Um, scotsman, it seems like you are a fan of Polvo. Wanna jam some time? It promises to be real cool.
Um, Polvo's comeback album came out 4 years ago....
Well, if everyone like the same thing, there would always be a line. Remember, the town wasn't built for you.
Texas Trash is the most hideous band I have EVER heard!!!
i love how accurate this is
sun bones 4 lyfe.
P.S. Death in Color is Y&H's 2nd EP ;)
Wow! Turns out the author may have been on to something http://m.pitchfork.com/news/47783-neutral-…
..I'm wondering when the comments apologizing to the author for some pretty venomous statements are going to start coming in. However, in this day and age, why would anyone let the facts supersede their sense of outrage?
I guess my opinion is overwritten by this article...
what a terrible review. Jesus, Josh, we must not have been at the same show.
"Implicit promise of enlightenment" ??? No wonder you were disappointed. Think maybe you went in with unrealistic expectations? Just a little? It was just a concert, and a fine one at that, and your own issues have no place in your review unless you identifiy them as such. I don't think Jeff Mangum has ever promised enlightenment, implicitly or otherwise, and I think most people would find that statement absurd.
Jeff Magnum is a DAMN good name for a porno actor.
I always thought Neutral Milk Hotel made Nick Drake sound like Raffi.
Great review, Josh.
Man, Joshua, did Jeff Mangum kill your mom or something? Talk about missing the point...Geezus. If Jeff Mangum was in it for the money I doubt he would have dropped completely out of the music scene at the height of a popularity experienced by exceedingly few musicians, and think he would have played more than a handful of shows in peoples' basements over the last decade plus. He is driving himself around in a station wagon on this tour, and I saw him walk right in through the main door carrying his possessions in a plastic grocery bag--you could see the screen of his cell phone illuminated through the plastic--no one else in the lobby even recognized him. I suppose you'd attribute these things to shrewd cost cutting measures, intended to further maximize profit by saving on non-essentials like tour busses and proper luggage/backpacks, but I get the feeling there's not much that could be said to change your mind. I was at the show, and while I never thought to put JM on a timer, found the perfomance to be quite exceptional nonetheless, and one that I and countless others have waited more than a decade for. Perhaps his intention was to give these people the opportunity to finally see him and experience the extraordinary music he made first hand. As for the short set, 50 minutes really isn't that short for a solo acoustic performance. Also, you should try singing those songs sometimes--I guarantee you your lungs will not thank you. There are very, VERY few names in the history of modern music as revered as Mr. Mangum's, and I think that you are more than a little out of your element critiquing his intentions, especially since you seem to have made up out of thin air the crux of your argument...Neutral Milk Hotel Reunion...I WISH....and if there was I'd happily pay far more than 28 bucks for however long a performance they chose to grace me with. Get a life!
Amen, Joshua. I hope it isn't satire. Jeff Mangum is a precious narcissist who never would have disappeared had the internet (i.e. you and I) not stiffened his legend. I saw his show in LA at the beginning of his 'comeback'...he kept his band off-stage until about 45 minutes passed- and then his trumpet player walks out holding a single note and the crowd acts like Dizzy Gillespie had blown his first horn since being resurrected. It's bullshit.
I love Aeroplane- none of this takes away from it. It's a wonderful album. I would never skip the chance to push it on someone who's never heard it.
It's OK to admonish your heroes. If the Beatles played a few shows in the late-60s it would have been a different place and they would have finished their sets...Beatlemania was over. There's always something missing in the Beatles because they stopped performing. It's why you have to follow the Stones if you're interested in the era- they were out there, not just writing wonderful music but being a part of it.
So Jeff Mangum plays as some ossified version of his previous self because he needs the money. That's obvious. But there are casinos if that's your thing.
@Goo: You're entitled to your aesthetic. His music is not for everyone.
@Bryce: I didn't miss the positive elements that this reviewer noted. You're missing what makes the last paragraph a flashpoint for several of the angrier commentators. The emotional responses here have nothing to do with the reviewer highlighting the financial dimensions of the tour. It's because the writer presents his theory as if he is speaking for an entire fan base. On what authority can he say that Jeff's fans, many of who have waited so long to see him play, are being VICTIMIZED when they go see him perform, and implying most are so naively caught up in the experience that they don't even realize they are being taken advantage of? THAT'S what's absurd, what makes fans want to post rebuttals. We're proving he does not speak for everyone and pointing out that he has jumped to a wild, seemingly vindictive conclusion that because the experience did not deliver for him the entire tour must be about ripping people off. THAT'S what makes it a perfectly ridiculous rant. You were let down? You felt personally victimized? Fine, say so. His set was too short for what you paid? Ask for your money back. Say anything you want, as negative as whatever, but say it for YOURSELF, and don't try to speak for an entire fan base that you're obviously out of touch with. That's where this writer went over the line, and why other fans are chiming in with their own $0.02. Some of these fans seem to feel personally insulted by his reckless interpretation of an experience they found/find deeply meaningful/moving on a VERY personal level.
I am not seeing where the writer has trashed the artist or his music (e.g."He was in fine form throughout," "possessor of an especially expressive voice"). The last paragraph of the article brings up the point that Mangum is cashing in on his legacy and that seems to have struck a nerve with some of you. However, that does not mean you can cast the entire article as an attack on the quality of the artistic output. It wasn't, read it again. Also, the worst way to deal with these feelings is too attack the writer and the quality of the article itself because you cannot bear to have anything not entirely complimentary stated about someone you admire.
I had never heard this Jeff Magnum guy before. After reading all the hoopla in this comment section, I had to check him out. My two word review - shit sandwich. You people are really taking a music review of some two bit, hipster has been a little to personal. Bravo, Joshua Levine, bravo.
@Destiny - The box set sells for more then 100 bucks constantly on e-bay, so if you look at it that way its a steel (AKA defiantly worth it on a dollar per dollar basis since you like to break down things in this way). Also a vinyl has been "in" for the last 15 or so years again, just a heads up for your knowledge base. The money is relative, you sound kind of cheep but thats ok, to each their own. I cant even imagine trying to enjoy any concert while thinking how much I have paid per minute and if its a good deal.. What a way to really waste my night. You pay for a show if its worth it, it should not matter how long the band plays or if they contort to all your standards. This should not even be an excess since you can find out how long any show is on the net now , set lists are posted daily so you can reference that and figure out "exactly" what you are paying for and take the element of surprise out of the equation. The band runs the show but alas everyone is a critic. I hope I never have friends with the kind of standards that you have, bleh.
This was the first article I've read in the Weekly in quite some time. I'm glad to say I haven't missed anything. Not only does this article structure its asinine opinion around completely false information, it paints one of the most gifted songwriters of the generation in an absoulutely unnecessarily negative light. God, to let such filth be published in your magazine is inexcusable. I don't even blame the writer; shame on you Tucson Weekly.
Your article is rediculous. I can't imagine what a miserable person you must be to have had that experience at Jeff Mangum last Friday night. I feel sorry for you.
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