a couple of many pieces i want to draw to show my love of the orbiting human circus (of the air)…if you haven’t started listening yet, season one just finished up recently! it really sings to my heart, i can’t recommend it enough

Phone Call from Julian 2016
  • Phone Call from Julian 2016
  • Max T. and Julian (the Janitor) Koster


I’m still freaking out that was seriously the best 6ish minutes of my LIFE.
I managed to record it, so there’s not much to say about the call that you can’t hear for yourself, but overall, just, oh my goodness what a lovely person. He was so polite and friendly and it felt like talking to your best friend. Not to mention, he’s SUCH a good storyteller, something about the way he speaks is just so powerful and pulls you right in to listen, I couldn’t ignore any of his jokes. (Yes, plural, he told me THREE jokes!!) 

I didn’t get to ask him some questions like I had hoped, (I was planning on trying to get some show-related info for the fans) but I did at LEAST get to compliment him, which you’ll hear. He said I had a nice voice and I said that he did too, and that he should be on the radio, and he got SO flustered and grateful, it was heartbreakingly adorable to hear him be so happy that someone WANTED him to be on the radio. <3<3<3 What a cinnamon roll… #protectJulian2K16

Anyway, enjoy the audio, he was absolutely lovely to talk to and it really made my day. <3

(And BTW, @ichigo-otokonoko, yes of COURSE I got him to say hi to you like you wanted <3 Anything for you my darling ^u^ Love you, enjoy!!)

The Music Tapes, “The Orbiting Human Circus” Lyrics

Hello again, friends! We’re figuring out whether there can be a booklet with credits and lyrics for people who buy the digital EP. (Those things will definitely be included with a potential future physical release!) In the meantime, here are the lyrics to the songs on the EP:

City of Lights
(Julian Koster)

Oh, here you are
and you’re all you wished to be
you’re alive and you’re
not alone
not alone in this.

So close your eyes
hear the whole world
call your name
and you answer
please don’t go
please don’t go away.

All I know is here
and now
and right away.
Call me here
I will appear like
light of day.

All of the words
of the songs
we all will sing
mean the same thing
and it’s not goodbye
and it’s not “go away”.

Mom, bye.
Dad, bye.

Call my name,
behold the strength
of my embrace.
All I sing to
hear my prayer
don’t go away.

All of your life
you’ve been holding on
to just one thing
and it calls you
please don’t go
please don’t go away.

(Dino Olivieri, Louis Eugene Bernard Poterat, and Giuseppe Nino Rastelli; arranged by Thomas Hughes and Julian Koster)

Lyrics available online. :) 

Where Evening’s Dream Goes
(Julian Koster)

Darkness, darkness, always comes,
Around surrounding everyone…

Simple angels falling from the sky,
To show the way back home where evening’s dream goes…

Darkness, darkness…

Darkness, darkness, always comes,
The lamps that lit, the night bells rung.

Simple angels falling from the sky,
To show the way back home where evening’s dream goes…

I’ve Got My Love
(Irving Berlin; arranged by Julian Koster)

The snow is snowin’
The wind is blowin’
But I can weather the storm
What do I care how much it may storm
I’ve got my love to keep me warm

I can’t remember
A better December
Just watch those icicles form
What do I care if icicles form
I’ve got my love to keep me warm

Off with my overcoat
Off with my gloves
I need no overcoat
I’m burning with love
My heart’s on fire
The flame grows higher
So I will weather the storm
What do I care how much it may storm
I’ve got my love to keep me warm

My heart’s on fire
The flame grows higher
So I will weather the storm
What do I care how much it may storm
I’ve got my love to keep me warm

on a completely different note, i cannot physically wait until john cameron goes thru some serious character development. like. john cameron discovering that julian provides him his acts? john cameron constantly mulling over the fact that julian saved his life? john cameron acknowledging that julian idolizes him in a lot of ways? john cameron realizing that, despite the fact that julian arguably Messes Everything Up Always, the show could not have gone on for this long without him? 

like. once those realizations fall into place for our dear idiot of a host, his perception of julian will be changed forever. and i am so here and so ready to see how those discoveries will change the dynamic of their relationship 

I've Got My Love
  • I've Got My Love
  • The Music Tapes


I will DEFINITELY be recording the conversation and posting details about it soon (I’m getting the call this Thursday), but in the meantime I’m posting this in case no one else has yet. This is a holiday song that was sent out to everyone who didn’t get picked for the call, AND everyone who did! The email stated that the Janitor is singing, and that “this is what it sounds like in his head.” I think this song is absolutely beautiful and I cannot stop listening to it. Enjoy!

(P.S: This lovely tune belongs to Julian (the Janitor) Koster, The Music Tapes, and The Orbiting Human Circus. I don’t own it, I merely appreciate it.)

best moment from The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air), Ep 1
  • Julian: *Sneaking backstage to a dressing room*
  • Narrator: But who is this personality who cannot resist the bright lights of the stage? The beautiful, shining microphones? The hypnotic pull of laughter and applause? Who is this personality? Who has gone so far as to imagine a Narrator, to keep him company announcing the events of his life- as if he were the star of screen, stage, or story?
  • Julian: God, you make me sound like such a freak! Everyone should have a Narrator.
  • Narrator: Thank you, but don't go in there!!

and ANOTHER thing… can we talk about leticia’s description of jacques looking at julian in like episode 4? like…. look at this shit: 

-I think maybe you are in love with him. 


-Oh, come on, I’ve seen the way you look at him, Jacques, from across a crowded room. You look at him like your heart beat out of your chest, you know. 

like? julian x john is my shit , but? that’s adorable. could u imagine jacques letting julian off the hook for yet another incident and julian is just smiling beautifully like “thank you jacques thank you i promise it won’t happen again” and jacques just ?!??!!??!? ♡♡♡♡ ???!?!! what the fk cu?

i’m a sucker for that shit   

Hey guys, I know a lot of my followers know who this is but with all the hype surrounding The Orbiting Human Circus (of the air) I thought I would make a bit of an appreciation post

This is Julian Koster, though many of you might recognize him as Julian The Janitor, he is the genius behind The Music Tapes and The Orbiting Human Circus. Many indie-rock fans may recognize him as a multi-instrumentalist for various Elephant 6 related bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Chocolate USA, and as I mentioned earlier The Music Tapes. He is not only an incredible musician but a genius storyteller. He wrote an amazing story album with The Music Tapes called “2nd Imaginary Symphony for Cloudmaking” (which didn’t get the attention it deserved) and he has toured across the country in a giant circus tent called The Traveling Imaginary and now with the help of the people at Night Vale Presents his genius is being spread to a wider audience. I know many of you are in love with the amazing things that the Night Vale crew has put out (I am in that same boat) but I wanted to take a moment to appreciate how awesome this man is.

coco (ohc) appreciation post

ok but i feel like we need to appreciate coco (koko???? cocoa??? idk) a wee bit more because:

  • he listened to julian’s stories
  • he seemed genuinely interested in julian’s stories 
  • he seemed to genuinely care for julian, considering what little we heard
  • he gave the boy attention, and honestly that boy really needs it 

like the poor man probably was so bored half the time and here comes this raggedy lil janitor all mistakes and tousled hair but he tells good stories and makes things so much more interesting. coco probably loves julian very, very much

god bless him