Tuesday, June 28, 2016

#DoYoga with rae sremmurd

So Stacey and I LOVE yoga and would normally go at least once a week together. Now that she's eight hours away (::sob::) it's a tad more challenging to do together. BUT now we've got this super vibe-worthy track from Rae Sremmurd to chill to from afar after a relaxing shavasana.

Inhale, exhale, and press play.

Note: If you're in the DC area, you HAVE to check out Hip Hop yoga at Tranquil Space. We went on Friday and it was great -- the room started shaking their downward dogs something crazy when this song came on. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

weekend thoughts...

Hey hey and happy weekend! We have such a busy weekend (2/3 of TIOJ is moving this weekend!!), but we have just the jam to keep our spirits up. Have a great one!

Your Weekend Jam: YES PLEASE! DJ Earworm’s Summer ‘16 mix!!!

TIOJ Thoughts: 

Does Ticketmaster owe you money??

A playlist for Pulse. 

Artists’ way to get you to stop using your phone at concerts.

The Meadows -- a new festival in Queens in October!

Free! Kanine Records released their summer sampler -- snag this now!

DC Happenings: How many of the top 40 dishes in DC have you tried?

{PLAYLIST} moving day

It is a big weekend for TIOJ -- two thirds of us are makin' moves. While these moves of are varying distances (one across town, one three states away), we know that the only thing that makes packing and moving easier is a good playlist. Especially if it distracts you from saying goodbye to people, places, and things you love.

Fill up those boxes and press play below!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

{THROWBACK} "hey good lookin'"

Our love of the darling Kacey Musgroves has been well-documented. And it's getting even better with her latest cover -- she teamed up with Conor Oberst to take on the classic Hank Williams jam "Hey Good Lookin'" at last week's NorthSide Festival in Brooklyn. Just as expected, it's perfect for a sunny summer day.

And of course, here is ol' Hank's original:

Friday, June 17, 2016

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday pretty people!! We hope you have an awesome summer weekend full of picnics, cold beer, and binge-ing on the new season of Orange is the New Black!

Your Weekend Jam: Because nothing says summer like a Sean Paul remix from The Knocks:

TIOJ Thoughts:

A Father’s Day playlist.

A father teaching his son about music.

Kidz Bop Hip Hop.

New emojis! Just in time for the Olympics, we’ll have water polo and gymnastics! (and an avocado.)

I miss 2011 songs.

Free! An awesome mix to get you excited for Pitchfork Festival featuring Sufjan Stevens, Whitney, and more on Noisetrade!

DC Happenings: Have you been to Jazz in the Garden yet???

And in case you missed it: Catch our most recent interview with The Staves!

{PLAYLIST} firefly 2016

DC's closest music festival is here!! Whether you're already one of the lucky ones camping out at this four-day festival or you're just FOMO-ing from afar, we've got a playlist of our Firefly favorites for you to enjoy!!

Pack a bottle of hand sanitizer and press play below!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

{INTERVIEW} the staves

Oh man, do we have such a treat for you guys! Today, we're sharing our latest interview with Camilla Staveley-Taylor of one of our most favorite bands The Staves. Read ahead as we chat with Camilla about being in a band with her sisters, what she's currently listening to, and their current North American tour! 

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourself! When did you go from being musically-talented sisters to a band?
It happened gradually, really. We always sang together round the house or at parties when the guitars would come out, and then one summer about 12 years ago we decided to do some songs at our local open mic night. We were running late so our friend wrote our name on the list. He wrote "The Staves" because everyone called us that anyway and "The Staveley-Taylors" is a bit of a mouthful! I suppose that was the start of it, although it still took us a long while to start gigging properly. I was still in school.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before? What song should they start with?
That's an impossible question! I don't know. Good?! I never know how to describe our own music. I think I'd just say that ours is harmony-based music. Most people call us folk but I don't think that's right, especially not the last album and current EP. I suppose we're a three-headed singer songwriter. That's fairly accurate. I'd say start with anything from our current EP Sleeping In A Car. That's most representative of us right now.

How is it being in a band with your sisters?
A constant power struggle... Nah, it's great. We've always been so close and that sense of ease and trust is so beneficial in a band situation. The bad side is there is no escape from the family roles you've been in all your life. We know everything about each other. That's both good and bad. I wouldn't change it though.

We love the Austin to Boston documentary that you were a part of -- what was it like to be a part of that experience?
It goes down as one of the best most fun experiences we've had as a band. It was so simple. Basically music and friends are fun! It all felt very romantic, and although it was insanely tiring with some massive drives, we were all in it together and the shows and mental times we all had made up for it.

Click ahead for more!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

summer isn't the same without "boys of summer"

Don Henley's "Boys of Summer" is a classic: a song that has wormed it's way into the hearts of beach bums of any age. The original song is pretty haunting on it's own, but KT Tunstall's live, stripped down cover is folksy and chilling on an entirely different level. I can't get enough of her voice.

What are your favorite summer songs, TIOJers?

Monday, June 13, 2016

{GIVEAWAY} mayer hawthorne at the 9:30 club

Mayer Hawthorne, he of blue-eyed soul, R&B beats, and seersucker shorts suits, is coming back to the 9:30 Club on 6/29. And we, dear readers, have two tickets to give a lucky Mayer-lover! Enter below for your chance to win!

If you need more convincing (as if) here's one of our fave Mayer jams, "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out."

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If you just can't leave it up to chance, get your tickets here!

Friday, June 10, 2016

weekend thoughts...

This weekend is a little bittersweet for the three of us, as we simultaneously celebrate and mourn our own Stacey's impending move to the South! Join us by raising your glass (or listening to your favorite jam) to toast our most wonderful blog-mate on her new adventure!

Your Weekend Jam: We’re digging the latest release from DJ Snake featuring George Maple!

TIOJ Thoughts:

Your guide to summer concerts.

Remember: Jay Z is still a rapper.

Essential D.C. food? Yes, please.

The girls of Girls speak some truth.

Free! I'm a huge Allen Stone fan ("Unaware" is a perfect song) so I'm thrilled that Noisetrade is offering a new sampler from his Voodoo Tour EP! Download and enjoy!

DC Happenings: Pride Parade is Saturday at 4:30! And! Beyhive Brunch at Red Rocks on Sunday!

{PLAYLIST} bonnaroo 2016

Bonnaroo, the music and arts festival that takes over central Tennessee once a year, is back at it again this weekend. Summoning more than 80,000 music lovers from around the country and the world, Bonnaroo brings together the best music acts, comedians, and vendors to create a truly magical experience and we're so sad we're missing out.

To assuage our FOMO, we put together some of our favorite jams from this year's lineup!

Are you going to Bonnaroo this year? Leave us a comment and tell us which artist you're most psyched to see! And don't forget to check out our 'Roo playlists from 2013, 2014 and 2015!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

a silent film is my jam

Add A Silent Film to your summer playlist rotation immediately, people. These Brits are so fun -- think upbeat poppy dance music -- with the enthusiasm and optimism of American Authors and Young the Giant. Love.

Listen to "Something to Believe In" and then get their sampler, aptly titled Retrospective, on Noisetrade!!

Monday, June 6, 2016

{GIVEAWAY} alunageorge

This is not a test, TIOJers. AlunaGeorge are coming to DC (the 9:30 Club to be exact) on June 17 and we have your ticket hookup right here! Enter below to win two tickets to see this delightful British pair perform live. Who doesn't love free tix for a Friday show?

If you need further convincing, listen to one of their most recent jams, the reggae-vibed "I'm In Control."

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In case you just MUST have tickets now now now, hurry and purchase them here!

Friday, June 3, 2016

weekend thoughts...

Happy weekend!! Enjoy the sunshine and steer clear of thunderstorms! 

Your Weekend Jam: Classixx AND Passion Pit?! Happy Friday, indeed!

TIOJ Thoughts: 

Uncovering the identity of Ugly Naked Guy.

Battle in the DMV’s local music scene: DC vs. VA.

How to see Hamilton in DC.

100 years of male pop icons. 

Free! Music for Ants’ Summer Mixtape is out and - SPOILER ALERT - it’s perfection.

DC Happenings: Your ultimate guide to free summer concerts.

And in case you missed it: Krista and Caleb went to see Cheerleader and Paperwhite! Read their review here!

{PLAYLIST} governors ball 2016

If you're looking for a musical reprieve from this surprise early summer that we've been having, might we suggest hopping on a Bolt Bus and heading up to New York? That's right, Governors Ball is where it's happening this weekend.

Press play below and jam with us while imagining the NYC skyline, of course:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

{THROWBACK} "beautiful girls"

I would start this off by saying this song is a guilty pleasure... but it's not. This is straight-up and unashamed love for this song that will forever remind me of the summer after freshman year.

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