We interrupt the creation of the forthcoming Sound of the City hurricane playlist to inform you that on November 22, a Neutral Milk Hotel box set will be released. The set includes the band’s two full-lengths, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and On Avery Island, on 12-inch vinyl and a remastered version of their 1994 EP, Everything Is, fitted with four unreleased bonus tracks. Then—here comes the stuff you don’t already have—you get the Ferris Wheel on Fire EP with seven unreleased acoustic tracks and an eighth that I assume is already on the hard drives of some super-fans, and 7-inch singles for “Holland, 1945,” “You’ve Passed,” and “Little Birds,” with a pair of posters thrown in for good measure.
For a sample of what you’re getting, they’ve also begun streaming “Oh Sister” and “Ferris Wheel on Fire” at the same place where you can find info on tour dates and NMH leader Jeff Mangum’s half-hour radio show. So take a hammer to your piggy bank marked “Funds for ’90s Indie Rock Reunions/Box Sets” and hope there are still 88 dollars remaining. If not (that piggy bank has definitely been taking a beating recently) the unreleased songs will also be posted on Bandcamp as pay-what-you-wish downloads, also on November 22.