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JEFF MANGUM
Ogden Theatre
04.26.12 Jeff Mangum is known for being the lyricist, vocalist, and guitarist of the band Neutral Milk Hotel and known, until recently, as non-touring musician since NMH last played in 1998. It was announced late last year that he would be doing an East Coast tour in the beginning of this year that has led to many more dates including the West Coast and Europe. Thankfully he graced Denver with a visit, and surprisingly announced his multiple residences here about 13 years ago. It was also very surprising his engagement with the audience, lots of smiling and ‘thank you’s’ for coming out to the show. He had everyone’s full attention by not only flattering us with his fondness for this city, but by performing every song we’ve grown to love and relate to for many years to perfection. His demeanor came off very relaxed and comfortable, yet boyish and young in emotion making it really hard to believe he’s in his 40’s. The crowd was like a mirror image of Jeff; flannel: check, black indie rocker hair: check, doodles of pen drawings on your pants when you’re bored in class: check. Most of the set was performed on Jeff’s grandfather’s acoustic, and most of the songs he performed were off of NMH In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, but there were beautiful instrumental interludes by openers Scott Spillane, Andrew Rieger, and Laura Carter, members of the Gerbils and Elf Power. Quite the magical evening I must say. I was hoping for him to perform one particular cover, but ended up blowing everyone’s mind, and possibly tugging at some hearts, by covering Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You in the End.”  By the end of the set when the lights came up there were many smiling faces and some high fives going about. Here’s to hoping that as much as he seemed happy and reminiscent of his past time in Denver, living in a boiler room in a illegal basement apartment and his daily ventures down Colfax, he’ll want to revisit it here again sooner than later. Set list: 1. Two Headed-Boy, Pt. 2 2. Holland, 1945 3. Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone 4. True Love Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston cover) 5. King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1 6. King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 2&3 7. Song Against Sex 8. Oh Comely 9. Ghost 10. Naomi 11. April 8th 12. Two-Headed Boy 13. Fool Encore 1. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Review: Stella
No photos were allowed on this tour. Credit for above shot is unknown.

JEFF MANGUM

Ogden Theatre

04.26.12

Jeff Mangum is known for being the lyricist, vocalist, and guitarist of
the band Neutral Milk Hotel and known, until recently, as non-touring
musician since NMH last played in 1998. It was announced late last
year that he would be doing an East Coast tour in the beginning of this
year that has led to many more dates including the West Coast and
Europe. Thankfully he graced Denver with a visit, and surprisingly
announced his multiple residences here about 13 years ago. It was also
very surprising his engagement with the audience, lots of smiling and
‘thank you’s’ for coming out to the show. He had everyone’s full
attention by not only flattering us with his fondness for this city,
but by performing every song we’ve grown to love and relate to for
many years to perfection. His demeanor came off very relaxed and
comfortable, yet boyish and young in emotion making it really hard to
believe he’s in his 40’s. The crowd was like a mirror image of Jeff;
flannel: check, black indie rocker hair: check, doodles of pen
drawings on your pants when you’re bored in class: check. Most of the
set was performed on Jeff’s grandfather’s acoustic, and most of the songs he performed were off of NMH In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, but there were beautiful
instrumental interludes by openers Scott Spillane, Andrew Rieger, and
Laura Carter, members of the Gerbils and Elf Power. Quite the magical
evening I must say. I was hoping for him to perform one particular
cover, but ended up blowing everyone’s mind, and possibly tugging at
some hearts, by covering Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You in
the End.” ┬áBy the end of the set when the lights came up there were
many smiling faces and some high fives going about. Here’s to hoping
that as much as he seemed happy and reminiscent of his past time in
Denver, living in a boiler room in a illegal basement apartment and
his daily ventures down Colfax, he’ll want to revisit it here again
sooner than later.

Set list:

1. Two Headed-Boy, Pt. 2
2. Holland, 1945
3. Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone
4. True Love Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston cover)
5. King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1
6. King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 2&3
7. Song Against Sex
8. Oh Comely
9. Ghost
10. Naomi
11. April 8th
12. Two-Headed Boy
13. Fool

Encore

1. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Review: Stella

No photos were allowed on this tour. Credit for above shot is unknown.

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