Posts Tagged ‘Neutral Milk Hotel’

ToDo ToDay: The Antlers, River Whyless, and Hamlet

In the years since their 2009 album, Hospice, the Antlers have moved away from static, heavy sounds and stories of bone cancer and begun creating modern soul music inspired by Alice Coltrane and Miles Davis. But don’t confuse this sonic change for a thematic turnabout: Their brand of soul sounds almost as depressing as the cancer [...]

Arts Roundup: $2 Million Punk House Edition

The house where Minor Threat played its first show is on the market for $2 million. [Curbed]
ANC rejects Ghana Cafe's request to add live entertainment. [Short Articles About Long Meetings]
Neutral Milk Hotel says its forthcoming local tour stop will be its last for the foreseeable future. [Pitchfork]
dog & pony dc takes Beertown to New York. [Post]
Newman's Own [...]

Six Things About the Pitchfork People’s List

Pitchfork's reader-voted People's List is online, which should be reassuring to agents of the indie-rock monoculture. Leading the list of the top 200 albums made between 1996 and 2011 is Radiohead's OK Computer, with three more Radiohead albums landing in the top 20. Fancily, Pitchfork included breakdowns of what sorts of people voted (88 percent are [...]

On Jeff Mangum and Empathy, Briefly

"You sing along at home. There's no reason why you shouldn't do it here, all right?" said a slightly marble-mouthed Jeff Mangum Friday night as he introduced "Holland, 1945," one of the most fondly remembered eccentricities of his cult band, Neutral Milk Hotel. But it took the crowd at the Lincoln Theatre a few moments [...]

Merge Records’ Mac McCaughan @ Crooked Beat Tonight

Think of all the truly awesome things that Merge Records has accomplished in its 20-year existence. Not only has the label—founded in the late ’80s by Superchunk members Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan—released countless 7" singles, LPs, and at least one boxed-set by myriad worthy artists, but they've pulled off a few truly improbable feats. [...]

The Sleigher: The Singing Saw at Christmastime

What it is: Multi-instrumentalist Julian Koster, of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Music Tapes fame, performs traditional Christmas songs arranged entirely for singing saw–an instrument which produces a sound that is not unlike a slowly deflating balloon.
The bike under the tree: As a devout fan of The Muppets, the guest-Sleigher finds some pleasure in hearing [...]