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If you’re having Father John Misty withdrawals since his last visit to the U.K never fear – his gorgeous new stop-motion video for the track “Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution” has just been released.

The Lennon-esque track is taken from the latest album Pure Comedy. He’s also announced that he will be auctioning off the puppets from the video to raise funds for the Environmental Defence Fund.

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At BBC6 Music Festival at Tramway, Father John Misty is in sparklingly clever and witty form and in a mood to build bridges following a car-crash BBC6 Music interview last year, thanking Radcliffe and Maconie for playing his new track “Ballad Of The Dying Man” despite what a miserable wretch I was on their show”.

The Sunday night show begins with a sermon from Father John Misty or to be more precise, a brief Q&A hosted by Lauren Laverne (Q: What can we expect from you today? A: “Songs. Feelings. Observations.”) at which he inavertently confirms himself for Glastonbury.

Father John Misty performs Ballad of the Dying Man at 6 Music Festival 2017.

The 45-minute set that follows – comprised almost entirely of tracks taken from new album ‘Pure Comedy’ – is a more verbose, self-referential affair; before playing ‘Ballad of the Dying Man’, he even takes a moment to apologise to Mark Radcliffe for his car-crash interview with the 6Music presenter last year, shrugging that, “I’m not always a very cool guy.” .

The undoubted highlight, however, is ‘Leaving L.A.’, whose 10-verse, 13-minute run time affords ample opportunity for sardonic ad-libbing  “I ride for Nickelback” and “The comedy won’t stop even for little boys dying in department stores/ Or middle-aged men on promotional tours,” are just two of the standouts. Needless to say, the world is always a more entertaining place when Josh Tillman has a new record to promote.

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As we get near the release date for Father John Misty’s much anticipated third album, “Pure Comedy”, the promotion for the record seems to be ramping up. From the countless quotable and thought-provoking interviews and articles to Saturday Night Live performances , it’s hard to deny that Josh Tillman has dominated the music press cycle over the last couple of months.

He once again found himself on the late-night TV stage as he returned to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to play Pure Comedy highlight “The Ballad of the Dying Man.” Compared to previous appearance on the show, Tillman keeps things on the tamer side and turns in an excellent performance, aided in no small part by the chorus of singers off to his left. There’s also a nice little moment where he slightly flubs a lyric heading into the song’s last verse and quickly laughs it off as he keeps on rolling.

Keeping up the momentum, this morning Josh Tillman announced a bevy of new international tour dates. From the looks of it, he’ll be on the road from now through to Thanksgiving, with only a few breaks in between, so if you were hoping to get a chance to see him bring Pure Comedy to life, then odds are you’ll have that chance (provided you live in North America or Europe). He’ll be joined throughout the year by a rotating slate of excellent supporting acts, including Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent, Tennis and a lengthy run of shows with Weyes Blood.

Pure Comedy is out this Friday, April 7th, via Sub Pop Records

Father John Misty makes their triumphant return to the Late Show with a track from their album ‘Pure Comedy.


Deluxe vinyl edition comes with four interchangeable colour schemes.

We’ve all gotten a bit worn out with Father John Misty lately, whether it’s take on Nickelback’s misunderstood classic “How You Remind Me” or his justification of the second controversial Taylor Swift lyric in the past few years. The man himself is completely aware of how his words come across in the press, yet he persists because he’s put it upon himself to save the “dying artform of interpretive thinking.”

This is why the man’s latest bit of promo for his forthcoming third studio LP, Pure Comedy, is such a welcome change of pace: It doesn’t involve Father John Misty speaking! Instead, you get to listen to some perfectly pleasant lounge music while he silently unboxes the album’s vinyl packing. It’s actually a really impressive display, and hopefully will go a good bit better than his previous venture into the world of deluxe packaging , Like I Love You, Honeybear, Pure Comedy goes to town on the vinyl packaging, although hopefully this time without the warping issue caused by the former’s ambitious pop-up artwork.

Father John Misty unboxes the deluxe vinyl edition of his forthcoming album Pure Comedy. Father John Misty’s album Pure Comedy will be released April 7th, 2017 on Deluxe 2xLP / 2xLP / CD / DL / CS in Europe through Bella Union and the rest of the world from Sub Pop.

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Father John Misty is going on doing press for his upcoming album “Pure Comedy”. The album’s due out April 7th. After an in-depth interview with Beat 1’s Zane Lowe, Josh Tillman stopped by Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 show to perform a new 13-minute track, “Leaving LA”. After his performance, Tillman joked, “that’s the whitest, most acoustic thing you’ve ever seen.”

“It’s about as fundamental of a change as I think I could reasonable pull off at this stage in my career. But I definitely worked harder writing this one. There’s one song in particular that I’ve been writing for three years. If it’s not my masterpiece, then I’m fucked.”

Father John Misty talks us through the songs that made him – featuring lots of Christian rock, R Kelly and some highly inappropriate Beach Boys.

Seven Things Father John Misty Wants You to Know About 'Pure Comedy'

Father John Misty has previewed plenty of material from his forthcoming third album, Pure Comedy, you might have noticed a certain darkness throughout, there’s much more across the album’s 75-minute run time to delve into. When Josh Tillman refers to the record as “lyrically dense” . You’ll have to wait until April 7th for Bella Union to release the record in its entirety.  Tillman says of the new record “This album deals a lot with the fact that there isn’t a whole lot in this experience, in being a human, that is new. Everything comes back around. And these kinds of clichés, if you want to call them that, I think inform the work of just about everybody that I really love.

“I wanted to make music in the studio, instead of making tracks, so for the first time, I got a rhythm section together instead of just Jonathan [Wilson, producer] and I playing everything. I got a rhythm section together, we rehearsed for months, and then we got into the studio, and tracked guitar, bass, drums, piano and vocals, all live.

“When you look at the title [of Pure Comedy], you can look at that title and it would be easy to say, like, ‘What a shallow, dismissive, cynical summation of human life.’ Or you look at it, and you can, I think, be liberated… I find great liberation in the absurdity of all this. Because that means that you can make your own meaning. And I really think that, that is just the mandate for every human.

“When you fall in love with someone, you don’t fall in love with the parts of them that make sense, or are explicitly beneficial; you fall in love with the fucked up, and the wounded, and the bizarre. Those are the things about people that you fall in love with, what solicits your empathy. Because you recognize those same things in yourself. And it’s an incredible relief when you realize that those things that make you flawed exist in other people. And that if you can have empathy for them, maybe you can have empathy for yourself, too.”

Musical guest Father John Misty performs “Total Entertainment Forever” on Saturday Night Live.

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During the six minutes of “Pure Comedy,” Tillman’s focus jumps from the miracle of birth to politics (“Where did they find these goons they’ve elected to rule them?”), and religion (“Their religions are the best). Throughout the song, he almost entirely adopts a distant, third-person plural perspective as if a god (or a “Young Pope”). For some reason, it all kind of works. Tillman might sound preachy, but he also sounds inspired. In “Pure Comedy,” he shows a newfound patience to spell it all out for you.

The song’s simple, Street Legal-era Dylan melody helps “Pure Comedy” transcend from hifalutin Facebook status to slow-building statement of purpose. Tillman undercuts his lyrics with subtle chord shifts, landing on resolutions and notes that punctuate his thoughts. By the time he goes full-on white-boy-soul at the end—which, given that he once featured a laughing track on his record, could very well be satire—he actually sounds completely earnest. For all his meme-filled music videos and forays into comedy, Father John Misty sounds like he’s not fucking around anymore.


Pure Comedy: The Film—a 25-minute documentary about the making of the album. The film, directed by Tillman and Grant James, features Tillman playing new songs in the studio, painting shirtless, and driving around a burning L.A.. Composer Gavin Bryars contributed strings, horns, and choral arrangements to Pure Comedy. Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett also worked on the album.

Father John Misty’s album “Pure Comedy” will be released April 7th, 2017 on Deluxe 2xLP / 2xLP / CD / DL / CS in Europe through Bella Union Records.

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Father John Misty has obviously been hanging around with Ty Segall such is his prolific output of late. Following up his recent release ‘Two Wildly Different Perspectives’ FJM has added another track for contention of ‘song of the week’ with ‘Ballad of the Dying Man’.

The new track follows not only this week’s release but also lead cut from the new LP ‘Pure Comedy’ as well as a hefty essay and 25 min short film. All of which has been undoubtedly terrific. This track circles on the fear of ‘deathbed regret’ and is guided by keys and guitar until the emotional chorus is won by the luxurious choir at the end. Tillman wrote the majority of Pure Comedy throughout 2015 and recorded all the basic tracking and vocals live to tape (in no more than two takes each) at United Studios (fka the legendary Ocean Way Studios, favored by Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys) in Los Angeles March 2016.

Pure Comedy was co-produced once again by Josh Tillman and long-time producer Jonathan Wilson; mixed by Tillman, Wilson and Trevor Spencer, and mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios.  The album features string, horn and choral arrangements from classical iconoclast Gavin Bryars (Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet, Sinking Of The Titanic), with additional contributions from Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett.

The Deluxe vinyl features two 12″ LPs on aluminum and copper colored vinyl, a die-cut customizable jacket with four interactive background sleeves, a fold out poster, exclusive holographic HA card, all encased in a clear slipcase.


Since Father John Misty announced his upcoming album, his third record, “Pure Comedy” with the title track and brilliant video recently released, we have been waiting with baited breath for the next slice of ‘truth’ from the enigmatic lothario. He rarely disappoints and ‘Two Wildly Different Perspectives’ is further testament to that.

The track comes with visuals from Matthew Daniel Siskin which sees some children enact seemingly adult roles. It is a poignant clip when the adage of firearms comes in to play, expect to see some harrowing scenes – something which feels pertinent at this time.

“More kids are going to die now thanks to the unbelievably selfish immigration policy of places like Saudi Arabia and the USA.” Father John Misty said on Facebook of the video. This all follows his 25 minute short film and the release of the album’s title track, leading us to believe that Father John Misty isn’t done yet.

Pure Comedy is out on April 7th via Bella Union Records.