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! ). What did you mean?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ive never wanted a child so badly in all my life
an amazing example of jeff magnum’s cryptic and surreal writing
well there’s a first time for everything …
/me 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
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.
Soft Bulletin — I knew I had something in my library that matched this album perfectly. Great thinking, Jon!
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. [right]size=84[/size][/right] 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.
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 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.
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.
ill check the album out tonight bruno!
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
- Sweet Virginia
- Torn and Frayed
- Sweet Black Angel
- Loving Cup
- Turd on the Run
- Ventilator Blues
- I Just Want to See His Face
- Let It Loose
- All Down the Line
- Stop Breaking Down
- Shine a Light
- Soul Survivor
Listen to it, it ranks as my absolutely favourite rock music album — depending on the day, my favourite album of all.
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.
anyone wanna listen to some jaaaaaaaams, maaaaan?
Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment is a high point. beautiful and furious!
I’d be down for something. How bout this one: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grateful_Dead_%28album%29 ?
Oo, Grateful Dead.
I haven’t heard that album yet. No Ripples, how unfortunate.
Tonight I felt like listening to Quadrophenia, and I remembered having chosen the album for The Circle of Sound, some two years ago. Well, it’s been a long time since anyone has done one of these, so I thought I’d post one of my all-time favorites:
By: The Doors[/center]
Released during the Summer of Love, in 1967, the psychedelic Srange Days was the second studio album to be released by The Doors. Even though at the time it had sold quite poorly, it is often regarded as their best album.
My favorite song on the album is the eleven minute long closing track “When the Music’s Over”, followed by the cool “I Can’t See Your Face in My Mind”, and finally, “Moonlight Drive”. All in all, it’s a very groovy album that will have you dancing like a flower child from start to finish.
Dang it, now I’ve good music stuck in my head for lifetime. And I even had an idea for an album of the month. Ah well, December.
Hmm…I haven’t listened to this one for a while. A couple years at least. Same with their debut. Personally I’m more of a debut guy, but this is a quality album too. I’m a big fan of the song with the keyboard…oh wait, that’s every song by them! Yeah I’ll re-acquire this one, legally of course and give it another whirl. I really like My Eyes Have Seen You, and People Are Strange and When the Music’s Over.
I had my first listen today…it was a bit rough. I feel there isn’t much depth to this album, it feels superficial musically and lyrically. I don’t mean to damper anybodies enthusiasm, I just think this album isn’t the greatest the Doors made by any means. It just sounds kind of hollow.