Intriguing and Awesome Genius Playlist

I wouldn’t quite call this an “epic” playlist that Genius has created for me here, but man is it sure awesome. The reason I say it is intriguing, and the inspiration to blog about it, will probably only be obvious to people familiar with the album “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel (the one Graham thought should have been on our top 5 of the second half of the ’90’s lists, and Graham, had I knew of it when it came out, I would agree).  The album is an indie classic, and this playlist is based on my favorite from it, “Two Headed Boy.” This song is epic in itself, with Jeff Mangum’s powerful, genuine and quite endearing vocals sang and sometimes just flat out yelled over an equally passionate and often frantic accoustic guitar. The intriguing part is that the list closes with part 2 of this song (the closer on the album), which I’m not sure if Itunes is capable of reasoning out for itself or if it just coincidentally happened that way.

The lyrics in both parts of this song, although I believe the first to be better musically, are not only intriguing but are almost distractingly deep. I listened and listened to this song when I first heard this album, and upon reading the lyrics could only really decide that the artist was talking about some kind of a relationship and the good and bad parts he held on to dearly in its aftermath. Well, after a few years of occasional contemplation, I’m really no more savvy to the subject than before, but holy crap is this a great song. If you’re as interested as I was in the lyrics you hear in this song, check out the link before the list. Its a pretty sweet site I found called Song, and the community has had some outstandingly well stated interperatations of this song in the comments, all starting around 2004. If you just skip around to the long ones, they’re usually worth the read. Enjoy the list, because I certainly do 😀


1. “Two-Headed Boy” – Neutral Milk Hotel

2. “Sea Ghost” – The Unicorns (Members of Islands before Islands… great stuff)

3. “Maybe You Can Owe Me” – Architecture In Helsinki (haven’t listened to these guys a lot, but will start if this is representative of their sound)

4. “Rough Gem” – Islands

5. “Red Right Ankle” – The Decemberists

6. “Fireworks” – Animal Collective (Possibly the most dissappointing and downright awful show I saw at Lolla, but man this song is great)

7. “Fake Palindromes” – Andrew Bird (Live at Bonnaroo 2006)

8. “Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)” – Beirut

9. “Car” – Built to Spill

10. “I’ll Believe In Anything” – Wolf Parade

11. “Suffer For Fashion” – Of Montreal

12. “The Mending of the Gown” – Sunset Rubdown

13. “Song Against Sex” – Neutral Milk Hotel

14. “Same Old Drag” – The Apples In Stereo

15. “Eli, The Barrow Boy” – The Decemberists

16. “I Was Born (A Unicorn)” – The Unicorns

17. “Scythian Empire” – Andrew Bird

18. “Knife” – Grizzly Bear

19. “The Owls Go” – Architecture In Helsinki (Reeaaallly interesting and, well… awesome)

20. “Autumn Sweater” – Yo La Tengo (*sigh of epic relaxation*)

21. “Don’t Call Me Whitney, Bobby” – Islands

22. “Peacebone” – Animal Collective

23. “You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son” – Wolf Parade

24. “Dear Catastrophe Waitress” – Belle and Sebastian

25. “Two-Headed Boy, Pt.2” – Neutral Milk Hotel

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