Andy’s Best of 2012’s Stuff and Things

Father John Misty – Fear Fun

By Andy Whorehall

11196There was Fear Fun by Father John Misty, and then there was everything else (below) fighting it to be heard in 2012.

Decadent self-loathing songs sung as demon scriptures by Josh Tillman that are soaked in Echo Park’s seedier side of Americana folk-rock music.  Producer Jonathan Wilson’s Carolina roots influence meets California’s seventies-era-sinful-suck on a cloud of warm vibes combined with Tillman’s witty wordplay and caustic folk balladry was—and still is—a complete artistic work worthy of repeat listens.

Fear Fun’s lines upon lines of lyrics keep bringing me back for closer examinations, or a few more beers, goosebumps and laughs:

You came, I think / Cause the marble made my cheeks look pink, from the ‘sex’ scene in Hollywood Cemetery Sings; to the sarcasm of I’m writing a novel because it’s never been done before in the song of the same abbreviated name; to the beautiful timing of the last line sung, ending the record (not included, seek such out with your ears).  Tillman’s artistic transparency and Misty’s creative disclosures surrenders unto themselves with it’s closing song, Every Man Needs A Companion.


Fans of Will Oldham’s moniker,  Bonnie Prince Billie’s knack for wonderful heart-wrenching weirdness, will find much to love in Tillman’s compositions. The FJM moniker allows it’s creator to finally show the world what his previous band (Fleet Foxes) and his own solo career (8+ records to date) may have missed the boat on.

There aren’t enough words to praise up my favorite listen (Fear Fun), live band (Father John Misty), show (The Parish, Austin, TX, with Dry The River) writer (Josh Tillman), producer (Jonathan Wilson), video (Father Earl Mustard does a cover of Hollywood Cemetery Sings), cover song (Misty’s passionate interpreteation of Leonard Cohen’s One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong released on a MOJO CD compilation in early 2012), record artwork (Dimitri Drjuchin), and performer of 2012, Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman.

Give in to the power of music and bow before thy Lord on high, hi, hai—oh,Padre Juan Misty.

Everything Else in 2012  |  No Order

Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s -Arvydas Sabonis
Alejandro Escovedo – Headstrong Crazy Fools
Rhett Miller – Complicated Man
Mynabirds – Radiator Sister
Harper Blynn – Come Home To Me
Joie De Vivre – I Was 16 10 Years Ago
John K. Samson – Taps Reversed
Spiritualized – Too Late
Beachwood Sparks – Tarnished Gold
Fiona Apple – Anything We Want
Craig Finn – Jackson
Kelly Hogan – I Like To Keep Myself In Pain
Alabama Shakes – You Ain’t Alone
fun. – Stars
Killer Mike – Reagen
Jack White – Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy
Beck – I Just Started Hating Some People Today
Los osos voladores – Hulk Hogan
Father John Misty — One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong (Leonard Cohen Cover)
Bee Gees — I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You
Danny Brown — Grown Up
Tame Impala — Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Trevor Menear — You And Me
Chuck Prophet — I Felt Like Jesus
Daniel And The Lion — Lavender
Bonnie Prince” Billie — I Don’t Belong To Anyone
Dry The River — History Book
Dr. John — Kingdom Of Izzness
Wu-Block — Bust Shots
Lord Derby with Cory Chisel and Reggie Railroad Reynolds and The Wandering Sons — Never Meant To Love You
Andrew Bird — So Much Wine (The Handsome Family Cover)
Torche — Snakes Are Charmed
Trembling Bells & Bonnie Prince” Billie — I Can Tell You’re Leaving
Wire Sparrows — The Love Of A Love Life
Divine Fits — Shivers (The Boys Next Door Cover)
Bill Fay — Be At Peace With Yourself
Father Earl Mustard — Hollywood Cemetery Sings (Father John Misty Cover)
Adam Arcuragi – Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It…
Villagers – Nothing Arrived (Single)

Records Released Before 2012 I Returned To More Than Records Released In 2012

Bee Gees – Two Years On
Trapper Schoepp & The Shades – Run, Engine, Run
Gary Louris – Vagabonds
Trevor Menear – Some Kind Of Sunshine
Blur – 13
The Handsome Family – Singing Bones, and, as usual, everything else in their catalog

AW  |  Andy Whorehall


See a list of many artist and song-record selections I’ve listened to in 2012 that are featured on a few episodes of my one-man podcast show, Songs About Stuff And Things.  Available on iTunes as well.

Episode 13, Part 1 of 2012’s Best, aired in July:
American BBQ Best of 2012 So Far Summer Special

Episode 17, Part 2 of 2012’s Best aired in December:
Father John Misty and the Rest of The Best of 2012 


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