Posted in music | pictures on May 7, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

I snuck this picture of the t-shirt...

Chris Knox

"Chris Knox (born September 2, 1952) is a New Zealand rock and roll musician, cartoonist, and DVD reviewer who emerged during the punk rock era with his bands The Enemy and Toy Love. After Toy Love disbanded in the early 1980s, he formed the group Tall Dwarfs with guitarist Alec Bathgate, much loved for their honest, unpolished sound and intense live shows. His 4-track machine was used to record most of the early Flying Nun singles." [Wiki]
Jeff Mangum played a set of Neutral Milk Hotel songs for the first time in nine years at the benefit for his friend, musician Chris Knox, last night, Thursday, May 6th. From opener "Oh Comely" to encore "Engine," and "A Baby For Pree," "Two Headed Boy Pt. Two" and "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" in between, Mangum's voice was clear and strong as he sang from a chair into microphones set up a few feet away. Most of the audience looked somewhere between giddy excitement and shock. Some quietly sang along, others broke out into tears - one person choked on frantic, shallow breaths as "Oh Comely" climaxed, another stood with his hand over his gaping mouth, unable to move.

A few photos were furtively snapped in defiance of the posted signs, but most were content to just listen. Though "just listen" doesn't really describe the gasps, tears and unending applause. Mangum played with his eyes mostly closed, neck vein tensed, rocking and swooping to the contours of the songs. His eyelids fluttered open on the chorus of "A Baby for Pree" to reveal eyes rolled back into his head. Between songs Mangum gulped down water and was gracious, bordering on triumphant as he popped up at the end of "Aeroplane." He encouraged the crowd to contribute to the encore, "Engine." After the set, someone caught his attention with a book to sign, which he did. Most people up front looked anxious and ready for a post-show smoke.

It was fitting maybe that the bill for Mangum's last show, in 2001 in New Zealand, was with Chris Knox, who suffered a stroke in 2009. Though Jeff Mangum was a clear pinnacle, the rest of the benefit gig was an engaging, full evening which covered 12 bands and 2 comedians, and ran more than five and a half hours (though at least 1/3 of the venue cleared out after Mangum's 8:50pm set). The show ended at 1am, amazingly, exactly as scheduled.

Coasting (set time: 6:20pm) opened up with appropriately coastal guitar sounds and surefire drums, Sharon Van Etten played three songs with nuanced dynamics on electric guitar. The Magnetic Fields' Claudia Gonson played only one song as a trebly synth trio to cover "Beauty" which the band does on the Chris Knox tribute CD Stroke.

Robert Scott (of the Clean) and TVOTR's Kyp Malone (aka Rain Machine) both played solo guitar sets. Kyp, who told the crowd they should check out the new Devendra Banhart video (he checked it out in a cafe because he doesn't have internet), was joined by Emilyn Brodsky for what he said was a Bob Marley cover. Rachel Feinstein did raunchy comedy.

After that, there was New Zealand band Dimmer (who are in town for a while), The Mad Scene (Hamish Kilgour of the Clean's other band), David Kilgour of The Clean (backed by Yo La Tengo and one other band member) and comedy from John Mulaney (who killed it) (and who you may have seen doing a bit about girl scout cookies on a recent episode of SNL).

"Portastatic" was Mac backed by Yo La Tengo. They closed with Superchunk's "Slack Motherfucker" complete with windmill guitar moves and pogoing from some of the crowd (even though the concert was going into its fifth hour at this point). Yo La Tengo, with extra member David Kilgour on guitar, covered a Chris Knox song, said many kind words about Chris and closed with two songs from their 1993 album Painful, which Chris Knox contributed art work to.

The Clean, who Ira introduced as the greatest band in the world, and who'd already been up several times as their solo bands, closed the night right, both jangly and poppy. And despite the mass exodus after Jeff, a respectable amount of people were still there right until the last song. Catch the Clean again (if you have a ticket because it's sold out) at The Bell House tonight (5/7).

Editor's note: Ben Goldberg did an amazing job organizing the event, keeping scalpers away, and making sure that pretty much every person in that venue (except maybe the bartenders) paid their $75 donation to Chris Knox to get in the door (or $20 if you showed up after Jeff went off). Ben did less of an amazing job during his pre-Yo La Tengo stand up routine, but nobody's perfect!

Illegally shot (not by us!) audio and video from the event, and the new Devendra Banhart video, and Jeff Mangum's setlist again, below...

Chris Knox

Chris Knox

jeff mangum - oh, comely (chris knox benefit NYC 5/6/10)

Jeff Mangum Le Poisson Rouge 5/6/10 Chris Knox Benefit wher you'll find me know HIGH QUALITY

"Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2" - Jeff Mangum @ Le Poisson Rouge, May 6, 2010, Chris Knox Benefit Concert

jeff mangum - a baby for pree/where you'll find me now (chris knox benefit NYC 5/6/10)

Jeff Mangum Le Poisson Rouge 5/6/10 Chris Knox Benefit

Jeff Mangum @ Le Poisson Rouge - May 6, 2010 (setlist)
Oh Comely
A Baby for Pree
Two Headed Boy Pt. 2
In the Aeroplane over the Sea
encore:
Engine
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and on Kyp Malone's recommendation...


Devendra Banhart "Foolin"

Devendra Banhart | MySpace Music Videos

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Comments (102)

The New Zealand Meat Pies were EXCELLENT.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:16 AM

Nice for Jeff to play at the benefit but I don't get the adoration for NMH. His voice is really hard to enjoy..just my opinion!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:20 AM

Why did you have to taint a recap of this wonderful night with the inclusion of that horrible Devendra video...?

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:24 AM

Last night was so amazing and surreal. I know crowds are often jaded but seeing Jeff Mangum was something special, everyone knew it, and could be more appreciative. The crowd's applause at the end of Oh Comely was one of the most intense expressions of gratitude for a performer I've ever witnessed.

Posted by mp77 | May 7, 2010 11:30 AM

More than half the crowd left before Yo La Tengo and The Clean came on. Fucking morons.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:31 AM

damn.. epic set. who honestly would have thought he'd bust out aeroplane tracks?

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:36 AM

More than half the crowd left before Yo La Tengo and The Clean came on. Fucking morons.


>> well nothing personal to those bands but The Clean are playing tonight and Yo La Tengo play NYC a few times a year going back into the 80's

also once Mangum was announced on the bill one would have to expect him to bring in a very devote following there for just one purpose since the guy hasn't played a show in over a decade.. not to mention young kids who are just getting into him and have never seen him play. If Jeff played out all the time and YLT didn't for 10 years the situation could have easily been reversed.. is what it is..

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:38 AM

i dont get the obsession with NMH. it's good, but people act like jeff mangum = john lennon

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:41 AM

so will Mangum do any more NYC shows soon? he's still got it!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:41 AM

what songs did YLT play from painful?

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:42 AM

People who leave a concert before all-timers like YLT and the Clean even play should not be allowed to listen to music anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:44 AM

Can't really blame people for leaving early. It was a long, exhausting, emotional night. But Portastatic, Yo La, and The Clean were well worth the wait.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:46 AM

11:44 - i give you the clean, but YLT plays here all the time.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:48 AM

11:44 - i give you the clean, but YLT plays here all the time

yeah but The Clean have even played in NYC more times than Jeff in the last 10 years.. plus they went on at 12:30...

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:51 AM

Hey Jeff, how about a new song...these are 12 years old. Just sayin'

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:52 AM

Anyone know what Robert Scott played? Assuming their were some Bats songs in his set?

What about The Clean? What about Mac? Any chance there were songs from his ep with YLT?

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:00 PM

What does it matter if the bands have played NYC recently or how many times over x number of years. If you're fucking dumb enough to leave before they come on, odds are you weren't there to see them before.

You've paid a lot of money for a ticket. The guy you came to see just played 20 minutes. Two all-time great bands are going to play. What do you do. Fucking leave? Are you kidding me. Half the crowd or more left, and they are stone-cold brain-dead fucking morons.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:10 PM

What is this "nine years" bullshit. Magnum played on that Elephant 6 tour like a year ago.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:14 PM

I enjoyed Robert Scott's set, not really being familiar with much of his material. He did a mix of Bats' stuff, he said, and a couple new tunes, one of which I think he said would be on his upcoming solo record. I think he also might have done a Chris Knox song like several of the performers did.

And to people wondering why there's a link to the Devendra Banhart video, it was because Kyp Malone mentioned it during his set and encouraged people to check it out and that we could all discuss later.

A very fun night, all in all! Kudos to Mr. Goldberg for keeping the scalpers at bay and amazingly keeping things on schedule!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:14 PM

11:52 AM - proof that you can't please all the people all the time.

Really? The guy comes out of semi hermitdom, does not have a nervous breakdown on stage, plays the songs that most of the people in that room truly love and have been waiting for a very long time to hear live, and you complain about no new stuff? I suspect if you won the powerball your first complaint would be about the taxes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:15 PM

"What is this "nine years" bullshit. Magnum played on that Elephant 6 tour like a year ago."

I believe it says:

"Jeff Mangum played a set of Neutral Milk Hotel songs for the first time in nine years "

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:16 PM

Personally, I didn't want to hear anything after Mangum's set. Just wanted to let it resonate.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:17 PM

Jeff's random appearances with other Elephant 6 bands playing tambourine don't count. Last night was the first real Jeff Mangum show in a looooooooong time.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:18 PM

What is this "nine years" bullshit. Magnum played on that Elephant 6 tour like a year ago.

He did one song unannounced at the end of the 3 hour E6 show a in a few cities in the midwest.. not really the same as an advertised set in NYC..

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:19 PM

Yes, BV is accurate as usual. Its the other dumbass blogs saying he hasn't played in 9 years, or "ten years" according to Stereogum.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:21 PM

YLT setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:24 PM

YLT setlist

Coloured (Chris Knox cover)
From a Motel 6
Nowhere Near

I think one other but cant remember...

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:34 PM

New York Times review:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/07/a-lovefest-for-chris-knox-at-le-poisson-rouge/


To say that Mr. Mangum stole the show would be an absurd understatement. After a couple of hours of polite listening and beer-slurping, the crowd of 750 erupted with World Cup-level roars at 8:41 p.m., when Mr. Mangum appeared stage right in a plaid short-sleeve shirt and a beret. On the Merge album, “Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox,” he played Tall Dwarfs’ “Sign the Dotted Line,” but Mr. Mangum’s 25-minute acoustic set at Le Poisson Rouge was an unabashed Neutral Milk Hotel sing-along. Playing unamplified, he did five songs: “Oh Comely,” “A Baby for Pree” (with a bit of “Where You’ll Find Me Now”), “Two-Headed Boy, Pt. 2,” “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” and, yielding to cries for an encore, “Engine.” (Mr. Mangum’s ties with Mr. Knox are deep: his last known major concert was with Mr. Knox in New Zealand in 2001.)

Mr. Mangum’s songs unfold with dream logic, swelling from tenderness to grand, sometimes desperate emotional heights and then back again; the constant is a melody that sounds as if it was always there and will never end. The crowd was probably hoping for that: Mr. Mangum has made only a handful of public appearances over the last decade, even as Neutral Milk Hotel’s reputation has continued to grow. His fans sang and hummed along reverently; behind me a young man seemed to be weeping.

Patrons had been sternly warned not to take pictures or video at the show, but at this point that is like asking dogs not to bark; YouTube has already started to fill with shaky films of Mr. Mangum’s set. To most musicians, this response would be a very clear signal: PACK YOUR BAGS AND GO ON A REUNION TOUR — RIGHT NOW! But Mr. Mangum has never liked to do things conventionally. Will the response to this show change his mind?

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:36 PM

You'd probably enjoy life a whole lot more if you stopped caring about what COMPLETE STRANGERS do, especially when their actions have absolutely no relevance to your existence! If anything, people leaving last night made it easier for YOU to see the stage.


Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:38 PM

has no one seen NHM before? sheesh...

$75 seems a bit much for a 20 minute mangum solo set

i know it was a charity event, but it still seems ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:43 PM

You've paid a lot of money for a ticket. The guy you came to see just played 20 minutes. Two all-time great bands are going to play. What do you do. Fucking leave? Are you kidding me. Half the crowd or more left, and they are stone-cold brain-dead fucking morons

> first, people aren't morons because they don't appreciate the same bands you do.
Secondly you have to understand the whole cult figure that Jeff Mangum is.. what he means to a lot of people whether you care or believe it or not.. I was there and stayed late because I love all those bands but YLT wasn't on for another 2 hours or so The Clean.. so yes a good 1/2 of the crowd came just to see Jeff..I'm not sure why that is surprising.. however appalling it is to your sensibilities

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:46 PM

"Mr. Mangum’s songs unfold with dream logic, swelling from tenderness to grand, sometimes desperate emotional heights and then back again; the constant is a melody that sounds as if it was always there and will never end. "

YUCK!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:52 PM

12:43 p.m. - I had seen Jeff play four times before (3 times with NMH and once solo) and I can say last night was worth every cent. The videos on youtube don't capture the night at all - the thunderous applause at the end of "Oh Comely" is something I have never felt at any concert before.

It is not Jeff's reclusiveness that makes him a great artist, it is his music.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 12:56 PM

Five songs. $75: Totally worth it. Sounds crazy, but I can't imagine anyone there saying otherwise.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:10 PM

I saw Neutral Milk Hotel play 12 years ago at Bowery Ballroom. They were okay and the crowed was only mildly enthused.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:17 PM

saw Neutral Milk Hotel play 12 years ago at Bowery Ballroom. They were okay and the crowed was only mildly enthused.

> how can I get as cool as you ? is there like a book or website you can direct me to !!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:21 PM

hands down the best $75 i have ever spent.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:24 PM

that t-shirt design rules!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:27 PM

Definitely worth every cent. It was magical. The applaud after oh comely was so intense. You can tell how much the crowd respected him almost like he was god. He was standing right next to me in the crowd watching the other performers and i was scared to eve say hello to the guy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:29 PM

"He was standing right next to me in the crowd watching the other performers and i was scared to eve say hello to the guy."

Dear Wimp,
You have no balls!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:39 PM

I love Jeff Mangum. Have been a NMH fan since Avery Island first dropped. He's great. Fantastic. Amazing songwriter. Phenomenal lyricist.

But let's not fucking canonize the dude just because he's reclusive.

Jesus. People need to quit freaking the fuck out over it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:46 PM

Also Jeff went on at 8:30pm, very sorry for everyone who arrived much later (billed to end at 1am) because they assumed he'd be one of the last performers.

Was absolutely moved when I arrived at 6:40pm to see LPR packed to the brim.

Everyone bitching about the maybe 100 or so people who left after Jeff finished (who might have been standing outside the venue for hours beforehand and were physically/emotionally exhausted) are grasping at straws for something to complain about, now that the word is out that the show was damn near a transcendent experience. I left after Jeff to get dinner and came back later. The Clean are playing Bell House tomorrow and Yo La Tengo play NYC all the time.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:50 PM

You've paid a lot of money for a ticket. The guy you came to see just played 20 minutes. Two all-time great bands are going to play. What do you do. Fucking leave? Are you kidding me. Half the crowd or more left, and they are stone-cold brain-dead fucking morons

>better that than stay and talk through the whole goddamned show like every other audience in New York

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:51 PM

"It was a long, exhausting, emotional night."

You are the biggest pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:51 PM

I agree with 1:46..I am glad everyone enjoyed the show but put things into perspective...20 minutes for $75 is crazy. If you were going to suport the cause I salute you though...There are pleanty of wonderful shows in NYC for $10-20 that are hours long and just as good.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:53 PM

Everyone is so caught up trying to deify Jeff Mangum that they failed to realize that his live shows blow. Has been that way since NMH were at their peak and shall remain so. Suckers. Anyone who shed a tear is a big fucking pussy and should feel ashamed.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:02 PM

if u dont love Jeff Mangum you would not understand why somebody would pay 75 bucks to see him for 20 minutes, but those who do (like me) and got to go last night would all say it was worth every penny.

Posted by any | May 7, 2010 2:04 PM

I will continue to "fail to realize that his live show blows," and just feel lucky that I was there last night.

I didn't cry(I'm too super-macho for that).

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:21 PM

"everyone is so caught up trying to deify Jeff Mangum that they failed to realize that his live shows blow. Has been that way since NMH were at their peak and shall remain so. Suckers. Anyone who shed a tear is a big fucking pussy and should feel ashamed."


I think your wonderfully insightful comments will set them straight
They now owe you a debt of gratitude ! well done sir/madam !

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:21 PM

2:02, you're nuts! NMH was easily one of the best live acts i've ever seen, and that goes for each and every member, not just mangum's emotional intensity. they were tight, enthusiastic, raucous . . . they played with the intensity of a punk rock band.

and $75 for a BENEFIT concert . . . why are people taking the time to complain? it's great that so much money was raised to support a great artist in his time of need, and it's great that another great artist recognized he had enough clout to draw that kind of ticket price. and it's wonderful that the organizers made sure that no fans got truly ripped off by scalpers and that no jerks profited off this. do you think the clean or yo la tengo were surprised or disappointed that some folks left early? do you think they were upset? after a 7hr concert, it's surprising more people didn't clear out. besides, if you live in nyc, you can't a bagel without bumping into a yo la tengo set.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:24 PM

@2:02 I was on the verge of crying halfway through Oh Comely on. I'm 20 years old and Aeroplane is the first record I bought on vinyl. I've played Two Headed Boy Pt 2 on guitar more than any other song. I accepted a long time ago that I would never see these songs performed live. During Engine I couldn't fight back any longer and tears streamed down my face. The ~2 minutes of thundering applause of the crowd cheering for an encore was the most intense concert experience I've ever had.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:29 PM

actually NMH were never "tight" but that wasn't really an issue or concern then... but Mangum has always been a captivating performer.. you can debate whether its your "thing"or not but it terms of the man performing he's the real deal..he leaves it all out on the stage... I think people have gotten so used to fake that they don't know how to react to something real without immediate skepticism.. but it's good to see there are still a few unjaded folks out there...

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:34 PM

I can't help to think that the reason for Mangum's hibernation is idiots like the ones posting here who pour over his every move. A man plays a few songs (which I agree are great, powerful, important songs) and everyone jizzes all over him. I don't blame the man for hiding away.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:34 PM

I don't think he does or doesn't do things based on fans reactions
He has his own personal reasons for not performing but I don't think its because of over adoration ..he seemed very cordial and appreciative of the crowd last night. He could have easily not done an encore and people would have accepted that but he chose to come back out

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:39 PM

weeping over someone's performance sounds like a little much.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:44 PM

An Encore at the 20 minute mark!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:46 PM

an encore is an encore... no one else did them last night and Jeff played as long as it was stated he'd play before that

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:50 PM

Why would anyone complain that people left a concert they were attending? You don't like more space?

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:56 PM

Lets play things out hypothetically: What if NMH released an absolute god-awful third album. Would Jeff still be worshiped, as people once worshipped Rivers Cuomo before the backslide, or would the inevitable backlash set in?

You prop them up, only to be torn down...so enough with the crying and carrying on. He's a guy. Talented and elusive, but still a guy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:57 PM

Jeff Mehngum

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:01 PM

2:29. you're officially the biggest pussy on the face of the earth.

@2:02 I was on the verge of crying halfway through Oh Comely on. I'm 20 years old and Aeroplane is the first record I bought on vinyl. I've played Two Headed Boy Pt 2 on guitar more than any other song. I accepted a long time ago that I would never see these songs performed live. During Engine I couldn't fight back any longer and tears streamed down my face. The ~2 minutes of thundering applause of the crowd cheering for an encore was the most intense concert experience I've ever had.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:26 PM

Now I remember why I stopped coming here. Calling people pussies for expressing what an emotional night it was for all involved in honoring a man who suffered a debilitating stroke. You all stay classy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:41 PM

I seriously doubt any of those people were crying because of Chris Knox. Or could even pick him out of a lineup for that matter.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:50 PM

@3:41 NYC, home to all the entitled transplant douchebags who act like jackasses at every turn

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:55 PM

People went to the show to see Jeff Magnum not help Chris Knox...at least a good majority of them. It didn't matter who the benefit was for..I admit if someone I wanted to see was performing a benefit I would go blindly too. Just calling it like it is.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 4:08 PM

if i was in that crowd last night and some jackoff indie rock fuck was singing along with Mangum i probably would have punched them.

just saying.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 4:11 PM

It is true that a good amount of people probably had no idea who Chris is and attended only to see Jeff play. Considering I'm not Catholic, I don't care about intent, and I'm surprised at the religious fervor of some commentators here. What it comes down to is everyone shelled out money, and I'm going to be able to send that money to somebody that I, and everyone involved, have determined to be worthy of receiving it - all the way in New Zealand!

$75 is a fuckload of money to see ANYBODY, much less a 20 minute set. But your cash is just as good as someone who arrived before Coasting picked up their instruments and stayed until after The Clean laid theirs down.

Which leads me to my point: I don't really care! I don't care why you paid that money, or why you chose not to pay that money. The fact is, we got the money! Legally, in fact! Anyone who didn't go to the show and is upset over having not paid a lot of money to attend a show they didn't see, I agree! Charging $75 is totally bullshit and shitty, and any twenty minutes of my life are almost always not worth parting with that kind of scratch. But, shit, people will pay for strange things, some of them not even kinky, and we got people to pay for this! Enough people to sell out really quick, in fact.

I'm insanely pleased and blown away by the show last night, even more so by the fact that if it was a disaster, I wouldn't have given a shit, because I'd still be able to send Chris all this money! It going so well feels like a bonus to me, since I did this whole show completely for myself - my favorite bands, my favorite comedians, my favorite club. I appreciate everyone who was there and agree with my taste; you all make excellent choices. I couldn't believe we were all part of a night like that.

Ultimately, I started with $0 to send to one of my favorite musicians of all time and I ended with over $52,000. Everything else, Jeff's performance included, feels like pointless bullshit in comparison - save for the comments section of Brooklyn Vegan, which is one of my favorite things in the world, and no I'm not being sarcastic.

But who am I to say?

-Ba Da Meh

Posted by BaDaBen | May 7, 2010 4:38 PM

I paid the $75 and didn't even go to show. Supported Chris Knox, but went to the John Zorn show instead. Last night was supposed to be about supporting an artist in need - if you enjoyed the concert in doing so, gret - but even if you didn't make the show - give a few dollars to charity.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 4:53 PM

Nothing more annoying than a bunch of drunk fans singing along to songs and swilling beer, so much so that they drown out the performance itself. Enthusiasm is one thing. Stupid recent college grads is something else altogether.

How did Jeff Mag eclipse Chris Knox here? Speaks volumes about Brooklynvegan's readership.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 5:24 PM

Ben Goldberg is the man. Thanks so much for 5+ hours of great music. What a night. Por La Tengo!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 6:00 PM

Congratulations, you're helping to ruin New York. Please fuck right off.

@2:02 I was on the verge of crying halfway through Oh Comely on. I'm 20 years old and Aeroplane is the first record I bought on vinyl. I've played Two Headed Boy Pt 2 on guitar more than any other song. I accepted a long time ago that I would never see these songs performed live. During Engine I couldn't fight back any longer and tears streamed down my face. The ~2 minutes of thundering applause of the crowd cheering for an encore was the most intense concert experience I've ever had.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 6:00 PM

Can anyone recommend any chris Knox recordings? Should I start with his solo stuff or tall dwarfs?

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 7:09 PM

Being there i can tell you the crowd was pretty much dead silent, just some people singing really low to themselves in a way to connect with the music. It was only until he asked the crowd to sing along and still then nobody impacted the song. Pretty much the whole crowd had tons of respect for the guy. When he was watching the other performers in the crowd nobody even bothered him.

Posted by any | May 7, 2010 7:15 PM

That t shirt is a Jad Fair paper cut.

and Jad Fair is way cooler than Jeff Mangum.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 8:24 PM

4:38 well said

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 8:51 PM

yea, it's bizarre that NYTimes article described it as a song-along because it was anything but. when oh comely started a few people started singing and got hushed. and, it was amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 9:53 PM

"How did Jeff Mag eclipse Chris Knox here?"

huh?

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 10:56 PM

ny times also said it was unamplified. not true.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 2:13 AM

Sounds like a great show. I hope a loss-free audio of the whole thing comes along...

It does seem strange that people would leave before the Clean played, as they are pretty much the greatest band of all time.

What's really baffling is that a crowd of New York music fans would start peeling off and going home at, what, 11:30? What a buncha pusses.

In my day, sonny, headliners didn't come on until 4! You want to be home in time for Leno, move to frickin' Connecticut!

Posted by Waldo Jeffers | May 8, 2010 9:36 AM

Man, I wish I could have been there! Chris Knox fans - my Burning Sky Records label is working right now on a tribute to Toy Love! It is gonna be great - you can check it out here: www.myspace.com/songsoftoyloverevisited

Posted by Alan | May 8, 2010 11:49 AM

(insert trollish comments here)

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 11:50 AM

The singer of this band looks exactly like the dude that got his book signed at the show, it must be him, nobody else has that hair.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/05/an_interview_wi_40.html

Posted by any | May 8, 2010 12:49 PM

Oh man, ha ha, these comments are hilarious.

Believe me, I TRIED to stay for the whole thing, but had to leave after Yo La Tengo because I got there at 5:30, it was standing room only, we were crammed in there, and my feet hurt so much I couldn't stand in one place. I kept shifting my weight from one to the other. And my lower back was killing. When I left at 12:30 after YLT I had been standing for 7 hours. At least when you have a job that requires you to be on your feet all day you can take a break and sit down while you eat your lunch. I was physically unable to stay because I was in intense pain. Oh yeah, and I'm 89 years old.

No, not really -- I'm in my 20s and I still felt like shit, so you people who weren't there and are giving everyone shit for not sticking around for one billion hours are dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 12:50 PM

P.S. to 12:50 comment -- Ben, you did an amazing job! The temporary intense pain was well worth it for the amazing night of performances, especially Jeff's, which was transcendent and painfully beautiful. I cried and cried.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 12:59 PM

NMH is so '97. Move on people.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 7:36 PM

NMH is so '97. Move on people.

>>

You're right... let me dig out that new Sleigh Bells record....there's some timeless stuff !

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 9:51 PM

7:36..let's see if anyone gives a shit about you in 13 years.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2010 12:03 AM

what's 4chan's take on this?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2010 10:52 AM

If NMH reunites maybe the Rural Alberta Advantage will break up.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2010 6:42 PM

I showed up late. Go La Tengo!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2010 6:49 PM

I came for Mangum-- flew across the country, in fact-- and stayed for the entire wonderful show. Who cares why/when people left? Didn't have any impact on MY night. All of the performers were fantastic and it was incredible to see so many people banding together out of love. Also, do you think Chris Knox is going to look at the money that will help pay his no-doubt monstrous medical bills and ask if the people who donated could ID him in a line-up? Please. Ben, I think this show made my year-- events like this don't happen in my area very often, and I am glad I got to come. Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2010 7:11 PM

i would have paid more than $75 to see that show. jeff & yo la tengo were absolutely amazing. incredible show from everyone who played. kyp malone was also terrific. im so happy i was able to be there!

Posted by Gracie | May 9, 2010 10:01 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 21, 2011 8:06 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 8:07 PM

you dave haters can go fuck yourselves. bonnaroo 2010 was 4 of the best days of my life. the DMB and JayZ headliners at the main stage were two of the best shows I've ever seen, musically and production speaking. 2011 'roo is going to be amazing. Phish headlining?

Posted by وظائف | January 30, 2011 3:33 PM

they also played at a place called Tramps in april '99 losers. with qotsa. where were you? you guys sound pretty angry? go listen to something hip. whatever the fuck you think that is. why does james iha need to be in the band for them to be good? that makes no sense. so the band changed lineups. oh well.

Posted by يوتيوب | February 5, 2011 12:22 PM

they also played at a place called Tramps in april '99 losers. with qotsa. where were you? you guys sound pretty angry? go listen to something hip. whatever the fuck you think that is. why does james iha need to be in the band for them to be good? that makes no sense. so the band changed lineups. oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2011 12:23 PM

they also played at a place called Tramps in april '99 losers. with qotsa. where were you? you guys sound pretty angry? go listen to something hip. whatever the fuck you think that is. why does james iha need to be in the band for them to be good? that makes no sense. so the band changed lineups. oh well.

Posted by صور | February 5, 2011 2:24 PM

they also played at a place called Tramps in april '99 losers. with qotsa. where were you? you guys sound pretty angry? go listen to something hip. whatever the fuck you think that is. why does james iha need to be in the band for them to be good? that makes no sense. so the band changed lineups. oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2011 2:25 PM

Believe me, I TRIED to stay for the whole thing, but had to leave after Yo La Tengo because I got there at 5:30, it was standing room only, we were crammed in there, and my feet hurt so much I couldn't stand in one place. I kept shifting my weight from one to the other. And my lower back was killing. When I left at 12:30 after YLT I had been standing for 7 hours. At least when you have a job that requires you to be on your feet all day you can take a break and sit down while you eat your lunch. I was physically unable to stay because I was in intense pain. Oh yeah, and I'm 89 years old.

Posted by فساتين | February 21, 2011 4:35 PM

What an event this was. Yo La Tengo, Jeff Mangum and The Clean, no cameras allowed but the videos say it all in music and words.

You don't get nights like this anymore.

Posted by baby strollers | April 7, 2011 7:42 AM

nice t shirt!! i need one =)

Posted by Manuel | taquizas a domicilio | June 19, 2011 5:52 PM

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