Now that Jeff Mangum is touring again — and sounding great — it’s time for all the obsessive Neutral Milk Hotel fans to come out of the woodwork. Take, for example, the apparently anonymous soul who has created an NMH-themed video game called In the Time Machine Over the Sea. The 16-bit-style diversion features characters from throughout the band’s mythology, from Anne Frank and, erm, Adolf Hitler to Mangum himself. Opinion seems to be split among the devotees at Elephant 6’s message board; while some fans enjoy the game, others complain that because it came out of 4chan, “It’s less about Aeroplane and more about… 4chan.” Luckily, trying it out and deciding for yourself will cost you nothing: You can watch the trailer after the jump and download it for free here. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we wondered if this newly-married couple took the Christopher Nolan love a little too far with their Inception-inspired wedding video. We were frightened by Rob Zombie’s new Woolite commercial — which was almost as scary this footage of an expectant Rachel Zoe from the upcoming season… Read More
We recently learned that Bethenny Frankel, of Real Housewives and resultant spin-off fame, has teamed up with Ellen DeGeneres to start working on a pilot for her very own talk show. Though available details are few, Frankel told the Hollywood Reporter, “I want to be on TV in a format where I can have a longer conversation with my fans rather than 140 characters on Twitter.” Now, we’re not too sure what we think of this — does the world really need more Bethenny Frankel? Since we’ve yet to try the Skinnygirl margarita, we’re not at liberty to say. But we can think of several celebs whose talk shows we would watch without a doubt, especially if they turn out the fantasy talk shows we imagine for them. And don’t worry — we’re not about to suggest James Franco. That kid does enough. Click through to see our list of ten celebrities that should definitely have their own talk shows, and to check out our predictions as to what those gab fests might look like. And of course, let us know who else you’re dying to see in a maroon armchair in the comments! … Read More
Thanks to the wonders of DVR, we watched last night’s back-to-back episodes of Parks and Recreation pretty late. So, when we woke up this morning, we sort of assumed we had daydreamed the part where Leslie orders Ann to read Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, Leslie and Ben’s discussion of two real dorms from our alma mater (Johns Hopkins University), and especially the substantial subplot about April preferring Neutral Milk Hotel to Andy’s band. Thankfully, there are clips to confirm that we were not, in fact, hallucinating. If you missed Parks and Rec yesterday, you can watch the episode after the jump. The relevant clip begins about five minute in, after which NMH pops up throughout the remainder of the show. … Read More
It appears that Jeff Mangum, the lyricist and lead vocalist of wildly adored indie band Neutral Milk Hotel and one of the founders of the Elephant 6 Recording Company, is finally coming back from that dark place he left us for so long ago. Not only has he been popping up in the most unexpected (or actually, totally expected, if one were expecting him at all) places with more and more frequency over the past couple of years, but he has even broken down and played some classic NMH songs in recent appearances. Now, it seems that he will return in full force, with a series of shows starting in August that promise to be Actual Jeff Mangum Shows. Clearly, we couldn’t be more thrilled that the core of our favorite band from age 16 to present will be returning to us in the flesh. Click through for a (mostly) video timeline of Mangum’s appearances in recent years, slowly, quietly and secretly leading up to the current day. … Read More
1. In his first on-camera interview since the release of The Social Network on 60 Minutes last night, Mark Zuckerberg revealed details about the new look of your Facebook profile. Watch it here here.
2. Were you one of the 75 people who watched Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum play a very rare surprise… Read More
Last night, at Manhattan’s (Le) Poisson Rouge, something we didn’t dare dream about happened: Jeff Mangum performed Neutral Milk Hotel tracks for the first time in our adult life at a benefit for New Zealand music legend Chris Knox. Mangum’s five-song set was comprised of “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” “A Baby for Pree,” “Two Headed Boy Pt. 2,” “Engine” and “Oh Comely.” Since, for reasons that are entirely our own fault, we missed the show last night, we’re grateful that a few kind souls have uploaded some understandably lo-fi video of the performance. After the jump, gawk, hate yourself for not being there, and (if you’re like us) tear up a little watching Mangum play “Oh Comely” and “A Baby for Pree.” … Read More