Father John Misty unleashes new video and film before the release of new album, ‘Pure Comedy’

It’s great to have FATHER JOHN MISTY back. Who else could sum up the mad world we live in over these testing times better than him?

Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy is the highly anticipated follow-up to his internationally acclaimed album, I Love You, Honeybear. The album will be released 7th April on Deluxe 2xLP / 2xLP / CD / DL /  CS in the UK / Europe through Bella Union and the rest of the world from Sub Pop. Watch the video of the album’s title track above.

Pure Comedy highlights include the title track alongside standouts ‘Leaving LA’, ‘Total Entertainment Forever’, ‘Ballad Of The Dying Man’, ‘When The God Of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell To Pay’ and ‘Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before The Revolution’.

Since 2012, Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, has unexpectedly emerged as a singular (if not undeniably, um, idiosyncratic) voice.  Whether by virtue of his lyrics, which routinely defy the presumed polarities of wit and empathy; his live performances which may perhaps be described best as “intimately berzerk”, or the infuriating line he seems to occupy between canny and total fraud online or in interviews, Father John Misty has cultivated a rare space for himself in the musical landscape – that of a real enigma. Pure Comedy sees Tillman at the height of these powers: as a lyricist, and equally so a cultural observer – at times bordering on freakishly prescient. Tillman’s bent critiques, bared humanity and gently warped classic songwriting are all here in equal measure and – at 75 minutes – there’s a veritable fuck ton of it. The album navigates themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection and his own role in it all with his usual candour, and in terms as timely as they are timeless.

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, favoured 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.

Tillman and Grant James (“Funtimes in Babylon,” “I Love You, Honeybear”) also co-directed Pure Comedy: The Film. Pure Comedy is a gorgeously rendered black & white document of the live tracking, as well as a surreal look into Tillman’s writing process. A six person crew, complete with cranes in the tracking rooms, captured every moment of the recording, giving the viewer intimate audience to actual album takes, including the one and only 2:00am performance of the 13-minute “Leaving LA.”  It also features the only known recording of Tillman’s love ballad to his sound engineer Trevor Spencer. The 30 minute film can be watched below.

Read more Father John Misty unleashes new video and film before the release of new album, ‘Pure Comedy’


WIN tickets for BLACK SABBATH’s final UK shows

To celebrate the end of the road for Ozzy, Tony and gang, and BMG’s The Ultimate Collection, we are giving away four sets of plus-ones for the final BLACK SABBATH shows at Manchester (22nd Jan), Glasgow (24th Jan), Leeds (26th Jan) and Birmingham (2nd Feb)

These will be given out on a first come first served basis with a closing date of 20th Jan.

To win answer this simple question: “Which band did Tony Iommi briefly leave Earth to join in December 1968?”

Email your answer to win@shindig-magazine.com with the email title “Black Sabbath / Required Town name”.  Act fast, as this competition will received a huge response.


4LP: https://bmg.lnk.to/fSobB

2CD: https://bmg.lnk.to/4-f1Y



John Hoyles’ ‘Talking About You’

Shindig! debut the video for the first single from JOHN HOYLES’ debut solo album Night Flight

John Hoyles was born and bred in London, UK. He moved to Sweden in his early teens where he became the lead guitarist in the legendary doom metal band Witchcraft in the year 2000. Nine years later he founded the band Spiders, together with his friend Axel Sjöberg from Graveyard.

John Hoyles comments: “I wrote ‘Talking About You’ a few years back when I was on holiday in Spain. It’s about breaking up with your partner, trying to move on but not getting over it. Heavy stuff! It was filmed in a night club in Gothenburg with Erik Jansson on bass and Axel Sjöberg on drums. I do hope you like it.” Read more John Hoyles’ ‘Talking About You’


Delays To US Subscriptions

We have received a lot of emails from US subscribers, and here’s why

USPS had/have huge capacity problems, and limited the max amount of inbound mail for all airline companies. In result there are huge back logs at all European airports for cargo to the USA.

We are using multiple airports all over Europe to move out our traffic to the USA, but this issues has affected all airports, and we are only able to export limited amounts a day.

We will keep you updated, and we will do everything we can to minimize the delays.

United States of America

Date: December 2016
Expected delay: Unknown
Country: United States of America
Reason for service alert: Earlier we informed you that due to service limitations imposed by airlines, coupled by extremely heavy peak volumes, there is presently congestion for airmail to some destinations in US. As a result we’re currently encountering delays on all outgoing mail and parcel delivery services to US. On behalf of the designated operator of the United States of America we would like to inform you that all of the five offices of exchange of the United States Postal Service are open and receiving mail. Please note that there are no embargos. Due to limited ground-handler staffing and equipment, coupled with the heavy peak volumes, all offices of exchange are experiencing heavy congestion. We will continue to take measures to minimize the impact and we will keep you informed of developments.

WIN… Teufel Mute BT Headphones

JON ‘MOJO’ MILLS’ sounds out German direct to consumer manufacturer TEUFEL’s latest Bluetooth headphones – the Move BT and the Mute BT

Translated as “Devil” this Berlin based brand have achieved monstrously great things in their homeland. Founded in 1979 as the manufacturers of DIY loudspeaker kits, Teufel then grew into a veritable direct sales company, which in the mid-90s focussed on the emerging home cinema market and continued to garner respect from an expanding line that now also encompass headphones and Bluetooth technology. The brand have become synonymous with quality at an affordable price – without the middle man costs are kept lower than the leading competitors, but the product is on par.

Shindig! first came across the company after finally responding to their mail shots and were both surprised and very happy to receive a set of the wireless in-ear Move BT (highly portable Bluetooth in-ear headphones) and Mute BT (noise-cancelling over-ear Bluetooth headphones). Both are excellent.

Having used decent enough Sennheiser in-ear headphones and some very expensive Bose Bluetooth Soundlink over-ears, the competition from Teufel was most noticeable. In fact, the care and attention to build quality and the innovative carry cases and product design puts the well-known brands to shame.

In an era where Apple, Samsung, Bose and little else rule the roost it really is refreshing to discover a smaller company, who without the presence of shops, huge marketing budgets and advertising campaigns create high quality product worthy of your attention. Although some readers from Switzerland and Germany have commented on the brilliance of Teufel, those from elsewhere draw a blank. Let that change.

If the in-ear Move BT (£99) ooze quality from the aluminium and rubber finish, sound more than decent and work a treat for jogging and in transit listening it’s the unbelievable value of the  Mute BT (£159) that truly impresses. Compared to the Bose SoundLink wi-fi headphones everything about these affordable headphones trumps the far more known brand.

Remember; as in music, it’s not always the most popular things that are the best.

To win a pair of the Mute BT headphones please answer this simple question:

“What does the BT stand for?”

Email your answer to win@shindig-magazine.com. Closing date: April 14th