Neutral Milk Hotel 

June 8, Knitting Factory


Though Neutral Milk Hotel released only two studio LPs in its non-consecutive 20-plus year history, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Merge Records, 1998) is considered one of the most influential indie/folk albums, and along with NMH frontman Jeff Mangum, one of the most enigmatic: A 2008 Slate Magazine article was titled "The Salinger of Indie Rock: Where is Jeff Mangum?" ITAOTS is a concept album influenced by Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, its lyrics as inscrutable as its creator—in "Communist Daughter,"Mangum sings of the "Sweet communist / The communist daughter / Standing on the sea-weed water / Semen stains the mountain tops." ITAOTS is also an innovative, exquisite work made all the more so by the fact that it stands apart not only in the NMH discography but in the collective indie-rock canon as a whole.

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