Friday, January 29, 2016

weekend thoughts...

After a week of having your life taken over by snow, take this weekend to get out and get back to normal! The weather is a little warmer, it's Restaurant Week, three of the Capitals are in the All Star Game -- what else do you need?

Your Weekend Jam: Don’t forget about those New Year's Resolutions, friends! Repeat your mantra: “I’m In Control” with the help of the latest jam from AlunaGeorge.

TIOJ Thoughts:

A modern interpretation of “Ironic.”

Laughed my ass off during this comedy special over the snow daze.

Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson? 

B.o.B. vs. Neil DeGrasse Tyson with a mind-boggling conspiracy theory vs. science.

Best. Quiz. Ever. 

Free! ATO’s Winter Sampler is up on Noisetrade and, spoiler alert, it’s awesome. 

And in case you missed it: We chatted with the boys of POP ETC!

{PLAYLIST} keep your head up

It's a dreary time of the month -- the buzz of new year's resolutions is wearing off, there are graying snow and ice mountains on every corner, and it's just pretty meh out. But adopt any of these songs as your theme song or mantra -- keep your head up, keep your eyes on the prize, and you'll be just fine.


Thursday, January 28, 2016


GUYS! Do you know what day today is? It's only the most important day of the year -- Stacey's birthday!!!!

For our dearest blogging bestie, we wish you the happiest of birthdays! And because our vocal skills are somewhat lacking, we figured Bruce would do a better job expressing the sentiment. (Fingers crossed he does an encore of this for you tomorrow night!)

{THROWBACK} "supermodel"

Freeform, the new ABC Family, was clutch during Snowzilla this past weekend. Mean Girls, High School Musical, and Clueless? Pretty much my ideal movie lineup. Ever. I think that after Saturday, I have seen Clueless 2800 times. So it feels fitting that on the 28th anniversary of my birth, I throw back to Cher Horowitz and baby Brittany Murphy  today -- so I bring you "Supermodel" by Jill Sobule.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

get jazzy with bibio

I feel like Bibio is my secret weapon. He flies under the radar but when he puts out a song, it captures a particular vibe so perfectly that I can't help but download it immediately and put in on every single playlist I make (see: "À tout à l'heure").

His latest release "Feeling" is no exception. This jam has jazzy disco vibes that makes you feel cooler just for taking a listen. Step up your cool vibes with me, won't you?

Bibio's latest album comes out on April 1 -- mark your calendars, friends!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

grimes is my jam

I have to admit, when Grimes first came on the music scene about four years ago with Visions, I wasn't sure if she was my jam. I didn't quite get the appeal and find myself totally okay with leaving her music to my brother and his hipster friends to rock out to at Pitchfork Festival.

Now, however, I can safely say that the tables have turned and with her new music, particularly her latest album Art Angels, I'm finally on the bandwagon. It started when Caleb and I heard "Entropy" at the end of an episode of Girls. The song features Jack Antonoff of Bleachers and is undeniably addicting (real talk: it's been blasted 4/7 mornings in my household for the past two weeks).

Her full-length album is equally great and was praised on many taste maker's Best of 2015 lists. My favorites off the album have been "California" (featured on our Wanderlust playlist) and "Kill V. Maim":

If you haven't yet, be sure to take a listen to the full album on Spotify.

nate leavitt and the elevation are my jam

Confession: I was initially drawn to Nate Leavitt and the Elevation because they were likened to Jason Isbell. But I'm so glad I was because, to put it bluntly, I love them. There are serious similarities, and I'm digging it. Nate's raspy voice is the perfect soundtrack to my extended snow cation, and it encapsulates the descriptor "ghost-folk" superbly.

Be on the lookout for their EP dropping in April! I, for one, can't wait.

Monday, January 25, 2016

{RECAP} torres

Our latest concert correspondent Corrine headed over to Rock & Roll Hotel to check out Torres -- read her recap below!

I admit I went into the TORRES show with an agenda: alone at a concert for the first time in years, I was going to drink some beers and soak in the lady rage. Looking around the cozy but slightly too-narrow barroom, I was surprised by the number of dudes (but not the amount of flannel!) in the audience. Is a TORRES show the best place for a date? Maybe? Maybe not?

photo via @tinydesk
She came on stage with the full intensity she brings to her incredible (and devastating, and hilarious, and beautiful) 2015 album Sprinter. At first, we weren’t quite with her—her seriousness seemed a little out of place in a cheerful crowd of millennials, proud of themselves for making it out on a Tuesday—but by the third song, "Cowboy Guilt," we got there. TORRES cracked a smile, still amused by the darkly funny song even after eight months on the road. I was impressed.

From then on, we were all on the same team, in on the joke, and having a great time. Live, her voice retained all of the raw, throaty power it has on the album, and she performed with a sincerity that gave her sharp lyrics an extra punch. When we got to "A Proper Polish Welcome," closing her eyes and singing “I wish I was the sea,” I speak for all of us when I say, TORRES, I hope you get everything you want.

There are a lot of ways to fall in love with an artist, a song, an album. But there’s something particularly wonderful about listening to something that feels true to your own life, that feels immediately applicable. At the end of the show, she performed "Strange Hellos," a song that, at least in part, is about being honest over being nice, and not apologizing for your feelings. “Heather I’m sorry that your mother, diseased in the brain, cannot recall your name. Heather I dreamt that I forgave, but that only comes in waves, I hate you all the same.” It’s a privilege men are given, but that women have to fight, all of their lives. TORRES has the ability to be both wounded and menacing, to sing in a way that threatens, if you look beneath the surface, you might find something terrifying, and beautiful, and liberating.

So, I hope that there are a lot of young ladies out there finding her music and embracing that angry part in themselves that tells them, “hey, maybe a lot of this is bullshit.” That this world wasn’t built for us, and it’s ok to get pissed off and need love at the same time.

Happy Birthday, TORRES. At 25, you don’t sound like a tired woman—you sound like a real badass.

Thanks to Corrine for the awesome recap! Stay tuned for more recaps post-snowpocalypse!

{INTERVIEW} pop etc

In anticipation of their show tonight at U Street Music Hall AND their impending album, we chatted with the Chris of POP ETC. Read below as they tell us about their history, recording an album in a Brooklyn apartment, and more!

Listen while you read:

Tell us how you came to be POP ETC! What led you to where you are today? 
I'm not sure when it started exactly. My brother and I have known each other forever (obviously) and we've both known our drummer Julian for like half our lives. We've made music for a long time together in various projects. I guess we just woke up one day, brushed our teeth, and all of the sudden it came together. Like magic. And there we were -- POP ETC. Its been a wild ride!

photo by alex welsh

How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it before? What song should they start with? 
Our new album Souvenir is out in a few days, so you should start with that! If you can't wait a few days, a couple of the songs are already out, so you can start with those -- "Running In Circles" or "What Am I Becoming?"

Your sophomore album Souvenir is about to come out -- congrats! What is your songwriting process like and was it any different for this album?
I like to write songs and make music every day. I feel much happier and healthier that way. This album was different, in that we really took our time with it and wrote hundreds of songs. I would write songs and then play them for the guys, and they would give me feedback and help me write and re-write parts. They are harsh critics, and aren't afraid to say a song isn't great if it isn't, which is good. Now that it's done it really feels like we have an album full of great songs that we all love, and that all have our own individual personalities threaded into them.

Click ahead for more, including tour essentials and who POP ETC.'s dream collaboration would be with.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

{WATCH} aurora's "runaway"

Since we've been talking about winter and musicians to watch this month -- we thought we'd stay on theme by recommending a watch of Aurora's latest music video for "Runaway." It's snowy and epic and beautiful.

p.s. If you want more, check out her Tiny Desk concert!
p.p.s. If you're in DC -- Aurora just announced a show at U Street Music Hall on April 21!

Friday, January 22, 2016

weekend thoughts...

SNOW DAY FRIDAY! We hope your blizzard weekend finds you warm and cozy, coloring in your new adult coloring book, and eating junk food because calories don't count on snow days. Stay safe out there, kiddos!

Your Weekend Jam: A new one from RAC featuring Little Boots for dancing around to while you tele-"work": 

TIOJ Thoughts:

Bernie Sanders’ folk album.

Millennial bingo for your snow day.

An ABBA reunion! At Mamma Mia restaurant!

In sports news, this year’s Caps are the best.

The current state of the 14th Street Trader Joe's.

Free! Reigen Miller is back with a dreamy cover of "I Want To Know What Love Is" available for DL on Soundcloud!

DC Happenings: Get your hats and mittens on -- SNOW WARS is coming! Sunday at 10am!

And in case you missed it: Just a few hours left to win tix to see Grizfolk! Hurry hurry!

{PLAYLIST} wintery jams

Attention, world: IT IS WINTER OUTSIDE. In case you were unaware. With the below-freezing temperatures, icy roads, and impending BLIZZARD, we are bundling up as best we can and bracing ourselves for wintery weather once again. This may or may not include a snow party where we'll have plenty of red wine and hearty comfort food. We suggest you find a friend or two within walking distance and do the same. Stay warm out there!!

Put on an extra pair of socks and snuggle up to these cozy winter jams!

For more wintery jams, click here and here!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

{THROWBACK} "chasing pavements"

Yeah yeah yeah, I know picking a song from 2008 is maybe not quite a throwback but stick with me. Wet covered today's latest diva Adele's first hit and the results are, as expected, gorgeous and pleading as we have come to expect from our number one band to watch in 2016.

And if you're ready for more -- here's Adele's version live:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

{GIVEAWAY} grizfolk at rock & roll hotel on 2/13!

Happy Tuesday, TIOJers! We have the perfect thing to lift you out of those post-holiday blues you may be feeling. Forget about the freezing temperatures. Forget about the teasing snow flurries. We're giving away two tickets to see American/Swedish rockers Grizfolk at the Rock & Roll Hotel on 2/13 and you should enter right this second!

Grab someone you love (or like a little bit, we don't care) and celebrate Valentine's a day early.
Still need convincing? Check out "Troublemaker," a single from the band's brand spanking new studio album "Waking Up The Giants."

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If you just can't leave it up to chance and want to get into trouble now, get your tickets here!

let the 1975's new "sound" start your day right

The 1975's sophomore album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (that's a mouthful...) is quickly becoming one of our most anticipated albums of the year. First there was "ugh!" and now "The Sound." This catchy tune is best listened to on repeat (x5 if you had to work yesterday), in the morning, and with a smile on your face regardless of if your office mate is around yet or not.


Friday, January 15, 2016

weekend thoughts...

It's finally the weekend, and a long weekend at that! Make the most of your wintery weekend with brunches, baby pandas, and an extra day to sleep in.

Your Weekend Jam: Keep your New Year’s resolutions going strong with Becky G’s “Break A Sweat”:

TIOJ Thoughts: 

David Bowie Street in Austin.

So many festival lineups revealed -- Bonnaroo, Gov Ball, and Coachella!!

Dad jokes from Mr. Phil Dunphy.

The full fugs and fabs of The Golden Globes.

Free! Remember that Erik Hassle cover of “Satisfaction” we shared? Good news! You can get it for free on Soundcloud!

DC Happenings: Go see Baby Panda Bei Bei! Need we say more?

{PLAYLIST} wanderlust part 5

There have only been 15 days in 2016, but in those short few weeks, 2/3 of TIOJ has traveled outside of the country. As the lone stateside-bound one, I've been struck with the most intense feeling of wanderlust -- and as such, I've added so many travel-related goals to my 2016 to do list.

Join me in dreaming of being elsewhere, especially as this cold, wintery weekend sets in...

Click here, here, here, and here for more wanderlusting!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

{THROWBACK} "satisfaction"

One of our key musicians to watch in 2016 Erik Hassle is winning us over with his cover of one of the most classic rock and roll songs of all time -- "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones.

And, of course, we won't deprive you of the real life moves like Jagger:

p.s. One more awesome "Satisfaction" cover

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

COLLEAGUES are my jam

While my respective colleagues at the office are just swell, its musicians COLLEAGUES who have been my true companions this week. I was drawn immediately to their electronic melodies that have been all I've needed to get myself out of a recent musical rut. If you're a fan of The Royal Concept or Strange Talk, definitely check these guys out.

Given the infectiousness of their jams and the well documented pop prowess of Swedes, I fully expect to hear one of their songs in a trailer for the next coming of age movie featuring Miles Teller.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

wild wild horses is my jam

I'm newly enamoured with Wild Wild Horses -- and yes, I used the British spelling in honor of these Brits. Noisetrade likens them to Imagine Dragons and Young the Giant, and I couldn't agree more. This will be the perfect music to commute to on these cold January mornings -- just enough of a beat to wake you up a little bit, but not so upbeat that it'll harm your ears before you have your coffee.

Friday, January 8, 2016

weekend thoughts...

Hola, lovers! We hope this suddenly frigid weather isn't cramping your style this weekend, but if you want to hole up in your apartment with the heat on blast, some Papa John's, and a bottle of red wine, we really won't judge.

Your Weekend Jam: Kanye's latest jam is credited by the LA Lakers for their recent success, and that tickles me to no end. I think that's a good enough reason for Yeezy's track to serve as your weekend anthem!

TIOJ Thoughts:

Star Wars X Biggie 

Hotline Bling” as read by celebrities

DJ Earworm on Morning Edition!

The #1 song on the day you were born.

Kanye West auditions for American Idol.

Free! Foo Fighters, incredible humans, dropped a surprise, free EP recording of their SXSW set at the Saint Cecilia hotel. Check it out now now now!

DC Happenings: Grab tickets to All Songs Considered’s Sweet 16 show on Wednesday at the 9:30 Club!

And in case you missed it: Our latest If You Like features Seryn, who remind us of The Head and the Heart and Imagine Dragons -- what could be better?

Happy Weekend, TIOJers!

{PLAYLIST} 10 bands to watch in 2016

It's our favorite tradition for the new year! Time to predict which bands we think will make it big in 2015! Do you have any suggestions for bands that are about to bust the music scene wide open in 2016? Tell us in the comments, below!

1. Wet
This band slays us -- their songs are just so gorgeous and emotional and we would like an entire album full of them in 2016, please and thank you.

2. Troye Sivan
SO our pick of Troye technically breaks the rules since he's already released an album -- but it was recently so we'll let it slide. Plus, we heard "Wild" playing at a bar in Arlington -- a clear sign of future pop success.

3. Aurora
Okay so we predicted last year that Aurora would make it big and we think 2016 is going to be the year. I mean she's Norwegian, so she's pretty much got it in the bag.

4. Erik Hassle
We have high hopes for this IYL alum and Swede who has been a critical force in our 2015 workouts.

5. Franceso Yates
This curly haired youngster impressed the crowd at Jess Glynne's show this year and with his infectious feature on "Sugar," we have a good feeling that he'll be making a name for himself this year. (For the record, we called this in 2014...)

6. Coast Modern
Okay so we haven't posted on this band yet and they only have one song on Spotify but... it's SO GOOD. Think Vacationer's cool cousins...

7. Stove
This folksy solo act gives off a nonchalant vibe and is a perfect way to get your Ryan Adams fix in 2016.

8. Kehlani
Kehlani is clearly one of the young guns in modern R&B. She's only 20 and already knocking our socks off with her debut.

9. Maren Morris
This country stunner already has been turning heads in 2015, but we think 2016 is the year she'll really break out. Look out, Carrie Underwood.

There's no way that Wasteland's Kelsey Byrne won't capture you with her rich vocals and hypnotic beats.

Check out our compiled playlist of all our favorite up-and-coming bands here

Thursday, January 7, 2016

{THROWBACK} "down in mexico"

If you're anything like me, you spent an excessive amount of time over the winter holidays catching up on a lot of Netflix and Hulu. And if you're a Hulu watcher, you no doubt saw the Google commercial with the wrestler and cat. (If you're not, you likely think I'm certifiable.) I did some research about that catchy little diddy, and it is The Coasters' "Down in Mexico." Try getting this song out of your head now.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

{IF YOU LIKE} the head and the heart, imagine dragons

(via 1/2/3)
Harmonic melodies, guitar-picked rhythms, tap tap tapping of drumsticks, and earnest lyrics abound in Seryn's "We Will All Be Changed," so it's no surprise that we immediately drew connections to two TIOJ faves. Seryn -- Texans by way of Nashville -- have a folksy instrument brigade a la the Head and the Heart, and a gruff, unpolished demeanor akin to Imagine Dragons. We dare you not to get lost in their soaring single.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

gabriel-kane day-lewis is my hyphenated jam

Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, of the Daniel Day-Lewises, is a teeny, adorable newcomer whose recent cover of the Bieb's "Love Yourself" is an instant hit in my heart. Who is truly surprised that GKDL is this talented? With a name like that, he was destined for success.

Check out Gabriel-Kane's debut single "Ink In My Veins" on SoundCloud now!

Monday, January 4, 2016

{GIVEAWAY} the knocks @ 9:30 club

It's the first Monday of 2016, and we have the best way to kick off your day/week/month -- a giveaway to see The Knocks on January 16 at the 9:30 Club!! Get your dancing shoes out and get ready to boogie the night away. Case in point:

Enter via Rafflecopter below!

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If you just can't wait, you can buy tickets here!

Friday, January 1, 2016

weekend thoughts...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We hope you're having a lovely Friday doing absolutely nothing. You can start on those resolutions tomorrow. 

Your Weekend Jam: Take one more look back at 2015 with DJ Earworm’s year end mashup!

TIOJ Thoughts:

Drake on cake.

Interested in crowdfunding? Talk to our girl Lisa -- she’s such a badass/brilliant mastermind.

Your DC restaurant to do list for the new year.

The 101 most anticipated albums of 2016 -- SO many good ones to look forward to!!

Free! A song to sing to all of your new Christmas presents from Pell --

And in case you missed it: We compiled our favorite songs of 2015!

{PLAYLIST} new year's resolutions 2016

It's the first day of the new year -- have you decided on your new year's resolutions?? If you need a bit more inspiration to keep up with you resolutions or to pick up some new ones, we've got you covered! (Plus, as always, these jams are all workout-ready so that you can easily stay in shape while you ponder your resolution to remember how to knit.)

Lace up those new sneakers and press play!

"Love Myself" - Hailee Steinfeld
In the wise words of Nada Surf, "To find someone you love, you gotta be someone you love."
"Run" - COIN
Get out there and get running! (Or cardio-kickboxing or SoulCycling or yoga-ing!)
"Ain't Got Far To Go" - Jess Glynne
No matter what your goal is for this year, remember to take it step by step and you won't have far to go!
"Number One" - Tove Stryke
We already know you're number one -- now make sure you believe it this year!
"Peanut Butter Jelly" - Galantis
Because healthy eating should be on everyone's list -- plus this is our favorite workout song of 2015!
"Go Big Or Go Home" - American Authors
No matter if you're running a meeting or hosting an epic dinner party, don't half ass it this year!
"Something New" - Secret Weapons
Get out of your rut and try something new -- we recommend a new makeup brand, a new chocolate chip cookie recipe, or even a new job!!
"Hold Me Up" - Conrad Sewell
Remember to be there for others this year -- your support means more than you know.
"Sidekick" - Walk the Moon
Break out of your friend circle and add some new besties to your squad this year.
"Sorry" - Justin Bieber
Whether it's apologizing for something big or small, don't miss the opportunity to say sorry. (Bonus points if you do the dance mid-apology.)

And for more inspiration as we kick off the new year, look to our playlists from 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012! (WHEW.)
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