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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Neutral Milk Hotel - Demos, Bootlegs, and Rarities

This is my favorite band of all time. Here are all the bootlegs, early cassette demos, and rare tracks that I have. I won't post tracklists for anything; instead, check The Kingdom of Carrot Flowers, and specifically, the discography and bootography for tracklists and information for the demos, and setlists and recording quality info for the bootlegs. I know there are a lot of bootlegs, so if you're trying to figure out what to get, I'd suggest the King's Arms show from 2001 (most recent Mangum performance, amazing sound quality), the Bottom of the Hill show from 1998 (decent sound quality, great set list, quite a few non-album tracks), the XFM session (good sound quality, interesting interview with Mangum), at the show at Chris Bilheimer's birthday party (only post-Aeroplane song in circulation, and it's one of Mangum's best songs).

The B-Sides download has tracks off four out of print compilations, and includes the untitled track from Ptolemaic Terrascope #21, a great-sounding version of Bucket from Periscope: Another Yoyo Compilation (sounds like a cleaned up version of Bucket (Organ Version)), Up and Over We Go from The Amazing Phantom Third Channel (a cleaned-up version of the one on Invent Yourself a Shortcake, probably), and Invent Yourself a Shortcake, which has nothing to do with the demo tape of the same name, and is from Champagne Dance Party.

Demos/Rarities:
1991 - Invent Yourself a Shortcake
1992 - Beauty
1993 - Hype City Soundtrack
1998 - Holland, 1945/Engine 7"
???? - The Unknown Demo
???? - The Other Unknown Demo
???? - Shannon's Monroe House Demos
???? - Misc. B-Sides

Live Bootlegs:
Live at Aquarius Records, San Francisco, CA 7/4/96
Live at Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC 3/4/98
Live at Chris Bilheimer's Birthday Party, Athens, GA 12/5/98
Live at King's Arms, Auckland, New Zealand 2/4/01
Live at Seven South, Denver, CO 8/9/97
Live at Sudsy Malone's, Cincinnati, OH 7/23/96
Live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA 12/31/98
Live at the 400 Bar, Minneapolis, MN 4/24/98
Live at the Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA 4/12/98
Live at the Broad River Outpost, Danielsville, GA 9/14/97
Live at the Bug Jar, Rochester, NY 7/30/1998
Live at the Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA 4/14/98
Live at The Garage, London, England 8/18/98
Live at the Knitting Factory, New York, NY 7/17/96
Live at the Mermaid Lounge, New Orleans, LA 4/3/98
Live at the Red Light Cafe, Atlanta, GA 11/22/97
Live at the Side Door, St. Louis, MO 5/5/97
Live at the Terrastock II Festival, San Francisco, CA 4/15/98
Live at Tokyo Rose, Charlottesville, VA 4/23/97
Live at UK Radio Show, May 1998
Live at University MDH, Manchester, England 10/10/1998
XFM Radio Session, London, England, 8/18/98

Many, many thanks to The Kingdom of Carrot Flowers, Elephant6.com, this fansite, Optical Atlas, Merge Records, Orange Twin Records, this NMH message board, Kim Cooper, the apparently defunct Everything Is Fire, SoulSeek, OiNK's Pink Palace, and Demonoid, for all the information, news, bootlegs, and demos I've gotten, and of course, Neutral Milk Hotel.

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