Mount Eerie Dances with Wolves
Mount Eerie Dances with Wolves known as Two New Songs of Mount Eerie, is an EP by Mount Eerie. It was released in Australia as Two New Songs in 2004 and released in the United States as Dances with Wolves in 2005; the two songs were recorded live to acetate at Melbourne's Corduroy Records, a former pressing plant in suburban Melbourne. Elverum was joined by members of Architecture In Helsinki, Midnight Juggernauts, Ground Components and Eddy Current Suppression Ring in two improvised performances. 200 12" records were pressed in time for sale at the Melbourne show a week later. The record was released by three labels - Art School Drop Out, Bee Vamp and Elverum's own P. W Elverum & Sun album; each of the initial records came. All songs by Phil Elverum; the same songs were released with different names. "Get Out of the World / In the World / Fuck the World" – 11:48 "Do Not Be Afraid / Get out of'The World'" – 9:14 "Mount Eerie Dances with Wolves" – 11:48 "Wolf Mountain Howls:'In the World'" – 9:14
Indie rock is a genre of rock music that originated in the United States and United Kingdom in the 1970s. Used to describe independent record labels, the term became associated with the music they produced and was used interchangeably with alternative rock; as grunge and punk revival bands in the US and Britpop bands in the UK broke into the mainstream in the 1990s, it came to be used to identify those acts that retained an outsider and underground perspective. In the 2000s, as a result of changes in the music industry and the growing importance of the Internet, some indie rock acts began to enjoy commercial success, leading to questions about its meaningfulness as a term. Sometimes used interchangeably with "guitar pop rock", in the mid-1980s, the term "indie" began to be used to describe the music produced on punk and post-punk labels; some prominent indie rock record labels were founded during the 1980s. During the 1990s, grunge bands broke into the mainstream, the term "alternative" lost its original counter-cultural meaning.
The term "indie rock" became associated with the bands and genres that remained dedicated to their independent status. By the end of the 1990s, indie rock developed several subgenres and related styles, including lo-fi, noise pop, slowcore, post-rock, math rock. In the 2000s, changes in the music industry and in music technology enabled a new wave of indie rock bands to achieve mainstream success. In the early 2000s, a new group of bands that played a stripped-down, back-to-basics version of guitar rock emerged into the mainstream; the commercial breakthrough from these scenes was led by four bands: The Strokes, The White Stripes, The Hives and The Vines. Emo broke into mainstream culture in the early 2000s. By the end of the decade, the proliferation of indie bands was being referred to as "indie landfill"; the term indie rock, which comes from "independent," describes the small and low-budget labels on which it is released and the do-it-yourself attitude of the bands and artists involved. Although distribution deals are struck with major corporate companies, these labels and the bands they host have attempted to retain their autonomy, leaving them free to explore sounds and subjects of limited appeal to large, mainstream audiences.
The influences and styles of the artists have been diverse, including punk, post-punk and country. The terms "alternative rock" and "indie rock" were used interchangeably in the 1980s, but after many alternative bands followed Nirvana into the mainstream in the early 1990s, "indie rock" began to be used to describe those bands, working in a variety of styles, that did not pursue or achieve commercial success. Aesthetically speaking, indie rock is characterized as having a careful balance of pop accessibility with noise, experimentation with pop music formulae, sensitive lyrics masked by ironic posturing, a concern with "authenticity," and the depiction of a simple guy or girl. Allmusic identifies indie rock as including a number of "varying musical approaches compatible with mainstream tastes". Linked by an ethos more than a musical approach, the indie rock movement encompassed a wide range of styles, from hard-edged, grunge-influenced bands, through do-it-yourself experimental bands like Pavement, to punk-folk singers such as Ani DiFranco.
In fact, there is an everlasting list of subgenres of indie rock. Many countries have developed an extensive local indie scene, flourishing with bands with enough popularity to survive inside the respective country, but unknown elsewhere. However, there are still indie bands that start off locally, but attract an international audience. Indie rock is noted for having a high proportion of female artists compared with preceding rock genres, a tendency exemplified by the development of the feminist-informed Riot Grrrl music of acts like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, 7 Year Bitch, Team Dresch and Huggy Bear. However, Cortney Harding pointed out that this sense of equality is not reflected in the number of women running indie labels; the BBC documentary Music for Misfits: The Story of Indie pinpoints the birth of indie as the 1977 self-publication of the Spiral Scratch EP by Manchester band Buzzcocks. Although Buzzcocks are classified as a punk band, it has been argued by the BBC and others that the publication of Spiral Scratch independently of a major label led to the coining of the name "indie".
"Indie pop" and "indie" were synonymous. In the mid-1980s, "indie" began to be used to describe the music produced on post-punk labels rather than the labels themselves; the indie rock scene in the US was prefigured by the college rock that dominated college radio playlists, which included key bands like R. E. M. from the US and The Smiths from the UK. These two bands rejected the dominant synthpop of the early 1980s, helped inspire guitar-based jangle pop. In the United States, the term was associated with the abrasive, distortion-heavy sounds of the Pixies, Hüsker Dü, Meat Puppets, Dinosaur Jr. and The Replacements. In the United Kingdom the C86 cassette, a 1986 NME compilation featuring Primal Scream, The Pastels, The Wedding Present and other bands, was a document of the UK indie scene at the start of 1986, it gave its name to the indie pop scene that followed, a major influence on the development of the British indie scene as a whole. Major precursors of indie pop included Postcard bands Josef K and Orange Juice, significant labels included Creation and Glass.
The Jesus and Mary Chain's sound combined the Velvet
Earth (American band)
Earth is an American musical group based in Olympia, formed in 1989 and led by the guitarist Dylan Carlson. Earth's music is nearly all instrumental, can be divided into two distinct stages, their early work is characterized by distortion, droning and lengthy, repetitive song structures. The band's output reduces the distortion while incorporating elements of country, jazz rock, folk. Earth is recognized as a pioneer of drone metal, with the band's Earth 2 being regarded as a milestone of the genre. Dylan Carlson founded the band in 1989 along with Slim Moon and Greg Babior, taking the title "Earth" from Black Sabbath's original name. Carlson has remained the core of the band's line-up throughout its changes. Outside of the underground music world, Carlson is best known for having been a close friend of grunge icon Kurt Cobain, as well as the person who purchased the gun that killed Kurt. Cobain sang lead vocals in the song "Divine and Bright", from a demo included on the re-release of the live album Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars.
Earth 2 was described as a "milestone" by Terrorizer's Dayal Patterson, which he described as "a three-track, 75 minute deluge of feedback and distorted guitars that marked the blueprint for what Carlson at the time coined'ambient metal'". The band went on hiatus after the release of Pentastar: In the Style of Demons due to Carlson's personal problems, including heroin addiction, his connection to Kurt Cobain's death, incarceration. Carlson attributed the break to his heroin addiction: At one point, music was everything to me, it wasn't and something else was there, and, something destructive and damaging. Heroin is part of your life - you don't function without it. It's not like, "I need to get it to write," it's at a much more fundamental level to your existence, like, "I need it to get out of bed." Earth reappeared around 2000 with a markedly different sound. Its music was still drone based, slow-paced, lengthy, but it now included a drummer and featured strong elements of country music. Remarking on the stylistic change, Carlson was quick to point to the continuity with Earth's previous sound: In 2001 I started writing again.
I had thought it would be something radically different and if it had been I wouldn't have stuck with the name. I thought about doing something different at first, but no matter what I do there's always going to be certain elements that are the same, like the slow tempos and repetition. So for whatever reason, I can't help myself - it was still Earth; the press release for Hex. The press release for The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull declares "Earth shows it's affinity with a nod to the best elements of the more adventurous San Francisco bands of the late 1960s and 1970s, the more spiritually aware and exciting forms of Jazz-Rock from the same era" The press release for Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I describes "inspiration from both British Folk-Rock bands the Pentangle and Fairport Convention". Current Dylan Carlson – guitar Adrienne Davies – drums Don McGreevy – bass guitar Bill Herzog – bass guitar Brett Netson – guitarFormer Slim Moon – vocals Greg Babior – guitar Joe Preston – bass guitar, percussion Ian Dickson – guitar, bass guitar Dave Harwell – bass guitar John Schuller – bass Sean McElligot – guitar Michael McDaniel – drums Jonas Haskins – baritone guitar Steve "Stebmo" Moore – electric piano, acoustic grand piano, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer electric piano Lori Goldston – cello Karl Blau – bass guitar Angelina Baldoz – bass guitar Studio albums Earth 2: Special Low-Frequency Version Phase 3: Thrones and Dominions Pentastar: In the Style of Demons Hex.
The Atlantic is an American magazine and multi-platform publisher. Founded in 1857 as The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, Massachusetts, it was a literary and cultural commentary magazine that published leading writers' commentary on abolition and other major issues in contemporary political affairs, its founders included Francis H. Underwood, along with prominent writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Greenleaf Whittier. James Russell Lowell was its first editor, it was known for publishing literary pieces by leading writers. After financial hardship and ownership changes in the late 20th century, the magazine was purchased by businessman David G. Bradley, he refashioned it as a general editorial magazine aimed at a target audience of serious national readers and "thought leaders." In 2010, The Atlantic posted its first profit in a decade. In 2016 the periodical was named Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors.
In July 2017, Bradley sold a majority interest in the publication to Laurene Powell Jobs's Emerson Collective. Its website, TheAtlantic.com, provides daily coverage and analysis of breaking news and international affairs, technology, health and culture. The editor of the website is Adrienne LaFrance; the Atlantic houses an editorial events arm, AtlanticLIVE. The Atlantic's president is Bob Cohn; the magazine, subscribed to by over 500,000 readers, publishes ten times a year. It was a monthly magazine for 144 years until 2001, it dropped "Monthly" from the cover beginning with the January/February 2004 issue, changed the name in 2007. The Atlantic features articles in the fields of politics, foreign affairs and the economy and the arts and science. On January 22, 2008, TheAtlantic.com dropped its subscriber wall and allowed users to browse its site, including all past archives. By 2011 The Atlantic's web properties included TheAtlanticWire.com, a news- and opinion-tracking site launched in 2009, TheAtlanticCities.com, a stand-alone website started in 2011, devoted to global cities and trends.
According to a Mashable profile in December 2011, "traffic to the three web properties surpassed 11 million uniques per month, up a staggering 2500% since The Atlantic brought down its paywall in early 2008."In December 2011, a new Health Channel launched on TheAtlantic.com, incorporating coverage of food, as well as topics related to the mind, sex and public health. Its launch was overseen by Nicholas Jackson, overseeing the Life channel and joined TheAtlantic.com to cover technology. TheAtlantic.com has expanded to visual storytelling, with the addition of the "In Focus" photo blog, curated by Alan Taylor. In 2011 it created its Video Channel. Created as an aggregator, The Atlantic's Video component, Atlantic Studios, has since evolved in an in-house production studio that creates custom video series and original documentaries. In 2015, TheAtlantic.com launched a dedicated Science section and in January 2016 it redesigned and expanded its politics section in conjunction with the 2016 U. S. presidential race.
A leading literary magazine, The Atlantic has published many significant authors. It was the first to publish pieces by the abolitionists Julia Ward Howe, William Parker, whose slave narrative, "The Freedman's Story" was published in February and March 1866, it published Charles W. Eliot's "The New Education", a call for practical reform, that led to his appointment to presidency of Harvard University in 1869. For example, Emily Dickinson, after reading an article in The Atlantic by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, asked him to become her mentor. In 2005, the magazine won a National Magazine Award for fiction; the magazine published many of the works of Mark Twain, including one, lost until 2001. Editors have recognized major cultural movements. For example, of the emerging writers of the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway had his short story "Fifty Grand" published in the July 1927 edition. In the midst of civil rights activism in the 20th century, the magazine published Martin Luther King, Jr.'s defense of civil disobedience in "Letter from Birmingham Jail" in August 1963.
The magazine has published speculative articles. The classic example is Vannevar Bush's essay "As We May Think", which inspired Douglas Engelbart and Ted Nelson to develop the modern workstation and hypertext technology; the Atlantic Monthly founded the Atlantic Monthly Press in 1917. Its published book included Drums Along the Blue Highways; the press was sold in 1986. In addition to publishing notable fiction and poetry, The Atlantic has emerged in the 21st century as an influential platform for longform storytelling and newsmaker interviews. Influential cover stories have included Anne Marie Slaughter's "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" and Ta-Nehisi Coates's "Case for Reparations". In 2015, Jeffrey Goldberg's "Obama Doctrine" was discussed by American media and prompted response by many world leaders; as of 2017, writers and frequent contributors to the print magazine include James F
A Crow Looked at Me
A Crow Looked at Me is the eighth studio album by Mount Eerie, the solo project of American musician Phil Elverum. The album is a concept album about the death of Elverum's wife, the cartoonist and musician Geneviève Castrée; the album was released on March 24, 2017. In 2015 Phil Elverum's wife, the Canadian artist Geneviève Castrée, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer four months after the birth of their first child. Castrée died at their home on 9 July 2016. Taking inspiration from the Gary Snyder poem "Go Now", Elverum realised that he did not have to find any meaning in Castrée's death but could write songs that described the experience, he found inspiration in the work of Julie Doiron, Sun Kil Moon and Karl Ove Knausgård. Elverum wrote the songs over a six-week period starting in September 2016. Utilising some notes that he had written during Castrée's illness and treatment, Elverum wrote the lyrics down longhand on her paper and recorded the songs in the room where she died using an acoustic guitar, one microphone and a laptop computer as well as some of Castrée's own instruments.
Since he had become the primary caregiver for his daughter, Elverum recorded the songs at night while his daughter was asleep or during times when she was visiting friends. He stated that the songs "poured out in the fall, watching the days grey over and watching the neighbors across the alley tear down and rebuild their house" and that he made the record and released it "just to multiply my voice saying that I love her. I want it known."The lyrics are delivered in a speak singing style and deal with Castrée's illness and death and Elverum's ensuing grief. The words take the form of a diary and Elverum references specific dates of events in certain songs; each song refers to Castrée, sometimes directly by name, with the exception of the final song "Crow", addressed to their daughter. Opening track "Real Death" begins with the words "death is real" and this theme continues throughout the record; the song refers to Elverum opening mail packages addressed to Castrée that were delivered after her death.
Elverum discusses scattering Castrée's ashes on "Seaweed". "Ravens" describes Elverum giving away Castrée's clothes. The lyrics to "My Chasm" describe Elverum's difficulty in talking about his loss in public. Many of the lyrics feature references to nature with one reviewer noting that "tragedy hasn't stopped from noticing the world. Musically, the songs feature sparse instrumentation with acoustic guitar and simple percussion which Elverum referred to as "barely music". Elverum wanted to release the album so he used minimal production. "Soria Moria" features a metal guitar solo. Elverum considered not releasing the album at all, or changing his band name but discounted these ideas, he had planned for a small scale release of the record on his own website, but as the album took shape he felt that it was good and wanted it to reach a wider audience. On January 5, 2017, Elverum announced that he will "re-enter the world," go on tour, release a new album; the next day, Elverum played his first concert since September 2014 at a record store in Anacortes, Washington.
Phil Elverum, while choosing to perform asked fans to stay away as the response was "overwhelming" and the store could only hold 50 people. Elverum performed the show with his eyes closed and left afterwards; the first single from A Crow Looked at Me, "Real Death", was released on P. W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.'s SoundCloud page on January 18, 2017, to widespread acclaim, netting the "Best New Track" distinction from Pitchfork. Paste wrote that in "Real Death", "he music gives Elverum all the room he needs to not so much sing, but document." The second single, "Ravens", was released on February 15, 2017, alongside a music video uploaded to Mount Eerie's official YouTube account, again earning the "Best New Track" distinction from Pitchfork, writing that "Elverum makes no attempts to find metaphor or meaning. The cover of the album features a photograph of the Joanne Kyger poem "Night Palace", which Castrée had had pinned above her desk. Elverum had taken the photograph while he was cleaning out her room after she died and realised that the poem encapsulated the theme of the album.
Castrée's copy of Hergé's Tintin in Tibet can be seen in the background. A Crow Looked at Me received widespread critical acclaim upon release which Elverum found "reaffirming". At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from music critics, the album has received an average score of 93, indicating "universal acclaim", based on 18 reviews. Reviewer Heather Phares of AllMusic called the album "remarkably powerful and pure". Consequence of Sound's David Sackllah said that it was "overwhelming and humbling" and wrote that "A Crow Looked at Me stands as a remarkable example of the restorative power of music, an intimate display of love, daring both in concept and execution." Zack Fenech of Exclaim! said that "this record possesses immense power to make listeners reflect on their own relationships and mortality. A Crow Looked at Me is a grim memento of the grand injustice of losing those most precious to us." Matt Fink of Paste magazine said that it was "beautifully and arranged, but it is not an entertaining album to listen to in any conventional sense, nor can it be shaken off easily.
It is, the kind of album that makes all others seem frivolous" and that "there is no album quite like it." PopMatters reviewer Thomas Britt called the album a "masterpiece" but noted that it went beyond "the limits of conventional music criticism."Some reviewers said that it was difficult to review the album. In his positi
Julie Doiron is a Canadian singer-songwriter of Acadian heritage. She has been the bass guitarist and co-vocalist for the Canadian indie rock band Eric's Trip since its formation in 1990, she has released ten solo albums, beginning with 1996's Broken Girl, is the lead singer for the band Julie and the Wrong Guys. Doiron started playing guitar in Eric's Trip at the age of 18, having joined the band at the insistence of her then-boyfriend, Eric's Trip guitarist Rick White. Shortly before the band's break-up in 1996, she released a solo album under the name Broken Girl, which followed two previous 7" EPs released under that name. All of her subsequent material has been released under her own name, she started Sappy Records, to release several of her solo efforts. Although most of her solo material has been written and performed in English, she released an album of French language material, Désormais, as well as several EPs of material sung in Spanish. In 1999, Doiron performed at the 1999 Stardust Picnic festival at Toronto.
That year she recorded an album with the Ottawa band Wooden Stars, the first time she had worked with a band since the end of Eric's Trip. She shared a Juno Award for Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars in March 2000. Eric's Trip reunited in 2001, have played shows periodically since, she has appeared as a guest musician on albums by The Tragically Hip, Gordon Downie, Herman Düne. In 2006 she helped launch SappyFest with Paul Henderson and Jon Claytor as an extension of the reinstated Sappy Records, she has released a split record co-credited to the alternative country band Okkervil River, collaborated with Frederick Squire and American musician Phil Elverum on the 2008 Mount Eerie album Lost Wisdom. She played with indie rock band Shotgun & Jaybird until their demise in 2007, she played drums as part of a short-lived duo with Fred Squire. Called "Blue Heeler", they changed their name to "Calm Down Its Monday", released a split 7" EP on K Records, with two solo Doiron songs on the flip side. Apart from her musical career, Doiron is an avid photographer, having published a book of her photographs entitled The Longest Winter with words by Ottawa writer Ian Roy.
She does her own promotional photos and cover artwork along with her ex-husband, painter Jon Claytor. Her album Woke Myself Up was shortlisted for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize. In 2009, Doiron told a reporter from The Strand, a college newspaper at the University of Toronto, that she and Chad VanGaalen were exploring the possibility of collaborating on an album, she appeared on a track from VanGaalen's EP of Soft Airplane B-sides that year, but no further news pertaining to a potential album collaboration has been released. During the tour to support the 2009 album I Can Wonder What You Did with Your Day, the mayor of Bruno, Saskatchewan proclaimed June 7, 2009 as "Julie Doiron Day". Doiron performed at the local All Citizens arts centre on that day. Over the three-year period between I Can Wonder and her 2012 album So Many Days, Doiron moved several times, residing at different times in Montreal and Sackville. While living in Toronto, she had difficulty making ends meet due to the city's high cost of living, began teaching yoga classes, performing a weekly residency at the Saving Gigi club, to help pay the bills.
By the time So Many Days was released in the fall of 2012, she had moved back to Sackville. In July 2014, Doiron's song "The Life of Dreams", from I Can Wonder What You Did with Your Day, appeared in an iPhone commercial. In 2016, Doiron collaborated with musicians Jon McKiel, C. L. McLaughlin, Michael C. Duguay, James Anderson and Chris Meaney on the project Weird Lines, whose self-titled album was released on Sappy Futures in July, she collaborated with Eamon McGrath, Mike Peters and Jaye Schwarzer on the project Julie and the Wrong Guys, which released a self-titled album in 2017 on Dine Alone Records. In 2017 and 2018, Doiron has released several EPs of Spanish language renditions of her own recorded songs. Appeared on the 2005 Herman Dune album Not On Top, playing bass and providing vocals Provided vocals for several tracks on the 1999 album The Moon by The Wooden Stars Provided vocals on Snailhouse's 2001 album The Opposite Is Also True Contributed vocals on Baby Eagle's 2007 No Blues Contributed vocals on Mount Eerie's "O My Heart" on 2008's Lost Wisdom Contributed vocals to Attack in Black's song "I'm A Rock" on the Autumnal Tour 2008 7" Contributed vocals on Daniel Romano's 2013 album Come Cry With Me Broken Girl * – 1996 - 2003 Loneliest in the Morning – 1997 Will You Still Love Me?
* – 1999 Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars – 1999, Jagjaguwar Désormais * – 2001 Heart and Crime – 2002 Goodnight Nobody – 2004 Woke Myself Up – 2007 I Can Wonder What You Did with Your Day – 2009 So Many Days – 2012 Julie Doiron Canta en Español Vol. II - 2017 Julie Doiron Canta en Español Vol. III - 2018Albums marked with * have not been issued on vinyl LP Homeless" 7" - 2016 Julie & The Wrong Guys - 2017 Dog Love Part 2 7" – 1993 Nora 7" – 1995 "More of Our Stupid Noise - 1996 Sq
Jeff Mangum is an American singer and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work as the lyricist and guitarist of the band Neutral Milk Hotel, as well as being one of the cofounders of The Elephant 6 Recording Company. He is best known for his complex, lyrically dense songwriting, apparent on the critically lauded album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Mangum was born in Ruston, where he met the other co-founding members of Elephant 6, Robert Schneider, Will Cullen Hart, Bill Doss. Together they shared a passion for home recording, influenced by the likes of the Minutemen, John Cage, 1960s psychedelia. Mangum's earliest musical projects included Maggot, Cranberry Lifecycle and Synthetic Flying Machine. In the early 1990s Mangum and Doss moved from Ruston to Athens and Synthetic Flying Machine evolved into Olivia Tremor Control, led by Hart and Doss. Mangum has contributed vocals and sound effects to many of the Olivia's subsequent recordings, including their debut EP California Demise, released in 1994 on the Elephant 6 Recording Co. imprint.
Mangum left Athens and travelled around the United States, working on solo four-track tape recordings under the name Milk, which would soon become Neutral Milk Hotel. The earliest Neutral Milk Hotel releases included the Elephant 6 cassette Hype City Soundtrack, Everything Is, a 7" released by Cher Doll Records. Mangum recorded his debut LP On Avery Island at Robert Schneider's Pet Sounds Studio in Denver, Colorado between 1994 and 1995; the album was released in 1996 on Merge Records in North America and Fire Records in the UK. Following the album's release, Mangum expanded Neutral Milk Hotel to include his friends Scott Spillane, Julian Koster and Jeremy Barnes; the group returned to Denver in 1997 to record In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, released the following year and would become one of the most acclaimed indie rock albums of all time. Mangum disbanded Neutral Milk Hotel following an extensive tour of North America and Europe, culminating in a solo set on New Year's Eve 1998 at the 40 Watt Club in Athens.
Suffering from poor health and a nervous breakdown, Mangum made few public appearances until February 2001, when he performed a one-off show in New Zealand at the request of Chris Knox. That summer, Mangum released a compilation of field recordings of Bulgarian folk music on the Orange Twin label titled Orange Twin Field Works: Volume I; this was followed by a live solo album Live at Jittery Joe's, recorded by filmmaker Lance Bangs in 1997. In the fall of 2001 he joined Circulatory System and The Instruments on an East Coast tour, providing drums and vocals. In February 2002, Mangum was interviewed by Pitchfork where he discussed his emotional response to In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, his recent interest in Buddhism and Eastern thought, travelling across Europe, working on new field recordings and sound collage pieces, he expressed doubt that he would record another Neutral Milk Hotel album, "I just feel like these windows open up for something to be honest, they don't stay open for long. I guess my path feels sort of different now".
In the summer and fall of 2002, Mangum hosted several shows on the free-form, New Jersey radio station WFMU. His playlists included excerpts from music therapy classes, musique concrète pieces, European folk music, environmental recordings by Chris Watson, he played a two-hour drone piece by Tony Conrad, the entirety of Live at the Village Vanguard Again! by John Coltrane and Rock Bottom by Robert Wyatt. Mangum debuted a lengthy new sound collage work, entitled "To Animate the Body with the Cocoon of the Her Unconscious Christ the Mother Removes Her Death Body of 1910 Only To Be Reborn in the Same Spirit as a School of Blow Fish Believing in the Coming of the Milk Christ", credited to The Long Warm Wall of Alfred Snouts. Mangum contributed vocals and sound effects to a number of Elephant 6-related albums throughout the 2000s; these included Curse Of The Seven Jackals, Major Organ and the Adding Machine, Circulatory System's self-titled debut, Signal Morning and Mosaics Within Mosaics, the Apples in Stereo's New Magnetic Wonder, the Music Tapes' Mary's Voice and Jeremy Barnes' A Hawk and a Hacksaw.
In August 2005, Mangum appeared onstage with the Olivia Tremor Control at New York City's Bowery Ballroom to sing "I Have Been Floated". He made no further public appearances until October 2008, when he took part in the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise reunion tour, performing the Neutral Milk Hotel song "Engine" at several shows accompanied by Julian Koster on singing saw. In December 2009, Mangum contributed a cover of "Sign the Dotted Line" to a Chris Knox tribute album titled Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox; this was followed by an appearance at a Knox benefit show on May 6, 2010 at Le Poisson Rouge, where Mangum performed a number of acoustic Neutral Milk Hotel songs. On December 4, 2010, Mangum played an unannounced set at a loft in Brooklyn. On April 20, 2011, Robert Schneider debuted a score composed by Mangum for the Teletron, a mind-controlled electronic instrument invented by Schneider. In August 2011, Mangum launched the website Walking Wall of Words, through which he self-released a vinyl box set of Neutral Milk Hotel recordings and unreleased material.
He curated a series of downloadable'radio broadcasts' and sold one-of-a-kind drawings, with a portion of proceeds donated to charities including Children of the Blue Sky. In August, Mangum commen