Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (Merge, 1998)


Nick: very very good

this is to me, what music is all about, it has melody, rhythm, content.

it’s played with total conviction, they know what they’re doing.

and they know that it’s good.

that’s what it’s all about.

{looking through the inlay}

what the hell is a zanzithophone?

ever heard of that?



the art work is absolutely amazing too.

So, this song is called ‘Holland 1945’, and supposedly the album was inspired by Anne Franks diaries.

oh really?

you were living in Holland in 1945.

yes, I was……7?

did you ever meet Anne Frank?

hahaha, no she was in Amsterdam, I was in Rotterdam.

not only did I never meet her, she never even wrote to me!

we lost contact before we even got started.

why have I never heard of this? why isn’t it bigger?

the main guy, Jeff Mangum, after this record he just kinda…gave up.
no more records, he’s randomly appeared on stage with a few bands but that’s about it.


I’d love to talk to him.

did he just feel like this was such an achievement….that it couldn’t be bettered?

it’s superb, the best thing I’ve heard in years.

I sometimes forget what a jaw-droppingly amazing record this is, as it went on I found myself slowly pushing the volume up and up, until I could barely hear what Nick was saying.

Listen to this record on Spotify.


6 responses to “Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (Merge, 1998)

  1. Agreed, great record. Have been listening to it alot recently.

  2. I believe that a zanzithophone is a type of electric saxaphone. Like a synth sax.

  3. And that’s the cue to listen again. One of my favourite records of all time, and definitely the most wildly emotional record that I like.

  4. yeah an AKAI MIDI style clarinet, they breakdown a lot cause of the spit

    NMH, needless to say an amazing album

  5. they breakdown a lot cause of the spit

    Yeah, fried capacitors I think. We must have both read the same 331/3 book.

  6. A-MEN to that Nick. Funny, Nick has reviewed two of my five favourite albums ever within a couple of weeks – this, and alien lanes.

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