Father John Misty follows his Electric Picnic appearance with a gig next year at Vicar Street on 28th May 2018.

Tickets priced €36.50 go on sale this Thursday 28th September at 9am through www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.

The new album Pure Comedy doesn’t quite land the heights of his I Love You Honeybear album for me, laguishing too much in the Elton John mid-tempo orchestral sound for much of its running time. However, Tillman is a top performer when he wants to be.

Posted on September 26th, 2017

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So far, Father John Misty’s new album Pure Comedy sounds like it’s going to be anything but, and perhaps this isn’t the time for knowing winks and arse-wiggling, from a fine American songwriter.

More tragedy than comedy, after the politically-charged title track, ‘Two Wildly Different Perspectives’ is a song that feels resigned to a terrible fate.

“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.

Pure Comedy is out on April 7th.

‘Two Wildly Different Perspectives’ lyrics

One side says
“Y’all go to hell.”
The other says
“If I believed in God, I’d send you there.”
But either way we make some space
In the hell that we create
On both sides

One side says
“Kill ‘em all.”
The other says
“Line those killers up against the wall.”
But either way some blood is shed
Thanks to our cooperation
On both sides
On both sides

One side says
“Man, take what’s yours!”
The other says
“Live on no more than you can afford.”
But either way we just possess
And everyone ends up with less
On both sides
On both sides

Posted on January 31st, 2017

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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.

Pre-orders are up in the new merch store.

Pure Comedy will be a followup to 2015’s I Love You, Honeybear.

Pure Comedy Tracklist:

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

Posted on January 24th, 2017

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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.

Stellar.

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.

Posted on January 22nd, 2016

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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.

Top 25 albums of 2015 so far…

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  1. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  2. Shamir – Ratchet
  3. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  4. Jape – This Chemical Sea
  5. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
  6. Jamie xx – In Colour
  7. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  8. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  9. Braids – Deep In The Iris
  10. Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
  11. Villagers – Darling Arithmetic
  12. Wax Stag – II
  13. All We Are – All We Are
  14. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
  15. Jonnie Common – Trapped In Amber
  16. Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys
  17. Boot & Tax – Boot & Tax
  18. Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color
  19. Le Galaxie – Le Club
  20. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  21. Four Tet – Morning /Evening
  22. Tobias Jesso Jr – Goon
  23. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  24. Ghostface Killah & BadBadNotGood – Sour Soul
  25. little xs for eyes –  Everywhere Else

Top Irish albums of 2015 so far

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  1. Jape – This Chemical Sea
  2. Villagers – Darling Arithmetic
  3. Le Galaxie – Le Club
  4. little xs for eyes –  Everywhere Else
  5. Not Squares – Bolts
  6. Fight Like Apes – Fight Like Apes
  7. Lakker – Tundra
  8. Leo Drezden – Multi-Moment
  9. Young Wonder – Birth
  10. The Mighty Stef – Year Of The Horse
  11. Ryan Vail & Ciaran Lavery – Sea Legs
  12. No Monster Club – People Are Weird
  13. SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream
  14. HamsandwicH  – Stories from the Surface
  15. Inni-K – The King Has Two Horse’s Ears

Posted on July 7th, 2015

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Iceland Airwaves today, in their own unique style announced the latest artists to play the festival in Reykjavík from November 4th – 8th.

They are:

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

Tickets are available here.

Posted on March 19th, 2015

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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…

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Father John Misty plays Whelan’s next week. It’s sold out. He’s playing Vicar Street on October 24th. Tickets €25+ are on sale Friday.. Buy the album from Bella Union.

Posted on February 12th, 2015

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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.


Already announced this week?


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:

VenueBand/ArtistDate
The Mercantile, DublinThe Dead Heavys
Wild Promises
Frankenstein Bolts
Thursday, 26th February
Roisin Dubh, GalwayElm
Saramai
GANGS
Thursday, 26th February
Monroe’s, GalwayHare Squead
Rocstrong
Chris Haze
Thursday, 26th February
Coughlan’s, CorkKatie Laffan
Amano
Ciaran Lavery
Thursday, 26th February
Cyprus Avenue, CorkBitch Falcon
Crook
Mkai
Thursday, 26th February
Dolan’s, LimerickOneKnown
Lethal Dialect
Dah Jevu
Thursday, 26th February
Aether & Echo, BelfastCult 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.

https://soundcloud.com/caitfa/looking-for-love

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.

Posted on February 6th, 2015

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As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight TXFM.

This week’s album of the week is Johnnie Common’s Trapped In Amber and we’ve debut plays from Honningbarna, Girlpool, Songhoy Blues, Tobias Jesso Jr and Father John Misty.

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Part One

Part Two (not available right now)

Tracklisting

  1. St Vincent – Bad Believer
  2. Honningbarna – Prinser av Sarajevo
  3. Girlpool – Jane
  4. Songhoy Blues – Irganda
  5. Caribou Vibration Ensemble – Bowls
  6. Zola Jesus – Go (Blank Sea)
  7. How To Dress Well x TALA – The One (How To Dress Well’s Version)
  8. Purity Ring – Push Pull
  9. Villagers – The Waves (Psychemagik Remix)
  10. Jonnie Common – Shark
  11. Father John Misty – Chateau #4(in C for Two Virgins)
  12. Jape – This Chemical Sea
  13. Super Furry Animals – The Man Don’t Give A Fuck
  14. Twin Shadow – To the Top
  15. The War On Drugs – Suffering
  16. Tobias Jesso Jr – Hollywood
  17. Jessica Pratt – Jacquelyn in the Background
  18. Natalie Prass – Christy
  19. Björk – Stonemilker
  20. Aphex Twin – Sams Car
  21. Fantastic Mr Fox – On My Own Ft. Denai Moore
  22. KAYTRANADA – Drive Me Crazy (feat. Vic Mensa)
  23. Joey Bada$$ – No. 99
  24. Flying Lotus Feat. Angel Deradoorian – Siren Song
  25. Halos – Dust

Posted on January 30th, 2015

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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

Posted on November 5th, 2014

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