There’s a certain sector of the North American population, namely those of us that don’t live on the East Coast, West Coast or select portions of Canada that have been missing out on the brilliance and wonderment that is Jeff Mangum. Since going into seclusion several years ago, apperances and performances by Mangum have been extremely few and extremely far between. For whatever reason, in the last few months Mangum has suddenly re-emerged from hiding and has started to play shows again. He’s confined himself to only about a dozen shows up until now, but it’s more activity than he’s had going on in quite awhile. There’s also a Neutral Milk Hotel vinyl-only box set that will be released in the relatively near future, and Mangum has started to give away outtakes and unreleased tracks via the Neutral Milk Hotel website. He hasn’t given a reason for his comeback, but nobody wants to ask why. We’re all just glad he’s back, and hope you feel the same way. That said, Mangum has just announced a winter tour across much of the U.S., making stops in a number of cities he hasn’t been back to in quite some time. He’ll be coming to Chicago for 2 dates in February, and I couldn’t be more excited about that. Check the official website for the full tour schedule. Now I’ve just got to hope I can get tickets. You don’t need any special pass to gain access to Pick Your Poison. It’s free and always will be. Highlights today include tracks from Lindstrom, Mandolin Orange, Nicolas Jaar, Orchestra of Spheres, Sandman Viper COmmand and Clams Casino’s remix of Washed Out. In the Soundcloud section you can stream some good stuff from Girls and Odd Future project The Internet.