...I am listening to hear where you are

The above is an image from the mind of Jeff Mangum, former frontman and current agoraphobe. Besides a couple surprise performances in 2008, the once prolific and haunted leader of the incomparable Neutral Milk Hotel has been hidden from the public since 2001. He's been called the J.D. Salinger of the indie music world and his self-induced disappearance has been the subject of much speculation by a loyal fan base yearning for a follow-up to the epic In The Aeroplane Over the Sea, released over 11 years ago.

Well, it looks like Jeff is picking up the guitar again. He's recorded his first song since 2001, covering the Tall Dwarfs' tune "Sign The Dotted Line" as his contribution to a benefit album for Chris Knox put out by Merge Records. While this is only a short acoustic cover and doesn't represent new work, its great for fans like myself to see him break his silence. Next up is obviously a collabo with Lady Gaga. Thanks to Nicole for the heads up on this!

Cop the tribute album at Merge here.

Sign The Dotted Line:

Two-Headed Boy performed live at Knitting Factory NYC in 1998 here. This song gives me chills. I love that this is the only song Jeff ever wrote in New York. Check out how intense his eyes get as the performance goes on.

Article speculating on Mangum's whereabouts from 2003. Published by Ferenzi's old employer! Here.

There was a two headed boy actually born in Bangladesh and its the creepiest thing I've ever seen. Here.

Hint: Jeff's the one in the middle.

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