Jeff Mangum — 8/13/11, Toronto, ONT, Canada (Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church)
A few songs into the second of two eagerly-anticipated sets at the intimate Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, Jeff Mangum set the record straight. Asking the crowd if it intended to sing along before launching into “Two-Headed Boy, Part 2,” Mangum seemed to dispel any notions — once and for all — that he somehow didn’t approve of such a display of fandom. “There’s some bullshit (out there that) I don’t like people singing along with my songs,” he said. “Why did I write them then?”
Mangum probably gets a bad rap, or at least a stern one. That’s what happens when you make two widely acclaimed and adored records and then virtually disappear for the better part of a decade, all the while declining almost all interview requests and suggesting that you would prefer to be left alone. It’s certainly not a conventional career path, particularly in this age of overexposure. But while Mangum is far from effusive, I’ve certainly witnessed far more prickly artists (Mark Kozelek comes to mind, to name just one).
Whatever he may have felt in the past, Mangum seemed to want only to please the crowd as he slowly begins to tour regularly again for the first time in 10 years.
[TO BE CONTINUED]
Here was the complete setlist, as played:
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
A Baby For Pree
Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone
Two-Headed Boy, Part 2
I Love The Living You [Roky Erickson]
Song Against Sex
King Of Carrot Flowers, Part 1>
King Of Carrot Flowers, Part 2 and 3