Subsequent to the disbandment of Neutral Milk Hotel in 1998, the mystery of where the fuck Jeff Mangum was, and if he had given up on music, were pervasive thoughts among an expanding cult following throughout most of the 2000s. Rumors, testimonies, and outright admissions of emotional issues aside, let’s engage in some willful optimism: he was simply taking an extended hiatus, resting up for the numerous solo live performances that he had (and has) scheduled for last year and this year. Fans on the West Coast who’ve openly pined for the recording of new material will have to settle for a mere extension of dates, listed below.
Sure, Mangum is still reticent to engage with the media, but reclusiveness is officially no longer a part of that game. Baby steps, as they say. Here’s a statement, of sorts:
with mouth music the meaning seems to say that there are rumors going round that that this is to be jeff’s final tour. it is not, although to be clear his solo acoustic show will not be returning to any city he has already visited anytime in the foreseeable future. as for the waterfalling woman, we deeply and humbly paralogize for any inconfusion her face of fireworks may have formed while you were falling asleep.
from a thoracopagus dovecote of comets,
01.23.13 - New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks * (early and late shows)
01.24.13 - Tallahassee, FL - The Moon *
01.25.13 - Gainesville, FL - Florida Theater *
01.26.13 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham *
01.28.13 - Augusta, GA - Sky City Sacred Heart Cultural Center *
01.29.13 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall *
01.30.13 - Wilmington, NC - Brooklyn Arts Center, St. Andrews *
01.31.13 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre *
02.01.13 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre *
02.02.13 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle * (early and late shows)
02.04.13 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater *
02.05.13 - Wilmington, DE - Dupont Theatre *
02.06.13 - York, PA - Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center *
02.08.13 - Hartford, CT - The Great Hall in Union Station *!
02.09.13 - Portland, ME - State Theater *!
02.10.13 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel *!
02.13.13 - Ithaca, NY - State Theatre *!
02.14.13 - Clinton, NY - Hamilton College Chapel *
02.15.13 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Barvadon Opera House *!
02.16.13 - North Adams, MA - MASS MoCA *!
02.24.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
02.25.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Lobero Theatre
02.26.13 - San Diego, CA - Spreckles Theatre
02.28.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
02.29.13 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
03.30.13 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
03.31.13 - Marfa, TX - Goode Crowley Theatre
04.02.13 - Santa Fe, NM - The Lensic
04.04.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
04.05.13 - Boise, ID - Egyptian Theatre
04.07.13 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
* with Tall Firs
! with The Music Tapes
• Jeff Mangum: http://walkingwallofwords.com