Jeff Mangum sets up official Neutral Milk Hotel website, reveals info on unreleased music, sells box set to rich kids

Jeff Mangum sets up official Neutral Milk Hotel website, reveals info on unreleased music, sells box set to rich kids

Prepare to stain your mountaintops…

Jeff Mangum (the J.D. Salinger of the music world) has awakened from his eternal slumber in R’lyeh, and, upon discovering that the internet survived past 1998, decided to finally launch an official Neutral Milk Hotel website. However, instead of being just a retrogressive shrine to the late greatness of his project, the website contains information regarding new fucking releases from the band (kind of).

On November 22, Mangum will release a vinyl box set (at last, a reason to use that record player you picked up at Walmart to impress that chick you met at the coffee shop!), which will compile the band’s entire discography (all two albums). The interesting part is that the set will include 15 previously unreleased tracks (which I’m assuming Mangum put a bit of effort into polishing up, so that they don’t sound like a mosquito buzzing around in a tin can). The set includes the band’s two studio LPs, On Avery Island and the immortal In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. It’ll also include the Everything Is EP (in expanded 10-inch format with bonus tracks), a 7-inch that includes unreleased and live versions of the song “Little Birds,” another 7-inch with early four-track versions of “You’ve Passed” and “Where You’ll Find Me Now”, the previously released Holland 1945 7-inch, and a final 10-inch EP that compiles the rest of the unreleased material (original title Unreleased Songs About Nazis, Masturbation, and Ghosts scrapped for Ferris Wheel on Fire). The box set also comes with two 24” x 24” posters to hang up in your college dorm (Jeff Mangum still doesn’t realize you graduated college a long time ago).

You can/should also go ahead and stream two of the unreleased tracks — “Oh Sister” and “Ferris Wheel on Fire” — at the new website. The two songs will also be sold on Bandcamp starting November 22 for a “pay-what-you-wish” price model (isn’t that cute?), and if you’re dying to know but are too lazy to find out, yes, the two songs are awesome. Interestingly, the first song (about masturbation, of course) includes some of the lyrics from the band’s epic “Oh, Comely”.

The website also contains some extra information, including a promise of additional solo Mangum tourdates on the horizon, a 30-minute radio program hosted by Mangum (which will be updated regularly), and the option to buy some of Mangum’s childish scribblings (you know, for kids!) at $15 a pop!

Ferris Wheel on Fire EP tracklisting:

A1. Oh Sister
A2. Ferris Wheel on Fire
A3. Home
A4. April 8th
B1. I Will Bury You in Time
B2. Engine
B3. A Baby for Pree/Glow into You
B4. My Dream Girl Don’t Exist

Jeff Mangum tourdates:

09.07.11 - Northampton, MA - Academy of Music Theatre
09.09.11 - Cambridge, MA - Sanders Theatre (Harvard University)
09.10.11 - Boston, MA - Jordan Hall (New England Conservatory)
09.26.11 - Baltimore, MD - 2640 Space (St. John’s Church)
09.27.11 - Baltimore, MD - 2640 Space (St. John’s Church)
09.30.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre (ATP)
10.02.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre (ATP)
10.03.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre (ATP)
10.27.11 - Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theater (Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary Benefit)
10.29.11 - New York, NY - Town Hall
11.06.11 - Jersey City, NJ - Loew’s Theatre
11.30.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan’s
12.04.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP Curated by Jeff Magnum
12.08-09.11 - London, UK - Union Chapel

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Mark McGuire releasing new album Get Lost, denounces groupies; Emeralds tour Europe

Every time I look up these days, Emeralds and/or Mark McGuire are readying yet another charitable dose of their own unique brand of ambient/drone sweetness. Last year, both Emeralds and McGuire debuted releases on Editions Mego, and on September 27, McGuire will be following up with his second album on said label, Get Lost. No, I won’t get lost Mr. McGuire, but I will be dutifully marking down your album for future purchase (yes, purchase).

Get Lost comes amid something of a hiatus for Emeralds themselves, despite the European tour that they’ll embark on in September. In an interview with Exclaim!, McGuire states unequivocally, “We don’t want to just rush something out to one-up that record or get something out where people are, ‘Well, this isn’t as good as the last one.’ We want people to still digest Does It Look Like I’m Here? (TMT Review) for a while, and we really think about what we want to say next. I think it’s going to be really, really sick when it happens, but I can’t really guarantee when that’s going to be.”

So, who knows. Until that time comes, I’m sure we’ll be more than satisfied with whatever ambient riff-scapade McGuire takes us on in a month from now.

Get Lost tracklisting:

01. Get Lost
02. When You’re Somewhere
03. Alma
04. Another Dead End
05. Alma (Reprise) / Chances Are
06. Firefly Constellations

Emeralds dates:

09.06.11 - Vienna, Austria - Rhiz
09.07.11 - Graz, Austria - Stadtpark
09.08.11 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
09.09.11 - Bratislava, Slovakia - A4
09.10.11 - Venice, Italy - San Giuliano Park (Venetian Industries Festival)
09.11.11 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.13.11 - Faenza, Italy - Clandestino
09.14.11 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
09.15.11 - Pisa, Italy - Circolo Caracol
09.16.11 - Torino, Italy - MITO Festival
09.17.11 - Parma, Italy - Parco Civico
09.19.11 - Madrid, Spain - Charada
09.20.11 - Santiago de Compostela, Spain - Cidade de Cultura
09.21.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Apollo 2
09.22.11 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
09.23.11 - Stavanger, Norway - NuMusic Festival
09.24.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan’s
09.25.11 - London, UK - Union Chapel
09.30.11 - Athens, Greece - Bios
10.01.11 - Prague, Czech Republic - Radio Wave Stimul Festival

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Association of Independent Music honors Björk, Domino Records founder Laurence Bell with first-ever Independent Music Awards

What do you think of when you think of 1993? Urkel? Bill Clinton? Slap bracelets? Nothing? Well if that’s all you got rattling around in the neon-painted, Saved by the Bell poster-adorned walls of your memory bank’s 1993 division, well, then the Association of Independent Music (AIM) wants you to think again. Because two really awesome, groundbreaking figures in indie music just happened to make spectacular appearances in the international spotlight almost 20 years ago, back in that most special of years — the year of our Lord 1993. One is an enchanting, constantly evolving Icelandic pixie sprite named Björk, and the other is a hard-working, forward-thinking record label impresario known as Laurence Bell — the man behind Domino Records.

To celebrate their accomplishments, the AIM will be honoring these two innovators at the inaugural Independent Music Awards in Soho on November 1o. Björk, who has received props from Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, the Grammys, the MTV Video Music Awards, the MOJO Awards, the BRIT Awards, and the UK Music Video Awards, will take home the “Outstanding Contribution to Music” trophy. Her latest, Biophilia is due September 27. Mr. Bell’s roster includes indie bestsellers like Arctic Monkeys, Elliot Smith, and Animal Collective. Domino is also home to several imprints and has grown to include international divisions, including one in the US. Laurence Bell will receive the “Pioneer Award.” BBC DJs Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens will host the awards ceremony, which will feature live performances from several similarly fantastic indie artists and 12 more awards.

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Atlas Sound to release new album Parallax in November; download new track in the comfort of your bedroom

Bradford Cox, the asexual frontman of buzzband Deerhunter, has announced a new Atlas Sound record titled Parallax to be released on November 7 through 4AD. This will be the third official full-length release from Cox’s prolific moniker, which has been in use since his early childhood demo tape recordings. But more importantly, Sony has announced that they will live up to their promise and kill everyone who downloads it.

You can check out more on the record here, and listen to “Terra Incognita” over at the Chocolate Grinder.

Parallax Tracklisting:

01. The Shakes
02. Amplifiers
03. Te Amo
04. Parallax
05. Modern Aquatic Nightsongs
06. Mona Lisa
07. Praying Man
08, Doldrums
09. My Angel Is Broken
10. Terra Incognita
11. Flagstaff
12. Nightworks

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RIP: Esther Gordy Edwards of Motown

From Detroit Free Press:

Esther Gordy Edwards, who helped lead Motown Records to international success and later nurtured the label’s hometown legacy, died overnight at home in Detroit. She was 91.

Edwards was a key adviser and executive to her younger brother Berry Gordy Jr. as the label made its name in the 1960s. Two decades later, she secured historical status for the company’s former West Grand Boulevard headquarters and founded the Motown Historical Museum on the site.

“She was the most educated in our family and was the go-to person for wisdom in business,” Gordy said in a statement this morning.

“Whatever she did, it was with the highest standards, professionalism and an attention to detail that was legendary. She always came out a hero. Esther wasn’t concerned with being popular. She was dedicated to making us all better—the Gordy family and the Motown family.”

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Andrew Bird documentary Fever Year premiering in New York (not a “how to” on whistling)

Andrew Bird has not put out a new album since 2009’s Noble Beast (TMT Review), but now fans have something to look forward to again: the upcoming premiere of Fever Year, a new documentary about the violinist to be released in October. It was announced Wednesday that the film, directed by Xan Aranda, will premiere at the 49th New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, running from September 30 — October 16. You’ll eventually be able to secure tickets for the showings here.

Fever Year follows Bird on a year of relentless touring until he “crosses the December finish line in his hometown of Chicago — feverish and on crutches from an onstage injury,” said Aranda in a written statement. (He’s got a fever, and the only prescription is more whistling!) The film features Bird’s collaborators and famous friends St. Vincent, Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, and Michael Lewis.

However! Aranda insists this is not just another rockumentary: “Fever Year isn’t a document of Andrew’s intimate details or an assay of his sweat. It’s a snapshot of a time during which he became “perfectly adapted to the music hall” — his risk and reward for being an undeniable creative force,” she writes. Aranda is a long-time collaborator of Bird’s, previously working on the music videos for “Lull” and “Imitosis,” as well as the background visuals for his 2007-2008 tour.

The film will also screen at the Vancouver International Film Festival and a European festival still to be announced. On the other hand, for those fans who don’t care about Bird’s “process” and are just looking forward to more tunes, hang in there til 2012!

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