Well, there’s no way to not get excited about this. I’m not the festival type; I get sick of hearing music by hour four (my desire to hear Can’s six hour shows notwithstanding), but goddamn! Jeff Magnum!
Pitchfork has the dish:
Neutral Milk Hotel mastermind and notorious recluse Jeff Mangum … will perform at the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival I’ll Be Your Mirror, which takes place in the Jersey shore town of Asbury Park September 30 – October 2.
Mangum’s performance takes place on the first day, and only those who purchase three-day passes to the festival will be able to attend. A press release notes that Mangum will also perform the Monday after the festival, October 3, at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre.
Portishead themselves will perform on the final two nights of the festival– the band’s first East Coast shows since 1998. Other acts announced for the fest so far include Shellac, Chavez, Cults, and the Album Leaf.
The rest of the lineup (minus Shellac, who have the most delightfully hateful song of all time) is pretty yawntastic. But you saw the words “Jeff Magnum” in there, right?