Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

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Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby someguy » Sat May 24, 2008 1:41 am UTC

Hello everyone. I thought about the following a few days back and figured I'd post when I had a chance.

Neutral Milk Hotel have been a favorite of mine for a fair while now, and I've recently become acquainted with/started enjoying a bit of Beirut as well. One of the things common to both bands are the 'gypsy marching band' horn swells that pepper their songs; I happen to enjoy that particular kind of sound very very much.

I was wondering, then, whether you guys/girls might know of any other bands I may(gr?) want to check out, given the above.

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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby l33t_sas » Sat May 24, 2008 3:42 am UTC

All I know about this stuff is that once I was at my friends house having dinner with him and his family and his dad decides to put on some music. I whisper to my friend, "What is this shit?" And my friend replies "Neutral Milk Hotel, my dad loves this crap"

Ever since then Neutral Milk Hotel have become sort of an in-joke among us.

I realise that this wasn't very helpful, but I though I'd share.
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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby TheAmazingRando » Sat May 24, 2008 4:16 am UTC

Okkervil River is another folk rock band that uses horns, and I like them and Neutral Milk Hotel a whole lot, but they aren't exactly the same.

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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby Clumpy » Sat May 24, 2008 8:30 am UTC

The Decemberists are frequently compared to, and certainly influenced by NMH. Odds are you've heard of them. If you haven't - check them out, starting with The Crane Wife.

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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby The Rumpled Academic » Sat May 24, 2008 9:00 am UTC

I've lurked on and off around this board for a while, but this is the first topic I've ever thought, "Hey! I'm in a particular position to help this guy!" and so I just now registered.

If it's Neutral Milk Hotel's sound you're after, I'd immediately suggest you hook up with the Canadian band Rock Plaza Central (album: "Are We Not Horses?"). From the songwriting, it's fairly clear that they put on In The Aeroplane Over The Sea every single night and sway religiously.

Do you know that NMH's drummer, Jeremy Barnes, went on after the dissolution to form a band specialising in gypsy horn-based music? They're called A Hawk and a Handsaw. They have a whole bunch of releases, which have generally gotten better over time - 2006's "The Way The Wind Blows" and 2007's dual EP with the Hun Hangar Ensemble are particularly worthwhile.

If you're looking for some kickin' balkan horns in their original, unfettered context, you have much to choose from. You would probably do well to start off with the romani brass band Kočani Orkestar - I've remember reading Zach Condon say in an interview that they heavily influenced Beirut's sound.
You should also definitely get some Storsveit Nix Noltes, too ~ they are, to treat the subject with the candour it merits, the shit.

Who else... who else... Esma Redzepova often used some crazy horns... Leningrad are a fun, ska-ish brass-based Russian band... Joni Iliev... and Wooden Shjips, if you're cool with an Eastern European influence being filtered through a pretty thick layer of LSD.

Enjoy, buckaroo!

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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby existential_elevator » Sat May 24, 2008 9:26 am UTC

The Rumpled Academic wrote:I
If it's Neutral Milk Hotel's sound you're after, I'd immediately suggest you hook up with the Canadian band Rock Plaza Central (album: "Are We Not Horses?"). From the songwriting, it's fairly clear that they put on In The Aeroplane Over The Sea every single night and sway religiously.


I was just about to recommend that!
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Also, Rumpled Academic, those are some seriously good tip-offs that I am going to have to investigate. Thanks!

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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby someguy » Sat May 24, 2008 1:20 pm UTC

Thank you so much everyone. I'm off to check out your recommendations.
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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby Angelene » Sat May 24, 2008 4:12 pm UTC

I guarantee you will love Circulatory System, it features Jeff Mangum from NMH, and is all psychedelic wonderfulness.

http://www.myspace.com/thecirculatorysystem

Okay, so I can't guarantee anything, but they're certainly worth a look, they make splendid summertime music.
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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby Mimi » Sat May 24, 2008 6:14 pm UTC

Eh, I agree with the Decemberists suggestion, but I would definitely start out with Picaresque, in my opinion a much stronger album.

Also, in terms of horns, Belle & Sebastian's got plenty, although they really don't resemble NMH too closely.

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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby someguy » Sat May 24, 2008 7:52 pm UTC

Angelene wrote:I guarantee you will love Circulatory System, it features Jeff Mangum from NMH, and is all psychedelic wonderfulness.

http://www.myspace.com/thecirculatorysystem

Okay, so I can't guarantee anything, but they're certainly worth a look, they make splendid summertime music.

Well, if they resemble the Olivia Tremor Control in any way, of whose Black Foliage I'm a fan for life, I'm in!
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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby Clumpy » Sun May 25, 2008 7:29 am UTC

Mimi wrote:Eh, I agree with the Decemberists suggestion, but I would definitely start out with Picaresque, in my opinion a much stronger album.

Also, in terms of horns, Belle & Sebastian's got plenty, although they really don't resemble NMH too closely.


I confess that I don't like the "Mr. Postman" song very much, while the semi-cohesive story of . The Crane Wife pulls me in. I think that Sixteen Military Wives may be their best song. Certainly it's one of the better music videos I've seen. They changed styles a bit after Picaresque so it just comes down to which you prefer.

At any rate, I think you're right: Picaresque would be a better recommendation for somebody looking for a NMH sound. The Decemberists never quite duplicated the noise NMH could muster in their finest moments, but they're cut from mellower musical cloth.

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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby The Rumpled Academic » Sun May 25, 2008 9:41 am UTC

Well, if they resemble the Olivia Tremor Control in any way, of whose Black Foliage I'm a fan for life, I'm in!


You won't be disappointed. The Circulatory System album is like Black Foliage Animation Music filtered through a thin sheet of hazy orange sunshine.

If you're already into Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel, I probably don't need to provide this link, but nonetheless: the Elephant 6 Collective (of which both bands were part) has much to offer those willing to dig. http://www.elephant6.com/bands.html
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While I don't think that the Decemberists are as close to NMH as a lot of people say they are, my 2c would see any interested party get Picaresque first - just because it's my favourite.

Also, Rumpled Academic, those are some seriously good tip-offs that I am going to have to investigate. Thanks!


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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby Clumpy » Sun May 25, 2008 11:04 am UTC

The Rumpled Academic wrote:My pleasure - it's a genuinely lovely feeling to have some of the obscurist knowledge I've gleaned over the years help someone I'll never meet. :D


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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby jessebob » Mon May 26, 2008 8:18 pm UTC

I listen to NMH fairly regularly, and i think that syd barrett's music is kinda similar, and i like them both.
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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby kcr » Mon May 26, 2008 9:13 pm UTC

You might want to try Beulah. They were part of the Elephant 6 (along with Neutral Milk Hotel), and use a lot of trumpet. Uh. Also, they're awesome. They're not a band anymore, but they've got four albums; the last two are definitely the strongest. If you want something more melancholy go with Yoko, The Coast is Never Clear is more upbeat and happy.

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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby Claan22 » Tue May 27, 2008 10:54 pm UTC

I've never heard of Beirut, but I do like folk-rock.

Some bands you might want to check out include Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens, and The Decemberists.

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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby Delmieth » Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:35 pm UTC

so many bands here i need to check out!

Martin Craft (sometimes listed as M. Craft) is a british singer/songwriter with a folk-indie sorta sound which i love!
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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby The Rumpled Academic » Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:30 pm UTC

Ohz yeahz! If you're still on the prowl for that NMH world-is-ending-as-we-sing-with-fierce-pride-and-chunks-of-sky-fall-past-our-floating-bodies-in-great-flaming-chunks vibe, I have another recommendation for you: Bodies of Water; a very cool trumpet-bearing exuberantly-harmonising band who, even when playing live in a small venue, manage to sound like a small horde. Watch this video, let them stab you with the blazing sword of their fervour - and just try not to beg for more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXd6vb7SgaQ

kcr wrote:You might want to try Beulah. They were part of the Elephant 6 (along with Neutral Milk Hotel), and use a lot of trumpet. Uh. Also, they're awesome. They're not a band anymore, but they've got four albums; the last two are definitely the strongest. If you want something more melancholy go with Yoko, The Coast is Never Clear is more upbeat and happy.


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Re: Bands in the same vein as Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut?

Postby bowlerhatman » Sat Jun 14, 2008 11:17 pm UTC

The Rumpled Academic wrote:I've lurked on and off around this board for a while, but this is the first topic I've ever thought, "Hey! I'm in a particular position to help this guy!" and so I just now registered.

If it's Neutral Milk Hotel's sound you're after, I'd immediately suggest you hook up with the Canadian band Rock Plaza Central (album: "Are We Not Horses?"). From the songwriting, it's fairly clear that they put on In The Aeroplane Over The Sea every single night and sway religiously.

Do you know that NMH's drummer, Jeremy Barnes, went on after the dissolution to form a band specialising in gypsy horn-based music? They're called A Hawk and a Handsaw. They have a whole bunch of releases, which have generally gotten better over time - 2006's "The Way The Wind Blows" and 2007's dual EP with the Hun Hangar Ensemble are particularly worthwhile.

If you're looking for some kickin' balkan horns in their original, unfettered context, you have much to choose from. You would probably do well to start off with the romani brass band Kočani Orkestar - I've remember reading Zach Condon say in an interview that they heavily influenced Beirut's sound.
You should also definitely get some Storsveit Nix Noltes, too ~ they are, to treat the subject with the candour it merits, the shit.

After reading this, I checked out Rock Plaza Central and immediately bought their album. Oh, my god, it's brilliant.
Who else... who else... Esma Redzepova often used some crazy horns... Leningrad are a fun, ska-ish brass-based Russian band... Joni Iliev... and Wooden Shjips, if you're cool with an Eastern European influence being filtered through a pretty thick layer of LSD.

Enjoy, buckaroo!
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