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 +1Posted on Oct 16th, 2013 | re: Deconstructing: Neutral Milk Hotel And The Real Value Of Solo Performance (16 comments)

I had the chance to see Mangum solo a few times over the last couple of years, and I was at the Baltimore show, and you are exactly right. Mangum solo is great, but the full band performance is a completely different animal. The upbeat songs especially are injected with an energy that neither the recorded version, nor the solo performance match. They did an up-tempo version of “Leave Me Alone/Gardenhead” that was unbelieveable.

As great as Jeff is solo, it is no substitute for the full band.

 +3Posted on Oct 12th, 2013 | re: Neutral Milk Hotel Reunite In Baltimore (16 comments)

I was there too. How amazing was that show?

Seeing Jeff solo there back in 2011 was amazing, with the crowd in hushed, reverent awe. Last night was completely different, people were jumping up and down, thrilled, and ecstatic. And the songs, live, with a full band, were just incredible.

I so badly wish I had a recording of that version of “Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone”.

 0Posted on Oct 11th, 2013 | re: Win A Paul Simon Complete Albums Collection 15-Disc Box Set (220 comments)

He has a lot of phenominally great songs to be sure, but anyone who doesn’t say “Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard” is a liar and a lunatic

 0Posted on Oct 19th, 2012 | re: Local Natives - "Breakers" (20 comments)

I was talking to some friends just this week about this band, and wondering if we’d ever hear any more from them.

Can’t wait for the 9:30 Club show.

Santigold.

Also, funfunfunfest.com might want to renew that domain…

 +15Posted on Aug 8th, 2012 | re: New Beck Album Song Reader Only Available As Sheet Music (150 comments)

“Album of the century!” – Beethoven

 0Posted on Dec 28th, 2011 | re: In Memoriam: Bands We Lost In 2011 (71 comments)

Didn’t Dananananaykroyd call it quits this year?

 0Posted on Nov 3rd, 2010 | re: Will Butler Reveals Arcade Fire 2011 Plans, Speaks At Alma Mater (5 comments)

I’m still pissed at my jerk brother for making me miss them at MPP this summer because I had to be the “best man” in his “wedding.”