Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (The ’59) #323

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Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2011)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 53 – 2011.

Helplessness Blues was the second studio album from Seattle, Washington–based folk band Fleet Foxes. Released on May 3, 2011 as the follow-up to their self-titled debut, it received universal acclaim from critics and was nominated for Best Folk Album for the 54th Grammy Awards.

Helplessness Blues is the band’s first studio album to feature bass guitarist Christian Wargo and multi-instrumentalist Morgan Henderson. It is also the band’s only album to feature drummer and backing vocalist Josh Tillman, who left the band in 2012 to pursue his solo career under the name Father John Misty.

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Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History (The ’59) #322

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Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History (2010)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 52 – 2010

Tourist History was the debut studio album form Northern Irish indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club, released on 17 February 2010 by Kitsuné.

It won the Choice Music Prize for the 2010 Irish Album of the Year and the band, after saying it was the first award they had ever won, promptly donated the €10,000 prize money to charity.

Vampire Weekend – Contra (The ’59) #321

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Vampire Weekend – Contra (2010)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 52 – 2010

Contra was the second studio album from Vampire Weekend, released in January 2010 on XL Recordings.

It went straight to No.1 on the US Billboard 200 and got to No.3 on the UK albums chart.

The album’s title is a thematic allegory and  complex reference to the Nicaraguan counter-revolutionaries, the 1980 album ‘Sandinista!’ by The Clash, and the video game Contra.

Pitchfork rated it as one of The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far in August 2014

Beach House – Teen Dream (The ’59) #320

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Beach House – Teen Dream (2010)

 

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 52 – 2010.

Teen Dream was the third studio album by from Beach House and their debut album with the record label Sub Pop, who released it on January 26, 2010.

It received universal acclaim from music critics, who hailed it as one of the best albums of 2010. NME included it in their 2013 edition of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was also included in the 2014 edition of the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and In August 2014, Pitchfork ranked it as the fifth best album of the 2010s so far.

The National – High Violet (The ’59) #319

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The National – High Violet (2010)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 52 – 2010.

High Violet was the fifth studio album from The National, released on May 10, 2010 via 4AD.

The band produced the album themselves assisted by Peter Katis with whom they worked on their previous albums Alligator and Boxer at their own studio in Brooklyn, New York, and at Katis’ Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The sculpture on the album cover was created by artist Mark Fox, and is called The Binding Force.

An expanded edition of the album was released through 4AD on November 22, 2010. The reissue includes the standard 11-track album along with a new bonus disc, featuring the unreleased tracks “You Were a Kindness” and “Wake Up Your Saints” as well as alternate versions, B-sides, and live recordings.

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (The ’59) #318

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Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 52 – 2010.

The Suburbs was the third studio album from Arcade Fire, released on August 2, 2010.

Coinciding with its announcement, the band released a limited edition 12-inch single containing the title track and “Month of May”. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Irish Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the US Billboard 200 chart, and the Canadian Albums Chart.

It won Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammy Awards, Best International Album at the 2011 BRIT Awards, Album of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards, and the 2011 Polaris Music Prize for best Canadian album.

Underworld – Barking (The ’59) #317

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Underworld – Barking (2010)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached a new decade – the twentytens and year 52 – 2010.

Barking was the eighth studio album from Underworld, released on 2 September 2010. The lead single, “Scribble”, produced with Welsh drum and bass producer High Contrast, had preceded it in June, although the band had released a radio edit of the track for free download on their website on 13 May 2010.

Each track on the album was written by band members Karl Hyde and Rick Smith in Essex, before being sent to producers well known for their contributions to trance, drum and bass and dubstep. The album sees further collaboration with Mark Knight and D. Ramirez, whose 2009 single, “Downpipe”, featured lyrics and vocals by Hyde.

There are seven slightly modified variations of the cover artwork – depending on edition and format – all created by John Warwicker. The album’s title comes not from a canine feature but from an east London borough.