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Neutral Milk Hotel – Friday, June 13, 8:00 P.M. – This Tent
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If in 1999, you were to say that the recently defunct Neutral Milk Hotel were going to be one of the most anticipated acts at any music festival, people would respond in two different ways: 1. “Wow, I can’t believe they managed that.” or, the more likely, “Who the hell is Neutral Milk Hotel?” But the years have been very good to Jeff Magnum and his associates. At the time of its release, the band’s second album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea made little to no waves in the vast ocean that was the late-90’s music industry. But as time went on, as The Internet took over every aspect of our lives, and as ITAOTS simmered, things began to change.
If you are at all involved with the online music community, or more specifically /mu, then the former paragraph was not news to you. But, if you’re unaware of Neutral Milk Hotel, let me educate you on arguably the most important album of The Internet Age. In the 16 years since its debut, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea has spread like hipster wildfire and is now ranked with the likes of Sgt. Pepper’s in the god-like tier of music. Songs like “Holland, 1945” and “Oh Comely” have become intensely analyzed works of art, and choice lyrics (see: “I love you Jesus Christ”) have become memes in their own right. Seriously though, this album is phenomenal. Everyone should listen to it, and I mean actually listen to it, at least a few times. The narratives are moving; the instrumentals are familiar, yet unique; and Magnum’s voice is strangely emotive. Note: I’ve come across a minority who find Magnum’s vocals incredibly annoying, so don’t feel bad if you do too.
All of this being said, it is obvious that Neutral Milk Hotel is on the tippy top of my must see list. This is Neutral Milk Hotel’s first tour since their 1999 break-up, and holy shit I’m giddy. I cannot wait to shout the lyrics of ITAOTS – there other album On Avery Island is also worth a listen – with hundreds of fans. I am fully expecting a religious experience, and if you connect with Neutral Milk Hotel’s music in a similar way, you know it will be a set like no other.