Neutral Milk Hotel was a 90s American indie rock band. The band's chief lyricist and songwriter, Jeff Mangum played with a number of other musicians on the band's two full-length albums. Notable contributors to the band's oeuvre include Jeremy Barnes (drums), Scott Spillane (horns), Julian Koster (banjo/bass guitar/saw) and producer-instrumentalist Robert Schneider. Neutral Milk Hotel is a part of the Elephant Six Collective, based out of Athens, Georgia.
Jeff Mangum, along with his friend Will Cullen Hart and Bill Doss, was a member of the Olivia Tremor Control, appearing on their first release, the California Demise 7".
Prior to recording for friends under the NMH moniker, Mangum recorded at least one cassette under the name Milk, the only known tape was called Pygmie Barn in E Minor. This is the earliest known recordings that Mangum initiated and executed himself. There were only an estimated dozen or so copies ever made of this tape, none of which has been made public. The tracklist etc. are also unknown. This image of the sleeve artwork was contributed to the Elephant 6 website by Will Cullen Hart: