Saturday, January 31, 2015

{PLAYLIST} best of january 2015

2015 is off and running, and so are we! In this month that kicked off the new year, we've kept ourselves pretty busy. In January, we:
And in January, we were listening to:



"Tell Her You Love Her" - Echosmith 
I can't get over the fact that these people are TEENAGERS. I love them.
"Nobody to Love" - Alex Newell
Obsessed with this weekend-ready cover from this former Glee star. 
"Maps" - Hey Ocean! 
Quite an uplifting song to get through January.
"Smile" - Mikky Ekko
Real talk: our It Will All Be Okay playlist really helped get us through this month and this was the jam that stuck out.
"How I Got to Memphis" - Bobby Bare 
In denial that The Newsroom ended, but I sure do love this song
"Brownlow" - Lapsley
So glad we finally got a chance to introduce you guys to Lapsley this month!
"Don't Say You Love Me" - Sean Watkins
1/3 of Nickel Creek is AOK with me.
"Boderline" - Tove Stryke 
Loved finding this new IYL discovery and can't wait for more!
"Great Parades" - River Whyless
The perfect cuddling up music for these wintery months.
"When The Day Comes" - Nico & Vinz
We're staying strong with our new year's resolutions thanks to this happy jam!  

Friday, January 30, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy weekend, friendlies!! Get ready for the Super Bowl by donning your navy blue or your green, and by making all of your favorite snacks. You can find us by the buffalo chicken dip.

Your Weekend Jam: Dance through your entire weekend with COIN’s latest jam, “Run.” It may even inspire you to go for a run! Or to just dance around your apartment.
 

TIOJ Thoughts:

Let’s get drinks. 

Biz Markie x The Muppets.

Babies playing peek-a-boo. I die.

The best thing about the Super Bowl -- snacks on snacks on snacks. We’ll be making a few of these.

Wish our school closures were announced like this…

Free! Speaking of Belle & Sebastian, Starbucks is giving away a free song off their recently released album Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance on their app!

DC Happenings: Harmonic Blue will be debuting their new album at Black Cat on Saturday night -- be there!

And in case you missed it: Just a few hours left to win!! Enter NOW to win tickets to Jukebox the Ghost, Little Daylight, and Secret Someones!!

{PLAYLIST} super bowl jams 2015

It's that magical Sunday -- the one where buffalo chicken dip and guacamole are more than acceptable as dinner and when you pretend to care about both football and commercials while also trying to recap your weekend adventures with your friends. Are you ready for the Super Bowl?

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If you've been blissfully unaware the last few weeks, this year's showdown takes place in Arizona between the New England Patriots and last year's champs, the Seattle Seahawks. And the real news has been about the amount of pressure in footballs -- Deflategate has taken over every other talk of the actual game. AND, perhaps most importantly, Katy Perry is the halftime performer -- get ready for some theatrics.

Press play below for an alternative soundtrack to the game -- we bet these jams will be much exciting than the refs blowing their whistles.

"Firework" - Katy Perry
No doubt KP will kick of her show with plenty of fireworks. 
"More than a Feeling" - Boston
Is it just our partial New England bias, or do we have more than a feeling about this game??
"Can't Hold Us" - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Exactly what Richard Sherman will be saying to the entirety of the Patriots organization.
"Entertainment" - Phoenix
If only Phoenix were providing Sunday's entertainment instead of just sharing a name with the host city!
"American Woman" - Lenny Kravitz
It's hard for us to see Lenny as anything but Cinna now, but we can't wait for his halftime cameo. That's enough to put our snack refill on hold.
"Roar" - Katy Perry
Would not be surprised to see someone roar on Sunday, whether it's KP's backup dancers or a player...
"Shipping Up to Boston" - Dropkick Murphy's
The Super Bowl may not be in Boston, but no other band or song epitomizes Boston sports better.
"You Are a Tourist" - Death Cab for Cutie
Best thing about the Super Bowl (football wise) -- no home field advantage, so everyone's a tourist.
"Hello Seattle" - Owl City
Or maybe hello Tom Brady...
"This Is How We Do" - Katy Perry
Will not be surprised to hear this line uttered in an on-field post-game interview. Calling it now.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

{THROWBACK} "december"

I know, I know -- it's January. But I have a new guilty pleasure TV show, and it's VH1's Hindsight. And this song was in last week's episode.

Anyway, Hindsight is a charming story of time travel in which a girl goes back in time (to 1995) and calls off her first wedding (and this all happens the night before her second wedding!). But you've seen the commercials on Hulu, no doubt.

One of the best parts of this show is all of the throwbacks -- there is so much 1990s goodness, from the Ace of Base in the pilot to this week's "December" by Collective Soul. You may not have known what this song was called, but I promise you know the song when it was on the radio all the time.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

{RECAP} team spirit, motion city soundtrack

We sent Concert Correspondent Danielle out into the snow on Monday night to check out Team Spirit and Motion City Soundtrack at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Check out her recap below!

So yes, I braved the elements Monday night for an evening of garage pop, guitar-fueled rock delight. And I wasn’t the only one. The Fillmore in Silver Spring drew a diverse crowd of multigenerationals for the Team Spirit and Motion City Soundtrack show. It didn’t matter what age you were, all could agree these guys delivered amped up performances. It was my first time seeing Team Spirit, a side project of former Passion Pit lead keyboarder, Ayad Al Adhamy. These Brooklyn-based garage rockers brought high energy and it was hard not to jump around to “Jesus, He’s Alright,” the first track on their self-titled debut EP.



Then Motion City Soundtrack, who’s been around since ‘97, hit the stage and got me all nostalgic for my high school Warped Tour days. They offered up their most mosh-worthy, high intensity tracks just as they did back then, while throwing in a few timely wintery sadness songs like “Resolution” and “Together We’ll Ring in the New Year” from their second album Commit this to Memory. They made their long-time fans happy by playing plenty of favorites, including mine, “This is for Real,” in an encore. Way to end a show with an epic dance party (at least on my end), which made roughing it in a blizzard totally worth it!



Next Up: Krista and Morgan are forgoing Super Bowl nachos in favor of the beautiful voice of Asaf Avidan at the 9:30 Club on Sunday night!

jp cooper is my jam

I hope the day when I get sick of watching quirky, silver-tongued Brits singing serene tunes in sunny gardens never, ever comes, because randomly stumbling upon artists like JP Cooper is really too good to give up.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY STACEY!!!!!

Darling TIOJers, our favorite winter holiday is upon us. No--not Christmas, Hanukkah, or Presidents Day, but STACEY'S BIRTHDAY.

To celebrate our dearest Stacey being born, we've compiled a quick listicle of why we love her so.

Her superior Carlton dance skills.


Her questionable crush on Nick Miller.


Her love of PLL.



Her love of the Caps and mimosas.



Happy Birthday, Stacey - we love youuuuuuuuuuu!


{IF YOU LIKE} walk the moon, ed sheeran

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If you love the infectiousness happiness of Walk the Moon or the British charm of Ed Sheeran, then we highly recommend taking Saint Raymond for a spin. This young Brit (née Callum Burrows) has toured with TIOJ favorite bands like Haim and Ed Sheeran (look how cute they are together!) himself and we have high expectations for this cutie. Listen to "Brighter Days" and see what we're talking about/let it cure your seasonal depression.



And we dare you not to get "Fall At Your Feet" stuck in your head:



Catch more from Saint Raymond here!

what's new with harmonic blue

Attention! Local(ish) favorites and world class doodlers Harmonic Blue are coming out with a new album The Afternoonist! We're so excited to listen to this full album and if the lead single is any indication, it's going to be a good one! Check out the video for "Slice of Life" below:



And since no album release is complete without a tour, Harmonic Blue will be debuting their new album at Black Cat on January 31! Join us there, won't you?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

my latest country conundrum

It's readily known on TIOJ that, not only do I love country music, I also am a most willing victim to all of the pop country that is on repeat on the radio as I drive to and from work each day. All the bro country out there is my jam.

But for the past few weeks, I've been troubled by Luke Bryan's latest single, "I See You." The chorus feels way too similar to another song of his, but I've spent the last three weeks thinking about it, and I can't figure out what song that is. I've essentially listened to Luke's entire discography, and the closest I can come to a decision is "That's My Kind of Night," but I just can't tell.

Is there something more similar? Are these two songs too similar? Or am I just overly immersed in country radio? Help plz.




{GIVEAWAY} jukebox the ghost @ 9:30 club

Good morning, cuties! We're going to start your week off smiling with a new giveaway to see Jukebox the Ghost, Little Daylight, and (friends of TIOJ!) Secret Someones at 9:30 Club on March 10. This is such a stellar trifecta that you can't afford to miss it. Take a listen to all three bands below to see what we're talking about...

Jukebox the Ghost



Little Daylight



Secret Someones



Click ahead to enter!

a new album from the lone bellow!

TIOJ favorites (and fellow W&M alums) The Lone Bellow are back with their sophomore album Then Came The Morning! As expected, it's a delight. The trio's perfectly balanced blend of folk, Americana, and just gosh darn lovely music is impossible not to enjoy, particularly at this time of year.

We're particularly loving "Call To War," "Heaven Don't Call Me Home" and, for obvious reasons, "Cold As It Is":



DC! The Lone Bellow will be performing at The Hamilton on March 13 (tix are already sold out, but get your Craigslist stalking on, you won't be disappointed!).

Monday, January 26, 2015

oh man, thomas rhett

I'm a general Bruno Mars aficionado, so it's incredible to me that I might like this croon-y, ragged cover of "When I Was Your Man"so much better than the original. Thomas Rhett really kills on this and I think I've never been so charmed by flannel and backwards baseball caps.



Rhett, who is only 24, is a self-described Bruno Mars fanatic and that only makes me adore this tribute more.

new music roundup!

Happy Monday, friendos! Here are some of the latest releases that we've jamming to.

"FourFiveSeconds" - Rihanna ft. Kanye West & Paul McCartney
Well if this isn't an incredible trio, we don't know what is. It's surprise release on Saturday night almost has us forgiving Kanye for taking Kim instead of us to the BET Honors event in DC this weekend.  



"Ego" - Tove Stryke
Recent IYL star Tove Stryke is back with another wonderfully addicting track below.



"Make You Better" - The Decemberists
Okay so full disclosure, this song isn't "new" new, but it missed our radar back in November. That said, we think it's great and the music video has Nick Offerman in it so...



"Really Love" - Body Language
One of our go-to fave groups Body Language is FINALLY back with a funky new tune. Can't wait for more!



What new jams have you been rocking out to?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

{WATCH} gorillaz's damon albarn for the creative class

This weekend -- Caleb's visual pick for us in this video from The Creative Class in which front man Damon Albarn of Blur as well as the co-founder of the band Gorillaz talks about the songwriting process for his latest project Everyday Robots, his solo debut.



Ready to hear "Everyday Robots" live? Check out this live video of Albarn performing the song live to an audience literally full of robots.



If you're finding inspiration from this, we recommend diving deeper with the Press Pause Play documentary.

Friday, January 23, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy weekend, kiddos! Whether you're catching up on work now that the 2015 is finally in full swing or you're just spending the weekend inside kissing, we hope that you have a great one. Check out our latest roundup for the interwebs to inspire you for the weekend ahead. 

Your Weekend Jam: The only thing getting us through a grueling barre class this week was Roosevelt’s remix of Glass Animals’ “Pools” -- we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!



TIOJ Thoughts:

Every country song sounds the same.

A new song from Bob Dylan? Uh, yes.

Did you know flowers can grow faster by listening to music?

Take a work break and take this awesome quiz to see if you can recognize cities by their subway systems.

Free! Perennial TIOJ faves Rogue Wave are blessing us with their single “Eyes” as iTunes’ free download of the week.

More Free! Win tickets to Echosmith at 9:30 Club courtesy of yours truly!

DC Happenings: Need a good concert this weekend? Might we recommend Gypsy Sally's whose lineup this entire weekend looks great!

And in case you missed it: We played a game of compare and contrast between band Prinze George and his Royal Cuteness Prince George.

And! We interviewed BRONCHO before they play with Billy Idol at Lincoln Theatre on Sunday night.

{PLAYLIST} k-i-s-s-i-n-g jams

Between New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day, there's a whole lot of smoochin' going on. There are oh so many songs dedicated to kissing, and we don't mind it one bit. Grab that cutie you've been eyeing (or that you've been dating), and lay one on him (or her).

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Put on some Burt's Bees and press play below!


And if things start getting steamy, we've got a playlist for that too *wink wink*

Thursday, January 22, 2015

{INTERVIEW} broncho

In anticipation of their upcoming show at Lincoln Theatre with Billy Idol, TIOJ had the chance to catch up with Ryan Lindsey of Oklahoma's BRONCHO. Read ahead as we learn more about the band, their recent to trip to Europe, and what '80s band they'd most want to join.

Tell us about yourselves! Who is BRONCHO and how did you all come to be?
We are two girls and three boys. We like to have fun and party. We like naps and to be cozy. We like traveling and staying home now and then.

How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it?
Our music is self conscious garage pop. We're always worried about something. But we're trying to overcome that.



What is your songwriting process like? Where do you find your inspiration?
I like starting with a melody, and finding a structure for it. I'll repeat it in my head until lyrics start finding their way into it. That's the most natural way for me to write a song.

You guys just got back from a European tour -- what was the highlight of that?
The London shows were the best, but all the shows were great. They took great care if us over there. United Airlines did a great job too. They knew exactly what I needed to fly internationally. I wouldn't mind trying Virgin first class sometime. That seems like the best hang.

You guys are about to go on tour with Billy Idol? What you most excited about for that? What was your reaction when you learned that?
I'm excited to play in a big place every night and get comfortable in that environment. I feel most comfortable in small claustrophobic rooms. So this should be a fun exercise -- and who better to go do that with than Billy Idol.

In that vein, if you could go back in time and be a member of any 80s band -- who would it be?
Generation X



What's been your favorite album of 2014?
The Casket Girls, True Love Kills The Fairy Tale

Thanks again to Ryan for chatting with us. The band's show in DC on January 25 is sold out, but get to stalking tickets on Craigslist -- so worth it!

{THROWBACK} seinfeld

I'm always looking for an excuse to bring up Seinfeld in conversation and thankfully Abelard's chillwave remix of the classic sitcom's theme is giving me just that excuse. Take a moment to enjoy this modern day interpretation of the notoriously plunky theme and imagine doing little kicks right alongside Elaine as you listen.


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Speaking of Seinfeld, do you follow @SeinfeldToday? Love this tweet.



Also, let's take a moment to revisit one of my favorite episodes.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

lapsley is my jam

Being the hyper-organized person that I am, I have a Google doc filled with semi-chaotic ideas for future blog posts. Lapsley has been at the top of that list for quite a while waiting for her number to be called and today's the day! LAPSLEY, COME ON DOWWWWWN.

Holly Lapsley Fletcher (aka Lapsley) is a female singer from England who produces compelling electronic music complemented by her gorgeous vocals (think Chet Faker, The XX, CHVRCHES, etc.). Her most recent EP Understudy is brilliant and I can't get enough of "Brownlow." The lyrics are so striking yet relatable ("it's like I'm jumping into a pool where I don't know where the bottom is").



And check out "Station," which is the incredible song that first sparked my interest in Lapsley. What's so incredible about this song, as Pigeons & Planes adeptly discovered, is that the male vocals are Lapsley herself. She comments: “dropped the pitch of vocals, no co-vocalist, aint nobody got tym fo dat.”



Ugh. I love this music so much. Listen to more on Soundcloud.

stuck on "stockholm syndrome"

I'd like to tell you I still get ashamed when I become addicted to cheesy, top-40 songs by boy bands but that ship sailed a long time ago. This means I'm unabashedly, unapologetically in love with "Stockholm Syndrome" by One Direction, or 1D as the cool (high school) kids call them, and y'all should be, too.



If the powers that be ever want to do another remake of Center Stage, I respectfully nominate "Stockholm Syndrome" as the soundtrack to this iconic scene.

{GIVEAWAY} echosmith @ 9:30 club

With the dreary winter trudging along, we have just the thing for you to look forward to -- tickets to see Echosmith at the 9:30 Club on February 26! You know that these cool kids (pun intended) have been on your radar all year, and you can't help but groove along whenever this infectious tune comes on. I'm partial to "Tell Her You Love Her" -- take a listen now.



Now that you've also fallen in love, enter to win tickets to see these cool teen sibs now!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

prinze george vs. prince george

We're diving directly in to this week's game of compare and contrast. First up, Maryland three-piece Prinze George whose synth-pop hit "Upswing" is delightful and is filling us with a much needed sense of hazy, warm summer days.



Next, we have something that is probably not a fair comparison. But, I don't care. Look at that face:

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Don't make us choose.

Monday, January 19, 2015

loving louisa wendorff

Though we have a long-documented love-hate relationship with Taylor Swift here at TIOJ (I hate to love her, Stacey hates her), I have to give Ms. Swift props for bringing Louisa Wendorff to the forefront of my mind when she recc'd Louisa's mashup of "Blank Space" and "Style" on Twitter recently.

The mashup, in case you haven't listened, is a work of art. But the true star in Louisa's YouTube repertoire is her reworking of "Magic" by Coldplay and "Adore You" by Miley Cyrus. You must listen to believe:

Friday, January 16, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy weekend, friendlies!! You've made it to a long weekend, which means that it will al be okay. Have a wonderful weekend filled with brunches, Millionaire Matchmaker marathons, and catching up on sleep!

Your Weekend Jam: It may not be Tuesday, but the club’s going up this weekend thanks to the latest mashup from The Hood Internet:

TIOJ Thoughts: 

Maybe Stace should read Danny Brown’s upcoming children’s book to her little humans.

 If “Serial” were a romcom

Macklemore x Oscar the Grouch.

There are still people in this world who haven’t seen Clueless??

DC’s The Morrison Brothers Band have debuted Comcast SportsNet’s latest promo song for the Caps -- loving “Ice on Fire”!

Free! We lovelovelove Canadians Hey Rosetta!, and we could not be happier that they're introducing themselves to the world via Noisetrade this week -- download a sampler as soon as humanly possible.

And in case you missed it: We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see perennial favorites Dr. Dog -- next Friday night at the 9:30 Club!! Enter to win here!

{PLAYLIST} it will all be okay

Let's be real, friends -- this week was a little long. There's a long weekend just out of reach, the snow is turning kind of gray, and school is starting up again... if that's not a doldrums-inducing trio, then we don't know what is.

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But never fear! Because we promise that everything will be okay. This playlist is the perfect pick-me-up to get you through dreary January and those days where you just need a little somethin' somethin' extra.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

{THROWBACK} "how i got to memphis"

You guys. I finally got around to watching the last few episodes of The Newsroom, and I completely fell in love with the scene where Will plays the guitar in the garage with Charlie's grandkids. It was the most perfect end to the show, and there mayyyy have been more than a few tears shed. I had never heard of this classic country song, and I'm so glad that Aaron Sorkin brought it into my life. Please click here and watch it immediately.

And then listen to the original by Bobby Bare:

{GIVEAWAY} dr. dog @ 9:30 club

It's a special week, friends, because we're bringing you a SECOND giveaway!! Win a pair of tickets to see favorites Dr. Dog on January 23 at the 9:30 Club -- it's the perfect thing to look forward to during a short week. (And, if you've been a little sad that Thursday night has sold out, Friday night is the one for you.)

We're newly re-obsessed with "Love," and there's always going to be a soft spot in our hearts for their cover of "Heart It Races":





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And as always, if you're too anxious to wait, buy tickets here!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

new music roundup!

While we're still not sure how we feel about 2015 just yet, we can say for sure that it's already starting with some awesome new tunes. Here are some new jams that are making us particulalry optimistic for a good year in music.

"Our Own House" - MisterWives
A top 2015 band to watch, MisterWives is proving that they warrant this accolade. "Our Own House" is a welcome addition to the band's repertoire that is best listened to on repeat.



"First Light" - Django Django
We've been waiting for more from Django Django and the first track off their upcoming sophomore album does not disappoint.



"begin again" - Purity Ring
Another much anticipated 2015 album, Purity Ring is coming back and while we haven't always "got" Purity Ring, "begin again" is something we can totalllly get behind.



"Homegrown" - Zac Brown Band
Hot off the announcement of their headlining spot at Hangout Fest this year, Zac Brown Band is back with a new single that makes us nostalgic for being home just a few weeks ago.



What other new jams have you been listening to?

this glee star's got us dancing

Guys, remember way back when we were in love with The Glee Project?? Well the winner of that show and subsequent Glee star Alex Newell is starting to come out with some non-Glee hits. Let us rejoice and pray for original music from Alex as we whip our hair and dance to Alex's cover of Sigma's hit "Nobody To Love."

belle and sebastian are back!

Scottish band Belle and Sebastian are back for all you indie lovers! While I must admit that I have not grown up with this band like many fans out there, I'm making up for lost time by diving deep into their ninth album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance. The album is available for streaming on NPR First Listen and it's a lovely and optimistic record with fun moments of clear Scottish influence that have been a welcome companion during my work day.

Start your listening with the lead single off the album "The Party Line":



Now I'm curious to hear from you longtime Belle & Sebastian fans -- how does this album compare to past ones? What past record should I put on rotation next?

DC! Mark your calendars! Belle & Sebastian will be performing at Echostage on June 11.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

gossip girl here...

Apparently if you're not going to start a fancy website like our girl S, indie music is the way to go. Looks like Lonely Boy and B (er, Leighton Meester and Penn Bagdley) have been focusing their many talents lately on music.

It seems that Lonely Boy is taking his brooding persona to front the band M O T H X R -- a band name using all indie band cliches imaginable (X's in place of vowels, all caps, and spaces between letters -- the hipster trifecta). The quartet is cranking out some great tunes reminiscent of a love child between The XX and How To Dress Well.



And while we already known the B is queen of covers, she's also been cranking out original music including her latest "Heartstrings."



You know you love me.

xoxo,
Gossip Girl TIOJ

Monday, January 12, 2015

sean watson is my jam

You may recognize Sean Watson as the guitarist in the incredible Americana trio Nickel Creek. And he is. But he's also on the cusp of releasing a solo album, All I Do Is Lie, and it. is. amazing.

Sean Watson is doing us all a solid and the album is up on Noisetrade prior to its release. Please do yourself a favor and check it out!! I'm loving "Don't Say You Love Me," "This Will End in Tears," and the title track, "All I Do Is Lie."



Be sure to pop over to Noisetrade and get this album asap!!

{GIVEAWAY} damien jurado @ rock & roll hotel

Damien Jurado's been around for a while, but we really started to fall for him after his latest album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son and his incredible story about meeting Kurt Cobain here. Lucky for you guys, we're giving away a pair of tickets to see his upcoming show at Rock & Roll Hotel on February 3!

Listen to this live session of "Silver Timothy" and enter to win tix to see Damien Jurado live via Rafflecopter below!




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Saturday, January 10, 2015

{WATCH} science vs. music

If you're having trouble waking up and finding inspiration this weekend, let this astounding video documenting the impact that music has on matter do the trick. The visuals are impressive and impossible to tear your eyes away from -- press play and let your mind be blown.

Friday, January 9, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy weekend, snow angels! We hope you have a lovely and warm weekend full of colorful music, scoping out the Coachella and Governor's Ball lineups, and carrying out your 2015 resolutions for at least one more week.

Your Weekend Jam: We never thought we’d say it like this, but there’s nothing better than a T Swift remix to keep you warm on this frigid weekend.



TIOJ Thoughts:

28 things that will turn 20 in 2015 -- what??

Meet our latest fun website find: Nostalgia Machine. Enter a year from your childhood and do your best to remember your dance moves to “Oops! I Did It Again”!

Congrats Macklemore! *cue the waterworks*

Know your life purpose in five minutes.

I'd take a compliment from Joe Biden any day.

Free! Continue to get ready for 2015 with Noisetrade’s Best of What’s Next compilation!

And in case you missed it: If you like Rihanna or Tove Lo, check out Tove Styrke!

And because we love you... TIOJ's favorite child superstar Sophia Grace just released her first official song and we may or may not be singing it to each other in the TIOJ offices.

{PLAYLIST} colorful jams

January can be a little drab and colorless, and that is a world in which we don't want to live. We'd like to brighten things up with all colors of the rainbow, from the ordinary reds and blues to the fuchsias and tangerines -- and no better way to do that than with these colorful songs.

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Press play below and let the color seep into your world, basically how The Wizard of Oz turns to color after the tornado.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

{THROWBACK} "pon de replay"

Well, friends, it's official. Rihanna has been in your life for a full decade. Yep, it was 10 whole years ago that this scantily-clad lady was introduced to you. "Pon de Replay" was everywhere -- on the radio, in high school dance team mixes, and on Now! CDs that were only in the 20s. How old do you feel now?

{THROWBACK} "from me to you"

Ann Brun impressed us a few weeks back with her gorgeous cover of Bey's "Halo" and she's at it again covering the Beatles classic "From Me To You." It's beautiful and fresh and leaves us craving more from this singer.



And the original from The Beatles that will never ever get old:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

stop being so adorable, nick jonas

Being off on holiday break gave me the opportunity to catch up with a friend that I rarely get to hang out with while living in the city: the radio. Between various road trips with family and driving around new places with friends, Nick Jonas' hit "Jealous" was everywhere and I didn't hate it one bit.

Even now that I'm back in DC, I continue to crave this poppy tune and thankfully I've found two stinking adorable videos of Nick performing his hit live to satisfy my craving. First up is a live performance on the big piano at FAO Schwartz in New York City.



And then with a gospel choir. SOLD.




{IF YOU LIKE} rihanna, tove lo

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If you like the island-influenced voice of Rihanna or the Scandinavian spunk of Tove Lo, then you'll be OBSESSED with Tove Stryke. We immediately fell in love with her catchy and confident jam "Borderline."



If you want more from our new favorite Swede, listen to "High and Low":

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

river whyless is perfect for a snow day

It's frigid outside and snowing, so I hope that you're at least working from home if you can't fully enjoy a snow day. And as part of that, I highly recommend adding River Whyless to your rotation of work music -- the perfect combination of folksy and cozy that make you want to cuddle up under a blanket.

Listen to "Great Parades" and I know you'll agree.


And a bonus! In anticipation of their album dropping on January 20, there's an introduction to River Whyless on Noisetrade -- be sure to check that out now!

ham sandwich vs. "ham sandwich"

Oh boy do we have a tasty round of compare and contrast for you today! Today we're comparing Irish band Ham Sandwich with the latest release entitled "Ham Sandwich" from Seattle hip hop group Shabazz Palaces. Both are SO different, yet so musically delicious.

First up is Ham Sandwich, the band. Their music is right in TIOJ's wheelhouse: jangly and thoughtful indie folk complemented by coed duets, tambourines, and talk of falling in love. They're definitely a band that we need to investigate more given how much we adore their hit "Ants."



And on the other end of the spectrum is Shabazz Palaces' "Ham Sandwich." I was first turned on to this group by their creepily awesome music video for their equally delicious song "#CAKE". This latest release comes in at only two minutes but manages to highlight the band's modern take on hip hop, blending well-spun rhymes with interesting electronic production.



I can't decide which I like better so I will just conclude the post with this:

Monday, January 5, 2015

ephemerals are my mellow monday jam

Things are getting sultry up in here, and Ephemerals are making it all happen. "You Made Us Change" is the perfect way to ease into your week -- press play below, and groove your way into a calmer, more mellow Monday. These Brits definitely know how to help you get back into the swing of work.

"serial" x biggie

Are you like us and in major "Serial" withdrawal? Then let this brilliant mashup of the podcast's theme and Notorious B.I.G.'s "Somebody's Gonna Die" fill the void in your life until we hear what the theme of season 2 will be.



If you're in serious withdrawal -- listen to this episode of This American Life in which Sarah Koenig investigates another murder (with a more concrete ending)!

via Pigeons & Planes

Saturday, January 3, 2015

{WATCH} salt cathedral on yours truly

Today we're diving deeper into one of our Bands to Watch in 2015: Salt Cathedral. Check out the gorgeous video produced by Yours Truly below that intertwines an interview about how the duo met, sharing lunch, and being able to write with one another, with a performance of their song "Holy Soul."



Props to Caleb for the find!

Friday, January 2, 2015

weekend thoughts...

We hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, and are getting started on those resolutions! Have a relaxing weekend!

Your Weekend Jam: We may be a few days late, but we have to share MØ’s timely new release “New Year’s Eve.” (It’s got a Lana Del Rey vibe if you’re into that…)




TIOJ Thoughts: 

Got drunk and bought all of Ricky Martin’s discography on iTunes? You can return it! (Only in Europe now, but should be coming to us soon, one would hope.)

Which Legally Blonde character are you?

Love love love NPR’s Songs We Love of 2014!!

16 books to read over the next year.

Free! Daydream of jetsetting away instead of going back to work!! Check out Anna of the North’s lovely, soothing “Oslo.”



And in case you missed it: We took a look back at December’s highlights with our best of December!

Plus! We’re embracing our new year’s resolutions wholeheartedly, and these are the things we plan to tackle in 2015. What’s on your list?

{PLAYLIST} new year's resolutions 2015

It's that time of year, people -- time for you to think about ways to better yourself in 2015... and to also see if you can hold on to your resolution past Martin Luther King Day. We have plenty of New Year's resolutions of our own, with everything from listening to more albums to finding a new festival to explore this year. And as always, we hope to go to the gym more regularly, read more books, and become better humans.

2015 vibes via
What are your resolutions this year?? Any we should add? Press play and get motivated to change it up this year!



“I Wanna Get Better”- Bleachers
There’s no better anthem for improving yourself, which you can inevitably do in 2015! 
"Work This Body" - Walk the Moon 
We know that going to the gym more is on your resolution list for 2015 -- and WTM is the perfect inspiration. 
"i" - Kendrick Lamar
2015 is the year to be comfortable in your skin and for those days when it's harder, repeat Kendrick's "I love myself" to remember that you really ARE that amazing.
"When The Day Comes" - Nico & Vinz
Whether you're getting ready for a big presentation at work or meeting the love of your life, do what you need to be prepared for exciting changes in 2015.
"Work It Out" - Knox Hamilton 
Don’t be afraid to give people an extra shot this year. Is a relationship really worth ending because he didn’t like your latest instagram? 
“Let It Go” - Frozen (Dave Aude Club Remix)
Let go of all the negativity and bad vibes as you go into the new year (but fingers crossed you don’t hear this song *quite* as much as you did in 2014...).
“It All Starts Here” - Magic Man 
We're all for thinking things out logically, but this year, even if it's just once, forget your over-analyzing brain, trust your gut and DO IT. 
"Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" - Mike Mains and the Branches
Take a deep breath and believe us. Everything will be alright.
"Love Today" - MIKA
Positivity, people.
"World Restart" - Kindness 
January is the perfect time to restart your world -- ready, set, go!

Plus, find plenty of resolution jams from years' past -- 2014 and 2013 and 2012

Thursday, January 1, 2015

tioj's official 2015 resolutions!

Happy New Year, kiddies!! We hope that you had an absolute BLAST last night ringing in the new year, and as you cuddle up today (OR bundle up and head out to the Winter Classic -- see you there!!), we know you're thinking about some resolutions to make your life better in 2015.

We've thought about our own resolutions for the upcoming year (plus more on that coming your way tomorrow!), and here's what we're hoping to do in 2015:

Take time to listen to more full albums. 
While we get a good broad exposure to music, 2015 is our year to go deep and take the time to appreciate an artist's full album. (Thanks to Spotify, this should be easy!)


Find a way for music to fit into our current, ever-changing lives. 
Between life, work, and school (and any combination thereof), things can get a little chaotic, and it can be hard to find new music. But we resolve to continue to discover new jams! And by that, I mean songs other than “Let It Go” and “Happy.” 

Befriend more local bands.
And hopefully commission more band-made artwork.

harmonic blue's masterpiece self portrait
Explore new venues that crop up in DC. 
Or even just new-to-us venues! (Looking at you, Gypsy Sally's and every single house in Petworth.)

Check out a new festival! 
Savannah Stopover, SXSW, and CMJ were all such an incredible time -- fingers crossed we’ll find a new festival or three to love in 2015!




And, just for funsies, we wanted to check in on how we did on our resolutions in 2014. Click ahead to see our successes!
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