Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel

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Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 14, 2008[1]
LabelScience of Sound
Sleeping in the Aviary chronology
Oh, This Old Thing?
Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel
Great Vacation!

Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel is the second album by Minnesota-based band Sleeping in the Aviary. Originally released on October 14, 2008, it was re-released on vinyl on July 26, 2012.[2]

Recording and style[edit]

Sleeping in the Aviary's frontman, Elliott Kozel, wrote some of the songs on Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel while in a hospital in Colorado waiting to find out if his mom would die (she didn't).[2] The album was recorded soon after Kozel's mother's hospitalization, as well as a co-worker's brain aneurysm and a friend's drug overdose.[3] He has since said that he didn't like Expensive Vomit very much and that he thought there were "four good songs" on it,[2] and the album's style was "a conscious response to Panic! at the Disco’s last album", saying, "They weren’t keeping it real so we thought we’d try to add some flavor."[4] An article in Free Press Houston noted that Expensive Vomit's music took "a decidedly more folky and weighty approach" than did Sleeping in the Aviary's previous album, Oh, This Old Thing?.[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[6]
Alternative Press3/5[7]
The Badger Herald2/5 stars[8]
MSN Music (Expert Witness)A–[9]
No Ripcord6/10[10]
Punknews.org3.5/5 stars[11]
Three Imaginary Girls8.5/10[12]

The album received mainly positive reviews; for example, The A.V. Club wrote that it "opens up the band’s tender side amid its lo-fi scars and unruly freak-outs,"[13] and Katjusa Cisar described it as "a blistering and catchy mix of punk, folk and rock".[14] Cisar later named the album one of the best Madison releases of 2008.[15] It was also ranked as the second best Madison album of 2008 by Rich Albertoni in Isthmus[16] and one of the 10 best "albums you didn't hear" of 2008 by Magnet.[17] Well-known music critic Robert Christgau awarded the album an A–, later ranking it #43 on his Dean's List for 2008.[18]

Track listing[edit]

1."Write On"3:05
2."Calm Me Down"3:32
3."Gas Mask Blues"5:05
4."Maybe You're the Same"3:54
5."Things Look Good"2:56
6."I'm Old"2:46
7."Everybody's Different, Everybody Dies"2:42
8."You're a Party"4:11
9."Ladybug Death Song"4:01
10."Girl in the Ground"4:13


  1. Elliott Kozel—vocals, guitar, songwriting
  2. Phil Mahlstadt—bass guitar
  3. Kyle Sobchak—guitar
  4. Celeste Huele—accordion, musical saw
  5. Michael Sienkowski—drums


  1. ^ "Expensive Vomit In A Cheap Hotel - Sleeping in the Aviary". Sleeping in the Aviary. 14 October 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Green, Loren (25 July 2012). "Sleeping in the Aviary interview 1: On Maroon 5 and Googly Guy". Citypages. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  3. ^ Schaults, Janine (8 October 2008). "Sleeping In The Aviary preview". Illinois Entertainer. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  4. ^ Albert, Jason (25 November 2008). "Interview: Pale Young Gentlemen and Sleeping In The Aviary". AV Club. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Take Five- With Sleeping in the Aviary". Free Press Houston. 11 December 2008.
  6. ^ Greg Prato. "Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel". AllMusic.
  7. ^ "Sleeping In The Aviary". Alternative Press. 2009-01-22. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  8. ^ Reed, Alexandra (16 October 2008). "Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel". The Badger Herald. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (1 February 2009). "Consumer Guide: February 2009". MSN Music. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  10. ^ "Sleeping in the Aviary: Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel". No Ripcord.
  11. ^ "Sleeping in the Aviary". Punknews.org.
  12. ^ "Sleeping in the Aviary — Expensive Vomit In A Cheap Hotel". Three Imaginary Girls. November 2008. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Sleeping In The Aviary". AV Club. 25 August 2009. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  14. ^ Cisar, Katjusa (21 November 2008). "Q & A with Sleeping in the Aviary: Back in Madison after a wild ride". 77 Square. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  15. ^ Cisar, Katjusa (2009-10-15). "Clubs roundup: St. Vincent brings emotions to forefront with vast talent". The Capital Times. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  16. ^ Albertoni, Rich (19 December 2008). "Winning spins: My top ten Madison albums of 2008". Isthmus. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Best of 2008: Hidden Treasures". Magnet. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  18. ^ "Robert Christgau: 2008: Dean's List". robertchristgau.com.