i’ve got smoke in my lungs and a past life in my trunk

“Jesus Christ, girl.” At only three words into “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings“, the lead single off Fear Fun by Josh Tillman’s new project Father John Misty, it’s clear there’s something special happening. The reverb and strung-out-sunset hollowness crashing against Tillman’s vocal turns is like a car wreck – you can’t turn yourself away from what’s going on.

Tillman, formerly of Fleet Foxes, has a gorgeous voice. While he’s technically sound, it’s the charisma and humor creeping at the corners that pushes it to another level. The religious/cult leader implications of the Father John Misty moniker (“Joseph Campbell and The Rolling Stones / couldn’t give me a myth / so I had to write my own”) are apt; in person Tillman is handsome and witty but approachable, and both live and on record could sing the phone book and make it the most compelling thing happening in the room. You’ll happily follow him wherever he may go, and he goes everywhere.

“O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me” is pretty and hymn-like; the man has an ear for the spirit. Lofty, too, is the apex of “Only Son of the Ladiesman”. “Teepees 1-12” is a country shaker, complete with fiddle dance hall swing. FJM brings to mind The Beatles a couple of times on the album, both with “This Is Sally Hatchet” and “I’m Writing a Novel” (which is a cross between “Pleasant Valley Sunday” by The Monkees and “The Ballad of John and Yoko” – a move that seems intentional based on the song’s lyrics). In general Tillman nods to the past but makes it sound new, a dusted-off find from deep in the vault and not some lame apery.

Every track on the record is solid, a rare find in a singles-driven industry. Unsurprising, though, considering “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” is a contender for favorite song of 2012. Fear Fun is an instant classic, prime for those sunny summer mornings and lazy front porch afternoons.

Fear Fun dropped 05.01.12.
Click to download “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” and “Nancy From Now On“.

on leaving home

Talented. Beautiful. Sweet. These are the words I’d use to describe Kelli Cohen if I was following the advice/rules of crappy internet dating sites. I met Kelli through a friend at the now-defunct Club 770. Our paths kept crossing and we decided we should probably just man up and be pals. A passion for music, photography, and whiskey runs common through our veins, and I quickly grew to love Kelli like a little sister. This summer while bonding over movie moments and summer nights, I tapped her to make a mix for M|H. Perfectly timed for the trading in of one year for the next, On Leaving Home explores change and embraces it. While Kelli and I no longer occupy the same city, leaving our trademark trails of red lipstick and dominating karaoke with “Dog Days Are Over” and the doubled power of our voices, I sit secure in the fact that absence only makes the heart grow fonder.

ON LEAVING HOME
01| She’s Leaving Home by The Beatles
02| I Don’t Feel Young by  Wye Oak
03| Everyday by Rogue Wave
04| Lost Coastlines by Okkervil River
05| What Me Worry? by St. Vincent
06| Never Going Back Again by Fleetwood Mac
07| Chains, Chains, Chains by Elvis Perkins in Dearland
08| Winds of Change by Fitz and the Tantrums
09| Don’t Forget Me by Neko Case
10| The Past and Pending by The Shins
11| Troubled by Land of Talk
12| Ghost Town by First Aid Kit
13| Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right by Bob Dylan
14| Murder in the City by The Avett Brothers
15| See You Then by Roberta Flack

i’d love to turn you on

Much like our recent post about Bon Iver, there’s no criticism here,  just a string of videos chronicling our whole-hearted love for Paul McCartney. The video quality isn’t the best, but the sound is pretty good. Enjoy these Beatles hits performed on August 1, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.

The Night Before

Eleanor Rigby

A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance

Let It Be

Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

 

SET LIST
Magical Mystery Tour, Junior’s Farm, All My Loving, Jet, Got to Get You Into My Life, Sing the Changes, The Night Before, Let Me Roll It, Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix cover), Paperback Writer, The Long and Winding Road, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five, Let ‘Em In, Maybe I’m Amazed, I’m Looking Through You, And I Love Her, Blackbird, Here Today, Dance Tonight, Mrs. Vandebilt,  Eleanor Rigby, Something, Band on the Run, Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, Back in the USSR, I’ve Got a Feeling, A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance, Let It Be, Live and Let Die, Hey Jude
ENCORE ONE
Lady Madonna, Birthday, I Saw Her Standing There
ENCORE TWO
Yesterday, Helter Skelter, Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End