Monday, May 10, 2010

Jeff Mangum resurfaces at NYC benefit

Posted By on Mon, May 10, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Last month, we reported that occasional Athens resident and increasingly Salinger-esque Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum would emerge from whatever rabbit hole he's been hiding in to perform at a benefit concert at New York City's Le Poisson Rouge.

The show, which took place last night, was organized to raise money for Tall Dwarfs guitarist Chris Knox, who suffered a stroke last year and is currently recovering. Mangum had previously covered a Knox song for a benefit compilation; and before last night, the question on everyone's mind was, would he actually show up and perform at the concert — his first solo appearance in over ten years?

As you can see (well, hear) from the video above, the answer is yes! Pitchfork reports that Mangum wowed the sold-out NYC audience with a smattering of six NMH tunes, including the epic In The Aeroplane Over The Sea centerpiece "Oh Comely." A fan's cell phone video of Mangum playing that jam is above.

The audio quality is great, though you can't see much of Mangum for the density of the crowd. And of course there's the requisite girl-who-can't-sing singing along for parts of the song. But it's easy to get past that because it's Jeff fucking Mangum. And he's back. Maybe.

Below, check out another video from the show, this one a clip of Mangum playing the On Avery Island tune "Where You'll Find Me Now." And you can actually see dude way better here:

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