Neutral Milk Hotel's Triumphant Return to St. Louis at the Pageant, 2/5/14: Recap and Setlist

Categories: Last Night


Critic's Notebook:

- Elf Power was again the perfect opening act, playing chiming and slightly off-kilter guitar pop. Lead singer/guitarist Andrew Rieger dedicated a song to his nephews, who were there to see the show from Cape Girardeau. (I found this out because they were sitting right behind me. Never let it be said that we don't strive for scoops.)

- Unsolicited (and likely unwanted) cover song proposal: Todd Rundgren's "The Night The Carousel Burned Down."

- What better way to end the night then to be greeted by one's favorite local band? A few minutes after NMH finished their set, Middle Class Fashion started theirs in the adjoining Halo Bar. They were in fine form. Lead singer Jenn Malzone mentioned the fact that This American Life had used their song, "Stuck," to close a recent episode. "I was mad at music and just listening to podcasts," she said, "and then I heard the song. It reminded me to never doubt myself again." Smart move, Jenn.

Setlist:
The King of Carrot Flowers, Part One
The King of Carrot Flowers, Parts Two & Three
Holland, 1945
A Baby for Pree / Glow Into You
Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
Everything Is
Two-Headed Boy
The Fool
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Naomi
Ferris Wheel on Fire
Oh Comely
Song Against Sex
Ruby Bulbs
Snow Song, Part One

Encore:

Ghost
Untitled
Two-Headed Boy, Part Two
Engine

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