Posted in music on October 4, 2011

Mangum

Jeff Mangum isn't on the list, but one could argue that the elusive frontman of Neutral Milk Hotel might be classifiable as an "outsider musician", much like Daniel Johnston (who he covered on Friday again) and Roky Erickson (who he covered on Sunday again). Those covers aside, Jeff's three ATP Asbury Park setlists, religous experiences for many, stuck 100% to songs he wrote.

At last night's show (Monday, 10/3), Jeff was also joined on stage for two songs by show opener A Hawk and a Hacksaw, his Neutral Milk Hotel band-mate Jeremy Barnes included. To quote one anonymous attendee, "I loved him just solo but when they came out it sounded like neutral milk hotel." It looks like we're one step closer to the full on reunion. The Neutral Milk Hotel box set is out 11/22.

Last night's setlist also included "Little Birds" which he didn't play the other two nights. Two quote wiki, it's "the only song by Neutral Milk Hotel written after the release of In the Aeroplane over the Sea of which a recorded version exists.

"It's the beginning of a story where a boy is in a not-so-nice situation. One day, little birds start to form around him in his room. They start coming into his body and he was very happy about this. But unfortunately he tries to share it with other people and they get very upset because this is something that he finds to be very beautiful but they don't find very beautiful and they want to destroy it." -Jeff Mangum
Jeff comes even closer to and in NYC when he plays sold out shows at Town Hall on October 29th and Landmark Loew's Theatre in Jersey City on 11/6. Jeff also has a benefit show scheduled in Woodstock. No openers have been announced for those.

Above photo by missdubs. All three Asbury Park setlists below...

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Jeff Mangum Concert Setlist at Paramount Theatre,
Asbury Park, NJ, USA on October 3, 2011

Two Headed Boy Pt. 2
Holland, 1945
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone
Song Against Sex
Oh Comely
A Baby For Pree/Glow Into You
Naomi
April 8th (with A Hawk and a Hacksaw)
The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1
The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 2 & 3
little birds
Ghost
Engine

Encore:
Two Headed Boy
the fool (with A Hawk and a Hacksaw)

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Jeff Mangum Concert Setlist at Paramount Theatre
Asbury Park, NJ, USA on October 2, 2011

Two-Headed Boy Pt. Two
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Song Against Sex
A Baby For Pree/Glow Into You
Oh Comely
I Love the Living You (Roky Erickson cover)
Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone
The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. One
The King of Carrot Flowers Pts. Two & Three
Naomi
Ghost
Holland, 1945

Encore:
Engine
Two-Headed Boy

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Jeff Mangum Concert Setlist at Paramount Theatre
Asbury Park, NJ, USA on September 30, 2011

Oh Comely
Two-Headed Boy Pt. Two
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Song Against Sex
Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone
Ghost
True Love Will Find You in The End (Daniel Johnston cover)
Two-Headed Boy
A Baby For Pree
The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. One
The King of Carrot Flowers Pts. Two & Three
Holland, 1945

Encore:
Naomi
Engine

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Comments (40)

i hope this reunion hurries up, happens and is over with. i loved the nmh records when they came out. i remember playing them on the radio. and they became something i cherished over the years. but all this fucking hype and non-stop jm is god bullshit is getting wayyyy out of control. do it. get it over with. let it rest in peace.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:35 PM

Facetiously asking it, since it's inevitable: "So where are the photos?!"

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:35 PM

I was there last night. Great show. Great audience. Security was literally on top of everyone that even took their phone out. Not too many pics.

Posted by JG | October 4, 2011 12:39 PM

Agree with first post. That one record I really liked in 1998 is now on repeat in everyone's home and everyone will mill JM to death in order to hold on to the feeling, I suppose. No new material is in the works, so what's the point of a trip down memory lane?

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:40 PM

personally i didn't get the hype. i did not enjoy him. especially the "jesus christ i love you" lines...
and the crowd at the friday show was as lame as it gets. like a christian rock crowd had invaded ATP.

Posted by ME | October 4, 2011 12:40 PM

Yeah lotta Hype..very little music to show for it too...

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:42 PM

No excuse for a 14 song set unless you only have 1 album!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:43 PM

12:40 (ME) is going straight to hell.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:50 PM

The Jeff solo sets seem like they've been lovely, but those four guys together were really something to see. I can't imagine him bothering with another victory lap with these same songs, but a full reunion would be just amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:53 PM

Dont get it either, and yeah the whole jesus christ sing along was akward to say the least.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:54 PM

I was there last night. I agree that although Jeff sounded great solo and it was very intimate, when he had a hawk and a hacksaw with him it was that much better. Based just on the two songs, as well as the excellent sound for a hawks, opening set, I really wish he would just play with a full band. Also the paramount theater was a excellent venue for this, so happy I chose this show over town hall.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:58 PM

12:40 and 12:54

You guys serious? I'm new to the internet.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:00 PM

I was crying inside.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:04 PM

If you've listened to Aeroplane you know Jeff's religious beliefs strongly inform his music. Why is it awkward to hear live?

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:07 PM

WTF-nice way to say FU to the ATP people Jeff. I was expecting at least a song with A Hawk and a Hacksaw friday nite but no he waits for the separate Monday show.

still great performance friday and sunday.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:10 PM

My favorite part of the show was the wasted, hysterically sobbing guy who sat next to me at the Friday show.

Oh, and the music, too, I guess.

Posted by Jesus Christ, who is beloved by you, yes he is | October 4, 2011 1:20 PM

Ah, yes. The preceding comments are proof, if any further was needed, that BV commenters will shit on literally anything.

I like how people take offense to a very low-key concert tour that people have complete choice in either attending or not attending. If you're so easily bruised, don't buy a damn ticket!

I was at both Friday and Sunday's shows, and they were incredible. Who cares what the crowd was like? Who cares that he didn't play any new material? It's supposed to be about how YOU responded to the music, or if you didn't, that's equally valid. But just because you didn't like it, doesn't mean others shouldn't, or that these shows should not have happened.

By the way, to the person who said no material is in the works, Jeff has mentioned at previous shows on this tour that he has been writing new material throughout the whole hiatus he took. Maybe he's giving the old songs a last look before he debuts new stuff further down the road? Even his website says that a more extensive tour is in the works for 2012, after these initial smaller shows.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:23 PM

Failed to mention that was the second-ever performance of Little Birds- last one was 13 years ago. Real treat for the Monday crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:32 PM

Weekend pass holders needed a separate paper ticket for entry to the Jeff MANgum show. Don't know about the other performance, but Friday tix actually said "Jeff Magnum" on them. True story. Once again proof (if proof be needed) of the power of BV comments...

And ATP ruled again. Wasn't that excited about a single band before I got there and it still ruled. All hail Oneida and the Ocropolis III!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:36 PM

Next year he will be touring as the new frontman for INXS. Everybody knows that.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:46 PM

ATP 2012 = Already Totally Pumped

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:50 PM

Any guesses for openers?

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:10 PM

Show was gorgeous and crowd was pumped and respectful.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:16 PM

When he was playing himself the songs were sweet but a bit underwhelming. The exception to that was Oh Comely and Little Birds - he played with an entirely different intensity when he played Little Birds - he even said afterwards he could feel his whole body tense up while he played it but that it felt good (something like that) and it was special to be there for that.

So happy the band came out to play with him - having the accordians, horns and drums added so much to the songs.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:25 PM

Jeff Mangum is only allowed to have super hip pictures of him on this site. No real photographs. Only Hipstamatic, instagram diddleshit.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:31 PM

nobody really gave a shit 15 years ago

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:42 PM

^many still don't

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:44 PM

yeah the big hype machine... guy doesn't even have a publicist , do interviews and requests no photos at his shows... if people write about him its simply because they like him.. what a concept

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:46 PM

^hype is from the fans not from Jeff...The fans put him on a pedistal. He is ok..but his lack of music and expensive shows for a front man with two albums from almost a decade and a half ago don't warrant the hype.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:51 PM

nobody really gave a shit 15 years ago
>>

Not true.. NMH were on their way.. he stopped everything about 7 months after Aeroplane came out.. back then bands grew much slower.. they sold out Bowery Ballroom on their last tour... I know that seems like peanuts in this day and age when one mp3 can land you a gig at Bowery but it was a big stepping stone at the time.. who knows where things could have went from there...

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:54 PM

@1:07, if I remember correctly from an interview with Jeff at the time of the record coming out, all of the Jesus stuff was pretty metaphorical, or at least Non-denominational.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 3:07 PM

people who shut their brains down when someone says the word "Jesus" are fucking idiots. and this is coming from an atheist.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 3:13 PM

one of my friends jerked him off so good he re wrote the bible saying the following things:

" Say the N Word. Young S word"

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 3:47 PM

To 2:54, must tell you that you are incorrect as to the last NMH Bowery Ballroom show years ago. I was there and you probably were not. It was so not sold out. In fact i saw NMH a few times and half the time the place was half full.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 4:14 PM

i was there and is was sold out... as were a few knitting factory shows i saw earlier that year by them...

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 4:54 PM

Love AHAAH. Bummed they didn't play with him on Friday. Oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 8:16 PM

mangum at occupy wall street tonite.. i kid you not..

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 9:04 PM

i wanna stick a fork in the shoulder of the shit-talkers. best show i've ever seen in my life. MEANINGFUL AND MAGICAL.

if you didn't get it...it's because ur a stoned cold sap.

Posted by sexy bitch | October 4, 2011 10:26 PM

Can't believe 9:26 was actually telling the truth: watching Mangum doing a set on Wall Street right now:

http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:26 PM

Can you email me with some pointers on how you made your site look this awesome, I would appreciate it.

Posted by miniclip | September 2, 2012 3:59 PM

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