Two Robert Schneider related posts in a row! This is his new side project with his brother-in-law. Family holidays must be blast. “Do you really want to know your mind / Want to blow your mind? / Want to grow your mind?” Yes, in fact we do! Album art by W. Cullen Hart and it even carries the Elephant 6 logo.
This is exciting news! Merge Records is releasing Jeff Mangum‘s first new studio recording since In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. It’s a cover of “Sign the Dotted Line” by Tall Dwarfs, and it’s available on the compilation Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox, due February 23 but available now for download (iTunes). If you pre-order the 2-CD set from Merge, you get a digital download of the record via email.
Proceeds go toward assisting Tall Dwarfs founder Chris Knox, who is recovering from a stroke he had in June. In addition to Mangum, other artists who donated covers include Jay Reatard, Stephin Merritt, Portastatic, Bill Callahan, Yo La Tengo, AC Newman, Lambchop, the Mountain Goats, Will Oldham, and Lou Barlow.
The Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour at the Bottom Lounge
Chicago, October 21, 2008
Several songs into the encore, I wormed my way in and a lot of people had split by then, so I had an okay spot. Jeff Mangum finally came back out with Julian Koster, Robert Schneider, and those Olivia Tremor Control dudes and sang an acoustic, meditative chant that went, “We will live forever and you know it’s true, you know it’s true.” I got the first minute of it on video.
It was nice. Pretty and hopeful. And to see those dudes up there with their arms around each other was genuinely touching. They all seemed happy to be there.
They got the crowd singing along, and then they walked off the stage with the crowd still singing. They walked into the middle of the crowd, right by me. I could’ve grabbed Mangum by the ears and yelled, “Where the fuck have you BEEN, man?” But instead I just stood there and said, “Woo.” But when Robert Schneider, the producer of all the best recordings from that whole gang, walked by, I leaned in and said, “Thanks for all the great records.” He smiled and shouted back, “Yeah!”
The first time they pulled out this ten-year-old b-side was in Pittsburgh (video after the jump…), and in some ways it’s refreshing that the irreverent crowd didn’t shut the fuck up while Mangum played his first live Neutral Milk Hotel song since a one-off show in New Zealand in 2001 (flyer, setlist).
He came on stage and sang on part of Olivia Tremor Control‘s “I Have Been Floated” and Elf Power‘s “The Arrow Flies Close,” as well as the entirety of Olivia Tremor Control’s “The Opera House” with the whole E6 crew at the end of the night.
Exciting stuff. The “Elephant Six Orchestra” is comprised of Koster along with Will Cullen Hart, Scott Spillane, Laura Carter, Eric Harris, Nesey Gallons, the Singing Saw, the 7 Foot Tall Metronome, and Static the Television.
Congratulations to Jeff Mangum and Astra Taylor, who were recently married. Mangum, as everybody knows, founded Neutral Milk Hotel, whose album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is widely regarded as one of the best albums of the 1990s. Taylor is a writer and filmmaker who directed the documentary, Zizek! for which Neutral Milk Hotel drummer Jeremy Barnes provided the original music.
Glorious Noise received confirmation of the nuptials from Ms. Talyor via email. “It’s a fact,” she said.
Mangum Moving Closer To New Album: “If you want more ‘Aeroplane’ just ignore all of this. The songs are songs but they’re longer and more free.” I’m still amazed that Billboard even knows who Jeff Mangum is… Here’s the original post. Update: Hoax. Boo. Goddamn internet.