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Father John Misty at One Eyed Jacks

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The years have been kind to Father John Misty. There haven't been all that many of them — just seven since Misty, then J. Tillman (nee Joshua), was putting breathtakingly pretty, suffocatingly somber visions of a troubled mind to tape at the shuttered Seattle bakery where he worked overnight shifts. Originating from a Songs: Ohia hinterland and paced to the leavening of loaves, those early demos seemed doomed to a stillbirth. But from the moment he dons John Misty's flowing robes on his take-two April debut, Fear Fun (Sub Pop), Tillman — the former drummer for Fleet Foxes, whose harmonic hydraulics are replicated here — is on to some instant grit. With the perfume of tombstone wreath "Funtimes in Babylon" in full bloom, Misty whistles past the graveyard: "That's what I'm counting on," he confesses. "Before the dam goes up at the foot of the sea/ Before the new wing of the prison ribbon ceremony/ Before the star of the morning comes looking for me." So begins a 12-song testament to the singer/songwriter folk record as erudite artistic artifact — those "things that won't decompose," he offers in "Now I'm Learning to Love the War," a composition about decomposition, nonrenewable resources and unfortunate legacies. But that's as serious as the good Father gets. Since relocating from dreary Washington state to amber Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles, fun, fear and self-loathing manifest in different ways, he recognizes on "Nancy From Now On": "How was I to know/ Milk and honey flow/ Just a couple states below?" Har Mar Superstar and Moon Hooch open. Tickets $10. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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