The Best album you never heard

Sorry, for posting to be a little slower.  You can blame my attendance last night at a Jeff Mangum show in Chapel Hill.  You’ve probably never heard of Mangum, or his former band, Neutral Milk Hotel, but he/they are responsible for one of my all-time favorite albums that chances are you’ve never heard of.   Here’s my favorite track from In the Aeroplane over the Sea, “Holland, 1945”

As Neutral Milk Hotel was having it’s greatest success over a decade ago, Mangum “snapped” as he put it last night, and completely left the music scene.  Thus, the fact that he is back touring after all these years led to some pretty excited fans and is an NPR-worthy story.  Anyway, last night he performed a mostly solo set that was a simply amazing performance.  I feel quite lucky that I was able to see him.

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Professor of Political Science at NC State

6 Responses to The Best album you never heard

  1. Jason says:

    I love this album, too! It was strange for me to find out, only after discovering how great this record is, that he is from Ruston and went to high school here, although I’ve never really seen or heard anything here about him returning since I’ve been here. I’m jealous.

  2. Steve Greene says:

    Yeah, I noticed that Ruston, LA part and thought of you. You would’ve loved the show.

  3. Mika says:

    No, the best album you never heard is Gross Misconduct by The Hanson Brothers. I almost posted this song “Duke It Out” to your earlier hockey and violence post but then I chickened out.

    While this version isn’t aesthetically pleasing because the guitarist drools a bit too much for my taste, he still wears Tampereen Tapparat shirt, which is one of my hometowns two major hockey clubs. Hockey brings people together!

    And now for something completely different, would you say your 1999 and 2000 papers, “Understanding Party Identification” and “The Psychological Sources of Partisan-leaning Independence”, hmm… how shall I phrase it, suggest (?) that party identification is a multidimensional phenomena? The topic of my bachelor’s thesis was the differences on political behavior between independent leaners and pure independents and I used those papers as a theoretical background to explain why they behave so differently. Now I’m going to the Finnish Political Science Associations conference workgroup to present that thesis paper. I’m also in the process of writing my master’s thesis on the same subject, I sort of try to update “The Myth of the Independent Voter” using later data, ANES from 1990 onwards.

  4. Steve Greene says:

    Cool– I love having an embedded video in a comment. Good stuff, but no NMH :-). I definitely conceive of partisanship as multi-dimensional. And, as I write in my dissertation, I really think it is important to consider it both an attitude and an identity (though, that’s not how we typically think of something as being multi-dimensional. What sort of results are you finding in your Master’s research?

    • Mika says:

      It was pretty cool to see your reply!

      I had read your papers a couple of times some time ago, but last october when I started to look for some kind of theoretical stuff about why leaners behave the way they do, I came across early 1980’s multi-dimensionality studies. Only then I realized that the view of PID that you present in those papers must be multi-dimensional. Classic cartoon light bulb flashed and everything was much clearer 🙂

      I’ve also read the chapter that you wrote with Mr. Weisberg to the book Electoral Democracy so I kinda know about the importance of attitudes to PID. It’s all a bit complicated to me, my knowledge about attitude theory is practically nada. I’d love to read your dissertation. I’m not sure but I think I’ve seen it mentioned in some paper I’ve read, but I haven’t found a copy of it from the net. Do you happen to know where I could find it?

      I don’t have any results yet, I downloaded the ANES files yesterday 🙂

      ps. My relationship with psychedelic music is like my relationship with fusion jazz. At first it sounds interesting but then I start to wish I was the player and not the listener.

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