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Fall for Father John Misty, of Montreal & Hot Chip on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Father John Misty | Photo by Emma Elizabeth Tillman
Father John Misty | Photo by Emma Elizabeth Tillman

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back to fill your head with love. Tune in to WXPN at 11pm tonight for, among other things, a spotlight on the acclaimed new album from Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear. We’ll also hear a few of these heart-shaped tracks in the mix:

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Father John Misty “I Went to the Store One Day” in a Paris cafe for La Blogothèque

Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

Accompanied by quiet French conversations from passer-bys, Josh Tillman of Father John Misty recently recorded a Take Away Show with La Blogothèque in Paris. The singer performed “I Went to the Store One Day” from his new album I Love You, Honeybear. It was a romantic setting in the candlelit Parisian cafe and the opening scene features snapshots of historical paintings backed by the dramatic strums of Tillman’s guitar. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Ryley Walker, Darla and more

Ryley Walker
Ryley Walker | photo courtesy of Folkadelphia

Folkadelphia has presented its session with Ryley Walker. The Chicago guitarist will release his sophomore LP Primrose Green at the end of March, but stopped by the WXPN studios last summer to record a few tracks as preview. You can now hear “Griffith Bucks Blues” off of the new LP (below), as well as a handful of others by visiting the Folkadelphia bandcamp page here.

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Free At Noon Flashback: Father John Misty puts on a witty, one-of-a-kind show

Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

Indie folk artist Father John Misty took the stage at today’s Free At Noon and unleashed his charm on a packed room of buzzing fans. After finishing their first song “I Love You, Honeybear” off of their upcoming album Honeybear, lead singer J. Tillman joked “All the best rock moments happened at noon. I think Jimi Hendrix burned his guitar at noon.” Continue reading →

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Download “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C For Two Virgins)” by Father John Misty

Father John Misty | Photo courtesy of the artist and Sub Pop Records.
Father John Misty | Photo courtesy of the artist and Sub Pop Records.

This Friday, January 30th, at Noon, singer and songwriter Father John Misty is playing a sold out Free At Noon concert on WXPN. He’s playing a sold out show at Union Transfer on April 1st. Father John (real name Josh Tillman) releases his new album, I Love You Honeybear on February 10th. Continue reading →

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Download a new song by The Lone Bellow, “Cold As It Is” (plus 21 other songs from bands playing Hangout Fest)

The Lone Bellow | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Lone Bellow | Photo courtesy of the artist

Sandwiched between Coachella in April and Bonnaroo in June is The Hangout Music Festival, a three day music festival held on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 15-17. This year’s lineup featured Foo Fighters, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Foster the People, Spoon, TV on the Radio, Phantogram, Lupe Fiasco, Cold War Kids, MisterWives and many more. Continue reading →

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A night of solo acoustic showmanship with Father John Misty at Union Transfer

Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com All photos by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Father John Misty, as J Tillman calls himself, is not a person. He’s a persona, a mask, an act – and I love it. That said, Father John Misty with a band behind him is an entirely different story from Father John Misty solo: without a band, you’re getting introspection, sincerity and a guy that’s a whole lot more of Josh Tillman than his normal guise. His new work is beautifully cynical in a justified way; it blatantly criticizes everything he detests in a way unseen in his previous work.

His set began with “I’m Writing a Novel”, one of the more popular tunes off of last year’s Fear Fun. His guitar playing was full of energy and left me questioning if he really needed a backing band in the first place. The rather vocal crowd engaged him on the next song, “Only Son of the Ladiesman”, imploring him to sing “I’m a Phillies fan” rather than a “Dodgers fan”, to which Tillman responded, “I don’t give a fuck about baseball”. He moved on to “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” which, other than Tillman’s vocal embellishments, was basically unremarkable. What was remarkable, however, was a new song titled “Chateau Lobby #9.” Verse by verse, it exemplified Tillman’s distaste for various types of people.

Seldom was Tillman 100% serious during this acoustic evening – he brought out a giant iPhone screen to perform his new songs behind, since “I understand this is how you enjoy watching new music.” But on his cover of Dory Previn’s “Lady With the Braid”, one could sense the reverence he held for this song through his steadfast vocals and uncompromising ballad guitar strumming. Moving from genuine to beautifully ironic, fans then appreciated a new track, “Bored in the USA”. Tillman’s falsetto shone during his 3 encores, most notably on “O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me”, after which he gave the audience a heartfelt thank-you and left the stage.

Opening for Father John Misty in an almost surprisingly apt fashion was comedian Kate Berlant, whose stream-of-consciousness humor was welcomed with effusive cathartic laughter.
To be quite honest, I still prefer Father John Misty “the act”; with a band behind him, Tillman becomes much more of a showman. That is not to say, however, that Father John Misty solo isn’t something to which I owe a great deal of high regard. The fact that I was getting a different Tillman made it worthwhile in and of itself.

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