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Neutral Milk Hotel


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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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  • oiGlush

    I am better than other people for liking Neutral Milk Hotel. [4]

    20 Dec 12:01am Reply
  • Violetdusk

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    14 Dec 7:22pm Reply
  • r0noak

    I am better than other people for not liking Neutral Milk Hotel.

    13 Dec 4:32pm Reply
  • Nagsworth

    Hell is other people thinking they like Neutral Milk Hotel more than I do.

    12 Dec 5:54pm Reply
  • Trveheimer

    I am better than other people.

    11 Dec 10:13pm Reply
  • NJeroen

    I am better than other people for liking Neutral Milk Hotel. [3]

    10 Dec 1:19pm Reply
  • Chipokmon

    I am better than other people for liking Neutral Milk Hotel. [2]

    3 Dec 10:32pm Reply
  • TheRnRDude

    Parks and Recreation brought me here.

    22 Nov 5:20pm Reply
  • EchoCourts

    Just shared a room with the man himself at The Grit in Athens. Holy shit y'all that was real.

    20 Nov 11:48pm Reply
  • holden_clag

    I am better than other people for liking Neutral Milk Hotel.

    20 Nov 7:49pm Reply
  • TheLewder

    i don't think you get to pretend you're better than people because you prefer anything that is purely subjective

    20 Nov 12:03pm Reply
  • MissLydia

    I think it's okay to say how much you like NMH, as long as you don't actually believe you're better than other people for liking NMH.

    17 Nov 7:03pm Reply
  • Gurzociurlo

    Please, tour Europe and come to Switzerland!!!

    17 Nov 5:48pm Reply
  • kristenmeszaros

    There is no dream, so wake up and if the holidays don't hollow out your eyes then press yourself against whatever you find to be beautiful and trembling with life

    13 Nov 1:47am Reply
  • MrCuckoo

    Life is just a dream.

    30 Oct 4:33am Reply
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  • nmh4evr

    i have more plays than elaine-benes and plebinthemaking why the fuck arent i on the top listeners list

    15 Oct 10:14pm Reply
  • Chipokmon

    NMH. It's like a bunch of hobo's found some old music instruments and just started jamming.

    15 Oct 8:09pm Reply
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