J. Tillman reborn as Father John Misty, releases brooding new album Fear Fun on Sub Pop

J. Tillman reborn as Father John Misty, releases brooding new album Fear Fun on Sub Pop http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-02-father-john-misty.jpg

In a much less shitty epilogue than the Lost series finale, the departure of Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman is starting to make some sense… and that sense is AWESOME. “Back into the gaping maw of obscurity I go,” Tillman wrote a few mere weeks ago. “Tokyo is my last show with the Foxes. Sorry if I was distant and obtuse if we ever met. Have fun.” If his statement hints that Tillman was ready to pack in the ol’ drum kit and go on a vision quest in the desert, where he’d later assume a paternal, mystical-sounding name and then go on to lead an isolated sex cult that also records country rock-tinged, dark-hearted LPs, well, that statement would be in part right. Because lo! J. Tillman has been reborn as the Sub Pop recording artist Father John Misty.

Perhaps you’ve already seen the video for the haunting track, “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings,” starring dour-faced awesome person Aubrey Plaza from TV’s Parks and Rec? That track will be on the upcoming Father John Misty album Fear Fun, out May 1. Tillman has been recording and releasing solo albums since 2003. The ideas behind Fear Fun started brewing during an especially tough period of depression for Tillman.

“I lost all interest in writing music, or identifying as a ‘songwriter,’” Tillman/Father John said. “I got into my van with enough mushrooms to choke a horse and started driving down the coast with nowhere to go. After a few weeks, I was writing a novel, which is where I finally found my narrative voice…. It was a while before that voice started manifesting in a musical way, but once I settled in the Laurel Canyon spider-shack where I’m living now, I spent months demoing all these weird-ass songs about weird-ass experiences almost in real-time, and kind of had this musical ‘Oh-there-I-am’ moment, identical to how I felt when I was writing the book.”

So, a long, strange journey for Tillman, and a long, strange journey for this album. It’s a distance from the sweetly yearning folk harmonies of Fleet Foxes, but that same melancholy undercurrent floats through the new Father John Misty jams. If “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” is any indication of the new Tillman direction, fans will be more than willing to follow the man down any spidery path.

Fear Fun tracklisting:

01. Funtimes in Babylon
02. Nancy From Now On
03. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
04. I’m Writing a Novel
05. O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me
06. Misty’s Nightmares 1 & 2
07. Only Son of the Ladiesman
08. This Is Sally Hatchet
09. Well, You Can Do It Without Me
10. Now I’m Learning to Love the War
11. Tee Pees 1-12
12. Everyman Needs a Companion

• Father John Misty: http://fatherjohnmisty.tumblr.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

33 1/3 series announces call for proposals; will Lenny Kravitz’s Circus get passed over again?

The venerable 33 1/3 book series, which gives authors the chance to take an in-depth look at individual albums, has opened up the path to publication with an all-call for proposals! Now’s your chance to finally get all those musings on the importance of The Backstreet Boy’s opus, Millennium to the masses! Want to convince folks that Lulu is a misunderstood masterpiece? Go for it! Feel ready to canonize Lana Del Rey? Step right up!

If you want to give it a go, the series publisher, Bloomsbury (which acquired Continuum last year), is asking interested parties to submit the following:

• Your professional CV/resume, including full contact details;
• A draft annotated table of contents for the book and an approximate date of completion;
• A draft introduction/opening chapter for the book, of around 2,000 words;
• Your analysis of the most relevant competing books already published about the artist in question or the scene surrounding that artist — and how your book will differ;
• A one-page sheet of how you would help Bloomsbury Academic market your book — websites/forums/listservs you’d contact directly; any artist involvement you might expect; any college-level courses on which you think your book could be used, and so on;
• Up to 1,000 words on which book, or parts of books, already published in the series you would aim to emulate on some level
• Copies of any fan fanfic, unread blog posts, or diary entries you’ve written relating to the album*

Submissions must be emailed to 33proposals@gmail.com sometime between March 19 and April 30, and your selected album can’t have already been covered — bad news for all the Let’s Talk About Love fans out there…

* Not actually part of the submission package

• 33 1/3: http://33third.blogspot.com

RIP: Clare Fischer, multi-genre pianist, composer, and arranger

From the Los Angeles Times:

Clare Fischer, a Grammy-winning pianist, composer and arranger who crossed freely from jazz to Latin and pop music, working with such names as Dizzy Gillespie, George Shearing and Natalie Cole as well as Paul McCartney, Prince and Michael Jackson, has died. He was 83.

Fischer died Thursday at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank of complications from a heart attack he had two weeks ago, said family spokeswoman Claris Dodge.

[…]

Regardless of genre, Fischer’s arranging and composing invariably possessed a rich harmonic palette, one that attracted and influenced other musicians.

“Clare Fischer was a major influence on my harmonic concept,” Herbie Hancock said in a statement on Fischer’s website. Hancock credited Fischer’s arrangements for the 1950s vocal group the Hi-Lo’s with significantly influencing his 1968 recording “Speak Like a Child.”

• Clare Fischer: http://www.clarefischer.com

Neptune return from space with a new lineup, album, and tour. Next time, maybe they’ll bring you a personalized keychain.

I remember studying the solar system in elementary school, circa third or fourth grade, maybe. I remember the project — the one where we each chose a planet and researched the hell out of it, then painted a few Styrofoam balls and stuck them in a shadow box. Something along those lines. Of course, for the sake of fairness (I suppose), we couldn’t choose our own planets. We had to draw slips of paper from a bowl. I drew Mars. Fuck Mars. It’s just close to Earth and was maybe at one point inhabitable. Lame.

Neptune’s rad, though. Homemade instruments, drum feedback, interrupted radio broadcasts and the like. I’m talking about the band, not the planet, in case you didn’t catch that abrupt subject switcheroo — but you never know, maybe they play electric collage songs out in space too. Since 1994, Neptune have worked with a variety of lineups — the latest includes Jason Sanford, Mark Pearson, and Kevin Micka — and experimented with discarded materials and found noises to create a surreal sound, perhaps fast-forwarding to the year 2845. On March 13, they’ll release their 10th LP titled msg rcvd via Northern Spy Records. Just a regular release, nothing beamed down from space. They’re touring too, but it looks like they’ll be skipping extraterrestrial venues. Just zooming through Europe. Bummer.

msg rcvd tracklist:

01. luminous skull
02. dark report
03. rpr
04. natural systems
05. negative reversal
06. dstl sgnl

Dates:

02.24.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent #
03.07.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Occii
03.08.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - dB’s Studio Time
03.09.12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
03.10.12 - Lille, France - La Malterie
03.11.12 - Paris, France - Batofar
03.15.12 - Nantes, France - University of Nantes (Pôle Etudiant)
03.16.12 - Allonnes, France - L’excelsior (Péniche Excelsior)
03.17.12 - San Sabastian, Spain - MOGAMBO
03.18.12 - Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain - Ibu Hots
03.19.12 - Madrid, Spain - Rock Palace Time
03.20.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Moog
03.21.12 - Pau, France - La Centrifugeuse studio-scène de la Maison de l’Etudiant
03.23.12 - Marseille, France - L’Embobineuse
03.24.12 - Clermont Ferrand, France - Chez Raymond
03.25.12 - Toulouse, France - Emergence
03.28.12 - Lyon, France - Sonic Lyon
03.29.12 - Torino, Italy - Cripta747
03.30.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Bourg
03.31.12 - Strasbourg, France - Stimultania
04.03.12 - Berlin, Germany - Marie-Antonette
04.05.12 - Brussels, Belgium - magasin4
04.06.12- Den Haag, Netherlands - 330 Live

#Parts & Labor, Oneida, Noveller

• Neptune: http://www.neptuneband.com
• Northern Spy: http://northern-spy.com

[Photo: Bill T. Miller]

Shabazz Palaces announce “We Are The Greatest Hip-Hop Group In The World Prove That We’re Not” tour

Shabazz Palaces, the world’s greatest hip-hop group? Probably not, but maybe! Black Up was pretty much the best, so there’s that piece of evidence. Besides, Shabazz Palaces say they’re the best themselves! I mean, I haven’t asked them, but, you know, I bet they would, I guess? I’m really the only one pushing hard for this “Shabazz Palaces, the greatest hip-hop group” thing. Those guys probably don’t really care one way or the other. They’re too cool for that nonsense.

While they don’t care about all that, they are going on tour over the next few months. Some of these dates will be in Europe, while some will be in… not Europe! Specifically, the United States. Does anybody in Europe think Shabazz Palaces aren’t the best? They’ll be proven wrong. What about the naysayers in the United States? Also proven wrong! As for me, I’ll be proven right. All will be justified. But mainly just that one thing.

Shabazz Palaces dates:

02.18.12 - Roubaix, France - La Cave Aux Poetes
02.19.12 - Nantes, France - Stereolux
02.20.12 - Metz, France - Les Trinitaires
02.21.12 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
02.24.12 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
02.25.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Stall 6
02.29.12 - Turin, Italy - Astoria
03.01.12 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
03.02.12 - Ravenna, Italy - Bronson
03.03.12 - Vigonovo, Italy - Studio 2
04.03.12 - Minneapolis, MN - The Whole
04.04.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet
04.05.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.06.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
04.07.12 - Gambier, OH - The Horn Gallery
04.08.12 - East Liberty, PA - The Shadow Lounge
04.10.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
04.11.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
04.12.12 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
04.13.12 - New York, NY - SOB’s
04.14.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl

• Shabazz Palaces: http://shabazzpalaces.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Screaming Females releasing an album in April and touring in February. THIS MEANS I CAN TYPE IN ALL CAPS RIGHT?!!??!?

SCREAMING FEMALES’ FIFTH LP IS CALLED UGLY AND IT’S COMING OUT ON APRIL 4 AND THEY’RE RELEASING THE FIRST SINGLE ON FEBRUARY 11 AT THE DON GIOVANNI RECORDS SHOWCASE IN BROOKLYN WHICH WILL KICK OFF A WEEK-LONG TOUR OF FREE SHOWS AT RECORD SHOPS AND ONE BOOK STORE!!!!!!!

Alright, enough with the caps — they’re obnoxious. The “It All Means Nothing” 7-inch on Don Giovanni Records will also include a version of “A New Kid” recorded live at WFMU, and you’ll only be able to snag it during this run of shows.

Dates:

2.11.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
2.12.12 - Manhattan, NY - Generation Records
2.13.12 - Cambridge, MA - Lorem Ipsum Books
2.14.12 - Northampton, MA - Feeding Tube Records
2.15.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Long In The Tooth Records
2.16.12 - Richmond, VA - Steady Sounds
2.17.12 - Asheville, NC - Harvest Records
2.18.12 - Nashville, TN - Grimey’s New and Preloved Music
2.19.12 - Chicago, IL - Permanent Records

Ugly tracklist:

01. It All Means Nothing
02. Rotten Apple
03. Extinction
04. Red Hand
05. 5 High
06. Expire
07. Crow’s Nest
08. Tell Me No
09. Leave It All Up to Me
10. Doom 84
11. Help Me
12. Something Ugly
13. Slow Birth
14. It’s Nice

• Screaming Females: http://screamingfemales.com
• Don Giovanni: http://dongiovannirecords.com

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