Speaking of Louisiana, found this on Domino Records site. (Though associated primarily with Athens’ E6 scene, Jeff Mangum is from Ruston, LA):
Rising from the flames of Louisiana’s ‘crazy psychedelic Christianity’ and smouldering bayous, comes the re-release of Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Originally released in 1996, Domino Records have swept off the ashes covering this musical gem that has been sparking inspiration in its listeners and influencing bands including Arcade Fire, Caribou and even Franz Ferdinand.
Its relevance to today’s musicians is obvious from its fans; Bob Hardy of Franz Ferdinand recalls: “When I first started driving, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea was the only cassette I had in my Ford Fiesta for two years. It is amazing. Friendships can be gauged on the mutual love of Neutral Milk Hotel.” Dan Snaith of Caribou cites Aeroplane… as “my favourite album ever recorded without exception.”
It’s sort of a joke at this point that one can cite Aeroplane as a favorite album for instant indie cred. But if for some reason you don’t own this sacred cow, I’m sure folks in the comments section can tell you to drop everything and buy it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that the rerelease has any special bonus tracks.