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.
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.
Listen and enjoy!
Today marks the Fear Fun record release and it just happens to also mark Father John Misty’s late night television debut as tonight, Tuesday, May 1st, (at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm CT) Father John Misty will perform “Only Son Of A Ladies Man” on The Late Show with David Letterman. Later this week, you’ll be able to find Father John Misty back on TV during a spotlight segment on Last Call with Carson Daly. Tune in to Carson’s show this Thursday, May 3 (@1:35am ET/ 12:35am CT) for performances of Fear Fun tracks, “Everyman Needs A Companion” and “I’m Writing a Novel”.
You’ll also get your chance to see a live Father John Misty show later this spring, with the North American tour beginning May 2nd. A full list of tour dates are listed below and can also be found on Father John Misty’s subpop.com artist page.
Father John Misty on Tour
May 02 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
May 04 Los Angeles, CA – Natural History Museum
May 05 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
May 07 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
May 08 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
May 11 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
May 12 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
May 14 – Toronto, ON – Horsehoe Tavern
May 15 – Montreal, QE – Petit Campus
May 16 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
May 18 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
May 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
May 20 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
May 22 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park
May 23 – New Orleans, LA – One-Eyed Jacks
May 24 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds
May 25 – Dallas, TX – Sons of Hermann Hall
May 26 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
Father John Misty’s debut album, Fear Fun, comes out on May 1st, and we’ve got some important business to discuss with you regarding related, free, limited-edition stuff. No doubt you have seen the very great music videos for the very great songs “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings,” and “Nancy From Now On,” and are justifiably very excited about Fear Fun as a result. In a gesture intended to heighten this excitement and, it’s true, also encourage sales, we will be giving away, to the good people who pre-order this album from SubPop.com, a bonus CDR featuring five demo versions of songs from the album! And, as we like to think we’re becoming increasingly well-known for, when you pre-order the vinyl LP through SubPop.com, you’ll receive the Loser Edition version of the record, which is a limited-edition colored (in this case, pink) vinyl edition. This is only available to early adopters, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. So, if you pre-order now, you’ll get the bonus CDR, the Loser Edition pink vinyl, and as always, stickers! All of this is a while-supplies-last situation.