Entries tagged with: Jeff Mangum
by Andrew Sacher
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"Thanks so much for coming to the show. Thanks so much for listening to our music," said Jeff Mangum at Neutral Milk Hotel's Capitol Theatre show last night (1/22) as he stood on stage alone, about to launch into opening song "Two Headed Boy Pt. 1." It could be an oddly humble thing for a veteran band playing their first of six sold out shows in and around the same city to say, but you got the feeling Jeff wasn't being insincere. This is a band who ceased activity after releasing two indie records in the '90s, a time when indie bands didn't win Grammys. He probably never thought Neutral Milk Hotel would be on a tour at all in 16 years, let alone one this massive, and I think just about everyone in that room felt the same way. This didn't look like a crowd casually checking out a show, these were die-hard fans who probably couldn't believe they were seeing this band here, now.
I never saw Neutral Milk Hotel the first time around so I can't say how this compares to seeing them back then, but last night's show felt way too full of life to come off as a band having some fun for old time's sake, or worse, cashing in on a past success. He sang these 15-year-old songs with the urgency of a band getting out of the basement and onto the touring circuit for the very first time, not to mention that also says something of how timeless they are. The rest of the band were ace performers too, all of them multi-instrumentalists. With only five constant members and a few guests here and there (one of which was in openers/fellow Elephant 6 band Elf Power), NMH managed to get the show sounding as detailed as the record, switching between guitars, bass guitars, accordions, horns, saws, banjos and more in the middle of songs without missing a beat. All excellent players (the drummer was especially flawless), and these guys were into it. In a time where certain indie bands are taking the "slacker" thing a bit too far, it's nice to have a band we can almost all agree are indie legends come back and remind us how it's done.
As for the set, they gave us almost the entirety of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea mixed in with cuts from its predecessor On Avery Island and various tracks from their demos, EPs, and compilations. It was split up nicely too, never staying in one part of their discography for too long. So whether or not you were just all about the In the Aeroplane Over the Sea stuff or you prefer their deeper cuts, it was never long until you got catered to. And of course if you just love it all, there was just about no way you were walking out of that venue disappointed.
Neutral Milk Hotel's tour begins its 5-night run in NYC proper tonight with three shows at BAM (1/23, 24 & 25) and then two at Webster Hall (1/27 & 28), all sold out. Check out the setlist from last night's show below...
The Neutral Milk Hotel reunion tour is underway and set to hit the NYC-area for six shows in January. Well, make that seven, because since we last spoke they've added a Jersey City show happening on January 14 at Loew's Jersey Theatre. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can also still grab Capitol Theatre (1/22) tickets, and call BAM to check availability on tickets for the BAM Howard Gillman Opera House shows (1/23, 24 & 25). The Webster Hall shows (1/27-28) are sold out.
Updated dates are listed, along with a recent live video, below...
Neutral Milk Hotel's stage at 2640 Space (via Andrew Foote)
While Jeff Mangum has been back in action for a while Neutral Milk Hotel -- the band -- broke their 15-year silence over the weekend when they began their extensive reunion tour, which so far has hit Baltimore's 2640 Space on Friday (10/11) and Richmond's The National on Saturday (10/12). The setlists so far have been pretty similar (but not identical), including almost every song from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, plus material from their only other studio album, On Avery Island, and some other tracks from throughout their career like "Engine." Photos and videos weren't allowed, but you can see a picture of NMH's stage setup above and a video from realllllllly far back of them playing "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" at the Richmond show, below. Also below are the setlists from each night, including a picture of the Baltimore one (via Stereogum).
Both shows (and most of the October run), were with Elephant 6 pals Elf Power, who just played some of their own shows, including NYC's Knitting Factory last Monday (10/7). The NMH tour continues in Covington, KY tonight (10/14) and comes to the NYC-area for shows at Capitol Theatre on January 22, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on January 23, 24 and 25, and Webster Hall on January 27 and 28. The Webster Hall shows are sold out, but you can still get Capitol Theatre tickets, and there's VERY FEW (around half a dozen) left for the BAM shows, which needed to be ordered by phone.
Updated dates are listed, along with the setlists and video, below...
Like Nirvana did once and Yo La Tengo did around 123 times, Neutral Milk Hotel played Maxwell's in Hoboken. it happened on July 26, 1998 to be exact, one day after they played Bowery Ballroom. That's apparently the original poster pictured above. The setlist can be seen below.
Today (7/31), Maxwell's' last, Neutral Milk Hotel announced a tour that includes their first NYC-area shows since reuniting, not to mention a bunch in Texas and two in Chicago. Too bad they'll never get the chance to play Maxewll's again.
Check out the 1998 setlist below...
As you probably know, Neutral Milk Hotel is reunited and touring this year. Up until now, none of their dates were in NYC, but it's just been announced that Neutral Milk Hotel will play Capitol Theatre on January 22, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on January 23, 24 and 25, and Webster Hall on January 27 and 28, 2014!
You may remember that Jeff Mangum played three of his own shows at BAM back in 2012.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with a video of NMH in NYC in 1998, below...
We've been watching Jeff Mangum play Neutral Milk Hotel songs live for a bit now, which has been crazy and great enough, but now on the same date that Boards of Canada announce a new album, Neutral Milk Hotel have announced an actual reunion with an initial set of tour dates! Those dates are listed below...
Jeff Mangum @ Hamilton College - 2/14/13 (via Deborah Caruso)
As mentioned, Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum is on a tour now with The Music Tapes and Tall Firs which passed through New York for shows this past week in Clinton (2/14) and Poughkeepsie (2/15). Though the tour was originally supposed to end yesterday (2/16), Jeff had to reschedule some dates due to the snow storm that hit the Northeast last week.
The Portland, ME show which would have happened on February 9 is taking place tonight (2/17), and on Monday (2/18) he'll play Providence, RI at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel (rescheduled from 2/10), followed by a show on Tuesday (2/19) at The Great Hall in Union Station in Hartford, CT (rescheduled from 2/11). Tickets for the Providence show and the Hartford show are still available.
The Hartford show is the last date on this run, but he recently added other dates happening in March and April. A list of all remaining tour dates and a video of Jeff playing "Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2" at his recent Detroit show below...
Jeff Mangum recently extended his tour schedule to include cities that he hasn't hit so far during the reunion he's been having with the stage. Meanwhile his journey on the road playing Neutral Milk Hotel songs without the rest of his old band has him down south in places like New Orleans, Orlando and Charleston as part of a series of dates supported by NYC electric folk band Tall Firs (who have shared a bill with Jeff before). Check out all the dates, Barvadon Opera House in Poughkeepsie included, below.
In honor of that tour, which is underway now, we bring to you an exclusive listen of Tall Firs covering Kinks/Dave Davies classic "Death Of A Clown". Listen, and check out the dates, below...
The Music Tapes, the project of Elephant 6 collective member Julian Koster (ex-Neutral Milk Hotel), released their newest album, Mary's Voice, this past September via Merge. You can check out the video for album single, "S'Alive to be Known (May We Starve)," below.
The band will be supporting the album on their Traveling Imaginary tour in 2013. For the Traveling Imaginary tour, The Music Tapes will be a circus tent in each tour stop for an "evening of songs, stories, games, movies, magic, amusements, and more. The tent was funded by their recent Kickstarter campaign.
The Traveling Imaginary tour hits NYC on February 2 at Church For All Nations for two shows that night. They also open for a few shows on Jeff Mangum's upcoming tour, including the shows at Hartford, CT's Great Hall in Union Station (2/8) and Poughkeepsie, NY's Barvadon Opera House (2/15). The dates with Jeff Mangum are not Traveling Imaginary shows though.
A list of all dates, the Traveling Imaginary trailer video, and that music video, below...
"Strike Debt" - outside LPR - 11/15/2012 (photo by Lee Ranaldo)
Jeff Mangum and Guy Picciotto at LPR - 11/15/12 (via Kevin Bannon)
Jeff Mangum was one of the many notable artists to play the Occupy Wall Street-related show at Le Poisson Rouge last night (11/15), along with Lee Ranaldo (who took one of the pictures above), Guy Picciotto, Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Max Silvestri, and others. The show was an Occupy Wall Street benefit to raise money for Strike Debt. If you weren't at the show, did you stream it live? You can check out a video of Jeff Mangum and Guy Picciotto (of Fugazi) playing Tall Dwarfs track, "Sign the Dotted Line," below. That's a picture of Jeff and Guy from the show above.
As mentioned, Jeff Mangum is going on a tour in 2013 which comes close to NYC on three separate occasions. Tickets for his show in Poughkeepsie go on sale today at 11 AM. Tickets for his Hartford, CT show are on sale now. The tour also hits Hamilton College Chapel in Clinton, NY on 2/14, but ticket info for that show has not been posted.
Jeff Mangum (via @spune_productions)
Jeff Mangum, who plays NYC this week as part of the all-star "The People's Bailout: A Variety Show and Telethon to Benefit the 99%," benefit for Strike Debt happening at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday (11/15, sold out), is heading out on a honest-to-goodness big tour next year, kicking off in Buffalo, NY on January 9 and heading South before returning to the Northeast by mid-February.
There are no NYC dates as of now, but he will play The Great Hall in Union Station in Hartford, CT on 2/8, the Hamilton College Chapel in Clinton, NY on 2/14 and the Barvadon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY on 2/15. Tickets to the Poughkeepsie show are on sale Friday (11/16) at noon. All tour dates are below.
If you didn't get tickets to the benefit at LPR, the whole show will stream live at Rollingjubilee.com on Thursday. Besides Mangum, the show features Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Frances Fox Piven, Max Silvestri, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, The Yes Men, actor/director John Cameron Mitchell, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Climbing Poetree, the Invisible Army of Defaulters, members of Healthcare for the 99%, Occupy Faith, and many more.
On November 15, Le Poisson Rouge will host "The People's Bailout: A Variety Show and Telethon to Benefit the 99%," a benefit show for Occupy-affiliated organization Strike Debt. The show features a huge (and very impressive) lineup of Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel) (who has played for Occupy Wall Street in the past), Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) (who has also played for Occupy Wall Street before), Guy Picciotto (of Fugazi), Tunde Adebimpe (of TV on the Radio), Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Max Silvestri, Frances Fox Piven, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, corproate pranksters The Yes Men, John Cameron Mitchell, Climbing Poetree, The invisible Army of Defaulters, members of Healthcare for the 99%, Occupy Faith, and many more. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, November 2 at 10 AM.
Meanwhile, Lee Ranaldo also plays as one third of Text of Light at 285 Kent on November 13.
photo via Stephen Cramer
A memorial service for Olivia Tremor Control's Bill Doss, who passed away on July 30, went down at the 40 Watt in Athens on August 4th. Friends and family, like Jeff Mangum, Julian Koster, Robert Schneider, Bryan Poole, Jason NeSmith, Derek Almstead, and Eric Harris, gathered to tell stories and perform songs in tribute to their Elephant 6 brother...
A slide show portrayed Doss with his family, friends and performing with band members and musicians. Others captured a combination of serious and funny portraits.Watch a 12 minute clip from the Georgia event, below...
"Bill was a beautiful soul who left the world in a better state than he found it," said Jason NeSmith, lead guitarist of Casper & the Cookies. "I love him like a brother."
When a stream of performers and others who were close to Doss spoke to the gathering, they emphasized laughter, family and music.
A tearful reading of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" started the line of conversations and acoustic performances.
Robert Schneider, lead vocalist and guitarist of Apples in Stereo, recounted the time he first met Doss. [redandblack]
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Buzzcocks / Bon Iver / Squeeze
"The earlier part of the afternoon felt a little sleepy. People waking up late after Friday, taking their time getting to the festival, and the earliest bands on the bill usually have a gentler style of music anyway. That all changed, for us at least, with the arrival of the Buzzcocks, those spiky, rapid-fire elder statesmen of melodic British punk, on stage in the Gobi tent.Before Radiohead closed out Saturday with a near-2 hour headlining set, Coachella-goers were treated to live music by Jeff Mangum, the Buzzcocks, Squeeze, fIREHOSE, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bon Iver (videos & setlist HERE), Andrew Bird, The Shins, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, A$AP Rocky (who played at the same time as Radiohead), Feist, Noel Gallagher, Destroyer, Grace Potter, The Head and the Heart, and many more.
Founders Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle look older now -- it's been 35 years or so since they launched the band --but their voices are strong, their rapid-fire guitar riffing still delivers an electric current to the brain. And, bonus for fans on Saturday, the short length of many of their songs meant you got a whole lot of Buzzcocks packed into a 55-minute set." [Orange County Register]
Jeff Mangum kicks off his sold out three-night run at BAM with The Music Tapes tonight (1/19). The Brooklyn shows are part of a longer tour for the two Neutral Milk Hotel bandmates. Updated dates, Philly included, are listed below.
Jeff himself is auctioning away 2 pairs of tickets for Saturday's (1/21) show! Each pair also comes with 2 original signed Jeff Mangum drawings. The tickets are being auctioned on ebay with a current bid (as of this post) of $300 and the proceeds will be donated to Occupied Real Estate, a project regarding the foreclosure crisis by Not An Alternative and Occupy Wall Street (not the first time Jeff has shown his support). You can bid on the tickets/drawings HERE and HERE.
Updated Jeff Mangum dates (sold out Coachellas included) below...
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
a ticket to see Jeff in Jersey City (via Deanna Cannonball)
"Jeff Mangum's two sold-out shows at the Loew's Jersey theater in Journal Square on November 5 and 6 resembled a church service more than a rock concert.The rebirth of Jeff Mangum continues. After playing two sold out shows at Loew's in Jersey City over the past two nights, even more dates have been announced for the Neutral Milk Hotel frontman, and they include New Haven, Brooklyn, Philly, and a rescheduled UK ATP. All dates, with on-sale info, below...
The 1,500-strong audience sat quietly throughout both performances; the artist sat too, lit from above, on a bare stage flanked by four acoustic guitars. The audience applauded politely after each song; sometimes they clapped as the familiar chords of some cherished old favorite began, too. Once or twice -- following Mangum's earnest entreaties -- the crowd attempted to sing along, although even that sounded more like hymns in a cathedral than generational anthems at a big rock show.
Worship may be too strong a word to describe the relationship between Mangum and his fans, but barely so." [Jersey City Independent]
Jeff Mangum in Jersey City last night (photo by cecurran)
today in NYC
* ASSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* The Four Bags @ Barbes
* Frank Ocean @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jay-Z, Kanye West @ Izod Center
* Jeff Mangum @ Loews Jersey City
* David Witham Quartet @ The Stone
* Myra Melford, Ben Goldberg @ The Stone
* Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Beacon Theatre
* Freestyle Love Supreme @ Gramercy Theater
* Blockhead, DJ Shiftee, Kotchy @ Glasslands
* Koen Holtkamp, Mike Weis, United Waters @ Zebulon
* Neptune, Man Forever, Dan Friel, Raft @ Union Pool
* Stephane Wrembel Presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* Here to Help: Dave Hill, Phil Jackson, Neil Casey @ UCBeast
* The Toasters, Obi Fernandez, Royal City Riot @ Highline Ballroom
* Dariius, Meager Sunlight, Skeleton Warrior, Shams @ Death By Audio
* Scott Rudd, Jon Palmer & The New Complainers, Morrison Brook @ Cake Shop
* Bambara, Hilly Eye, Bugs In The Dark, Butchers and Bakers @ Mercury Lounge
* Afuche, Pretty Monsters, The Oracle Hysterical, Vavatican @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* No Redeeming Social Value, The Krays, Creepout, Red Eyed Devil, Desensitized @ Saint Vitus
* Shilpa Ray, Three Blind Wolves, Avalanche City, Gabriel and the Hounds, Alessi's Ark, Willy Mason @ Public Assembly
Jeff Mangum plays his 2nd Jersey City show tonight. Tickets went back on sale today.
Fun Fun Fun Fest concludes today in Austin and is streaming online. It may rain in Austin today, so hopefully that doesn't mess with the stream (since from here it looks like the people filming are doing so mostly from handheld cameras in the photopit).
(photo by _crobin)
For the entire hour-long set, during which he played only old songs, the audience sat rapt, hanging on every note. And between songs, if anything, the focus sharpened alongside a collective hope that the odd, angular figure in the page-boy cap might take five minutes to explain everything: why he took a J.D. Salinger-like dive out of public life, why he's back now, and what the future holds.Jeff also played a Roky Erickson cover, like he did in Asbury Park, at Town Hall in NYC on Saturday night (10/29). Olof Arnalds opened. If you missed it, you have two more chances to see him in Jersey City. The Town Hall setlist is below...
But true to character, Mangum gave up little. At one point, he said the audience could ask him questions -- and a few rang out. But the one he chose to answer -- "What's your favorite book?" -- he didn't really answer at all. "You know the answer to that one," he said, cryptically. Devoted fans suspected, perhaps, that he was referring to "The Diary of Anne Frank," which supposedly inspired many of the songs on "Aeroplane." But it could have just as easily been anything else -- "The Catcher in The Rye" or "Gravity's Rainbow," the Bible or the Koran or "How to Make Friends and Influence People." Who the heck knew?
Over the course of the set, we did get something out of the guy: When he performs, he craves a sense of community. It was unexpected, coming from someone who has so cautiously guarded his privacy throughout the years. But he repeatedly asked the audience to sing along with him -- and uttered gracious notes of thanks when we complied. Twice, he asked for the house lights to be raised so he could "see the faces" of those to whom he was playing, and he answered several "we love you, Jeff!" hoots throughout the night, with an earnest and direct: "Thank you, my friend." [Wall Strett Journal]
Olof Arnalds @ SXSW 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Ólöf Arnalds is releasing a new mini-album of covers called "Ólöf Sings" on 11/8. On it you'll find covers of songs by Arthur Russell, Johnny Cash, Caetano Veloso, Bob Dylan, Gene Clark and Bruce Springsteen. Maybe she'll bust out one of those covers at one of her upcoming shows including the one Saturday night, 10/29, at Town Hall where she opens for Jeff Mangum!
She doesn't open either Jersey City show, but does play a few other times in the US while she's here from Iceland. All of her dates are listed below...
thanks to Bao Nguyen for this pic in real time...
So Radiohead didn't happen, but, while Portishead was playing at Hammerstein Ballroom Tuesday night (10/4), Jeff Mangum made a surprise live appearance down at Wall Street in support of the Occupy Wall Street protestors! If you weren't there, maybe you caught the live stream? If not, watch it now below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
For those who experienced and loved ATP America's festivals in Monticello, NY, it may have been difficult to imagine how a change of location, from upstate New York to the New Jersey shore, could possibly improve and enhance the unique and uncanny event that it was known to be. Well, it has.---
Friday afternoon the fans, followers and leaders of All Tomorrow's Parties arrived in Asbury Park, NY, a town that only five or so years ago was known for its high crime rate and abandoned boardwalk. It's likely that this decadence, however, is precisely what draws the festival and its goers to a new spot on the map, a mere hour south of New York City. Although the rain dampened the ground here at Asbury Park, it did not extinguish the ATP fire that was sparked on stage by Chavez, Reggie Watts with his knee-slapping musical spoofs (ironically fit for a music festival), event regulars Shellac, Hannibal Buress and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, The Album Leaf and the absorbing Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel). -[Dossier]
Here is a full set of pictures I'll Be Your Mirror Friday. They continue below...