Within the last 24 hours, two of the most highly anticipated albums of 2010 have received official release dates.

As Pitchfork reported yesterday, Interpol will be releasing their self-titled fourth album on September 14. This album sees the band return to indie label Matador after a brief stint with Capitol Records, who released their 2007 outing “Our Love To Admire.” The band have said that this album will be more like their debut, the modern classic “Turn On The Bright Lights,” and it is likely to give the band back some of their credibility after the lukewarm reception of “Our Love To Admire.”

While there is still no official track listing, it will be interesting to see whether the band embraces some of the diversity found on front man Paul Banks’ brief period as his alter ego, Julian Plenti. After the departure of bassist Carlos D, Interpol recently announced that they will be joined on tour by Dave Pajo, who’s most famous for his work with post-rock gods Slint, and Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines. If the album is anything like “Turn On The Bright Lights,” 2010 may be the year that Interpol retake their title as kings of the New York indie scene.

If that wasn’t already good enough, Pitchfork also reported this morning that The Walkmen will be releasing their fifth album, “Lisbon,” on the same day. The follow-up to 2008’s excellent “You & Me” will be released on Fat Possum, home to acts such as Andrew Bird, Band of Horses, and Dinosaur Jr.

While not too many details have been released about the 11-song album, vocalist Hamilton Leithauser said the main influences during the writing process were Elvis and early Sun Records songs, though he mentioned that the end product won’t necessarily sound like that. As a band that has continuously released album after quality album, not counting their rendition of Harry Nilsson’s “Pussy Cats,” it is likely that whatever route The Walkment choose to take, they will bring their unique energy and swagger to astounding effect.

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