1998 somehow brought us boy bands, nĂĽ-metal, and Neutral Milk Hotel

1. Next, “Too Close”
2. Brandy and Monica, “The Boy Is Mine”
3. Shania Twain, “You’re Still The One”
4. Savage Garden, “Truly Madly Deeply”
5. LeAnn Rimes, “How Do I Live”
6. Janet Jackson, “Together Again”
7. K-Ci & JoJo, “All My Life”
8. Elton John, “Candle In The Wind 1997”
9. Usher, “Nice & Slow”
10. Paula Cole, “I Don’t
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Neutral Milk Hotel’s Julian Koster starts a very Neutral Milk Hotel podcast

As reported by Spin, Music Tapes mastermind and former Neutral Milk Hotel bass/accordion/banjo/musical saw player Julian Koster has announced a new podcast that sounds exactly like the sort of thing a former Neutral Milk Hotel member would make. For starters, it’s called The Orbiting Human Circus (Of The Air), which…

Ska tribute to In The Aeroplane Over The Sea somehow improves on perfection

Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea is pretty much one of the best albums of all time (at least in the indie rock world), but as show by the remastered version of the first Star Wars movie, sometimes it really is possible to improve on perfection. That’s exactly what a band called Skanktral Ska Hotel…

Dream pipes: 16 songs that are actually improved by bagpipes

Bagpipes often conjure images of kilted Scots in tam o’ shanters, but one shouldn’t overlook Ireland’s devotion to the age-old instrument. Irish taverns have basked in the sweet trill of bagpipes since the late 1500s, and even lay claim to one of the most popular types of bagpipes: the uilleann pipes, which ring with…

22 songs that are great despite being pro-Jesus

Even though the birth of Christ is over for another year, there’s still plenty of Christ-centered music to keep you going for another 12 months. Although there are entire genres dedicated to celebrating the big JC—some of them truly terrible (Christian rock) and some of them totally awesome (gospel)—for this…

I can’t hardly wait: 76 of our most anticipated entertainments of 2015, part 1

The short-run musical comedy series Galavant tells the fantastical tale of a knight who falls from grace after his storybook happy ending goes awry. The series features Timothy Omundson—such a reliable comedic presence on Psych—as its villain, the dastardly King Richard, alongside lesser-known heroes. The premise is…

Neutral Milk Hotel announces its last tour “for the foreseeable future”

Neutral Milk Hotel has announced a run of spring dates that it says will be its “last tour for the foreseeable future.” The group reformed in 2013 and has been playing pretty steadily ever since, but thinks “it’s time to say goodbye for the never ending now” and is extending its “deepest gratitude to all the beautiful…

Beck and a head-butting St. Vincent amped up 2014’s Pitchfork Music Festival

There’s almost nothing new to report about Pitchfork Music Festival this year, and that’s a good thing. The crowd seemed noticeably bigger, but it’s still perfectly easy to move from stage to stage—there are still three, despite the appearance of a fourth, which turned out to be a viewing platform or something. Lines…