Entries tagged with: Neutral Milk Hotel
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.
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]
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...
Julian Koster spreads holiday cheer and offends his audience at once
Business idea! Flight cases for "singing saws". Worst case scenario: you will probably have at least one customer in Julian Koster (The Music Tapes), who will need a way to protect his instruments from the elements while on the road as part of his annual Holiday Caroling Tour.
Koster's festive tour centers around caroling and spreading the holiday cheer, and you can join in at one of a few select cities.
Several houses a night will be visited in each city. Houses welcoming outside guests in each area will be listed via email auto-reply two nights prior to the Music Tapes arrival. Write firstname.lastname@example.org to receive open house list or to make a last minute caroling invitation. Routes are only projected and may change so check often!Philly/NYC and NYC get the looks on 12/8 and 12/9 respectively. All projected dates are below.
Koster recently posted a video for "Nantasket" from the Purim's Shadows (The Dark Tours the World) EP on Merge Records. That video, one starring "badger saw", and the list of dates 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]
(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]
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...
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 MangumJeff 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...
photos by Chris La Putt
Dark Dark Dark / A Hawk and a Hacksaw
"Eerily soothing piano melodies, smirking accordion lines plucked from a New Orleans carnival, cloudy gang vocal harmonies, and lonely horn bleats inhabit last year's Bright Bright Bright EP and full-length Wild Go (both from Supply & Demand Music). Thus far, the catalogue of Dark Dark Dark could be mistaken for lullabies inexplicably emanating from a deserted lakeside cabin haunted by Tori Amos and Gogol Bordello . . . except that, thankfully, Amos and those affiliated with the Bordello camp are alive and well, and therefore can't haunt anything. [The Phoenix]The A Hawk and a Hacksaw (ft. Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeremy Barnes) / Dark Dark Dark / Pillars & Tongues tour came to NYC for two shows last week - 9/28 at the Bell House and 9/29 at Drom. Pictures from the latter are in this post.
A Hawk and a Hacksaw have since opened for Jeff Mangum as part of ATP at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park on Friday (9/30) and will again in the same venue tonight (10/3)...
Without a word, Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Magnum walked onto the stage of Asbury Park's gilded, enveloping Paramount Theatre Friday night and eased into "Oh Comely," staring straight ahead, singing "soft silly music is meaningful, magical." In the recorded version of that song, at the end, you can hear someone far off exclaim "holy shit!" as if startled - which is just about right.Jeff Mangum's entire Friday setlist, along with more pictures from the non-Mangum NYC show at Drom, below...
Over an hour and 15 minutes, Mangum - performing as part of the three-day ATP I'll Be Your Mirror Festival - was focused and relaxed, sitting on a chair mid-stage. He was flanked by four guitars, bathed in autumn orange lighting and looking especially solitary in the theatre's expanse. Where Bon Iver has traded up in touring accompaniment, Mangum is more at home alone - except, of course, for the rapt, capacity crowd of around 1500. [Rolling Stone]