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Ruston, Louisiana, United States (1991 – 1999, 2013 – present)

Neutral Milk Hotel is an American indie rock band formed by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Jeff Mangum in the early 1990s. On the band’s two full-length albums, Mangum played with a number of other musicians, notably Jeremy Barnes (drums), Scott Spillane (horns), Julian Koster (musical saw/banjo/accordion/bass guitar) and -instrumentalist Robert Schneider. Neutral Milk Hotel was one of the original members of the Elephant Six Collective, based in Athens, Georgia. They have been on an indefinite hiatus since 1998 and since then developed an increasing cult following within the indie-music scene with Jeff Mangum enjoying almost legendary status.


Jeff Mangum was a member of The Olivia Tremor Control, along with his friend Will Cullen Hart and Bill Doss, appearing on their first release, the California Demise 7”.

Prior to recording for friends under the NMH moniker, Mangum recorded at least one cassette under the name Milk: the only known tape was called Pygmie Barn in E Minor. This is the earliest known recordings that Mangum initiated and executed himself, on the cover there is “all songs: j.m ‘89. art: w. cullen hart”. There is only an estimated dozen or so copies ever made of this tape, none of which have been made public. The tracklist etc. are also unknown.

Neutral Milk Hotel began life in Ruston, Louisiana, United States in the early 19, simply as a recording project for Mangum. He produced several demo cassettes, among them 1991’s Invent Yourself a Shortcake, 1992’s Beauty and 1993’s Hype City Soundtrack, along with two more from this period, seemingly unnamed.


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  • John__Lemon

    Saw them live yesterday. Still can't believe it. I've seen Neutral Milk Hotel live. It just sounds so surreal. And it was. [2]

    24 Aug 8:53am Reply
  • John__Lemon

    "What's amazing about this band is that two original albums, only two, propelled them into fame and fortune!" Fortune?

    24 Aug 8:53am Reply
  • snake289

    mfw somebody tells me neutral semen hotel is better than deaf grips

    23 Aug 1:42am Reply
  • Wave_Motion_Gun

    What's amazing about this band is that two original albums, only two, propelled them into fame and fortune!

    22 Aug 2:54pm Reply
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  • Filthytaste

    The days when they had E6 groups or groups with links close to E6 no doubt in my mind the support was great but the two times I've been support has been awful. First time round was Lætitia Sadier and they weren't very good. Second time was Mick Turner and while he and his drummer were clearly skilled the music was just generic, instrumental [which didn't help the genericness] and they were kinda bizarre really, crowd was just completely dead for the most part.

    20 Aug 7:00pm Reply
  • TheAIDSgiraffe

    i love you jesus chriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiist

    20 Aug 3:54am Reply
  • chocolategirl93

    Great music to masturbate to.

    19 Aug 2:06am Reply
  • spldgldj

    music tapes were great as support though.

    17 Aug 10:28pm Reply
  • aarcas

    Is it potato?

    16 Aug 10:17pm Reply
  • Filthytaste

    Saw them on wednesday again, fantastic. They seem to get the most awful support acts though. Absolutely dreadful.

    15 Aug 8:13am Reply
  • defclassic

    Julian can play my saw any day

    13 Aug 12:26pm Reply
  • LyricEater

    julian is such a cutie

    12 Aug 9:28am Reply
  • wickidwim

    nice hat julian

    11 Aug 11:00pm Reply
  • Filthytaste

    kek @ dad rock being good

    10 Aug 9:28pm Reply
  • johannez1

    Saw them live yesterday. Still can't believe it. I've seen Neutral Milk Hotel live. It just sounds so surreal. And it was.

    10 Aug 3:56pm Reply
  • Summer_Max

    In The Aeroplane Over The Sea is fucking a good album.

    10 Aug 2:08am Reply
  • spiderferi

    @JayWalkingChris type english or don't expect an answer.

    9 Aug 9:23pm Reply
  • TravellingLai

    I love you Jesus Christ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    9 Aug 5:37pm Reply
  • JayWalkingChris

    I Beatles rappresentarono la quintessenza della reazione a una rivoluzione musicale che non era finita, e per qualche anno riuscirono ad arenarne l'impeto.

    8 Aug 9:07pm Reply
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