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New Neutral Millk Hotel Naomi Video Directed by Inspiration

Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Naomi” from Naomi Yang on Vimeo.

Former Galaxie 500 bassist Naomi Yang, currently in Damon & Naomi, has directed a video for the 1996 Neutral Milk Hotel song that was supposedly written about her (“She walks through Cambridge…”). It might seem a little weird and narcissistic to lip-sync a love song to yourself, but Yang has nice teeth so hey, why not?

In other Neutral Milk Hotel news, Jeff Mangum is going out on another tour in 2012 (I’m going, woo hoo!) and is releasing a big vinyl box set that includes 15 previously unreleased songs. It was originally supposed to ship on November 22, but it’s been delayed until December 15.

Your prettiness is seeping through
Out from the dress I took from you, so pretty
And my emptiness is swollen shut always
Always a wretch i have become
So empty

I’m watching Naomi, full bloom
I’m hoping she will soon explode
Into one billion tastes and tunes
One billion angels come and hold her down
They hold her down until she cries

I’m tasting Naomi’s perfume
It tastes like shit and I must say
She comes and goes most afternoons
One billion lovers wave and love her now
They could love her now and so could I

There is no Naomi in view
She walks through Cambridge stocks and strolls
And if she only really knew
One billion angels could come and save her soul
They could save her soul until she shines
So pretty

Live Neutral Milk Hotel video: Knitting Factory, 1998

Video: Neutral Milk Hotel – “Two-Headed Boy”

This is pretty great. It looks like someone (YouTube user goldenpuppy1) is uploading the Neutral Milk Hotel show from the Knitting Factory in New York on March 7, 1998. Five songs have been upped so far. And according to the show’s setlist, goldenpuppy1 seems to be going in order. I don’t want to jinx it, but hopefully next will be “Naomi,” “Ghost,” and “Gardenhead.”

See the rest after the jump, and we’ll continue to update this post if/when goldenpuppy1 uploads more.

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Jeremy Barnes Shares His Favorite Gypsy Jams

A Hawk and a HacksawFormer Neutral Milk Hotel drummer and current leader of A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Jeremy Barnes compiles a list of 20 examples of his favorite Romanian music for FACT magazine:

Musicians in Romania and Hungary have given much of the best Romanian gypsy music that I have to me. It is not something that is easily found on the web or in the record bins. When I say “given” I mean I receive a CD-R with no information, or an entire iPod’s contents are transferred to my computer. […] There is also a lot of good stuff in Romania from the 20th century that I have left out. This is basically a survey of some of my favourites, starting with the Gregoras Dinicu, who were born in 1898, and leading up to the very modern garage recordings by Casian Tian, who is still working today (I think).

You can download a six-track, 14 minute long mini-mix. It’s wild. Makes me wanna dance around and smash stuff.

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High School Play inspired by Neutral Milk Hotel Album

The Needle That Sings in Her Heart:

NPR Music has a piece about the high school theatre group in Massachusetts that has collaborated with Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls on writing a play inspired by Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea:

The students at Lexington High School say they haven’t just written a play based on this album, or a play about Anne Frank. It’s about art and music coming out of terrible things. And it’s about being transformed by that process of creation. A junior, whose parents did not want her identified, found herself transformed.

“There was one rehearsal where we were using the music a lot, and I just remembered this thing that I had forgotten, which is that there were two Nazis in my family,” one Lexington student says. “And I just had this realization that I had to make reparations, I had this just huge debt all of a sudden, which I had forgotten I had. And after that day everything’s been heavier and also lighter at the same time and I feel like the music just like draws things out of weird places that you didn’t know were there.”

Heavy shit, for sure, but listen to the recordings of the rehearsals on NPR’s site and you can hear the pure joy these kids are getting out of the music, as well. Don’t be simplistic enough to mistake their laughter as not taking it seriously. Teenagers are complex like that.

Here’s a Bostonist interview with Amanda Palmer about the play. “With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart” ran this weekend, and here’s Bostonist‘s review. Palmer’s got some photos up on her Flickr.

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Neutral Milk Hotel Needs Your Help

Paragon Carousel

Neutral Milk Hotel multi-instrumentalist and Music Tapes frontman Julian Koster has sent out a request for fans to help save an 81-year-old carousel that needs some repairs. The National Trust for Historic Preservation will be awarding funding to a number of sites in the Greater Boston area, but the winner of a public vote is guaranteed to receive a grant.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where the great whirling contraptions of mechanical music and light are not as profitable to operate as other things, and carousels are worth much more taken apart and sold in pieces to museums, where one must pay to look at them behind glass, rather than having them simply existing in the world that we now all share.

I spoke with Jeff and Scott and Jeremy about this and they agreed that I should, on behalf of Neutral Milk Hotel, make an appeal to the good people who might have enjoyed the music made over the years, because we think you’d understand especially, and want to help.

Those dudes certainly love their “whirling contraptions,” so you can see why they’d support something like this. Then again, instead of asking internerds to vote online, maybe they oughtta just get the band back together and play a fundraiser!

I mean, I love merry-go-rounds as much as the next guy, but it’s sort of hard to suggest that the Paragon Carousel is more historically important than the Paul Revere House or the Perkins School for the Blind, but whatever. You can vote once a day through May 17 once you hand over an email address (verification not required).

MP3: Music Tapes – “Majesty” from Music Tapes For Clouds and Tornadoes

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Full press release after the jump…

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Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Live in Chicago

Elephant 6The 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!”

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Transience and Transcendence In the Aeroplane over the Sea (Pts. Four and Five)

Transience and Transcendence In the Aeroplane over the Sea (Pts. Four and Five)The final installment of Glorious Noise’s publication of Max Heath’s intense examination of the music and lyrics in Neutral Milk Hotel’s classic album, In the Aeroplane over the Sea. If you missed the earlier installments, read Pts. One and Two and Pt. Three now.

Max Heath revised this article from a thesis originally written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts with Departmental Honors in Music at Wesleyan University in April, 2007. Max currently resides in Middletown, CT where he is a graduate student in composition at Wesleyan. He also actively writes, performs, produces, and records with several bands. Visit him on MySpace.

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Transience and Transcendence In the Aeroplane over the Sea (Pt. Three)

Transience and Transcendence In the Aeroplane over the Sea (Pt. Three)The second installment of Glorious Noise’s publication of Max Heath’s intense examination of the music and lyrics in Neutral Milk Hotel’s classic album, In the Aeroplane over the Sea. If you missed the first installment, read Pts. One and Two now.

Max Heath revised this article from a thesis originally written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts with Departmental Honors in Music at Wesleyan University in April, 2007. Max currently resides in Middletown, CT where he is a graduate student in composition at Wesleyan. He also actively writes, performs, produces, and records with several bands. Visit him on MySpace.

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Transience and Transcendence In the Aeroplane over the Sea (Pts. One and Two)

Transience and Transcendence In the Aeroplane over the Sea (Pts. One and Two)Over the next three days, Glorious Noise is excited to be publishing Max Heath’s intense examination of the music and lyrics in Neutral Milk Hotel’s classic album, In the Aeroplane over the Sea.

Max Heath revised this article from a thesis originally written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts with Departmental Honors in Music at Wesleyan University in April, 2007. Max currently resides in Middletown, CT where he is a graduate student in composition at Wesleyan. He also actively writes, performs, produces, and records with several bands. Visit him on MySpace.

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Neutral Milk Hotel Live in San Francisco

Ten years ago today, April 12, 1998, Neutral Milk Hotel played the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.

Video: Neutral Milk Hotel – “Song Against Sex” 4-12-98

More from the same show after the jump…

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