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Hear now: New video from Father John Misty: 'I'm Writing a Novel'

September 11, 2013|By Randall Roberts | Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
  • Father John Misty a.k.a. Josh Tillman, has released a video for "I'm Writing a Novel." He's also got a fall tour in the works, including a stop at the Wiltern on Nov. 2.
Father John Misty a.k.a. Josh Tillman, has released a video for "I'm… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

When the history of classic Los Angeles songs is written, Father John Misty's "I'm Writing a Novel" will be a 2012 boldface listing. Featuring jaunts through Malibu, West Hollywood and the canyons, the song's a love letter to the place that Misty, born Josh Tillman, calls home. A year after its release, Misty's just released a new video for it, and it's a joy to both hear and absorb. Newcomers to the Misty vibe just might find a new love, and longtime fans will fall for "Novel" all over again. 

In fact, Father John Misty's 2012 album, "Fear Fun," from which the song is taken, stands a good chance of being viewed as a Southern California classic in a few decades. A breezy, joyful and deep collection with many references to the city, "Fear Fun" honors Hollywood in "Funtimes in Babylon," a Mid-City landmark in "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings," various locales in "Novel," and delivers many unspoken musical allusions to the city's rich scene throughout. 

The new clip revels in Los Angeles, moving with Tillman and friends as they roam the region in an old hearse and hum through Silver Lake, frolic on the beach, take over a cruise ship. At the latter locale, professional photo bomber Har Mar Superstar arrives, an unspoken confirmation that Misty's making further connections within the city's inner music sanctum. Interspersed are clips of Tillman in concert, which should serve as a reminder of the artist's magnetic stage presence.  

Watch the video below.


The artist is embarking on a fall tour that concludes at the Wiltern on Nov. 2. Dates are below. 

Oct. 3 -- San Francisco --  Slims

Oct. 6 -- Seattle -- the Moore Theatre

Oct. 7 -- Portland, Ore. -- Aladdin Theatre 

Oct. 8 -- Vancouver, Canada -- Commodore 

Oct. 11 -- Minneapolis  --  First Avenue

Oct. 12 -- Chicago -- the Vic 

Oct. 13 -- Madison, Wis. -- Capitol Theatre 

Oct. 14 -- Pontiac, Mich. -- Crofoot 

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Oct. 15 -- Toronto -- Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Oct. 16 -- Montreal --  Corona Theatre 

Oct. 20 -- Somerville, Mass. -- Somerville Theatre 

Oct. 22 -- Philadelphia -- Union Transfer 

Oct. 23 -- Washington, D.C.  -- 9:30 Club 

Oct. 24 --  Richmond, Va. -- the National 

Oct. 25 -- Chapel Hill, N.C. -- Cat’s Cradle 

Oct. 26 --  Athens, Ga. -- Georgia Theatre 

Oct. 28 -- Dallas -- House of Blues 

Oct. 29 -- Austin, Texas -- Emo’s 

Oct. 31 -- Phoenix -- Crescent 

Nov. 1 -- San Diego -- House of Blues 

Nov. 2 -- Los Angeles -- the Wiltern 


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