August 08, 2003

jeff mangum's head, i assume

Number of times I've listened to the Neutral Milk Hotel album On Avery Island in the past 24 hours: 6.

Even I know that overexposure to this emotional, fuzzy folk/pop isn't healthy. As I listen to it I think to myself “this isn't healthy,” and then I turn it up. The deal I've made with myself is that as long as I score at least a 2 on the NMHAKI (Neutral Milk Hotel Ass-Kicking Inventory, i.e., how many people in this photo need to be beaten up) then I can keep playing it.

my dream girl don't exist.mp3 (not from that album), you've passed.mp3 (from that album, but probably not a song anyone else would choose from it if they were choosing just one song)

Posted by jjwiseman at August 08, 2003 02:15 AM

Thank Jebus! I was afraid this was going to be YANMH (Yet Another New Mail Handler) blog entry. I was totally going to chastise you for succumbing to the popular pressure!

I think "On Avery Island" has more devastatingly beautiful stand out songs, but "In the Aeroplane over the Sea" flows a bit better. I might be bias, since my hook for NMH was "Holland, 1945."

I'm sure you've already spread your mega-LISP bucks all over the Elephant-6 collective, but The Olivia Tremor Control also deserves a bit of attention. It's not quite as emotional, but it's still sonically mesmerizing.

Posted by: Dylan Adams on August 9, 2003 12:42 AM

Which two?

Posted by: denshi on August 9, 2003 03:51 PM

Well, the guy with the wind chimes on his head is just obvious. After that it comes down to a matter of personal preference.

Posted by: John Wiseman on August 10, 2003 10:57 PM

The guy in the back wearing whatever the hell he's wearing. Obviously.

Posted by: Ted Mielczarek on August 14, 2003 05:29 AM

Ted, the guy in the back appears to be wearing a canvas duffel bag. And from the look on his face, I would say that although you could physically hit him, there is no way you could hurt him.

Posted by: denshi on August 16, 2003 07:12 PM
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