A Valentine from Father John Misty

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with this modern love song from Father John Misty, also known as Josh Tillman. Father John Misty music is always a beautiful trip filled with provocative irregularities, and his live shows are rounded out by between-song banter that showcases his acerbic wit. This is a profoundly conscious, intelligent man on his third successful venture; he first found fame as a member of Fleet Foxes, then transitioned into more introspective music as J. Tillman, and now performs as the musically ordained preaching in song, specifically 21st-century symphonic indie rock ballads.

I’ve seen FJM perform live more than any other artist, and he never disappoints. The clarity of his voice, the fun he is obviously having onstage (like a predator playing with its prey), and the lack of hesitation to skewer disrespectful drunk girls in the front row all make him chief among music makers in my book. This performance of “I Went To The Store One Day” was filmed by a wonderful French music blog titled La Blogotheque, and is Tillman’s second collaboration for their Take Away Shows. His first, performed as J. Tillman, was also filmed in a Parisian cafe, and is equally as intimate and human.

I just purchased the deluxe LP of his newly-released I Love You, Honeybear, with its whimsically sadistic pop-up cover art, and am anxiously anticipating its arrival. Until then, I’ll keep streaming this song with an unburdened conscience to celebrate Valentine’s Day like a true Millennial.


Father John Misty, “I’m Writing A Novel”

Josh Tillman’s brain is a national treasure, and I mean this in all semi-seriousness. During performances as Father John Misty, he lights up the stage with his eccentric dexterity, his quick-witted banter and superb musicianship.  This video, for the track “I’m Writing A Novel” off his album Fear Fun, was just released on 11 September and it puts on exhibit a life most likely not like your own. Perhaps what I admire most is his irreverence, his seemingly resolute desire to make life entertaining. Take, for example, the title of directional tabs on his WEBSITE: “I’m Coming To Your Town So You Can Film Me On Your iPhone” aka Tour; “Please Buy My T-Shirts!” aka Merchandise; and “These icons may be tiny but they will take you to websites that will be around for at least another 8 months before they are bought and made uncool by major media conglomerates” aka Facebook and Twitter.

Genius. Rumor has it that he’s ACTUALLY writing a novel. I can’t wait to read that.


Drink Whiskey with Sammy D and Father Misty

In honor of Father Misty’s show tonight at The Fillmore, I present his parody of the 1974 Suntory Whiskey ad featuring none other than the inimitable Sammy Davis Jr. Well, inimitable unless you’re FJM.

Update: The original video that was included in this post was removed, and (unfortunately) the only version currently available has substandard audio that cuts out about halfway through. My apologies; the hunt for an adequate video persists, but until that is found this will give you a sample.

J. Tillman, “Firstborn”

She realized would never touch the ivory on her mother’s piano again. It, as with all she had known, was fracturing to other places. It had left its place beside the hearth. Far from her reach, Foreign to her sight. Washed clean free of provenance to dwell in a home with no mind for such things.  No longer a gift from her father, who now laid snugly in the ground. No longer there to gather the family ’round.  Another memory gone.

Now just another piece of furniture on which to place a drink.