Jeff Mangum, members of Sonic Youth, Fugazi, TV on the Radio play OWS Benefit at Le Poisson Rouge

On Nov. 15, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum will join Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and others for a “variety show and telethon” to benefit an OWS aligned group devoted to spreading the word about predatory debt practices, student loans, and eliminating debt.

Organizers are calling it “The People’s Bailout.”

Mangum showed his love for Occupy Wall Street last year with a surprise performance at Zuccotti Park, but this event at Le Poisson Rouge hopes to raise $50,000 for Strike Debt, which according to their website believe “debt is a global system of domination and exploitation of the 99% by the 1%.”

Join Strike Debt for an updated version of an old classic, the telethon, to launch The Rolling Jubilee, a campaign that buys debt for pennies on the dollar and does away with it. Instead of collecting the debt, we will abolish it and help free the debtors!”

Other guests include Janeane Garofalo ,  Lizz Winstead , Max Silvestri , Hari Kondabolu , David Rees , The Yes Men , John Cameron Mitchell , Climbing PoeTree , the Invisible Army of Defaulters , members of Healthcare for the 99% , Occupy Faith and many more

In case you can’t make it all the way into Manhattan for the show, the event will be streamed live, but tickets go on sale Friday, November 2, starting at $25 – enough to abolish an estimated $500 worth of debt

Editorial note: While personal debt plagues many Americans, and does in fact restrict social movement and personal liberty, prominent economists argue that greater government spending, thus national debt, is needed to get the nation out of the unemployment slump.


Jeff Mangum plays Occupy Wall Street Protest

At the Occupy Wall Street Protest it’s a bit crowded, cold, and the distinct smell of the unwashed is as bold as the political fervor.

There are those who see the protests as a popular movement against institutions and corruption. Others criticize the movement for lacking focus or goals, but those there last night were treated to a surprise solo acoustic set by none other than the notorious troubadour, Jeff Mangum

He even took requests. “Sing it if you know it,” he yelled. “Hello my name is Jeff from Neutral Milk Hotel, and I’m occupying Wall Street,” he said to livestream cameras capturing the impromptu performance.

Mangum played All Tomorrow’s Parties festival last weekend in Ashbury Park. Maybe this is a sign his infamously reclusive days are waning.

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From Pitchfork:

“He lead singalongs to Holland, 1945”, “Ghost”, “Song Against Sex”, “Two-Headed Boy Part 2”, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”, “The King of Carrot Flowers Part 1”, and “Oh Comely”. The “we know who our enemies are” line in the latter song got an especially big cheer. He also covered the Minutemen’s “Themselves”

After performing, he said, “You guys have done a beautiful fucking thing.”

Jeff Mangum to play ATP

The next ATP is moving from Monticello to the decidedly less esoteric shores of Asbury Park. Beyond a shorter commute and cheaper accommodations (read: free — I’m from the area and my parents still live there. Score!), this year’s fest, running September 30-October 2, also affords the rare chance to see Jeff Mangum. The reclusive head of Neutral Milk Hotel has only played a handful of shows since leaving the band in 1998, so I am rather stoked he is headlining the fest on Friday.

But even better is his stand-alone concert on September 3 at the nearby Paramount Theater. Tickets are only $35 for the solo show, saving you $215 on ATP passes and having to sit through Portishead two nights in a row. Tickets go on sale here tomorrow at 9:00am.

Jeff Mangum played a tiny Bushwick show


It’s exciting to think that we live in a place where you simply can’t stop cool shit from happening. With no warning – and seemingly with no planning – something once-in-a-lifetime just pops up. Which is how we end up with a modern musical legend like Jeff Mangum playing a show at a loft in Bushwick to a crowd of about 75 people. He played a set of 10 classic Neutral Milk Hotel songs.

There’s still no word on if there are more upcoming Mangum shows. But maybe a one-time-only appearance is the most exciting thing of all. I’ll consider this show a Festivus miracle!

You can download the whole set here.