Now here’s a thought. Was Ms. Naimy even born when this album came out? Was she old enough to speak?
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is really pretty strange - it sits there, on first listen, unquantifiable and a little unimpressive. It was never a hit. It never strikes quickly.
But one more listen and you start to realize (and the key part is it doesn’t matter who you are, this is how it goes) that the hook is in place. You are on the line.
When kids in the 80s covered the Beatles, it was no surprise. The songs were great, sure, but everyone had already heard the Beatles. The band, two decades after their songs had come out, still defined celebrity.
Neutral Milk Hotel is not famous, exactly. But it’s getting harder and harder to find people who haven’t heard of them. We’re all being reeled in.
In two more decades, a middle-aged Shawdee Naimy might well be looking at someone barely two decades old singing this same song and wondering that it was ever considered obscure or undiscovered.
Mariachi El Bronx, “Los Angeles, I’m Yours” (by the Decemberists)
Yes. We live in world in which a drama club take on singer-songwriter yacht rock can be covered by a punk band who sing mariachi.
Love listening to the original, love thinking through this version.
"The word “integrity” became like a sacrament. Hating dishonest things was our creed, and since everything was a lie, hate was the only emotion we could express. No person or thing was so politically perfect that a flaw couldn’t be probed. The truth is, if there really was an Illuminati bent on controlling the world through a secret government, they couldn’t have done a better job of defanging the youth movement than by introducing the self-negating, life-consuming, ignorance-propagating, lethargy-celebrating, divisive and controlling, fashion-based ideology of punk rock into the mainstream. It was basically the crack epidemic of rock culture."
From the Impulsive Habitat page describing this… uh… meditative ambient industrial concrete release of Intercession, by Seth Cooke:
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
Composed of recordings made - with permission - in and around West Yorkshire Police Headquarters; in the telephony equipment rooms; electronic alarm sounds; mobile phone interference; and various other drone phenomena - all sounds produced by the equipment that mediates emergency calls and other requests for aid. This is the sound of the devices that intercede for us and the machines that help maintain them, not the emergency calls themselves.
No restricted or sensitive information or money gained from taxation was used in creating this composition.