Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) live clips

November 20, 2009

Merge Records has unearthed and posted a couple of video clips to Youtube of reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum performing a couple of songs in NYC in 1998, presumably before he reportedly had a mental breakdown and (more or less) completely withdrew from the music world.  He looks a little crazy in the videos, especially the one for “Two-Headed Boy,” but they are both great performances. 

If you happen to have never heard their 1998 album In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, do yourself a favor and find it.   It’s one of those records that was so incredibly ahead of its time that it still sounds surprising and incredibly fresh today.  I’ve had it for years, and I still notice new things practically every time I listen.  Cheers!

“Two-Headed Boy”

“April 8th”


Free Live Pixies EP in Honor of The 20th Anniversary of Doolittle!

November 9, 2009

The Pixies have a link on their website where, if you enter a valid email address, you will be sent a link to download a free live four song EP of the Pixies performing cuts from Doolittle in honor of that album’s 20th anniversary.  The recording quality is actually pretty excellent.  The songs included are “Dancing The Manta Ray”, “Monkey Gone To Heaven”, “Crackity Jones”, and “Gouge Away.”  Click the link below and then click “DOWNLOAD FREE LIVE EP” if interested.