S1E18 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Before we discuss this album, let’s get one thing straight. Don Henley’s song “Boys of Summer” is a seasonal song, intended only to be played after Labor Day and before Spring starts.

For our 18th episode, we take a listen to Neutral Milk Hotel’s 1998 release, The Aeroplane Over the Sea. This was their second and last studio album. Dense, surrealist lyrics abound throughout this album, and singer/songwriter Joe Magnum was strongly influenced by the life of Anne Frank, which comes across in much of the imagery.

Although not strictly esoteric, as this album was critically acclaimed and is considered by many critics to be one of the best albums of the 1990’s, we felt it’s importance in the indie music world merited it’s inclusion.

Sadly, the stress of touring in support of this album took it’s toll on Magnum. The band abruptly went on hiatus, and other than a few appearances here and there and one EP, they remain so.

You can check out their website here. Jeff Magnum later went on to help form The Elephant 6 Recording Company, home of many great indie artists.

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