Neutral Milk Hotel

When Jeff Mangum, once the reclusive leader of the great Georgia indie rock cult heroes Neutral Milk Hotel, started playing solo shows again, it was a very big deal. Well, this is bigger: He has once again reunited with his old band, and they have announced five shows, with more on the way. These will be their first 15 years, and you can find the schedule below.

10/22 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club (with Elf Power)
10/23 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club (with Half Japanese)
10/25 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (with Half Japanese, Daniel Johnston)
11/28 – Taipei, Taiwan @ Hostess Club Festival
12/01 – Tokyo, Japan @ Hostess Club Festival

If they wanted to, a reunited NMH could probably sell out Madison Square Garden, no?

Comments (66)
  1. yeah, sure. why the hell not.

  2. Thanks Obama.

  3. This is just straight up mangnificent.

    • An MBV album, a Bowie album, Daft Punk on the way, Arrested Development in May, Boards of Canada on the way, NMH are back…
      2013 you sonuvabitch.

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        • I kinda want to agree with you, and I kinda don’t. MBV was great, but it was no Loveless. Daft Punk remains to be seen, but that first single was pretty boring. Futurama came back and it just wasn’t the same.

          On the other hand, bands like Dinosaur Jr and Portishead came back with great albums that stood up to their earlier work. Also The Knife wasn’t really my thing, but people seemed to love it.

          So I don’t think there’s a hard and fast rule about comebacks. Some can pull it off, some can’t.

        • A NEW mbv album, a NEW Daft Punk album, 15 NEW Arrested Development episodes, a NEW BoC album, a NEW nmh tour(and music if we’re lucky).

          Why do you so quickly dismiss those who have made great art in the past? I hate this idea that those who have done something great should stop and just wallow in that success. It’s an epidemic in indie culture.

          Maybe the new material will be a failure(mbv and Bowie didn’t disappoint me anyway). Maybe the new AD episodes won’t be funny. I’ll be the first to acknowledge that if it is the case. For example, Community has sucked this season, except for one episode, but that doesn’t make the first 3 seasons any less amazing to me.
          Just… lighten up a bit.

        • I have a feeling you’re NOT sorry to be a buzzkill.

        • The BoC stuff is going to be infinitely better than their last album. Quote me on that.

        • so are bands that were around longer than five years ago supposed to just not do anything anymore? I need to know because that way I can ditch anything I own since before 2008

      • More proof that the past coming back is the best we have to offer. Our new arts scene is weak. Bummer.

  4. The 16 y.o. in me is crying of joy.

  5. this–this… this? this! this.

  6. …with Daniel Johnston on the ones and twos, yeahhh boiiii!

  7. I don’t think there’s any way to say how happy this makes me. This could be the most egregious cash grab in the world and it could still mean the world to me to be able to see this band. I saw Jeff twice on these recent tours and both times it deeply. NMH has been my favorite band for nearly a decade now, which is saying a lot for a guy who hasn’t been alive that long. I’ve written these lyrics on sneakers, backpacks, middle school notebooks, high school notebooks, college notebooks, graduate school notebooks, and I’m getting ready to get these lyrics tattooed into me with my younger brother this summer. I’ve owned INTAOTS in every imaginable format, read and reread the 33 1/3 book, and scoured the internet for bootlegs.

    I guess the purpose behind all this ranting and obsessing is that for many of us, music is still a deeply experience. And for me, this album has moved me like nothing else in my life has. I’m driving 8 hours to be at that show with my brother. And we will dance.

  8. I don’t think there’s any way to say how happy this makes me. This could be the most egregious cash grab in the world and it could still mean the world to me to be able to see this band. I saw Jeff twice on these recent tours and both times it affected me deeply. NMH has been my favorite band for nearly a decade now, which is saying a lot for a guy who hasn’t been alive that long. I’ve written these lyrics on sneakers, backpacks, middle school notebooks, high school notebooks, college notebooks, graduate school notebooks, and I’m getting ready to get these lyrics tattooed into me with my younger brother this summer. I’ve owned INTAOTS in every imaginable format, read and reread the 33 1/3 book, and scoured the internet for bootlegs.

    I guess the purpose behind all this ranting and obsessing is that for many of us, music is still a deeply experience. And for me, this album has moved me like nothing else in my life has. I’m driving 8 hours to be at that show with my brother. And we will dance.

  9. I knew all of that ritual sacrifice would pay off. Hail satan!

  10. this is the best news ever. the fact that they’re playing less than 2 hours away from me is even better. hallelujah

  11. Usually I like eloquent responses to news like this. But my first reaction is pretty much “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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  13. This tour is almost half japanese, and the other half of the tour is with Half Japanese

  14. April Ludgate is smiling (on the inside)

  15. Came here to read an excited, exclamative RaptorJesus comment, beaming with sunshine. He is so chirpy and wonderfully positive in his outlook. His reactions to good music news reminds me of being a little kid and taking a bubble bath, and then it’s time to get out but you aren’t ready, so you force your parent to chase your wet ass around the house with suds falling from your bum. Where are your rays of sunshine, Raptor?

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  17. The only way this year could get any better is if Morissey finally gets his acts together for a Smiths reunion. That and a new Pavement album.

  18. woozefa  |   Posted on Apr 29th, 2013 +6

    if they make a new album, amanda palmer should write jeff magnum a letter detailing how it should sound.

  19. Guess I’m road tripping it to Asheville with or without a ticket. Even if I don’t make it into the show I can drink in the street outside with the thousand other pilgrims with no luck.

  20. They’re coming to Asheville? With Daniel Johnston? FUCK YES! Living in my mid-Atlantic hellscape has finally paid off!

  21. Is it just me and my wishful thinking, or does the bit posted with theis news on the NMH site look like song lyrics:

    “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”

  22. awesome, aside from this being genuinely great news, now everyone here can continue misspelling “jeff mangum” at will

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    • Yeah, I’m the guy with the Jeff Mangum avatar so maybe I’m speaking from a biased position but somebody makes this exact same comment everytime anyone who’s at one point stopped making/performing music for a while decides to make/perform music again. Are you really that cynical that you couldn’t possibly believe that a reunion of this sort (not just for NMH, but for any band or any returning musician) might be something other than a cashgrab? Yeah, after years off, bands like NMH, MBV, Pavement, Guided By Voices, The D-Plan, have built up a legend that’ll make anything they do now way more profitable than what they were doing back in the 90s. But maybe, just maybe that’s just a positive side effect and not the cause in and of itself. I mean shit, high schools and colleges have reunions. Friends who haven’t seen each other in years meet back up. Why, when a band does something similar does it have to mean they’re angling for some cash.
      Furthermore, even if it is to any extent a cashgrab, who gives a fuck? Are we all that averse to people making money? As someone who’s seen Pavement and Jeff Mangum in the past few years, I can tell you, they still were worth every penny I spent on seeing them. Their music and ability to perform hasn’t diminished a bit (at least for the Pavement show I saw, though I heard band tensions made some of that reunion tour less than perfect). I just don’t get why indie culture has latched so strongly onto needlessly cynical shit.

      • Yeah, I have heard some general remarks from people about there being tension in Pavement, but do you happen to know what the reasons were or any examples of this? I remember them saying they were friends and that there wasn’t any bad blood.

        • Two downvotes for a sincere question? Really? If no one can provide any answers, that’s okay. I don’t know them either. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be asking. I’m a fan who would like to have a better understanding of the alleged problems in the band.

    • THEY CAN SHUT THE FUCK UP AND TAKE MY MONEY THEN.

    • If the members of NMH need to make some extra money, I’d much rather they reunite for a few shows than license their music to an Audi commercial. What’s the problem here?

  25. Aaaaah, super excited! So glad they’re back.

  26. The troll ratio in here is way above the mean.

    I was unlucky enough to grow up a few miles from Athens and not hear of NMH until I moved away. I’m excited about having the opportunity to revisit something I missed the first time around. NMH at the 40 Watt is like taking a trip in a time machine.

    And while I would give the band the benefit of the doubt, I suppose it’s conceivable that the master plan is: “Wow, we’re pretty hard-up for some cash. Instead of recording and selling what would probably be the most anticipated indie album of all time in the studio that we own for a cost of next to nothing and the potential revenue of millions virtually overnight, let’s book five shows in the fall in three small venues and two foreign countries.” These evil fucking commercial hipster-wannabe fucks.

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