I saw this radio session floating around a couple of months ago and immediately grabbed it. The performance is great and the interview is pretty great too. This seems to be just a little bit before Jeff’s “shut out the world” phase that he has been on about since ’99 or so.
Unsurprisingly, the mangum opus (get it?!) here is Oh Comely… this version is just as great as any other out there.
Jeff Mangum XFM Radio Session May 1998.rar
Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone
King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 3
My favorite NMH song has always been Ghost. Shout out to my friend Jeff Rosenfeld for turning me on to these guys all those years ago. Thanks dood.
Neutral Milk Hotel - Ghost
February 20, 2004, Pantages Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
M. Ward, fine. Jim James, cool. Conor Oberst, inspired and inspiring.
This whole show is pretty good overall, it feels very intimate and personal and the recording is quite nice if a little quiet. Good is good but the Conor Oberst solo stuff is something else, something special, something great.
Typically the live versions of the songs from I’m Wide Awake feel like they are missing something because they are, Emmylou Harris. This performance is not lacking and just might feature the best version of One Foot In Front of the Other ever recorded.
So, take a listen to this gem, if you like it check out the rest of the show which is featured for free download over at AnAquariumDrunkard.
If you like this show let me know, I have a ton of Bright Eyes/C. Oberst bootlegs, one of my favorites is from the 400 Bar about a year in advance of his last self-titled release. Stripped down versions of those songs sounded even more pretty than the eventual album recordings.