Neutral Milk Hotel. Photo by Will Westbrook

Whoever runs All Tomorrow’s Parties must be quite the smooth talker because he/she has just scored another instant classic for the franchise. Neutral Milk Hotel’s beloved and rarely seen front man, Jeff Mangum, will curate and perform at the upcoming UK ATP festival in Minehead, Somerset. Though he will eventually end up choosing 40 bands to play at the three-day fest, the ’90s idol has wasted no time starting the recruiting process. Booked so far are Superchunk, Olivia Tremor Control, Young Marble Giants, the Magic Band, the Raincoats, A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Tinariwen and the Apples In Stereo, with so many more to come. The Raincoats plan to play its self-titled debut album in its entirety. Mangum himself will be playing multiple times on the Center Stage. Big news for big fans of Neutral Milk Hotel, but it is also going to be a big wait because the festival itself does not start until December 2. Unlike a lot of us who don’t know what we’re doing tomorrow morning, some people know whether or not they will be able to make it to something planned ten months in advance, and for those people, tickets are going on sale this Friday, February 18.

This isn’t a one-off reintroduction to society for Mangum. He has also planned a tour-ish type of thing on the east coast this coming fall. Tour-ish because even though he has nine dates planned thus far, they span from the beginning of August all the way to the end of November, leaving him plenty of time to go home between shows to do whatever he does. Tickets should be going fast so fans better be ready to fight for the seats that are available. All tour dates are listed below.

Tour Dates For Jeff Mangum:
08/12 – Toronto, ON – Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
08/13 – Toronto, ON – Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
09/09 – Cambridge, MA – TBA
09/10 – Boston, MA – Jordan Hall Of New England Conservatory
09/30 – Asbury Park, NJ – Paramount Theatre
10/03 – Asbury Park, NJ – Paramount Theatre
10/29 – New York, NY – Town Hall
11/06 – Jersey City, NJ – Loew’s Theatre