This is a big week for us here at the Jet Fuel Review! Today we have an “Artist’s Portfolio” from a Lewis University student, Mervyn John, so be sure to check out his stunning photography. Tomorrow, come back to see a similar feature focusing on Alex Turner, another Lewis University student artist. And, of course, don’t forget to marvel at the 12th issue of our journal, which drops on Thursday, December 1st!
As for the Jukebox, we have yet another phenomenal playlist (are you surprised?).
Jake and I both picked a song off of The Weeknd’s latest LP, Starboy, which dropped this past Friday. Other remarkable artists this week include A Tribe Called Quest, Chance The Rapper, John Mayer, and Florence + The Machine.
Welcome 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.
While I was choosing another song for this playlist, I turned to Shakespeare — people just love referencing his works for some reason. I recalled a time in high school when my AP Literature teacher, who was obsessed with this “man” (whether he actually existed or not is an entirely separate debate), forced us to buy a $30 hardcover bible of his complete works. My teacher showed us the Shakespeare references that modern alternative band, Mumford and Sons, makes throughout their songs.
While I found this interesting, I also found myself remembering a time when, in the same class, I made my own literary connection to another modern artist, Florence + The Machine.
Artist Florence Welch often weaves literary references into her songs, and one of my favorites is in her eerie piece, “What the Water Gave Me,” from her album The Ceremonials. After doing a little bit of digging, I found that the title is named after a famous painting by Frida Kahlo, Lo que el agua me dio, which literally translates to, “What the Water Gave Me” (it’s also sometimes referred to as What I Saw in the Water). In this painting, there are a pair of toes peeping out from the edges of the water in a bathtub, while visions of sex, violence, and various creatures play out atop the bath water, implying that the water gave the artist some sort of foreshadowing of what was to come.