Following four straight tracks from Pure Comedy, Tillman revisited his second LP I Love You, Honeybear with the irony-soaked “When You’re Smiling and Astride Me,” a sly parody of 70s sensitive balladry that namechecked Willie Nelson to comic effect and produced the biggest audience hosannahs yet. A Latin feel permeated the horn section during “Chateau Lullaby #4,” which again earned a huge audience response. Returning to Pure Comedy, Tillman cleared away the clouds with the relatively subtle “When the God of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell to Pay,” which focused on piano, sedate strings and his keening croon. The full force of the ensemble returned for the lush “A Bigger Paper Bag,” before really bearing down on the powerful “Birdie.” Most of the band then left the stage, leaving Tillman alone with the string section for the 13-minute emotional travelogue “Leaving LA.” “This is the only TV show you could get away with doing that song on,” he quipped. - [ACLTV]

Father John Misty's highly orchestrated Pure Comedy tour hit Austin on Tuesday (8/22) for a taping of longrunning PBS live music series Austin City Limits. His performance, taped at the Moody Theater, was a little shorter than what he's been doing at regular shows and was streamed live. An edited-down version will air on PBS stations early next year as part of the series' forthcoming 43rd season, but you can check out pictures in the gallery above and his Austin City Limits setlist is below.

FJM will be back for four shows in Texas:

  • FRI, Sep 29 Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX (tickets)
  • SAT, Sep 30 Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX (tickets)
  • SUN, Oct 1 White Oak Music Hall , Houston, TX (tickets)
  • MON, Oct 2 Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX (tickets)


SETLIST: Father John Misty @ Moody Theater, Austin, TX 8/22/2017
Pure Comedy
Total Entertainment Forever
Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
Ballad of the Dying Man
When You're Smiling and Astride Me
Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
When the God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell to Pay
A Bigger Paper Bag
Leaving LA
So I'm Growing Old on Magic Mountain
I Love You, Honeybear
Holy Shit


photos by Tim Griffin

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