Jeff Mangum: “Engine” + Happy Birthday sing-along

Jeff Mangum: “Engine” + Happy Birthday sing-along

Robert put his arm around Jeff and lead the crowd in a round of Happy Birthday

Tonight was magical beyond words. Later I’ll try to put words in an order that comes close to describing it all, but for now, here’s two songs that sum up the night.

MP3: Jeff Mangum – Engine + Happy Birthday sing-along (live in Lexington)

After the crowd was lead outdoors from the venue, we circled around Jeff, Scott and Julian. And — in what is the closest thing to a Neutral Milk Hotel performance since 1998 — they played “The Fool” and then Jeff performed “Engine” solo on an acoustic guitar. Afterward, Robert told us that it was Jeff’s birthday and we sang accordingly.

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