With his stellar new album, Pure Comedy, Father John Misty is on a mission: to disillusion the world from the illusion we have constructed for ourselves. This is not to say that he wants bring an end to the digital age of social media and “reality” TV; Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, just wants you to be aware of who or what is controlling your perception of life. The Pure Comedy track that perhaps echoes this sentiment best is “Total Entertainment Forever,” and now Tillman has a thought provoking video to go along with the song’s subject matter.
It almost proves the point Tillman is trying to make in the song that Pitchfork used words like “bonkers” and “bananas” to describe the video. Those words could easily be used to describe the world we find ourselves in. Yes the video features Macaulay Culkin as Kurt Cobain being crucified alongside John Arbuckle from “Garfield” and Bill Clinton playing the sax with a burning cigar between his toes. Oh and all of this is going on in a virtual reality world being watched by George Washington. Tillman makes a cameo as a captain with hooks for hands who apparently has Ronald McDonald living inside him.
But is all that really so crazy when you think about how a cat playing the piano can captivate a world that is largely at conflict with itself or that we base our self-worth on how many likes out Instagram photos get? You be the judge. You can check out the video above.
Father John Misty will be hitting the road this summer and fall. You can find a list of FJM dates on AXS below.
May 10 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre (Get Tickets)
May 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel (Get Tickets)
May 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel (Get Tickets)
June 16 - Monterey, CA - Monterey International Pop Festival 50 (Get Tickets)
Aug. 25 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Get Tickets)
Sept. 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Skyline Stage at the Mann (Get Tickets)
Sept. 19 - Royal Oak, MI, - Royal Oak Music Theatre (Get Tickets)
Sept.22 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House (Get Tickets)
Sept. 23 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre (Get Tickets)
Sept. 25 - Ashville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (Get Tickets)
Sept. 26 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium (Get Tickets)
Sept. 30 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory (Get Tickets)
Oct. 4 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre (Get Tickets)
Oct. 11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre (Get Tickets)
Oct. 12 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl (Get Tickets)
Oct. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre (Get Tickets)
Oct. 14 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre Pomona (Get Tickets)