-Trak

Hunter Hunted - These former UCLA a cappella kids had better have some good showmanship, and bands who appreciate great harmonies are always high on my list.



Bleachers - I have had "Shadow" and "I Wanna Get Better" on repeat for the last few months. Super excited to see what else Jack Antonoff (of fun.) has to show!

A-Trak - Honestly I'm just excited that this fellow is the brother of 1/2 of Chromeo, but the fact that he was Kanye's touring DJ means this should be a stellar set.

Deciding Between: Vic Mensa, Magic Man, and Ghost Beach

This is a cruel overlapping of dancing opportunities.

Vic Mensa - Melodic hip hop + a possible guest appearance by frequent collaborator Chance the Rapper.



Magic Man - High energy, synth pop. Tour buddies with TIOJ fave Walk the Moon.

Ghost Beach - Frequent visitors to DC, these guys rarely disappoint.

{RECAP} sylvan esso, tUnE-yArDs

Good gravy have we been on a good concert roll lately! This streak was capped off after Saturday's show at 9:30 Club with Sylvan Esso and tUnE-yArDs.

Sylvan Esso kicked off the early Saturday evening show and I was quickly blown away by the size of their crowd. No longer was I the only one dancing as they opened with their addicting hit "Hey Mami" and I couldn't have been more excited. The larger and enthusiastic crowd completely energized the duo as they gave their best performance I've seen. Even the 9:30 club bartenders were dancing along.


I was fascinated by producer Nick throughout the set as he was so quick and adept at creating the beats and manipulating Amelia's vocals live throughout their performance. I especially enjoyed the songs in which he, albeit briefly, added his vocals to add a layer of intimacy to songs like "Dreamy Bruises" and "Coffee." The other highlight of the set was that my wish of having a hipster dancing party to "H.S.K.T." came true as the band and the crowd got so into this song that included a solid minute live dance break.

Click ahead for tUnE-yArDs!!

{GIVEAWAY} vacationer @ rock & roll hotel

We could not be more excited to give away a pair of tickets to see Vacationer, the ultimate summer-y band, when they hit up Rock & Roll Hotel on June 24 as they celebrate the release of their new album, Relief. You do not want to miss out on a relaxingly wonderful groovefest from our most favorite interviewees to date.

Take a listen to one of their newest jams, "Lay in the Grass," and then get clicking!



Enter to win via the Rafflecopter below, and if you just can't wait, you can buy your tickets here!

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

{RECAP} curtis harding

On Thursday night, after listening to his album on repeat all week, I had the chance to catch Curtis Harding at DC9. Before the show even started, it was evident that we were in the presence of some serious cool from the ensembles and aura of the entire band.

Curtis kicked things right off, letting his soulful vocals shine as he played through his album Soul Power. I was delighted to hear my most recent life theme song "Next Time" and he continued to impress with tracks like "Cast Away" and "Heavens On The Other Side." Bonus points must be awarded to his great band, specifically the tall-drink-of-water trumpeter.


The lyrics to each of Curtis' songs sucked you right in their with story -- whether contemplative or optimistic -- and left me in such a wonderful mood. I highly recommend treating yourself to some Soul Power when you need some time alone to forget your worries and take a moment to just enjoy music.



Props to Molly at DC9 for putting this show on our radar!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

{WATCH} oddisee inteview

We're so thankful that Caleb put DC MC-producer Oddissee on our radar. Check out this interview with Oddisee below as he explains how he got into the game and where he draws his inspiration. He's definitely a talent to keep on your radar!



Now that you know Oddisee, check out his video for "Own Appeal," which provides further insight into his inspiration (and is shot in Chicago!).



And becaue I'm a sucker for anything featuring Bon Iver, listen to "Paralyzed":

Friday, June 13, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday ya cuties!! We're so ready for a relaxing by the seaside/poolside filled with girl talk, good music, and lots of sunscreen. We hope you have lovely plans as well and enjoy some of these thoughts and jams to kick off your weekend!

Your Weekend Jam: DC producer Lightwaves is at it again with the incredibly catchy remix to Great Good Fine Ok’s “Not Going Home.” I think we found our poolside toe-tapping theme for the weekend...



TIOJ Thoughts:

Ghost Beach is coming to DC next week and Tunespeak is giving away tickets to the show AND their latest album! Enter here!

The 11 types of assholes at music festivals -- just in time for Bonnaroo!

Dreams do come true: Mighty Ducks 4 might actually be a real thing.

If Dr. Seuss books were about Kanye West

Free! Colbie Caillat is back at it with her new single "Try" available for free on iTunes.

DC Happenings: U Street Music Hall is putting on their very own music festival Union BBQ this weekend at Union Market! Get more info and tickets here!

And in case you missed it: We interviewed Night Terrors of 1927 about their mysterious debut, upcoming album, and more!

And! We're giving away tickets to VinoFest and Union Market -- enter here!!

{PREVIEW} firefly festival 2014: thursday

Firefly Festival is back with a vengeance (and an extra day!) for its third year taking over the Speedway in Dover, DE. Our fearless festival-loving Concert Correspondent Jurg is here to share what she's most looking forward to this year day by day.

In honor of ONE WEEK until that ordeal, here's a little preview of the bands that (I hope) will make the sweaty tent life worth it. One day at a time.

First up, Thursday! Thursday is a light schedule, presumably because a lot of people won't get to Dover until Friday. The pregame for the rest of the weekend, if you will.

I'm Excited For: John & Jacob and San Fermin

John & Jacob - Upbeat folk music that will be the perfect kick-off set. Check out "Be My Girl":



San Fermin - My favorite concert of 2014 thus far. Rich, full sound, deep-voiced singer, what else is needed? Fingers crossed for the ladies of Lucius making an appearance (they provide the female vocals on the album)!

Deciding Between: RAC and Local Natives

RAC - Remixes of songs by some of my favorites (Kele, Penguin Prison, Tegan and Sara + SO MANY others)!

Local Natives - I've never seen these guys, and have heard nothing but stellar reviews of their live shows.



Stay tuned for more Firefly preview coverage next week!

{PLAYLIST} bonnaroo 2014

Another week, another festival! Although Bonnaroo is one of the festivals we have a hard time getting behind -- we're incredibly torn between our immense love of bands and festivals and incredible sets... and showers. Yeah, showers are just that important to us, which is why we've never ventured down to Manchester, Tennessee.

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BUT. If we were brave enough to hit up Bonnaroo (maybe one of these years), we'd be doing our best to see these fantastic acts:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

{GIVEAWAY} vinofest!!

If there is anything we love more than music, it might just be wine. Lucky for us, the inaugural VinoFest, taking place June 28, is combining these two loves at one of our most favorite spots in DC: Union Market. The event will feature performances from Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton, TIOJ favorites Body Language, and more! PLUS, lots of wine tasting, art, charity contributions, AND the glorious food from Union Market.


The event is pretty much our dream come true, so to celebrate, we're giving back to you fellow music lovers and wine drinkers by giving away one pair of tickets to the event! Enter via rafflecopter below or buy tickets here (or on Living Social!) and stay tuned for more on VinoFest!

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{RECAP} PAPA, cayucas

On Monday night, Spring Concert Correspondent Elizabeth and I ventured to Rock & Roll Hotel to catch PAPA and Cayucas. While we came for Cayucas, PAPA completely blew us away from the get go. First off, the lead singer is ALSO the drummer. I have never in my hundreds of concerts seen this before and it was amazing. PAPA’s set was the perfect balance of new indie rock with obvious and wonderful influences by some of our favorite bands. In particular, their newest song "I'm Not Sorry" had a great Talking Heads feel to it.



Besides being blown away by their music, Elizabeth and I also very much enjoyed yelling out “PAPA” in various voices between each song (The Little Princess cry of “papaaaa” was my particular specialty, for the record.)

Cayucas was up next and completely lived up to the beachy, California-dreamin’ vibe that with which we associate them. They came on stage to a great, hip-shaking latin beat and kicked things right off with their hit “Cayucos.” Their beach-ready songs and carefree vocalizations (seriously, I will never get enough “oh-e-oh-e-oh” in my life) made for a super enjoyable set perfect for summertime. Honestly, it almost felt wrong to not be in a bikini and barefoot while enjoying their set. Next time…



Highlights of their set included a new jam about Northern California (with lots of “Hellas” as Northern Californians are known to do) and their amazing jam (before they were Cayucas!) “High School Lover,” which just so happens to be about an Elizabeth tehehe.

Next Up: IYL favorite Curtis Harding at DC9 tonight!

{THROWBACK} "frontin'"

Ho-ly shit. I just about died when I discovered that Disclosure reworked Pharrell's 2003 hit "Frontin'." "Frontin'" is quite possibly one of my favorite songs of all time (evidence) so this electronic re-work of the original jam is a welcome addition to my listening agenda.



I appreciate Disclosure paying homage to the jam, but nothing can touch the original in my opinion.

{THROWBACK} "take me home tonight"

We, the ladies of This Is Our Jam, do not hide our love of Wawa (uh, why would we?). As the most hoppin' place in proximity of our beloved College of William and Mary, we have had our share of coffee, sandwiches (or hoagies, as I've learned you're required to call them in the Pennsylvania region), and macaroni and cheese from the Wa. And because I am privileged enough to live in an apartment that is literally attached to the greatest place on earth, I have had an excellent year experiencing Wawa's 50th anniversary.

Part of that celebration has been the incredible soundtrack that is constantly being played. The other day I heard Eddie Money's "Take Me Home Tonight," and it was quite possibly the best flashback to college that I've had in a good while.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

{ALBUM REVIEW} sylvan esso

If you're a longtime reader of TIOJ, you'll know that Sylvan Esso is one of our most favorite up-and-coming bands. We've been dying for a full length album from the duo and recently our wishes were granted with their first self-titled LP. As we expected, the album is a great representation of the bands fresh and sexy synth pop and impossibly cool style. 

Come For: "Hey Mami"
We immediately fell in love with this song -- it's clever lyrics and addicting beat cannot be denied.



Stay Because Of: "Dreamy Bruises" and "Dress"
There were so many songs on this album that we've seen live, but haven't been able to listen to until now. The addicting chorus to "Dreamy Bruises" during which you can't help but swivel your hips (maybe that's just me...) and the similar sexy beat of "Dress" are completely captivating.

Watch this live performance of "Dreamy Bruises" to check out the awesome chemistry between Nick and Amelia and see you for yourself how Nick adeptly manipulates Amelia's vocals.




Take A Bathroom Break During: "H.S.K.T."
This song, a hipster take on heads, shoulders, knees, and toes, is great but not my favorite off the album. It's a good time to take a break unless you happen to be an epic indie house party where the crowd performs a dance to this jam. (Now that I've imagined that, I must make it happen...)


Listen To While: I've listened to this album on runs and at work. Songs like "Coffee"and "Could I Be" have awesome beats to keep you moving while others like "Wolf" and "Come Down" are a bit calmer, beautiful, and perfect for being introspective and/or snuggly. (Options!) 




Check It Out For Yourself: Stream the album on Spotify and purchase this puppy on iTunes.

DC! Sylvan Esso will be opening for tUne-yArDs at the 9:30 Club on Friday and Saturday night! Tickets are sold out, but get to Craigslist stalking!

judith hill is my jam

Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom has been one of the best movies I've watched in a while. Not only did the doumentary recount this history of music and back-up singing,  but it also introduced me to up and coming singer Judith Hill. Judith was Michael Jackson's main back-up singer right before his untimely death before the start of his This Is It tour.



Her voice is incredible and I hope to hear many more solo performances from this unbelievably talented musician.



Plus, she likes to sing in the car so we're automatically soul mates.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

finish ticket is my jam

Not going to lie, a huge part of the reason I was transfixed on the music video for Finish Ticket's "Tranquilized" is that I saw a pair of pointe shoes. What can I say, it's in my being.

And the song isn't too shabby either.

{INTERVIEW} night terrors of 1927

TIOJ had the pleasure to catch Night Terrors of 1927 before their show a few weeks ago at The NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia. It was an awesome experience to chat with Blake Sennett and Jarrod Gorbel about how they came together, how they view NTO 1927, and so much more.

Listen while you read:


Tell us about yourselves! How did you find each other and your sound?
Blake: We had come out of bands (Rilo Kiley and The Honorary Title) and I think we found ourselves in the “no bands for a while!” place. Jarrod had just moved to LA and, when we had last seen each other, I had produced his solo record. When he arrived, he called me and said, “Wanna write some songs? With no particular goal in mind, let’s just write some jams for the sake of it.” One of our managers suggested we put one online, and we were like, “Boy, if we put one online, we better have a name for it.” We came up with our name and people liked the song online, and it was “critically acclaimed.”

It seemed like a new age -- instead of playing shows, you put a song online and enough people click the thumbs up, and you’re like, “Oh, we should do some more songs.” Next thing you know, we have enough songs, and the next logical step was to have some shows. So we put a band together and here we are.

When you guys first released “Dust and Bones,” you came off as super mysterious. Was that a premeditated decision?
B: Yeah, since we were working within the opportunities that the digital age offers you, we wanted to take full advantage of that and just put it out and say, “This is the music and nothing else.” We didn’t think it sounded like either of our prior bands, so we didn’t want people to think of those bands and then give it a listen, but [rather] just hear it with a fresh perspective.

night terrors of 1927 -- blake and jarrod 
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How did you translate your experience in past bands to the creation of this record? Was it a conscious effort to sound like one thing versus the other?
B: When Jarrod came to my house, it was kind of like he was running the party -- “I want it to sound totally different from anything I’ve ever done. I want it to be beats…” And I was like, “Oh cool, like a hip hop groove or something like this…” And that’s kind of what started it.

Click ahead for more!!

Monday, June 9, 2014

"used to be the shit" is my shit

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a band who's named their forthcoming album Cruel Runnings would put out a song with the straightforward title of "Used To Be The Shit." As one would expect (and hope), this song actually is the shit. Miniature Tigers employs their catchy synth-pop and witty lyrics to talk through the slow dissolution of a relationship.

Enjoy and keep your ears open for the gem of a line that is: "our love was warm like a VHS tape of Aladdin." 

{GIVEAWAY} kelis @ 9:30 club

Another week, another giveaway! This week, we're giving away a pair of tickets to see Kelis at the 9:30 Club on Sunday, June 15. Far more than the artist whose milkshake brought all the boys to the yard way back in the day, Kelis' set at SXSW was the talk of the town -- this is not a show to miss.


Give "Rumble," Kelis' latest jam, a listen, and enter below! (And if you're feeling really adventurous, bring your papa along to celebrate Father's Day!)



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And as always, if you just can't wait to see if you win, you can always buy tickets to this show here.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

{WATCH} ms mr pre-coachella interview

Power pop duo MS MR is one of the coolest bands on the scene right now. This interview and following live performance by the band before their performance at Coachella a few weeks back is insightful, beautiful, and making us toy with the idea of dying our hair pink...

Start with this interview with Lizzy and Max:



And swoon over this subdued version of "Hurricane" -- the song that made us fall in love with the band way back when.



DC! MS MR is coming to the 9:30 Club -- grab your tickets to their show on June 10 here!

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Friday, June 6, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy weekend, TIOJ! If you're in New York, we implore you to check out Governors Ball. If you're in DC, we'll see you out and about!!

Your Weekend Jam: The boys of PLOY are back with the most perfect weekend-ready and dancy party of jam, “Sunset Love.” Weekend soundtrack, yes please.



TIOJ Thoughts

Loving Turntable Kitchen’s latest “Served Three Ways” column featuring three awesome covers of “Heartbeats” by The Knife.

Another reason to love NPR: staffers have thought of some pretty buzzy names for the beehives they keep on the roof of their NoMa office.

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: Shailene Woodley is an odd duck. (But this feature on her is fascinating.)

50 Cent should not be any baseball general manager’s next signing  … but he does know what a grapefruit is.

Free! Music For Ants is back with another fabulous seasonal mix -- download their Summer mix featuring Tennis, Chrome, St. Lucia, and more!!

DC Happenings: In the mood to learn more about the history of DC music? Then be sure to catch a screening of the new documentary Punk the Capital at Black Cat on Tuesday night!

And in case you missed it: Calling on all Aloe Blacc and Cee Lo Green fans to check out Curtis Harding!

a song for wedding season

I don't know about you guys, but wedding season has begun in TIOJ land! This means plenty of champagne, pretty dresses, sobbing to "At Last" (just me?), and, of course, wonderful music. To celebrate the start of wedding season, we have to share "Wedding Day," from Break Line. Break Line is the side project of Yeasayer's Anand Wilder and, like Yeasayer, this song is just amazing.

The song is cheery and justly celebratory -- the perfect folk-tinged jam to get you excited for wedding season. Enjoy!

{PLAYLIST} governors ball 2014

If you're in the proximity of New York this weekend and aren't going to the annual Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall's Island, well, we don't really know what to do with you. If you are going to this incredible three-day festival, we are incredibly jealous of your good fortune and are longing to be jamming out in the sun with you.

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If we were going up to Governors Ball this weekend, we would do our darnedest to see these amazing acts:

Thursday, June 5, 2014

{THROWBACK} arthur

As if Chance the Rapper wasn't already our favorite, he recently covered the theme song to Arthur, our favorite TV show about aardvarks, at Sasquatch music festival. His cover is actually amazing. His voice sounds great and really reinforces how positive and wonderful Arthur and his whole gang were.



While we're on the topic of Arthur... here's my favorite song from the show that I get stuck in my head too often than I'd care to admit.

{THROWBACK} "jolene"

Covering one of the most beautiful songs ever is a pretty tough challenge, but Those Darlins do that and more in their cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," part of A.V. Club's series Pioneering. They go with a slightly heavier take on this beautiful song, and Those Darlins' discussion of Dolly and "Jolene" is just as powerful as their cover.




And because today is Throwback Thursday:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

ps22 does "all of me"

It's high time we share some tunes from our favorite kiddos in New York -- and according to their blog, this latest release was done totally at their request. As if John Legend's "All of Me" didn't squeeze your heart until it was about to explode on its own... now add in these lovely kiddos.

"all white everything" vs. "all black everything"

Time for another game of compare and contrast! Today we've got two very different, yet equally awesome songs: JJ"s "All White Everything" and Lupe Fiasco's "All Black Everything."

Swedish group JJ's latest release "All White Everything" has been blowing up on the blogosphere and with good reason. As Swedes are apt to do, this song is complex and yet simply beautiful. The vocals on this track are gorgeously eery as the song proceeds along a bittersweet track, becoming more complex as the relationship referenced in the lyrics seems to become more complicated. It's truly an enchanting song that is worth an eyes-closed, no-distractions listen.



In contrast, Lupe Fiasco's song is his catchy brand of hip hop with astute cultural commentary. While his jam doesn't have the same eery calmness and complexity of its counterpart, it too is worthy of a no-distractions listen so that you can truly appreciate the history and commentary that Lupe weaves into his lyrics.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

chuck bass (no, not that one) is my jam

I was scouring through my email over the weekend and noticed an email about Chuck Bass. Being the young adult female that I am, my mind immediately went to Gossip Girl and I had to click on it. To my surprise, Chuck Bass is an East Coast rapper and I'm completely into his music. Hope there's not a stand off between these two...

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I'm not sure that Gossip Girl's Chuck Bass would be caught rocking out to this music (perhaps only in the comfort of his penthouse suite...), but I certainly have no problem with it. Chuck's EP The Cool Life is great from start to finish and is the type of hip hop that should be popular right now and not the uninspired ish that's on the radio right now (Jason Derulo's "Wiggle" -- I'm looking at you).



Listen and download the entire EP for free on Soundcloud!

{IF YOU LIKE} aloe blacc, cee lo green

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If you like the soulful voice of Aloe Blacc or the carefree music-loving spirit of CeeLo Green, then you MUST listen to Curtis Harding. This Atlanta singer has that fresh, genuine voice we crave, and we can't get enough of his optimistic song and perfectly kooky music video for "Keep On Shining."



Our hands down favorite of his is "Next Time," which is so honest, bittersweet, and beautiful. (Fair warning -- this video has a Scout-Willis-approved amount of nippleage... tasteful but probs NSFW.)



DC! Curtis Harding will be playing at DC9 next Thursday -- get your tickets here!

Monday, June 2, 2014

new music roundup!

It's that time again... here are the latest releases from some of our favorite artists!

"Jealou$y" - The Neighbourhood (feat. Casey Veggies & 100s)
The Neighbourhood wooed us with their hit "Sweater Weather" and they're taking a new (TIOJ-approved) direction with their latest hit featuring rappers Casey Veggies and 100s. Sultry R&B + rap + a saxophone solo... color us obsessed.



"Wolves" - Digitalism (feat. Youngblood Hawke) (RAC Mix)
RAC is at it again -- introducing us to a song that skipped our radar with his addictive toe-tapping remix.



Click ahead for more new jams!

{GIVEAWAY} the knocks & ASTR @ the 9:30 club

The Knocks are coming back to DC, TIOJers, and we have your ticket hook up right here! Enter to win two tickets to the show and you can be dancing with the DJ (and the band!) at the 9:30 Club on June 16. The Knocks are so infectious when they perform live and their show is a can't-miss.


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If you're like us and you just can't take a chance and miss out on this show, take the plunge and get your tickets here! You won't regret it.

an a cappella "skinny love" cover for your morning

Leave it to my college-aged sister to keep me in the loop with all the amazing college a cappella out there. She made my weekend (and made me pine for late nights listening to a cappella in college) after sharing this gorgeous rendition of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love" by Michigan's G-Men.



If you want some more a cappella (looking at you, Kristen), you must listen to Notre Dame's Undertones performing Ed Sheeran's "Give Me Love."
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