Around 10:00 pm, Jeff Mangum stepped up to the protesters, gave himself a very humble introduction (“I’m Jeff from the band Neutral Milk Hotel”) and proclaimed, “I’m here to serve you. What do you want to hear?”
Leading a giddy sing-along, Mangum played eight songs, beginning with a cover of the Minutemen’s “Themselves” and leading into a bunch of favorites from his own catalog, including “Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2” and “In an Aeroplane Over the Sea.”
At one point, when a protester yelled, “Play some Dylan!” he quipped, “I only know three chords. Haven’t you noticed?”
By the end of his grand finale “Oh Comely!” the crowd were shouting along with the words, and Mangum was in great spirits. “You guys have done a beautiful f—ing thing,” he told the protesters, who called back, “You have done a beautiful f—ing thing!”
You can watch video footage of the performance after the jump.
Review of Neutral Milk Hotel’s In an Aeroplane Over the Sea