Singer, lyricist, and guitarist for the band Neutral Milk Hotel, who released the albums On Avery Island and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. He also helped found The Elephant 6 Recording Company.
He attended Ruston High School in Louisiana.
He was a contributor on the album New Magnetic Wonder by The Apples in Stereo.
He married Astra Taylor, a documentary filmmaker, in 2008.
He covered the song "Sign the Dotted Line" for a 2009 Chris Knox tribute album called Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox.