I suppose I should finally comment on this concert because it was like weeks ago. The Mann Center is a beautiful venue that perfectly fit the mood of the concert, and even though our seats were considerably far from the stage, our view was unobstructed and we were able to see Jeff and company in all their bearded, middle-aged glory. Scott and Julian resembled, respectively, Santa Claus and one of his elves, and Julian’s enthusiasm and energy filled my bitter, shriveled heart with joy. Each musician performed beautifully, and I was surprised at the richness of Jeff’s voice in person. There has been a noticeable improvement in his singing since the release of Aeroplane, and it’s wonderful.
The band performed all of Aeroplane, a few songs from Avery Island, and a few from Ferris Wheel on Fire. The audience seemed to be in an emotional trance throughout the entire thing. I expected to cry a lot but I didn’t— despite the subject matter of Aeroplane being very heavy, the atmosphere of the performance was overwhelmingly positive and happy. It was honestly magical. I would see Neutral Milk Hotel again in a heartbeat and I hope they go on tour again sometime (or even release a new album eh eh)
100/10 Jeff called us all his dear friends and I’m in love
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Wait but also I have a theory that they broke up just so they wouldn’t have to open for NIN and Soundgarden they were like “nah man fuck it” and just like kamikaze’d
All I can really say about DG breaking up is that I honestly think Stefan and Zach are separating themselves from the project to work on something different (and maybe even better). They’re artists, and that’s just what artists do— adapt and create new things. They said themselves that DG has become the best it can be, and while I won’t know if I agree until the second half of their latest (last?) lp comes out, I can’t change their decision.
I have complete and utter faith in the members of DG. Their music has fueled me creatively and nursed me emotionally (as fuckin weird as that sounds) for years, and I’m so grateful for what they’ve given us in the time they’ve worked on this project. I know they messed around a lot and have a reputation of not caring about anything but their music’s been fuckin real. You can’t create art like that without caring.
And that’s why if this, too, turns out to be a hoax of some sort, DG will still have my full support. And if it’s not, I can’t possibly be sad about it when I’ve had the privilege of experiencing truly awesome music. DG is and always will be one of the most important bands to me, even when I’m an old lady (especially when I’m an old lady?). But something tells me that this isn’t the last we’ll see of these two.
I had a lot to say it turns out