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The Music Tapes- Majesty
I was supposed to go see the Music Tapes and their “Traveling Imaginary” concert tonight but the show’s been postponed due to a band emergency. So now, I get to just think about how ridiculous and awesome it’s going to be to hear songs like this played inside a crazy circus tent.
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auditorylove asked: Here's a loaded question: what would you pick for your ten "desert island discs?"
Hmm, this is hard but actually not as hard as I thought it would be. They’re not in order because trying to figure that one out would probably give me a brain aneurysm.
Runners-up include: Patti Smith, Horses; Alanis Morissette, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (which used to be my 3rd favorite album ever, but which has tumbled in rankings as I’ve gotten older even though I still love it); PJ Harvey- Is This Desire?; Radiohead- The Bends; Emmylou Harris- Wrecking Ball
It’s kinda weird that 7 of these albums are from the 90’s and the most recent album came out in 2000, since I do listen to a lot that isn’t from that relatively small time period. The most recent album to even come close to making it was Ys by Joanna Newsom, and only Joni Michell’s Blue and Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks were even close to getting on the list as far as pre-1980’s albums go.
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Neutral Milk Hotel - King of Carrot Flowers Pt.1
When you were young you were the king of carrot flowers
And how you built a tower tumbling through the trees
In holy rattlesnakes that fell all around your feet
And your mom would stick a fork right into daddy’s shoulder
And your dad would throw the garbage all across the floor
As we would lay and learn what each other’s bodies were for
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
And your mom would drink until she was no longer speaking
And dad would dream of all the different ways to die
Each one a little more than he could dare to try
Man, I love this song so much. I actually just re-bought this record on vinyl in San Francisco. This song is so amazing lyrically for how it starts off in a somewhat surreal manner, but becomes so specific and real by the third verse, which is beautiful in its honesty and simplicity. Before the song can cross the line into sappiness though, you get hit with that devastating closing verse illustrating what happens when that teenage love the narrator’s feeling dies off and you’re left with just the pain of life. The song is musically just 3 chords (I used to be able to play this on guitar, and it’s just F, B flat, and C if I’m remembering right.) but the rhythm has a propulsiveness that drives the song forward and makes its simplicity appealing instead of grating. Jeff Magnum’s voice can be a bit much for people, but what it lacks in melodic appeal it makes up for with perfect phrasing and timing, and the monotonous sound at moments makes the times when he does sing even more moving.
Neutral Milk Hotel REALLY needs to come back, I’m still a little sad I couldn’t see Magnum play at this recent benefit show in NY but it was just way too expensive.
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The Rural Alberta Advantage- The Ballad of the RAA
Swapped Garneau for Dundas
My parents for your dad
The Rockies for the Great Lakes
And my heart pounds as you say
All these things will pass
It’s the good ones that will last
And right here what we’ve had
Is a good thing, it will last
If Neutral Milk Hotel is never coming back, I’m glad there’s at least Rural Alberta Advantage to fill the “odd-voiced man singing beautiful, melancholy and symbolic songs” slot in my library.