Posted in music on December 6, 2010

Jeff Mangum

A magical show happened Saturday night at a loft in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn (at a space also known as The Schoolhouse when it throws shows).

Jeff Mangum, as he said at the show, is thinking of playing out again. He already played a rare 5-song set back in May at the Chris Knox benefit at Le Poisson Rouge (LPR), but he wanted to test out playing live a bit more so his friend set up this last minute show for about 75 lucky attendees, many who were invited just hours before it started, and who were sworn to secrecy and asked very strongly that no visual evidence of the show be posted anywhere afterwards. Like at LPR, there was supposed to be no pictures and no video, and like after LPR, audio evidence quickly appeared online. Word continues to spread.

Brooklyn electro-trio Forma live in, or are associated somehow with, the space, and they opened the show. Definitely check them out if you have a chance, like at TANDEM (246 Troutman Street, Brooklyn) on December 11.

Jeff, dressed in his signature red and black flannel, played 10 Neutral Milk Hotel songs on two different guitars and a microphone. He went on around 9:45pm, and was in top form, bringing many to tears as he opened with 'Oh Comely' followed by 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea'. The acoustics in the spacious industrial-looking 3-story-high room were ideal for his powerful voice. He modestly thanked the crowd multiple times and asked for forgiveness for not being good with stage banter. Many were seated, with their jackets still on in the chilly room with a small stage and PA set up in it. Everyone was standing and warm though, and cheering, as the show ended and Jeff said thank you and good night after ending with 'Two Headed Boy Pt. 2'. Full setlist below...

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setlist
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

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Comments (68)

bushwick bill

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:35 PM

Basically he wants to let Paul know that he's ready for Coachella next year.....but no we want Neutral Milk Hotel and not just him solo.

Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:37 PM

about time

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:37 PM

T5 is his next show on NYE

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:37 PM

Why did Neutral milk Hotel break up again?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:39 PM

Anyone have his demos that was released online couple years ago? I lost mine couple wks ago so a link would help!

Thanks;)

Posted by ANonymous | December 6, 2010 12:40 PM

hahhaa many in tears?! What is this Morrissey or Bright Eyes concert or something?

People should be ecstatic to see that guy play....

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:41 PM

@ 12:51

you are an idiot.

Posted by anon | December 6, 2010 12:44 PM

12:39 because they sucked. All of a sudden, the masses are still 'trying' to realize that they were good. Wow, they still suck hard.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:48 PM

i used to hate watching videos of kids crying at staind or like you said bright eyes, but there's really something about mangum's story and those songs that have so much emotional weight behind them. i would normally find it extremely douchey for someone to cry at a show, but not with NMH songs... i think i would have cried like a baby at this performance.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:48 PM

Ummm I'll take whatever I can get, thank you.

Not ONE meh comment. Not one.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:49 PM

Jeff Manhummus

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:49 PM

12:39 because they sucked. All of a sudden, the masses are still 'trying' to realize that they were good. Wow, they still suck hard.

>> good one.. have fun swimming against this tide...

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:54 PM

still cant get into this guy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:55 PM

Why did Neutral Milk Hotel break up? Because Mangum had a nervous breakdown right about the time "In the Aeroplane" became an indie hit.

I probably would've cried if I was there.. it's been 10 years since my last NMH concert.

Posted by crispin glover | December 6, 2010 12:56 PM

Jeffrey has had that shirt for a long time now. Do you think its the same one, or is his closet just a sea of red and black flannel?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:04 PM

good hummus out in bushwick

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:08 PM

seriously, people cry when they hear NMH songs? Get a life.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:09 PM

would be awesome if he played some more live shows

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:11 PM

"bringing many to tears"

Crazy. It's like a hipster cult.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:14 PM

I remember when white people cried in Bushwick... because they got there by mistake and were scared.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:17 PM

I cry more over spilt hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:18 PM

lets just cut & paste the comment section from the benefit in May that he played.... it will all be the same anyway... When will he play again ? if you cry when you see him play theres something wrong with you... NMH were overrated/cant get into them, OMG, etc
Like it or not the cult of Jeff Mangum/NMH is bigger than all our comments put together... cant blame the guy for not wanting to be in the spotlight and have to deal with you lot.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:18 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:21 PM

ok the hummus guy checked in, the who? guy checked in, the "they were never good in the first place guy" T5 comment, etc.. no meh yet but coming soon I'm sure.... all bases will be covered folks..

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:25 PM

1:17 ftw

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:27 PM

the "meh" opportunity is pretty obvious with this one... let's see if he gets it

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:28 PM

I can understand being emotional about morrissey but not mangum

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:29 PM

Does Mangum live in NYC? He needs to stop the secret shows and just play Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall already! Amazing setlist. Those 75 people are incredibly lucky.

Posted by Sarah | December 6, 2010 1:39 PM

After all these years, he has no new material? Same songs from a decade ago? We heard those songs in concert ten years ago, time for some new tunes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:42 PM

Mangum has lived in Brooklyn for a while now.

Happy to see that the guy from the Impossible Tapes blog recorded half of it and got it out there against Ba Da Bozo's edict.
Serves you right Ben. Screw you and your exclusive friend's only event.

Hey Jeff, how about playing out for those of us not part of the chosen few.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:46 PM

After all these years, he has no new material? Same songs from a decade ago? We heard those songs in concert ten years ago, time for some new tunes.

> which part of him quitting music don't you understand...

also I'm sure 75% (or higher) who would see him these days have never before

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:47 PM

Start those rumors NOW - Elephant 6 tour:

http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/1845

Posted by texastab | December 6, 2010 1:48 PM

"Hey Jeff, how about playing out for those of us not part of the chosen few"

Got to start somewhere right ? he said he's considering more shows I'm sure we'll all get our shot

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:51 PM

I don't get NMH either. Listened to the cd based on recommendations sold it after 2 listens. His voice is very difficult to enjoy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:55 PM

12:44pm....you hipster need to get overself. Jeff Mangum is not God.

and yes no one cried at NMH shows back in the day.....you hipsters think it's cool to cry at his shows? pathetic losers you guys are.

go listen to more bright eyes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:00 PM

Oh Please...This guy was always way overrated. Step back from your computers for a minute and think about how ridiculous this is.

Posted by Oliver | December 6, 2010 2:03 PM

..then theres the guy who tries to convince die hard fans that they made some sort of mistake in liking band/person and if they only could see it from his eyes they'd be enlightened

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:20 PM

He's not for everyone, and yeah his voice admmittedly isn't the greatest but you know what? Admist all the major label 'indie rockers' more concerned with soundtracking car commercials and collaborating with ?uestlove, Jeff is a real genuine person and an artist. He doesn't need giant hamster balls or confetti canons to move people.

Like I said, not for everyone, but you can't deny that. If you're so insecure you can't stomach the idea of people crying publicly then go back to listening to metallica.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:25 PM

@1:25 - you forgot the 'i would hit that' comments.

And yes, I would totally hit that.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:28 PM

id hit that... like physically beat the fuck out of it

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:38 PM

how has nobody said jeff mehgnum yet?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:46 PM

I saw Jeff Mangum eating in a Polish restaurant once. I didn't fucking cry about it though.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:48 PM

i was thinking Neutral MEHlk Hotel, but i guess you "meh" guys are slow today...

carry on with your pointless debate.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:49 PM

Is E6 really doing another holiday surprise tour? That's kind of surprising.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:52 PM

after a long day of yawning, i saw jeff at Traif send back a flawless plate of duck confit lettuce wraps

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 3:02 PM

??

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 3:10 PM

I mean Look at the photo, you can't see anything. Was that really worth posting?

Posted by Floating Feces | December 6, 2010 3:12 PM

^ if no one takes a picture then the event didn't happen!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 3:13 PM

fart

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 3:14 PM

5:1 he opens for Yo La Tengo

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 3:26 PM

yo la tengwho

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 3:36 PM

^ nice job at least trying to make the "who?" thing creative.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 3:44 PM

FART

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 3:52 PM

NMH at elephant 6 tour what?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 4:06 PM

meh...who cares?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 4:26 PM

I dont think NMH would fully reform and just play an Elephant 6 tour they can do some very big places by themselves.. my guess is E6 tour is like last one with Julian & Scott from NMH doing some instrumental stuff & MAYBE Mangum shows up and does a few songs at some point in the tour..

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 4:27 PM

So 1997

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 5:02 PM

Have you tried George Bennett's hummus?

Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2010 6:39 PM

Boring, boring, boring.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 8:28 PM

Isn't it supposed to be creepy to have a romantic fascination with a pubescent girl?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 8:50 PM

1/2 of the band is already listed for the holiday surprise show, and it's safe to say Jeff will show up in some capacity. Where is Jeremy Barnes, though? Doesn't he live here too? It wouldn't be NMH without his insane drumming. As much of an icon as Jeff has become, the four of those guys playing together really was something to see. Hope that happens again.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 10:29 PM

Jeremy lives in Albuquerque... he's sort of outside the E6 athens circle... I think if Jeff wanted to play as NMH with the full band and all I think he could book some pretty big places not fuss around on this tour.. My guess it will be very similar as the last tour..

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 11:42 PM

Neutral milk hotel = could maybe get 30k\per to play at coachella, pitch, bonnaroo, Picnic uk, etc euro fests, austin city lim, etc. = = good $$ for a deserving band. They could ask for more. But the agents and managers need their cut/guarantees. It will happen.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:34 AM

I doubt it. I don't think he's planning some major, Pavement-style victory lap comeback tour. He played a handful of old songs for some friends in a loft space. I doubt that he has agents and managers hard-balling booking agents already.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 10:39 AM

it's definitely not Jeff's style to plan a huge comeback tour or do festivals. if anything, it'll be a few small (sold-out) shows I think.

but I'll take what I can get!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 5:13 PM

gay.

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Amazing is an enormous understatement. One of the best electronic shows I've ever been to and I've seen well over a thousand concerts. I had no idea Vladislav Delay was as good a drummer & percussionist as he is- fabulous and he kept everything swinging with a very unique style of playing. If you missed this you missed out big time...
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