Neutral Milk Hotel Frontman Jeff Magnum Opens 2013 On The Road

Neutral Milk Hotel frontman has been relatively less reclusive over the past couple years, and he will spend the majority of the first two months of 2013 on the road, as well.

A statement on the Neutral Milk Hotel site announced the upcoming tour:

hello friends in a flock of finches unfolding from the face of a foam horse on the phone to inform you that jeff is heading out for one last u.s. acoustic tour, giving him the chance to play to all the silver citizens dwelling in citys [sic] that he has yet to sing in.

The trek will kick off at Asbury Hall in Buffalo, N.Y. on January 9, and is scheduled to run until a February 16 show at the MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Mangum also will bring his acoustic guitar to other cities throughout the U.S. including Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Dallas, New Orleans and Knoxville.

There is no other word as of yet on what Mangum’s future holds after this “one last U.S. acoustic tour.” Recent acoustic tours have seen Mangum performing a slew of songs from the two official Neutral Milk Hotel releases, On Avery Island and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, as well as some unreleased songs from the band.

Perhaps his most high profile gig since returning to touring was a solo set at this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival back in April of this year.

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is the most well known Neutral Milk Hotel album, released in 1998. Though Mangum disbanded the group the following year, the album has become a cult favorite and the reclusive nature of Mangum has become something of a legend throughout the ensuing years.

Another former member of the group, Julian Koster, releases records under the moniker The Music Tapes. That group’s most recent album, Mary’s Voice, was released in September.