Marvel Comics wants to know what Matt Fraction listens to, while blowing your mind on books like Iron Fist, Punisher War Journal and Casanova:
“King of Carrot Flowers, Part 1,” Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
This record. My god, this record. This record is… it’s like a singularity in space-time. Light bends around its edges. Essential in the wooing of my wife, before she was my wife. I sang this song into her answering machine one night because when you’re in love you do doofy s— like that. Anyway, woman wooed, and song hereby immortalized in our legend. At our wedding we made CDs for the guests, and this was the lead track. Well, after the answering machine message from THE ROCKFORD FILES. Can you imagine what it felt like to have made this album? I wanted to write a story about this guy, Jeff Mangum. And how he must’ve realized when they were done with this that that was it for him– he’s said what he had to say, and he’d never say it any better, and rather than diminish what he had accomplished he’d just sit down and stay quiet. Can you imagine? You’re, what, 26 years old and you’ve made one of the most important and meaningful records of your era. Where do you find the strength of character to not keep going? How do you walk away from that? It staggers me. Both his decision and his work. I’ve listened to this album ten million times and I get goose-bumps every single time.