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.
Well over a year after Father John Misty released the wonderfully refreshing and damn near perfect record, Fear Fun, the fruits from that cornucopia are still spilling out. By cornucopia, I mean Father John Misty record. And by fruits, I mean music videos. Watch the latest for “I’m Writing a Novel”, as it features some on-the-road highlights of Josh Tillman and company from the past year. It’s really something.
Father John Misty has had a very busy year—he’s played countless shows, countless festivals, serenaded a boat or two, he’s performed on the TV several times, has made music videos for nearly half of 2012 masterpiece Fear Fun, and now, this consummate performer can also add the title of perfumer to his resume. But more on that in the paragraph after next.
First, let’s talk about the new Father John Misty clip for the song that gets Fear Fun rolling—track one/side one—“Fun Times in Babylon”. It’s a delightful, post-apocalyptic romp through a thoroughly ravaged Everytown, USA co-directed by and starring Father John Misty leader, Josh Tillman, who had this to say about the video: "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”." Well, at least we didn’t spoil the ending.
And on to pleasures of a different sense, if you will (we really hope you’re still reading). As we said earlier, Father John Misty recently, and yes, seriously, got into the perfume making business, officially earning himself the additional title “perfumer”. Watch the, umm, trailer for his new, unisex fragrance, Innocence by Misty, it’s a wonderful introduction into the process of perfuming as guided by the always charming Father John Misty. Enjoy.
In this week’s installment of Getting to Know Us, the weekly column in which we shamelessly extoll the many audible virtues of the artists playing the very FREESub Pop Silver Jubilee on Saturday, July 13 in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. This week, we’re talking about the sonically disparate, but similarly remarkable live acts, the filthy Pissed Jeans and the effortlessly suave Father John Misty.
There’s a pretty visceral image that comes to mind the first time you hear the band name “Pissed Jeans”, and it’s pretty accurate. It’s not like the band GG Allins themselves when they perform, but it’s not like they don’t not GG Allin themselves, either—you know what I mean? Okay, it’s a little like this: they’re similar to GG Allin but with an utterly devastating sense of humor and with better songs. Also, with the Pissed Jeans, there’s no blood, urine or shit, only sweat. Upon further thought, the whole GG Allin analogy feels a little off…eh, I’m sticking with it. Watch the video from their megahit, “Bathroom Laughter” in the accompanying player. If that’s not enough, which is understandable when talking about Pissed Jeans, this live video portrayal of their song “False Jesii Part 2” is as worth your time as anything else you could be doing.
Father John Misty: singer, dancer, actor; Sub Pop’s own in-house triple threat. If there ever was an SP artist who could bring us an EGOT, it’s him (or Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords who is halfway there). Chances are that you’ve seen him somewhere since Fear Fun, Father John Misty’s debut, came out in May 2012, as he and his band have performed on a number of TV shows, played countless festivals, and have toured extensively for well over a year now. Father John Misty performs like a preacher; through his huge, melodic voice, hypnotizing hip-shaking, white suits, decidedly better-than-average looks, perfectly suited (not to mention well dressed) band, you’ll come away a believer. There’s honestly not too many bands that are easier to enjoy. Watch the accompanying video for “Fun Times in Babylon”, track one off of Fear Fun to hear what we’re saying about.
So far, Getting to Know Us has acquainted/reacquainted its readers with Tad and Brothers of a Sonic Cloth, Jack Endino’s Earthworm, Shabazz Palaces, J Mascis, and now Pissed Jeans and Father John Misty. I know we’re blinded with bias, but this lineup is already near perfect and we’re only halfway through it. Oh, and it seems worth reminding you that entry to this festival is entirely free—we’re charging for falafels and beer, however.
If you missed his previously released videos, you can find them all on Sub Pop’s Father John Misty Playlist on Youtube or, perhaps more conveniently if you happen to be reading this, you can also locate them in the handy individual links provided below.
Father John Misty on Tour
May 14 – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada
May 15 – Petit Campus, Montreal, Canada
May 16 – Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
May 18 – Mercury Lounge, New York City, NY
May 19 – Knitting Factory (BK), Brooklyn, NY
May 20 – Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
May 22 – Masquerade Music Park, Atlanta, GA
May 23 – One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA
May 24 – Fitzgeralds (TX), Houston, TX
May 25 – Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas, TX
May 26 – Mohawk, Austin, TX
Jun 02 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Jun 03 – Privatclub, Berlin, Germany
Jun 04 – Ekko, Utrecht, Netherlands
Jun 06 – Shacklewell Arms, London, United Kingdom
Jun 07 – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
Jun 08 – Fleche D’Or, Paris, France
Jun 10 – No Direction Home Festival, Welbeck Abbey , United Kingdom
Jul 11 – Ottawa Blues Fest, Ottawa, Canada
Jul 20 – Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle, WA
Jul 27 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
Jul 28 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, Australia
Jul 29 – Splendour in the Grass Festival, Byron Bay, Australia
Father John Misty’s Fear Fun release week was filled with tears of joy and laughter, thrills, and chills. An amazing David Letterman performance was followed by an equally amazing KCRW in-studio session.
We here at Sub Pop believe you should take a moment to check out the session if you didn’t tune in live last week. It’s that good, folks! The songs sound incredible, and the in-between song banter and interview with Jason Bentley are top quality.