Disgusting: ISIS Just Released A 2-Star Review Of ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’

As ISIS continues to increase its deadly and destructive influence across the Middle East, it becomes increasingly clear that there is no act too atrocious for the terrorist organization, and its latest disgusting salvo proves just that. Earlier this morning, members of the Islamic State released a two-star review of Neutral Milk Hotel’s sophomore album, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.

According to reports, the devastating 500-word review, which appeared online at 7:45 a.m., attacks nearly every aspect of the 1998 indie album, again showing that ISIS is capable of anything.

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I have nothing against Kanye West. Help me with this—I’m not dissing him—this is about how people talk about him. With the last album he did, he got all the best beatmakers on the planet at the time to make beats for him. A lot of the time, he wasn’t even there. Yet no one would question his authorship for a second. If whatever I’m saying to you now helps women, I’m up for saying it. For example, I did 80% of the beats on Vespertine and it took me three years to work on that album, because it was all microbeats—it was like doing a huge embroidery piece. Matmos came in the last two weeks and added percussion on top of the songs, but they didn’t do any of the main parts, and they are credited everywhere as having done the whole album. [Matmos’] Drew [Daniel] is a close friend of mine, and in every single interview he did, he corrected it. And they don’t even listen to him. It really is strange.

Instead of viewing her letter as yet another battle cry from a pop singer for the 1%, demanding more millions (like her Spotify move was perceived), this was seen as an earnest request to let the starving artists live. For whatever reason, Taylor was previously viewed as disingenuous, but the reality is, Taylor Swift has never not championed for the underdog.


Last Christmas she sat on her floor and wrapped gifts for her fans and mailed them out one by one. She wrote Valentine’s Day cards, serenaded kids with cancer, visited fans in the hospital, took them to lunch, handed out pizza to fans waiting for her shows, donated books to libraries, money to cancer organizations, music organizations, relief funds, you name it. She’s an ambassador for UNICEF, and even responds to fans on social media. So in what part of Taylor Swift’s near-decade long career of music and philanthropy would an open letter defending indie artists be any surprise at all? We clearly weren’t paying attention. And who is “we” you ask? Well, you know who you are.

I feel like we’re so limited by the context at which we look at life. The way we look at who we’re supposed to be and how we’re supposed to love… everything. I feel like that, in and of itself, is a project of a lifetime: the problem of how to break out of the limiting context that is imposed upon us by the educational system, by the church, by our parents… As a kid I rejected it without even thinking about it. Now that I’m a little older, I see how deeply destructive it really is. Even our concepts about romantic love, I think, are destructive; treating people as property is destructive; being jealous of other people is destructive. You know, being jealous is a perfectly natural thing to feel, so it’s not about suppressing jealousy, but learning to come to terms with it and to recognize its destructiveness and then to transform it. I’m not saying that I’ve overcome anything, but I’ve definitely seen the blinding truth of how imperative it is that we have to overcome these problems.
—  Jeff Mangum, 2002 Pitchfork Interview
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