Watch Father John Misty Nonchalantly Perform ‘Bored In the U.S.A.’ on ‘Letterman’
Father John Misty announced his sophomore album, 'I Love You, Honeybear,' on the 'Late Show With David Letterman' last night (Nov. 3) -- and he did so in the most entertaining way, by performing his new single, 'Bored In the U.S.A.' Check it out above.
With a symphony to back him, ex-Fleet Foxes member Josh Tillman did a theatrical performance of the track, which not only seemed perfectly timed for Election Day today but also nabbed a lot of laughs from the crowd.
"Bored in the U.S.A. / Oh, they gave me a useless education / And a subprime loan on a craftsman home / Keep my prescriptions filled, and now I can’t get off / But I can kind of deal / With being bored in the U.S.A.," he sings with a straight face.
Tillman's new LP is set for release on Feb. 9 in the U.K. via Bella Union and Feb. 10 through Sub Pop Records everywhere else. Working with producer Jonathan Wilson in Los Angeles in 2013 and 2014, the follow-up to 'Fear Fun' "is a concept album about a guy named Josh Tillman who spends quite a bit of time banging his head against walls, cultivating weak ties with strangers and generally avoiding intimacy at all costs. This all serves to fuel a version of himself that his self-loathing narcissism can deal with. We see him engaging in all manner of regrettable behavior," he said a press release.
Tillman also added, "This material demanded a new way of being made, and it took a lot of time before the process revealed itself. The massive, deranged shmaltz I heard in my head, and knew had to be the sound of this record, originated a few years ago while Emma [Tillman] and I were hallucinating in Joshua Tree; the same week I wrote the title track. I chased that sound for the entire year and half we were recording. The means by which it was achieved bore a striking resemblance to the travails, abandon and transformation of learning how to love and be loved; see and be seen. There: I said it. Blammo.”
The CD and vinyl copies will also include a poster that features an Alia Penner-designed collage of Emma Tillam's photos as well as 'Exercises for Listening' penned by Tillman. From the colorful yet elaborate artwork and track list to dates of his upcoming tour, Father John Misty laid it all out; who else is excited for 2015?
'I Love You Honeybear' Track List
'I Love You, Honeybear'
'Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)'
'The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.'
'When You’re Smiling and Astride Me'
'Nothing Good Ever Happens At the Goddamn Thirsty Crow'
'The Ideal Husband'
'Bored In The USA'
'I Went To The Store One Day'
Father John Misty 2015 Tour
Jan. 16: Felton, Calif. -- Bret Harte Hall
Jan. 17: Sonoma, Calif. -- Vet’s Hall Ballroom
Jan. 18: Chico, Calif. -- El Rey Theatre
Feb. 9: Los Angeles -- Roxy
Feb. 12: Brooklyn -- Rough Trade NYC
Feb. 14: New York -- Bowery Ballroom
Feb. 16: Montreal -- Virgin Mobile Corona Theater
Feb. 18: Toronto -- Danforth Music Hall
Feb. 21: Dublin -- Whelans
Feb. 22: Glasgow -- King Tuts
Feb. 23: Manchester -- Gorilla
Feb. 26: London -- Village Underground
Feb. 27: Leeds, UK -- Brudenell Social Club
Feb. 28: Bristol, UK -- Thekla
Mar. 3: Paris -- La Maroquinerie
Mar. 4: Brussels -- Botanique – Orangerie
Mar. 5: Amsterdam -- Paradiso
Mar. 7: Berlin -- Privatclub
Mar. 8: Hamburg, Germany -- Nochtspeicher
Mar. 25: Nashville -- Marathon Music Works
Mar. 26: Atlanta -- Variety Playhouse
Mar. 27: Asheville, N.C. -- The Orange Peel
Mar. 28: Washington, D.C. -- 9:30 Club
Mar. 31: Boston -- Paradise Rock Club
Apr. 1: Philadelphia -- Union Transfer
Apr. 3: Chicago -- Vic Theater
Apr. 4: Minneapolis -- First Ave
Apr. 7: Lawrence, Kan. -- Granada
Apr. 8: Omaha, Neb. -- The Waiting Room
Apr. 9: Denver -- Ogden Theater
Apr. 22: Dallas -- Granada Theater
Apr. 23: Houston -- Fitzgerald’s
Apr. 24: Austin -- Stubb’s
Apr. 25: New Orleans -- Civic Theater