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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Jet Fuel Jukebox’s Valentine’s Day Spectacular

Jukebox_picHappy Valentine’s Day, listeners! In honor of the holiday, Jake and I have put together a playlist brimming with love songs.

I’ve gone old school for this, choosing all of your mom’s favorite romantic tracks, with highlights from Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, and Elton John. Jake, on the other hand, has included recent love songs from pop icons like Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Carly Rae Jepsen.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Jet Fuel Jukebox for 2/7/17

Jukebox_picYou know what day it is, don’t you? Yeah, it’s Tuesday, and it’s time for a new Jukebox.

This week I updated my half of the playlist (the second half) with only K-pop songs, since I’ve been on a real bad K-pop kick lately. If you’re looking for more domestic tunes, then I’ll point you to Jake’s half of the playlist, which features the likes of Lady Gaga, Kehlani, and Drake.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Haley’s Poetic Playlist: “First”

Hi all! I’m back for another semester of blogging with an old favorite of mine. Today we’re dissecting “First” by Cold War Kids. This indie rock group got its start in California back in 2004, and they have worked their way into our hearts ever since.

“First” was a single released in 2015, stemming from their 2014 album Hold My Home. This piece quickly rose to number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Its overall emotional beat and relatable lyrics make this song incredibly relevant and timeless, earning it a rightful spot on my playlist this week.


[Verse 1]
“Cheated and lied, broken so bad
You made a vow, never get mad
You play the game, though it’s unfair
They’re all the same, who can compare?
First you lose trust, then you get worried”

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Basement Dwelling: Pre-Orders for January ’17

Hello, hello, hello, and happy new year! Welcome to a new Basement Dwelling spin-off feature I’m proud to roll out — “Pre-Orders.” The purpose of “Pre-Orders” is to make a list of albums coming out every month that I am incredibly excited for, and to hopefully get you similarly excited for them. Maybe I will even review the records presented here in the future. But even if I don’t, you can rest assured these albums will be sitting comfortably on my turntable or in my CD player for the next few months. So let’s begin the inaugural “Pre-Orders” post with January’s most hyped albums.

Brandon Can’t Dance – Graveyard of Good Times (Jan. 13th)

I was first introduced to Brandon Can’t Dance this past October when he was the opening act for LVL UP and Alex G, when I caught their sets here in Chicago. Although I had no prior experience with the act, I walked away completely impressed seeing his set at that show, and was even more impressed upon hearing the first singles — “Angelina” and the ridiculously infectious “Smoke And Drive Around” — to come from his upcoming record. It’s simplistic, one-man indie electro-pop of which I’m excited to see how a full LP of material will turn out.

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Basement Dwelling: The Top 25 Albums of 2016 (Part 2)

Here we are, folks — the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The creme de la creme; the best of the best. Through streaming services, compact discs, vinyl records, and cassettes (lol), I listened to a countless number of albums this year.

Below you will find my top ten favorites. The ten LPs that made my music nerd heart flutter, made me reevaluate my life, made me do a dance, made me cry, or simply made me say, “Damn, that was really good.” The ten records you should have been listening to instead of complaining about how “music isn’t good anymore” or downloading Tidal (c’mon, you knew [insert “Tidal exclusive” album] was going to be available elsewhere eventually).

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first part of this list, which ranked my favorite albums of 2016 from #25 to #11.

These are my top 10 records of 2016:

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Jet Fuel Jukebox’s 20 Worst Songs of 2016!

Jukebox_picWe’re almost through the year, people! It’s list time!

Music Blogger Dan Fiorio wrote up a list of his top 25 albums of the year (find part 1 here; part 2 coming later this week), and next week, Jake and I will share our respective top 10 album lists with you in one combined post. I’ll also probably have some sort of list for my favorite films or favorite horror media this past year sometime in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for all of that goodness.

And next week for The Jukebox, we will feature our 50 favorite songs of 2016!

But for now, our playlist highlights the absolute WORST songs from 2016. These ones are bad, people. All of them. Every last one.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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