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'm stoked for The Killers <3
Thats the wrong album cover
66 years old now..and Nam Vet moniker is just getting glue.....not sure you all get it yet... though.. Big war does not work. Big planes are for big planes. Big bombs are for Raytheon. We can only win with a moral force of honest and decent forms of governing. So far, we are not the best models of behavior. Patriot to the bone, but not a supporter of either dominant party.... We have to come clean about our motives....China does. Saudi Arabia does.. ergo the reason they loan us so much money...irony being....they believe more in the democratic process than we do....if not they would not loan so much money....get it yet?
I meant Blake Shelton. Sorry. I guess my mind slipped into thinking of something more pleasant than contemporary country music for a moment.
Most contemporary country artists and their music are interchangable anyways. If you enjoy Tim McGraw then you probably enjoy Kenny Chesney or Alan Jackson or Blake Lively or George Strait or...I could go on forever.
In simpler terms, most of this stuff has the same variant as the amount of days in a year. If we're lucky we might find a true original in one out of every four artist or songs, but in all reality it is far less than that even. WAY far less.
New favorite album for my drive time!
I guess my opinion is overwritten by this article...
They are a force to be reckoned with.
Tegan and Sara have performed at least twice in Tucson before, in 2007 at the Rialto, and in 2004, when they opened for Melissa Ferrick at Club Congress.
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.
One of the best Shows I ever saw was when Steve played Lupo's in providence in the 80's. He blew me away and I have been a fan since. Great song writer and a great performer.
Thank you for the interview! I feel loved!
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.
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