Jet Fuel Jukebox for 3/21/17

You know what day it is? Tuesday! Jet Fuel Jukebox day!

Canadian sensation Drake dropped his latest album (mixtape? playlist?) this past weekend. And while neither Jake or I love the entire project, we’ve handpicked two tracks to highlight from it, “Passionfruit” and “Get It Together.”

Other than those two tracks, the newly updated 20-song playlist sees the return of Walk the Moon, NAO, and Neon Indian. Check out the entire setlist below, and give it a listen yourself!

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Jet Fuel Jukebox for 3/14/17

On this especially snowy March Tuesday morning, we introduce to you a brand new Jet Fuel Jukebox. Welcome it with open arms, won’t you?

It seems that Charli XCX’s new mixtape (which dropped this past Friday) has made quite the impression on both Jake and I, as we’ve both decided to highlight a track from her latest release, Number 1 Angel. Elsewhere, you’ll notice new tracks from Lorde and Little Dragon, who both showed up on this playlist over the past few weeks with their previous singles.

The 20-song playlist is rounded out by additions from Anderson Paak, Foxes, and Vampire Weekend.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Jordan Peele’s Directorial Debut Delivers: A Review of “Get Out”

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If you look back on the history of horror cinema, you’ll find that many make use of timely social issues in order to convey poignant commentary on their respective subjects. Visionary horror director George Romero continually did it in his Dead series, with Night of the Living Dead tackling race relations during the height of the Civil Rights movement, while Dawn of the Dead took shots at consumerism and its power to literally turn society into zombies. The Purge series of films delve into classism, Rosemary’s Baby is related to feminist ideals, They Live looks at the power of the media, and plenty of other examples handle countless other social issues.

The latest film to do this is Get Out, which comes courtesy of comedian-turned-writer/director Jordan Peele. Get Out is Peele’s first foray into the horror genre, as well as his first time being in the director’s chair, but this is never apparent as you watch it. The film is so successful in so many aspects that it ends up not only being one of the most impressive debuts of the last decade, but also perhaps the most socially charged mainstream horror film in that timespan as well.

Get Out’s central character is Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a 20-something black man who’s in an interracial relationship with his white girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), who plans to take him along for a visit at her family’s house for a weekend getaway. Chris is noticeably skeptical about the trip and coyly asks Rose if her parents are aware that he’s black, implying that he believes he may not feel welcomed by Rose’s family. “My dad would vote for Obama for a third term if he could,” Rose responds, Peele obviously making fun of the people who say things like, “I have a black friend,” as if that can automatically save them if they have racist opinions or support racist ideas. The punchline of the joke lands a little later on when Rose’s father recites this line to Chris verbatim.

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Jet Fuel Jukebox for 3/7/17

Welcome back, Tuesday, we missed ya. As always, Jake and I have a new playlist for your listening pleasure.

This week, I’ve highlighted a track off my new favorite record Drool by local Chicago artist Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, while Jake has featured Lorde’s new single — her first new song in four years.

The artists rounding out our playlist include Phoenix, One Direction, The Japanese House, and Cage The Elephant.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Jet Fuel Jukebox for 2/28/17

Jukebox_picAnother Tuesday, another Jukebox. Jake and I have yet another 20 songs for you to enjoy.

This week, I went back and plucked out some of my favorite rock songs from the 90s and early 2000s. No particular reason except I just felt like rocking this week. Highlights from Death From Above 1979, Queens of the Stone Age, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers round out my half of the playlist. Jake’s half includes the infectious new hit from Katy Perry, “Chained To The Rhythm,” as well as tracks from Ellie Goulding and Solange.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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This Wick is Still Burning Strong: A Review of “John Wick: Chapter Two”

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Veteran action star Keanu Reeves returns to embody his titular role in John Wick: Chapter Two, which proves to be a fantastic follow-up to the 2014 sleeper-hit that single-handedly revived Reeves’ stagnant career.

John Wick 2 expands upon all of the aspects that made its predecessor so invigorating, and is a near-perfect example for what a film sequel should be. John Wick was brimming with style, featured some of the best gun-fighting I’d ever seen on film, and was set in an immensely intriguing world. It was light on story, but that didn’t matter, because even though we didn’t know it yet, that first film gave us everything we wanted from an action flick: John Wick being an absolute badass. John Wick 2 presents its audience with all of this and then some.

The longer runtime of John Wick 2 allows for an even higher body count, as well as a more fleshed-out story this time around. John Wick is ready to settle back into retirement after his previous encounter forced him to return to a dangerous world of assassination. However, getting out of this line of work is never as easy as Wick would like it to be.

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Jet Fuel Jukebox for 2/21/17

Jukebox_picYet again it is Tuesday, signifying the update for our Jet Fuel Jukebox playlist!

This week, Jake and I have each highlighted a brand new track that opens each of our halves of the playlist. Jake’s pick is “Love” by Lana Del Rey, while I’ve chosen “High” by Little Dragon. Other than that, the other 18 songs include artists like Syd, The Naked And Famous, and Banks. You won’t want to miss this one!

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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