10 ‘Indie’ Albums From 10 Years Ago That Are Better Than Interpol’s ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’

Matador on December 4th will release the 10th Anniversary Double LP of Interpol’s Turn On The Bright Lights. (“All pre-orders include exact replica Interpol pin from the era,” too, so act fast!) I don’t know about you guys, but my relationship with this album never went beyond zoning out to “Untitled”—or maybe “NYC,” if I was feeling especially moody. Here’s the stuff that came out in 2002 and was vastly better. Just sayin’.

The Notwist — Neon Golden

Boards Of Canada — Geogaddi

Lambchop — Is A Woman

The Walkmen — Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone

Imperial Teen — On

Mclusky — Mclusky Do Dallas

Luna — Romantica

Belle & Sebastian — Storytelling

Sleater-Kinney — One Beat

Broken Social Scene — You Forgot It In People

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Listen to Fucked Up’s New Zodiac Single, ‘Year of the Tiger’

Fucked Up’s semi-annual Zodiac singles have gone a long way toward building their mythology as the best hardcore band around, what with the distinctive visual iconography and the always relevant release peg (Chinese New Year was just a few weeks ago, in case you forgot). Today, they’ve released a new one titled "Year of the Tiger," the first since 2010’s "Year of the Ox." Featuring contributions from Jim Jarmusch, Austra, and Annie-Claude Deschenes of Duchess Says, the song is over 15 minutes long and quite a trip. Via Matablog, you can listen to it and the other Zodiac singles after the click.

One teeny tiny quibble — 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, not the Tiger, and it would be nice if the band had strived for some greater lunar accuracy. I was born in the Year of the Dragon, and this is my year, as it is for the other ’00/’88/’76/’64/etc.-ers. If this is also totally your year, scan this completely legitimate Zodiac analysis to figure out what level Dragon you are (I’m either a Level 3 or 4). And a happy Gung Hay Fat Choy to you, too! If you like the single and want to hear it all the time, purchase it from your local record store or the Matador website.