Entries tagged with: Neutral Milk Hotel
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Motörhead / Chance the Rapper / Little Dragon / Toy Dolls
However, Sunday's lineup thankfully featured some guitar-brandishing acts, besides Motörhead, who proved that rock is not dead at Coachella -- or in general. For instance, British punk veterans the Toy Dolls pulled a respectable crowd to the Mojave Tent (opposite the very different Calvin Harris's set) and kept a proper counter-clockwise, Doc-Martens-kicking-up-dust slam pit going at full churn throughout their high-energy performance. "Do you think I'm getting too old for this?" spiky-haired frontman Michael "Olga" Algar asked the crowd. It was likely a rhetorical question, but fans ceased their slam-dancing just long enough to shout back, "Noooooo!" - [Yahoo! Music]The first weekend of Coachella 2014 wrapped up Sunday night (4/13) with dance music and Arcade Fire, but there was lots of other stuff going on too. Motörhead, with Lemmy back in action after some health issues, was there to show them how it's done and brought out Slash for a few songs; punk pranksters Toy Dolls and indie rock vets Superchunk both played a high energy set that would tire bands 20 years their junior; and Chicago's Chance the Rapper brought out, um, Justin Beiber.
There were also Swedish pop charmers Little Dragon, Australia's very talented Courtney Barnett, photoshy North Carolinians Neutral Milk Hotel, industrial-techno outfit Factory Floor, and lots lots more. Pictures from Coachella weekend 1, day 3 are in this post.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ex Hex @ Red 7, 3/15/14
As mentioned, Merge Records is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, including the four-day Merge 25 festival which happens July 23 - 26 in Carrboro, NC. Merge has released the initial line-up, which includes Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, and Bob Mould. While day schedules haven't been announced events will happen at the following venues:
July 23 Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University Campus, Durham, NCFull Festival Passes are $195 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/21) at 11 am EST via the Cat's Cradle website. Individual tickets for the events in Carrboro will go on sale Wednesday, March 26 and the Duke University show goes on sale Tuesday, April 22.
July 24 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
July 25 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
July 26 Full Day Music Concert, outdoors, Carrboro, NC
Both Wye Oak and Ex Hex played our Saturday SXSW free day party this past weekend in Austin. Ex Hex (featuring Mary Timony of Helium and Wild Flag) put on a killer set of glammy powerpop. Pics from their performance are in this post and you can check out Wye Oak pics here. Ex Hex also have a new video for "Hot and Cold" that costars Ian Svenonius (Chain & the Gang, Make-Up, etc). You can watch that below.
More BV SXSW day party pics of Ex Hex, plus the new Ex Hex video, below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.
Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...
Neutral Milk Hotel recently expanded their tour to include more Northeast dates, including a return to NYC on July 22 at Prospect Park with Circulatory System. That show went on sale last week and not surprisingly sold out, but if you couldn't snag tickets you're in luck because the band have added a second Prospect Park show happening a day later (7/23). Circulatory System are on this one too, and tickets go on sale Friday (2/14) at noon. Stay tuned for presale info.
Updated dates are listed below...
Indie legends Neutral Milk Hotel just brought their long-awaited ongoing reunion tour to the NYC-area for seven total shows, but if you missed all those opportunities to see them, or just need to catch them again (we wouldn't blame you), you're in luck. The band have just expanded their tour and the new dates include a Northeast run that brings them to Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park on July 22! Fellow Elephant 6 band Circulatory System open and tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon with a Fan Club presale starting Wednesday (2/5) and a BRIC member presale starting Thursday (2/6) at 10 AM. According to the band, the new NYC, Philly and DC area shows will be their last headline shows in the area for the "foreseeable future." NMH were also just announced for Washington's Sasquatch! Festival. Updated dates are listed below.
If you missed it, you can read out review of NMH's Capitol Theatre show.
Updated NMH dates are listed below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
by Andrew Sacher
photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram
"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...
by Bill Pearis
There are too many super-specific Tumblrs to keep track off -- many doing clever riffs of other people's art -- but Dangerous Minds tipped up to the LEGO Albums that renders classic LP art in building block form. They aren't done with real LEGOs, it's pixelated art where those pixels are then turned into LEGO pegs, but it's still kinda cool. Especially on a cold and wet Friday like today.
Some of the choices are questionable -- why would you choose to do Best of The Smiths over The Queen is Dead or Meat is Murder -- but I did laugh when I saw they'd done Death Grips' NO LOVE DEEP WEB. Check out a few below and peruse the entire collection at LEGO Albums.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 - April 11-13, April 18-20
Read the full lineup 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...
The Music Tapes in Chicago in 2011 (more by John Yinging)
Julian Koster's The Music Tapes project had been doing their Traveling Imaginary tour this year, and they've now announced that they'll do one final (and free!) week of shows in NYC from September 3-6 at 133rd St. Arts Center Lab before Julian heads on tour with his other band, Neutral Milk Hotel.
The shows include a dress rehearsal on the Tuesday (9/3) at 9 PM, a preview on the Wednesday (9/4) at 9PM, two shows (2 PM and 7:30 PM) on the Thursday (9/5), and one show at 7:30 on the Friday (9/6). Though they're free, RSVP is required, and capacity is very limited.
Check out a video of what to expect at these shows, below...
Tickets for the six upcoming Neutral Milk Hotel shows in the NYC-area just went on sale at noon. Webster Hall is already sold out and not unlike Kraftwerk at MoMA last year, BAM's site appears to not be loading at the moment. Did you get tickets?
If you didn't get any to the NYC shows and don't mind the trip to Port Chester, as of 12:10 PM, Capitol Theatre tickets are still available!
Cake is playing Starland Ballroom on September 22. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra are playing Best Buy Theater on November 29 and 30. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
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...
Elephant 6 vets Elf Power will be on tour with their old pals Neutral Milk Hotel this fall. While we still don't have an NYC date for that show, Elf Power will be playing a headlining show in NYC on October 7 at Knitting Factory, which is one day before their tour with NMH starts. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.
All Elf Power dates are listed below...
As mentioned, Moogfest is taking 2013 off and will return in Spring 2014 in Asheville, NC. There will be, however, another festival in Asheville filling its old fall time period this year: Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit which will happen from October 25 - 27. (It's also run by AC Entertainment who were, until recently, the producers of Moogfest.) The initial inaugural line-up has just been announced and it's pretty impressive: Nine Inch Nails AND How to destroy angels_, the newly-reformed Neutral Milk Hotel (their first show back, and an evening that includes opening sets from Daniel Johnston and Half Japanese), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Animal Collective, Disclosure, Bosnian Rainbows, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Gary Numan, Chromatics, Rustie, Jessie Ware, Zola Jesus & JG Thirlwell, Tricky, Jacques Greene, and The Bug.
Weekend passes to the fest go on sale Thursday, May 2 at noon EDT. Flyer 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...
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.