Posted in music | tour dates on September 8, 2008

by Andrew Frisicano

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Julian Koster (NMH), William Cullen Hart (Olivia Tremor Control), Scott Spillane (NMH), Laura Carter (Elf Power), Eric Harris (Elf Power), Nesey Gallons and many more [along with The Singing Saw, the 7 Foot Tall Metronome, Static the Television and many others] will join together as a traveling variety show this October. Julian describes the evenings as "a big orchestra, variety show, silly happy thing." The large gathering of Elephant 6 members will be playing the music of The Music Tapes, Circulatory System, Scott Spillane, Gerbils, Elf Power, Olivia Tremor Control, Nana Grizol, Nesey Gallons and more...
The 13-date "holiday surprise tour" will swing by the Knitting Factory in Manhattan (before it moves to Brooklyn in January) on October 11th. Tickets are on sale.

The tour also marks the debut of the "Major Organ and the Adding Machine" short film, directed by Joey Foreman and Eric Harris. The film will screen at the beginning of each show on the Holiday tour.

The film is currently being submitted to film festivals and will be coming out as a CD/DVD set in the Fall of 2009. Accompanying the Orange Twin DVD Edition will be the expanded version of the film's soundtrack, originally released in early 2000, that includes several unreleased bonus tracks and illuminating new liner notes by co-director Harris. The film and album stand as the consummate collaboration of the Elephant 6 collective, and feature musical and theatrical contributions from Jeff Mangum, Kevin Barnes, William Cullen Hart, Julian Koster, Andrew Reiger, Dixie Blood Moustache and all and sundry who participated in the hypercreative halcyon days of late-90's Athens, Georgia
Mangum-spotters can take note that past sightings have occured at various Elephant 6 NYC shows: Mangum sang briefly withOlivia Tremor Control at the Bowery in August 2005, with Elf Power in November of the same year at the Knitting Factory, and then with the Instruments at the Cake Shop in 2006.
Also, generally mysterious leader of Neutral Milk Hotel Jeff Mangum is said to be in the movie as well; although he is dressed in a lobster suit so it could possibly be anybody. [Wikipedia]
Music TapesPost-tour, Julian Koster (of NMH, Major Organ, Oliva Tremor Control) and others is scheduled to return to NYC with The Music Tapes on October 25th to play the Merge CMJ Showcase at Mercury Lounge (the rest of that lineup TBA). The band just released Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes, and Koster is set to release The Singing Saw at Christmastime (currently streaming at Merge) on October 6th.

Elephant 6-ers Of Montreal will also visit NYC at the Roseland Ballroom October 10th as part of their tour supporting the forthcoming LP, Skeletal Lamping. (There's a listening party tonight - Sept 8 for the album in Portland, OR). Kevin Barnes also appears in the movie.

All tour dates and the "Major Organ" trailer (and cast listing), below....

Major Organ Trailer

Major Organ and the Adding Machine Credits:

Directed by: Eric Harris and Joey Foreman
Written By: Major Organ
Produced by: Laura Carter
Cinematography and Visual Effects By: Joey Foreman


Also Starring:
GWYN KENNEDY as Madam Truffle
JACOB MORRIS as The Bearded One
ANDREW RIEGER as Francisco

With (in order of appearance):
HEATHER McINTOSH as The Game Show Host
JEFF MANGUM as The Lobster
KEVIN BARNES as The Constable

Film Crew

Elephant 6 - 2008 Holiday Surprise Tour
Thu 10.09 - Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Sat 10.11 - New York, NY The Knitting Factory
Sun 10.12 - Boston, MA The Church
Tue 10.14 - Portland, ME Space
Wed 10.15 - Hamden, CT The Space
Thu 10.16 - Purchase, NY The Student Center at SUNY Purchase
Fri 10.17 - Rochester, NY Bug Jar
Sat 10.18 - Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox
Sun 10.19 - Columbus, OH Wexner Center for the Arts
Mon 10.20 - Pontiac, MI The Pike Room at The Crofoot
Tue 10.21 - Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Wed 10.22 - Bloomington, IN The Cinemat
Thu 10.23 - Lexington, KY University of Kentucky

The Music Tapes - 2008 Tour Dates
Sat 10.25 - New York, NY Mercury Lounge (Merge CMJ showcase)

Elf Power - 2008 Tour Dates
9/12 - Zaragozo Expo Zaragozo, Spain
9/13 - Apolo Barcelona, Spain
9/14 - Wah Wah Valencia Spain
9/15 - Casino Antiguo Castellon, Spain
9/16 - Neu Club Madrid, Spain
9/17 - Aulario La Bomba Cadiz, Spain
9/18 - Auditorio Municipal Augusto Cabrito Barreiro, Portugal
9/19 - Auditorio Caixa Nova Vigo, Spain
9/20 - Sala Acapulco Gijon, Spain



Comments (35)

The Rosebuds will be in town for CMJ. They'll probably headline Merge's showcase.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2008 12:36 PM

Im sure the music at this show will be fucking fantastic, but really, I am going in hopes of a Mangum sighting. Pathetic, I know, but I can live with this.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2008 12:52 PM

hmmmm... potentially my last time going to the knitting factory. it's a good way to go out.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2008 1:25 PM

anon 12:52.. don't be weird.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2008 1:55 PM

Come on - I'd go to this show even if a Mangum sighting was a guaranteed negative, but I will definitely be hoping to see him.

Posted by Benjamin | September 8, 2008 2:03 PM

what holiday is this?

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 10:57 AM

"holiday surprise"- olivia tremor control song(s) reference.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2008 5:10 PM

damn you, elephant six! why no philly love? ps. so excited.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2008 4:58 PM

love me some mangum

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2008 1:39 AM

Can we please kill the "I loves me some _____"? It is neither clever nor funny; just annoying.

P.S. Sorry to use the anonymity of message boards to attack another commenter nearly needlessly (this has become a glum default action in our ever-cheapening culture) but I actually do find that language-esque construction pretty lame and wanted to say so.


Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2008 5:36 AM

^^^Can we please kill saying "word" at the end of language complaint posts.

Posted by blackhat | October 12, 2008 9:00 AM

any word on how this show was?

i didn't get tickets in time, presumably because of all the fools hoping to see mangum who don't own any other E6 records.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2008 10:59 AM

Jeff showed

all in all it was a fun night... I love Jeff but he was really on stage for about 5 minutes total out of a 2.5 hour show... Olivia Tremor Control did about 5 songs in different forms throughout the evening which was a highlight and I guess a Neutral Milk Hotel song was played but it was an instrumental.. "The Fool" from Aeroplane , done by Scott and Julian from NMH with one or two other people. It wasn't the most spot on version but a nice surprise nonetheless ..they did dedicate it to a "friend" wink.. good times!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2008 11:37 AM

jeff seemed really disturbed and kinda shed light why he doesnt sing with them much anymore...anyone else feel like that too?

Posted by dan | October 12, 2008 12:03 PM

fyi the show was hella good and totally worth the trip up from philly. I thought it really showcase how talented that collective really is...and how is so much more than just one dude. and I love nhm...but it was nice to see that.

Posted by dan | October 12, 2008 12:05 PM

Surreal to see Kirin in the Major Organ video above. He's a cool kid, and hangs around my comic shop sometimes when his dad (John, of Elf Power, etc.) is at the record store downstairs.

Posted by Rich | October 12, 2008 12:17 PM

disturbed? not's definitely not a diagnosis i think we who watched him sing three songs are qualified to make. there's a lot of pressure on him, all kinds of expectations built up around him which he had to come to terms with in about five minutes...there were three or four or five other people on that stage acting pretty strangely but there won't be too many comments on brooklyn vegan about them...anyway, i thought it was a great show, lots of good music...anyone know who it was who sang the i'm not afraid song? i thought that was one highlight of many.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2008 12:25 PM

i have to agree that the show was overall pretty amazing...a little unfortunate that mangum didn't do any of his own songs, but it was a great surprise for him to even be there...he did seem quite pissed off in general though and especially when he was trying ot tussle with the big guy on stage...but what do i know....the one guy peaking/tweaking out on stage talking to himself was kinda weird..yea that afraid song was really good as well as the first song mangum came out for with the tuba...also really thought the drummer with the curly hair did some nice ones too...

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2008 12:54 PM

I can't believe some people believed Jeff was going to show up and perform NMH songs. Get a clue.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2008 1:22 PM

it's not that ridiculous to start wondering about it when jeff came onstage multiple times and julian and scott played "the fool." i'm not shocked it didn't happen, but still.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2008 4:28 PM

Anybody know if Bill Doss played with the Olivia Tremor Control or if it was just Will Cullen Hart et al.?

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 8:31 AM

>>Anybody know if Bill Doss played with the Olivia Tremor Control or if it was just Will Cullen Hart et al.?

yes Bill played with alot of different people all night. if you see live "the opera house" video he's the one on the right side (facing the stage) in front with the sideburns. he also sang 2 olivia songs basically solo

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 8:47 AM

hmm i hung out with Jeff backstage before/after the show and i thought he was super nice and in great spirits.

also-- who is everyone referring to with the "people acting strangely" and "talking to himself" on stage? just curious...

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2008 1:04 AM

the guy acting 'strangely" was W. Cullen Hart, and I would imagine it would have something to do with his many years of LSD abuse. At some points he couldn't even play his guitar, or hold a drum stick. I think it goes without saying that these guys could have used a bit more rehearsal, although Andrew and the Elf Power kids held it down. I suppose out of all of them, EP is the only actively touring band who still puts out a record from time to time. I wish they'd come back around at the end of this tour. I think it'd be better once they have a little "road" in them. Athough major thanks to Scott for playing "glue".

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2008 8:59 AM

Will Cullen Hart has MS

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2008 9:08 AM

all of this talk of W.C.H. being on drugs and acting strangely and not being able to play is mean. sure he has used drugs in the past but all of those dudes have. and he hasn't in a long while. plus, as the above person commented, he has MS. and he's been playing a ton lately and doing a terrific job. be nice!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2008 11:27 AM

i didn't mean anything by it, only trying to make the point that some descriptions of jeff mangum perhaps lacked perspective

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2008 11:55 AM

i don't think ms has anything to do with the way he was "acting" and there wasn't any harmful/mean intent meant...just an observation on and observation anyways the music was still solid and that's all that really matters....

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2008 5:36 PM

Wank wank wank

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2008 6:40 PM

I got to SUNY Purchase and saw them there on Thursday. The show was incredible and it was obvious that they were all overwhelmed with happiness at the prospect of being there together. They played for about 3 hours and it was really more like being in someone's garage than going to a show as the repartee between the players and with the audience was loose and casual. Bill Doss was really friendly to the crowd and he and Julian both put up with the drunks in the front of the crowd who really were just slightly annoying at worst, for instance saying, they said hello to them every time they came back on stage (for three hours!). I would definitely say that it was an experience that I will not soon forget.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2008 11:33 AM

Does anyone know who the "drummer with the curly hair" was. I really liked his songs and I am trying to figure out who he was.

Posted by nick | October 19, 2008 2:26 PM

Jeff Mangum also showed up at the Rochester show:

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2008 2:41 PM

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 19, 2008 2:58 PM

The curly haired drummer was Theo Hilton of Nana Grizol. The young dude playing guitar was Julian's friend Nesey Gallons. Will has been on medication for MS for a couple of years. If you think MS cannot make you have trouble holding a drumstrick or playing guitar, you obviously know nothing about MS. Will is a bit skiddish around strangers, but if you knew him, you would know that he is one of the nicest people around.

Posted by Rob | October 20, 2008 4:59 PM

"I can't believe some people believed Jeff was going to show up and perform NMH songs. Get a clue."

he did in chicago.

Posted by Anonymous | October 22, 2008 12:24 PM

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