Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel) Plays Rare Live Set for Chris Knox Benefit

Last week on Thursday May 6th, champion recluse Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel fame) affirmed prior news and played an extremely rare live set at a benefit show for his stroke-recovering friend Chris Knox (from Tall Dwarfs) at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

As far as I know, it is the first show Jeff has played a set of his own songs in over nine years (excluding the few times he came out and played “Engine” during last years E6 Holiday Surprise Tour) since he ironically played a special one off show in New Zealand in 2001 at the urging of the same friend, Chris Knox.

Jeff played five songs in his recent short set, all of which were old Neutral Milk Hotel mainstay songs (see the setlist below). Based on the few videos of varying quality that have surfaced from the show (there was a strict camera/video policy), his voice sounds a bit more raw than in years past; but, given the frequency with which we get to hear music out of Mangum, I think anyone who has ever been a fan of his music is just happy that the event simply happened.

Jeff Mangum Live @ Chris Knox Benefit (5/6/10):

  • Oh Comely
  • A Baby for Pree/Where You’ll Find Me Now
  • Two Headed Boy Pt.2
  • In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
  • Engine

Since you’ve come this far down the page you are probably still salivating for some decent quality audio files of Mangum at the Chris Knox benefit. Unfortunately, to date no full audio recording of Jeff’s recent set has surfaced on the inter-nets (yet, hopefully).

To ease the pain you can reminisce in his last fully recorded set, the aforementioned 2/4/01 show at King’s Arms in New Zealand which was billed as “World of Wild Beards” featuring Jeff Mangum, Laura Carter, and Chris Knox himself . Download a full recording of Mangum’s set from that show here:

Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) – Live at King’s Arms, NZ (2/4/01).

Jeff Mangum – Live at King’s Arms, NZ (2/4/01) Setlist:

  • Two Headed Boy
  • I Love How You Love Me
  • Song Against Sex
  • King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1
  • King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 2 & 3
  • Everything Is
  • Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone
  • Ghost
  • Oh Comely
  • Engine
  • In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
  • Mother (John Lennon Cover ft. Chris Knox)

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