Posted in music on July 24, 2014

Last night's rainy NMH show (photo via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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Indie rock legends Neutral Milk Hotel almost didn't complete a 2-night Brooklyn run in a rainy Prospect Park last night (Wednesday, 7/23).

It was the latest chapter in the huge reunion we waited so long for, but are now spoiled by. It doesn't seem like it was three-and-a-half years ago when the elusive Jeff Mangum first surfaced at a private loft show. Since then Jeff has continuously toured and played numerous festival and NYC-area shows, first solo and then with the whole band. Right before these shows was Pitchfork Fest, and they played SIX NYC-area shows earlier this year. Fun Fun Fun Fest and Merge Fest are still on the horizon. If you still haven't seen them (what are you waiting for?!?), there's always Boston Calling and a CT show in September too.

Tuesday night's Celebrate Brooklyn 'benefit' show (7/22) was a straightforward outdoor show on a summer night in Prospect Park. They played 18 songs including a four song encore, though their songs are not very long, so some fans left wondering why the band played for less than 90 minutes and didn't even come close to hitting the park's concert curfew (the show was over at 9:35). Check out the setlist below.

Wednesday night was less smooth. Rain was in the forecast and rain it did, but rain is not enough to stop a show in a NYC park. This storm also included lightning though, and that caused the show to stop 11 songs in. An announcement was made that the show was over. People started pouring out of the venue, but a 2nd announcement was quickly made that the show will restart if the storm passes. By then, many had left, but a majority stayed. Umbrellas were in the air. Announcements continued to be made, urging us to go home for our own safety, or stay in the park at our own risk. Concessions were still open, so you could continue drinking beer, buying merch, and eating ice cream sandwiches from the The Good Batch (who by the way are opening a storefront in Clinton Hill soon).

Then, the majority who risked sudden death by falling trees were rewarded when the band returned to the stage after what ended up being a 20-25 minute intermission. Considering all that had happened and the now-more-spacious grounds, this ending felt even more special as Jeff's voice cut through the warm night, under aeroplanes and over a sea of wet people that knew every word. The show, which ended up being 17 songs, still ended well before curfew (Jeff said goodnight to us at 9:55).

What did you think of the shows? Which night did you go? Did you go both? Check out both NYC setlists below...

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July 22 setlist
I Will Bury You in Time (Jeff Mangum Solo)
Holland, 1945
The King of Carrot Flowers, Part One
The King of Carrot Flowers, Parts Two & Three
Naomi
Ferris Wheel on Fire
Two-Headed Boy (Jeff Mangum Solo)
The Fool
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
Song Against Sex
Ruby Bulbs
Snow Song, Part One
Oh Comely

Encore:
Little Birds
Ghost
[untitled]
Two-Headed Boy, Part Two (Jeff Mangum Solo)
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July 23 setlist
Two-Headed Boy (Jeff Mangum Solo)
The Fool
The King of Carrot Flowers, Part One
The King of Carrot Flowers, Parts Two & Three
Naomi
Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
I Will Bury You in Time (Jeff Mangum Solo)
Holland, 1945
Ferris Wheel on Fire
Song Against Sex

Rain Delay

Ruby Bulbs
Snow Song, Part One
Oh Comely (Jeff Mangum solo)
Ghost
[untitled]
Two-Headed Boy, Part Two
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Comments (88)

Night 1 > Night 2

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 11:41 AM

oh shut the fuck up...people seeing nmh hotel in 2014 are basically seeing the equivalent of rod stewart and don henley at jones beach.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 11:44 AM

^Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends..who would do such a thing!? GASP!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 11:48 AM

Little Birds!!! Record it already

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 11:49 AM

went Night 1 and sat outside the fence (saw them in January at BAM)- i heard the weather was gonna be iffy for last night - good move on my part

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 11:49 AM

1144 is 40+ years old and grumpy that he's not hip enough to see nmh in 2014!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 11:50 AM

When will this neckbeard crapfest be over???

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 11:50 AM

the rain was amazing, it was so hot.

jeff came out and broke up a fight during the delay, it was pretty wild (nmh fans do not like when their hummus gets wet!)

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 11:50 AM

My first time to see NMH live and I was blown away. A magical night indeed including the weather. Arnel

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 11:57 AM

Little Birds is on a 7" released with the box set.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:07 PM

Did they play that song about that girl?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:08 PM

BAM were the shows to be at

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:12 PM

NMH hasn't released a record for what, 16 years? talk about resting on laurels. i challenge them to record something so pitchfork can give it an instant 10.0 and "Best New Music".

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:15 PM

Jersey City show was the best of the bunch :)

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:18 PM

One of the most unlistenable, overrated bands I can think of. Even worse than Kanye West.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:19 PM

Both nights sucked. Propsect Park needs to fucking crank up the volume. What a joke. It sounded like they were playing inside a tin can 20 miles from where I was standing. Same with Belle and Sebastian last year.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:26 PM

12:19PM i think i love you

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:28 PM

12:19 and 12:28 are the same person

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:33 PM

the sound was really good if you got closer to the stage, further away the more tinny it got. glad to be there on night 1.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:34 PM

I heard Sarah Kesselman was giving free handies at this show.

Posted by stellastar* | July 24, 2014 12:34 PM

People on Celebrate Brooklyn's Facebook page are claiming Mangum stopped security from choking a kid who didn't want to leave.

Who told everyone the show was over? The munchkin women with the enormous thighs or the smug blond asshole?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:40 PM

Went night 1. Basically equivalent performance to the BAM shows, but the beautiful night and company made the CB show the winner.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:45 PM

12:19 is Kanye West

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:48 PM

When I wipe my ass I smell my shit on the toilet paper before I throw it down in the bowl.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:50 PM

Last night was fucking beautiful. Lightning going off all around the stage during the songs... pouring rain started during Song Against Sex. The blond dude made the announcement. But he quickly followed up with, "wait outside until the storm passes over, we'll restart if we can."

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:51 PM

"people seeing nmh hotel in 2014 are basically seeing the equivalent of rod stewart and don henley at jones beach"

The only difference being that Rod Stewart and Don Henley were actually a relevant contribution to their kind of music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 12:55 PM

Let me tell you what 'Song Against Sex' is about. It's all about a girl who digs a guy with a big dick. The entire song. It's a metaphor for big dicks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 1:05 PM

the weather made it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 1:05 PM

the entire night was a magical experience. near religious at some points. they killed it

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 1:07 PM

I had never heard of Neutral Milk Hotel until that episode of Parks and Recreation where April said they were her favorite band. Now I pretend to like them so no one thinks I'm lame. Honestly, I really don't get it though as the songs are objectively terrible. Maybe it's some kind of irony that's completely going over my head? Same reason I use an iPhone, I guess. Y'know, because it's supposed to be a "cool" product and all? Such is life in the oughts I suppose!

Posted by Stacie Polashek | July 24, 2014 1:17 PM

How was Circulatory System, a.k.a. the better band?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 1:22 PM

was at BAM and first night at prospect... enjoyed both shows, but must say it was warmer at prospect and i didn't have to stand in line in 17 degree weather waiting to get in... also saw the jeff solo show at BAM...

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 1:24 PM

If I want to hear emotionally retarded babbling, I'll go to see Phish, thanks. At least they have a good light show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 1:24 PM

Both nights sucked. Propsect Park needs to fucking crank up the volume. What a joke. It sounded like they were playing inside a tin can 20 miles from where I was standing. Same with Belle and Sebastian last year.
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Prospect Park has a strict db limit.. thats the only drawback otherwise its a beautiful setting but if you hang back under the trees you aren't going to have the same sonic experience as those in the front area

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 1:30 PM

hang back under the trees? LIKE A PEDOPHILE?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 1:34 PM

I don't get how stopping the music but asking everyone to hang around until the rain blew over actually did anything for safety. Is lightning only dangerous when in the presence of amplified sound?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 1:34 PM

NMH made a good record in 1998. Following them now is no more challenging than going to see other "greatest hits/retro shows".

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:03 PM

^ here you go 2:03, I fix'd it for ya!

"MBV made a good record in 1991. Following them now is no more challenging than going to see other "greatest hits/retro shows". "

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:16 PM

or Portishead for that matter (only 1994)

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:18 PM

^ TRUTH

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:21 PM

So glad I went to the Jersey City show!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:23 PM

It looks like security used the utmost of restraint and judgement, with all the lip they were getting. Security has a hard job, what with all the entitled hipsters whose mommies and daddies gave them a false sense of importance.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:23 PM

"So anyway, my only hope is that this incident doesn't send Jeff, the already reclusive genius, back into hiding. I could tell they really didn't want to keep playing after all that, and who could blame them?"

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:24 PM

CB > BAM > any show in Jersey

Jersey is a shithole, even a caveman knows that :-)

Looks good on you though, 2:23(a)

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:24 PM

1:17 - the "oughts" ended four and a half years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:36 PM

I love nmh, but not a single new song? And still no communist daughter?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:37 PM

2:24(b) - Jersey is your mom's mouth? And your dad knows?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:40 PM

LOL looks like the Jersey fruit speaks! Too bad he has no joke skills. Nothing worse than a boring "comic"

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:47 PM

"Flush twice, it's a long way to New Jersey"

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:49 PM

After being in the Death Star's trash receptacle, Han Solo exclaimed that "At least it didn't smell like New Jersey"

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:50 PM

What do you call a good looking girl on the Rutgers campus?

A visitor.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:53 PM

If you have a car containing a Scarlet Knight wide receiver, a Scarlet Knight linebacker, and a Scarlet Knight defensive back, who is driving the car?

The cop.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:54 PM

How did the Rutgers honors student die from drinking milk?

The cow fell on him!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:55 PM

What do Rutgers and NYU students have in common?

They both got in to Rutgers

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:56 PM

Poor ol' Buckeye. Defeated and depleted. Hated and deflated.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 2:58 PM

I will say this about NMH ... they're light years more entertaining than The National

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 3:03 PM

^ That's not saying much though. My friend had an extra ticket to a National show and offered it to me so I went. Regret it to this day, I had dishes that needed washing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 3:06 PM

The National will put you to s l e e p, but at least it's listenable.

My rankings would be something like 1) Kanye West; 2) the National; 3) NMH.

By the way, I think Kanye West is terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 3:25 PM

Sometimes when it's late at night and I don't want to get up to use the bathroom I just shit into a Pringles can beside my bed and put the lid back on.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 3:28 PM

2:16 and 2:18 -

MBV and Portishead both made new records (somewhat) recently. Both have at least three LP's to their names. NMH, not so much.

Portishead's "Third" was incredible. Released in 2008.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 3:32 PM

"Portishead's "Third" was incredible."

^ lol. Nope.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 3:34 PM

You guys constantly shoot yourselves in the feet with these comments, how can anyone take anyone's opinion on anything seriously here

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 3:45 PM

EXACTLY! Anyone claiming Third is "incredible" deserves to get slapped in the face with a dead fish, then forced to listen to babies screaming for 2 hours (aka a Swans show)

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 3:47 PM

Babies screaming is also what a NMH concert sounds like. At least Swans are good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 4:06 PM

^ Shut up, Gira. You're such a pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 4:11 PM

Oh my god you bunch of retards.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 4:25 PM

^lol

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 4:31 PM

3:03 nailed it and everyone missed it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 5:03 PM

3:34 - to each their own I guess. I loved "Third", but the point was they are not comparable to lack of records that NMH has achieved.

Unfortunately The National keep making records.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 6:16 PM

Have been fortunate enough to see Mangum play a few shows and have caught NMH in the past.

From the first night, I think my highlight was Snow Song, Part One. They really took the ending to a beautiful shoegazy place.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 7:03 PM

I agree 7:03, it was wonderful. Did you see me there? I was the bald man wearing a skirt.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 7:35 PM

I was up by that incident too. The security guard said that they need to get everyone out, even if that meant pushing. A teenage boy was told to move by the barricade, and when he refused, the guy went crazy and jumped the barricade. He started choking the kid and his mom started screaming "that's my son!" The security guard was back at his post the rest of the night. This is what Jeff saw, and why he jumped into the crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 7:59 PM

Do some research. Nmh had 3 original cassettes, with at least 10 tracks each, the Everything Is EP, two full length albums, the Little Birds single and the 8-track Ferris Wheel on Fire record included w/ the box set, not including various home demos or unrecorded live tracks you can download at your leisure.

In short, many more songs than LCD, and maybe even portishead. Let them have their fucking moment.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 8:11 PM

8:11 now can you explain why the Veruca Salt reunion is more special than Soundgarden or Luscious Jackson?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 8:58 PM

^lol

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 8:58 PM

8:11 - Pitchfork gave NMH their moment.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2014 10:24 PM

let me tell you something mean gene, what you gonna do when the king of carrot flowers runs wild on you

Posted by hulk hipster | July 24, 2014 11:44 PM

The Holocaust was bad; dogshit nostalgia for these fucking simps is worse. God how I cried!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 12:12 AM

Hey, did they play any new songs? They're the soundtrack of my emotionally stunted life!

At least Circulatory System have some fucking life in them plus a token Mexican.

Neil Michael Hagerty >>>>>>>

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 12:14 AM

best member of the band is Julian Koster. not sure how he ended up being a side man for Jeff, who is clearly overrated, but it's a shame.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 12:15 AM

Lol yup, called that NMH hate = Swans/Portishead fans shit in the air. I bet with 30 seconds of thought I could describe their physical appearance and last 3 jobs as well. Fucking clowns.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 12:16 AM

Let's hear it 12:16, you seem to be very intelligent.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014 12:58 AM

Love all the Jersey hate from a bunch of idiots probably from Kansas or Iowa who move to New York, automatically think they're life long New Yorkers, and have never been to Jersey unless to drive on the Turnpike and only experience with New Jersey is watching stupid TV shows. Grow up dickheads

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 9:45 AM

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