Tillman performing at Utopia Fest in 2014
|Birth name||Joshua Tillman|
|Also known as||J. Tillman
Father John Misty
|Born||May 3, 1981|
|Genres||Indie rock, experimental rock, psychedelic rock, post-rock, folk rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums, percussion|
Crossroads of America Records
|Associated acts||Fleet Foxes
Joshua Tillman (born May 3, 1981), also known as J. Tillman or Father John Misty, is an American folk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer. Maintaining a steady output of solo recordings since 2004, Tillman is a former member of indie rock bands Saxon Shore and Fleet Foxes and has toured extensively with Pacific Northwest artists Damien Jurado, Jesse Sykes, and David Bazan.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Discography
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Notable performances
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Tillman grew up in an Evangelical Christian household in Rockville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. The oldest of four children, he has a brother and two sisters. His father was an engineer at Hewlett-Packard. Before Tillman settled on a career as a musician, he briefly had ambitions of becoming a pastor because of the performance aspect. He comments that his parents focused on the spiritual aspects of his upbringing, which he describes as "culturally oppressive". They were estranged for many years, but have since resumed contact. After learning drums at a young age, Tillman learned guitar when he was 12.
Tillman was raised in a Baptist church and attended an Episcopal elementary school, but by fifth grade he found himself enrolled in a Pentecostal Messianic Jewish day school. Tillman said he was naive when he was growing up because there was almost no cultural influence and no secular music allowed. Around the age of 17, there were new stipulations from his parents - he was allowed to listen to secular music that had a "spiritual theme". So his early purchases included albums like Bob Dylan's Slow Train Coming as he was able to establish that Dylan was classified as a "Christian artist".
After briefly attending Nyack College in New York, Tillman moved to Seattle when he was 21. He found a job there working at a bakery, which allowed him to record at night before his 4:30 am shift began. A demo he made eventually found its way to Seattle singer and songwriter Damien Jurado. A year later Tillman started opening for Jurado. At shows Tillman would distribute CD-R copies of songs that would later become his album I Will Return. During the tour, he also struck up a friendship with Eric Fisher, who produced another CD-R album, Long May You Run. Both albums were later released on Keep Recordings. Tillman and Jurado both later signed on for a U.S. tour with Richard Buckner.
In 2006, the independent label Fargo Records released Tillman's first properly distributed solo album, Minor Works, and reissued I Will Return and Long May You Run as a two-disc set the same year. In 2007, Yer Bird Records released his more elaborately arranged fourth album, Cancer and Delirium.
After signing to independent record label Western Vinyl, Tillman released two albums in 2009, Vacilando Territory Blues and Year In The Kingdom. Tillman said he wrote the title track of Vacilando Territory Blues to describe imagery he associates with his move to Seattle. His brother subsequently moved there as well. The following year Tillman released Singing Ax.
Father John Misty
On May 1, 2012, Tillman released the album Fear Fun under his new moniker Father John Misty. A couple of months prior to the release of the album a video was released for the song "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" starring Parks and Recreation 's Aubrey Plaza. The album was a dramatic departure from any of Tillman's former releases.
Tillman wrote an essay about Damien Jurado's recording, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (Secretly Canadian, 2014). He also wrote the soundtrack for a short film called The History of Caves, directed by his wife, the filmmaker Emma Elizabeth Tillman.
The "Limited Run Promotional Poster" was available at the artist’s website, and promoted a purported release called New Winter, described as a "Christmas Neu-Jazz Double Album", and quoted several paradoxes and citation needed] reviews (for example, from the Wall Street Journal, calling it the "new standard by which all seasonal music must now be measured", or from Spin, giving the release 10 out of 10 points and calling it an "[e]ssential year-round [sic] listening"). The poster text further states that the release will be sold as "compact disc" as well as "[l]imited edition prismatic hologram 6xLP on merlot and emerald semi-translucent 180 gram vinyl with original alternate-side etchings by Josh Tillman available till supplies last". The poster names five songs that are part of the track list: "Gesture I: Inoculation (Mother And Child)", "Gesture II: Feast Of Spirits", "Anacrusis Future Seed", "Naked Fire/The Fifth Season" and "Gemini".[
as J. Tillman
- Untitled No. 1 (Broken Factory, 2003)
- I Will Return (self-released, 2004)
- Long May You Run, J. Tillman (Keep Recordings, 2006)
- Minor Works (Fargo, 2006)
- Cancer And Delirium (Yer Bird, 2007)
- Vacilando Territory Blues (Western Vinyl, 2009) - UK #191
- Year In The Kingdom (Western Vinyl, 2009)
- Singing Ax (Western Vinyl, Sept 14, 2010)
as Father John Misty
- J. Tillman (self-released, 2003)
- Documented (self-released, 2006)
- Isle Land (DVD/EP) (Bella Union, 2008)
- Laminar Excursion Monthly #8 (Procession at Night) (Crossroads of America Records/Flannelgraph Records, 2010)
- The Demos (Sub Pop, 2012) (as Father John Misty)
- The History Of Caves (Sub Pop, 2013) (Soundtrack, as Josh Tillman)
- "I Luv You HB" Demos (Sub Pop/Bella Union, 2015) (as Father John Misty)
Singles, contributions and covers
- "Wild Honey Never Stolen / Borne Away On A Black Barge 7"" - (Western Vinyl, 2009) (as J. Tillman)
- Marissa Nadler / Father John Misty - "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings / Drive 7"" - (Bella Union, Aug 2014)
- "Bored In The USA" - (Sub Pop, Nov 2014), free, digital only
- "Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins)" - (Sub Pop, Dec 2014), free, digital only, #19 Billboard Adult Album Alternative
- "I Loved You Honeybee/I've Never Been a Woman", Heart-shaped 7" - (Sub Pop, April 2015) - special limited edition 2015 Record Store Day release.
- Kid Cudi - "Young Lady" (feat. Father John Misty) - ("Indicud", Republic Records, Apr 2013)
- Botany - "Laughtrack" (feat. Father John Misty) - (not on album, Western Vinyl, Oct 2014), free, digital only
- "Tillman Sings 'Tonight's The Night'" (self released, exclusively for Aquarium Drunkard, Sept 13, 2010) (as J. Tillman), free, digital only, cover album of Neil Young's album Tonight's The Night (Reprise Records, 1975)
Tillman is married to photographer Emma Elizabeth Tillman. They met in Los Angeles at the Laurel Canyon Country Store and were married in Big Sur. They currently live in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tillman had previously lived in Seattle for several years.
- Late Show with David Letterman, May 1, 2012
- KCRW: Morning Becomes Eclectic, May 30, 2012
- Late Show with David Letterman, Nov 3, 2014
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- "Father John Misty’s ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ Out February 10th". Sub Pop. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
- Stiles, Blair (June 15, 2013). "Concert review: Crowd meets the palm of Father John Misty's hand (with Pure Bathing Culture) at a sold-out Firebird, Friday, June 14". KDHX. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
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- "Father John Misty Website - Very Important Info!". FatherJohnMisty.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- Zabrey, Paula. "Fear Fun By Father John Misty". Subpop. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
- Rayner, Caroline. "J. Tillman reborn as Father John Misty, releases brooding new album Fear Fun on Sub Pop - Music News - Releases". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- McGovern, Kyle (October 16, 2013). "Read Father John Misty's Incredible Essay About Damien Jurado's New Album". SPIN. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- Brown, Harley (October 29, 2013). "Josh Tillman Talks Film Score, New Father John Misty Album". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- Battan, Carrie (November 25, 2013). "Stream Father John Misty's Soundtrack for The History of Caves" (SOUNDCLOUD). Pitchfork. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- "'New Winter' Christmas Neu-Jazz Double Album Promotional POSTER". Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- Samadder, Rhik (January 31, 2015). "Father John Misty: ‘I just wanted to write about love without bullshitting’". The Guardian.
- Goble, Corban. "Father John Misty Shares Record Store Day Exclusive "I Loved You, Honeybee"". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
- "Update". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
- "Watch Father John Misty Play Letterman". Stereogum. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
- "KCRW Presents: Father John Misty" (VIDEO). Morning Becomes Eclectic. NPR Music. May 30, 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- Official website
- Profile on Western Viny website
- Profile on Yer Bird website
- Profile on Autumn Tone Records website