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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 12:22 am
by chicken
i'll spare ya'll the rant of how fabulous this band is. discover for yourselves.

Naomi lyrics:
<!--QuoteBegin--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE </td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteEBegin-->Naomi

Your prettiness is seeping through
Out from the dress I took from you, so pretty
And my emptiness is swollen shut always
Always a wretch i have become
So empty

I'm watching Naomi, full bloom
I'm hoping she will soon explode
Into one billion tastes and tunes
One billion angels come and hold her down
They hold her down until she cries

I'm tasting Naomi's perfume
It tastes like shit and I must say
She comes and goes most afternoons
One billion lovers wave and love her now
They could love her now and so could I

There is no Naomi in view
She walks through Cambridge stocks and strolls
And if she only really knew
One billion angels could come and save her soul
They could save her soul until she shines

So pretty
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goodness, how this builds upon itself.

i'm fully aware (at least mostly) of how much i've raved about this band on these here forums, and despite that, i refuse to quit. that's how good these fellows were.

in concerts, they would ---in the middle of a song--- toss instruments to back and forth to one another.
certain (unmentioned) band members would sing to one another in their home through the walls.........IN THEIR SLEEP. that's the report from the wife of one band member. in my book, i chaulk that up to pure ridiculous magic.

no doubt why i'm pree's baby, no doubt whatsoever....goodness, what a glorious song.

[edit]: hrrmmm...and a 'certain someone' on these forums is the king of carrot flowers, did you ever wonder what in the hell that was all about?

....perhaps our king can enlighten us?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 12:40 am
by elko
About time, I think.

'The King Of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1' is just two minutes long, but it can make me cry.

It's the sort of band where every song sounds like an epic, but not in the way that you are probably imagining now. Just that every note really puts you through it, and even the songs which could feasibly be pop singles are guaranteed to test you at some point.

Like chicken says, just go listen.

Although highlights are near impossible to highlight, you cannot go wrong with 'Song Against Sex', 'You've Passed', 'Naomi' or 'Holland, 1945'.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 12:46 am
by chicken
'Song Against Sex'

quite possibly my favourite among favourites.
how on earth does jeff sing that forcefully for that long?

'lost like a bell that's tipping over
with two cracks along both sides
and i knew the world was over
so i took a look outside...'

gracious. now i must listen to it yet again.

nmh = a symphonic cacophany.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 1:11 am
by chicken

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 2:44 pm
by Still Ill
I've been downloading some NMH <!--emo&:ph34r:-->Image<!--endemo--> <!--emo&:ph34r:-->Image<!--endemo--> I know, I know, but eh, it's entirely convenient, instant, and there are loads of sources on limwire. The snippets on iTunes is not the best way to judge songs and the quality just sucks. I want to see why you and elko (among others) are making such a fuss over these guys. <!--emo&:P-->Image<!--endemo--> I'm a little picky on taste, but generally I'm an easy sell. <!--emo&:lol:-->Image<!--endemo-->

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 2:46 pm
by Still Ill
<!--QuoteBegin-chicken+Aug 20 2005, 02:11 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (chicken @ Aug 20 2005, 02:11 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteEBegin--> Image <!--QuoteEnd--> </td></tr></table><div class='postcolor'> <!--QuoteEEnd-->
What am I missing here, other than that is a hillarious picture!

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 5:25 pm
by chicken
simply a hilarious pic. <!--emo&:lol:-->Image<!--endemo-->

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 7:32 pm
by elko

It's also worth stating that NMH seem to be one of those bands so original (and bloody good) that they influence everyone whose heard of them. The folk-ish stuff that seems to be the new indie is totally NMH influenced, though nothings quite got there yet.

The Microphones are worth checking out though if you crave more music of that style.

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2005 1:00 am
by chicken
and holy rattlesnakes that fell around your feet.

*gad, this guitar*

as we would lay and learn what each other's bodies were for

*enter the harmonium or whatever*

yeah elko, this song makes me want to cry, but not sadly. to cry for the bravery and fortitude it takes to take life head-on with pride and love.

(if i posted every time i have these guys playing on these forums, i'd be banned.)

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2005 1:13 am
by elko
Ah, but you wouldn't.

I can't say what it is about it, and that song, that actually brings the reaction from me. I'm not sure I even think about it. It's rather primal, but no, not a sad thing.

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2005 1:22 am
by chicken
i'm wondering, what it is you think of "oh comely".

that was the first song by NMH i gave highest rating to. the complexity of the lyrics, the repetitious-hypnotic guitar, and the un-human vocal abilities of jeff.

at 5:09, wow. this song is serious.

know all your enemies...

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 10:03 pm
by elko
I don't hate it, I love it even. But compared the others on the album, it doesn't do so much for me.

'Ghost' is my current favourite. I just love the sound of it.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:50 pm
by chicken
<!--QuoteBegin-elko+Sep 4 2005, 10:03 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (elko @ Sep 4 2005, 10:03 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteEBegin--> 'Ghost' is my current favourite. I just love the sound of it. <!--QuoteEnd--> </td></tr></table><div class='postcolor'> <!--QuoteEEnd-->
i've always thought of "Ghost" bordering on 'epic'. the progression, the almost-movements, and the extravagant instrumentation.
agreed, it's a lovely sound.
de de de de de de
de de de de de de
(yeah, complex lyrics, right <!--emo&;)-->Image<!--endemo--> )
plus how it slides into "untitled" like smooth silk, like how two bones are supposed to connect.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2005 2:15 am
by chicken
double-post, i know. but NMH is worth far more than that...
elko, (and any other who might have sampled this genius thus far..)
what about:
"you've passed" into "someone is waiting" into "a baby for pree"?

how you've passed transforms into someone is waiting, and how that transition is nothing short of glorious, absolutely glorious vocals....gad. it's horrendous tragic joy, yes?

and then, if one has the emotional fortitude, it goes into "where you'll find me now" which is a variation of a baby for pree, but thick jello guitar and such strong vocals....with jeff mangum's signature extra-human lungs....gad...

it's an emo-opera!!!

(and don't mention "gardenhead/leave me alone" as it is nearly my personal anthem <!--emo&:ph34r:-->Image<!--endemo--> i'll be a certifiable lunatic if i post on that song )

PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2005 2:27 am
by chicken
goodness, gracious, a tri-post, if only for "naomi" ripe/fleshy/corpulent/paunchy/porcine/pauchy the instrumentation, and how gutterly/heavenly the lyrics!

okay. i'll stop here. (though i've yet to hit the live stuff)