Father John Misty, Magic Trick

Fri Jan 11 2013

8:30 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Beachland Ballroom

15711 Waterloo Road Cleveland, OH 44110

$15.00

All Ages

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Josh Tillman, who has been recording/releasing solo albums since 2003 and who recently left Seattle’s Fleet Foxes after playing drums from 2008-2011, created the Father John Misty alter-ego as a way to bring humor, sex, mischief, and sensual frankness to the occasionally arid world of indie rock. Father John Misty's album, Fear Fun brings to mind the earthy realities of Waylon Jennings, the spiritual concerns of "All Things Must Pass", and the hedonist boudoir leanings of Led Zeppelin. This woozy Dionysus took a page from the poets, rockers, and reprobates of years past: he shroomed out, drove to Laurel Canyon, and essentially languished there in a post-Fleet Foxes reverie of writing. Once he emerged from that former hippie oasis, Tillman then journeyed to Los Angeles, linked up with engineers Phil Ek and Jonathan Wilson, and put together Fear Fun. The end result feels a little more like the late ‘60s and ‘70s -- Harry Nilsson, anyone? -- than some of today's bearded indie chest-thumpers who are just jumping up and down trying to prove their authenticity. Father John Misty isn't really real, but the fiction he makes you live in your ears probably seems often more real than real life. Now, wrap your head around that one And wrap your ears around Father John Misty! Magic Trick features Tim Cohen, from the Fresh & Onlys, and Alicia Vanden Heuvel, from the Aislers Set.

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    When discussing ‘Father John Misty’, Tillman paraphrases Philip Roth: ’It’s all of me and none of me, if you can’t see that, you won’t get it’. What I call it is totally arbitrary, but I like the name. You’ve got to have a name. I never got to choose mine."

    He goes on, “‘People who make records are afforded this assumption by the culture that their music is coming from an exclusively personal place, but more often than not what you hear are actually the affectations of an ’alter-ego’ or a cartoon of an emotionally heightened persona,” says Josh Tillman, who has been recording/releasing solo albums since 2003 and who recently left Seattle’s Fleet Foxes after playing drums from 2008-2011. “That kind of emotional quotient isn’t sustainable if your concern is portraying a human-being made up of more than just chest-beating pathos. I see a lot of rampant, sexless, male-fantasy everywhere in the music around me. I didn’t want any alter-egos, any vagaries, fantasy, escapism, any over-wrought sentimentality. I like humor and sex and mischief. So when you think about it, it’s kind of mischievous to write about yourself in a plain-spoken, kind of explicitly obvious way and call it something like ‘Misty’. I mean, I may as well have called it ‘Steve’”.

    Musically, Fear Fun consists of such disparate elements as Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell, “All Things Must Pass,” and “Physical Graffiti,” often within the same song. Tillman’s voice has never been better and often sounds like Roy Orbison, “The Caruso of Rock”, at his most joyous, while the music maintains a dark, mysterious and yet conversely playful, almost Dionysian quality.

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Beachland Ballroom

Father John Misty
Magic Trick

Fri Jan 11 2013 8:30 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Beachland Ballroom Cleveland OH
Father John Misty, Magic Trick
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$15.00 All Ages

Josh Tillman, who has been recording/releasing solo albums since 2003 and who recently left Seattle’s Fleet Foxes after playing drums from 2008-2011, created the Father John Misty alter-ego as a way to bring humor, sex, mischief, and sensual frankness to the occasionally arid world of indie rock. Father John Misty's album, Fear Fun brings to mind the earthy realities of Waylon Jennings, the spiritual concerns of "All Things Must Pass", and the hedonist boudoir leanings of Led Zeppelin. This woozy Dionysus took a page from the poets, rockers, and reprobates of years past: he shroomed out, drove to Laurel Canyon, and essentially languished there in a post-Fleet Foxes reverie of writing. Once he emerged from that former hippie oasis, Tillman then journeyed to Los Angeles, linked up with engineers Phil Ek and Jonathan Wilson, and put together Fear Fun. The end result feels a little more like the late ‘60s and ‘70s -- Harry Nilsson, anyone? -- than some of today's bearded indie chest-thumpers who are just jumping up and down trying to prove their authenticity. Father John Misty isn't really real, but the fiction he makes you live in your ears probably seems often more real than real life. Now, wrap your head around that one And wrap your ears around Father John Misty! Magic Trick features Tim Cohen, from the Fresh & Onlys, and Alicia Vanden Heuvel, from the Aislers Set.