Archive for January, 2012

Jeff Mangum

When I first heard In the Aeroplane Over the Sea I fell completely in love with Neutral Milk Hotel. I brought the cd to work and folks at first scoffed but soon a majority of them were singing along. When NMH was to play at the 9:30 Club, we all went. Alas, the band had van trouble, showed up late and played a pretty crappy show. However, we were all so much in love with their music that we forgave them. Then nothing…

Now Jeff Mangum is doing a tour of solo shows. I tried to get tickets when he played in Manhattan but no luck. When the shows at BAM were announced, I anxiously awaited, clicking refresh over and over on my computer. I managed to get tickets for one show. And then another one was announced so I got a ticket for that show as well. There is also a third show but I only bought tickets for two shows – I didn’t want to be too greedy, I figured other folks should have the chance to see him.

The first show was last night. And wow, from the first notes played I actually had tears in my eyes. I sang along with all the songs (trying not to be too loud so as to not annoy my seatmates). It was hard to stay in my seat, I really wish this was a standing show. In addition to the tracks from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and On Avery Island, he did the song Little Birds which I absolutely adore. Give it a listen and get hooked.

You can still find tickets (at cost!) for tonight and tomorrow on Craigslist – I highly recommend this show!



Angel of Death recipients for December…

December 6 – Dobie Gray

Harry Morgan
December 7 – Harry Morgan

December 8 – Alan Styles

John Patrick Foley
December 11 – John Patrick Foley

George Whitman
December 14 – George Whitman

Christopher Hitchens
December 15 – Christopher Hitchens

Kim Jong-il from Team America
December 17 – Kim Jong-il

Kiss of the Vampire Don Sharp
December 18 – Don Sharp

Václav Havel
December 18 – Václav Havel

Ron Smith
December 19 – Ron Smith

Sean Collins
December 26 – Sean Collins

Random number selector resulted in December 22, 2nd listing:

Zithulele Sinqe
December 22 – Zithulele Sinqe