Jeff Mangum is an American musician best known for being the lyricist, vocalist and guitarist of the band Neutral Milk Hotel, as well as being one of the co-founders of The Elephant 6 Recording Company. Neutral Milk Hotel was a Louisiana-based indie rock group that released two studio albums, On Avery Island (1996) and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998). The story goes that Mangum was overwhelmed by his band’s success and the pressures of sudden fame and decided to disband Neutral Milk Hotel after a 1998 tour in support of their second album. Mangum largely kept out of the public eye until recently.
Neutral Milk Hotel released some of my very favorite music of the late 1990s, particularly In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. For the past 15 years, I have wanted to see Jeff Mangum play his music live. But I assumed I’d probably never get to because the ever-elusive Mangum did not perform publicly for about 10 years, from 1998 to 2008, and he rarely tours in the Pacific Northwest. Therefore, I am very excited that tonight I will be attending one of the last solo acoustic tour shows by Jeff Mangum, at the Historic McDonald Theatre in Eugene, Oregon. Indie-folk band Tall Firs will open. Also, I have now drawn 600 of these primitive pixel art characters.