You might have heard of Father John Misty back when he was Josh Tillman (or J. Tillman), the drummer of the band Fleet Foxes. Now, Josh is gone and Father John is here. His new album, I Love You, Honeybear, came out on February 10. Probably the song that's gotten the most attention is the first single, "Bored in the USA," a mournfully acerbic take on life in late-market capitalism. But unjustly overlooked is "The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt." which is the best kiss-off song, in my opinion, since Dylan's "Positively 4th Street." Why is this song on repeat? Easy. This line:
“She says, like literally, music is the air she breathes
And the malapropos make me want to f****** scream
I wonder if she even knows what that word means
Well, it’s literally not that.”
It makes me think of that David Cross bit from 2002's Shut Up You F****** Baby:
But then there are also some really beautiful turns of phrase too which remind me of the best D.C. Berman, the poet/singer of The Silver Jews (my favorite band).
Here's DC Berman from my favorite song, "People." That last three lines, by the way, is the key to happiness in life. In Buddhism it's called direct experience.
"People love people and they understand
If you wanna renovate your background mind
(A federal woman needs a municipal man)
People gotta synchronize to animal time.
You can't change the feeling
But you can change your feelings about the feeling in a second or two...
People always come around."
Here's Father John:
"We sang 'Silent Night' in three parts which was fun
Til 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?"
And that's why it's on repeat.