Thursday, December 31, 2015

{PLAYLIST} best of december 2015/ALL OF 2015

We are simply HOURS away from 2016 -- and holy cow, when did that happen? But before we ring in the new year, let's take a look at the last month and all of our highlights from December. In December, we:
AND, we compiled a huge list of all of our favorite songs released in 2015. Press play below and have a huge blowout to celebrate the end of 2015 before you ring in 2016!

See you in 2016!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

see ya later, inshaa- allah!

Hey peeps! I'm off for a week or so the United Arab Emirates to go skiing in malls and buy gold out of every vending machine I can find.

I have no idea what Emirati music will be like -- iTunes tells me it's exactly the same as here -- so with that, I will leave you with my guiltiest of pleasures at this moment and promise to give you hipper music upon my return. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

what are you doing new year's eve?

Our friends over at Kick Kick Snare are making this New Year's Eve one for the record books with this amazing star-studded cover of the holiday classic "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?". Check out the video below featuring Betty Who, Great Good Fine Ok, Cody Simpson, and SO many more amazing artists!

AND! You can download the track for FREE here and perhaps play it at the perfect moment to seal in that last minute NYE date.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

merry christmas!!

It's Christmas!! We hope you have a wonderful holiday! We're taking the rest of the long weekend off to drink copious amounts of hot cocoa and gaze at pretty lights. Happy holidays to you and yours!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

{HOLIDAY} luray

The latest to share their favorite holiday songs is Shannon Carey of Luray. And as an added bonus, she also shares her version of her favorite song!

The movie White Christmas is my mom's favorite movie and a holiday standard when I was growing up. The song itself is so simple and beautiful and I like it done in many different styles and arrangements. But I prefer it sung and played simply. Like in the movie, it feels like we're protected and safe, warm inside while snow falls outside. Nowhere to go, nowhere to be but here. Here's my version of White Christmas.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

{HOLIDAY} secret someones

The latest installment of our holiday favorites comes from Lelia Broussard of Secret Someones. Check out her winter favorite below.

You can't ever go wrong with Donny Hathaway. "This Christmas" is my favorite modern Christmas song. It grooves so hard and that voice is unparalleled.

And as an extra holiday treat, be sure to listen to Secret Someones' latest video, "Let You Go," and put tickets to their February 4 show on your Christmas list! 

Monday, December 21, 2015

{HOLIDAY} lowland hum

Continuing in this holiday spirit of giving, we've got another tune to share today! This time from Daniel and Lauren of the charming husband-wife duo Lowland Hum!

We love Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas album in its entirety, but especially love the song, "Christmastime is Here." Lauren grew up listening to that album and has always found the song to be the perfect dreamy companion to a cozy night in. The melodies are mesmerizing to us. It does have a sort of melancholy tone, which at times provides the perfect contrast to the sort of energy normally found in mainstream Christmas music.

And as a Christmas present to all of us, Lowland Hum has covered this very song for us!

Friday, December 18, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy Christmas, TIOJ friends!! We hope that you're gearing up for a wonderful holiday and break from work, school, and all those silly things so you can focus on what's really important -- watching Elf and Love Actually on repeat.

Your Weekend Jam: The end of the year isn’t complete without DJ Earworm’s United States of Pop mashup!

TIOJ Thoughts: 

A DMV Holiday playlist from Listen Local First.

Dear Santa, please wrap all of my presents in Kanye paper.

Serena Williams and I have similar feelings about running.

Music themed greeting cards. 

Free! Swoon over a free live session from Anderson East on Noisetrade!

DC Happenings: Christmas has come early -- FREE U.S. ROYALTY show on Saturday afternoon in Shaw!

And! Dance your way into the holiday season with All Thing Go’s latest party, Red Santa, featuring Ra Ra Riot, Great Good Fine Ok, and more!

And more! Spice up Monday night with a free concert presented by Listen Local First at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

And in case you missed it: We handed over the reins of the blog for the holidays to Molly of Rock and Roll Hotel, Chris Richards of The Washington Post, and Loud Boyz -- adding all their holiday favorites to our Christmas playlists!

{PLAYLIST} merry christmas!

Merry Christmas, you cute little elves!! Even though it's been feeling more like Memorial Day than Christmas, we're so excited for gingerbread houses, stuffing stockings, and, of course, Christmas music on nonstop. Whether you have just a few more hours of work or a few more days, press play below and get yourself ready for the merriest of days!

(singing loud for all to hear via)

Stay in the Christmassy spirit with our holidays jams from 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

{HOLIDAY} loud boyz

The next box in our virtual advent calendar of jams is from DC punk band Loud Boyz. Get ready to dance along to their holiday favorites!

Fill your heart with holiday awesomeness with these two scoops of cheery greatness. They’re like beer bongs for your soul!

Mariah Carey - “All I Want For Christmas”:

Billy Mack - “Christmas Is All Around”:

Next Up: Love Actually watch party with these fellas??

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

{HOLIDAY} chris richards

Next up to share a holiday favorite is Chris Richards, music reporter and columnist for The Washington Post. Check out Chris' holiday favorite... which is quickly becoming one of ours.

 The holidays bring out all kinds of weird feelings. One, for me, is bafflement over the fact that we still don’t hear James Brown’s “Funky Christmas” on the radio, at the mall, at restaurants, at Christmas parties, and dozens of other places where it could -- and should? -- be played for all of December.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

{HOLIDAY} molly majorack

We're kicking off a holiday series in which we turn to some of our favorite people, around DC and even further, to hear about their favorite winter songs. Whether it's Christmas carol (or an interpretation of one), a New Year's Eve jam, or just a cozy wintery song, we want to hear what everyone is listening to in this festive time of the year.

First up is Molly Majorack, the marketing manager and assistant talent buyer at DC9 and Rock & Roll Hotel. Read Molly's thoughts below!

Little known fact about me: I grew up on country music. So when Clint Black released a Christmas album back in 1995, it became my family's Christmas season go-to. We'd put it on every year while setting up the tree. I know every lyric to "Milk and Cookies." That whole record will never get old to me. I still believed in Santa Claus when the record came out, and who doesn't look back fondly at that time in one's life?

Monday, December 14, 2015

the 1975 is back with "ugh"!

It's been a hot minute since we've talked about one of the best, poppiest bands (and British, to boot!) around, and we are SO glad that they're back and at it with a new jam! The 1975 is back with their jam "UGH!", which may or may not be one of the most commonly used words in texts between TIOJ (seriously, any emotion calls for a good "ugh!").

Saturday, December 12, 2015

{WATCH} a very murrary christmas

Very little needs to be said to encourage you to watch Netlix's latest special A Very Murray Christmas -- I mean, they had you at Bill Murray, right?

If you're on the edge, I encourage you to watch it for Miley Cyrus. Her voice in this special is on point and exactly the type of Miley we love on TIOJ.

Stream A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix.

Friday, December 11, 2015

weekend thoughts...

It's Friday! And it's going be warm! And it's almost Christmas! So go enjoy the weekend, friendos (and don't forget to pick up a present for your Grandpa)!

Your Weekend Jam: We may be a little late to this one but there is literally nothing better than this Matt & Kim video for “Hey Now.” Let Kim’s moves inspire your getting ready dance party this weekend.

TIOJ Thoughts:

Let Carlton get you in the Christmas spirit.

DC Metro Anagram Map.

Introducing Mr. Saint West.

Michelle Obama raps about going to college.

Free! Let Heaven and Nature sing! Noisetrade has released their holiday sampler!

And in case you missed it: Emily was back on TIOJ for a compare and contrast post!!

{PLAYLIST} christmas party!

It's that time of year -- you know, when every night of the week and every weekend day has some sort of holiday festivity. Yes, it's Christmas party time. Not that we're complaining -- any chance to wear festive jewelry, drink Christmas sangria, and eat gingerbread cookies is AOK with us.

Press play and party hop along!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

{THROWBACK} "family affair"

Guys! Season 2 of Amazon's Transparent starts up this weekend and I'm pumped to see what awkward and life affirming moments are in store for the family this season. Until then, I will just hum the cover of "Family Affair" by Villalobos/Colvin feat. Ruby Friedman featured in the latest trailer.

And in case -- like me -- you weren't familiar, check out the funky original version by Sly & The Family Stone:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

{RECAP} old man canyon, the paper kites

Krista and I trekked out to Jammin' Java (and discovered it really isn't that far at all!) on Saturday night to catch Old Man Canyon and The Paper Kites. The show could be described in just a word: lovely.

We caught the end of Old Man Canyon's set, and they have so many of the things we love: long hair, beards, and quirky clothing (this time, a University of Tennessee sweatshirt).

Next up were the oh so wonderful Paper Kites! Lead singer Sam Bentley was super chatty and charming (TIOJ weaknesses, of course), and he completely won us over when he lamented wanting to tell the story behind "Bleed Confusion." Apparently, the last time The Paper Kites were in Vienna, some gentleman in the crowd yelled at Sam to just play the song... The crowd on Saturday, though, was more than encouraging in allowing the storytelling to happen. (In case you were wondering, the song is amazing.)

We of course swooned when Sam told us that "Bloom" was a love song written specifically for the "city of Virginia." I could listen to that song on repeat forever and never get tired of it ever.

A photo posted by this is our jam (@thisisourjamdc) on

The Paper Kites more than succeeded in making us feel all the feels on Saturday night -- case in point, Krista leaned over at one point and said, "They're making me very sentimental." Props to you, Paper Kites, for making the holiday season even more lovely.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"c'est la mort" vs. "swan song"

Today's Compare and Contrast is brought to you by Emily of The Winding Roads That Led Me HereRead her post as she compares two songs that deal with two heart wrenchingly poignant songs -- "C'est la Mort" by The Civil Wars and "Swan Song" by Lana Del Ray.

"C’est la Mort," a song off Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars debut album, is described by the band as their idea of a love song; “a couple who had spent the past together and the present together and wanted to spend the future together, whether that meant alive or dead.”

“Swan dive down, eleven stories high/ Hold your breath, until you see the light/ You can sink to the bottom of the sea/ Just don’t go without me.”

The delicate piano tinkering and guitar picking seem to act as musical footsteps that weave around each other becoming one sound, one instrument. John Paul White’s and Joy William’s vocals continue along this path, complementing each other until they reach final refrain of the song. Their voices rising and falling in tandem, following on another to the story’s natural end.

“Heaven or hell, or somewhere in between/ Cross your heart to take me when you leave/ Don’t go without me.”

Four years later Lana Del Rey has written "Swan Song" for Honeymoon, exploring a similar subject The Civil Wars did in "C’est la Mort." The only difference is that instead of two lovers asking one to not leave the other even in death, Del Rey almost hypnotically coerces her lover to follow her into death.

“You got your money now, you’ve got your legacy/ Let’s leave the world for the ones who change everything.”

Del Rey’s is her telling her love that they can both leave the struggles of the world behind and be free together in death. Echoing Hamlet’s thoughts on life and death; “For in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil.” The song opens and closes with the lines, “Put your white tennis shoes on and follow me/ Why work so hard when you could just be free.”

One of the most visually beautiful, poetically ambiguous lyrics I have heard for a while, conjuring up feelings of freedom and lightness of step and heart. "Swan Song" is sonically vast and full of musical and vocal layering unlike the organic and bare "C’est la Mort." The song is full of echoing, haunting synths, a quiet but defiant drumbeat and Lana’s subdued and free flowing vocals. "C’est la Mort" and "Swan Song" explore the darker aspects of love but perhaps the more beautiful side of that emotion too, of wanting be with your love, not only in life but in death also.

What do you think? Can you choose a favorite between these two beautiful songs?? 

Monday, December 7, 2015

adele is worth the hype

You know those days when you're sick and all you need is a hug from your mom? Well, last week I was a harried madwoman at work and the only thing that could calm me down was Adele. If you're a regular human, I'm sure you know what I mean.

Last week, I couldn't help myself but to listen to her album on repeat and I found particular comfort in one of her newest jams off 25, "Water Under The Bridge."

And as a bonus... Adele, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots performing "Hello" with children's toys:

Now please excuse me as I watch 500 Snapchats of people lip-syncing to "Hello."

Friday, December 4, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Don't lie, TIOJers... you've totally been listening to Mariah Carey's Christmas hits on repeat all week. We totally support you. Carry on. We hope you have a happy Friday and a wonderful early winter weekend!

Your Weekend Jam: You might ask yourself: Is listening to Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis duet on Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" the best thing I will listen to all day? Why, yes. Yes, it damn sure is.

Get More:

TIOJ Thoughts:

Which "Love, Actually" Character You Should Hook Up With?

Things you didn’t know about "Love, Actually."

Adele impersonating Adele is just as meta and wonderful as you'd imagine.

And speaking of: an ode to Adele, our dream BFF.

Free! Check out The Basement East’s new artist holiday sampler on Noisetrade, featuring new and old Christmassy faves from Jars of Clay, Kyle Andrews and more!

DC Happenings: For those of you in the DC area this Christmas season, don't forget to check out Miracle on Seventh Street, a pop-up holiday bar in Shaw with a cocktail menu so delish it would make you dream of sugarplum fairies.

And in case you missed it: We recapped our favorite November moments!

{PLAYLIST} dance dance dance! part ii

Whether you're swaying, shaking, twerking, waltzing, roboting, or doing "the Elaine" everyone has their own dancing guilty pleasure they like to bust out at weddings, bar mitzvahs and in their front seat at red lights. Be sure to keep your moves in your back pocket for all of the holiday parties you have coming up... you know they'll come in handy. We can't help but bust a move every time we hear these dancing jams! 


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

luray is my jam

I have a new obsession for the winter, and I don't think it's going anywhere anytime soon. DC-based Luray, fronted by Shannon Carey (sister of former Bon Iver member Sean Carey!) is exactly what your ears need to get through these cold months. I love the nod to DC with "Kalorama," but "The Wilder" is really what I'm digging as I recover from a hectic Thanksgiving weekend.

Luray will be at The Black Cat on 12/8 with The End of America -- put it on your radar asap!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

can't let go of "let it go"

I didn't know that the thing that would finally make me not sick to death of "Let It Go" would be a country twist, but I have to say, I don't hate the recent collab between Lucy Hale and Rascal Flatts. In fact, you know I love it. Lucy Hale's voice is a whole lot lovelier than I gave her credit for and it's so nice to hear a twist on this done-to-death Disney favorite!

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