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

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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.

Bombay Bicycle Club – I had the blue and I shook them loose (The ’59) #313

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Bombay Bicycle Club – I had the blues and I shook them loose (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. Currently we’re at year 51 – 2009.

I had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose was the first album by the London based indie rock band, Bombay Bicycle Club released on 3 July 2009.

The band announced the title through MySpace and their official website in March that year having recorded it during October and November 2008, with the long-term producer Jim Abbiss.

The title comes from a line in the song “After Hours” by ‘A Tribe Called Quest’, from their 1990 album “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.”

U2 – No line on the horizon (The ’59) #312

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U2 – No line on the horizon (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. Currently we’re at year 51 – 2009.

No Line on the Horizon was U2’s 12th studio album. Produced by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, and Steve Lillywhite, it was released on 27 February 2009.

It was the band’s first record since ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’ (2004), marking the longest gap between studio albums of their career to that point.

The band originally intended to release the songs as two EPs, but later combined the material into a single album.

Photographer Anton Corbijn shot a companion film, ‘Linear’, which was released alongside the album and included with several special editions.

Them Crooked Vultures (The ’59) #311

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Them Crooked Vultures (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. Currently we’re at year 51 – 2009.

Them Crooked Vultures formed in Los Angeles in 2009 with John Paul Jones (ex-Led Zeppelin) on bass and keyboards, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters and ex-Nirvana) on drums and backing vox, and Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal and ex-Kyuss) on guitar and lead vox.

Preceded by the October 2009 release of ‘New Fang’ as a single, the band’s self-titled and only album  followed on November 16, 2009.

“New Fang’ earned them the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Muse – The Resistance (The ’59) #310

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Muse – The Resistance (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. Currently we’re at year 51 – 2009.

The Resistance was the fifth studio album from Muse, released in Europe on 14 September 2009, and in North America on 15 September 2009.

It topped the album charts in 19 countries on release and surpassed its predecessor (Black Holes and Revelations) in album sales in its debut week in the UK, selling approximately 148,000 copies.

The album’s first single, “Uprising”, was released on 4 August 2009, the second – “Undisclosed Desires” – on 16 November 2009 and “Resistance” – as the third – on 22 February 2010. ‘Resistance’reached number one in the UK Rock Chart and became the second Top 40 hit from the album in the UK Singles Chart.

“Exogenesis: Symphony” was released as a limited edition EP in the United States on 17 April 2010. Muse promoted the album by performing the songs in a number of live appearances, including their promotional tour.

The Resistance gave the band their first Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Rock Album