i think it's time37

max6mon 9d
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for you to know

the awful truth

and the truth about me and the truth about you

'cause you're a brand new species

big cat

space nazis

robert stack

goddamnit

gonna snap

leonard nimoy

call me back (call me back!)

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himaJul 22, 2020
this is literally just a genuine neil cicierega appreciation/admiration/lusting/discussion thread now
maxJul 22, 2020
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Good.
maxJul 22, 2020
anyway, stream amnesia was her name
PissProblemsJul 22, 2020
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bustin makes me feel good
himaJul 23, 2020
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so obviously neil c is a musical genius but theres a bunch of really smart things happening in this song that i MUST address (im about to hyperfixate and u CANT stop me)

- firstables, if u dont know abt the ancient aliens conspiracy theory (somehow), its a theory that aliens arrived on earth millennia ago, and helped humans out by giving them advanced technology/helping them build some of our most famous monuments (the pyramids of giza being the main one ppl talk about)

the problem with this theory, aside from the very basic concept of it (LMAO), is that suggests that poc couldnt have made these marvels themselves, therefore it MUST have been aliens. this is in spite of overwhelming evidence that many ancient civilizations were very well-educated and had complicated mathematical and astronomical measurements that were pretty f*cking accurate!

- neil's genius here is in avoiding that issue altogether by a) having the human in question be a caveman, taking the racial aspect out of the theory completely, and b) by having the ALIEN ask the HUMAN for help. he completely sidesteps the issue, and its sexy and awesome

- as for the purely musical, neil does something awesome that i never see people comment on in the song. when the caveman first says "my minds this cave / so dark, no moon, no stars / no stars, no sound," the song goes completely silent for a moment

after the caveman mentions that the alien "speaks in their mind," a trilling bleep can be heard going in the background music that wasnt there before. during the chorus's reprise, when the caveman again says "no stars, no sound," the music stops so that all that can be heard is that trilling bleep, implying that the sound is the alien trying to communicate telepathically with the caveman - but they cant understand it, so it just renders as that synth-y sound instead. its SO f*cking cool and i love it more than anything
maxJul 23, 2020
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YESSS all the bits and pieces neil puts in the lyrics and instrumentals make my brain explode. i have the commentary track downloaded in which he talks a lot about stuff like that he did but i cant remember everything so this is off the top of my head:

- it is VERY MUCH on purpose that the first word of the album is die and the last word is life. also very much on purpose that the last is about circles in life and fades into the fuzzy soft synth that loops back into the first which is a song about resurrection.

- in as your father, there's a breakdown bit with guitars and a bit of synth just doing whatever. the bass in that bit though is made to resemble several lines from king neptune in the little mermaid. (cuz. you know. overwhelming dad. and the song originally was going to have voice clips/samples of dads in fiction too, so this is a remnant of that) the one that is most obvious imo is "he's a human, you're a mermaid"

- white noise is present in several parts of the album, its a ghost! OooOOOoooOoooooOOOOooooo

- the harp and harmonica in when he died is supposed to resemble sounds of thunder setting the mood for the ~on a dark and stormy night~ mystery horror vibe of the song

- most strange instruments (like the harp and harmonica, cowbells, etc) are because neil had them laying around and didnt know what to do with them so he used them to justify owning them LOL. the only ones i know of that don't apply are wind chimes and some other stock sound effect samples he found online
himaJul 30, 2020
time to get a little.. saucy...........



(this has inexplicably been stuck in my head for three days)
maxAug 4, 2020
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top 10 neil videos
maxAug 4, 2020

himaAug 4, 2020
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maximillian

top 10 neil videos
i watched this video for the first time like 2 months ago and literally couldnt stop laughing for 10 minutes after it ended
maxAug 13, 2020
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i listened to spirit phone again and my mind is like a ball of wool being tossed around in a dryer
ArticAug 13, 2020
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my favourite lemon demon song... its just so beautiful
LuigimanAug 13, 2020
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this shoulda been in the bonus tracks
maxAug 13, 2020
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Artic
my favourite lemon demon song... its just so beautiful
its my fav off spirit phone!!!! its so... i dont know how to describe it LOL but it feels spooky and stuff like the themes of weather and cycles are amazing !!!!!!

Luigiman
this shoulda been in the bonus tracks
HARD AGREE!!! it fits in so well with the present subtext of most if not all spirit phone songs about capitalism/~Society~ and how it affects people with the facebook notifications the junk mail references the everythinggg!!! im surprised it wasnt added into the bonus tracks
maxNov 6, 2020
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reviving this months dead thread in the middle of the night because im doing a review-essay-thing where im essentially gonna spend half the paper minimum talking about the silly monsters as coverup for horrifying results of government/etc
i kinda mentioned it in this post and have for sure said it elsewhere both on and off site that i thought it was nearly all spirit phone tracks had anticapitalism as a secondary theme beneath the weird quirky horror/scifi stuff in some way, with this theme undeniably present throughout but not solidly clear and not always present. the ones i initially denied that this theme applied to were ancient aliens eighth wonder and soft fuzzy man
i now realize the errors and mistakes of my past......... i propose that ancient aliens can be read as how colonizers/imperialists believe the people of the land they overtake think and react to what they do. the way the caveman seems so simpleminded and dumb. the way the aliens are intruders with scary technology 'just trying to get help!' (~settle~ and take resources). and that soft fuzzy man (besides just generally being dudes are gross dont act like this) is also about how men with power use that power to intimidate women towards fitting into and fulfilling their creepy fantasy needs, with the man having this power due to his oppressive role and toxic masculinity made as a product of classism and the patriarchy. i dont know how to express what my thoughts are in regards to eighth wonder fitting the theme it really is the hardest to articulate how im mentally linking back but pretend like theres another piece here about gef the mongoose turned to being the equivalent of big brother and surveillance and alexa/google home/siri et al. and also pretend like this isnt a stretch x
maxNov 6, 2020
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also i love how the silliness/creepiness in a good chunk of the album are woven in with these anticapitalist themes. like the flute solo in earn my life as a man decides his life is worthless without work. ronald reagan being a suave ladies man while also promoting economic policies destined to ruin the working class. an arcade machine eats people as it realizes the introduction of new products spells out its doom. never stop loving spirit phone
shaiiNov 6, 2020
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get in loser we’re going to Massachusetts
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