Indie legends Neutral Milk Hotel are officially announcing the end.
Led by the tragic, brilliant Jeff Magnum, the band disappeared publicly for nearly a decade following the magical beauty of 1998's near-perfect "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" (owner of an ever-coveted Pitchfork Perfect 10, along with myriad other five-star reviews). Check out "Two Headed Boy" above, one of the many standouts. After resurfacing last year (I saw them in St. Louis and they did not disappoint, but the low lighting, scraggly beard and the hat covering his eyes made it tragically clear that Magnum's personal issues are far from resolved), they have announced one last group of shows before calling it quits "for the never ending now" (they're even poetic in their goodbyes....).
Just eight shows remain, in an 8-day span beginning tomorrow (June 3):
If you have the time and are even remotely nearby any of these locations, I urge you to go see these guys. They are absolute legends of the genre and a chance to see them before they shrink back into the darkness should not be taken lightly!
For the rest of us, we can rest knowing that the recording of "In the Aeroplane" is as good as it gets, and, unlike the live performances, it's not going anywhere. And that's a good thing.