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The Return of Jeff Mangum, pt. 2

on December 05, 2010, 3:05pm

Reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum delivered his second public performance of 2010 in Brooklyn Saturday night, playing a 10-song set at a Bushwick loft for some 75 people, BrooklynVegan reports. Meanwhile, the rest of Brooklyn simultaneously hanged themselves.

Brooklyn based Ba Da Bing Records, which helped publicize Mangum’s May 6th, 2010 benefit performance for Chris Knox, also had a hand in Saturday’s impromptu performance. In a statement to Pitchfork, label head Ben Goldberg said, “I really can’t say what this means in terms of future performances. This was a last minute show, done intentionally without buildup to let it be as simple and easy going as possible. It seems to have gone exactly like that. What I honestly feel like I saw tonight wasn’t The Greatest Musician In The World Performing The Most Amazing Songs Ever, but rather a fantastic musician performing his wonderful songs. God, I have to say that is so much more gratifying than trying to look at it as a life altering event. I bet others who were there would agree with me.”

Per the below setlist, Mangum performed only Neutral Milk Hotel songs. Update: You can hear recordings of five songs at International Tapes.

Setlist:
01. Oh Comely
02. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
03. Gardenhead
04. Engine
05. Ghost
06. King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1
07. Song Against Sex
08. Naomi
09. Two Headed Boy
10. Two Headed Boy Pt. 2

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