Father John Misty, Rhythm Room, 10/10/12
Father John Misty @ Rhythm Room
"I want to do what a stripper does, and in another way do what a carnival barker does, or a shaman, some kind of Pentecostal preacher," Josh Tillman, the singer/songwriter known by his alter ego Father John Misty, said when we spoke in advance of his show at Rhythm Room Wednesday night. "Those are all more interesting archetypes than a guitarist to me."
You could add a couple other vocations to that list: comedian, lunatic, "hobo rambler." Tillman's a swaggering, forceful live performer, and the asides, between song banter, and ad-libbing within the songs all point to the same blackened wit that makes Fear Fun, which was nearly performed in its entirety last night, one of the best records of the year.
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Tillman started the night off drumming for Jeffertitti's Nile, the Los Angeles-based psych rock band that happens to back him up during Misty sets. It was a heavier than a lot of attendees must have been ready for -- their glazed and puzzled looks were fun. It was great to see Tillman really crash around on the kit, and the band's choogling organ and desert-baked guitars were a nice way to start things off.
La Sera put in a solid set as well, featuring Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls. I always loved Vivian Girls' records, but her latest, Sees The Light, is her boldest step forward. Alternating between Pixies-style sidewise pop and Go-Betweens jangle, Goodman's voice coursed under waves of reverb (she asked the sound guy for plenty, and it achieved the desired result).