onstage in austin
My dream show does exist: Jeff Mangum to headline ACL Live on April 29
A Ruston, Louisiana native with roots in Denver and Athens, Georgia, Mangum made waves in the mid-90s with his first lo-fi full-length, On Avery Island. Its follow-up, 1998's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, was a monumental success; inspired by the story of Anne Frank, the album includes mixtape staples like "The King of Carrot Flowers," "Two-Headed Boy" and "Holland, 1945."
The year of Aeroplane's release, Neutral Milk Hotel went on hiatus, eventually splitting up as Mangum receded into increasing reclusiveness. Amid rumors of highly anticipated follow-up albums and tours, he very rarely played live shows until 2010, when a string of NYC gigs spurred a Coachella spot, West Coast dates and, now, an Austin appearance.
Tickets to the April 29 show at ACL Live go on sale Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m., so set a reminder / do whatever you gotta do to get your hands on a ticket, because this is going to be great.
Let's get psyched for the show by reminding ourselves of five reasons why Jeff Mangum is magical and revisiting some of our favorite Mangum moments (like the time he covered Roky Erickson's "I Love The Living You").
Live from Athens, 1997:
Live in Austin, April 1998:
New Year's Eve, 1998:
If you've got 40 minutes to spare, check out this set from the Occupy NYC frontline, recording last October: