Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum @ Le Poisson Rouge, NYC

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Note to obnoxious fans: when Jeff Mangum comes out of seclusion to sing Neutral Milk Hotel songs in honor of New Zealand musician Chris Knox, don’t sing along. You may be picked up on YouTube, screwing up a historic moment.

Mangum took the stage at a benefit Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge to sing a few songs for his ailing friend, whose songs are the subject of the tribute album Stroke, which also features contributions from Yo La Tengo, Will Oldham, and Stephin Merritt.

Watch Mangum performing songs from In The Aeroplane Over The Sea and On Avery Island below:



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  1. singing along to gigs is a beautiful thing. please don’t stop.

    no-one owns music. the songwriters don’t own the songs. the audience doesn’t own the songs. there is not a rule about how music should make you feel, or how you should behave to it. This is your moment as much as it is anybody else’s.

    obviously I’m not suggesting a lack of respect for the musicians, or other audience members.

    but please no one be afraid to enjoy music in a way that you find meaningful.

  2. Seriously though, the audience singing along ruins it. If i want to hear Jeff Mangum, i don’t want to hear some random person’s voice singing over it.

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