Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum performs for Occupy Wall Street

Yes, lots of celebrities showed up to support Occupy Wall Street (though not Radiohead, as once rumored). But the shaggiest famous person (and maybe the one with the most heart) showed up last night.

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.

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Comments (8 total) Add your comment
  • Jeff C.

    This is awesome! Really hope this leads to a full Neutral Milk Hotel reunion. I’m not holding my breath though.

  • Eshia

    Now I see why April Ludgate loves this guy.

    • lemondrop

      Hahaha that’s the first thing I thought of too!

  • Omar

    Hearing about any Jeff Mangum sighting is terribly exciting to me. The guy is responsible for one of the most unique, sad, beautiful, amazing albums ever created. I hope someday he releases new music.

  • Beth in MI

    Thanks for supporting the protestors.

  • Andrew Apple

    Jeff’s appearance at OWS is an example of what all socailly conscious people should do. We are in this together, and only together can we fight the money of The Corporation. Jeff’s mini-show hopefully will shed more light on this FACT.

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