Jet Fuel Jukebox: Halloween 2K16 Edition

Jukebox_picIt’s a spooky Tuesday here on the Jet Fuel Jukebox, as Jake and I have picked some tunes perfect for the Halloween season!

This week’s artists include John Carpenter, Queens of the Stone Age, Michael Jackson, and Kanye West.

We here at Jet Fuel Review hope you enjoy your Halloween!

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Meet the Editors: Ashley Stajura

Ashley Stajura

Hello, readers! This post is a little late but perfect reading material for a Sunday! This week’s editor is Ashley Stajura.

Ashley Stajura is a junior majoring in illustration with a double minor in creative writing and women’s studies at Lewis University. When she isn’t working in the women’s studies department, she enjoys bettering her art and writing skills, digital photography, and exploring the local forests.

Ashley hopes to one day illustrate her own comics within the horror or fantasy genre. She loves to read in her free time, and from a young age has been inspired by the fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien and the thrill of Stephen King. She believes that their work has positively influenced her love of literature and her future today.

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Bree’s Melancholic Tales: An Analysis of “Brother Bryan” by Waxahatchee
Named after the Waxahatchee Creek in Alabama, indie band Waxahatchee was founded in 2010 by lead singer and guitarist Katie Crutchfield. Her 2012 breakout album, American Weekend, was recorded in only a week at her family home in Birmingham, Alabama.

Crutchfield is adept at tugging on the heartstrings of her listeners by utilizing casual, yet exquisite language and imagery in her lyrics, allowing listeners to easily connect to what she sings. Much of this raw tone is used throughout American Weekend, but I think with the proper recording studio, it is honed in her second album, Cerulean Salt (2013). This album features a song that I think best embodies the raw, casual, and exquisite (and of course melancholic) language and imagery of Waxahatchee, and that song is “Brother Bryan.”

“Brother Bryan”

[Verse 1]

“I said to you on the night that we met, ‘I am not well’”

We are first introduced to two people in this song — a vulnerable narrator and a person in which the narrator is speaking to. The fact that the narrator openly admits that they are “not well” to a person they have just met says a lot about what the narrator could be dealing with. The first thing that comes to mind for me was depression. People afflicted with this illness handle it in different ways when it comes to the public — some may keep it a secret to try and fit in with what is “normal,” and others may feel so lost and hopeless that it’s their last attempt to reach out to someone for help. I think the narrator in this song embodies the latter.

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Basement Dwelling: “22, A Million” by Bon Iver

Welcome to Basement Dwelling, where I review new records that should be on your musical radar. What sets Basement Dwelling apart from other music review columns is that these are all albums that are currently residing in my record collection. No promo copy was given, no stream was listened to. Instead, a physical copy of an album was purchased before I listened to it. Don’t think of me as a critic, but as a music obsessive looking to open a dialogue about some of the best tunes that are currently being released.

Let’s head down to the basement and listen to 22, A Million by Bon Iver

There are some opinions I carry that have always made me feel like an outsider when talking to my fellow music nerds: I hate Nirvana, I don’t really care much about The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, and I don’t like Bon Iver…like at all. I think his stuff is super overrated. Seriously, how the hell could his previous record top so many year-end lists? Did all those critics not listen to any other music in all of 2011?

This was a mindset that I’d held for years; it genuinely bothered me that I didn’t like Bon Iver. Over the past few months, after talking with friends about Bon Iver and my distaste for Justin Vernon’s work, I found myself wanting to revisit his older albums to see if I’d maybe been too harsh on the Iver. And you know what? I actually started to warm up to him. But in my newfound appreciation came a genuine hype for the record I’ll be talking about in this post: Bon Iver’s third LP, 22, A Million.

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Jet Fuel Jukebox for 10/18/16

Jukebox_picWelcome back to another fun-filled Jet Fuel Jukebox!

This week I’ve gone oldie, modeling my half of the playlist after hits from the 1960s. This is due to my obsession with the recent video game release of Mafia 3, which has taken up much of my free time over the past week. Mafia 3 takes place in a fictionalized appropriation of New Orleans in the late ’60s, and it features a wonderful, time-appropriate soundtrack from which I’ve plucked my favorites to include in our playlist this week.

In addition, Jake has updated his half with more recent tunes that he’s been enjoying. This week’s playlist as a whole features tracks by Sam Cooke,  The Rolling Stones, Of Monsters and Men, and Florence + The Machine.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Hero For Hire?: A Review of Netflix’s “Luke Cage”

It’s been three years since Netflix and Marvel initially connected, striking a deal that netted Netflix four separate full-run series as well as one crossover miniseries, all featuring select heroes from the storied history of Marvel Comics.

It wasn’t until April 2015 that the first series, Daredevil, finally saw its debut. Daredevil was an incredible open to the Netflix-side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and it set the bar extremely high for what came next. Unfortunately, it was followed by the decidedly faltering Jessica Jones, as well as a second season of Daredevil that had its fair share of good moments, but struggled to juggle too many storylines, overall resulting in a markedly muddled and disappointing season.

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Editor’s Notes #183

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Good evening, blog readers! It’s been a few weeks since the last round-up, so we have lots of new posts here on the blog. Our fall reading period has recently closed, and the newest issue of the Jet Fuel Review will be released on December 1st! If you’ve submitted your work, please be patient and you’ll hear back from our editors soon.

In recent weeks, there have been several Jet Fuel Jukebox posts. You can listen to a Carly Rae Jepsen edition, a jukebox from last week, and the most recent jukebox.

In the return of Dan Fiorio’s “Basement Dwelling” series, he reviewed “Atrocity Exhibition” by Danny Brown. In her most recent “Poetic Playlist” posts, Haley Renison discussed Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” and My Chemical Romance’s “Cancer.”

Michael Lane recently reviewed the video game “Bioshock.” Bree Scott, our Assistant Blog Editor, began a new series called “Bree’s Melancholic Tales.” In her first post, Bree analyzed a song called “Lifeforms” by Daughter. She also interpreted “Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia Plath and reviewed the film “Midnight Special.”

We have featured some more selections from chapbooks written by Jet Fuel Review editors and volunteers. You can read selections from Jess Jordan’s “Senioritis,” Rachel Steele’s “Plain-Hearted,” and Samantha Gennett’s “Pomegranate.” Be sure to check out these stellar selections of writing.

Of course, we’ve also had some further “Meet the Editors” posts on the blog. Check out these posts to learn about Assistant Poetry and Assistant Marketing and Development Editor Amanda Gieseler and Assistant Managing Editor Zakiya Cowan.

Stay tuned for more blog posts!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan