Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum launches his first national tour since 1998 today. Unfortunately, none of the shows are in St. Louis -- he'll play a pair at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago on February 6 and 7. Still, his resurrection has not gone unnoticed in these parts. In this week's feature, Mike Appelstein interviews attendees and fellow performers from NMH's three St. Louis shows and one in Columbia.
The biggest takeaway from the feature is how much of the band's legacy was formed post-mortem. Those who were there saw good shows but not levitations into the face of God. Much of the detail recounted has to do with logistics or even the other bands on the bill. Says Korry Keeker, formerly of KCOU (88.1 FM) in Columbia, "I guess I always think of him more as an awkward, ramshackle twee-hobo who had an extended passage of clarity in which he made his bizarre characters somehow universal and resonant."
Jeff Mangum Tour 2011
Jan 18 New Haven, CT Shubert Theater On Sale Now Jan 20 Brooklyn, NY Gilman Opera House at Brooklyn Academy of Music SOLD OUT Jan 20 Brooklyn, NY Gilman Opera House at Brooklyn Academy of Music SOLD OUT Jan 25 Philadelphia, PA Irvine Auditorium at University of Pennsylvania SOLD OUT Jan 27 Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre SOLD OUT Jan 28 Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre SOLD OUT Jan 30 Chapel Hill, NC Memorial Hall at University of North Carolina SOLD OUT Feb 01 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse SOLD OUT Feb 04 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre NEW VENUE Feb 06 Chicago, IL Athenaeum Theater SOLD OUT Feb 07 Chicago, IL Athenaeum Theater SOLD OUT Feb 08 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater SOLD OUT Feb 10 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club SOLD OUT Feb 11 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club SOLD OUT Mar 07 Dublin, IRE Vicar Street SOLD OUT Mar 09 - Mar 11 Minehead, UK All Tomorrow's Parties Curated By Jeff Mangum Mar 13 London, UK Union Chapel SOLD OUT Mar 14 London, UK Union Chapel SOLD OUT Apr 10 Oakland, CA Fox Theater NEW Apr 14 Indio, CA Coachella NEW Apr 16 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre NEW Apr 17 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre NEW Apr 18 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom NEW Apr 19 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom NEW Apr 21 Indio, CA Coachella NEW
Note: If anyone has or can find video of any of the St. Louis shows, please let us know in the comments.