Father John Misty is gearing up release his fourth studio album, God’s Favorite Customer, on June 1st via Sub Pop. In promotion for the album, FJM stopped by The Tonight Show to perform the album’s lead single, “Mr. Tillman.” Backed by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Misty performed a fairly straightforward rendition of the song. God’s Favorite Customer follows up last year’s Pure Comedy and features two other released singles, “Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All” and ‘’Just Dumb Enough to Try.” Catch Father John Misty at Capitol Hill Block Party on Sunday, July 22. [ Rolling Stone ]
Eternal jokester Mac DeMarco has unveiled a pair of songs on YouTube under the title “Met Gala - Red Carpet 7 inch.” The video description proclaims the songs were “Recorded earlier today on the red carpet at the Met Gala” but that seems fully impossible considering DeMarco played a show on the opposite coast last night in Los Angeles with Neil and Liam Finn, Natalie Mering (aka Weyes Blood), Connan Mockasin, Kirin J Callinan, and Mike Myers (of all people). The songs are titled “She’s My Sweet” and “Fuck the Toronto Raptors” and are autotuned R&B with quite a lot of finger snaps courtesy of Colin Caulfield, Peter Sagar, Sadie Holliday, Andrew Neville, Greg Napier, and Caila Thompson. DeMarco’s most recent studio album was last year’s This Old Dog. [ Pitchfork ]
LUMP is a project that sees Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay team up to make experimental folk. After meeting at a Neil Young concert where Marling was opening, the two realized they were each other’s fans and decided to collaborate on music. The duo has already shared “Curse of the Contemporary” and today we’ve gotten the second single and album opener “Late to the Flight.” The song is described as: "Marling evocatively explores the notion of lucid dreaming and the hyper reality of being trapped within a public persona." The band’s debut self-titled album, LUMP, will drop June 1 via Dead Oceans. [ Under the Radar ]
Long-running Icelandic band Sigur Rós have announced a new project called Liminal and shared the first volume. It’s described as an “endless” digital ambient playlist from Sigur Ròs frontman Jónsi and from his two regular collaborators Alex Somers (the Alex of Jónsi And Alex) and Paul Corley (a member of the Iceland-based Bedroom Community collective). In a statement, Jónsi explained how Liminal came about: “Sigur Rós played live a lot during the last two years. And inevitably you end up playing the rockier, more focussed songs, which means that loads of other stuff gets ignored. Liminal tries to do something different. It’s just me, Paul, and Alex in a dark room manipulating and mucking around with recordings, FX and vocals. We play and sing sparsely and focus on the atmosphere coming together.” The trio are currently broadcasting a 12-hour Liminal DJ takeover on NTS Los Angeles from Noon to Midnight (PST) today, May 8th. [ Consequence of Sound ]
Back in April, Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) had an in-depth, intimate chat with DJ Cheryl Waters before his latest LP, Pure Comedy, had even arrived via Sub Pop Records. (You can listen to that here.) A month later, he reunited with Cheryl for this unique live in-studio session, performin...