House Logo
Explore categories +

Father John Misty (#110 of 6)

Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2017

Comments Comments (...)

Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2017

Brendan Walter

Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2017

Even the resilience of retroism was, this year, tinged with the irony of watching those not knowing the past being doomed to repeat it. But in a grasping-at-straws moment, grim reality checks, bubblicious-pop contraptions, stripped-down folk-soul, and, yes, Old Music 2.0 seemed to coexist on a playlist sending signals of life from the Upside Down, or at least one designed to help us feel some type of way. So even though, as our list of the year’s top singles reveals, we more often than not had to travel all the way to Japan and England to satisfy our memories of hip-thrusting better days that we may never see return, the pleasure of the perfect three- or four-minute escape will never be quashed. Though we’re at the point where even Katy Perry knows we’re all metaphorically in chains.

Bonnaroo 2016 Photo Diary John Mayer, Dead & Company, Father John Misty, Kurt Vile, Death Cab for Cutie, Jason Isbell, & More

Comments Comments (...)

Bonnaroo 2016 Photo Diary: John Mayer, Dead & Company, Father John Misty, Kurt Vile, Death Cab for Cutie, Jason Isbell, & More

Chris Jorgensen

Bonnaroo 2016 Photo Diary: John Mayer, Dead & Company, Father John Misty, Kurt Vile, Death Cab for Cutie, Jason Isbell, & More

Bonnaroo ended Sunday on a more laidback note. Fans who stayed to the end, and there were still many thousands of them despite the wilting sun, got to chill with hippie bands like Ween, Father John Misty, and headliner Dead and Company (former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann got some added guitar firepower from John Mayer, pictured above). 

Lana Del Rey & Father John Misty Summon Jim Morrison in “Freak” Music Video

Comments Comments (...)

Lana Del Rey & Father John Misty Summon Jim Morrison in “Freak” Music Video
Lana Del Rey & Father John Misty Summon Jim Morrison in “Freak” Music Video

Late last night Lana Del Rey dropped the nostalgic music video for “Freak,” the latest single from last year’s Honeymoon. It’s no big secret that the singer is enamored with all things past, and the clip, co-starring Father John Misty, is a hazy, drug-dosed trip back to 1960s California. In her 2012 song “Gods & Monsters,” Del Rey conjured Jim Morrison, and she resurrects him again here via Misty, who does an uncanny Lizard King impression. The pair drinks Kool-Aid, drops a tab of acid, and is soon joined by the girls from Del Rey’s “Music to Watch Boys to” video. The 11-minute clip then segues from “Freak” into Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” as the group of would-be lovers float angelically underwater for over five minutes. Watch the video below:

Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2015

Comments Comments (...)

Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2015
Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2015

The singles we’re betting on for the long game tended to play with shorter fuses, blaze less gargantuan trails, flourish in the crawlspaces of our collective consciousness—and not, as per Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s ubiquitously catchy but elementally reductive fraternity rocker “Uptown Funk,” strut their retro bona fides around like Meryl Streep’s bass-ackwards crab walk in Death Becomes Her. That’s not to say the artists represented below didn’t find new, inventive means of correspondence between the past and the present; the best of them helped show that bridge as a conduit and a nourishing source of inspiration, while the worst of them set up a T-shirt stand at the midway point.

Bonnaroo 2013 Photo Diary Ariel Pink, Father John Misty, Alt-J, Futurebirds, Haim, Milo Green, & Nicki Bluhm

Comments Comments (...)

Bonnaroo 2013 Photo Diary: Ariel Pink, Father John Misty, Alt-J, Futurebirds, Haim, Milo Green, & Nicki Bluhm
Bonnaroo 2013 Photo Diary: Ariel Pink, Father John Misty, Alt-J, Futurebirds, Haim, Milo Green, & Nicki Bluhm

Photographer Chris Jorgensen has set up shot at Bonnaroo, a four-day, multi-stage music and arts festival held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Each day we’ll be posting some of his up-close-and-personal shots of the bands, the fans, and the press events. And check out Bonnaroo’s live social webcast schedule here.

SXSW 2012: Music, Part Two

Comments Comments (...)

SXSW 2012: Music, Part Two
SXSW 2012: Music, Part Two

In a panel discussion on Tuesday afternoon, Anthony Bourdain described his preference for “red-blooded countries”—passionate, unstable places where anything can happen—over well-behaved, Scandinavian-style ones, where calm and order are the norm. Applying this to SXSW, the film part of the festival is one of those Scandinavian countries, taking place in a system defined by meticulous organization. You can guess what the music portion is.

Film has its messy moments, but the system is clearly proscribed: You get a “queue card,” wait in a neatly ordered line, chat with a producer from St. Louis, and then get directed to your seat. Music is chaos, in the sense that it’s usually ruled by random chance rather than any distinct system. To see Bruce Springsteen (at a secret location) you needed to enter a raffle and hope for the best. Entertaining the impossible dream of getting Jay-Z tickets required a byzantine process involving Twitter and an American Express card registration. Then again, you could walk into a no-name bar at any time of the day and possibly hear something amazing. It’s a Wild West kind of atmosphere, which is by turns both thrillingly off the cuff and colorfully overwhelming.