Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Father John Misty

Father John Misty is the cracked 1960s folk alter ego of Joshua Tillman, best known until recently as the drummer for Fleet Foxes. (I am not as crazy about Fleet Foxes as some, but I do like this offshoot.)

Father John's first full-length, which balances the lovely clarity of, say, Ian Matthews, with the giddiness and irreverence of Harry Nilsson, comes out the first of May on Sub Pop. Tillman’s voice is, as many have observed, a remarkable thing, high and chilling but full of ease. Here’s that voice is wrapped around some very eccentric twists and turns, an outsider-ish poetry of tawdry surreality. The album is called Fear Fun, and you should check it out, if only for the “Try not to think so much about/the truly staggering amount/of oil/that it takes to make a record,” opening of “Now I’m Learning to Love the War.”

He’s at SXSW now, but he may be round to see you soon. If it were up to me, I’d catch the one at LA's Natural History Museum, but then, I like dinosaurs.

Red 7 Patio (TX), Austin TX
SXSW Sub Pop Showcase!!
set time: 12AM
• Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Casbah, San Diego CA
All Ages!
• Friday, May 4, 2012
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA
All Ages!
• Saturday, May 5, 2012
Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco CA

• Monday, May 7, 2012
Neumos, Seattle WA

• Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR

• Friday, May 11, 2012
7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN
18 & Up!
• Saturday, May 12, 2012
Schubas, Chicago IL

• Monday, May 14, 2012
Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto Canada
19 & up!
• Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Petit Campus, Montreal Canada
19 & up!
• Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA
18 & up!

Here’s “Nancy From Now On”

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