I Love You, Honeybear is earning massive and well-deserved praise from outlets like New York Times, The Guardian (5/5), Rolling Stone (4/5), Pitchfork (8.8/10, “Best New Music”), SPIN (9/10, “Album of the Week”), Exclaim (10/10), CBC (“Album of the Week”), Uncut (8/10), MOJO (4/5), Q (4/5), NME (9/10), Entertainment Weekly(Must List) in addition to features from Pitchfork (read here) and Grantland (read here).
Father John Misty’s fast-selling out headlining 2015 world tour accompanied by a 7-piece backing band, in support of I Love You, Honeybear has been extended through August 20th. International festival highlights include Coachella, Sasquatch, Field Trip, Hangout, Oya, and Way Out West. See a complete list of tour dates below.
In related news, you can also watch his beautiful “Take Away Show” performance of La Blogothèque…Honeybear closer“I Went to the Store One Day” (watch here).
I Love You, Honeybear
featuring the highlights “Bored In The USA,” “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C
for Two Virgins),” “True Affection,” and the title track, was produced
by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed by Phil Ek, and mastered by
Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. I Love You, Honeybear is available to purchase via Father John Misty.net, Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, and Amazon.
[10/10] - Exclaim
[10/10] -Loud and Quiet
[5/5] - The Guardian
[5/5, “Album of the Week”] - NOW Magazine
[5/5] - Contact Music
[5/5] - Sunday Express
[9.5/ 10, “Album of the Week”] - The Line Of Best Fit [A-] - AV Club [A-] - Consequence of Sound
[9/10] - Drowned in Sound
[9/10] - FLOOD
[9/10] - NME
[9/10] - No Ripcord
[9/10, “Album of the Week”] - SPIN
[4.5/5] - The Independent
[4.5 / 5] - SLANT
[8.8 / 10, “Best New Music”] - Pitchfork
[B +] - Pretty Much Amazing [8/10] - The 405
[8/10] - Uncut [8/10] - Under The Radar
[4/5] - DIY
[4/5] - Financial Times [4/5] - MOJO
[4/5] - Rolling Stone
[4/5] - The Skinny
[4/5, “Album of the Week”] - Time Out London
[“Must List”] - Entertainment Weekly
[“Album of the Week”] - CBC
[“Album of the Week”] - “The Current” / KCMP
[“Album of the Week”] - Sunday Times
[“Album of the Week”] - WFUV
Tour Dates Feb. 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC* [Sold Out] Feb. 14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom* [Sold Out] Feb. 16 - Montreal, QC - Virgin Mobile Corona Theater* [Sold Out] Feb. 18 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall* [Sold Out] Feb. 21 - Dublin, IE - Whelans [Sold Out] Feb. 22 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts [Sold Out] Feb. 23 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla [Sold Out] Feb. 26 - London, UK - Village Underground [Sold Out] Feb. 27 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club [Sold Out] Feb. 28 - Bristol, UK - Thekla [Sold Out] Mar. 03 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie Mar. 04 - Brussels, BE - Botanique - Orangerie Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Mar. 07 - Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Mar. 08 - Hamburg, DE - Nochtspelcher Mar. 25 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works** Mar. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse** [Sold Out] Mar. 27 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel** [Sold Out] Mar. 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club** [Sold Out] Mar. 31 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club** [Sold Out] Apr. 01 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer** [Sold Out] Apr. 03 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater** [Sold Out] Apr. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave** [Sold Out] Apr. 05 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival @ The Englert Apr. 07 - Lawrence, KS - Granada** Apr. 08 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room** Apr. 09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater Apr. 11 - Indio, CA - Coachella [Sold Out] Apr. 13 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse Apr.14 - San Diego, CA - North Park Theatre Apr. 16 - San Francisco, CA - The FIllmore [Sold Out] Apr. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The FIllmore [Sold Out] Apr. 18 - Indio, CA - Coachella [Sold Out] Apr. 22 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater^ Apr. 23 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s^ Apr. 24 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s^ Apr. 25 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater^ May 16 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival May 23- George, WA - Sasquatch Festival May 24 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom Jun. 04 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavillion ^^ Jun. 07 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip Festival Jun. 27 - Killarney, IE - Killarney Food & Music Festival Aug. 11 - Oslo, NO - Oya Festival Aug. 13 - Gothenburg, SE - Way Out West Aug. 20 - Beacon, UK - Green Man Festival
* w/ Guy Blakeslee
** w/ King Tuff
^ w/ Luluc
^^ w/ The Decemberists
Father John Misty has built his very own music streaming service, SAP, and best of all, IT’S FREE! As of this moment, his forthcoming sophomore effort, I Love You, Honeybear, is the sole body of work available to stream on the innovative new platform, but honestly, it’s all you need until the record’s release day just two weeks from now on February 10th. Pre-order I Love You, Honeybear from us here at Sub Pop, and head to SAP to stream Father John Misty’s work.
Josh Tillman says of the video, “A few months ago, I had an idea for a music video. I was going to rent a wedding chapel, get a dozen kittens and stage a kitten wedding, over which I would preside and intercut with performance footage of me lip-syncing the song which you’re hearing today, “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”.
great, right? It may have even gone viral because kittens. If a video
goes viral, that means you’re reaching a wider audience, and you might
even get on a chart. If you get on a chart that means you’re streaming more records, and the more records you’re streaming the more money you supposedly have for hiring kitten wranglers.
“Aside from the fact that kitten wranglers are considerably more expensive than you may realize and that said-kitten wranglers all informed me there was no way we were going to be able get the outfits I
had mocked up onto said-kittens, there was another extenuating factor
involved in the decision to abort this music video concept and ruin the
slim likelihood that I might ever get to see the Huffington Post
entertainment headline “EX-FLEET FOXES DRUMMER WEDS CATS”.
“That reason is that the song actually means a great a deal to me.
got the #4 on it because this iteration Chateau Lobby was the 4th
attempt at arranging and producing the song that did not turn out
perversely sentimental. Sentimentality brutalizes emotion. Much like ironic music videos.
“I don’t care all that much if you like the music video or not. The label isn’t crazy about it. Management isn’t crazy about it. I have been informed I’m basically kissing an MTV “Woodie” award goodbye forever. I made it on an iPad on my wedding anniversary with the one I love. We ate pancakes.
“I love you,
I Love You, Honeybear will be available February 9th in Europe from Bella Union and February 10th for the rest of the world from Sub Pop. The album, featuring “Bored In The USA,” “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins),” “True Affection,” and the title track, was produced by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Preorders for I Love You, Honeybear are now available from us here at Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes and Amazon.
We couldn’t encourage you enough to read Father John Misty’s “Back Into the Gaping Maw of Promotional Correspondence,” an epic screed on behalf of the upcoming tour in support of I Love You, Honeybear, his highly anticipated second album. Details found within it include: hismuch-talked about performance of “Bored in the USA”on The Late Show with David Letterman, and a NSFW trailer featuring segments of …Honeybear tracks “When You’re Smiling And Astride Me” and “Holy Shit.”
On a related and perhaps unsurprising note, “Bored in the USA” earned a great deal of praise from the likes of Pitchfork (“Best New Track”) and NMEGrantland, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Flavorwire and more.
Father John Misty’s fast-selling headlining late winter/spring tour in support of I Love You, Honeybear spans January 16th-April 25th. Sold out-out shows include Brooklyn’s Rough Trade NYC on February 12th, New York’s Bowery Ballroom on February 14th, Dublin’s Whelans on February 21st, London’s Village Underground on February 26th and Minneapolis’s First Avenue on April 4th. For up-to-date information on tickets please visit fatherjohnmisty.com. You should definitely get tickets now, they will most certainly not be available forever.
I Love You, Honeybear will be available on February 10th from Sub Pop. The album, featuring “Bored In The USA,” “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins),” “True Affection,” and the title track, was produced by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. It’s truly a remarkable record of which we couldn’t be more pleased to stamp our logo on.
Perhaps you saw Father John Misty’s performance of the brand new track “Bored In the USA” complete with a 22-piece string section on The Late Show with David Letterman, and found that you’re wondering yourself silly with questions like, “Could it be true?! A new record from Father John Misty?!” and you ended up here, the webhome of FJM’s record label, hoping to answer your burning questions. Well the answer, dear friends, is yes, on February 10th, 2015, Sub Pop Records will proudly be releasingI Love You, Honeybear, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the amazing, left-field FJM record, Fear Fun.
As if the news couldn’t get any better, Father John Misty is headlining late winter/spring tour, accompanied by a 7-piece backing band full of musicians, in support of I Love You, Honeybear. Support for the tour comes from Guy Blakeslee (Feb. 9th-18th), and Sub Pop label mates King Tuff (Mar. 25th-Apr. 8th) and Luluc (Apr. 22nd-25th). Please find a current list of tour dates below.
A standard 2xLP version in a gatefold jacket and on black vinyl
A limited edition deluxe 2XLP alternate-cover version on tricolor vinyl in a Dioramic, Meta-Musical Funtime gatefold jacket
All CD and LP formats will come with a fold-out poster, featuring a collage of Emma Tillman’s intimate photos, designed by Alia Penner and an extensive “Exercises for Listening” written by Josh Tillman. Additionally, CD and LP preorders will come with 8 demos on cassette (while supplies last). There will also be two new t-shirts available, as stand-alone items or as part of a bundle with preorders of I Love You, Honeybear.
What does Father John Misty say about I Love You, Honeybear? Here’s a very good answer to that question you probably weren’t asking yourself:
Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman, says of the album, I Love You, Honeybear was recorded all through 2013 to 2014 in Los Angeles with producer Jonathan Wilson, who I also recorded and produced 2012’s Fairly Fun with. There’s a case to be made that it sounds and acts a bit like solo-era John Lennon, Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn, while taking more than a few cues from Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Muhammad Ali. It has a decidedly more soulful presence than Fear Fun,
due in no small part to the fact that I am truly singing my ass off all over this motherfucker. The album is really characterized by the scope and ambition of the arrangements. Nearly every tune is augmented by something special, be it orchestral strings, a mariachi band, questionable electronic drum solos, ragtime jazz combos, soul singers,
or what have you. I’m pretty sure there’s a sitar in there somewhere. Blammo.
I Love You, Honeybear is a concept album about a guy named Josh Tillman who spends quite a bit of time banging his head against walls, cultivating weak ties with strangers and generally avoiding intimacy at
all costs. This all serves to fuel a version of himself that his self-loathing narcissism can deal with. We see him engaging in all manner of regrettable behavior.
“In a parking lot somewhere he meets Emma, who inspires in him a vision of a life wherein being truly seen is not synonymous with shame, but possibly true liberation and sublime, unfettered creativity. These ambitions are initially thwarted as jealousy, self-destruction and other charming human character traits emerge. Josh Tillman confesses as much all throughout.
“The album progresses, sometimes chronologically, sometimes not, between two polarities: the first of which is the belief that the best love can be is finding someone who is miserable in the same way you are and the end point being that love isn’t for anyone who isn’t interested in finding a companion to undertake total transformation with. I won’t give away the ending, but sex, violence, profanity and excavations of the male psyche abound.
“My ambition, aside from making an indulgent, soulful, and epic sound worthy of the subject matter, was to address the sensuality of fear, the terrifying force of love, the unutterable pleasures of true intimacy,
and the destruction of emotional and intellectual prisons in my own
“This material demanded a new way of being made, and it took a lot of time before the process revealed itself. The massive, deranged shmaltz I heard in my head, and knew had to be the sound of this record, originated a few years ago while Emma and I were hallucinating in Joshua
Tree; the same week I wrote the title track. I chased that sound for the entire year and half we were recording. The means by which it was achieved bore a striking resemblance to the travails, abandon and
transformation of learning how to love and be loved; see and be seen.
There: I said it. Blammo.”
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Tracklisting:
1. I Love You, Honeybear
2. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
3. True Affection
4. The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.
5. When You’re Smiling and Astride Me
6. Nothing Good Ever Happens At the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
7. Strange Encounter
8. The Ideal Husband
9. Bored In The USA
10. Holy Shit
11. I Went To The Store One Day
Jan. 16 - Felton, CA - Bret Harte Hall
Jan. 17 - Sonoma, CA - Vet’s Hall Ballroom
Jan. 18 - Chico, CA - El Rey Theatre
Feb. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy*
Feb. 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC*
Feb. 14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*
Feb. 16 - Montreal, QC - Virgin Mobile Corona Theater*
Feb. 18 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall*
Feb. 21 - Dublin, IE - Whelans
Feb. 22 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
Feb. 23 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
Feb. 26 - London, UK - Village Underground
Feb. 27 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Feb. 28 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
Mar. 03 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
Mar. 04 - Brussels, BE - Botanique - Orangerie
Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Mar. 07 - Berlin, DE - Privatclub
Mar. 08 - Hamburg, DE - Nochtspelcher
Mar. 25 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works**
Mar. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse**
Mar. 27 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel**
Mar. 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club**
Mar. 31 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club**
Apr. 01 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer**
Apr. 03 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater**
Apr. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave**
Apr. 07 - Lawrence, KS - Granada**
Apr. 08 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room**
Apr. 09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
Apr. 22 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater^
Apr. 23 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s^
Apr. 24 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s^
Apr. 25 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater^
* w/ Guy Blakeslee
** w/ King Tuff
^ w/ Luluc
Sub Pop’s Small Bounty of Record Store Day Treasure
We are, once again, participating in the frenzied, let’s-get-our-economy-back-on-track holiday tradition known among vinyl collectors, music fanatics, and eBay flippers as Record Store Day’s Black Friday, for which we (and other record labels and artists) come up with very cool and very limited releases to be sold exclusively at independent record retailers.
On November 29th, Sub Pop (hey, that’s us) will release two limited-edition Black Friday exclusives: Josh Tillman’s score to the forthcoming short film The History of Caves, and a split 7” featuring Low’s popular rendition of Rihanna’s megahit “Stay” and Shearwater’s take on Frank Ocean’s “Novacane.” Please find track listing details for both releases below.
The History of Caves is the directorial debut of photographer and filmmaker Emma Elizabeth Tillman, and it will premiere later this year on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. Josh Tillman’s (spoiler alert: he is Father John Misty!) haunting, spare instrumental score spans 10 tracks, all of which are featured on this limited-edition LP. The album is limited to 2,000 copies.
Labelmates Low and Shearwater each contribute what might be considered, in some circles, improbable covers of popular songs for this split 7” single. After performing a crowd-favorite live version of Rihanna’s “Stay” at the Pitchfork Music Festival this past July, Low recorded a studio version at Sacred Heart in Duluth, MN. Low’s version of the pop ballad has been available digitally since mid-September and follows in the wake of the band’s March 2013, Jeff Tweedy-produced album The Invisible Way. Shearwater’s new album Fellow Travelers is out November 26, 2013, and on it the band performs re-imagined songs by bands they have toured with over the years, including Folk Implosion, St. Vincent, Wye Oak, Xiu Xiu, and Coldplay among others. Unfettered by the operating principle of Fellow Travelers (and inviting future tour dates together) Shearwater recorded their own gauze-wrapped, undulating version of Frank Ocean’s “Novacane” for this single. Low’s proceeds will benefit Rock for Kids (www.rockforkids.org), while Shearwater’s will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org). This 7” is limited to 3,500 copies.
Both releases will also be available digitally, so you MP3 purists can have yours, too.