Listen to an Unreleased Post-'Aeroplane' Neutral Milk Hotel Track


One Flavorpill staffer hopped a bus to Boston last weekend to see Jeff Mangum at an early stop on his long-awaited comeback tour and came back with a glowing report. We were already excited to see him at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Asbury Park at the end of the month, but now we’re practically counting down the minutes. So, while a Neutral Milk Hotel song that we’ve never heard before would always be a welcome surprise, it’s especially welcome at a time when the band is so much on our mind. Ostensibly in anticipation of the forthcoming NMH box set, Mangum has posted a previously unreleased, post-In the Aeroplane Over the Sea track called “Little Birds (Unfinished Version 2)” on the band’s official wesbite. Although it’s billed as “unfinished,” the song feels fairly complete, if not polished, and also seems to mark something of a departure from Aeroplane — it’s both angrier and more upbeat than most of that album. Listen to “Little Birds” here (scroll down to the ribbon that says “Play previously unreleased track” on the righthand side of the page) and let us know what you think. [via Stereogum]