We posted this XFM set a year ago, today, while reflecting on the fact Neutral Milk Hotel’s Aeroplane Over The Sea was nearly a decade old — and now, in February 2008, it is. Pitchfork has just re-posted two of their interviews with Jeff Mangum, from 1997, up on the main page. Excerpt below.
Pitchfork: How many of the parts of a song do you hear in your head when it’s first coming together?
JM: I’ll hear lots of parts, but the songs are like little blurs in my brain. They’re whole entitities, but it’s weird– I write them and I sing them and I envision them for what they are, and the recordings never go very far from that, but at the same time when they do become recordings they become like a whole other thing. It takes a little while to get used to the music coming from these speakers instead of inside my head. It’s very exciting to hear that, like when we play live, but it’s very strange.
Jeff Mangum :: XFM Radio Session – May 1998