Jet Fuel Jukebox: “K.Dot won a Pulitzer” Edition

Yeah, you read that title right. If you’re not familiar with the pseudonym “K.Dot,” that’s just another stage name of today’s greatest rapping talent, Kendrick Lamar. And yes, yesterday he was announced as having won the Pulitzer Prize for music this past year for his album, DAMN. This makes him not only the first ever rap artist to be awarded the prize, but also the only musician to not belong to classical or jazz genres since Pulitzer began awarding prizes for music in 1943. Quite a feat, and a much deserved win.

Because of the monumental win for Kendrick, I have ended this week’s Jukebox with one of my favorite tracks on DAMN. Elsewhere on the playlist, Jake and I have highlighted stunning new singles by Nicki Minaj, Empress Of, and Kali Uchis. Outside of those three, there’s another 16 impressive songs we’ve added to round out this week’s playlist.

— Michael Lane, Blog

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Jet Fuel Jukebox: “It’s Tuesday Somewhere” Edition

So Arctic Monkeys finally announced a new album for May! Five years in the making, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino releases exactly a month from the day this is posting, and I for one cannot wait to hear what Alex Turner has in store for fans with this record (especially with the song aptly titled “The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip”).

Because of this news, I’ve added “One For The Road,” which is one of my favorite tracks from their previous LP, AM, onto the Jukebox this week. This song is accompanied by new releases from Anderson .Paak, Dua Lipa, and Cardi B, as well as another 16 cuts that Jake and I have been listening to recently, including Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues,” which comes courtesy of a little boy in a Walmart.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Jet Fuel Jukebox for 4/3/18

Well, Jake may have seen Lorde last week (which I can only assume was wonderful), but just last night, I went and saw a live show of my own. In the smallest venue I’ve ever been to, Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago, I saw a small indie band from New York called Public Access T.V., and they were great. Take your Lorde and shove it, Jake! (If you cannot tell, I’m just a bit upset that I too wasn’t seeing Lorde last week.)

So, naturally, I’ve decided to add one of Public Access T.V.’s tracks to this week’s playlist, as well as one each from the two openers that played before them, Prism Tats and Honduras. Elsewhere on the playlist, you can hear brand new songs from mega superstars The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes, among others.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Jet Fuel Jukebox: “Jake Saw Lorde” Edition

Jake is going to see Lorde tonight. I repeat, Jake is about to see Lorde, one of his absolute favorite artists, live in concert. Tonight. Like right now, actually.

And for this, I am happy. It’s a good week, and we have for all of our listeners a wonderful list of tracks filling out the Jukebox.

Because Jake is seeing Lorde tonight, he’s added 10 of his favorite songs by the pop star, including “Tennis Court,” “400 Lux,” and “Supercut.” As for myself, I’ve gone ahead and added some brand new stuff, some unknowns, and a specific highlight dedicated to an 80s track that came back into my life this past week, Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Jet Fuel Jukebox for 3/20/18

What day is it? Jukebox day! What time is it? Time to listen to some great music, brought to you by Jake Johnson and I!

This week on the Jet Fuel Jukebox, Jake and I have bottled up 20 songs to quench that musical thirst you all have. Twist open the cap and take a swig of some of our highlights this week, which include singles from Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala, Sia, and Bruno Mars, as well as 16 other wonderful artists.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Jet Fuel Jukebox for 3/13/18

While it has been a sort of slow week for music, that could never stop the Jukebox from guaranteeing another 20 awesome songs!

Some news, though, can be found in the announcement of the entire Pitchfork Chicago lineup. Like I said last week, I will definitely be there for the Friday sets, but Saturday and Sunday’s artists have left me hoping for more.

As for the here and now, on our own lineup of tracks in the playlist, we have songs from Vince Staples, Lorde, Taylor Swift, and James Bay. And as always, there’s another 16 artists for you to try out as well!

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Jet Fuel Jukebox: After Midnight Edition

Are you a fan of music and live in or near Chicago? Then maybe the Pitchfork Music Festival is for you! The Union Park festival has been slowly updating its set-list of acts that are scheduled to perform over the three-day weekend from July 20-22 — and so far so good! Friday features Tame Impala, Syd, and Courtney Barnett among others, so you can definitely catch me there on that day.

In other music news, there hasn’t been many huge releases over the last few weeks, but March looks good going forward. And still, even with a lesser amount of new singles and albums, Jake and I have scrounged together 10 recent tracks that we feel good about. On the playlist this week, you’ll find Superorganism, Twin Shadow, and Soccer Mommy, as well as 17 others.

Also, while you’re here and we’re talking about music, please be sure to watch this outstanding music video that Apple produced with director Spike Jonze, which debuts Anderson Paak’s groovy single, “‘Til It’s Over.”

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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