Neutral Milk Hotel To Reunite For Merge Anniversary Party … We Hope

neutralmhMerge Records, the little indie that could, and did, will celebrate its 20th anniversary July 22-26 with XX Merge, five days of live music from bands spanning the label’s history. No location or venue(s) have been announced. A source close to Merge wouldn’t confirm what artists would be playing the festival, though we won’t give anything more than even-money odds against a Superchunk and/or Portastatic appearance. Looking at Merge’s roster of current and past acts, we’d love to see the following on the bill: the 3Ds, the Bats, the Broken West, the Magnetic Fields (jamming with Superchunk on “100,000 Fireflies,” perhaps), the Buzzcocks, Spoon, Robert Pollard, the Clean, Crooked Fingers, Versus, East River Pipe and, of course, Neutral Milk Hotel (pictured). We were going to be snarky and list bands we wouldn’t want to play, but really, the taste of co-founders Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance has been pretty solid. If Pipe, Erectus Monotone or Richard Buckner show up, maybe we’ll complain—just not vigorously.

Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Ghost” from 1998’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea:

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6 Comments

  1. truffles
    Posted January 13, 2009 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    keep stoking those neutral milk hotel reunion show fires. i’ve already commited myself should on materialize:
    http://notpaul.com/event/29/neutral-milk-hotel-nyc-reunion

    should be a very solid lineup without them.

  2. Posted January 13, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    you guys are dicks, clearly.
    Richard Buckner is fantastic.
    If you can’t say anything nice, even if you mask it with weak Passive Aggresive rejoinders, don’t say anything at all!

  3. scott
    Posted January 13, 2009 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Robert Pollard sucks. Guided by Voices was great, but that was a long time ago.

    Wake up and smell the cow dung.

  4. Papajup
    Posted January 14, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Your negativity is cold hearted, childish, rude and unnecessary.
    Richard Buckner and Robert Pollard are two of the greatest living American songwriters.

    American Music Club they should definately play as well.

  5. Matt H.
    Posted January 14, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Why isn’t anyone defending Erectus Monotone?

  6. Thomas Farmer
    Posted January 15, 2009 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    Neutral Milk Hotel made something unheard of and i am sure they could pick up right where they left off. Pioneers at the time. I just wish Jeff was more open to the public with his music,

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