If you missed out on any of the rare, colored variants of Father John Misty’sÂ Fear Fun back in 2012, and were sad,Â then this one’s certainly for you! Newbury Comics has acquired the rights, in partnership with Sub Pop, to a limited pressing of this album on Red vinyl with hand numbered jackets!! This marks the first time ever thatÂ Fear Fun is available in a hand numbered jacket.
For me, Fear FunÂ wasÂ my most listened to album of 2012 and to this day it still competes with all the new releases as one I listen to consistently, over-and-over again. Regardless of limited or exclusive status this record is definitely one of the most cherished pieces of vinyl I own. If you’ve never checked this one out, you’re definitely doing something wrong!
Be sure to jump on this. I don’t imagine they’ll last long with the growing attention and popularity that FJM is garnering!!
Also, he’s on tour pretty soon. You should probably jump on that too, if you haven’t, as his tour is selling out quickly!
Pre-Order the reissue of Father John Misty's 2012 album Fear Fun on Red Vinyl. This exclusive vinyl pressing from Newbury Comics and Sub Pop is hand numbered, limited* to only 1000 pieces, and comes with a digital download card.
Musically, Fear Fun consists of such disparate elements as Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell, "All Things Must Pass," and "Physical Graffiti," often within the same song. Josh Tillman's voice has never been better and often sounds like Roy Orbison, "The Caruso of Rock", at his most joyous, while the music maintains a dark, mysterious and yet conversely playful, almost Dionysian quality. Lyrically, his absurdist fever dreams of pain and pleasure elicit, in equal measures, the blunt descriptive power of Bukowski or Brautigan, the hedonist-philosophy of Oscar Wilde and the dried-out wit of Loudon Wainwright III.
The album began gestating during what Tillman describes as an "immobilizing period of depression", in his former Seattle home. "Songwriting for me had always only been interesting and necessary because I saw it as this vehicle for truth, but I had this realization that all I had really done with it was lick my wounds for years and years, and become more and more isolated from people and experiences. I don't even like wound-licking music, I want to listen to someone rip their arm off and beat themselves with it. I don't believe that until now I've ever put anything at risk in my music. I was hell-bent on putting my preciousness at stake in order to find something worth singing about."
He continues, "I lost all interest in writing music, or identifying as a 'songwriter'. I got into my van with enough mushrooms to choke a horse and started driving down the coast with nowhere to go. After a few weeks, I was writing a novel, which is where I finally found my narrative voice. The voice that is actually useful.
"It was a while before that voice started manifesting in a musical way, but once I settled in the Laurel Canyon spider-shack where I'm living now, I spent months demoing all these weird-ass songs about weird-ass experiences almost in real-time, and kind of had this musical 'Oh-there-I-am' moment, identical to how I felt when I was writing the book. It was unbelievably liberating. I knew there was never any going back to the place I was writing from before, which was a huge relief. The monkey got banished off my back."
"I was honest with myself about what music actually excites my joy-glands when I was considering the arrangements and instrumentation," says Tillman. "As opposed to what's been enjoyable to me in the past - namely, alienating people or making choices based on what I think people won't like or understand. Pretty narcissistic stuff."
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