Friday, October 31, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy Halloween AND Happy Friday! Is this the best weekend ever or what? Grab a bucket of candy corn and get clicking on some of our favorite links and jams to kick off your spooky scary weekend!

Your Weekend Jam: Golden Pony put out another perfect remix just in time for Halloween. Rock out to their remix of “Psycho Killer” by The Talking Heads as you throw your costume on tonight!

TIOJ Thoughts:

Pairing Halloween candy with favorite wines -- important for tonight, and even more so when all the candy goes on sale tomorrow!!

Need a pre-game while you get ready for Halloween party hopping? Tune in to the live stream at 6pm of “Hall-o-ween & Oates” featuring, you guessed it, Hall & Oates.

Mid-term elections are Tuesday… #TURNOUTFORWHAT

Bob Boilen’s CMJ faves are pretty on point with TIOJ’s favorites… #BFF

Some Ed Sheeran fan art…

Free! Download Birthday Boy’s remix of Beyonce’s “Party” for your Halloween party soundtrack!

DC Happenings: DC Music Download put together a list of all the creepy concerts going down tonight in the District!

And in case you missed it: If you like Matt Hires or Jason Isbell, check out Sean McConnell!

And! Our favorite new discoveries from CMJ last weekend!

{PLAYLIST} halloween 2014

Happy Halloweeeeeen, you halloweenies! We love this spooky scary holiday around these parts (as evidenced by our Halloweens of past, found here and here and here), and this year is no different. But what is different is that we're narrowing our focus to just wolves. Move over, skeletons -- when it comes to Halloween creatures, wolves just may be the spookiest.

Press play below for some wolf-inspired jams, including the classic "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah":

Thursday, October 30, 2014

{PLAYLIST} best of october 2014

October was a busy one for us! With the changing of the leaves came new music and new concert correspondents in our life. In October, we:
some october favorites from instagram
And in October, we jammed to:

"Take Me Back" - Paperwhite
We may have missed this duo at CMJ, but we cannot get enough of the few songs they've released.
"Reckless Love" - Sean McConnell
When someone sounds like Jason Isbell and Matt Hires, you know I'll love him.
"Flashed Junk Mind" - Milky Chance
This has been a fall favorite that we've been craving almost as much as PSLs this month.
"Nowhere to Run" - My Brothers and I 
Brother band = automatic love.
"One More" - Elliphant, MØ
Whenever I've needed an extra dose of "cool" this month, this song did the trick.
"Rolling in the Deep" - Aretha Franklin
Oh me, oh my, I just cannot get over this cover.
"Warm Foothills" - Alt-J
This beautiful jam off Alt-J's latest album is too beautiful and calming
"Billie Jean" - The Civil Wars
One of my favoritest covers. Ever.
"Awakening"- Aurora
This 17-year-old Norwegian took us by wonderful surprise at CMJ and we can't wait to hear more from her!
"Crazy" - Nashville Cast
Favorite song ever. And this cover by Juliette Barnes is incredible.

{THROWBACK} "i put a spell on you"

Happy (almost) Halloween you goblins and ghouls!

Did you guys know that She & Him did a cover of this song?? No? Me either! Until now...

a comment on the new one direction video for "steal my girl"

The other day I received the following gchat from Kristen:

Kristen: swear to god, and this is a sentence i never thought i'd type before, but i think the sumo wrestler we met is in the new one direction video

Turns out, she's totally correct! The sumo wrestler we met years ago at sushi and sake event at Living Social's 918 F Street (RIP) stars in the new, ever so ridiculous One Direction video "directed" by non other than Danny DeVito. Watch the video below then click ahead to see the photographic evidence!

Click ahead for confirmation that we are now only one degree of separation from these boys.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

{RECAP} cmj music marathon 2014

Last weekend, TIOJ checked a new festival off our bucket list: CMJ Music Marathon. CMJ follows a similar format to South by Southwest with a less "cluster fucky" feel; it is held for five days amongst a bunch of venues across the Lower East Side and Brooklyn up in New York City. CMJ is the place where indie bands get discovered. The indie of the indie, if you will. (To give it some perspective, I recognized the names about eight bands out of the 200+ performing)

So it was with that (relative) musical ignorance and a lust for discovering new talent, that Caleb and I hopped on a Megabus and spent last Thursday through Saturday exploring the talents of CMJ. In true TIOJ fashion, we'll recap the festival the only way we know how: superlatives for everyone!

Best All Around: Aurora
If you've been reading TIOJ for a while, you know that we're suckers for Scandinavia and 17-year-old Norwegian Aurora was no exception. We were cranky before her set since there was something amiss during her sound check, but I'll tell ya, I've never forgiven someone quicker than I did Aurora. Her voice was enchanting and her sprightly presence, a mix between Chloë Grace Moretz and Clémence Poésy, impossible to ignore. Her gorgeous voice was complemented by the cinematic sound of her band and Aurora's genuine, humble, and awkwardly wonderful dancing and banter between songs.

Runner Up: Circa Waves
Circa Waves was the only new band we had done research on before CMJ and they certainly lived up to the hype. This band of Brits had so much energy that it was impossible not to head bang along just a little. If you're a lover of indie rock/pop like Tokyo Police Club and The Strokes and need good music to commute/dance in your underwear to, check out Circa Waves. The band is touring with The 1975 so they're definitely ones to put on your radar ASAP!

Album I Need On My iPod, like, Yesterday: Adult Jazz
Sometimes there are bands that you cannot describe, but you feel them and you know what you're feeling is special. Adult Jazz was suprising live as the band members appeared unassuming but then busted out with beautiful, controlled, and deliberate music. At points throughout their set I felt like I was going to cry. I don't even know. I need them in my ear buds always.

Click ahead for more faves!

{IF YOU LIKE} matt hires, jason isbell

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Fans of folksy Americana music rejoice!! If you're a fan of Matt Hires and/or Jason Isbell, put Sean McConnell on your radar ASAP. He's the perfect blend of intriguing vocals, talented guitar playing, and heart-wrenching lyrics. Take a listen to "Bottom of the Sea" and see for yourself:

Plus that beard. I'm also LOVING "Reckless Love."

If you like what you hear, be sure to check out Sean McConnell on Noisetrade!!

i can't get enough of milky chance

Ever since we featured them on our fall playlist, I haven't stopped listening to Milky Chance. "Flashed Junk Mind" and "Stolen Dance" have been all that I crave, along with Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

And just when I thought I couldn't love them more, they went on and put their raspy vocals and relaxed, almost reggae, vibe on Miley Cyrus' hit "Wrecking Ball."

p.s. Milky Chance will be going on tour next Spring -- bookmark your calendars for March 25 in DC!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

{RECAP} rac, penguin prison, SPEAK

We've got another new TIOJ Concert Correspondent to introduce! Meet Drew W. who caught RAC's performance with Penguin Prison and SPEAK on Sunday night at the 9:30 Club with accompanying pictures by our go-to photographer Brian Christensen!

Chances are that at some point you've probably come across a song remixed by RAC, who has done over 200 ranging from interpretations of Lana Del Rey to Chromeo. While remixes are how RAC got its start, they recently released their own solo album earlier this year called Strangers with help from guests such as Alex Ebert (of Edward Sharpe) and St. Lucia. Sunday night at 9:30 Club, RAC played to a full house, mixing in their popular remixes along with their growing collection of original work.

I've now seen RAC play live three times, and each time has been markedly different than the last. The first time was at a basement party where Andre Anjos was DJing, while back in the spring the group debuted their "live show," which included live vocals and instruments mixed in with recordings of their music. This time around Andre and his crew decided to go fully live for every song, including the covers, and overall it was another great performance that had the crowd dancing up a storm, which is what you come to expect from RAC.

The group got things started with a mix of upbeat hits, including their covers of Joywave's "Tongues" and Two Door Cinema Club's "Something Good Can Work." After that, they launched into my personal favorite, "Hollywood." Chris Glover of Penguin Prison, who does the vocals for the song, came out to sing and it was one of the highlights of the night.

Click ahead for the rest of the recap!

new music roundup!

It's that time again -- here are some stellar new tunes from some of TIOJ's favorite musicians!

"I Won't Let You Down" - OK Go
OK Go does it again with a supremely creative and colorful music video that's impressively shot in only one take yet includes arial shots, mini scooters, and hundreds and hundreds of colorful umbrellas. Color us impressed, again.

"Long Way Down" - Robert DeLong
After a year or so hiatus, Robert DeLong is back with a new track that's a continued representation of his stellar production abilities. He'll be coming to U Street Music Hall on December 13 -- keep your eyes out for tickets!!

"I Bet My Life" - Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons are back after what seems like a fairly long break. "I Bet My Life" is the first off their forthcoming sophomore album and is about lead singer Dan Reynolds' relationship with his parents.

What new jams are you listening to???

{RECAP} sharon van etten, tiny ruins

TIOJ is excited to announce that we're expanding our concert coverage! In the coming months, we'll be sharing more concert recaps written by some of our coolest music-loving friends (some of them will be familiar and some are new!). To start things off, we have a review of Sharon Van Etten from Erica and Ernest up in Baltimore!!

Thanks to TIOJ, my boyfriend and I were able to experience a wonderful show at one of our favorite independent music venues in Baltimore, the Ottobar on North Howard Street in lower Charles Village. It is a great, intimate setting to see artists, and both Tiny Ruins and Sharon Van Etten were perfect for such a small setting. To note, prior to our review of the show, the Ottobar community was greatly saddened to have lost a staff member, Thomas Malenski, to a fatal stabbing last month. Malenski and a fellow coworker were attempting to remove an unruly patron when the stabbing occurred. We wanted to be sure to include a link for donations to Malenski’s family for funeral costs. For those of you that wish to contribute to the fund, you can access it here.

The opener, Tiny Ruins, is a band originating from Auckland, New Zealand, with singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, guitarist Tom Healy, violinist Siobhanne Thompson, Cass Basil, and Alexander Freer. They have toured with bands to include Fleet Foxes, Calexico, and Beach House (from Baltimore!). Lead singer Hollie Fullbrook’s presence was understated when walking out to introduce the band. However, once she began to sing the opening song “Carriages,” her alto voice captivated the entire audience with its deep, rich tone and perfect resonance that felt as if it was reverberating throughout the venue, coating the walls from ceiling to floor. The band’s overall indie folk vibe combined with blues undertones truly created a sense of comfort and home-coming. Sharon Van Etten picked a wonderful act to open her show.

Now for the main act: Sharon Van Etten. To provide a bit of background, Sharon began pursuing her music career in Brooklyn, New York, where she was encouraged by TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone to focus on her music career. She met the musician at one of his shows and gave him a recording of her songs. Malone was so enamoured by Sharon that he brought her on his set for NPR’s All Songs Considered, which helped to jump start her music career with her official debut Because I Was in Love released in May 2009. The following album was entitled epic, which was intentionally lowercased as a humbling joke because, as Sharon puts it herself, “The joke was, if someone was hearing me for the first time, they’re not going to feel like it’s a big deal, but to me it was a really big deal.”

Click ahead for more!

Monday, October 27, 2014

{GIVEAWAY} james vincent mcmorrow @ lincoln theatre

Get ready to swoon, DC. The most amazing falsetto this side of everywhere (and also our favorite concert so far this year!), James Vincent McMorrow, is gracing us with his presence once more with a show on November 8 at the lovely Lincoln Theatre -- and one of you lucky readers will get to go too! If you're not familiar with JVM, change that immediately and take a listen here:

And enter to win via Rafflecopter below!!

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If you're too antsy to wait, you can always buy your tickets here!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

{WATCH} dead man's bones: documentary

With Halloween just around the corner, get in the spooky scary mood with this short Pitchfork documentary on Ryan Gosling’s band Dead Man’s Bones. The video follows the band as they prepare for a show in New York, complete with a full children’s choir and a talent show.

Friday, October 24, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy weekend, TIOJ world!! Whether you're up in New York at CMJ, enjoying a lazy fall weekend around DC, or anything in between, we hope you make it a great one.

Your Weekend Jam: Good gravy, the newest jam from Penguin Prison is so catchy. Catch him with RAC at the 9:30 Club on Sunday night!

TIOJ Thoughts: 

A way to avoid phones at concerts? Color us intrigued.

Have you all read #GIRLBOSS yet? I devoured it this week and am #OBSESSED.

Drunk J Crew models. 

The worst of the worst in concert goers -- someone threw an open can of beer at country singer Dustin Lynch’s face. Um, what?

Free! How Jessie Ware’s demo “12” didn’t make it onto her next album is beyond me… talk about a sultry song.

And in case you missed it: We chatted with RAC (eeek!) in anticipation of their show at 9:30 Club!!

{PLAYLIST} cmj 2014

When we said Austin City Limits was the last festival of the season, well, we were lying. As we speak, Krista and Caleb are up in New York checking out the amazing (and amazingly overwhelming) CMJ Music Marathon, and this weekend is sure to provide us with new music crushes for weeks to come.

The playlist below contains some must-sees, both from the festival-goers themselves and from us envious ones holding down the fort at home! Press play below and take a listen.

Be sure to get the latest from TIOJ at CMJ -- follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

{THROWBACK} "irreplaceable"

I am very much enjoying DC-producer Lindsay Lowend's remix of Queen B's "Irreplaceable." The remix has the right amount of Nintendo-sounding beep boops (technical term) to add a poppy and care-free vibe to this originally emotional tune.

And the original in all of its "to the left, to the left" glory:

{THROWBACK} "i'm comin' out"

Remember that lotion commercial from about 15 years ago where the belly button is singing "I'm Coming Out"? Well, that song was on a recent episode of one of my many shows (Scandal), and I got to googling... and found out that it was written and performed by the great Diana Ross. Who knew?? Certainly not I.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

my brothers and i are my jam

Not going to lie at all, I was first drawn to this band because of their name -- because you know that a band of brothers (either figurative or literal) is my kryptonite. And then after reading the eclectic group of artists to which they were compared -- Allen Stone, Frank Ocean, and Sam Smith -- I was pretty much sold. And then, when I heard "Nowhere to Run," I was hooked. Take a listen:

In case you were wondering, there are three brothers in this quintet.

If you're as into My Brothers and I as I am, check them out on Noisetrade now!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


This is an exciting one, guys! TIOJ got to chat with André Allen Anjos of RAC from his home in Portland as he was relaxing before heading out on tour this week (with a stop including DC!). Read ahead as we chat with Andre about remixes versus original music, what new album almost made him quit music, and how this tour compares to tours past.

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourself and how RAC came to be.
RAC (Remix Artist Collective) started with the idea of creating a group of remixers that did remixes for, at the time, mostly indie artists. It’s primarily been an outlet for me to do remixes -- I’ve done 250 now -- for a wide variety of artists with the sole intention of doing something interesting with it and something that is relevant to the song and interesting. That has evolved into many other facets of music. I’ve done film, TV, original material as well and we DJ and now we have a live band. At this point, it’s a broad music project to do whatever I want.

Tell us about the process of creating a remix. Are you seeking out new tracks to remix or is it the opposite way around?
Early on, I was constantly asking artists to do remixes. These days, it’s more fielding requests, but early on there was a lot of basically begging via email saying, “Please let me do a remix… and do you wanna pay me by any chance?” That evolved into what it is now. I very rarely get to just go out and pick a song to remix.

I’ve always wanted to do things officially through the artist. What that means in practice is that it generally tends to be new songs and becomes part of a marketing plan for a label or an artist -- they have a single and they need a remix. I’m actually more in the marketing side of things than anything else. I think there’s a perception that I remix whatever I want; I guess to some extent that’s true because I get to say yes or no when I do something, but it’s not as simple as just going out and asking to do a song. There’s all this stuff that has to fall into place for me to do something.

Click ahead for more!

paperwhite is my jam

Okay kiddos, we've got a new band to put on your radar. Meet Paperwhite, a brother-sister duo from Brooklyn. Their latest single "Pieces" off their forthcoming EP Magic is our synth pop dream come true. Imagine the synths of Chvrches, the '80s-inspired vibe of Haim, and the luxurious vocals of Pure Bathing Culture, and you've got this band.

The band is playing CMJ today and we're really disappointed we're not in NYC yet to see them, so we shall just listen to their music on repeat at work today and pretend we're right there in Brooklyn with them.

Magic comes out Novemeber 17!

Monday, October 20, 2014

{GIVEAWAY} magic man, smallpools @ 9:30 club

Get your dancing shoes on, DC! We have quite the giveaway for you. TIOJ favorites Magic Man and Smallpools are joining forces on Halloween for what is sure to be an amazing show -- and we can only imagine the incredible costumes that the 9:30 Club's patrons will don.

Take a listen to Magic Man's "Out of Mind" and our favorite Smallpools jam, "Dreaming," below, and then get clicking to enter below!

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If you're trying to nail down your Halloween plans now, you can always buy tickets here!

Friday, October 17, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday, loves! We hope you have a lovely fall weekend full of apple picking, sleeping in, and re-discovering all of your cozy socks hiding in the back of your drawer. 

Your Weekend Jam: We know that it’s almost the weekend, but Justin Stein’s gonna give us a little “Loving On The Weekday” because he’s persuasive like that.

TIOJ Thoughts:

REJOICE! Friends is coming to Netflix! 

Reasonable responses to sexually suggestive song lyrics.

Hipster and Musician-themed Halloween costumes for the kiddos!

A pep talk from Kid President and Grover.

How well do you know The Beatles’ song lyrics? 

Free! This sampler from Bear’s Den will be the perfect soundtrack for your fall weekend.

DC Happenings: Bookmark Listen Local First’s Fall Stream on Spotify!

And in case you missed it: Like Capital Cities or RAC? Then check out Saint Pepsi this weekend!

kylie minogue reprises one of my favorite songs!

Flight Facilities' "Crave You" is one of my most favorite songs, so it is with extreme delight that I share the news that miss Kylie Minogue will be reprising the song acappella! If this teaser is any indication, this new version will be great. (Her "craa-ave" at the end of this video is goosebumps-inducing!)

And just in case you've never heard the original...

{PLAYLIST} wild jams

Things are getting wild over here! Over time, we've found that wild is quite the frequently-used word when it comes to our favorite bands and song titles... and the only commonality that these songs/bands share may be our love for them.

real life mufasa via
Brave the wilderness this weekend, and take a listen below:

Holler at us @thisisourjamdc if you have other "wild" and crazy songs to add to this list!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

{THROWBACK} "billie jean"

I don't know how this Civil Wars cover of "Billie Jean" has missed me for two years, but better late than never, right?

And to make it a true Throwback Thursday, Michael Jackson's original in it all of its moonwalk-premiering glory:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

the piano guys are my jam

The music I listen to at work now consists of two songs: "Happy" by Pharrell and "Let It Go." So I gladly welcomed a slight variation to the latter of those two songs with this piano mashup of Vivaldi's "Winter." The Piano Guys are the perfect musical accompaniment to studying, cooking, or dealing with small children.

{RECAP} arum rae, generationals

On Saturday night, I grabbed some of my bestest lady friends and headed over to U Street Music Hall to catch Arum Rae and Generationals. Due to some, er, technical difficulties we missed Arum Rae's set BUT still got to catch up with her in person after. As I said on twitter, this chick and the voice of a badass and the cheekbones of a Greek goddess. For evidence, check out this live performance of her latest single "Shake" from last week:

Next up were Generationals. This band has been a favorite of ours for a while and they proved to be even better than we anticipated in a live setting. From their light up mannequin to their surf pop perfection music, they were the perfect indie music for this weekend night. My favorites of their set are the bookends of their latest album Alix -- "Black Lemon" and "Would You Want Me." I highly recommend getting yourself acquainted with this new album on Spotify!

Obviously though, we were suckers for old favorites like "Tell Me Now" and "You Got Me." Also, full disclosure, I did not realize they had two lead singers and this made me love the band even more.

Next Up: Krista and Caleb are going to CMJ in New York next week -- stay tuned for lots of exciting things!!

{IF YOU LIKE} capital cities, rac

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If you like the disco dance hall vibes of Capital Cities or the infectiousness of every remix from RAC, then you MUST listen to Saint Pepsi right this minute. Fall in love with the band's hit "Fiona Coyne" and its accompany video featuring a disco ball companion and lots of making out.

DC! Saint Pepsi is in town TONIGHT DJ'ing at U Street Music Hall. It's free for 21+ so you really have no excuse not to go.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

a hip hop rework of misterwives? sign me up!

So impressed with Daye Jack's dark, electronic hip hop rework of Misterwives' toe-tapping hit "Refelections." It takes the song somewhere I had no idea that it could go and is incredibly compelling. People's creativity blows my mind sometimes.

Monday, October 13, 2014

{GIVEAWAY} coin, kopecky family band @ rock & roll hotel

Happy Columbus Day Monday, TIOJ land!! If you're in DC, we have a treat for you -- we're giving away a pair of tickets to see favorites COIN and the Kopecky Family Band this Saturday, October 18 at Rock & Roll Hotel.

While Kopecky Family Band is not actually related (which, as you all know, guarantees you to be a TIOJ fave), we can never get enough of their beautiful harmonies and fun jams. Since we've heard "Heartbeat," we've been in love. Get your clapping hands ready.

And, to top everything off, Kopecky is touring with COIN, whose poppy, upbeat tunes are the perfect optimistic playlist for our lives. Case in point: "It's Okay."

Get your clicking fingers ready and enter to win below!!

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And as always, if you just can't wait to see if you win tickets, you can always buy them here!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

{WATCH} austin city limits festival LIVE

Sadly we can't all be enjoying beautiful Texas weather and a killer lineup at Austin City Limits music festival this weekend, but lucky for us losers stuck at home -- Red Bull Media and C3 are live streaming the festival! (Note that if you're an Apple TV or Amazon Fire user, you can stream everything via the Red Bull channel.)

And while you wait for things to start up, check out this teaser to get you pumped!

Friday, October 10, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Ready for Columbus Day weekend?? We sure are! We hope that your long weekend of traveling and/or relaxing is the perfect fall weekend!

Your Weekend Jam: Gorgon City teams up with the fabulous Jennifer Hudson on their weekend ready track “Go All Night.”

TIOJ Thoughts: 

New York Times interviews Stevie Nicks and Haim.

The trailer for Thug Kitchen’s first cookbook is fucking brilliant.

We love blue cheese. All types.

Is Teddy the cause of the Nats’ playoff loss? I kind of think so.

What Gilmore Girls character are you?

Free! The soundtrack to the movie The Song is on Noisetrade, and you must download it!!

DC Happenings: Check out DC Music Download's Autumn Spectacular on Saturday night, featuring Typefighter, The Sea Life, Teen Mom, and more!!

And in case you missed it: We compared favorites BANKS and LANKS!

{RECAP} young the giant

Here at TIOJ we never underestimate the importance of having wonderful friends. Especially when those wonderful friends named Danielle win tickets to invite-only shows to see Young the Giant at the National Building Museum and bring you along. The show last night was part of the Mercedes Benz-sponsored Evolution Tour and featured screen printing, amazing graffiti art on a Mercedes, and all the pop chips and vodka our hearts could desire.

Most importantly, of course, was Young the Giant's performance. While it hurt my heart to hear the drunk girls behind us trying to figure out if the band was called "young a giant" or "young THE giant," I quickly got over it as soon as the perfectly scruffy band of five took the stage. The band played a bunch of great songs off their new album Mind Over Matter, with a favorite being the synonymously titled single.

Throughout their performance, the band gave off a wonderfully approachable vibe -- so much so that literally all the notes I took for the show read like a lame love letter: "beards. wanna hang out?". While I got a bit distracted by the aforementioned crowd who could not get over the sexiness of lead singer Sameer (we don't disagree, girlfriend, but no need to repeat it 13 times) and the splendor of witnessing a performance in the amazing facility that is the National Building Museum, I quickly snapped out of it and began jumping up and down like a maniac as the band closed out with their hit and the song on every single workout playlist I've ever made "My Body."

So to recap, two thumbs up to Mercedes for putting on a super fancy and wonderful event (and three thumbs up for Danielle for including me!). Young the Giant, keep doing what you're doing and holler if you ever want to get lost in the National Building Museum's life-size maze with us.

Next Up: Starting our Saturday night off at U Street Music Hall with Arum Rae and Generationals!

{PLAYLIST} welcome, fall!

Fall, fall, fall, fall! We can't get enough of crunchy leaves, breaking out our scarves and boots, and pumpkin-flavored everything. (How many pumpkin spice lattes have you had yet? How many is too many?) And, of course, we're loving pumpkin picking and apple picking and wine tasting -- perfect fall activities.

We hope you have a fall-tastic Columbus Day weekend planned -- press play for your soundtrack!

Keep the autumnal vibes coming with previous playlists herehere and here!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

{THROWBACK} "shake it off"

As my happiness while listening to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" only seems to accelerate daily, I felt the need to mix it up and listen to Mariah Carey's similarly-titled jam from back in the day. It's so catchy despite terrible lipsynching in this music video.

Related: Our favorite "Shake It Off" covers

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

discloure + mary j. blige live are everything i love about music

That is all.

banks vs. lanks

Oh boy am I excited about today's game of compare and contrast! We'll be comparing female singer and Hype Machine-dominating BANKS and Australian singer LANKS. Both singers are tall and beautiful, capitalize their stage names, and put out sexy, chill, electronic music. Saying my prayers for an eventual duet between these two.

BANKS has been the obsession of all the music blogs for the past year with her interesting music that's it's own take on electro R&B. The result is sensual music that sucks you in -- you may find yourself slowly dancing to these jams at your desk and not even notice that important clients are calling you (just me?). Fun fact: BANKS is featured in Coach's fall ad campaign -- so, that's neat. 

LANKS similarly has that electronic R&B vibe going on and with the complement of his raspy vocals, it's got us swooning. Seriously, WHAT is in the water in Australia that makes their music so good??

So, what do you think? LANKS or BANKS? I think I'm going to start a cover band called "tom hanks." (It's all lowercase, because lowercase is the new uppercase, just so you know.)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

new remixes from RAC

Oh, RAC you can do no wrong. Check out his latest remixes for your desk dancing pleasure.

(Check out our love for the original here)

Monday, October 6, 2014

{GIVEAWAY} milo greene, bombay bicycle club @ 9:30 club

Get ready, DC -- we're giving away a pair of tickets to see TIOJ favorites Milo Greene AND Bombay Bicycle Club at the 9:30 Club on October 19. This is a show we couldn't be more excited about, so get clicking!

Interview alumni Milo Greene always provide the most perfect soundtrack for fall days, and their latest release "White Lies" is a dancy tune that we can't get enough of.

And since we fell in love with "Shuffle" at Freefest years ago, we've loved the Brits in Bombay Bicycle Club. Their song "Luna" is no different.

SO, all that is to say -- you must enter to win these tickets. Like now.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday TIOJ-land! Here's to a lovely weekend of good music, fall weather, a Nats victory! Kick things off with some fun jams and light reading below.

Your Weekend Jam: When I saw that Chet Faker and WKND paired up for a jam, I was predicting some slow and sexy song. Instead, they’ve given us this perky, guitar-based jam that’s perfect to pump up your energy levels for the weekend ahead!

TIOJ Thoughts:

Analyzing the word songstress.

We joked about getting Jurg this jersey for her birthday next week. She was terrified.

Nerd alert.

Travel tips from Anthony Bourdain make me want to plan a trip somewhere!!

Free! Another fall mixtape, this time from Deer Head Music -- featuring jams from Sol Cat, Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes, and more!

More Free! Download a RAC remix of prior weekend jam "Classic" by The Knocks by Shazamming the music video below!

DC Happenings: All Things Go is throwing a party tonight on Dunya’s rooftop featuring local band Pleasure Curses and more local faves!

And! Enjoy an evening of art and music at Art Under The Stars on Saturday night at Union Kitchen.

And in case you missed it: We chatted with the incredible Arum Rae in anticipation of her upcoming show at U Hall!

{PLAYLIST} austin city limits 2014

Well, friends, we've come full circle. From Coachella all the way back in April to more local favorites like Firefly and Governors Ball, we've run the gamut of festivals this past year. And there's no better festival to cap it off than Austin City Limits. We're dying to see how this festival takes over an already music-laden city... put this one on our bucket list.

If we were able to be in Austin, you can bet that we'd be eating tacos, reminiscing about SXSW, and listening to these songs:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

{THROWBACK} "crazy"

Have you guys watched the season premiere of Nashville yet?? Because if you haven't, please watch this scene where Juliet auditions to be Patsy Cline in a movie (not a spoiler, I promise) and sings the amazing "Crazy." It is so beautiful -- Patsy herself would approve.

And, of course, there's the great Patsy Cline.

{IF YOU LIKE} beirut, hey marseilles

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If you like the mellow trumpeted brilliance of Beirut or the storytelling and orchestral feel of the music of Hey Marseilles, then you should take a listen to Fanfarlo. Their beautifully arranged music and soothing vocals are the perfect soundtrack to ease you into the Fall season. You'll see what we're talking about in "The Walls Are Coming Down"...

...and check out our favorite jam "Deconstruction"  live below.

new music from milo greene!

GLORY BE! Our favorites Milo Greene are back with new music! Check out the lead single "White Lies" off their upcoming album CONTROL below. The new release kicks things up a bit, taking a turn from previous more folk-sounding music and focusing on synth pop vibes featuring lead singer Marlana's vocals. Methinks they were influenced by their lady friends in Haim. (Guys, they're legit friends -- they were at Haim's show last winter in DC with us!)

Related: TIOJ interviews Milo Greene

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

aretha + adele = OMG

Stop everything you're doing right this very second. The most incredible cover ever has just surfaced -- the one and only Aretha Franklin covering Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" (which, by the way, was one of TIOJ's first jams) with a little bit of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" thrown in there. The Queen of Soul was on David Letterman the other night, and she belted this one. And it is amazing.

{INTERVIEW} arum rae

We're so excited to share our latest interview with singer and TIOJ fave Arum Rae. Read ahead as we chat with this talented and stylish singer about living in a log cabin, touring with Gary Clark Jr., and her (totally legit) desire to do a duet with Jay Z.

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourself! How long have you been making music and how did you get started?
I have been singing since I was four years old. My high school teacher took me under his wing and got me a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, which is where I started writing music. I then moved to an 1800's log cabin nine miles up a mountain in rural Virginia to find myself and to work on music where there was no scene or influence of pop world and trends. I felt the need to really dig without distraction. Then I would drive up to three hours for open mics [and] to convince each venue to have me back for a full set and maybe even get paid. There's no cutting corners, but things just started picking up. A song I wrote got picked up 10 years later by a TV show, and that has happened several times, so it's about doing the work today and believing it will provide tomorrow!

How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before? What song would you suggest they start with?
I usually say rock and roll/soul, minimalist, concentration on vocals and beats. I would say come to a live show. Creatively, I feel that I run a big gamut, but I believe it to be still identifiable and "me."

photo by dominic neitz
Where do you find inspiration for your music?
I find inspiration in everything. In conversation, in my emotions and personal experience, and in motion itself.

Click ahead for more from Arum!

{RECAP} belle brigade, head and the heart

TIOJ readers! Remember our Spring Concert Correspondent Elizabeth?? Well she's back home in Kentucky now and will be our Kentucky Concert Correspondent for TIOJ! Check out her first official recap from the Bluegrass state for Belle Brigade and The Head and the Heart and Iroquois Amphitheater. 

Going to a concert not knowing much about the opening act is always an adventure. From polar opposite musical genres, to stealing the show from the main act, to becoming my new favorite band, I’ve experienced all sorts of openers. The opener for the Head and the Heart on Thursday, a brother/sister duo called Belle Brigade, was one that stuck out as being unique and having a sound that reminded me of Fleetwood Mac with surf rock vibes.

One of the things that stuck out about Belle Brigade from the start of their set was how their stage was set up- the duo and their band members all had an equal share of the front of the stage. Bassist, drummer, guitarist, and keyboardist were all aligned at the front of the stage, each being prominently featured. This was cool because Barbara, the sister of the duo and drummer/vocalist, was front and center… not a usual spot for the drum set to live. We have mentioned this in the past (see: PAPA), but can we bring up once again how much we LOVE it when a band’s drummer is also one of the lead singers?

The Head and the Heart’s drummer was not front and center like Belle Brigade’s was, but we definitely noticed him. Out of all the band members on stage, he looked like he was having the most fun. At one point, he was shaking a maraca with one hand, waving a tambourine in the other, and using both handheld instruments to play the drums… who needs drumsticks anyway? Overall the Head and the Heart put on a good show… their presence as a band on stage seemed a little disjointed, but they sounded great live and played all of the songs that people wanted to hear (my personal favorites, Rivers and Roads and Down in the Valley… which they saved for their encore!). They talked to the crowd a fair bit, which is always appreciated and singer/violinist Charity Rose’s kind comments about her love of Louisville were especially nice. The band definitely seemed glad to be in Kentucky and we sure were glad to have them!

PS. Fun fact about Belle Brigade- the duo's grandfather is renowned oscar-winning composer John Williams! They've got a strong musical gene in this family...
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