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#61:  Author: Swanky1 PostPosted: Thu 23 Apr, 2009
wow i'm glad to see other people like Neutral Milk Hotel.
i love them so, turn3
check out some of these bands:
The Decemberists
Brand New
Minus the Bear
Copeland (not the pianist, the band)
if you guys ever want something fresh to listen to just PM me w/ your interests, im sure i can find something


#62:  Author: DayLight PostPosted: Thu 23 Apr, 2009
i wouldnt call neutral milk hotel elitist... ayList&p=13BF4211EA0F8 4EF&index=16 ayList&p=13BF4211EA0F8 4EF&index=21

#63:  Author: Bruno PostPosted: Sat 25 Apr, 2009
Daniel wrote:
i wouldnt call neutral milk hotel elitist...

Well, it's not like it's folk, pop or something otherwise widespread, right? But yeah, you're right, "elitist" is quite too strong and to specific, I don't think it applies to NMH. What were you thinking, James? (Grab by the shoulders, shake, yell and slap in the face: what were you thinking! lach1). What did you mean?

#64:  Author: Sonia PostPosted: Sat 25 Apr, 2009
jeez, I wish I'd known about this topic sooner!

it would be neat to check out loads of albums, to expand my musical spectrum, although I may not get around to it

#65:  Author: Amused Himself to Death PostPosted: Sat 25 Apr, 2009
Just got the album. Really cool to listen to, which is surprising because it was first listen...some of these folk albums take a while to get into. Groovy choice man.

#66:  Author: DayLight PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2009
(click to enlarge)

Jeff Mangum, along with high-school friends Will Cullen Hart and Bill Doss, formed The Olivia Tremor Control, with Mangum appearing on their first release, the California Demise 7".

Prior to recording for friends under the NMH moniker, Mangum recorded a few cassettes under the name Milk; the most well-known of these tapes was called Pygmie Barn in E Minor.[6] These are the earliest known recordings that Mangum initiated and executed himself. There were only an estimated dozen or so copies ever made of this tape, none of which has been made public. It was revealed circa 2006 on the Elephant 6 online forums that another tape under said name, entitled Beauty, was released, along with several recordings under the name Rubby Bulbs (also a song dating from that era, perhaps the only Milk song to be played by Neutral Milk Hotel).

Neutral Milk Hotel began simply as a recording project for Mangum, in the early 1990s. He produced several demo cassettes, among them 1991's Invent Yourself a Shortcake, 1992's Beauty (not to be confused with the earlier cassette), and 1993's Hype City Soundtrack, along with two more from this period, seemingly unnamed. Although easily found on the Internet, these demos capture the project at a very embryonic stage: songs are played in between various sound collages and tape experiments, one of which consists only of a six minute conversation between Mangum and Hart. Another track, "Digestion Machine", features a varied collage of voices answering the question asked by Mangum, "What does the digestion machine mean to you?" The more accessible "Synthetic Flying Machine", also titled "Up and Over", later became "The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 3" on In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.

During this period, Mangum was wandering the country, staying in the closets of friends, and in a state of perpetual unemployment. It was in these circumstances that the band's first formal releases took shape. Strictly speaking, however, the 'band' usually consisted of Mangum and whoever else was present at the time. This is obvious on Neutral Milk Hotel's first release, a 7" record entitled Everything Is, recorded when Mangum was spending time in Seattle, Washington, released on Cher Doll Records in 1994.

i'll write some things about specific songs later...but as a whole this album is one of my favorite albums. the sounds are so hauntingly beautiful...

magnum's lyrics combined with his amazing emotional yowling some call singing, creates wrenching, lovely things inside of me.

And this is the room
One afternoon I knew I could love you
And from above you how I sank into your soul
Into that secret place where no one dares to go

whenever i hear this line and TRULY LISTEN, i feel like i am atop the greatest lover ive ever known, about to crash into her body and bury my face in her hair...its not sexual either, its a very loving thing. like ive met the person i want to spend my whole life with.

How the notes all bend and reach above the trees

this line, when combined with the awesome bending of the musical saw, makes the line real. there is nothing better to describe that feeling other than i feel like a majestic conifer, stretching and bending into the sky, like something you would see on a psychedelic trip.

Two headed boy
With pulleys and weights
Creating a radio played just for two
In the parlor witha moon across her face
And through the music he sweetly displays
Silver speakers that sparkle all day
Made for his lover who's floating and choking with her hands across her face
And in the dark we will take off our clothes
And they'll be placing fingers through the notches in your spine

i cant help but cry at this verse. this guy, creating a "radio played just for two" reminds me of my affinity for introducing girls im interested in to new music...creating these emotional atmospheres out of music, telling her things through it.

Daddy please hear this song that I sing
In your heart there's a spark that just screams
For a lover to bring a child to your chest that could lay as you sleep
And love all you have left like your boy used to be
Long ago wrapped in sheets warm and wet

ive never wanted a child so badly in all my life

Brother see we are one in the same
And you left with your head filled with flames
And you watched as your brains fell out through your teeth
Push the pieces in place
Make your smile sweet to see
Don't you take this away
I'm still wanting my face on your cheek

an amazing example of jeff magnum's cryptic and surreal writing

And when we break we'll wait for our miracle
God is a place where some holy spectacle lies
And when we break we'll wait for our miracle
God is a place you will wait for the rest of your life amazing

#67:  Author: moogle PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2009
well there's a first time for everything ....

*moogle tiptoes into the topic

But I will probably just listen to the music and also read all your thoughts on it.
I LIKE what I have heard so far from neutral milk hotel music2

#68:  Author: Amused Himself to Death PostPosted: Wed 06 May, 2009
man, great choice for an album, it's so great to listen to. last night when i was listening to it, i felt it kind of reminded me of the Flaming Lips' Soft Bulletin in the way the singer pronounces the words and the musical sound as well. Kind of trippy.

#69:  Author: Bruno PostPosted: Wed 06 May, 2009
Soft Bulletin --- I knew I had something in my library that matched this album perfectly. Great thinking, Jon!

#70:  Author: Bruno PostPosted: Wed 03 Jun, 2009

Here's an idea for June: Da Lama ao Caos [From Mud to Chaos], 1994 album by Brazilian band Chico Science & Nação Zumbi. They come from a movement called mangue bit (after mangue trees and the bit), so I'll start by citing a line from the mangue bit manifesto (called "Caranguejos com cérebro", Crabs with Brains):
    Halfway through 1991, a research and production nucleus for pop ideas was born all over the city of Pernambuco. The point was to engender an energetic circuit so as to connect the good vibes from the mangroves with the world net of pop concept circulation. Icon image: a satellite dish sticking out of the mud. Or a crab re-mixing Kraftwerk's Anthena in the computer.
A legal stream of the whole album is available, you can click individual song names to hear them, or the last row (which reads "OUVIR TODAS AS MÚSICAS") to listen to the whole album through. For the test-drive prone fellows, I recommend having a taste of the second track ("Rios, pontes e overdrives"), whose lyrics I provide, original and translated, under the cuts.

Rios, pontes e overdrives wrote:
Click here to see the hidden message (It might contain spoilers)

Rios, pontes e overdrives (translation) wrote:
Click here to see the hidden message (It might contain spoilers)

#71:  Author: Amused Himself to Death PostPosted: Thu 04 Jun, 2009
Alright! Im in Paris right now, so im a little overwhelmed by things, like rudeness for instance, but whatever. I will give you some brief thoughts on Neutral Milk Hotel.

All i can say is WOW. SO GOOD. Like seriously, the musical depth on this album is above and beyond. And the diverse sounds. One song is slow, purely acoustic guitar, others are accented with trumpets and trombones, and further still, accordian and bag pipes. This album reminds me a bit of what DayLight recommended to me a while back, Song Cycle by Van Dyke Parks, just for that reason, the constrasts of different instruments, and the placing of additional instruments in the middle of songs for emphasis and a bit of surprise. It's a shame these guys only made two albums.

Initial thoughts of the album was that the guy, Magnum, had a somewhat odd voice and was hard to take seriously. But the more i've listened to it the more i like it. I've been very impressed with it. It's become one of those albums where i look forward to listening to all day, sort of how i pretty much need to listen to For the Roses by Joni Mitchell to make a day complete. Every once and a while i listen to either of these in bed at night and i fall asleep in the middle of it.

I read up on the album on wikipedia, i think DayLight already posted this, but Comely is pretty much about Anne Frank. It's interesting to listen to the song while thinking about this, because it seems to fit. I'd support this with evidence, but i have to get up at 6am and so i wont tounge2 But today i did pick up Anne Frank's diary, so i guess i'll be able to compare her life and the song.

Comely is the song that i'm having the most trouble with right now. it's a great song, it's just a bit challenging, and perhaps harder to listen to than the rest of the songs on the album.

i have no real way to get the album for this months' circle of sound, so i'll most likely be silent for the most part for a while. cheers folks, happy listening.

#72:  Author: Bruno PostPosted: Thu 04 Jun, 2009
Jon wrote:
i have no real way to get the album for this months' circle of sound, so i'll most likely be silent for the most part for a while. cheers folks, happy listening.

Here's a legal stream of it. You click individual song names to hear them in a pop-up window; or you click on the last row ("OUVIR TODAS AS MÚSICAS") to listen to the whole shebang. It works even on linux. :-)

#73:  Author: DayLight PostPosted: Mon 15 Jun, 2009

ill check the album out tonight bruno!

#74:  Author: Bruno PostPosted: Fri 01 Jan, 2010
Let's kickstart 2010 with some rock music so good it makes your eyes go teary.

The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St.

Here's the track listing; links to the songs in side one a courtesy of the house.
    Side one
  1. Rocks Off
  2. Rip This Joint
  3. Shake Your Hips
  4. Casino Boogie
  5. Tumbling Dice

    Side two
  6. Sweet Virginia
  7. Torn and Frayed
  8. Sweet Black Angel
  9. Loving Cup

    Side three
  10. Happy
  11. Turd on the Run
  12. Ventilator Blues
  13. I Just Want to See His Face
  14. Let It Loose

    Side four
  15. All Down the Line
  16. Stop Breaking Down
  17. Shine a Light
  18. Soul Survivor
Listen to it, it ranks as my absolutely favourite rock music album — depending on the day, my favourite album of all.

#75:  Author: Scarecrow PostPosted: Sun 03 Jan, 2010
Plug in, flush out.

The album that was recorded in a Gestapo headquarters!

Not my favorite Stones album, that title belongs to Sticky Fingers. But all the Taylor Era albums are up there.

Keith Richards was deepest in his addiction during this recording.

This album is good because it's so "Patchwork", it is, afterall, mostly an album of outtakes.

It's a layed back album. In a good way.

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