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August 20, 2011 7:58 AM   Subscribe

Neutral Milk Hotel: The RPG "The band's second album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, released in 1998 and also produced by Schneider, is notable as a critically acclaimed and widely popular album.

It is largely inspired by the story of holocaust victim Anne Frank. a video game"

Where can I download the music?


download the game itself

Mixed reviews


also: 8 bit Bon Iver
posted by dubold (34 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
NMH origin story should be Song Against Sex.
posted by nathancaswell at 8:04 AM on August 20, 2011 [2 favorites]


"Prepare to stain the mountaintops."
posted by grobstein at 8:16 AM on August 20, 2011 [6 favorites]


Now, granted, I'm old and "out of lunch" as they say, but I thought Neutral Milk Hotel was the band April the receptionist girl on Parks & Recreation is fond of. A made up for TV band and not a real band.

Now I'm deeply confused.
posted by notyou at 8:16 AM on August 20, 2011


There is a reason why every young girl aspires to be like April Ludgate.
posted by giraffe at 8:22 AM on August 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


NBC planted a deep backstory for that scene, starting 15 years ago.
posted by Flashman at 8:23 AM on August 20, 2011 [7 favorites]


A made up for TV band and not a real band.

nope

(catchier than Holland, 1945)
posted by nathancaswell at 8:45 AM on August 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


Based on the trailer alone, great idea, but really shitty execution. The text scrolls too fast to read, they used terrible fonts, mixed tilesets and character faces. The maps look underpopulated. Lazy work.

Disclosure: I spent two weeks making myself a book trailer using the same software so I might be a bit of a snob about these things.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:08 AM on August 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


As long as you can stop the record from being made in the game, it's good.
posted by gcbv at 9:17 AM on August 20, 2011


"The sun, it has passed. It is blacker than black. Suddenly, an ambush! You are attacked by 2d4 two-headed boys!"

"Roll to stick a fork right into daddy's shoulder."
posted by penduluum at 9:44 AM on August 20, 2011 [7 favorites]


The final boss should be The King of Carrot Flowers.
posted by benzenedream at 9:55 AM on August 20, 2011 [2 favorites]


Anyone going to see Jeff Mangum in NJ next month? I should make an IRL event for it...
posted by griphus at 10:06 AM on August 20, 2011


In November, rather.
posted by griphus at 10:07 AM on August 20, 2011


Anyone going to see Jeff Mangum in NJ next month?

Impossible to get tickets. I checked 3 months before the show IN NEW JERSEY and it was sold out.
posted by nathancaswell at 10:08 AM on August 20, 2011


Anyone going to see Jeff Mangum in NJ next month? I should make an IRL event for it...

No, but I am going to see him in Boston, and I'm incredibly excited.
posted by JimBennett at 10:12 AM on August 20, 2011


Impossible to get tickets. I checked 3 months before the show IN NEW JERSEY and it was sold out.

Don't get me fucking started -- it was a massacre. I had presale codes for both the Town Hall (I live in NYC) and NJ shows (thanks BrooklynVegan!). The Town Hall one was impossible. The TicketMaster servers got pounded to shit. The NJ one was a stroke of luck for me, although their ticket seller's thing just ate shit and died about five minutes into it, and my friend doing it at the same time couldn't get it.
posted by griphus at 10:16 AM on August 20, 2011


Both these attempts were at the moment tickets went on sale. They were sold out in less than five minutes each.
posted by griphus at 10:17 AM on August 20, 2011


I mean, it's kind of amazing that the guy has to go across the Hudson to NJ to play a show just to cut down the number of rabid fans who will sit there and refresh their browsers the instant tickets go on sale... and it still sells out virtually instantly.
posted by nathancaswell at 10:18 AM on August 20, 2011


"Prepare to stain the mountaintops."

What with?
posted by philip-random at 10:28 AM on August 20, 2011


Semen.
posted by nathancaswell at 10:28 AM on August 20, 2011


Reminds me of an old joke we used to use on the Christians in our midst:

"What's white and sticky and falls from the sky? The cumming of the Lord."

I love you Jesus Christ!
posted by philip-random at 10:36 AM on August 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think what Jeff can teach us if that if we take a little time to be alone and learn a few chords, we could also try to make some simple songs that might touch someone else.

What we shouldn't do is think of him as some musical Sasquatch, hoping he lands somewhere, sometime and maybe even start singing a new song. That cult-like status is what keeps someone so sensitive from sharing himself. Anyways,

posted by mecran01 at 11:19 AM on August 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think I'd enjoy an RPG that had a musical Sasquatch.
posted by storybored at 1:37 PM on August 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


Great potential. No follow-through. Five seconds in, I was copying the URL to paste it on all the sites. Fifteen seconds in, I was copying random YouTube comments just to wash the taste from my clipboard's mouth.

Has anyone tried to play the actual game yet?

Also:

This is the first thread that saw me flag a reply simply because I didn't agree with the poster. I'll probably never do it again, but I regret nothing.

Also also:

I saw Jeff a few nights ago on the opening date of his tour. Ask me anything.

Also also also:

HAHAHAHAHA
posted by tapesonthefloor at 1:53 PM on August 20, 2011


Uggh, I saw "Jeff Mangum" play in Athens Ga this Spring. That is, we heard a rumor at 12.30 for a 1am show where he was making an appearance. We booked it to the tiny venue and made it in a few minutes before they stopped admitting more people. Standing next to me was one of the NMT band members who showed up for the performance, so we had relatively good reason to suppose Magum would actually show. By shades, a band called "Soap Scum" came out and started playing music. Well, "music." They were on the stage for an hour, which involved about 20 minutes of painful guitar, violin, and toy piano feedback, another 10 minutes or so of the band members lying on the ground motionless, and 20 minutes of the band members making and then eating toast while watching a short video clip play on repeat. All of the band members were totally obscured by masks, with the one wearing a JFK presumably being Mangum. I don't think there has ever been so angry a group of hipsters as in that room. We kept waiting for them to cut the shit and just play ONE SONG, but they never did. Well, there was one 30-45 second bit of some nonsensical chanting toward the beginning of the set. After an hour, JFK made a break down the street while the band played some more feedback, then once he was safely away they walked off as well.

As we left the venue, fuming, this guy who was with one of my friends loftily told us 'he could appreciate the music,' even though it was admittedly 'heavily experimental.' I've never been so close to hitting someone.
posted by Buckt at 2:37 PM on August 20, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yeah, being deified -- it never ends well.
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 4:48 PM on August 20, 2011


As we left the venue, fuming, this guy who was with one of my friends loftily told us 'he could appreciate the music,' even though it was admittedly 'heavily experimental.' I've never been so close to hitting someone.

The performance was during an experimental music festival (AUX), not a NMH reunion tour. It would have been cool if they'd played a pop song, but maybe it shouldn't have been so surprising and frustrating that they just played some garbage-sounds and rolled around on the stage eating toast. Anyway, I agree w the guy you wanted to hit. (God, maybe I am the guy you wanted to hit!) I thought the improvised song they did had kind of a weird groove; the nonsense words had a catchy, druggy cadence; the pungee snake-charmer pipe thing sounded cool enough to make me go buy one; and the guitar player had some crazy fuzz-box attached to his neck that chewed up the sound in an interesting way. For an experimental performance, I say, Bravo!
posted by Zerowensboring at 5:04 PM on August 20, 2011 [4 favorites]


I always kind of wondered whether Mangum actually plays songs on these tours he does every once in a blue moon or if he just presses play on like a 70 minute field recording and sulks around in the shadows like a musical Sasquatch.
posted by nathancaswell at 5:15 PM on August 20, 2011


Is this the performance?
posted by griphus at 5:42 PM on August 20, 2011 [2 favorites]


Is this the performance?

Yeahp.
posted by Zerowensboring at 5:57 PM on August 20, 2011


I don't think there has ever been so angry a group of hipsters as in that room.

You say this like it's a bad thing.
posted by philip-random at 6:05 PM on August 20, 2011 [2 favorites]


Two-Headed Boy always reminded me of some of the things in jars in Baldur's Gate 2.
I can't wait to download this. I love Neutral Milk Hotel. I've also tried to translate a Hold Steady album into an Unknown Armies campaign.

Would you save Anne Frank if it meant no In The Aeroplane?
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 6:22 PM on August 20, 2011 [3 favorites]


It'd be nice to meet folk who're going to either of the ATP shows in NJ. We're coming from, y'know, Yurp for it. So he better not just do some noodly experimental shit.
posted by imperium at 5:17 AM on August 21, 2011


They were on the stage for an hour, which involved about 20 minutes of painful guitar, violin, and toy piano feedback, another 10 minutes or so of the band members lying on the ground motionless, and 20 minutes of the band members making and then eating toast while watching a short video clip play on repeat.

Sounds like just another night in Athens to me! Man, I miss that place.
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred at 8:23 AM on August 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Zero, I do appreciate the perspective. To me the set seemed like a malicious act against his fans, but I might simply be lacking the right attitude.
posted by Buckt at 3:55 PM on August 24, 2011


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