Sunday, March 30, 2008

A Neutral Milk Hotel Tribute Benefiting Nuçi's Space

WHO: The SIMS Foundation with The Elephant 7 Players
WHAT: A Neutral Milk Hotel Tribute Benefiting SIMS, Nuçi's Space
WHEN: Sunday, April 6, 2008, Doors at 6 pm, Music at 7 pm
WHERE: Scoot Inn, 1308 East 4th Street, 478.6200
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TIX: $10 at the door

One Great Album. Two Great Causes. Three Great Bands:
SIMS Foundation and The Elephant 7 Players Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Benefiting SIMS Foundation/Nuçi’s Space at Tribute Event

AUSTIN, TEXAS - The SIMS Foundation, an organization connecting Austin's musicians with mental health and addiction recovery services since 1995, will be a beneficiary of a tribute party for American indie band Neutral Milk Hotel on April 6 at Austin's Scoot Inn. In celebration of the 10th anniversary since the 1988 release of Neutral Milk Hotel's popular album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, the event headlines The Elephant 7 Players performing the In the Aeroplane Over the Sea album and also features special appearances by The Dark Water Hymnal and Low-end Frequency.
Proceeds from the event will go toward The SIMS Foundation to support mental health services for Austin musicians and their families and Nuçi’s Space ( of Athens, Georgia, a similar non-profit health and music resource center that assists in the emotional, physical and professional well-being of musicians through obstacle free services. For more details about the concert, contact

Neutral Milk Hotel was an American psyche-rock and indie folk band formed in 1989 by members of The Elephant 6 Recording Company (E6), a collective of musicians and friends based out of Athens, GA. The group started as a solo project of Jeff Mangum (vocals, guitar), who recorded his debut studio album On Avery Island with its producer, fellow E6 musician and Apples in Stereo front man Robert Schneider. The band's chief songwriter, Jeff Mangum, played with a number of other musicians on the band's two full-length albums. Notable contributors to the band's oeuvre include Jeremy Barnes (drums), Scott Spillane (horns), Julian Koster (banjo/bass guitar/saw), and producer-instrumentalist Robert Schneider.

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was the second studio album by Neutral Milk Hotel. The album was released in February 1998 in the United States on Merge Records and in May 1998 in the United Kingdom on Blue Rose Records. It is a critically acclaimed spiritually motivated work conceptually based on the beauty to be found in the horrific fate of Anne Frank. The album was highly praised by critics for its wildly inventive instrumentation and Mangum's provocative and impassioned lyrics. Although it met with scant response from the general public when it was released, the recording has continued to gain momentum in indie music circles, selling well over 100,000 copies.
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea garnered positive reviews from the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone; the latter gave the album four of five stars in its 2004 The New Rolling Stone Album Guide: Completely Revised and Updated 4th Edition, with reviewer Roni Sarig writing, "Mangum had put together something resembling an actual band, resulting in a far richer and more organic sound [than former album On Avery Island]. What's more, the songwriting had blossomed far beyond the bounds of Elephant 6 (or indie rock as a whole), with Mangum etching out timeless transcendentalist pop steeped in a century of American music (from funeral marches to driving punk)." Pitchfork, in a 2005 review written by Mark Richardson, gave the album a perfect score. Richardson praised the album's lyrical directness and "kaleidoscopic" musical style. Nearly all songs on the album were written by Jeff Mangum and include "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea," "Two-Headed Boy," and "Holland, 1945."

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