“More kids are going to die now thanks to the unbelievably selfish immigration policy of places like Saudi Arabia and the USA,” is how Misty introduced the song, the video for which features disturbing footage of children and guns by Matthew Daniel Siskin.
Father John Misty looks set to release a new album called Pure Comedy on April 7th, in Ireland, the UK & Europe through Bella Union and in the rest of the world on Sub Pop.
As Stereogum pointed out, a Matthew Daniel Siskin-video featuring footage of Trump, memes, well-known recent video footage and original campaign artwork matches the song’s tone addressing the USA’s current social and political climate.
“How’s this for irony? Their idea of being free, is a prison of beliefs, that they never have to leave.”
Album artwork is by Ed Steed (The New Yorker). There is also a 30-minute film to accompany the album’s release also called Pure Comedy.
Pure Comedy was co-produced by Josh Tillman, along with Jonathan Wilson, and features string, horn and choral arrangements from classical iconoclast Gavin Bryars, with additional contributions from Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett.
1. Pure Comedy 2. Total Entertainment Forever 3. Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution 4. Ballad of the Dying Man 5. Birdie 6. Leaving LA 7. A Bigger Paper Bag 8. When the God of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell to Pay 9. Smoochie 10. Two Wildly Different Perspectives 11. The Memo 12. So I’m Growing Old on Magic Mountain 13. In Twenty Years or So
Well, the first acts announced for Longitude 2016 in Marlay Park from 15 – 17 July.
Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer & The National are each of the day’s headliners.
Also playing are Jamie xx, Father John Misty, Chvrches, Roisin Murphy, Action Bronson, MØ, Courtney Barnett, ASAP Ferg, Tyler, The Creator; Rejjie Snow, All Tvvins, Otherkin, Pleasure Beach and Saint Sister.
Tickets will go on sale next Friday 29th January at 9am at €159.50 + fee and day tickets cost €64.50 + fee. Three customers can get their hands on Longitude tickets before anyone else, presale tickets go on sale at www.three.ie/plus 48 hours before general release. Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster.
Here are a list of my most listened and loved records of 2015 so far with Spotify playlists for overall and Irish albums of 2015. Plenty more playlists on Spotify and Soundcloud and on the site. Don’t forget: you can also catch me on 105.2 TXFM every Thursday night from 10pm to midnight.
Björk, John Grant With The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Father John Misty, Hundred Waters, La Priest, Låpsley, The Pop Group, Sóley, Bubbi og Dimma Agent Fresco, Mammút, Sea Change, Vök, Emmsjé Gauti, Ho99o9, Ylja, AmabAdama, Muck, Hekla.
The Björk and John Grant show tickets will be give out on a first-come-first-served basis. A second Bjork show will take place on Tuesday November 3rd at Eldborg in Harpa.
Already announced: Ariel Pink, Asonat, Batida, BC Camplight, dj flugvél & geimskip, East India Youth, Fufanu, Gus Gus, Hinds, Jagya, Teitur Magnasson, M-Band, Júníus Meyvant, Mourn, The OBGMs, Operators, Perfume Genius, Pink Street Boys, Tonik Ensemble, Weaves, Young Karin
I Love You, Honeybear is the equivalent of a friend who is affable, who wears their heart on their sleeve but is prone to crashlanding all of the positive emotion with large swathes of cynicism.
For Josh Tillman, playing a version of himself as Father John Misty for the second time in album format after seven solo albums, I Love You, Honeybear is an album inspired by his recent marriage and the experiences that lead to it. Lovestruck, starry-eyed, filled with grand declarations but weighted down with inner cynicisms that temper the highs, it’s an entirely real depiction of a man, who on the surface, has passed through the marriage milestone with an experience of a magnetic strong relationship with another, but which also acknowledges the internal struggle of someone whose character wiring is fatalistic about their place and mankind’s route through the world.
The title track serves as a thematic introduction to this idea and pitches Tillman and his wife as insurgents of the world who will watch it burn sure, but they’ll do so together – “My love, you’re the one I want to watch the ship go down with.” It’s an album equivalent of the absurd first scene in Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life in which the elderly office clerks overthrow their corporate overlords and sail the high seas until they eventually sail off the edge of the world.
That feeling of teetering on the edge is what makes I Love You, Honeybear so compelling. Because real life isn’t 100% declarative love perfection. Things can be hard, times can be tough, the world isn’t forgiving, humans do unspeakably horrible things to each other but in the face of that, there are bonds and connections that make it all easier to get on with even if Tillman’s core doesn’t let him believe wholeheartedly in the power of his relationship. Tillman spends some time on the album recounting his questionable behaviour as a caustic single man. ‘The Ideal Husband’ lists the things that make Tillman a horrible shit and then offers them up to Emma, as farcical proof of his suitability as a husband. He can be a dick. No-one is perfect. That’s the irony of love and of marriage, of two people melding their eccentricities, problems, issues and quirks together into one solidified happy whole.
‘The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.’ recounts the things he hates about a former lover which includes the overuse and misuse of the word “literally”, her singing affectations and her general demeanour. “And now every insufferable convo / features her patiently explaining the cosmos / of which she’s in the middle.” Tillman gets some perverse gratification as he chokes her consensually for arousal, an act that gives him a non-sexual release for his pent-up frustrations against her. ‘Strange Encounter’ tells of a girl who passed out in his home and Tillman resolving to get away from those kinds of partners. “Wanna find somebody / Not like this / Yeah, I’m a decent person / little aimless.”
Tillman’s bad faith in himself is extended to his opposite. ‘Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow’ has him imagining the worst happening at home while he’s on tour and grappling with those feelings, even though he thinks of himself as a ladies man. “On the road again For months at a time / Doesn’t take half that long for men about town to forget what’s mine / Now my genius can’t drink in silence”
No matter how good things are, there’s always a niggling feeling that it’s all going to disappear. “How many people rise and think ‘Oh good, the stranger’s body’s still here / Our arrangement hasn’t changed?,” he sings on the ballad ‘Bored In The USA’, a song which lists all the things that make modern life shit like Tillman himself on ‘The Ideal Husband’.
The album is filled with those slips of faith. “Now, I’ve got a lifetime to consider all the ways / I’ve grown more disappointing to you, ” he sings later on the song. “I can hardly believe I’ve found you and I’m terrified by that” he sings on ‘When You’re Smiling and Astride Me’.
But there’s hope in love as well as potential hurt even if Tillman’s version is constantly buttressed by bleakness. “I haven’t hated all the same things / As somebody else / Since I remember” goes ‘Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)’, suggesting shared cynicisms are as important as shared interests too.
The instrumentation on the album is positively epic, as deep as the explorations into the anxious minutiae of the self in his lyrics. Large-scale orchestral flourishes, a mariachi band, organs, psychedelic folk vistas, pianos, classic-rock guitars and whirling 70s instruments. It has a movie-score level of grandeur which is suitable for tackling the big L word.
The album’s turbulent emotional maelstrom, uncoils itself in clarity on the last track ‘I Went To The Store One Day’, a petty errand where he met his future wife. “For love to find us of all people / I never thought it’d be so simple,” he says as strings stretch out beneath him and for the first time, there is a future that doesn’t involve watching the world burn but growing old together with seven daughters on a plantation house in the South. It’s Tillman almost, finally, giving in to love rather than rallying against it and his own miserable mortality. But he can’t let himself give in completely as one of the last lines is actually “[Insert here: / A sentiment re: Our Golden Years]”. Once a cynic…
The man of the moment: Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty just released I Love You, Honeybear , his lovestruck persona-driven album with many lyrical highlights. He’s already playing Whelan’s on February 20th but that sold out very quickly, so he’s just been announced to play Vicar Street on Saturday October 24th. Tickets €25+ on sale from Ticketmaster.
Portico, who were called the Portico Quartet but are no longer four people so that obviously can’t apply (thanks Nick Mulvey, you ruined everything) are back with new music having signed to Ninja Tune. Their new single features Joe Newman of Alt-J and is very impressive. They play Whelan’s on April 20th. Tickets €15+ on sale now from Ticketmastwe and Ticket ABC.
Guinness Amplify’s live events are back this month on Thursday February 26th and Friday February 27th for a series of new Irish music gigs featuring 22 bands who were chosen by the judges (I’m one of those) after the Amplify gigs and the workshops around the country last September. Many of these bands were given time in recording studios over the last three months.
These new events take place in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick:
Guinness Amplify Live schedule:
The Mercantile, Dublin
The Dead Heavys Wild Promises Frankenstein Bolts
Thursday, 26th February
Roisin Dubh, Galway
Elm Saramai GANGS
Thursday, 26th February
Hare Squead Rocstrong Chris Haze
Thursday, 26th February
Katie Laffan Amano Ciaran Lavery
Thursday, 26th February
Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Bitch Falcon Crook Mkai
Thursday, 26th February
OneKnown Lethal Dialect Dah Jevu
Thursday, 26th February
Aether & Echo, Belfast
Cult Called Man Wild Promises Garr Cleary The Academic
Friday, 27th February
Valentine’s gigs ?
Blind Date Dip is a BYOB Valentines Day Party in a secret venue in the city brought to you by Dip.
Tickets are €15 for it and location is only told to ticket holders 24 hours before. We are told to expect “Boogie, Disco, House and a special Blind Date Slow Set.” Dip made a video and a promo mix to get you in the mood.
Auntie Valentine’s is a collab between Another Love Story and Happenings in The Sugar Club on Friday February 13th with music from Buffalo Woman and DJs Sally Cinnamon, T/A/S/T/E , Danger Dating and more.
White Collar Boy’s social night in the Grand Social gets a load of heartbreakers in on Valentine’s with a free night of DJing with Ships, I Am The Cosmos and the Collar Boys themselves.
My favourites: God Know, MynameisJohn and MuRli now known as Rusangano Family are playing The Workman’s Club on March 20th with support from like-minded Deviant & Naive Ted. Tickets €10 available from theworkmansclub.com. Get to know this and this.
Hidden Agenda are bringing the UK rapper/producer DELS over for a gig on Friday March 13th in Whelan’s. Tickets are €12 + on sale from Ticket ABC.
UK dance duo Dusky will return to The Academy on February 27th. Tickets are €18.35 on sale from TM.
The Lost Brothers are playing Unitarian Church on May 8th. Tickets priced €16+ From Ticketmaster next week.
The legendary house DJ Kerri Chandler is coming to District 8 courtesy of Bodytonic and Subject on February 21st for an “all night long” live keys and vox set. Tickets are €20+.
Network #6 have announced their lineup for March 16th and it features Luke Slater, Legowelt, Sleeparchive + Guests at The Grand Social. Advance tickets are cheap now and rising to €20 on the door.
Father John Misty is coming back to play Whelan’s in 2015, courtesy of Harmonic presents, for a show in Whelan’s on Sunday February 22nd. Tickets are €20 plus fee on sale Friday November 7th at 9am from Ticketmaster and regular places. He has a new album called I Love You, Honeybear, which he performed a track from on Letterman.
Scottish group The Twilight Sad have been announced by Aiken for a gig next year in Whelan’s on Saturday May 2nd. Tickets are €17 plus fees on sale tomorrow from Ticketmaster.
Next week, sees Darkside member Dave Harrington return for an Other People showcase with Hidden Agenda in Opium Rooms on Friday November 14th. He’ll be joined by Valentin Stip. Doors at 11pm and tickets €8/10 in advance from Resident Advisor.
Sharp pop dude Josef Salvat is playing Whelan’s on Monday February 23rd next year. Tickets priced at €12 including booking fee go on sale this Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster. Here’s his new single:
Gruff Rhys is now playing two shows in the Peppercanister Church in Dublin in December. The 16th is already sold out so the Wednesday 17th is on sale now. Guest for both gigs is Martin Carr (Boo Radleys).
The Decemberists will play Vicar Street on Wednesday February 11th. Tickets priced €25 plus fee Friday November 7th @ 9am from Ticketmaster.ie and physical outlets.
Anna Calvi is the latest name to join Doveman’s (aka Thomas Bartlett) Burgundy Stain Sessions on Sunday December 14 at the National Concert Hall. She’ll line up along with Glen Hansard, Paul Noonan of Bell X1 and Lisa O’Neill. The show is part of NCH’s Perspective 2014 series.
Speaking of Perspectives, the venue has announced details for some Perspective 2015 shows including the following:
Wednesday 21 January 2015, 8pm Punch Brothers and special guests Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh and Dan Trueman’s Laghdú Tickets: €25
Sunday 1 February 2015, 8pm Lambchop performing their acclaimed album NIXON with support by Adrian Crowley Tickets: €30
Sunday 12 April 2015, 8pm The Bad Plus performs the Ornette Coleman Masterpiece Science Fiction with Ron Miles, Tim Berne and Sam Newsome and special guest OKO Tickets €30, €35
Monday 4 May 2015, 8pm Philip Glass: The Études Tickets: €35, €40
Wednesday 17 June 2015, 8pm Nils Frahm (piano) Tickets: €27
Tickets on sale Friday 7 November 2014, 10am | Tel: 01 417 00 00 | www.nch.ie