Friday, July 31, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday, music-lovers! We hope your weekend is full of sun, fun, and at least one glass of rosé.

Your Weekend Jam: Kaskade and Isley collaborated on this brand-spanking-new release, "Disarm." The track lives up to its name -- so disarming!

TIOJ Thoughts: 

This is what I’ll be watching all weekend.

New favorite Tumblr: Rappers as Hall of Fame baseball players.

A Brussels sprouts tour of DC, yes please.

White House residents just got even cuter.

Free! Grab Major Lazer and MØ ’s cover of Frank Ocean’s “Lost” for free here!

And in case you missed it: We chatted with photog and friend of the blog Andrew Markowitz about what creativity means, and shared with you our very favorite July moments and songs!

{RECAP} milky chance

Sara and Sarah ventured out to Echostage to check out Milky Chance's show -- check out their impressive recap below!

Echostage is a special place in the DC music scene. The term "love it or hate it" may apply, though I believe that in many cases "love it or hate-having-to-deal-with-the-post-show-mess-of-cabs-and-ubers-clamoring-for-a-spot-to-pick-up-the-hordes-of-Urban-Outfitters-clad-20-somethings" is more apt.

All to say, Echostage is a destination. And for a great show, can be a trip very much worth taking.

Such was the case on Monday when we ventured out to Northeast to catch Milky Chance live.

The German duo of Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch have been touring in promotion of their record Sadnecessary, which they recorded in Rehbein's parents' house on a budget. Their quick ascension to notoriety is a true 21st century success story. They gained traction after uploading "Stolen Dance" to YouTube in 2013, and becoming one of the most talked about acts on HypeM. Their album was self-released, which lends itself to a true authenticity devoid of corporate influence.

The show itself was a fitting reflection of Milky Chance's genius. Calling an album Sadnecessary indicates an immediacy: it's neither fully sad nor fully avoidable. It's melancholy is a secret hidden under danceable beats.

The show stayed perfectly true to the album's concept. Echostage is a large venue complete with copious laser lights, an underlit bar, and cups of water for $5. While attendance at a Milky Chance concert feels like a party, it also feels more visceral and intimate than your everyday electro-pop show.

The band's sound is like the love triangle of Alt-J and newly re-monikered Jr. Jr., with a dash of -- if you can believe it -- Tallest Man On Earth. Rehbein's voice conveys intense emotion and longing, creating an absolutely perfect contrast against the flashing lasers and grinding young people. Between the band's commanding and moving vocal performance and hugely impressive harmonica solos, Milky Chance's set was unexpected and refreshing. They proved that, up-and-comers and self-starters as they are, they are all about the music, and that translated clearly in the scene at Echostage. It's acts like Milky Chance that leave you feeling excited about the motion of creative advancement in 2015's music scene.

We leave you with the first verse and chorus of their popular song "Flashed Junk Mind." To us, this song perfectly captures both Milky Chance's performance and their aura in general.

We were young souls
On the junk-yard
Now we are stunned minds
Full of junk-goods
But I feel your heartbeat
Just like mine
I feel your heartbeat
All the time

And we were bound to the city life
Flashlights when we're falling into the night
Focused on what you feel
Just when you were calling her love that day

If you have the chance, go see Milky Chance live.

Thanks so much, Sarah and Sara! Up next: the Sara(h)s are back at it seeing Young Rising Sons on August 3.

{PLAYLIST} lollapalooza 2015

If you're one of the lucky ones, you'll be hopping on a plane, train, or bicycle and heading to Chi-town this weekend to attend one of the very bests of the festival circuit -- Lollapalooza. If you're like us, though, and real life has gotten in the way of your groove, you can plug in, press play, and pretend you're there by listening along to our playlist below!

Grab a slice of deep dish and an IPA and press play!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

{PLAYLIST} best of july 2015

Summer is zooming on by, and before we know it, we'll be trading in this constant humidity for a breath of fresh fall air. But before that, we're going to take a look back at the month of July. And in July, we:
And in July, we listened to:

"Flowers" - Leon Bridges
This album has been my #1 on rotation this month -- obsessed with this dude!
"That Don't Sound Like You" - Lee Brice
Another Lee Brice song to make me teary.
"Let Me Down Easy" - Sheppard
These recent interviewees are so infectiously adorable on this track!
"Number One" - Tove Stryke
Tove Stryke killed it this month -- especially with this uplifting tune.
"Thunder Road" (Bruce Springsteen cover) - Frank Turner
Any excuse for a Bruce cover is A-OK with me.
"London" - Benjamin Clementine
Deep voice, deeper lyrics.
"Here" - Alessia Cara
Loved discovering Alessia this month -- get ready for her to blow up!
"Sugar Dream" - Valley Shine
What a fun, poppy, and happy song for the summer!
"Castle" - Christopher Paul Stelling
Words can't really express how much I love CPS.
"Tropical Vacation" - COLLAJ
Add this to your summer playlist pronto, people.
"Roads" - Lawson
Loooooove these British indie poppers.
"First Light" - Django Django
I've done my share of desk dancing to this jam.
"Gone Tomorrow" - The Staves
Fell back in so much love with The Staves after watching this documentary.
"Electric Indigo" - The Paper Kites
So thankful that The Paper Kites have released new music -- can't wait for more from them!

{THROWBACK} the most incredible early 2000s medley

STOP EVERYTHING YOU'RE DOING AND LISTEN TO THIS. Country darling Kelsea Ballerini recently paid homage to all of her favorite childhood songs -- which I guarantee were yours too. Britney and Xtina, *N SYNC and BSB, Destiny's Child... and with a little bit of a twang. This is amazing.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

alessia cara is my jam

Oh my goodness. If you guys haven't listened to Alessia Cara yet, get on it pronto! Mark my words, this 18-year-old is about to BLOW UP.

Check out her live performance of her hit "Here" for TED, which recounts, in an effortlessly cool way, being at a party that you hate. I seriously wish I could have been friends with this chick in high school -- she's self confident, and witty with one of the biggest and most alluring voices I've heard in a while.

And if her original songs weren't enough to convince you, Alessia is winning us over with her wide variety of fabulous covers. We're digging her covers of Taylor Swift and Amy Winehouse and you can find many many more (Sam Smith! Lorde! Biebs! Oh my!) on her Soundcloud.

DC! Alessia will be playing at U Street Music Hall August 28, grab your tickets here!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

some leon bridges for your afternoon!

Stop what you're doing right this minute, and start listening to this acoustic version of Leon Bridges' "Coming Home." Caveat: there's about a minute's worth of politics at the beginning, so if you're offended, fast forward to 1:27. I think it's worth a listen, though.

Now repeat until you get to go home from work.

{CREATIVE} andrew markowitz

This Is Our Jam is so inspired and in awe of creative individuals and their endeavors. We want to find out how music goes hand in hand with that creativity. This series of interviews with cool and creative people looks at how they view creativity, sources of inspiration, and, of course, the most inspiring music for creative endeavors.

To kick off our series, we chatted with TIOJ Photographer Andrew Markowitz about his creative process, his surprising sources of inspiration, and what makes a good band to photograph. 

Who are you and what do you do that's cool and creative? 
I'm a photographer in the DC area that shoots fashion, concerts and sports. I'm not sure if that makes me cool or creative.

How do you define creativity?
I think creativity is defined by pushing limits and exploring new things, especially trying things you've never tried before. It's very easy to get stuck in a rut of "I know this works, this provides good results, I'm going to stick with this because I know it'll provide a good outcome," and it's hard to look past that. Getting trapped in that mindset, for me, makes things old and stale after awhile. Sometimes it's hard to push past and force yourself to try something you've never attempted before or even try something that you'd told yourself you'd never do. I know when shooting fashion and working on model portfolios I've tried to do things I told myself I wouldn't initially try or wouldn't do. But that's how you grow and that's how you create. Sometimes it comes out bad just like you thought it would and you wasted a few minutes, other times it comes out amazing and you're glad you tried. Most often it comes out alright and you can look at things from a different perspective and go down another avenue.

Click ahead for more!

Monday, July 27, 2015

benjamin clementine is so fine

Benjamin Clementine may sound like the name of a character from Downton Abbey, but that's not the (only) reason I'm enamored with him. This Brit's voice is so deep and smooth, and I've been listening to his song "London" on repeat. The young (he's only 26!) singer is greatly influenced by poets and writers, from William Blake to C.S. Lewis and his fantastical inspiration can be seen so clearly through his lyrics and arrangements.

"lose my mind" vs. "lose control"

This latest game of Compare and Contrast may not be the most authentic, since the songs technically have different titles. But things are being lost, and those things are essential to being a human (being in control and of sane mind). But let's look at these anyway. Brett Eldredge's latest song is called "Lose My Mind." And there's the Missy Elliot classic "Lose Control."

Do you have a preference? Nostalgic value winning out? Can't get behind the brief sampling of Gnarls Barkley in a country song? And let's get to my real question -- is this compare and contrast still valid even though the songs have different titles?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

{WATCH} "austin to boston"

Communion Music has been a long-time favorite of TIOJ as they support many of our favorite musicians including Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, and Bear's Den. So it was with such delight that we recently discovered a documentary put together by the UK label The documentary "Austin to Boston" follows four bands from the end of SXSW in Austin through a maze of cities in the U.S. The journey, traversed in five VW vans, is peppered with beautiful scenery, quiet moments, and a feeling of nostalgia captured in moments shot on Super 8 film.

The documentary, narrated by Old Crowe Medicine Show's Gill Landry, follows Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Bear's Den as they get to know each other and engage in many a late night singalong.

Stream "Austin to Boston" on Netflix

Friday, July 24, 2015

weekend thoughts...

You made it to Friday! Stay cool this weekend, whether you're at the beach, a music festival, or at brunch after brunch!

Your Weekend Jam: Grab your besties and some lemonade and jam to The Mowgli’s latest “Summertime” all warm-weekend long!


TIOJ Thoughts: 

Eaux Claire festival sounds like it was such a dream -- must go next year!

Take a look at these pretty incredible pictures from Nirvana’s first concert. Ever.

Alfonso Ribeiro (aka CARLTON) and Justin Timberlake do the Carlton. Amazing.

Why you can’t get “Shut Up and Dance” out of your head. 

Those kiddos at PS22 <3

Free! Have you downloaded Wilco’s surprise album Star Wars yet?? Get it on their website or on iTunes now!!!

DC Happenings: Have you been to the National Building Museum's BEACH yet?? Relive your glory days of going to a ball pit!!

And in case you missed it: We chatted it up with George Sheppard of (you guessed it) Sheppard in anticipation of their Monday show at U Hall!

{RECAP} kishi bashi, guster

TIOJ Concert Correspondent Andrew M. headed out to Wolf Trap the other night for the most wonderful combination of an outdoor concert, Kishi Bashi, and Guster. Check out his incredible photo recap below!

Kishi Bashi:


Click ahead for more photos of both Kishi Bashi and of Guster!

{PLAYLIST} newport folk festival 2015

It's been oh so humid this week, which is making us pine for northern lands -- particularly New England, and even more specifically, Newport, Rhode Island. Add in some old Victorian mansions and more lobster than you can imagine, and you have every element of our perfect weekend. The annual Newport Folk Festival is the sprinkles on top (psh, cherry on top? Sprinkles are where it is...).

Headed up to Newport this weekend? These are the artists we wish we could be seeing... and we think you should want to see them too.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

{THROWBACK} "this must be the place (naive melody)"

Because we cannot resist a good cover of this Talking Heads classic and Iron & Wine's x Band of Horses' interpretation is just as good as you would expect...

Listen to more of our favorite covers of "This Must Be The Place" here and here!

{RECAP} fictionist, COIN, neon trees

Concert Correspondent Danielle was able to check out Fictionist, interview alumni COIN, and Neon Trees at the 9:30 Club on Monday night -- read ahead to see what she thought!

You would have never guessed it was a Monday night if you caught the crowd at 930 Club this week. There were no sleepyheads in this group. Fictionist, COIN and Neon Trees played to a packed, energized house of fans that from start-to-finish didn’t once stop singing and dancing along with them.

Fictionist opened with a futuristic yet retro sound. Songs like “Not Over You” showcased spacey electronics and masterful electric guitar talent. High pitched vocals and resounding guitar chords were perfectly synchronized in “City At War.” These Utah boys ended on a high note with “Free Spirit” off their third independently released, self-titled album Fictionist. This head bopping-induced, dancy rock song alone should give you enough incentive to check these guys out if you haven’t already!


COIN, a teenage girl’s dream indie boy band, followed with one incredibly catchy track after another off of their debut album released just last month. The songs cooked up by these Nashville natives have a way of encapsulating the infinite energy of youth, also displayed by their bubbly awe-struck fans. Listen to “Run” and “Atlas” and you’ll be hooked for good on these summery, indie pop tracks. 

When headliner Neon Trees took the stage, the night was far from over. With theatrical, David Bowie style, frontman Tyler Glenn had everyone captivated by his gold sneakers and electrifying dance moves. The entire crowd sang along in unison to alt-pop favorites including “Animal” and “1983.” They ended with the popular “Everybody Talks” and then with a cover of “Come on Eileen”; a perfect encore for these '80s rock-inspired all-stars.

Thank you so much, Danielle!! Up next: Andrew's photo recap of Kishi Bashi and Guster at Wolf Trap!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

cerulean city is our jam

DC friends, are you known to spend your weekend nights dancing in the dark at U Street Music Hall to the remixes of your favorite indie songs into the wee hours of the morning ? If so, we have quite a treat for you.

Meet Cerulean City, the newest project of DC producers Caleb L'Etoile and Bisbeaux. This duo, with impeccable taste in house and pop music, blasted on to our radar with their first remix of none other than Passion Pit's "Sleepyhead." As it was my ringtone for a solid five years of my life, I can safely say that Cerulean City's remix does the original song justice and I have listened to it no less than five times already today. I suggest you do the same.

new music roundup!

So much new music, so little time! Is it just us, or are all of our favorite artists that we've been dying to hear new music from finally listening to us and coming out with new singles and albums? Guess that desperate tweeting of ours is paying off...

"Leave a Trace" - CHVRCHES
Fiiiiiiinally!!! It's been eons since our Firefly 2013 faves released new musics, and we love this song just as much as we loved their other stuff.

"Easy Days" - He's My Brother She's My Sister
After a few years and several life updates, this quirky band is back at it -- with tap-dancing drummers, onesies, and more!

"Stockholm" - Atlas Genius
Get your blazers ready to match these cuties. The infectious poppiness we know and love about Atlas Genius is back!

"Electric Indigo" - The Paper Kites
The Paper Kites have provided some of our most favorite summery, beachy tunes, and their latest is no exception.

What else are you listening to? What favorite artists of yours have popped back onto your radar??

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

{INTERVIEW} sheppard

TIOJ recently caught up with George Sheppard of the lovely Australian family band Sheppard in anticipation of their show at U Street Music Hall on the 27th. Read ahead to find out about how they came to be, their current tour (including cat cafes...), and more!

Listen while you read: 

Tell us about yourselves! How did you form a band and get to where you are today? 
Sheppard was actually formed by Amy and I through a university assignment. Amy wrote a song for uni, and being a huge fan of Fleetwood Mac, decided she wanted to put in luscious harmonies. It was at that moment she heard me singing in the shower and thought I would be a good candidate for those harmonies. We finished that song together and decided to start singing/writing together as a duo from that moment on. About a year later, a friend of mine from Sydney (Jason Bovino) came on board as the third songwriter/rhythm guitarist. The three of us wrote and recorded the majority of “Bombs Away” before we had the rest of the band together. As the record was nearing completion, we realized we were going to need a band to start touring, so we auditioned for a lead guitarist (Michael Butler) and a drummer (Dean Gordon). Our younger sister Emma decided to learn the bass to play in the band. It was around this time that we managed to snag an audition with veteran Australian promoter, Michael Chugg, who was just starting a new management company. We were given the opportunity to go into his office and sing a few of our songs for him. We've been touring and promoting our music with him ever since!


How would you describe yourselves to someone who's never heard your music before? What song would you suggest they start with? 
The music we make is indie-pop. Although it’s not your conventional radio-friendly pop music, it’s still fun to listen to. Our music is essentially a throwback to the old days of well-structured, easy to listen to pop music. Our influences include the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens, The Beatles, Elton John, etc. If there was one song that people should listen to that ISN’T "Geronimo," then I suggest they listen to "Let Me Down Easy."

You're in the middle of a big tour -- what are you most excited about? Any shows or cities in particular? 
We are about to head to Japan to play Summer Sonic, which I’m super excited about. I’ve never been there and I’ve always been so intrigued by the country. It just has such a unique culture and a very distinct personality, plus I’ve always wanted to go to a cafe where I’m surrounded by cats…

What are your requirements to have with you on tour? 
I think the main requirement is headphones. It’s hard to be on long flights and drives without music to keep you company. An iPod or laptop is also a big necessity. Without them the headphones are useless! A suitcase full of clothes and toiletries is also pretty essential. And a never ending supply of Tim Tams. Gotta have the Tim Tams.

Click ahead to read about the dynamics of a sibling band, inspiration, and more!

real talk: dc radio is LAME

Okay guys, real talk here for a minute. So recently I've been driving to work more often, which means listening to the radio more often. Typically I have a lovely routine of NPR in the morning and hip hop on my way home (work hard, play hard amirite??). But whenever I want to get out of that routine, I'm frequently disappointed at the radio options that we have here in the DC area. There's the Top 40 station, the "All The Hits Without The Rap" station, and the Alt-whatever station that typically plays one too many Fall Out Boy song for my taste.

I have a problem with this.


Click ahead for more:

Monday, July 20, 2015

seriously loving lee brice this summer

Lee Brice is one of those country singers who seems to always be on the radio, continually producing song after song. I'm finding myself loving him even more this summer, from listening to "Drinking Class" as I too drove to work at 7 am before the school year ended, and now to hearing the beautiful "That Don't Sound Like You" as I drive around South Carolina.

I also don't think I've ever made it through "I Drive Your Truck" or "I Don't Dance" without crying. What a heartwrencher, that Lee Brice. I'll even forgive the fact that he went to Clemson.

odesza x chedda da connect

Because we haven't posted a jam from The Hood Internet in a while and it is Mashup Monday after all...

We highly recommend pressing repeat as you continue to check your emails this morning.

Friday, July 17, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy WEEKEND! Whether you're off to a bachelorette party or music festival, we hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Your Weekend Jam: Add Santigold’s latest release “Radio” to all of your most recent playlist -- we guarantee you’ll turn the dance party at all of your weekend BBQs up!

TIOJ Thoughts:

This song/video is ridiculous and I LOVE IT. Going to do ZE DANCE all weekend.

What’s your Song of the Summer? NY Mag picks theirs (and it’s a TIOJ fave)!


I wish this happened every time I ordered coffee.

Free! If there was a perfect song for the summer, COLLAJ’s “Tropical Vacation” would be it! Put on your sunglasses and download the song fo free here!

And in case you missed it: If you like Walk the Moon or Train, be sure to check out Lawson!

{PLAYLIST} pitchfork festival 2015

And just like that, we're back at it! After a brief hiatus for the Fourth and some summery beach-side weekends, our festival envy is in full swing -- and this week, it's working in overdrive with both Forecastle Festival and Pitchfork Festival taking place. If we could split our bodies in half and be in both Louisville and Chicago (both of which just happen to be Krista's hometowns), that would be great. kthanks.

Now put on a hip crop top from American Apparel and press play!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

{THROWBACK} garth brooks

One of the best things about being in South Carolina this summer is the plethora of country music radio stations. I'm used to having just one in DC (which, let's be real, I do love), but having the option to switch between stations when I'm just not feeling the latest Luke Bryan song for the 84th time that day is magnificent. Plus, it seems that each radio station has its own batch of older songs, whether five years or 25 years old, that they keep in their regular rotation, many of which are different than the regs on WMZQ.

The other day while driving around the Lowcountry, I was graced with two different Garth Brooks songs -- songs that invite some of the best singalongs in country music. While I love bro country, it just doesn't compare. Enjoy.

{THROWBACK} "the safety dance"

This song came on the radio the other day and it delighted me so...

... mostly because I envisioned this clip from Family Guy throughout the whole song.

That is all. Happy Thursday.

p.s. Learn the history of "The Safety Dance" and the music video here (Spoiler: it is not inspired by The Princess Bride as I had originally hoped...).

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

{IF YOU LIKE} walk the moon, train

(via 1/2/3)

It's well-proven that we at TIOJ are suckers for upbeat, peppy music -- especially when said music is performed by the 2015 equivalent of a boy band. The latest to join the likes of Walk the Moon and Train are British poppers Lawson, who've long been making a name for themselves opening for Jessie J, The Wanted, and more.

Marrying electric beats, earnest vocals, and coordinated hand claps, Lawson, unlike other boy bands of today (lookin' at you 1D), has a grown-up gritty sound to back up their poppy, boppy, rhythmic style. Additionally, the pompadours various band members sport are pretty darn impressive in their own right.

We're adding ourselves to the long list of fans of these fellas, and we highly suggest you do the same. And if you find yourselves equally as endeared to them as we do, you can check them out opening for Sheppard on July 27.

Take a listen to "Roads" and just try to keep yourself from dancing along.

wishing it was "saturday night"

Those Canadians in Yukon Blonde have charmed us once again, and this time they're making us long for the weekend -- to be exact, for Saturday night. This is the perfect song to get us through the week to the weekend... and then to make the most of our most favorite day of the week.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

the latest cover jam to top all covers

I am a big fan of Frank Turner and his British accent that shines through while singing. I, along with every member of my immediate family, am downright obsessed with Bruce Springsteen. So, you'll imagine how happy I was when my brother texted me to inform me that Frank has a cover of my all time most favorite ever Bruce song, "Thunder Road."

I'm in love.

wild belle is back(ish)!

We've been missing Wild Belle for SO LONG. Thankfully, they've recently paired up with Diplo (a.k.a. Major Lazer), which was not quite the collaboration we would have guessed for this brother-sister duo but we'll take it.

Take a listen to Diplo's "Be Together" featuring Wild Belle and let us know what you think!

Keep jamming to lots of remixes of this tune on Soundcloud!

Monday, July 13, 2015

{GIVEAWAY} django django @ 9:30 club

TIOJ has an affinity for charming British bands, and goodness, TIOJers--you should too! Thankfully for you, we have another stellar giveaway for you this week--British stunners, Django Django!

We first fell in love with Django Django in 2013 at the Firefly Festival when they drummed and clapped their way into our hearts and minds with "Hail Bop." If you haven't had the opportunity to see these fellas live, what are you waiting for?! Enter now!!

While you enter, give a listen to one of Django Django's singles--"First Light"--fresh off their recent album Born Under Saturn.

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motivational monday with tove styrke

Endless emails or a sunburn from falling asleep at the pool getting you down this Monday morning? FEAR NOT! Swedish up-and-comer Tove Stryke is here to get you out of that funk and dancing with her latest single "Number One."

Watch the video below where Tove Styke proves that not even a storm cloud following you around can keep you from feeling like number one.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

{WATCH} oddissee tiny desk concert

DC rapper Oddissee is one of those musicians that has been lurking in the depths of my musical thoughts waiting to break free and with his recent visit to Bob Boilen's Tiny Desk, he finally has. His engaging and earnest performance at the NPR offices stopped me in my tracks. His flow, relatable lyrics, and jazzy supporting band is the type of hip hop that I've been desperately craving.

Get to know Oddissee better here.

Friday, July 10, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy Weekend! Whether you're escaping to the beach or hanging around this humid city, we hope you have a lovely weekend. Get it started off right with some fun jams and entertaining things we found for you on in the interwebs. 

Your Weekend Jam: Put a smile on your face with this RAC remix of Saint Raymond’s “Young Blood”!

TIOJ Thoughts:

Judgmental Metro map.

In case you’re as devastated over Kourtney and Scott’s breakup as I am, here’s something to help you remember better times…

An accurate description of exercise classes.

Knowing that the Black Keys and the President are Twitter friends makes me so happy.

Well played, Ralph Lauren.

Free! Canadian label Dine Alone Records just celebrated their 10th anniversary -- and they released a sampler of some of their most notable artists (Yukon Blonde! Miami Horror! Dave Monks!) to celebrate!

DC Happenings: Go see When Harry Met Sally in Rosslyn tonight!

And in case you missed it: We caught up with Mail the Horse before their show at Acre 121 tonight!

a weekend soundtrack from mac demarco

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Mac DeMarco has released a soundtrack meant exclusively for summer cookouts. And you can download it for free.

Now go buy some burgers and beers and enjoy your weekend!

Thanks for the find, Ernest!

{PLAYLIST} love is dead.

We're heartbroken. The universe just keeps throwing us breakup after breakup, and it has convinced us that love does not truly exist. From Ben Affleck and Jennifer Gardner to the most recent Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt split (and even Kourtney and Scott in between -- that's how sure we are that love is kaput). We're drowning our sorrows in some Ben & Jerry's, endless viewings of Dirty Dancing, and this playlist.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

{THROWBACK} "wonderwall"

I feel like we each have our own unique memory associated with the Oasis classic "Wonderwall" -- for me it's filled with nostalgia for high school and wRiTiNg aWaY mEsSaGeS LiKe tHiS. So, it should come as no surprise that this summer-ready remix of the original is my jam.

And in case you need to jump into the nostalgia pool, here ya go:

If you want more re-imagined throwbacks that are summer-ready, listen to this diddy!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

valley shine is my jam

If ever there was a song that was made for a TV theme song, it would be "Sugar Dream" by LA's Valley Shine. I'm picturing a show about a 20-something gal trying to figure out how to be a grownup -- so basically, it would be a lot like New Girl. Or The Mindy Project. Or maybe Odd Mom Out, my latest Bravo guilty pleasure. So basically, it would be like every TV show that I watch.

Anyway, take a listen to Valley Shine, a duo that has a shared love of whiskey and cats, and just tell me that you can't keep yourself from tapping your toes and bopping your head along to this infectious ditty.

{INTERVIEW} mail the horse

TIOJ had the opportunity to catch up with the guys of Mail the Horse in anticipation of their July 10 show at Acre 121. See what frontman Hess and the guys have to say about how Mail the Horse came to be, their unique genre of music, and more!

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourselves! How did you come to be Mail the Horse? 
Donny and I met in high school at a driving range in New Hampshire. A few years later we met Brendan and he joined the band we were already in, playing punk frat houses, college basements, bars, parking lots, and living rooms. Eventually we crossed paths with Will and we would all would meet once a week at this shed he was living in behind an old farmhouse and drink a bunch of jug wine and share what we were working on that week. We decided to move to NYC and start Mail the Horse, and a year or so later this guy Chris, who Brendan met in London, showed up in an old Mercury Sable that he drove to Brooklyn straight from LA for no apparent reason at all. Anyway, he bought a pedal steel and joined the band. That's the gist of it.

How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it before? What song should they start with? 
We all listen to a lot of country songwriters and grew up on classic rock and ’90s bands. It's hard to say what song of ours to start with. We suggest spinning Planet Gates loudly with a drink on the coffee table and a lover next to you on the couch.

What exactly is the genre Rock$ Off/Grunge Gospel/Country Booze? How did you come up with that description? (We love it!) 
That genre that we made up is a way to visualize how Mail the Horse fits into the rock ‘n’ roll landscape. If it makes you want to listen to what that genre really sounds like, we've done our job.


You just released your album Planet Gates -- congrats! What was the process of making that album like? How would it compare to your previous albums? 
The biggest difference from the previous album is that we recorded Planet Gates in a bunch of different locations spread out over a long period of time. A lot of that was because we were broke and really wanted to track in a real studio so we had to do a little at a time. We recorded our last album, Great Kills, in the basement of our old apartment over the course of two weeks. Planet Gates was recorded over the better part of two years.

Working with [three producers] was fantastic. They are all so different in their attitudes and the way they carry themselves in the studio but their techniques are the same. We were lucky to work with such high-caliber producers and engineers. They are masters of their craft and have great ears for little nuances that we get caught up on. We could do whatever we wanted, which was great, and if it was bad, they would tell us in a second. There were many revisions to songs and arrangements, and we never felt rushed. Each session -- and there were a lot of sessions that went into the making of this record -- was a great vibe.

Click ahead to read more about Mail the Horse's current tour -- including tour necessities and their road trip soundtrack.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

christopher paul stelling is still stunning

My appreciation for Christopher Paul Stelling began over a year ago when I was lucky enough to spend a weekend chatting, brunching, and concert-going with him at the 2014 Savannah Stopover festival. CPS was a force to be reckoned with, his gravelly, earnest voice ringing through every venue he played in, dark basement bars seeming even smaller as we all leaned in close to hang off every lyric. It's amazing and so, so gratifying to see this TIOJ-fave garnering such a pile of well-deserved praise lately.

Just yesterday, CPS's NPR Tiny Desk Concert was released and it's a stunner. See for yourself!

Don't miss Christopher Paul Stelling's brand new album Labor Against Waste. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

{GIVEAWAY} a.a. bondy @ rock & roll hotel

It's that time again -- the latest chance for you to win tickets to another amazing show coming up this summer! This time up is A.A. Bondy, the folksy Alabaman who is gracing Rock & Roll Hotel with his presence on July 14. If you don't recognize A.A. Bondy, you'll surely recognize his music -- it's been featured in a ton of TV shows, including Friday Night Lights (done.) and Covert Affairs. Take a listen to "Mightiest of Guns," and I promise you'll be itching to see him live.

Now that you love him, enter to win below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

Friday, July 3, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy July 4th Weekend!!! We hope you have a glorious extra long weekend filled with cheeseburgers, pool parties, and fireworks. 

Your Weekend Jam: Pharrell is celebrating July 4 with his latest jam, “Freedom” -- add it to your weekend rotation now.

TIOJ Thoughts: 

Vogue x Seinfeld. 

Even Portugal. The Man goes up on a Tuesday.

Let’s hope this new musical isn’t a total Monet.

Celebrate America by paying tribute to all 50 states and the district!!

Don’t worry -- the Foo Fighters’ anniversary blowout at RFK is still on!!

Free! New music from Dispatch -- and it's FREE on Noisetrade!!

DC Happenings: Who’s going to the Foo Fighters July 4 blowout this weekend?!

And in case you missed it: It may be July (July 4, in fact!!), but we’re still obsessed with some of our favorite moments of June.

{PLAYLIST} amurrikah!

Happy July 4, friends! Whether you're spending the day at a pool party, at (or in!) a parade, or frolicking near a body of water, the Fourth of July is a holiday that essentially requires cooking out, beers, the Nathan's hotdog eating contest, and, of course, fireworks. We hope that your day includes all of these things -- and of course, here's your accompanying playlist!

young wild and free (via)
Continue celebrating the Fourth with more playlists here, here, and with 50 states (and DC) here!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

{THROWBACK} "don't dream it's over"

Hey now, heyyyyy now --- listen to this cover of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" by Flock of Dimes and faves Sylvan Esso.

And the original in all of it's '80s glory:

Get more from this awesome session at A.V. Club Undercover!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"seventeen" vs. "seventeen"

Alrighty friends, it's time for another game of compare and contrast! We've got two indie pop songs by the same name from an old favorite and a new discovery. Each song successfully discusses the joys and struggles of being a seventeen year-old.

First up is "Seventeen" by new D.C. band Color Palette. The band, founded by Jay Nemeyer of The Silver Liners, is the most glorious mashup of DC talent. With instrumental and songwriting support from members of Brett and Misun, and live accompaniment from members of local bands Young Rapids and Dance for the Dying (plus additional support from a talented band of friends scattered across the country), Jay's been able to put together an impressive group of musicians.

The band's first release "Seventeen" beautifully reflects the talent of the folks behind this project with head bopping indie rock, introspective lyrics, and catchy melodies. Take a listen to the track and get excited for more from this band.

Next up is TIOJ perennial favorite RAC with his jam "Seventeen" featuring Pink Feathers (who is also his wife, awwwwwww). While Color Palette offered the male perspective of reflecting upon being seventeen, RAC's version of "Seventeen" offers the female perspective accompanied by the bright indie pop we've come to know and crave from RAC.

Which one do you prefer? Any other songs about being seventeen that we've missed?

DC! Color Palette will be performing at Rock & Roll Hotel on July 25 with a slew of other awesome DC bands -- get all the deets here!

skies looking bluer with greensky bluegrass

I'm kind of at a loss for words because I've never seen anyone play stringed instruments as rapidly as the bearded men of Greensky Bluegrass do on their fast-paced, bittersweet song "Demons." I'll let their music speak for itself.

These Michigan fellas are so incredibly talented--I just wish they were passing through DC sometime soon.
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