First there were the albums and some touring (1996-98), and then there was pretty much total radio silence for Neutral Milk Hotel for over a decade while the band's legend grew to monstrous proportions. Jeff Mangum broke his silence to rapturous reception in 2011, playing his band's songs solo-acoustic style around the world, but never really fleshing them out the way they sounded on On Avery Island and In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. Today, the band announced five shows, the first performances as Neutral Milk Hotel since October of 1998. Pitchfork is reporting that the lineup includes Mangum, Scott Spillane, Julian Koster, and Jeremy Barnes. (In other words, no scabs here.)
If you don't live in Georgia, North Carolina, Taiwan, or Japan, you'll have a ways to travel, but the site does promise "more to come." It also promises, "and of water course womb rume is a wandering the welkin woman whose fune caul is all umbilical cord code that comes equipped with read volve vît curtains that čun seel my văl én tich radio reason in remembrance of mademoiselle gabrielle and her wone tym pad lock of burd language as it borders on twin tolk the wolk king wall of woolpack pigeons pointing to the fly blind readers riddle and his rian boh," so take that for what it's worth. Dates are below.
22-23 October 2013: Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
25 October 2013: Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
28 November 2013: Taipei, Taiwan Hostess Club Festival
1 December 2013: Tokyo, Japan Hostess Club Festival