May 25, 2007

"Her sister and mother and 500 families, And will she remember me 50 years later, I wished I could save her in some sort of time machine"

So, apparently, if you go to the Wikipage for the US One-Hundred Dollar Bill, and tilt your screen, you can see the water marks. It worked when I was looking on my brother-in-law's laptop, but it doesn't seem to work on mine. They might have caught on and did whatever they did with the others, because this was the only one that used to work.

I don't think I've ever used the word "money" in place of "cool," except this one time, and that was just in jest. But I think the first time I heard the band Neutral Milk Hotel, I understood the emotion behind the word.

Neutral Milk Hotel is, in my mind, the penultimate indie rock band, up there with the likes of Wilco and such. You know all those indie bands you know and love? These guys did it first, and did a damn good job of it. If Colin Meloy wasn't a Neutral Milk Hotel fan, then he was just plain out of the loop. Apart from awkward little solo performances by the lead singer, Jeff Mangum, their reformation is nothing but rumor and hearsay ... but one can hope, can't they?

But what makes these guys so awesome? I think there are few things better to portray why these are men among men than a live set. I love this live set because Mangum just sounds so sorrowful and pained. Kinda sick of me huh? Well that's how it goes. and so is this:

Band: Neutral Mail Hotel
Date: 1998-03-04
Venue: Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC

Oh Comely (GET THIS SONG!)
The Fool
A Baby for Pree/Where You'll Find Me Now
Everything Is
Song For Che
Jesus Christ/Up & Over We Go
Holland, 1945
Song Against Sex
Rubby Bulbs
Snow Song pt. 1

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