Earlier this afternoon we received an e-mail from Merge Records with a subject line that piqued our curiosity: "Neutral Milk Hotel need your help to save The Paragon Carousel."
The e-mail consisted of an
impassioned plea -- written by Julian Koster of Neutral Milk Hotel and
the Music Tapes, and co-signed by elusive NMH leader Jeff Mangum -- to
save this historic landmark, a small carousel located in Hull, Massachusetts.
The fact that members of a legendary indie rock band were asking for
help for a cause like this was interesting enough. Second, Koster's
letter referred to the carousel as his "neighbor" -- and did that mean
he was currently living in Hull? And if so, did he know about