kung fu grippe


  1. Neutral Milk Hotel - “Holland, 1945” (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea; Merge Records; 1998)

    And here’s where your mother sleeps
    And here is the room where your brothers were born
    Indentions in the sheets
    Where their bodies once moved but don’t move anymore
    And it’s so sad to see the world agree
    That they’d rather see their faces fill with flies
    All when I’d want to keep white roses in their eyes

    Still a total gut punch for me.

  2. Neutral Milk Hotel - “Holland, 1945” (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea; Merge Records; 1998) [MP3]

    Certain songs stab your heart.

    And, tonight, my favorite Neutral Milk Hotel song stabs me more than a little.

    Especially, given how so many of the things we face—things kids can’t understand, let alone control—can have such a sudden and terrifying influence on all of our lives.

    And, how astonishingly scant power each of us grownups has to fix any of those awful things once their heinous damage has been inflicted.

    Kills me.

    But now we must pack up every piece
    Of the life we used to love.
    Just to keep ourselves
    At least enough to carry on.
     
    And here’s where your mother sleeps.
    And here is the room where your brothers were born.
    Indentions in the sheets,
    Where their bodies once moved but don’t move anymore.
     
    And, it’s so sad to see the world agree
    That they’d rather see their faces filled with flies.
    All when I’d want to keep white roses in their eyes.

  3. The Swell Season covers  Neutral Milk Hotel | Music | A.V. Undercover | The A.V. Club

    Sweet maui onion, that motherfucker can sing.1

    What an ambitious and revered song to cover, but, holy shit, does he ever hit the 3-pointer.

    Sure, I’d probably listen to Glen Hansard sing the ingredients on a shampoo bottle, but this is, you have to admit, pretty great.

    Bonus: The Mighty Mangum playing 2-HB solo/live in 1998.

    [Swell Season via sorry I totally forget who sorry] [struck @ 2010-08-13_12-13-31PDT]

    [Swell Season via The Bacon Review]2


    1. Well. Eventually, he sings. First there’s a goddamned pre-roll beer commercial, then a spoodeley theme song, then an explanation of the “Undercover” project, then a kinda-cute interview, then I blacked out for a while, but I’m pretty sure I heard a song and saw a guy in a hat. It’s all kind of fuzzy now. My Lord, how the web breaks so hard when your chrome outshines your gold. Kind of like the delicious gold you’ll find inside every bottle of Budweiser®. Budweiser® America’s Great Liquid Error.™
      (Budweiser is brewed to be enjoyed responsibly by adults. © 2010 Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Budweiser®, St. Louis, MO. All rights reserved.) 

    2. royalbacon says: “I’m reblogging this for two reasons: 1) Jeff Mangum live! and 2) I think Merlin found this because of me, and he just forgot because he’s a busy guy.”
      1. THANK YOU! (Thing is, I scoured my Dashboard and Reader subs and couldn’t turn it up. Apologies that you were overlooked, and thanks again.)
      2. Also? I’m not busy. I’m just disoriented. And that makes me look busy. Because my brow is furrowed, my eyes are crossed, and my cocksucking motherfucking book still isn’t done. Self-loathing is a hell of a drug.