Neutral Uke Hotel :: "King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1"

In one of those things that can only really work with a straight-face and a good gimmick, Shawn Fogel is touring as Neutral Uke Hotel, covering the entirety of In The Aeroplane Over The Sea and doing it all on a ukulele. Calling on members of our Boston favorites, The Motion Sick, Fogel faithfully recreates Neutral Milk Hotel's monolith with the dulcet tones usually reserved for Jason Mraz songs and hackass covers of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". Of course, this works because it worked the first time, and "King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1" is no less crushing than it was in 1998 when Jeff Magnum first drew the lyrics that built the room, one afternoon, where I knew I could love you. It was a crushing story then, and no less crushing on a smaller guitar, 12 years later.

Listen :: Neutral Uke Hotel - "King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1"

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