elephant six

Bucket
Neutral Milk Hotel
Bucket

stunning unreleased song by NMH. this is the only live version available online, and it differs slightly from the recorded versions, however, i included the lyrics from the recorded versions (guitar and organ) you can find on youtube. all three are beautiful, this song is like a grown up lullaby.

shadows on my wall
they creep and crawl on through the night
they dream of waterfalls
catching small bright streams of light

and life can be so weird
a bucket full of tears
but it’s all right
i’ve seen the light
and i’ve still got time to fly away

shadows in my dreams
they’re painting scenes of time with you
i’m hoping all these things
and strength it brings will see me through

and life can be so weird
bucket full of tears
but it’s all right
i’ve seen the light
and i’ve still got time to fly away

i love teenage girls who love elephant 6. i love teenage girls who love built to spill, animal collective, pavement. i love teenage girls who love music in which the community is dominated by mid-30s men. i love how nonjudgemental they are when you’re new to the music, don’t know a song, don’t have every single  album on limited-press vinyl, aren’t good at remembering names, can’t play an instrument. i love teenage girls who experiment with music when there’s a world of criticism waiting out there for us. it makes me hopeful for the future of the music we love and makes me not want to give up on learning new things about music. we have so much power. i love us. 

I boarded a six and a half minute fight between a tentacle monster and a six legged elephant while my arm was broken and I hope you all enjoy it when the Omni-tricked special airs on the 22nd.

(In the meantime you can actually watch the part I worked on in the 10 minute preview available on the CN app right now if you felt so inclined)

Follow me through a city of frost covered angels
I swear I have nothing to prove
I just want to dance in your tangles
To give me some reason to move
But to take on the world at all angles
Requires a strength I can’t use
So I’ll meet you up high in your anger
Of all that is hoping and waiting for you
— 

Neutral Milk Hotel, Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone

(This is my favourite lyric cluster of all time)

4

LOOK AT THAT LIST OF BANDS!

Olivia Tremor Control

of Montreal

Tullycraft

Bunnygrunt

The Minders

Dressy Bessy

Aden (a little Chicago love)

True Love Always

The Ladybug Transistor

Neutral Milk Hotel

wolfie (a little more Chicago love)

junior varsity!!!!!

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Packing for the move into our new house I found this amazing treasure from the Athens Summer Music Extravaganza. I’m guessing it was the summer of 1997. I was living in Atlanta at the time and Athens, GA was a godsend. 

It’s basically an explosion of Elephant 6… Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, (early) of Montreal!

Of course my pop faves Bunnygrunt, Dressy Bessy and Tullycraft played. 

This is how I spent the 90s. I missed grunge and flannel shirts and carried 45s in a box at shows like this. 

Listen

The Music Tapes NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Julian Koster and co. play a Christmas themed set. Julian is simply one of the best storytellers ever, always filled with wonder and joy. For such a shy guy, his music really fills the room with an air of magic. 26 minutes long.

Set:

  1. [banter]
  2. The First Noel
  3. Freeing Song for Reindeer
  4. [banter] 
  5. Jesus Blood
  6. Takeshi and Elijah (!!!!)
  7. Zat You, Santa Clause?