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.

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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

The Decemberists – Castaways & Cutouts (The ’59) #273

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The Decemberists – Castaways & Cutouts (2002)

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 ends year 44 – 2002. 2003 tomorrow.

Castaways and Cutouts was the first full-length album by The Decemberists, originally released on May 21, 2002, on Hush Records and reissued on May 6, 2003, on Kill Rock Stars. The album’s title is taken from a lyric of the song “California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade” featured on the album and in the YouTube clip below.

The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, the long-time girlfriend (now wife) of frontman Colin Meloy. She has created artwork for each of the band’s albums.

Neil Young – Harvest Moon (The ’59) #208

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Neil Young – Harvest Moon (1992)

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 34 – 1992.

Harvest Moon is the 19th studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on November 2, 1992.

Many of the musicians appearing on it also appeared on his 1972 album ‘Harvest, including Linda Ronstadt who provided backing vocals on the album’s title track.

U2 – Rattle & Hum (The ’59) #185

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U2 – Rattle & Hum (1988)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 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 30 – 1988.

Rattle and Hum was the sixth studio album from U2, and a companion rockumentary film directed by Phil Joanou. The album was produced by Jimmy Iovine and was released on 10 October 1988, while the film was distributed by Paramount Pictures and was released on 27 October 1988.

Following the breakthrough success of the band’s previous studio album, “The Joshua Tree”, ‘Rattle and Hum’  captures their continued experiences with American roots music with elements of blues rock, folk rock, and gospel music.

The album is a collection of new studio tracks, live performances, and cover songs, and includes recordings at Sun Studios in Memphis and collaborations with Bob Dylan, B. B. King, and Harlem’s New Voices of Freedom gospel choir.