On May 1, 2012 Joshua [Tillman, formerly of Fleet Foxes] released the album ‘Fear Fun’ under his new moniker ‘Father John Misty’. When discussing his motivations behind the creation of the name ‘Father John Misty’, Tillman paraphrases Philip Roth: ’It’s all of me and none of me, if you can’t see that, you won’t get it’. What I call it is totally arbitrary, but I like the name. You’ve got to have a name. I never got to choose mine.” A couple of months prior to the release of the album a video was released for the song “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings’ starring Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza. The album was a dramatic departure from any of Joshua’s former releases. On how the album came about Joshua said: “I got into my van with enough mushrooms to choke a horse and started driving down the coast with nowhere to go. After a few weeks, I was writing a novel, which is where I finally found my narrative voice…. It was a while before that voice started manifesting in a musical way, but once I settled in the Laurel Canyon spider-shack where I’m living now, I spent months demoing all these weird-ass songs about weird-ass experiences almost in real-time, and kind of had this musical ‘Oh-there-I-am’ moment, identical to how I felt when I was writing the book.”
This you gotta see, right? Right. We can’t help you with the ‘shrooms and the buckskin jacket with fringe — both of which will undoubtedly come in handy — but we do have a pair of tickets to see Father John Misty at Union Transfer on Sunday for the 12th lucky reader to sign up for our mailing list (to the right of this post, under the masthead). Signing up to our mailing list gets you special content alerts and early warnings about special promotions and concert ticket giveaways. And rest assured your email address will never be sold or shared with anyone, we promise upon pain of death. Us not you. So, let’s get you into a pair of Father John Misty tickets. Good luck and godspeed!
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