I haven’t heard this music since 1995, so it was quite a surprise to run across it again. The same friend who turned me onto Neutral Milk Hotel (along with Palace, the Mountain Goats, and Vic Chesnutt) also had a pair of tapes from Chocolate USA. I swore that i taped her tapes, but i never figured out what became of them. I have been infatuated with the title of the album All Jets Are Gonna Fall Today ever since, even though i coudl barely remember the music. Later on, this friend told me that Julian was recording with Jeff, and she was very excited about that. I wound up buying both of the Neutral Milk Hotel and collected every boot tape i could lay my hands on, all the while grousing about him being overrated. I’m quite irritated with myself for this now.
anyway, it feels like Chocolate USA gets left out of the Elephant 6 narrative too often, even though they were not a core part of that axis, and i think that they are an essential part of the story now that i’ve found them again.