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Οὖτις, Thursday, 8 January 2015 21:30 (two years ago) Permalink

hyped for this album

i'm tellin you it was kenard (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 8 January 2015 21:33 (two years ago) Permalink

I like this guy's music.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 8 January 2015 22:11 (two years ago) Permalink

saw this guy play live last year and he played a bunch of new material and it was fantastic.

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 8 January 2015 23:07 (two years ago) Permalink

was there a laugh track though

Οὖτις, Thursday, 8 January 2015 23:11 (two years ago) Permalink

hey folks this album did that thing faucets aren't supposed to do under optimal conditions

i'm tellin you it was kenard (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 16:23 (two years ago) Permalink

Stayed cold for a long time then eventually got lukewarm?

Evan, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 16:36 (two years ago) Permalink

the pipes froze?

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 16:38 (two years ago) Permalink

RIP to my terrible joke

in any case, this album's real fuckin good

i'm tellin you it was kenard (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 16:55 (two years ago) Permalink

I found her naked with her best friend in the tub
We sang Silent Night in three parts, which was fun
Until she said that she sounds just like Sarah Vaughan
I hate that soulful affectation white girls put on
Why don’t you move to the Delta?

Simon H., Tuesday, 13 January 2015 17:00 (two years ago) Permalink

hmmm - the leak i downloaded has some live tracks on it. not sure if it's legit or what the deal is.

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:47 (two years ago) Permalink

i got one with 11 tracks all of which sound pure studio - maybe you found some deluxe ed.?

i'm tellin you it was kenard (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:46 (two years ago) Permalink

i think what i found is the opposite of deluxe.

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:57 (two years ago) Permalink

when does this come out?

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:57 (two years ago) Permalink

xp weird

i believe feb. 18 is the announced release date - it's kind of nuts how early this leak is

i'm tellin you it was kenard (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:59 (two years ago) Permalink

I found her naked with her best friend in the tub
We sang Silent Night in three parts, which was fun
Until she said that she sounds just like Sarah Vaughan
I hate that soulful affectation white girls put on
Why don’t you move to the DeltaNewark, New Jersey?

― Simon H., Tuesday, January 13, 2015 9:00 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

$80 is absurd and very ridiculous! (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 18:22 (two years ago) Permalink

The album comes with a bonus cassette at Norman Records (and, presumably, some other places):

https://www.normanrecords.com/records/151380-father-john-misty-i-love-you-honeybear-

djh, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 18:30 (two years ago) Permalink

is he the new john grant!?

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:00 (two years ago) Permalink

don't hate FJM but would rather have a new Fleet Foxes record, come out of the shadows Robin Pecknold

alpine static, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:28 (two years ago) Permalink

holy cats, this is his tenth album! man, i'd never even heard of him until half an hour ago...

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:32 (two years ago) Permalink

is there anything to distinguish this dude from the typical fleet fox bon iver folky songy niceties?

marcos, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:34 (two years ago) Permalink

wait i don't really know what "nicety" means. i just mean all those nice and pleasant-sounding artists who are ultimately quite safe and a little boring?

marcos, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:35 (two years ago) Permalink

ha!

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:36 (two years ago) Permalink

yes. he is a little different.

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:36 (two years ago) Permalink

xxxp its mostly in his lyrics, which are often hysterical and/or vicious

i'm tellin you it was kenard (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:36 (two years ago) Permalink

he has a stage presence/persona that is way more outwardly engaging and fun/funny

mizzell, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:37 (two years ago) Permalink

xxxpost to scott: his late-2000s stuff as J. Tillman is mostly super hushed, sad, folky stuff, and it is absolutely beautiful, particularly 2009's "Year in the Kingdom" ... but it is quite different from FJM.

this song/video is representative/wonderful: http://youtu.be/OVPet3TWwHw

alpine static, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:37 (two years ago) Permalink

his discussion on wtf about his previous work as j. tillman is pretty interesting and funny.

mizzell, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:38 (two years ago) Permalink

admittedly there are a million people doing what he was doign as J. Tillman, and FJM is a good break from that

alpine static, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:39 (two years ago) Permalink

right. he basically was a fleet foxes/ bon iver type before (based on the 1 or 2 songs I could stand before turning it off) and FJM is really nothing like that.

mizzell, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:40 (two years ago) Permalink

lyrics for Ideal Husband:

Julian
He's gonna take my files

Every woman that I've slept with
Every friendship I've neglected
Didn't call when grandma died
I spend my money getting drunk and high
I've done things unprotected
Proceeded to drive home wasted
Bought things to win over siblings
I've said awful things, such awful things

And now
Now it's out
And now
Now it's out

Julian
He's gonna take my files

Telling people jokes to shut them up
Resenting people that I love
Sleep in 'til two then doin' shit
Just stay in bed and later lie 'bout it
Obsessing over greying hair
Knowing just what people wanna hear
Binging on unearned attention
I've said awful things, such awful things

And now
Now it's out
And now
Now it's out

I came by at seven in the morning
Seven in the morning, seven in the morning
I came by at seven in the morning
I said, "Baby, I'm finally succumbing"
Said something dumb like "I'm tired of running
Tired of running, tired of running"
Let's put a baby in the oven
Wouldn't I make the ideal husband?

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:41 (two years ago) Permalink

his lyrics can be outwardly funny in a slap stick kind of way – but they can also be really funny/engaging in a way I’ve never heard before (like they lyrics I just posted).

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:43 (two years ago) Permalink

xp and that's honestly at the like, softer end of his sardonic side. "the night josh tillman came to our apartment" from the new album is on a "like a rolling stone" level of bitterness

i'm tellin you it was kenard (slothroprhymes), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:44 (two years ago) Permalink

that letterman song did remind me of john grant. which isn't a bad thing really. i don't really know fleet foxes at all but wiki says he was just drumming for them anyway.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:54 (two years ago) Permalink

and then he drops a song that is just plain beautiful like I Went To The Store One Day.

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:56 (two years ago) Permalink

i also just heard abt this guy
but the letterman performance was great, i like the theatrical aspect of it

Wu-Tang Clannad (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:57 (two years ago) Permalink

listening to his 2012 album

sometimes he reminds me of Nilsson a bit, he's more explicitly bitter and stuff but the same sort of sense of dread and angst bubbling up in these little perfect studio pop productions

Wu-Tang Clannad (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 20:13 (two years ago) Permalink

i dig the novelty of an indie guy trying to Say Something but the lyrics to "bored in the usa" get so corny

da croupier, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 20:43 (two years ago) Permalink

some of the other pull-quotes here are more promising though

da croupier, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 20:43 (two years ago) Permalink

He had to expect that people would have felt that way, hence the laugh track. This part always makes me chuckle: Oh good the stranger’s body’s still here/ Our arrangement hasn’t changed

Indexed, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 21:05 (two years ago) Permalink

corny != funny unless you are xposting some distance to the slapstick humor post

$80 is absurd and very ridiculous! (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 21:45 (two years ago) Permalink

I like some songs on Fear Fun. But I think that croup is correct in calling out 'Bored In the USA'. It doesn't work as well for me as similar stuff from Nilsson (or Newman), such as 'Gotta Get Up'->'Driving Along' or 'Love Story (You and Me)'.

$80 is absurd and very ridiculous! (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 22:23 (two years ago) Permalink

Nilsson could be sincere and moving. FJM does not try for that.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 22:25 (two years ago) Permalink

you know, I was going to say the same thing. but then I thought 'Oh wait, he has a song titled 'o i long to feel your arms around me''. and well...

$80 is absurd and very ridiculous! (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 22:28 (two years ago) Permalink

so I am still looking for something sincere because I think that is something I'm missing compared to Nilsson or Grant.

$80 is absurd and very ridiculous! (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 22:29 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah i shouldn't have compared him to a great like nilsson

there's a kind of 70s pro studio vibe to it though, grant kinda has that too

Wu-Tang Clannad (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 22:37 (two years ago) Permalink

The schism btwn his records as J. Tillman and FJM is really interesting to me, as the Tillman records are more traditionally "sincere"-sounding, yet he is much more engaging in this new persona. (Which he claims to be a more honest representation of where he's at these days, anyway.)

Simon H., Wednesday, 14 January 2015 23:21 (two years ago) Permalink

Nilsson doesn't seem like the right point of comparison to me. If we're talking 70s pro-studio gloss + darkly cynical/sarcastic lyrics about sex and drugs and assholes then the obvious reference point is everyone's favorite Coachella 2015 performers

Οὖτις, Thursday, 15 January 2015 17:22 (two years ago) Permalink

hmmm. FJM songs have so much reverb, though, and it doesn't really sound 70s pro-studio gloss imo. And I don't think you'll see too many drummers drumming along to these FJM songs on youtube anytime ever.

$80 is absurd and very ridiculous! (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 15 January 2015 17:35 (two years ago) Permalink

Ideal Husband is great. That second verse is so brutal. I do find his lyrics moving actually.

Minaj moron (Re-Make/Re-Model), Thursday, 15 January 2015 17:43 (two years ago) Permalink

when someone like David Bowie or Madonna does the self aware performance art deconstruction thing, it was about that journey, not about how clever they were for doing so.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 24 March 2017 21:51 (two months ago) Permalink

also, their music was awesome, which certainly helped the medicine go down

Wimmels, Friday, 24 March 2017 21:53 (two months ago) Permalink

ah, the old "It's performance art!" get out of jail free card. i am well aware he has made this disclaimer. it's all he has. it's just not interesting. this is an uninteresting person musing about how interesting they are.

I'm not using it as a get out of jail free card, I'm pointing out that your critique of his persona makes no sense/is inconsistent.

Οὖτις, Friday, 24 March 2017 21:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Madonna's music is 99% garbage

Οὖτις, Friday, 24 March 2017 21:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Nilsson doesn't seem like the right point of comparison to me. If we're talking 70s pro-studio gloss + darkly cynical/sarcastic lyrics about sex and drugs and assholes then the obvious reference point is everyone's favorite Coachella 2015 performers

― Οὖτις, Thursday, January 15, 2015 9:22 AM (two years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

haha btw I obviously changed my mind about this, although I do still think the Dan are also a good pt of comparison (sans the smooth jazz chops obviously and maybe unfortunately)

Οὖτις, Friday, 24 March 2017 22:00 (two months ago) Permalink

OBVIOUSLY, I say

Οὖτις, Friday, 24 March 2017 22:00 (two months ago) Permalink

@Adam Still a horrible term, even though you didn't make it up.

I still like FJM, although so far the new tracks have all been a bit samey: ponderous ballads with shoehorned-in lyrics and meandering melodies.

DJI, Friday, 24 March 2017 23:01 (two months ago) Permalink

ponderous ballads with shoehorned-in lyrics and meandering melodies.

this is literally the dictionary definition of indie music, what more could you want?

sleepingbag, Friday, 24 March 2017 23:22 (two months ago) Permalink

<i>Madonna's music is 99% garbage

― Οὖτις,</i>

dude no. it's much more like 45% garbage

akm, Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:23 (two months ago) Permalink

70s pro-studio gloss + darkly cynical/sarcastic lyrics about sex and drugs and assholes

if you want to do this & don't have the stones to go full trainwreck like tim buckley c greetings from la, then you should be doing something else.

Balðy Daudrs (contenderizer), Saturday, 25 March 2017 03:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I dont know that one, will check it

Οὖτις, Saturday, 25 March 2017 05:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Omg Greetings from LA is amazing avant sleeze, like US Maple goes LA coke rock, FJM's arms are too short to box w god

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 25 March 2017 23:50 (two months ago) Permalink

i kinda hate buckley's vox in general unfortunately

Οὖτις, Sunday, 26 March 2017 00:46 (two months ago) Permalink

figured i'd drop in to see how angry this album made people....and ya didn't disappoint lol

royce jung (slothroprhymes), Friday, 7 April 2017 16:03 (one month ago) Permalink

i've never fully been able to comprehend how people who were probably 100 percent in the tank for 9 zillion other indie artists with performative as fuck attitudes who said dumb things find /this/ fuckin dork (which i say as a fan) to be the straw that breaks the rage-camel's back, but w/e i guess

(and if anyone thinks he actually is "offended" by pop stars making pop songs they're taking the most obvious bait. if what enrages you is him dropping the bait in the first place, thats an entirely fair criticism. and i personally wish he'd never opened his bloody mouth about taylor swift, whom i generally like.)

ALL THAT SAID, "leaving L.A." is all his worst aspects taken to sadistic extremes and overall this record is only gonna make people who hate him hate him 9,000 times more. but it feels reeaaaallly appropriate for my beer and missile strike news hangover & my suspicion that we're all gonna die soon

royce jung (slothroprhymes), Friday, 7 April 2017 16:17 (one month ago) Permalink

wb sloth! stick around awhile

Evan, Friday, 7 April 2017 16:45 (one month ago) Permalink

The Rolling Stone interview where he tries to pretend that "Swift" is the only word that rhymed with "Occulus Rift" was highly stupid. Obviously it was for attention...perhaps he's just trolling. But like if I had never heard him before that, I would honestly not bother seeking him out.

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 7 April 2017 17:38 (one month ago) Permalink

The disproportionate attention given to the TS line is kinda pathetic. Some reviewers doth protest too much.

A divisive record I guess, but I'm loving it. FJM's prior work didn't register with me and his recent SNL performance only disgusted me with what seemed an awkward and self-conscious attempt at, ugh, ironic performance art. But I happened to be bored one day and casually dug into a lengthy interview with him, which prompted me to get past my bias and sample the new album. Strangely enough it's been my main listen for the past week or so, despite it feeling overly long on the first few listens. The record itself doesn't seem at all ironic but then again, I also tend to listen to Jim O'Rourke on just the visceral level. My reaction to Pure Comedy is closer to what sloth has concluded above, in that this album (and the lyrics in particular) is one of the very few things working as I watch in sad horror while the two superpowers on opposite sides of my own country begin to square off.

doug watson, Friday, 7 April 2017 18:13 (one month ago) Permalink

This guy is worse than Bon Iver and I didn't know that was possible.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 7 April 2017 18:20 (one month ago) Permalink

so a pop singer said he doesn't like pop songs when in reality he... does? doesn't? it doesn't matter what he means so long as it has been made clear that he is being controversial.

oh wow, i really fell for the bait. what a brilliant trickster.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 7 April 2017 19:09 (one month ago) Permalink

The mere mention of the name "Jim O'Rourke" on a thread about this imbecile is a crime (and yes I see the context and yes I realize it wasn't a comparison, but I'm thinking more of the scene in A Bronx Tale where Sonny doesn't want the kid in the crap game to have to look at the ugly mobster's face when he's throwing the dice so he covers the ugly mobster's head with a bag)

Wimmels, Friday, 7 April 2017 19:16 (one month ago) Permalink

see, that mention of Jim O'Rourke makes me want to check this record out. really didn't like the title track but i'll give it a chance.

flappy bird, Friday, 7 April 2017 19:21 (one month ago) Permalink

shakey reppin so hard for this dude is o_O

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 7 April 2017 19:22 (one month ago) Permalink

xpost Careful Flappy, I intended no direct comparisons between JO and FJM

doug watson, Friday, 7 April 2017 19:49 (one month ago) Permalink

so a pop singer said he doesn't like pop songs when in reality he... does? doesn't? it doesn't matter what he means so long as it has been made clear that he is being controversial.

oh wow, i really fell for the bait. what a brilliant trickster.

― AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, April 7, 2017 3:09 PM (fifty-three minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

you fall for it by being cranky enough to repeatedly complain about it on an internet website, not to mention me saying i didn't necessarily think dropping bait was the least bit "brilliant" in the first place

royce jung (slothroprhymes), Friday, 7 April 2017 20:05 (one month ago) Permalink

xpost Careful Flappy, I intended no direct comparisons between JO and FJM

― doug watson, Friday, April 7, 2017 3:49 PM (thirty-nine minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i realize that, but the mere mention of one of my favorite artists ever is enough for me to listen to Pure Comedy at least once

flappy bird, Friday, 7 April 2017 20:29 (one month ago) Permalink

#makesyouthink

DJI, Friday, 7 April 2017 23:57 (one month ago) Permalink

I get why people dislike this guy but I'm still baffled by why some would spend so much of their energy doing so. I couldn't imagine giving up even one free thought toward, say, "the missing poems of Dave Longstreth."

doug watson, Saturday, 8 April 2017 03:38 (one month ago) Permalink

I think it's because he's a more frustrating figure than Dave Longstreth. Extramusically, FJM is either captivating or infuriating, there's no in between: he can be genuinely hilarious and insightful, or maddeningly pretentious and condescending. This carries over into his music, too—the dorm room philosophy of "Pure Comedy" is so much worse than "Bored in the USA," a funnier, if just as obvious, piece of social commentary—but my main gripe is that his songs are too self-aware. Nothing beats "Real Love Baby," a straight-up pop song written for Lady Gaga. But he can't ethically record pop songs without making them postmodern critiques on consumerism, or something like that.

DL is simpler. You either dig him or you don't. I've never liked his music, and he seems like kind of a dick, so I don't bother with his stuff. He's never inspired the same disparate opinions from me.

Handsome Bookor, Saturday, 8 April 2017 14:17 (one month ago) Permalink

i wanna see FJM and Dave Longstreth fight MMA style

flappy bird, Saturday, 8 April 2017 15:00 (one month ago) Permalink

either captivating or infuriating
feel like this type of false dilemma is often made by fans (or braggadocio rappers) and that the vast majority in fact find finds fjm neither

niels, Saturday, 8 April 2017 15:45 (one month ago) Permalink

I get why people dislike this guy but I'm still baffled by why some would spend so much of their energy doing so. I couldn't imagine giving up even one free thought toward, say, "the missing poems of Dave Longstreth."

― doug watson, Friday, April 7, 2017 11:38 PM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

royce jung (slothroprhymes), Monday, 10 April 2017 01:22 (one month ago) Permalink

i actually like everything about FJM except his music. it's a drag

― flappy bird, Friday, 24 March 2017 21:51 (two weeks ago)

exact opposite for me.

which is probably why i love my J. Tillman albums but haven't gotten around to the last two FJMs.

alpine static, Monday, 10 April 2017 02:24 (one month ago) Permalink

i hate him

joshywinty (josh), Monday, 10 April 2017 03:34 (one month ago) Permalink

there are some really lovely songs on those Tillman albums tbf

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 10 April 2017 12:11 (one month ago) Permalink

you mean if you like watered-down, generic indie folkTM and you really really really wish Sam Beam would release his earliest, crappiest demos, yeah, totally

Wimmels, Monday, 10 April 2017 12:49 (one month ago) Permalink

I've heard every Iron and Wine album and I don't think "Laborless Land," "Our Beloved Tyrant" and several others are beneath him at all.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 10 April 2017 13:10 (one month ago) Permalink

my opinion is that he's good and that this album is good

it me, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 01:01 (one month ago) Permalink

I like this dude's music a lot. I'm listening to the new one for the first time. Some of it is good but man oh man this song Leaving LA is a slog.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 02:58 (one month ago) Permalink

This guy is having a huge moment, right? I was in a tiny record store on Friday and no joke like 10 people in a row came in and bought this record, which was retailing for $35 (!) because it was a deluxe first day edition with special artwork. It was pretty impressive - who else in the indie world gets people out for a new record like that right now?

I bought it on CD ($8.99!) and I like the first three or four songs a bunch, but it feels like a loooooong album with a bunch of songs in the middle that feel like first drafts of the first three or four songs.

Jalapeño Coladas, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 06:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Heard one of his new singles and it made me wanna hear Elton John's "Honky Chateau" instead. Seems like a normal reaction.

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 06:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Jalapeño Coladas, Friday, 14 April 2017 06:11 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm into this record. The lyrics are over-the-top and often side on too clever instead of flowing with the music but it nets out positive.

yesca, Friday, 14 April 2017 08:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Still hate the style but the lyrics to "The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt" are hilarious.

El Tuomasbot (milo z), Sunday, 16 April 2017 09:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Watched this guy on the Coachella live stream Friday night. It was my first exposure to him. I hope it will also be the last. Is he serious or not? Is this a parody of an artist that takes themselves way too seriously or is this guy really like that? Lyrically, he seems to be trying very, very hard to seem deep and insightful, or at least 'honest' and direct, but it's just embarrassing to watch. Seemed extremely pretentious. Guess it makes a nice contrast to Gryffin, who was miming behind a Novation workstation in tight white jeans. Maybe you need the salty rim on your fruity drinks these days. I'm baffled though.

brotherlovesdub, Sunday, 16 April 2017 19:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Is this a parody of an artist that takes themselves way too seriously or is this guy really like that?

if you start a po-faced indie band to satirize other po-faced indie ppl, at the end of the day are you still a po-faced indie person? Hmmm... Gonna say yeah. In fact your entire paradigm is exposed and you are inescapably corny at that point. so really there is no distinction.

sleepingbag, Sunday, 16 April 2017 23:05 (one month ago) Permalink

so does "too clever" mean it's not clever enough? what makes a music/pop/indie artist "extremely pretentious" ? is there a sort of posturing going on that makes it inauthentic?

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Sunday, 16 April 2017 23:22 (one month ago) Permalink

I think he is one of the most authentic artists ever. his music and persona tell you everything you need to know about him. it doesn't matter to what degree he is 'posturing' bc if you can choose how to present youself, why the fuck would you posture that way ?

sleepingbag, Monday, 17 April 2017 00:35 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

wow no. 1 on Billboard rock chart (for what that's worth) http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7767985/father-john-misty-pure-comedy-rock-album-charts-number-one

I finally listened to the whole thing and whoever said upthread that every song is like a "last song on the album" is kind of right, except to me it's more like the whole album is just one looooong last song. It feels ambitious, like a concept record. I do miss some of the sonic variety of the previous albums - tempos never really get above a mild trot here, and he relies heavily on relatively small number of certain chord progression/compositional tricks. It's bizarre to me that something this ponderous and wordy is so successful but also great. I was casting about for comparisons and I think the Nilsson/Steely Dan/Randy Newman comparisons are still p apt (altho tbf Nilsson never went so far into this social commentary sorta stuff, and Misty isn't quite the storyteller Fagan is, at least not on this album) - but my brother also threw out Jarvis Cocker, which also struck me as on point. As a pop provocateur he is v satisfying imo.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:17 (one week ago) Permalink


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