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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Neutral Milk Hotel at the Blue Note in Columbia, MO, 10/16/13: Review and Setlist

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Of all the many indie-rock reunions, Neutral Milk Hotel always seemed one of the least likely. For a long time it was unclear whether Mangum would ever return to public performance. Even after he did, the idea of reuniting with the other band members seemed far-fetched at best. However, after this Blue Note set, it all seems perfectly logical. There was hardly a better live band between 1996 and 1998; the same is true today. If you can possibly help it, do not miss the St. Louis show scheduled for February 2014.

Critic's Notebook: - Yes, there were sing-alongs. Yes, I spotted more than a few tears (and got somewhat verklempt myself during "Naomi"). What am I going to do, put people down for being moved by a live show? At least no one stole Mangum's water or throat spray this time. (I actually met the culprits who did this, but they were too nice for me to get too angry about it.)

- Elf Power was an appropriate opening act. This Athens, Georgia, band was NMH's frequent touring partner, as well as fellow member of the Elephant 6 collective. Unlike the headliners, Elf Power does have a fine new album to sell, and they played much of it tonight.

Setlist: 1) Two-Headed Boy 2) The Fool 3) Holland, 1945 4) Where You'll Find Me Now 5) Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone 6) Everything Is 7) King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1 8) King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 2 and 3 9) In The Aeroplane Over the Sea 10) Oh Comely 11) Ferris Wheel on Fire 12) Naomi 13) Song Against Sex 14) Ruby Bulbs 15) Snow Song, Pt. 1

Encore 1: 16) Ghost 17) Untitled 18) Two Headed Boy Pt. 2

Encore 2: 19) Engine

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