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.
Tillmanwrote 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.
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 email@example.com with the email title “Black Sabbath / Required Town name”. Act fast, as this competition will received a huge response.
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’ ›
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