Sunday, July 10th, 2011
Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold covers Neutral Milk Hotel
Frank Yang2009 was a pretty good year for Seattle’s Fleet Foxes, with their self-titled debut, released the previous Summer, having topped numerous year-end lists worldwide and made the Portland-based folk-rock band one of the hottest things going, touring constantly to adoring crowds in sold-out theatres and concert halls.
Amidst it all, almost two years ago today, frontman Robin Pecknold found the time to step out on his own for a solo club show at Neumo’s in Seattle as part of a benefit for The VERA Project. One of many covers that he included in his set was a rousing rendition of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Two-Headed Boy”, accompanied on drums by Fleet Foxes drummer J Tillman for some extra oomph and done well enough that you’ll forgive his forgetting the words in the middle there.
Fleet Foxes will be at Massey Hall this Thursday, July 14, in support of their new album Helplessness Blues. Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum has finally returned to active duty and will play two sold-out shows at Trinity-St. Paul’s on August 12 and 13 as the kick-off to a Summer/Fall tour.
The Guardian has a feature piece on Fleet Foxes.
MP3: Robin Pecknold – “Two-Headed Boy” (live at Neumo’s, Seattle – July 11, 2011)
Video: Robin Pecknold – “Two-Headed Boy” (live at Neumo’s, Seattle – July 11, 2011)
Video: Neutral Milk Hotel – “Two-Headed Boy” (live at The Knitting Factory, New York – March 7, 1996)