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Throwback Thursday: 'In The Aeroplane Over The Sea' by Neutral Milk Hotel

by Carolyn Menyes   Feb 13, 2014 16:37 PM EST

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Music Times believes that it's never too late to go back and try something old. Throwback Thursdays will go back and pull out an album that's at least 10 years old, so that you can find something new, or revisit something you've forgotten about.

Week of 2/13/14

Who: Neutral Milk Hotel

What: In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

When: Feb. 10, 1998

People always jump at the chance to celebrate the 15th anniversary of a legendary album, but what about the 16th anniversary? It's one more year of music to celebrate and, you know, if records were people, the thing could drive.

Okay, so maybe that's a stretch, but for this week's edition of #ThrowbackThursday, we'll celebrate 16 years regardless... of Neutral Milk Hotel's pinnacle album In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. Since being released on Feb. 10, 1998, this indie rock record has become the thing of legend, influencing countless acts from Arcade Fire to Brand New to Okkervil River. Neutral Milk Hotel have, of course, leaked to every level of musicianship, due to the fact that In The Aeroplane Over The Sea cuts can be heard at most local coffee shops on open mic nights.

Despite all that, the album itself is one of the most solid indie rock releases ever. The tight World War II-esque concept of the record mixed with the expert musicianship makes for an album that has been praised over and over again and will continue to do so for years to come.

Most excitingly, Neutral Milk Hotel will be hitting the road this summer for a 16 year celebration of In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (kind of).

Check out those tour dates here, and until you can catch them live, relive the album with the album's title track below:

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