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Father John Misty Pure Comedy

Type:
Album
Release Date:
April 7, 2017
Catalog No:
SP1200
Label:
Sub Pop
Pre-order Streaming
Includes Downloads

This is a pre-order item. We will ship this item by April 7, 2017 unless your order includes other pre-order items that ship later. All items in your order will ship together.

PRE-ORDER DETAILS

  • All customers who order the Deluxe 2xLP version of Pure Comedy will receive the album on Aluminum & Copper colored vinyl. Deluxe 2xLPs are housed in a die-cut customizable jacket with 4 interactive “background” dust sleeves (four different sky color schemes to choose from!) housed in an outer plastic slipcase. Also included are a tri-fold poster & holographic HA card. 
  • Standard 2xLP comes on Black Vinyl in a gatefold jacket with 1 of 4 different (and random, sorry - you don’t get to pick) cover color schemes with custom dust sleeves. 
  • CD customers also will receive the album on 1 of 4 different cover color schemes as mentioned above.
  • While supplies last (available until you read here that it’s not!), all LP pre-orders (both deluxe and standard editions) will include a bonus 7” featuring the single “Real Love Baby” b/w “Rejected Generic Pop Song, March ‘15 #3”.
  • All pre-orders will also receive any and all pre-release track downloads in advance of the album release as they are made public, which will be available from your SubPop.com account as they become available.
  • Customers will be given access to stream the full album up to 4 weeks before release day from your SubPop.com account, with your pre-order of the album on any format. 

Pure Comedy, Father John Misty’s third album, is a complex, often-sardonic, and, equally often, touching meditation on the confounding folly of modern humanity. Father John Misty is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Josh Tillman. Tillman has released two widely acclaimed albums – Fear Fun (2012) and I Love You, Honeybear (2015) – and the recent “Real Love Baby” single as Father John Misty, and recently contributed to songs by Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Kid Cudi. 

While we could say a lot about Pure Comedy – including that it is a bold, important album in the tradition of American songwriting greats like Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leonard Cohen – we think it’s best to let its creator describe it himself. Take it away, Mr. Tillman:

Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species’ only hope for survival, finding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like “love,” “culture,” “family,” etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species’ loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence.

Something like that.

Pure Comedy was recorded in 2016 at the legendary United Studios (Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Beck) in Hollywood, CA. It was produced by Father John Misty and Jonathan Wilson, with engineering by Misty’s longtime sound-person Trevor Spencer and orchestral arrangements by renowned composer/double-bassist Gavin Bryars (known for extensive solo work, and work with Brian Eno, Tom Waits, Derek Bailey).


Father John Misty Pure Comedy

This is a pre-order item. We will ship this item by April 7, 2017 unless your order includes other pre-order items that ship later. All items in your order will ship together.

PRE-ORDER DETAILS

  • All customers who order the Deluxe 2xLP version of Pure Comedy will receive the album on Aluminum & Copper colored vinyl. Deluxe 2xLPs are housed in a die-cut customizable jacket with 4 interactive “background” dust sleeves (four different sky color schemes to choose from!) housed in an outer plastic slipcase. Also included are a tri-fold poster & holographic HA card. 
  • Standard 2xLP comes on Black Vinyl in a gatefold jacket with 1 of 4 different (and random, sorry - you don’t get to pick) cover color schemes with custom dust sleeves. 
  • CD customers also will receive the album on 1 of 4 different cover color schemes as mentioned above.
  • While supplies last (available until you read here that it’s not!), all LP pre-orders (both deluxe and standard editions) will include a bonus 7” featuring the single “Real Love Baby” b/w “Rejected Generic Pop Song, March ‘15 #3”.
  • All pre-orders will also receive any and all pre-release track downloads in advance of the album release as they are made public, which will be available from your SubPop.com account as they become available.
  • Customers will be given access to stream the full album up to 4 weeks before release day from your SubPop.com account, with your pre-order of the album on any format. 

Pure Comedy, Father John Misty’s third album, is a complex, often-sardonic, and, equally often, touching meditation on the confounding folly of modern humanity. Father John Misty is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Josh Tillman. Tillman has released two widely acclaimed albums – Fear Fun (2012) and I Love You, Honeybear (2015) – and the recent “Real Love Baby” single as Father John Misty, and recently contributed to songs by Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Kid Cudi. 

While we could say a lot about Pure Comedy – including that it is a bold, important album in the tradition of American songwriting greats like Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leonard Cohen – we think it’s best to let its creator describe it himself. Take it away, Mr. Tillman:

Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species’ only hope for survival, finding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like “love,” “culture,” “family,” etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species’ loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence.

Something like that.

Pure Comedy was recorded in 2016 at the legendary United Studios (Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Beck) in Hollywood, CA. It was produced by Father John Misty and Jonathan Wilson, with engineering by Misty’s longtime sound-person Trevor Spencer and orchestral arrangements by renowned composer/double-bassist Gavin Bryars (known for extensive solo work, and work with Brian Eno, Tom Waits, Derek Bailey).



Tracks

  1. Pure ComedyPure Comedy
  2. Total Entertainment ForeverTotal Entertainment Forever
  3. Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
  4. Ballad of the Dying ManBallad of the Dying Man
  5. Birdie
  6. Leaving LA
  7. A Bigger Paper Bag
  8. When the God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell to Pay
  9. Smoochie
  10. Two Wildly Different PerspectivesTwo Wildly Different Perspectives
  11. The Memo
  12. So I'm Growing Old on Magic Mountain
  13. In Twenty Years or So

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