Merge Records Only Expected Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” to Sell 7,100 Albums

Neutral Milk Hotel Merge Records Only Expected Neutral Milk Hotels In the Aeroplane Over the Sea to Sell 7,100 Albums

Neutral Milk Hotel has come a long way. Proof? This original master release form for the band’s classic album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, as recently released by Merge Records. Shared on Facebook with the caption, “The original master release info for Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, circa July 1997. It has sold more than we initially expected,” the document outlines the projected sales of the originally self-titled 1998 album: a meager 5,500 units on CDs and 1,600 copies on vinyl.

To say that it “sold more than we initially expected” is, well, quite largely a tongue-in-cheek understatement as it went on to become one of the most popular indie albums of the past decade. Note that Jeff Mangum’s phone number is, funnily enough, marked as “disconnected at the moment.” Take a look at the document, as well as the dates for their reunion tour, below.

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Tour dates:
January 13 – Ithaca, NY @ The State Theatre *
January 14 – Jersey City, NJ @ Loew’s Theatre *
January 16 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre *
January 17 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre *
January 18 – Montreal, QC @ Olympia *
January 19 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus *
January 20 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus *
January 22 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre *
January 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera House *
January 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera House *
January 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera House *
January 27 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
January 28 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
January 29 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre *
January 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
January 31 – Washington, D.C. @ DAR Constitution Hall *
February 1 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
February 2 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
February 4 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
February 5 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *
February 6 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre *
February 7 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre *
February 8 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater *
February 10 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
February 11 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
February 13 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre *
February 14 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom *
February 15 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre *
February 17 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater *
February 18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater *
February 19 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live *
February 20 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre *
February 21 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre *
March 26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Theatre *
March 27 – Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre *
March 29 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium *
March 30 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater *
March 31 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater *
April 1 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *
May 15 – Belfast, Northern Ireland @ Limelight
May 16 – Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street
May 17 – Manchester, England @ Manchester Albert Hall
May 18 – Manchester, England @ Manchester Albert Hall
May 19 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Barrowland
May 21 – London, England @ Roundhouse
May 22 – London, England @ Roundhouse
May 23 – London, England @ Roundhouse
May 24 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli-De Helling
May 25 – Paris, France @ Le Trianon
May 27 – Toulouse, France @ Metronum
May 29-31 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Festival
June 1 – Munich, Germany @ Kammerspiel
June 2 – Zagreb, Croatia @ Culture Factory
June 4 – Padova, Italy @ Castello Carrarese
June 5 – Ravenna, Italy @ Beaches Brew
June 6-7 Porto, Portugal @ Optimus Primavera Sound
August 8 – Oslo, Norway @ Oya Festival

* = with Elf Power

(Spin)