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hendrixfan143
12-08-2009, 12:31 PM
Jeff mangum records sign the dotted line for the Merge tribute album to Chris Knox of Tall Dwarves.

http://www.mergerecords.com/blog/2009/12/jeff-mangum-portastatic-yo-la-tengo-and-more-contribute-to-stroke-songs-for-chris-knox-get-it-now/

Fuck yeah

Neutral Milk Hotel
12-08-2009, 12:39 PM
It's great just to hear his voice again.

hendrixfan143
12-08-2009, 12:42 PM
yes it still sounds amazing.

guedita
12-08-2009, 12:49 PM
I can't wait to go home and buy this!

kitt kat
12-08-2009, 12:54 PM
Sounds like 1998

bmack86
12-08-2009, 02:07 PM
He should release an album that is just Tall Dwarfs covers. That sounds so good.

Still-ill
12-08-2009, 02:14 PM
Cool, hopefully this means were on the road back to recovery (i.e. new Jeff Mangum tunes). Glad to see him come out of hiding.

bmack86
12-08-2009, 02:19 PM
Well, considering that Chris Knox was the guy who got him to play the last NMH show, and that they were very good friends by all accounts, I'm not going to hold out much hope. Still, in the past two years he's been more active than he had been in last 5.

Still-ill
12-08-2009, 02:23 PM
Oh that explains the random (now not so random) NZ shows.

bmack86
12-08-2009, 02:35 PM
Yeah, Knox didn't know they had broken up so he just booked them a gig when they all came over to visit, and then at the show when Jeff gave this monologue about having had a nervous breakdown and hadn't played in over a year, Knox found out that they had stopped performing.

bmack86
12-08-2009, 02:46 PM
And this thread might just be getting hijacked by me to discuss/give my views on the release this song is on: Stroke-a benefit for Chris Knox.

It's pretty damn cool so far. They organized it chronologically based on when the original tracks were written, so it starts with Toy Dolls songs and then moves forward. I'm listening to the Stephen Merritt track right now and he did a great job with it. Apparently he recorded it way back in 88 in his bedroom, and it's a fantastic piece of bedroom electro-pop, very much in the Tall Dwarfs vein. Y'all should buy the album, it's a ton o fun.

Neutral Milk Hotel
12-08-2009, 04:02 PM
Those who want to hear the Knox/Mangum gig spoken of in this thread can find it on this blog: http://notesareshattered.blogspot.com/2007/07/neutral-milk-hotel-demos-bootlegs-and.html along with a lot of other goodies. I would recommend Live at the Bottom of the Hill, which features two of the best unreleased (officially at least) NMH songs, Sailing Through and Ferris Wheel on Fire. The New Zealand gig has an amazing cover of John Lennon's Mother by Knox and Mangum, which I was afraid might end up being what Mangum's contribution to the album would be, an officially released recording of it or something. Glad I was wrong.

hendrixfan143
12-08-2009, 04:58 PM
Great covers. Love portastic. Merge is god. Tall Dwarves kick ass so this kicks ass.

bmack86
12-08-2009, 05:30 PM
It's good to hear a new Chills recording, and they chose one of my favorites. The version of Bodies on here is fantastic as well, Bill Doss really takes hold of it.

wmgaretjax
12-04-2010, 08:48 PM
http://pitchfork.com/news/40910-jeff-mangum-performs-surprise-show-in-brooklyn/

clumsy342
12-04-2010, 08:51 PM
NMH COACHELLA 2011

Sleepingrock
12-04-2010, 09:22 PM
NMH COACHELLA 2011

THIS

bmack86
12-04-2010, 09:54 PM
Ok, this is great. Any and all Jeff Mangum activity is highly encouraged.

cutterbutter
12-04-2010, 09:55 PM
01 Oh Comely
02 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
03 Gardenhead
04 Engine
05 Ghost
06 King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1
07 Song Against Sex
08 Naomi
09 Two Headed Boy
10 Two Headed Boy Pt. 2

hendrixfan143
12-04-2010, 11:57 PM
Fuck me, this makes me happy

greghead
12-05-2010, 06:14 AM
He played ten Neutral Milk Hotel songs for an audience of approximately 75 people.


Dear god, what I wouldn't give to have been a member of that audience.

heart cooks brain
12-05-2010, 06:33 AM
I'd have a kid just to sacrifice it to the god of live music

daxton
12-05-2010, 07:02 AM
http://pitchfork.com/news/40910-jeff-mangum-performs-surprise-show-in-brooklyn/

Oh my god. I was in Brooklyn last night. Shit. Should've been in Bushwick.

shakermaker113
12-05-2010, 07:24 AM
Dear god, what I wouldn't give to have been a member of that audience.

I think this is the kind of thing he was trying to avoid. and successfully avoided.


"I really can't say what this means in terms of future performances. This was a last minute show, done intentionally without buildup to let it be as simple and easy going as possible. It seems to have gone exactly like that. What I honestly feel like I saw tonight wasn't The Greatest Musician In The World Performing The Most Amazing Songs Ever, but rather a fantastic musician performing his wonderful songs. God, I have to say that is so much more gratifying than trying to look at it as a life altering event. I bet others who were there would agree with me."

ShyGuy75
12-05-2010, 08:30 AM
http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy279/baronvonhungster/Animated_Gifs/Girls_Generation/Taeyeon/ty_shock_face.gif

clumsy342
12-05-2010, 10:02 AM
you guys see some audio is up?

http://www.internationaltapes.com/reviews/jeff-mangum-live-at-the-schoolhouse/

guedita
12-05-2010, 10:07 AM
Wow. So freaking awesome.

daxton
12-05-2010, 10:20 AM
If I'd been at that show I would have cried for sure.

wmgaretjax
12-05-2010, 10:27 AM
this is one craze I have a really hard time. sure the album is great... but seriously, this kind of fervor is kinda ludicrous.

daxton
12-05-2010, 10:35 AM
There's something inexplicable he evokes...in me at least.

wmgaretjax
12-05-2010, 10:37 AM
there is nothing inexplicable about gushy sentimentalism. i understand wanting to see the guy... but anyone that sees him with this level of expectation will go the rest of their life proclaiming the wonder of that experience with unrelenting denial.

at the end of the day it's a dude with an acoustic guitar playing a bunch of songs you've been listening to for the last 10 years. might be cool, but it can't be much more than that.

daxton
12-05-2010, 10:39 AM
big words!

MuseRadio
12-05-2010, 10:39 AM
totally agreed with above. just cuz a show is rare or unique doesnt make it great.

daxton
12-05-2010, 10:41 AM
I'm listening to the audio now. Sounds pretty great to me.

MuseRadio
12-05-2010, 10:43 AM
cant judge a show from a bootleg. you have to BE there.

daxton
12-05-2010, 10:49 AM
If the audio sounds great and being at the show is better than just listening to it, then the show would be really great, right?

wmgaretjax
12-05-2010, 10:50 AM
but it's circular. your assessment of whether the audio sounds great is tainted by your perception that the show is already something special.

daxton
12-05-2010, 10:51 AM
because it is! wait. am i disproving my argument here?

hendrixfan143
12-05-2010, 10:58 AM
Jeff Mangum would be an good show. NMH would be an amazing show

heart cooks brain
12-05-2010, 11:00 AM
Live music is fun. Jeff doesn't play much live music. Anyone who got to see it is very lucky. I hate all 75 of them.

clumsy342
12-05-2010, 11:01 AM
but wmgaretjax, aren't you being biased?
I mean, if not Jeff Mangum/Neutral Milk Hotel, then what acts are special?

or is this idea what you apply to live music in general?:
at the end of the day it's a dude with an acoustic guitar playing a bunch of songs you've been listening to for the last 10 years. might be cool, but it can't be much more than that.

I understand the notion that most people might overrate the show in terms of their own life-changing personal experience, but it's totally unfair to say that it wouldn't be for anyone.

wmgaretjax
12-05-2010, 11:03 AM
how am I being biased? I love the album as much as most others. live music is special when it expands on what was already there. that doesn't require deviation from the source material, just something more about the experience. i'll admit there is a bit more when you are standing in a room of people experiencing it, but that only goes so far...

heart cooks brain
12-05-2010, 11:10 AM
I'm sad I wasn't 1 of 75 people in a room in Brooklyn last night, and I'm trying to make myself feel better about missing out on something

there ya go

wmgaretjax
12-05-2010, 11:12 AM
ha. that's actually not it at all. i'm not sure I would fork over much money to see Mangum do a solo set period. 5 dollar cover, sure I'd go (but I wouldn't wait in line for a few hours or the like) if I wasn't doing anything. Mangum integrated into an Elephant 6 show... now that would be more of a draw.

but i've gotten fairly picky with my attendance to live shows... my time has gotten more and more sparse and my tolerance for mediocrity has diminished.

clumsy342
12-05-2010, 11:39 AM
ok. but if you were able to see a full NMH show, you'd most likely poop yourself, right?

wmgaretjax
12-05-2010, 11:45 AM
i would definitely try and attend. but i wouldn't travel very far or pay a ton to do it (unless it was part of a festival or I could time it with vacation etc.).

ShyGuy75
12-05-2010, 12:22 PM
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ-xGslNVNiz8W8IA3bdkvERdZoR_BQlziokmuFZF_AWvSDOBjY

suprefan
12-05-2010, 12:53 PM
Yeah, he had to be there.

mountmccabe
12-05-2010, 01:24 PM
at the end of the day it's a dude with an acoustic guitar playing a bunch of songs you've been listening to for the last 10 years.

That is what makes it special. I like hearing new and interesting music live but I love hearing music that I know and have lived and breathed for years live.

And while I haven't heard any recent live recordings (except maybe a youtube from the last time he did something like this) but from the Live At Jittery Joe's set there's definitely something at least a little different at how he approaches the songs live. Yes, many of the songs had not been released at the time but, still. And, shit, from the recording it appears that that was the first time he had run "Jesus" into "Up And Over." Again, he isn't playing new material, but, still.

wmgaretjax
12-05-2010, 01:33 PM
but from the Live At Jittery Joe's set there's definitely something at least a little different at how he approaches the songs live. Yes, many of the songs had not been released at the time but, still. And, shit, from the recording it appears that that was the first time he had run "Jesus" into "Up And Over." Again, he isn't playing new material, but, still.

I dunno, this comeback shit reeks of nostalgia as the primary source of connection. Watching music live before it's released, or as the artist is first pushing it out live is completely different from a throwback show. Not saying it can't be interesting or special, I'm just hesitant of the unabashed fanboyness that accompanies shows like this. It's not that it isn't cool or fun. Just that the response to it is a bit absurd.

I thought the twitter noise accompanying the Kanye show at the Bowery was more genuine than this stuff... And that's saying something. It's more about the scout badge than anything else.

matsuolost
12-05-2010, 07:39 PM
get the fuck out, dude
seeing mangum is a holy grail. if you wouldnt pay more than 5 dollars you just dont like nmh that much. simply it didnt click for you. which is valid. but for me i would pay the whole 3 days of coachella just to see him

cutterbutter
12-05-2010, 07:55 PM
get the fuck out, dude
seeing mangum is a holy grail. if you wouldnt pay more than 5 dollars you just dont like nmh that much. simply it didnt click for you. which is valid. but for me i would pay the whole 3 days of coachella just to see him

When he played last at Le Poisson Rouge, it was $75 and he played 5 songs. I don't see how that is even worth it, let alone $300. And I fucking love NMH.

wmgaretjax
12-05-2010, 08:04 PM
that was a fundraiser though yeah?

and don't you get it? spending more money means you like an artist more. get with it dood. duh.

bmack86
12-05-2010, 08:37 PM
Yeah, I woulda paid the money for that show because Chris Knox deserves it.

rage patton
12-05-2010, 09:09 PM
I don't think I've ever listened to a NMH song before. Downloading some stuff now.

wmgaretjax
12-05-2010, 09:38 PM
You are in for a treat. Wish I could go back to my first time listening to them.

edit: i love tiny mix tapes http://www.tinymixtapes.com/news/jeff-mangum-changes-everything-surprise-performance-brooklyn-and-weve-got-exclusive-photos

matsuolost
12-05-2010, 11:47 PM
that was a fundraiser though yeah?

and don't you get it? spending more money means you like an artist more. get with it dood. duh.

you're the one that brought it up

wmgaretjax
12-06-2010, 07:39 AM
you're the one that brought it up

yes, and you're the one that turned it into a dick wagging contest.

ShyGuy75
12-06-2010, 01:27 PM
and here i thought it started with the resident hipster telling everyone how they should feel about live music

faxman75
12-06-2010, 01:29 PM
get the fuck out, dude
seeing mangum is a holy grail.

lol

rage patton
12-07-2010, 07:31 PM
So, ummm... I just listened to In The Aeroplane Over The Sea for the first time today. Before today, I had never listened to Neutral Milk Hotel before. I don't know why, but I thought I wouldn't like it. Well, it turns out I was wrong. This album is one of the best things I have ever heard in my entire life. I don't know why I deprived myself for so long, but I am so glad I finally listened to this album.

So, uh, when are they gonna reunite?

dorkfish
12-07-2010, 07:33 PM
Maybe soon. Maybe never. Nobody knows. There's been a lot of conjecture ever since Jeff stopped being a recluse, but nothing has really come into fruition other than a couple solo one-off shows and random guest appearances at Elephant 6 shows.

JamesMills
12-07-2010, 08:04 PM
Fuck me, this makes me happy


NMH COACHELLA 2011

yes and yes please

Still-ill
12-07-2010, 08:08 PM
So, ummm... I just listened to In The Aeroplane Over The Sea for the first time today. Before today, I had never listened to Neutral Milk Hotel before. I don't know why, but I thought I wouldn't like it. Well, it turns out I was wrong. This album is one of the best things I have ever heard in my entire life. I don't know why I deprived myself for so long, but I am so glad I finally listened to this album.

So, uh, when are they gonna reunite?

Prepare for dark, lonely night listening to "Two Headed Boy pt. 2".

daxton
12-07-2010, 10:29 PM
So, ummm... I just listened to In The Aeroplane Over The Sea for the first time today. This album is one of the best things I have ever heard in my entire life.

Exactly