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.
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.
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 →
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 →
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.
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.