World of Wild Beards Incorporated
Might as well start off strong, eh? To celebrate my purchase today of Kim Cooper's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea book, I thought I'd post a lovely bit of Neutral Milk Hotel goodness. While Jeff Mangum dropped off the radar a couple years prior, he and fellow Elephant 6 popster Laura Carter turned up for a one-off gig in New Zealand in 2001. Believed to be Jeff Mangum's only show since NYE '98, the gig is captured here in a terrific soundboard recording. Interestingly, the band was billed as World of Wild Beards Incorporated rather than as Neutral Milk Hotel -- Jeff explains why during the show. It's a unique moment for perhaps the most celebrated of the Elephant 6 artists.
World of Wild Beards Incorporated (Neutral Milk Hotel)
February 4, 2001
Auckland, New Zealand
01 - Two-Headed Boy [John Lennon cover]
02 - I Love How You Love Me [Phil Spector cover]
03 - Song Against Sex
04 - King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1
05 - King of Carrot Flowers Pts. 2 & 3
06 - Everything Is
07 - Gardenhead - Leave Me Alone
08 - Ghost
09 - Oh Comely
10 - Engine
11 - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
12 - World of Wild Beards Inc. explanation
13 - Mother
Laura Carter (NMH, Elf Power) and Chris Knox (Tall Dwarfs) join Jeff on various tracks.
You can read a bunch more about the show here. Enjoy!