The revered, ex-reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel front man surprised Occupy Wall Street protesters in NYC last night by showing up with an acoustic guitar and playing an 8-song set heavy on In the Aeroplane Over the Sea songs. Full set:
1 “Themselves” (Minutemen cover)
2 “Holland, 1945″
4 “Song Against Sex”
5 “Two-Headed Boy Part 2″
6 “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”
7 “The King of Carrot Flowers Part 1″
8 “Oh Comely”
More and more bands are making their music free or “name your own price” on Bandcamp. This past week, Nick Schuld’s band Obviouslies made its album, Pinky, and two digital 7-inches available for whatever you want:
And Branden Barnett of Ghost Shirt posted a new freebie single from his upcoming solo record, along with a Neutral Milk Hotel cover:
I’m sure there are other Columbus albums & singles recently posted and/or made free on Bandcamp. Feel free to post ’em in the comments.
So I stood about a foot away from Jeff Mangum’s right elbow as he played Engine to end the E6 Holiday Surprise tour with Julian Koster on singing saw. Anybody who knows anything about Jeff Mangum knows what a momentous occasion this was. Truly, ridiculously, unbelievably unreal. The show itself was what one would expect from the most positive traveling commune on the planet- loud and quiet, disasterously beautiful music.