On Avery Island
On Avery Island
Cover everywhere except UK.
Released March 26, 1996
Recorded February–May 1995 except "Marching Theme" which occurred in June 1994
Length 47:58
Label Merge • NHM Records • Fire (UK only)
Producer Robert Schneider
Previous Everything Is
Next In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Track ListingEdit

  1. Song Against Sex - 3:40
  2. You've Passed - 2:53
  3. Someone Is Waiting - 2:31
  4. A Baby For Pree - 1:21
  5. Marching Theme - 2:58
  6. Where You'll Find Me Now - 4:04
  7. Avery Island / April 1st - 1:48
  8. Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone - 3:13
  9. Three Peaches - 4:01
  10. Naomi - 4:53
  11. April 8th - 2:47
  12. Pree-Sisters Swallowing A Donkey's Eye - 13:49

Fire Release Bonus Tracks Edit

13. Everything Is - 3:41
14. Snow Song Pt. 1 - 3:50

Original Cassette TracksEdit

  1. Avery Island / April 1st - 1:48
  2. Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone - 3:13
  3. A Baby For Pree - 1:21
  4. Marching Theme - 2:58
  5. Song Against Sex - 3:40
  6. Where You'll Find Me Now - 4:04
  7. Three Peaches - 4:01
  8. Naomi - 4:53
  9. April 8th - 2:47
  10. Pree-Sisters Swallowing A Donkey's Eye - 13:49
    Avery Island UK

    UK Cover.


  • Jeff Mangum - guitar, drums, vocals, bells, xylophone, air organ, keyboards, tapes, cover design
  • Robert Schneider - air organs, home organs, fuzz bass, xylophone, horn arrangements
  • Lisa Janssen - fuzz bass on tracks 2 and 8
  • Steven Zhu - violin, flute, and backup vocals on tracks 3 and 8
  • Kelsea Giannini - accordion and bells on tracks 4 and 8
  • Rick Benjamin - trombone on tracks 1, 7, 8

Pree-Sisters Swallowing A Donkey's Eye features Merisa Bissinger, Hilarie Sidney, Zachary DeMichele, Dane Terry, Lisa Janssen, Aaron Reedy, and Jeff Mangum performing various Indonesian instruments.


  • First official album released under the name Neutral Milk Hotel.
  • Quote from Jeff -

The album was recorded in Denver with Robert Schneider from The Apples In Stereo. Robert's a friend I met in second grade, we must have been about eight years old at the time. It was January in Denver, freezing cold and snowing all over. I moved into a friend's house and was living in a closet and it was cold, not only because of the weather but because it was a haunted house. The closet I was living in was haunted. The person that lived in the house kept having dreams of people having cocktail parties in my closet, there would always be these really beautiful women in really tacky fur coats drinking champagne and telling my friend that we should get the fuck out of their party because we were really pissing them off... So I lived in my closet and listened to a lot of John Coltrane and waited about a month to start recording. Robert and I would get stuck on something when we were recording and walk around and grab our heads and get really frustrated, go outside and have a cigarette and go to the store, and then we'd suddenly hit on something and we'd jump up and down and hug each other. The whole album just blurs in a beautiful way to me, like a dream, because I guess my whole life the past three years has been geared towards the end which is the album itself. It's sort of the culmination of the whole experience.

Neutral Milk Hotel
Studio Albums Hype City Soundtrack (limited) • On Avery IslandIn The Aeroplane Over The Sea
EPs Everything IsFerris Wheel On Fire
Singles Holland, 1945 Little BirdsYou've Passed / Where You'll Find Me Now
Unofficial/Demos Invent Yourself A ShortcakeBeautyUnreleased DemoUnreleased Demo 2
Milk Pygmie Barn In E MinorMilk (Album)Beauty (Milk)
Jeff Mangum Orange Twin Field Works: Volume 1Live At Jittery Joe's
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