Thursday, September 13, 2007

Wake Up Your Windows!

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It's Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and a good reason to dredge up this rare New Year's Eve performance by Jeff Mangum, the man behind the band Neutral Milk Hotel. Mangum was an obscure late 90s indie rock figure whose last proper album, the brilliant In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, came out in 1998. But his songs don't seem to tire, particularly the one being performed in this video, "Engine," which can't be found on either of his albums but stands as one of his best songs, though honestly, they're all so good:

PS. Check out the incredible saw playing. Damn a well executed saw performance can make a good song great! Black Heart Procession kills on stage when the saw gets involved.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll have to check out Jeff Magnum. He reminds me of My Morning Jacket.


12:45 PM  
Blogger Adam Ted said...

There might indeed be a kind of emotional, textural analogue between the two, but they are both respectively singular as well. Neutral Milk pulling from some gypsy-Beatles fever dream while MMJ culling some tortured backwoods folk dirge through the reverb pedal of prescience and ache. Actually that could be said of Neutral Milk. Hmmm. Perhaps you're on to something. In any case, welcome to the glries of Mangum's meager (in sheer number of songs and albums) but mellifluous outpouring.

10:59 PM  

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