Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Jeff Mangum Gets Jiggy With It

Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum Returns With Chris Knox Cover

Merge Records, you sly dogs. You reissue the Neutral Milk Hotel Records on 180 gram, post mysterious video footage of the Elephant Six legends on your blog (watch below), and now a new tune!!! Plus, it's a cover of Chrix Knox, a very cool New Zealand musician who helped spawn one the better punk rock scenes of the 1980's.

Merge Records, are you hinting that something unbelievable might be happening soon?

Look, I don't feel like Jeff Mangum owes us a Neutral Milk Hotel reunion. Sometimes music this pure and brilliant is only captured for a couple years and then disappears. Mr. Mangum almost had a nervous breakdown from the attention his deeply personal musical explorations received. He turned down Michael Stipe's offer to open for R.E.M.

But if he does one day get the group back together, and they have any type of performance, I'll crush anything that stands in my way to get there.

In the meantime, let's enjoy this recently released live footage and please, fucking stop singing Holland, 1945 at every faux-hipster party.

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