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In The News: Bruce Springsteen, Swans, John Lydon, Neutral Milk Hotel, De La Soul & More

Bruce Springsteen in Adelaide. Photo via Bruce Springsteen’s website by Jo Lopez.

Check out photographer Jo Lopez’s photos from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s second night in Adelaide, Australia on February 12, 2014. — Bruce Springsteen website

The Swans have completed their 13th studio album, To Be Kind, out May 13th. To Be Kind will contain 10 Swans songs and clocks in at over two hours. Guests include St. Vincent. One song, “Bring The Sun,” is 35 minutes in length. — Rolling Stone

Roland has announced that the company is producing a new 808/909 hybrid drum machine that it’s calling the TR-8. “With the TR-8, we have obsessively analysed and faithfully re-created every detail and nuance of the analogue circuitry of these legendary rhythm machines,” Roland states in its description of the TR-8. “The boom and snap of the 808. The thud of the 909. The robotic click of an 808 rim shot or a classic 909 snare roll. It’s all here.” — Pitchfork

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon will write an autobiography with music journalist Andrew Perry as his Boswell. Simon & Schuster plans to publish the book in October. “This book is basically about the life of a serious risk-taker,” Lydon said. “I make things safe for other people to follow on in my wake. I’m a stand-up-and-be-counted fella – but that’s in a world where nobody seems to be able to count.” — New Musical Express

Beck, Kendrick Lamar and Neutral Milk Hotel will headline this year’s Pitchfork music festival, which takes place in Chicago July 18 – 20, 2014. There will be a DJ set from Giorgio Moroder, and performances from Grimes, Pusha T, Kathleen Hanna’s the Julie Ruin, Sun Kil Moon and Tune-Yards. — Billboard

Da La Soul, celebrating the 25th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising, have made their entire catalog—including remixes, instrumentals and rarities—available free for download on their site until noon ET tomorrow, February 15, 2014. So get on it NOW and get the music while you can. — De La Soul website

Bob Weir rebooted RatDog last August and the group is currently touring for the first time since 2009. The lineup is bassist Rob Wasserman, bassist Robin Sylvester, guitarist Steve Kimock, drummer Jay Lane and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. RatDog is mixing Grateful Dead songs, RadDog originals, other Bob Weir songs and various covers. — jambands.com

Kimono Kult is the new group that includes former Mars Volta members John Frusciante and Omar Rodríguez-López plus Bosnian Rainbows’ Teri Gender Bender. Check out “La Canción De Alejandra” off their debut EP, Hiding in the Light, due out March 4, 2014.

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Coachella 2014 Lineup: Arcade Fire, OutKast,The Replacements, Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014, April 11-13 and April 18-20.

Day 1: OutKast, The Knife, The Replacements, Broken Bells, Zedd, Girl Talk, Ellie Goulding, Chromeo, HAIM, Neko Case, AFI, Martin Garrix, Bonobo, Bryan Ferry, The Glitch Mob, The Afghan Whigs, The Cult, Bastille, Flume, Aloe Blacc, Jagwar Ma, A$AP Ferg, Grouplove, Woodkid, Carnage, Shlomo, Gareth Emery, Michael Brun, MS MR, Kate Nash, Hot Since 82, Damian Lazarus, GOAT, Nina Kraviz, Anthony Green, Duke Dumont, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solomun, ZZ Ward, Anti-Flag, Caravan Palace, Flatbush Zombies, Deorro, Waxahatchee, Title Fight, Davide Squillace, DJ Falcon, Dum Dum Girls, Austra, Tom Odell, Dixon, Wye Oak, Crosses, Mako, The Preatures, The Bots, Gabba Gabba Heys

Day 2: Muse, Queens Of The Stone Age, Skrillex, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Foster The People, Pet Shop Boys, MGMT, Empire Of The Sun, Fatboy Slim, Nas, Kid Cudi, The Head And The Heart, Sleigh Bells, Cage The Elephant, City And Colour, CHVRCHES, Dillon Francis, Capital Cities, The Naked And Famous, Temples, Mogwai, Warpaint, Solange, Washed Out, Future Islands, Ty Segal, DARKSIDE, Banks, Tiga, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost!, Netsky, RL Grime, Galantis, Foxygen, White Lies, Graveyard, The Internet, Laura Maula, The Dismemberment Plan, Headhunterz, Blood Orange, GTA, TJR, Cajmere, Guy Gerber, Nicole Moudaber, MAKJ, Bear Hands, The Magician, Young & Sick, Unlocking The Truth, Saints Of Valory, Carbon Airways, UZ, Syd Arthur, Bicep, Drowners

Day 3: Arcade Fire, Beck, Calvin Harris, Neutral Milk Hotel, Disclosure, Lana Del Rey, Motorhead, Alesso, Duck Sauce, Little Dragon, Beady Eye, Flosstradamus, The Toy Dolls, The 1975, Adventure Club, Big Gigantic, Chance The Rapper, Laurent Garnier, Krewella, Rudimental, STRFKR, Fishbone, Trombone Shorty, AlunaGeorge, Art Department, Flight Facilities, Frank Turner, John Newman, Maceo Plex, Superchunk, Bombino, Daughter, Bad Manners, Surfer Blood, Lee Burridge, Poolside, Classixx, Showtek, James Vincent McMorrow, Bo Ningen, Aeroplane, Ratking, Jhene Aiko, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Factory Floor, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Anna Lunoe, The Martinez Brothers, Scuba, John Beaver

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Watch: Catching Up with Neutral Milk Hotel

Jeff Mangum performing in January of this year (2013) in Houston.
Jeff Mangum performing in January of this year (2013) in Houston.

Since reuniting onstage in Baltimore in early October, Neutral Milk Hotel have been out on tour. The group just expanded its 2014 itinerary to include dates in March and April. Check out the itinerary here.

Here are some videos from their show at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, October 25,2013, Asheville, North Carolina:

This first video is excerpts from the show and includes bits of “Two-Headed Boy,” “The Fool,” “A Baby For Pree,” “King of Carrot Flowers” and others:

“King of Carrot Flowers”:

“In The Aeroplane Over the Sea”:

“Song Against Sex”:

“Two Headed Boy Pt. 2”:


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Watch: Neutral Milk Hotel Fan Footage, Richmond, VA


On Saturday night (Oct. 12, 2013) Neutral Milk Hotel played the second show of their comeback tour, performing at The National in Richmond, VA.

Here’s fan footage from that show of the group and fans performing “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.”

Here’s the set list for the night.

If you missed my post about the opening night of Neural Milk Hotel’s world tour, check it out now.

Neutral Milk Hotel Back In Action; First Show Of Tour “Stunning”

Jeff Mangum performing in January of this year (2013) in Houston.
Jeff Mangum performing in January of this year (2013) in Houston.

The indie art-rock band Neutral Milk Hotel returned to the stage after a 15-year absence and delivered a “stunning show,” according to Roger Hartley, a fan who was in the audience. The first performance of the group’s world tour took place in Baltimore’s 2640 Space at St. John’s Church Friday night (Oct. 11, 2013). Photos and recording were not allowed but a fan shot the video clip at the top of this post.

Jeff Mangum, the band’s idiosyncratic leader, “stepped out under the lights looking like he’d been holed up in a fire lookout cabin for a decade,” according to Jasper Colt, a long-time fan who posted a review of the show on his blog.

“Mangum’s face was covered in a long beard and his hair hung down to his shoulders,” John Gentile reported at Rolling Stone. “Even his eyes were obscured by the shadows cast from the brim of his cap.” Gentile also noted: “Although Mangum’s voice has dropped slightly since the release of the 1998’s In The Aeroplane Over the Sea, it has also become much more rich and much more powerful.”

“The setting was perfect,” Jasper Colt wrote in his blog post. “The nave of the quaintly dilapidated Saint John’s Church in the Charles Village neighborhood is known simply as 2640 Space, and comes complete with vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows.”

The hour and a half, 18-song set began with “Two-Headed Boy” and “The Fool,” and ended with “Engine.” Neutral Milk Hotel performed songs off both albums, 1996′s On Avery Island and 1998′s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, and from their 1994 EP, Everything Is. The group played no new material. Elf Power was the show opener.


“Thankfully, they kept the stage banter to a bare minimum and stuck to what they do best, covering a good portion of their catalog in the ninety minute set,” Colt, a Washington, D.C.-based photographer wrote. “Each carefully orchestrated masterpiece rang true with the full ensemble of brass, percussion, keyboards and singing saws. There were a few issues with the sound system, but these were easily forgiven in the excitement. The real highlight of the show, for my money, was the haunting sincerity of Mangum’s voice that first drew me into his recordings. Time may have taken its toll on the walls of this old nave, but his sweet and familiar tone remains unscathed.”

“Throughout the show, multi-instrumentalist Julian Koster was as much a centerpiece as Mangum,” Gentile of Rolling Stone wrote. “While Mangum held onto his guitar for the entire set, Koster constantly shifted between instruments, even in the middle of songs, going from the accordion to a banjo to a handsaw played with a bow. That handsaw added the spooky whirl in the background of ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea’ and witnessing the carpentry tool live in action was quite a sight.”

“All musicians and songs were tight,” Hartley wrote. “Loved Scott Spillane singing words to every song to himself as he awaited horn parts…incredible drums…and Julian Koster playful as ever. The stunning silence of the audience between songs was remarkable. Something I’ve never seen or heard after years of shows. Each anticipating the next and unwilling to do anything to break the warmth in that room. I saw more emotions in one place. Glee … Tears… Excitement…even a little dancing.”


Two-Headed Boy
The Fool
Holland, 1945
A Baby for Pree
Garden Head Leave Me Alone
Everything Is
King of Carrot Flowers
Oh Comely
Song Against Sex
Ruby Bulbs
Snow Song Pt. 1
Untitled (The Penny Arcade in California)
Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2


Ferris Wheel on Fire

You can hear all the recorded versions of the songs the group played here.

This post was updated at 2:21 p.m. PST.

Here’s a sharp review of the show at Consequence Of Sound.

And here’s a half hour of live Neutral Milk Hotel from 1998.