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.


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.