Of all the artists with the potential to make a comeback in 2011, few seemed less likely that Jeff Mangum. Yet here he is, on an honest-to-god tour, playing full sets before actual audiences. With Neutral Milk Hotel’s discography so limited though, he’s been fleshing out sets with covers. The latest cover comes from a Toronto performance where he performed Roky Erickson’s “I Love the Living You.”
The little-known song was previously covered by Elf Power, a fellow Elephant 6 band with whom Mangum worked extensively. Who’s to say whether that version informed his selection, but the acoustic performance shows Mangum at his stripped-down finest. Download it below, then snag the full concert recording at Southern Souls.
Check out more Jeff Mangum at Myspace.