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

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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

RIP: Don Cornelius, creator of Soul Train

From TIME:

TMZ.com reports that Don Cornelius, creator of the syndicated hit dance show “Soul Train” committed suicide in his Sherman Oaks, Calif. home.

The website said police found Cornelius about 4 a.m. with a gunshot wound to the head, that they believe was self-inflicted. He was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He was 75.

• Don Cornelius: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Cornelius

RIP: King Stitt, rap reggae pioneer

From The Washington Post:

King Stitt, a pioneer in rap reggae, died Tuesday in his Caribbean homeland of Jamaica. He was 72.

Stitt died at his home in the capital of Kingston after a long fight with prostate cancer and diabetes, said Jamaican musicologist Bunny Goodison, who was a close friend to the performer for more than 50 years. Stitt had recently been discharged from a public hospital.

The entertainer known offstage as Winston Sparks started his musical career in the late 1950s on Kingston’s circuit of sound systems, a sort of portable disco.

Stitt is credited as one of the earliest performers of “toasting,” a vibrant form of Jamaican deejaying that directly inspired hip-hop music.

He is best known for songs like “Paradise Plum” and “Fire Corner.” He was a close collaborator of the late music producer Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd, who ran the celebrated Studio One and guided Stitt’s career for years.

Born with disfigured facial features, Stitt, who was also missing numerous teeth, dubbed himself “The Ugly One.”

“Without being disrespectful, Stitt made a mark vocally and visually. Because of his image everyone knew him,” Goodison said Tuesday.

• King Stitt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Stitt

Atlas Sound are going on tour, so update your Bradford Cox blog, bradfordcoxisthenumberonedreamboat.tumblr.com

Congratulations, Atlas Sound, you’re going to Japaaaaaaaaan! Yeeeeeeeah! A firework just went off and a guy is playing a guitar that shoots lightning! This is what happens when any band goes to Japan, hence why our world has so much firework-and-lightning. If you hate lightning or fireworks, blame all those Japan-going bands. But what if you love lightning but hate fireworks? Yeesh, a real Gordian Knot situation! That story’s really not applicable.

We’ve already established, as Consequence of Sound once said, that Atlas Sound are going to Japan. Lightning. Firework. Tokyo. We talked about this. But did you know that they’re also playing other places? North American places even. After they’re done jet-setting to Tokyo, they’ll play a string of dates, most of which are on the West Coast, all of which are in support of recent album Parallax (TMT Review) on 4AD. They’re also playing dates in places like Minneapolis and Cleveland Heights, which are clearly not on the West Coast. Also, a date in Binghamton, New York! But that’s before the Tokyo date. Time travel.

Atlas Sound dates:

02.04.12 - Binghamton, NY - Underground Coffeehouse (Binghamton University)
02.19.12 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender
02.24.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Centre for the Arts
02.25.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club
02.27.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
02.28.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
03.02.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
03.03.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
03.04.12 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
03.06.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
03.07.12 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret
03.08.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise

• Atlas Sound: http://www.myspace.com/atlassound
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.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