PICS: Father John Misty at Humphreys

Total entertainment forever: Father John Misty delivered a lot more than 'pure comedy' at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on April 12.

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The man behind the Father is Joshua Tillman — who released eight solo records under that name from 2003-2010.
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Sometime in 2008, Tillman joined the indie/folk band Fleet Foxes as their drummer. He quit in 2012.
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After quitting Fleet Foxes, there was a tectonic shift in Tillman’s career when he adopted the Father John Misty moniker and a different musical style.
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He released his FJM debut, “Fear Fun,” in 2012 and the followup “I Love You, Honeybear,” in 2015. His latest album, “Pure Comedy,” was released just recently on April 7. Since then, he’s become one of indie music’s biggest names.
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In 2015, the frontman made headlines by covering Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” and “Welcome to New York” — even though he claimed to have never heard the pop artist before recording the songs.
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“Pure Comedy” distances itself from FJM’s last record, the same way “I Love You, Honeybear” changed direction from his debut.
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The new album is an examination of the human condition, as told through Tillman’s sardonic lyricism and a hefty sense of irony. “Pure Comedy” is also a headphone’s delight: it’s packed with layer after layer of orchestral strings, horns, guitars, background singers and of course, Tillman’s beloved vocal melodies.
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As far as indie-folk/pop artists go, it’s hard to top Father John Misty, he’s developed a style that is all his own — yet pays homage to the acts of the ‘70s that were known for marrying a huge cinematic sound with Laurel Canyon-style production, like Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Steely Dan, and Elton John.
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Tillman has also established himself in the pop hit songwriting game lately — contributing songs to recent albums by Lady Gaga and Beyonce. He’s also made guest appearances on tracks by the Avalanches and Kid Cudi.
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His April 12 show at Humphreys was hotly anticipated in town — coming right after the release of “Pure Comedy,” following a performance on “Saturday Night Live,” and taking place just two days before his big April 14 set at 2017 Coachella’s main stage.
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The “Pure Comedy”-heavy show featured the following set list: “Pure Comedy,” “Total Entertainment Forever,” “Things It Would Be Helpful to Know Before the Revolution,” “Ballad of the Dying Man,” “When You’re Smiling and Astride Me,” “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins),” “When the God of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell to Pay” …
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Followed by “A Bigger Paper Bag,” “Birdie,” “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings,” “I Love You, Honeybear,” “Leaving LA,” “Holy S—,” “I Went to the Store One Day” (which was interrupted when FJM spotted a patron literally urinating on someone else!), “Nancy From Now On” and “Real Love Baby.”
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Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long for Father John Misty to return — he’s already announced two dates at the Observatory North Park on Oct. 5 and 6. Get tickets while you can!
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