Thursday, January 17, 2013

Jeff Mangum (1/11/13)

First show of the year!  I was still under the weather, but didn't want to miss seeing Jeff Mangum!  If you're not familiar, he's the lead singer of the now defuct, but legendary, Neutral Milk Hotel.  The show was originally booked for the Ohio City Masonic Auditorium but quickly sold and was moved to the main Cleveland Masonic Auditorium (a gorgeous venue - maybe being redone!).

It was just him and a guitar, playing Neutral Milk songs.  But with such an enthused audience, that's all he needed.  I'm still shocked he was able to draw a crowd this size, as he seemed generally surprised as well.  Below is a more complete review.

Jeff Mangum (1/11/13)

Jeff Mangum (1/11/13)

Jeff Mangum flawless at Cleveland Masonic Auditorium (review) |

"There are some things so perfect, that to change them in any way — whether by abridging or appending — risks spoiling them.

For a certain subset of music fans, Neutral Milk Hotel’s ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea’ is inarguably one of those things.

Since touring in support of the 1998 Cult Classic — both Cs rightfully capped — Jeff Mangum has pretty much kept to himself, rarely performing in public and only recently playing anything off ‘Aeroplane.’ All of which helps to explain the audible gasp that preceded the roaring cheer he received when he walked onstage Friday night at the Cleveland Masonic Auditorium.

For as much as anyone expected to see this, it might as well have been Jeff Buckley up there.

But it was Mangum, with both the appearance and the air of a man who had been locked away for the better part of a decade, seemingly unaware of the following his work had collected."

(Continued... Jeff Mangum flawless at Cleveland Masonic Auditorium (review) |

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