Royal Blood (The ’59) #346

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Royal Blood (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

Royal Blood’s self-titled debut studio was released by Warner Bros. on 25 August 2014 in the UK..

It was nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize for best album and was a huge commercial success, debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart and, as verified by the Official Charts Company, the fastest-selling British rock debut album in the UK in the three previous years. It also charted worldwide, reaching top 10 positions in Ireland, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.

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Afrikan Boy – the ABCD (The 59) #345

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Afrikan Boy – The ABCD (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

It’s taken an age but Olushola Ajose, A.K.A Afrikan Boy, has now arrived on our doorsteps with a sharp, edgy, brilliant and witty album that’s crept into our lives like all great pieces of audio usually do if we’re patient enough to hang around and wait.

Afrikan Boy first came to our attention nearly a decade ago with his catchy, clever song about stealing goods and getting caught stealing goods from those great British bastions of shopping stores, Asda and Lidl.

What we have on this album is a more mature Afrikan Boy. He’s nine years older, a 25 year old and not the teenager he was when we first met him but that hasn’t taken away the humour and, indeed, the sharpness of his lyrics that make this man unique and in a position to be adored by the nation outside his front door in south east London.

[Louder than War Music review – September 2014]

Joanne Shaw Taylor – The Dirty Truth (The 59) #344

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Joanne Shaw Taylor – The Dirty Truth (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

Here’s what Ms Taylor had to say about the release of her 4th album, ‘The Dirty Truth, in September 2014…

I wanted to go back into the studio in Memphis with Jim to retain the same vibe that we captured on the first album. The new album is a combination of rock and blues. It’s an exciting collaboration, and hopefully my fans will love the more stripped down sound.

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.

 

Screaming Eagles – From the flames (The 59) #342

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Screaming Eagles – From the flames (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

From the Flames was the second offering from Belfast based Screaming Eagles, released on the ‘Off Yer Rocks’ label in April 2014.

Preachers Son – 10 stories tall (The 59) #341

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Preachers Son – 10 stories tall (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. Today we’ve reached year 56 – 2014.

If we’re to believe all we read about Brian Hogan, the frontman of this gritty Irish rock band, he really is the son of a preacher man. Eschewing the message of the gospel for a musical life, first with fearless folk/world act Kila, and now with Preachers Son, Hogan clearly aims to make his mark. In other words, the cleverly-titled 10 Stories Tall sets out its stall right in front of you, unafraid that it might crush your toes.Tinged with the kind of grease you find on a busy garage floor, this is swamp rock as referenced by David Bowie (Johnny’s Alright might just infringe Rebel Rebel’s sleazy copyright, but I won’t say a word if you don’t), Jack White and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Occasional tune similarities aside, expect fractious guitars and, frankly, downright filthy riffs. preachersson.com Download: Johnny’s Alright, Not the Only One, Somebody Down

[Irish Times – 1st August 2014]

Stereophonics – Graffiti on the train (The 59) #340

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Stereophonics – Graffiti on the train (2013)

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 55 – 2013

Graffiti on the Train was the eighth studio album by Welsh rockers,  Stereophonics. Produced by the group’s lead-singer and guitarist Kelly Jones and Jim Lowe, it was released on 4 March 2013 on their own Stylus Records label.

The album’s earliest idea spawned when children were running across the singer’s rooftop in order to access the trains and spray paint graffiti on one of them. With 40 unfinished song ideas, the band composed 30 of these to be released as an album trilogy but decided against the idea, instead releasing a follow up (intended to be the second part) on 11 September 2015. Also planned that year was the go-ahead on production for a screenplay of the same name Jones was developing. British film composer David Arnold worked alongside the producers to compose three of the song’s orchestral arrangements.

It peaked at No.3 on the UK albums charts and produced the band’s best performing single since 2007, “Indian Summer”. It was nominated for the World’s Best Album in 2014 and was supported by a world tour named after the album from 2012–2013.