Silversun Pickups – Carnavas (The ’59) #296

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Silversun Pickups – Carnavas (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.

Carnavas was the debut studio album from Silversun Pickups, released on July 26, 2006.

The title is an homage to lead guitarist and vocalist Brian Aubert’s Greek heritage.

The album generated two successful singles –  “Lazy Eye” got to No.5 in 2007 and “Well Thought Out Twinkles” got to No.9 in 2008.

“Lazy Eye” is also a playable song in the ‘Rock Band II” and “Guitar Hero World Tour” games.

 

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The Fratellis – Costello Music (The ’59) #295

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The Fratellis – Costello Music (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.

Costello Music was the debut album from Scottish indie rock band The Fratellis. It was released on 11 September 2006 on Fallout Records and Drop the Gun Recordings and on 13 March 2007 on Cherrytree Records in the U.S. At immediate success, it debuted at No.2 in the UK Albums Chart  behind ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ by Justin Timberlake and stayed in the No.2 position for two more weeks, latterly behind ‘Ta-Dah’ by Scissor Sisters.

The album had five single releases, as well as the download-only EP ‘Flathead’. “Chelsea Dagger” was the most successful single, peaking at No.5 in the UK.

The band toured the album internationally, playing shows in Europe, the United States and Japan, and won the 2007 BRIT Award for Best British Breakthrough Act.

 

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

Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (The ’59) #293

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Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (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.

Back to Black was the late Amy Winehouse’ second and final studio album. It was released on 27 October 2006 by Island Records and produced five singles: “Rehab”, “You Know I’m No Good”, “Back to Black”, “Tears Dry on Their Own” and “Love Is a Losing Game”.

Back to Black was acclaimed by music critics, who praised Winehouse’s songwriting and emotive singing style as well as Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson’s production.

At the 50th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, it won Best Pop Vocal Album and was also nominated for Album of the Year. At the same ceremony, Winehouse won four additional awards, tying her with five other artists as the second-most awarded female in a single ceremony. The album was also nominated at the 2007 Brit Awards for MasterCard British Album and was shortlisted for the 2007 Mercury Prize.

A deluxe edition of the album was released in November 2007, containing a bonus disc of B-sides, rare, and live tracks. Winehouse’s debut DVD I Told You I Was Trouble: Live in London, released that same month, includes a live set recorded at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London and a 50-minute documentary detailing the singer’s career over the previous four years.

Muse – Blackholes and Revelations (The ’59) #292

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Muse – Blackholes and Revelations (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. Today we’ve reached year 48 – 2006.

Black Holes and Revelations was the fourth studio album from Muse, released on 3 July 2006 in the UK. It gets its title from a line in the song “Starlight”, the second track on the album.

Recording was split between New York and France, and it was the first time Muse had taken a more active role in the album’s production. It was a change in style from Muse’s previous albums, and the band cited influences that included Depeche Mode, Millionaire, Lightning Bolt, Sly and the Family Stone, and music from southern Italy.

Black Holes and Revelations was placed at number 34 in a public vote conducted by Q for “The Best British Albums of all time” in February 2008. The album also gave Muse their most successful single in the UK to date – “Supermassive Black Hole” It rose to No. 4 in the charts.

The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema (The ’59) #291

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The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema (2005)

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’s the last of year 47 – 2005.

Twin Cinema was the third studio album from Canadian indie rockers The New Pornographers, released on August 23, 2005.

The album was shortlisted for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize.

Franz Ferdinand – You could have it so much better (The ’59) #290

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Franz Ferdinand – You could have it so much better (2005)

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 47 – 2005.

You Could Have It So Much Better was the second studio album from Franz Ferdinand, released on 3 October 2005 in the UK on Domino Records.

Recorded in both New York City and their own studio in Glasgow with producer Rich Costey, the album produced four UK top 30 singles: “Do You Want To”, “The Fallen”, “Walk Away” and “Eleanor Put Your Boots On.”

It also became the band’s first UK number-one album, and although their debut album was relatively successful in the United States, going platinum and reaching number 32, ‘You Could Have It So Much Better’ reached No.8 and earn gold status in the United States.

The cover design is modeled on Alexander Rodchenko’s 1924 portrait of Lilya Brik.