Laura Marling – Don’t pass me by (Starter for ten #226) 6.10.23

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Laura Marling – Don’t pass me by (2017)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 23rd – running between 9 and 18 August and featuring my top ten tracks from 2017 – here’s Laura Marling’s Don’t pass me by from her ‘Semper Femina’ album released on 10 March that year.

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Don McLean – American Pie (Starters for Ten #169) 9/10 (17)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #169: Top Ten Driving tracks: 190618

Don McLean – American Pie (1971)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

And, for the penultimate of the 17th – featuring my top ten driving tracks, and running between 10 and 19 June – here’s Don McLean’s American Pie from 1971.

Smoke Fairies (The ’59) #343

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Smoke Fairies (2014)

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 56 – 2014

Having signed with Full Time Hobby records in 2013, Smoke Fairies released their 4th album, a self-titled one, on 14 April 2014 in the UK only. It produced three singles – ‘Eclipse Them All’, ‘We’ve Seen Birds’ and ‘Shadow Inversions’ – which convinced the label to re-release the album worldwide early in 2015.

As a prelude to that, Smoke Fairies recorded an extended version and included a cover of Tim Hardin’s ‘If I were a carpenter’ and ‘Wild Winter’ a a very limited edition which was only available via ‘Rough Trade’ outlets in the UK over Christmas 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.

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More (The ’59) #309

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Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More (2009)

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 sees the start of the last year of the decade – 2009 – year 51.

Sigh No More was the debut studio album from Mumford & Sons, released on 2 October 2009 in the UK, and on 16 February 2010 in the United States and Canada. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 11 and peaked at No. 2 on 20 February 2011, in its 72nd week on the chart and following its Album of the Year win at the Brit Awards. In early 2011, the album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in the US.

In July 2010, it was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, awarded annually for the best album in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

In February 2011, the album was awarded the Best British Album at the BRIT Awards. In the United States, it was the 3rd most digitally downloaded album of 2011.

The album’s title is taken from a line in Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

Fleet Foxes (The ’59) #305

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Fleet Foxes (2008)

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 50 – 2008.

The self-titled debut album from Fleet Foxes was released on June 3, 2008 in the United States and June 9 in the United Kingdom.

It kicked in at No.11 on the UK album charts, eventually peaking at No.3.

Fleet Foxes garnered wide praise from critics, many of whom ranked it as one of the best albums of 2008.

The Decemberists – The Crane Wife (The ’59) #294

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The Decemberists – The Crane Wife (2006)

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 48 – 2006.

The Crane Wife was the fourth album by The Decemberists, released in 2006. It was produced by Tucker Martine and Chris Walla, and is the band’s first album on the Capitol Records label.

It was inspired by a Japanese folk tale, and centres on two song cycles, The Crane Wife and The Island, the latter inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, Colin Meloy’s wife, who has created artwork for each of the band’s albums