Saturday’s Concert Picks: The Bailey Hounds at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Father John Misty at Union Transfer, Oh Bree at The Fire


Hot off the release of their new EP, All The Blood in the World, local roots-rock quartet, The Bailey Hounds, will be playing a show this Saturday at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The new EP is streaming (see the link below), and available for purchase, at their Bandcamp page. The Bailey Hounds will be back in Philly later on in the summer for release party show at Johnny Brenda’s on July 13th. Tickets and information for their Laurel Hill Cemetery show can be found here.

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Father John Misty releases video for “Funtimes in Babylon,” perfume called “Innocence, by Misty” (playing Union Transfer on 6/8)

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Father John Misty put things quite bluntly in a comment for his new video of “Funtimes in Babylon” off of last year’s stellar Fear Fun:

Music videos don’t need blurbs. It’s like putting a brief summary before a Garfield comic strip. Also when did everyone start calling them ‘clips’? A ‘clip’ is an excerpt of a whole, I thought. Whoever post’s this, don’t spoil the ending in your blurb, which will probably read like this: “Seattle based folk beardo Father John Murphy mopes around a deserted, apocalyptic landscape (and shows off some of those infamous dance moves) in this Josh Tillman directed clip for ‘Funtimes In Babylon’.

Keeping the curveballs coming, the Seattle / L.A. musician has announced the release of perfume called “Innocence, by Misty” in conjunction with SANAE Intoxicants (the same company that released Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s line earlier this year).  According to the company, Tillman’s scent “has pure botanical fragrances of Sweet Orange Oil, Tunisian Neroli, Mimosa Absolute, Violet Absolute, Jasmine Grand, Bourbon Vanilla, and Linden Blossom.”

Watch both the “Funtimes in Babylon” video and a promo for the fragrance below.  Father John Misty will headline Union Transfer on Saturday, June 8th; tickets and information can be found here.


My Morning Download: “Now I’m Learning To Love The War” by Father John Misty (from a limited time only collection of World Cafe downloads)

fatherjohn Today’s free World Cafe download, “Now I’m Learning To Love The War,” comes from singer-songwriter Josh Tillman, AKA Father John Misty. He visited the World Cafe with David Dye last November; you can listen to the session here. Download the song below. This month (and this month only) World Cafe is offering free downloads of performances from bands including Calexico, Lord Huron, the Afghan Whigs, Alt-J, John Fullbright, Freelance Whales, Stars, Nick Waterhouse, Allen Stone, The Kopecky Family Band and others. Download the entire collection, while they last until March 1st, here.

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Just Announced: Father John Misty returns to Union Transfer on 6/8

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
Psych folk / rock bandleader Father John Misty has announced a new spring/summer tour, which will caravan him through Philadelphia on Saturday, June 8th for show at Union Transfer.  The charismatic former Fleet Foxes drummer (off-stage Josh Tillman) revived his solo work under the new persona last year, releasing the much-loved Fear Fun on Sub Pop and trading in his drumsticks for dance moves during live shows.  Check out a full recap of his October appearance at Union Transfer here; tickets and information for the 21+ show will be available over at the XPN Concert Calendar.  Below, watch Father John Misty perform “Misty’s Nightmares 1 & 2″ at WXPN’s Non-COMMvention from May 2012.


Dancing in the spotlight with Father John Misty (photos, recap, setlist, video)

As much as Josh Tillman took a roundabout way to get there, he fits nicely in the role of rock and roll frontman. Formerly the drummer for indie-folk sensations Fleet Foxes and a solo artist before that, Tillman brought his Father John Misty persona / band to Union Transfer last night for an electrifying, hour-long set, performing almost all of his debut LP Fear Fun, as well two well-received covers.

An immediate observation as Tillman and his four-piece backing band stepped to the stage – he had no instruments with him, short of a tambourine. His job tonight was to sing, to dance, to be the charismatic guy in the front of the pack. So he opened the set strutting and swaying to album opener “Fun Times in Babylon,” closed it twisting and writhing Iggy Pop / Michael Stipe style to the single “Holllywood Forever Cemetry SIngs.” Things got a bit dramatic on “Nancy from Now On,” when Tillman brought his microphone stand cracking down on his head during the lyric “I’ll be breaking things like Howard Hughes.” Later he cracked jokes about Instagram and smart phones  (“buy minerals from drug lords, do whatever it takes to get that device in my hand”), and remarked that it was a rimshot-heavy evening. But then there was the performance – occasionally ostentatious, but always expressive and impressive. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Indigo Girls to Scottish Rite Auditorium, Father John Misty at Union Transfer, Kimbra at TLA, Sea Wolf at North Star Bar

XPN Welcomes the Indigo Girls to the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood tonight. The folk rock duo, whose career spans over two decades, are on tour playing old favorites like “Closer to Fine” and “Power of Two” in addition to tracks from their 2011 record Beauty Queen Sister. Tickets for the 7:30 show are available here. Below, check out the video for their “Making Promises” from Beauty Queen Sister.  Continue reading →


Father John Misty announces fall tour dates; playing Union Transfer in October

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
The fantastical Father John Misty will once again grace us with his presence. Having played at SXSW this year, as well as our annual Non-Comm, we have grown fond of not just his debut album Fear Fun (which is spotlessly melodious, especially the master-crafted tune “Hollywood Cemetery Sings”) but also his live performances. The Father really knows how to get wrapped all up into his songs that discuss his pains and his pleasures, his sorrows and his irateness, and his feverish, wondrous dreams. He returns to Philadelphia on October 21st at Union Transfer with supporting acts including La Sera and Jefertitti’s Nile. Ticket sales TBA. Below, you can check out his live performance of “I’m Writing a Novel” from WXPN’s Non-Comm in May. You can listen to the entire performance here.


My Morning Download: “Nancy From Now On” by Father John Misty (playing Thursday night Non-comm broadcast)

Father John Misty is the musical persona of Josh Tillman, who has been recording and releasing solo albums since 2003 (as J Tillman) and who recently departed the Fleet Foxes after playing drums since 2008. Tilmman’s debut as Father John Misty – Fear Fun – was recently released on Sub Pop Records. The record was produced by Jonathan Wilson (himself a singular singer-songwriter) and has musical touchstones on it that may bring to mind George Harrison’s classic All Things Must Pass and Harry Nilsson. Download the song “Nancy From Now On” from Tillman’s Fear Fun below. Father John Misty is playing this Thursday evening as part of WXPN’s Non-Commvention along with War On Drugs, Polica, and Beth Orton. The complete schedule of live broadcasts is here.

Father John Misty – Nancy From Now On by Bella Union

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WXPN broadcasting Non-Commvention shows with Grace Potter, War On Drugs, Willie Nelson, Rufus Wainwright, Brandi Carlile, Polica, Norah Jones and more

Next Wednesday, May 16th through Saturday, May 17th WXPN’s annual music conference, the Non-Commvention, rolls in to World Cafe Live and WXPN. This is the 12th year for the industry conference started by WXPN’s Dan Reed when he worked at WFPK in Louisville, Kentucky. Hundreds of music industry personnel will be in town from various radio stations across the country alongside industry publicists, labels representatives, digital media folks, managers, and listeners and members of WXPN. The lineup for this year’s Non-Comm includes dozens of bands who will be performing at World Cafe Live Wednesday through Friday night, and a listener appreciation Free At Noon on Saturday at Penn Park. WXPN will be broadcasting and webcasting the following sets live:

Wednesday, May 16
8:00 PM – The Key Studio Sessions Live with Graham Alexander, Find Vienna
10:00 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Thursday, May 17 Free At Noon
Noon – Joseph Arthur
12:30 – Citizen Cope

The NPR Music Stage
8:30-9 – Father John Misty
9:35-10:05 – Beth Orton
10:45-11:25 – The War On Drugs
12:05-12:45 – Polica

Friday, May 18 Free At Noon with Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson

The NPR Music Stage
8:30-9 – Diego Garcia
9:35-10 – Nada Surf
10:40-11:10 – Good Old War
11:50-12:30 – J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound

Saturday, May 19 – Listener Appreciation Free At Noon from Penn Park:
12-12:20 – Dex Romweber Duo
12:25-1:05 – Rufus Wainwright
1:15-1:45 – Sons of Fathers
1:55-2:25 – Elle King
2:30-3 – Nick Waterhouse