Feature Fridays: Pure Comedy by Father John Misty

Feature Fridays: Pure Comedy by Father John Misty

Welcome to Feature Fridays! Every week, the AU music library staff will be highlighting a different CD or artist from our collection.

This week, Student Assistant Jacob Tracey will review the album Pure Comedy by Father John Misty.

Father John Misty (A.K.A. Josh Tillman) is an American singer/songwriter who was
formerly a part of the indie acoustic group Fleet Foxes. Josh split from them after their 2nd album titled Helplessness Blues. In that year, Josh also released his debut album under the name Father John Misty titled Fear Fun. Since then, he has gained a huge following for his music due to his clever lyrics and beautiful instrumentals. Both of these aspects of Father John Misty really show on his 2017 release Pure Comedy. A mix of political questioning, saturated media, evil technology, and hidden love make up this album both in lyrical writing and through the orchestration.


The album opens with one of my favorite tracks ever by any artist, “Pure Comedy.” It is a six-minute composition where Josh describes the state of the world today under the Trump Administration as well as how we treat one another. He brings up many questions to the people of the world (and in some instances to “God”) such as “[why are] half of us periodically iron deficient?” and “where did they find these goons they elected to rule them?” It’s a very interesting song that makes you think about the world from many different perspectives. Josh also covers another perspective in his song “Two Widely Different Perspectives.” In this song he brings up two perspectives on different issues that, while they are different from each other, end in the same way. It’s beautiful irony that is twisted as well as perfect at the same time.


Two other songs that are great from this album are “When the God of Love Returns” and “Leaving LA.” “When the God of Love Returns” is a beautiful piano ballad where Josh wonders what would happen if the God of Love that created the world were to come back and see the state of it now. One of my favorite lines from this song is God talking to Jesus saying “…you didn’t leave a whole lot for me if this isn’t hell already, then tell me what the hell is.” It’s a powerful song that sticks with you for a while. The other song, “Leaving LA,” is a 12-minute opus where Josh picks up his guitar and in classic Father John Misty style, craps on LA and the phonies that live there. He complains about how people sell out there and nothing feels real in a materialistic world.

Father John Misty is a great songwriter and composer who looks at things for how they are. He’s never afraid to call anyone out (even himself) which makes listening to an album like Pure Comedy all that more amazing. Be sure to stop by the Music library and check out this wonderful CD, it’s beautiful from start to finish and fills your brain with some picturesque music for an hour and half.


New Semester, New Scores!

With the Fall 2018 semester in full swing, be sure to stop by the Music Library to check out our new scores that just got in (and new CD)!

Schubert Klaviertrios (Piano Trios) M 312 .S38 1973

Beethoven Klavierquartette (Piano Quartet) M 410 .B42 2001

Benjamin Britten Complete Folksong Arrangements M 1620 .B858 W34 2006

Emmanuel Sejourne Losa (Vibraphone & Marimba) M 385 .S45 L67 2002

Phyllis Addison The Room (Woodwind Quintet) M 557 .A286  R6 1996

Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor M 559 .B1186 BMV 565 2002

Paul Hindemith Sonate (Five Parts) M 559 .H562 S6 1980

Zequinha Abreu Tico-Tico (Trombone Quartet) M459 .A27 T5 2005

Alberto Ginastera String quartet No. 3 (Sting Quartet & Soprano Voice) M 452 .G45 no.3 2003

Beghtol Fire And Ice: An Original Superhero Adventure (3 Trombones & Percussion) M 485 .B416 F5 2009 

William Bolcom Trombone Concerto (Trombone & Piano) M1033 .B65 C66 2017

Schubert Trio in B-flat major M 312 .S38 d.898 1975

Dario Marianelli Pride & Prejudice Piano Solo M 1527.2 .M385 P7 2006

Robert Waldman The Robber Bridegroom (Score) M 1507 .W35

Father John Misty Pure Comedy CD 10555

More new music!

Be sure to stop by the Music Library soon before school is out to check out these new scores!

Bach 6 Suites a Violoncello Solo senza Basso (Cello) M 51 .B1228 S5 S39 2000

Daugherty Jackie O (Sheet Music) M 1503 .D236 J3 2017

Bach Six Suites for Violoncello Solo (Cello) M 51 .B1128 S5 V67 2007

Malcolm Arnold Duo for Flute and Viola M 291 .A78 1985

Earle Brown Music For Violon, Cello & Piano M 312 .B866 M9 1972

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano M 312 .Z98 1990

Bach Suiten für Violoncello Solo M 51 .B1228 S5 L535 2017

Sondheim Frogs (Sheet Music) M 1503 .S705 F75 2011

Steve Martin Bright Star (Sheet Music) M 1508 .M377 B75 2016

Dvorak Te Deum M 2023 .D98 T4 1989

New CDs Are In!

Check out these new amazing CDs from the cast album for the new Spongebob Musical to The Complete Works of Scott Joplin! The Music Library has your next obsession waiting for you!

The Ballad of Little Jo Original Cast Recording CD 10564

Arioso United States Marine Band CD 10554

The Complete Rags, Waltzes & Marches Scott Joplin CD 10553

Zipperz Manoel Felciano and Robin Coomer CD 10563

Alphabetical Ashbery, Fourth Piano Sonata, It Happens Like This Charles Wuorinen CD 10565

Louisiana Stomp Clifton Chenier CD 10559

Kid Victory Orignial Cast Recording CD 10560

Spongebob Squarepants The New Musical Original Cast Recording CD 10561

The Anthology Muddy Waters CD 10556

Mambo Kings Various Artists CD 10558

Off The Record: The Complete Jazz Band Recordings King Oliver CD 10557

For John Cage Morton Feldman CD 10562

Last Batch of New Music… for now!

Myles Wright Pair Up (Trombone & Marimba) M 298 .w75 P35 2013

Lukas Foss Three American Pieces (Clarinet) M 252 .f67 T57 2017

Mark Levine The Jazz Piano Book MT 239 .l46 1989

Mark Levine The Jazz Theory Book MT 68 .l47 1995

Postmodern Jukebox Song Book V.1 M 1630.18 .b733 2016

Michael Torke West (Bassoon and Piano) M 1027 .t68 W4 2017

Mark Shelton Friday’s Cascara (Marimba) M 175 .x6 S54 2006

Chen Yi Not Alone & Happy Birthday to Prism (Sax Quartet) M 457.2 .c555 C5 2017

John Corigliano Soliloquy (For Clarinet and String Quartet) M 562 .c67 S65 2017

Bright Sheng My Other Song (Piano) M 25 .s525 M9 2017

Thomas A. Brown The Solo Vibist (Vibes) MT 719.5 B76 1981

Joan Tower Ivory and Ebony (Piano) M 25 .t75 I9 2017

William Bolcom Variations on a Theme by George Rochberg (Piano) M 27 .b65 V37 2017

Jesse Ayers African Fantasy on Joy to the World (Marimba) M 175 .x6 A9 1996

Cole Porter Within the Quota (Ballet Suite) (2 Pianos) M 215 .p678 W58 2016


Another Batch of New Music!

Michel Legrand The Piano Collection M 1731.2 .L44 M53 2013

Hal Leonard Jazz Improv Basics MT 68 .C5245 2011

Mel Bay Jazz Piano Scales & Modes MT 239 .S82 2003

Bright Sheng Dance Capriccio (Piano Quintet) M 512 .S54 D36 2017

Michael Torke East (Concerto for Clarinet and Piano) M 1025 .567 E27 2017

Michael Torke South (Concerto for Oboe and Piano) M 1023 .T683 S726 2017

Steven Stucky Sonata for Piano M 23 .S936 S6 2016

Ellen Taaffe Excursion (Contrabass and Piano) M 238 .Z85 E93 2017

Jose Serebrier Tango in Blue (Flute and Piano) M 244 .S595 T35 2016

Carter Pann Capitol Punishment for the Insane (Encore for Sax Quartet) M 457.2 .P36 C3 2017

Jan Bach Concert Variations (Euphonium And Piano) M 271 .B37 B118 1992

New Percussion Music!!

Come to the music library and check at some also new percussion sheet music! Start the new year off with a bang!

Al Payson Duets for Marimba (Xylophone, Vibe, Glockenspiel) M 298 .p39 R43 2017

Linda Lorren Pimentel Percussion Solo Notebook Volume Two MT 655.5 .P55 1900z V.2

Linda Lorren Pimentel & James L. Moore The Solo Marimbist Volume Two M 175 .X6 P49 1976 V.2

J. S. Bach The Marimba Goes Baroque M 175 .x6 M37 1978

Murray Houllif Six Estudios for Marimba M 175 .x6 H685 1980

Scott Joplin A Joplin Fantasy (A Mallet Duet) M 298 .j67 J67 2012

James L. Moore Duet Time for Mallets M 298 .m66 D84 2011