Father John Misty Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Mr. Honeybear himself. The self-aggrandising pop masochist Father John Misty used to go by his real name, J. Tillman, and made music a little nicer, a little more humbled: early records were homespun folk gems including Cancer and Delerium and Va...read more »
Mr. Honeybear himself. The self-aggrandising pop masochist Father John Misty used to go by his real name, J. Tillman, and made music a little nicer, a little more humbled: early records were homespun folk gems including Cancer and Delerium and Vacilando Territory Blues. Seemingly he became disillusioned with the tropes of a bygone folk era (which may also be why he stopped drumming for Fleet Foxes), took some drugs and became his new self, Mister Misty, Sir John, the villain of indie rock.
Under his new name he got a big break: I Love You, Honeybear was a sardonic collection of darkly comic tunes that fell in love and corrected grammar, keeping the listener at an arm's length like a stand-up comic talking down a heckler. His interest in character-acting and the pantomimic element of the rock pantheon grew and grew, leaving us with Pure Comedy, a record of languishing piano ballads doing their best to recall Elton John. One might argue he's bounced back with God's Favourite Customer, ditching his penchant for annoying, borderline offensive press cycles and simply letting his ornate, delicate music speak for itself. Gotta hope this trend continues: when he's good, this snarky lil' man sure can write with the best of them.
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Shy and retiring songwriter Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) made a rare public appearance in September 2017 and it just happened to be at Third Man studios on Nashville. Much to his embarrassment presumably, the whole thing was taped and has now been released on an LP. The songs cover all three Father John Misty releases an...view item
With a slew of understated folk records secured under his own name and a hell of a fun time had playing soft percussive noises for Fleet Foxes, J. Tillman returns to his Father John Misty project, where he mixes esoteric lyricism with brazen folk rock arrangements. I Love You, Honeyb...view item
Oh hold on, so what happened to that wife he spent hours and hours droning on about? Because the press release here says 'God’s Favorite Customer 'reflects on the experience of being caught between the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom'. Is it because he sounds like Elton John? Anyway ‘God’s...view item
Here he comes again 'The Dancing Man' whose varied folk stylings on 'I Love You Honeybear' sent him from folk also-ran to beard of a generation. That album's mix of confessional songwriting, daring lyricism and evocative and diverse production made it more than just another folk album. I wonder how many songs on this much anticipated follow up a...view item
Here's a rather anonymous-looking 7" with Marissa Nadler and Father John Misty covering each other's songs. There's no text on the sleeve or the disc so good luck remembering what it is when you find it in a pile of records next year.
On side A we've got Nadler ...view item
Father John Misty
"Fear Fun" is ex-Fleet Foxes drummer, J. Tillman's first album under his new pseudonym Father John Misty and his first solo outing since his departure from Fleet Foxes. To my ears it marks a bit of change in sound. The J. Tillman stuff I'd heard was rather dull so I didn't investigate much further than one album...view item
When I heard "Crosswinds" on KCRW it was an instant convert before I even heard the vocals. J. Tillman is the drummer for a famous alternative band from Seattle (Fleet Foxes.....and he later became Father John Misty - sales ed). His solo music is stark, evocative, and powe...view item
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