"Jeff played a much-bootlegged solo set at Aquarius Records, the Mission District independent shop that would prove especially supportive of the band. He began his set that day with the unreleased “Oh Comely
"During early 1997, Lance Bangs was curating events in the back room of Jittery Joe’s, a Washington Street coffee house a few doors up from the 40 Watt. The space, which Lance informally called The Starlit Crypt, hosted spoken word readings, film projections and the occasional free live performance. On March 7 [Jeff's "Live at Jittery Joe’s" was recorded]. Jeff’s performance, which Lance documented in a dimly lit video included on the CD, was an important one. It represented the first public, hometown performance of material that would appear in slightly different forms on In The Aeroplane Over The Sea." (from the 33 1/3 book by Kim Cooper)
"The tiny, rent-controlled apartment on Christopher Street between Bleecker and West 4th, which [Julian] shared with his friend Robbie Cucchiaro and a menagerie of stray animals, criss-crossing tape loops and visiting musicians." (from the 33 1/3 book by Kim Cooper)
Ross Beach lived in the Monroe House in the summer of 1993, when the housemates threw five all-night parties, each drawing about 150 people (not counting the inevitable visit from the Ruston police). Olivia Tremor Control—then comprised of Will, Bill and Jeff, drumming with metal coat hangers, presumably because he couldn’t afford drumsticks— was the unofficial house band, sharing informal bills with a variety of Ruston and Monroe groups. Ross remembers that Jeff “usually played a solo acoustic set during which the entire loud raucous party would become a hush, with people sitting down on the floor to take in his performance. Anytime he took the stage, it was immediately compelling.
"It wasn’t until late 1996, at a party at the Landfill--a communal house at 660 Reese Street, where Will Hart and various Olivia Tremor Control members were living--that Athens got a chance to see the full band version of Neutral Milk Hotel." (from Kim Cooper's 33 1/3 book)
"The majority of US college stations in the 1980s were programming a mix of punk, alternative rock and proto- grunge. But for Scott Spillane, who moved from Shreveport in 1989, KLPI still had the feel of a 1970s college station, with a freaky crowd spinning arty album tracks... Will Hart was first to get a DJ spot, and his friends made themselves at home there, too. By 1990, Jeff would rise to the position of music director." (from the 33 1/3 book by Kim Cooper)
"Robert [Schneider] first encountered Bill [Doss] in the mid-eighties in Haymakers guitar store, where the nascent E6 crowd often loitered and sometimes took guitar lessons. Haymakers brought Robert and Bill together more formally when owner Eddie suggested that they had similar tastes and should play together." (from the 33 1/3 book by Kim Cooper)
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