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Jeff Mangum

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    June 2, 2014

    Album Oral Histories We'd Love to See

    The music industry doesn't produce director's commentary. Your average musician isn't doing press tours, they're doing three hours of phone interviews. Every album has a narrative, a set of circumstances that led up to its tenor and tone, but much of that is left by the wayside. Music writing's an ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Five Albums That Make Their Fans Insufferable

    There's only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I' ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    The Worst of Coachella 2014

    Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way. See also: The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella

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    January 24, 2014

    The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 1/24/14

    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Voice Choices

    January 22, 2014

    OUT OF HIDING

    Neutral Milk Hotel plays three nights at BAM

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    November 15, 2013

    An Interview With a Girl Who Has a Neutral Milk Hotel Tattoo

    A girl with a Neutral Milk Hotel tattoo is not unlike Haley's Comet. It comes around every once in a while, and it leaves an immeasurable impact on your life. Caroline Rayner recently joined the ranks of this legendary coven, when she got a Neutral Milk Hotel tattoo earlier this year. We interviewed ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Why Artists Should Stop Playing Their Seminal Albums Live

    On a wispy evening last October, my housemate and I went to see GZA perform his magnum opus Liquid Swords in full at D.C.'s swanky Howard Theater. I wasn't the only one with high expectations. The crowd's hunger escalated with Killer Mike slaying his opening set, pulling out perfectly punctuated sho ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012

    With the Rolling Jubilee, Debt Activists Strike a Nerve

    Long before the curtain goes up on the Rolling Jubilee's kick-off telethon tonight, it was clear that the event's organizers have struck a nerve. The Rolling Jubilee, a project of the debt-activist group Strike Debt, an outgrowth of Occupy Wall Street and the people behind the Debt Resistors Operat ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 14, 2012

    The People's Bailout

    Yeah, banks, we can bail 
out our own, too

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    November 7, 2012
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    April 18, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street Dreams Of A Giant Jam Session May 1

    "Band seeking 1000 guitar players. Other instruments also welcome. Influences include Woody Guthrie, Tom Morello, Willie Nile, and Sergio Ortega." Occupy Wall Street is raising a "Guitarmy." For months, activists have been preparing for May Day, laying plans for teach-ins, bank blockades, marches ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Live: Suckers Spread The Pain Around At The Knitting Factory

    ​Suckers w/Devin, Writer Knitting Factory Saturday, February 4 Better than: Shoving people over to grab a seat on the L on a Saturday night. Before Suckers took the Knitting Factory stage on Saturday, the audience segregated itself, seemingly by age. The youth enjoyed the opening acts, using ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 18, 2012

    THOSE WERE THE DAYS

    Jeff  Mangum stirs up more ’90s nostalgia

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    October 20, 2011

    Russell Brand at Occupy Wall Street

    Russell Brand at Occupy Wall Street​Last night, as a driving rain fell on Lower Manhattan and the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street debated whether to authorize a statement condemning the Democratic Party as a bought-and-paid for agent of corrupt Wall Street interests, Russell Brand visit ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011
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    October 12, 2011
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    October 10, 2011

    The Four Best Finds In Occupy Wall Street's Music Library

    Over the weekend SOTC pal Ann Powers wondered about what the music of Occupy Wall Street might be, and she discussed the drop-ins by the likes of Jeff Mangum and Talib Kweli as well as the music emanating from the park's current residents; she also mused on the "human microphone," the means by which ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Facebook + Music: Most People Are DJs

    The site's foray into music and the act of performative listening

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    October 5, 2011

    Jeff Mangum And Michael Franti Play Occupy Wall Street

    The Occupy Wall Street protest at Zuccotti Park continues to be a magnet for celebrity musicians offering their support and serenading the occupiers with unamplified sets. Last night, the performances bracketing the twice-daily General Assembly meeting came from dramatically different corners: the ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Live: Portishead And Jeff Mangum Come Out Of The Shadows In Asbury Park

    All Tomorrow's Parties: I'll Be Your Mirror Asbury Park, NJ September 30-October 2 Better than: Your favorite worn-out band tee. Timelessness isn't a foresight. Most experiences can't predict their own longevity, and as much as any creator strives to avoid miring his or her work in a dated exterio ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011
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    June 27, 2011

    Second Jeff Mangum Show Added To Portishead's Big Three-Day Fest In Asbury Park

    ​The Portishead/All Tomorrow's Parties-curated festival I'll Be Your Mirror, taking place down the shore in Asbury Park from September 30 through October 2, has added a second performance by the no-longer-all-that-reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum to its itinerary, and is relea ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    How Much Would You Pay To See The Concert Of Your Dreams?

    ​The Daily Swarm got wind of an eBay auction for a pair of tickets to Elephant 6 cult hero Jeff Mangum's September 9 show at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, which predates his appearance at the Portishead-curated ATP in Asbury Park by about three weeks. The asking price for the chance to be ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Neutral Milk Hotel's Parks & Rec Shoutout

    Via GoldenfiddleDon't look now, Andy, but you just landed On Bad Boyfriend Island.​ Prime-time shout-outs to one of the most cult-beloved indie bands of the past 20 years shouldn't surprise too much. [Insert lengthy rant about the culture industry, and people creating culture pitched toward th ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Jeff Mangum Tickets For Town Hall Are On Sale At 11 A.M.

    ​Update: This is already sold out. Let the weeping begin. Just a friendly reminder that tickets for Neutral Milk Hotel guru Jeff Mangum's feverishly awaited solo show at Town Hall (happening October 29, which is an impossibly far-away date to conceive of right now, but those Pavement shows hap ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Jeff Mangum at Town Hall Tickets Sell Out Instantly, And a Twitter Nation Laments

    At 11 a.m., New Yorkers got their long awaited, announced in advance, ticketed-and-everything, first official Neutral Milk Hotel show (slated for October 29th) in a long, long time. And at 11:01 a.m., perhaps unsurprisingly, it was already over--if LCD Soundsystem can sell out Madison Square Garde ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    The Week We Let Our Eyes Wander

    ​Last week we spent a lot of time searching for solid ground in a world where Arcade Fire win Grammys and Odd Future take over Fallon. This week Tyler got his shoe back, Thom danced, and we all moved on.

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    February 16, 2011

    Jeff Mangum Is Touring, Playing Town Hall

    ​The greatest indie-rock comeback story of all time (probably) (hopefully) continues apace: Neutral Milk Hotel deity Jeff Mangum has now announced a clutch of East Coast shows to complement his appearance at that crazy Asbury Park ATP event that I'm assuming is all sorts of sold out by now. Th ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Week In Review: We'll Never Get Over The White Stripes

    ​We started out the week on a positive jam. Riding high off Bob Dylan Week, we spent the weekend paying tribute to all those bands who came before with Craig Finn at Music Hall of Williamsburg and trying with all our hearts to sing along while the Dismemberment Plan flailed around on stage at ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Week In Review: Bob Dylan Is Waiting In A Van Outside Your House

    Photo via Fred W. McDarrah, there from the start.​Yes, it was Dylan Week here at SOTC, a veritable orgy of Greenwich Village-scouring videos (with installments covering Cafe Wha?, Jones Street, the Gaslight, and Washington Square Hotel, or just enjoy the whole thing in one shot here), along wi ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Portishead And Jeff Mangum Are Headlining All Tomorrow's Parties In Asbury Park, NJ

    ​Good lord. All Tomorrow's Parties is bringing their boutique full-immersion indie-rock weekend blowout to a new spot this year: Asbury Park, NJ. ATP's three-day I'll Be Your Mirror fest will be partially curated by Portishead (!) and headlined by none other than fuckin' Jeff Mangum (!!!!), la ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    Week In Review: Stop Looking At My Moms

    ​In the week we continued counting down the worst songs of 2010, noting atrocities from Susan Boyle, Liz Phair, Christina Aguilera, Jackyl, and NeverShoutNever, and Die Antwoord, we also began our overall year in review, listing the 10 biggest music stories of 2010, our 10 favorite concerts, t ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Yes, Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum Performed A Surprise Show In Brooklyn On Saturday Night

    via​We feel bad for Jeff Mangum, who probably has some trouble leaving the house in this city without people acting a little strange. So we respect and applaud his decision to return to the stage in secrecy, as he did on Saturday night, when he played ten Neutral Milk Hotel songs to a delighte ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    More On Jeff Mangum's Bushwick Show: Co-Organizer Ben Goldberg Explains Why You Weren't There

    This is pretty much what it was like​So Jeff Mangum played a bunch of Neutral Milk Hotel songs in a Bushwick loft on Saturday night, for a crowd of around 75 people, you not among them. The show was partly set up by Ba Da Bing Records guru Ben Goldberg, who has a lot of explaining to do, so we ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Ten Bands From The '90s That Haven't Reunited

    Mark Ibold, still happier about the Pavement reunion than you are​So Chavez is reuniting, or whatever you want to call it. A Pavement reunion just dominated most of last week in New York City. Before that, it was a never-dissolved-but-certainly-largely-inactive Superchunk. In the past few year ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Download Sisters' Dissonant, '90s-Checking "Highway Scratch"

    Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing new and emerging MP3s from local talent. Fletcher Chancey​Brooklyn noise-punk duo Sisters spray sunny rays into those long, lonely voids when Lightning Bolt or No Age or Matt & Kim aren't running through town. They're a spazzy, scuzzy, cudd ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    More from Last Night's Chris Knox Benefit at Le Poisson Rouge, Including Weeping at Jeff Mangum

    The six-hour benefit for underground New Zealand songwriter Chris Knox at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday was indie-fundraising done right: all-star jams that made sense, meaty set lengths, a thoroughly worthwhile lineup, decidedly fan-oriented ticketing, and a stunning marquee name to sell out the r ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    Week in Review: May Day

    Salute. Photo by Sam Horine.​In the week we finally got to unleash the initial Siren Festival details on the world (July 17! 10th anniversary! Matt & Kim, Ted Leo, Surfer Blood, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Harlem! Totally free!), we celebrated Cinco De Mayo like Anna Wintour, Pharrell, a ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Tonight! Clipse, Ninjasonik, Lucky Dragons, Beach House, Washed Out, Sia, Local Natives, Jeff Mangum, a-ha, Bear Hands, Lemonade, And Dinosaur Feathers

    Having learned about Pusha T's badass grandma (not to mention that Rambo-themed pizza joint) yesterday, you can better appreciate NYC tour guides/coke rap extraordinaires Clipse tonight at Highline Ballroom. For obvious moral support, Ninjasonik will also be there, "squeezing into tight pants and ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 4, 2010

    ONE QUESTION

    How many songs will Jeff Mangum do?

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    March 30, 2010

    The Chris Knox Benefit at Le Poisson Rouge Has Already Raised $40,545

    ​Which is to say that the May 6th show, featuring Yo La Tengo, the Clean, Jeff Mangum, and a bunch of other people is way beyond sold out--even at $75 per ticket. The indie start-up for indie start-ups, Kickstarter, hosted the bidding, and you can still give money there--as little as a dollar- ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Week in Review: Shut It Down

    Scenes from MtyMx. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.​In the week LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy told our own Michael Musto to "eat it" and Musto sensibly retaliated by telling him to "suck it" right back, we spent a good chunk of the week unpacking the twin out-of-state enterprises that were SXSW and M ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Surfer Blood Cover Neutral Milk Hotel, Owe Todd P Everything According to Miami New Times

    Hey, wouldn't you know it, Surfer Blood casually cover Neutral Milk Hotel's "Two-Headed Boy" over a bottle of El Presidente, and it's not half bad for a bunch of dudes who won't even get up off the couch! They even screw up a couple times and it's still better than that awful Apples in Stereo vers ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    News Roundup: Brendan Flowers, Live Nation, Neutral Milk Hotel, Chris Brown/Rihanna

    --The Killers' Brendan Flowers likely got to live out a childhood fantasy Saturday when he joined Bruce Springsteen for a duet of "Thunder Road" at the opening night of the Neatherlands Pinkpop Festival. Nowadays, it's a right of passage for Springsteen-influenced acts to join their idol onstage. Th ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    Neutral Milk Hotel Are Trying To Preserve a Monument from My Childhood, Help Them Please

    This morning, Merge Records issued a press release on behalf of Julian Koster--former Neutral Milk Hotel member, singing saw savant, man from the Music Tapes--asking for help in preserving a Massachusetts merry-go-round. Weird, right? Weirder: This is my shit!

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    October 13, 2008

    Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour at the Knitting Factory

    CREDIT Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour Knitting Factory October 11th The main pachyderm in the room at the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise was Jeff Mangum, for whom the Knitting Factory audience thrice crackled electrically, but STFU already. The once/future Neutral Milk Hotel singer bellowed in joy ... More >>

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    October 13, 2008

    Brief Guide to All the Wacky Shit You Missed This Weekend, Ponce

    Your move, Madonna. Pic by Jesse Reed. The double-edged sword of living here in NYC is a) there's tons of cool shit going on musically on any given weekend, but b) if you are fatigued/lazy/vaguely ill and thus opt to spend your downtime in a quiet shut-in "walk around the park and abuse Netflix" fa ... More >>

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    February 13, 2007
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    October 21, 2003

    Seamen and Booty

    Mutiny on the Bounty's what these stevedores are all about

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