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Chapter 253: Neighborhoods

00s indie rock

The post-Napster peak of music piracy foreshadowed today’s celestial jukebox era; it was the moment when the walls between genres and scenes began to tumble. Case in point: the bands in this chapter, pulling from ska, disco, soft rock and funk for a big-tent, big-hearted vision of indie rock. Arcade Fire exemplified this moment, an arty multinational six-piece band writing songs that could soundtrack movie trailers, but scan as 100% sincere. Even an unusually reflective Anthony Kiedis joins in here with one of the Peppers’ most stirring, underrated songs.
1. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?

2. Arcade Fire

Keep The Car Running

3. Gossip

Standing In the Way of Control

4. Doves

Kingdom Of Rust

5. Elbow

One Day Like This

6. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Venice Queen

7. Doves

Catch the Sun

8. Rapture

House Of Jealous Lovers

9. Arcade Fire

Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

10. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Bottled In Cork