Introducing… Father John Misty

Father John Misty

We’d like to introduce you to Father John Misty, the new project from Josh Tillman. Bella Union will release the album, ‘Fear Fun‘, on April 30th 2012.

When discussing ‘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.”

He goes on, “‘People who make records are afforded this assumption by the culture that their music is coming from an exclusively personal place, but more often than not what you hear are actually the affectations of an ‘alter-ego’ or a cartoon of an emotionally heightened persona,” says Josh Tillman, who has been recording/releasing solo albums since 2003 and who recently left Seattle’s Fleet Foxes after playing drums from 2008-2011.  “That kind of emotional quotient isn’t sustainable if your concern is portraying a human-being made up of more than just chest-beating pathos.  I see a lot of rampant, sexless, male-fantasy everywhere in the music around me.  I didn’t want any alter-egos, any vagaries, fantasy, escapism, any over-wrought sentimentality.  I like humor and sex and mischief.  So when you think about it, it’s kind of mischievous to write about yourself in a plain-spoken, kind of explicitly obvious way and call it something like ‘Misty’.  I mean, I may as well have called it ‘Steve’.”

You can download ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings’ from our Soundcloud below -

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings by Bella Union

You can also watch the video featuring Aubrey Plaza of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Sundance Film Festival Hit “Safety Not Guaranteed” and the upcoming “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III”. The video was directed by Noel Paul.

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings from Bella Union on Vimeo.

Andrew Bird // Sounds from a Room

Andrew Bird’s Sounds from a Room gig: Stream online

On Saturday Bird performed in the unique hotel/one bedroom space perched atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The Guardian streamed it live and it will be available to watch again. A good chance to have an advance listen to the tunes on Andrew’s forthcoming LP; ‘Break It Yourself’. You can also watch Andrew talking about the performance here.

WATCH ON THE GUARDIAN

LV @ V&A

LAURA VEIRS @ THE V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD

Above: The moshpit.

Sunday 29th of Jan 2012, Laura Veirs flew from Portland and immediately played a show to a crowd of 300 strong at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood. Maybe 100 or so of the attendees were but wee children, so you can imagine the FREAKOUT that ensued when the bubble machine was turned on. Laura was playing songs from her childrens’ album, Tumble Bee. They were a big hit with the crowd.

Above you can see the moshpit, in which pushing, dribbling and tantrums did occur. It was pretty effin’ wild.