WTF Podcast

Episode 457 - Father John Misty

Josh Tilman has gone by many identities, performing as J Tilman, or as the the drummer for The Fleet Foxes, or in his current incarnation as Father John Misty. He talks with Marc about the evolution of his songwriting and the mythmaking that is necessary in the world of popular music. He also discusses his upbringing in a strict religious household and how it led to his musical awakening. This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker and Audible


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Kyle December 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

Great interview, Marc. Loved that you called out the self-importance in the mushroom conversation toward the end.

Stephen December 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I found your uncle story extremely heartwarming, Marc. Brightened my day. Thanks, and have a good new year!

Bumper December 30, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I had more fun listening to your stories about buying xmas gifts for your brother’s kids than I had actually opening my own xmas gifts this year. As far as I know I’m perfectly healthy, but were I to be diagnosed with something terminal, my Make a Wish would be for you to be my Santa Claus.

Andrew December 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Why is there an “i” appended to Misty in every appearance of this episode? The name is “Father John Misty.”

Danchez December 30, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Flying Burrito Brothers referenced! Very rare to ever hear that band ever uttered in any sentence. I would’ve taken that as a compliment myself.

Eric December 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I haven’t heard anyone mention Terence McKenna in a while, but his brother Dennis McKenna would be a great person to interview.

Brad in Ohio December 31, 2013 at 12:01 am

“I think Bob Dylan said that, he hit New York City ... changed it into ‘Hand-Jive’.”

~eriC December 31, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Nice guy, shame he doesn’t take him self more seriously…

CC January 01, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Father John Misty enlightened me to something. This is not a criticism of him, but I notice the dude was incapable of just answering a question without commenting on his commentary of the pseudo-answer he’d just given. That’s def. a generational, post-internet affliction: every thought is subject to instant scrutiny and revision on the comment board of your mind (I said, pretentiously, on a comment board).

DM(Not Depeche Mode) January 01, 2014 at 1:36 pm

@CC that is a really fantastic observation, as someone apart of that “post-Internet” demographic you articulated an aspect of a personality trait that I am very much frustrated with inside myself.

JEWMASTER January 01, 2014 at 3:32 pm

What can happen if that laser tag employee allows you to sign yourself in as “The Jew”? Given it’s about a 50% chance the next Jew who walks in and sees it will scream anti-semitism and call the ADL, quite a lot, actually.

Granted, the combination of guns and physical activity (much like hunting) makes it relatively unlikely a lot of jews roll through there. But still.

JJ January 01, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Haha, crying under a blanket at 22. As an aspiring self-taught musician who has been self-curating and self-mythologizing since he could think (quite literally), I could totally relate.
I’m a big fan of FJM and was super stoked to hear the interview. As always Marc, you were able to really draw out your subject. THX!


PJ January 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

I haven’t really listened to the Fleet Foxes, and did not know this guy, but I like this interview. Of course he takes his music seriously, but with a great light touch. (And having been born into a similar religious family, I can relate to a lot of that - and def. the way Dylan’s “Slow Train Coming” was helpful in getting the “okay” to listen to rock.)

Jeff January 20, 2014 at 11:31 am

I’m not defending Mumford & Sons except to say that they never asked to be categorized as folk music. My kids listen to music I hate. I can’t force them to listen to “better” music. Sure we wish better music was all that existed but hey, the hunt is part of the fun.

Sebastian January 31, 2014 at 10:53 am

I love FJM and this interview for the most part, but was pretty disappointed that he took some jabs at his label-mates and my current favorite band, The Head and the Heart

Mike February 05, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Tillman disappoints with his mindless self-rightousness.  No one can pull off using the word nebulous more than once in an interview. No one…

I do dig his music though.

Scott March 22, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Jay Tillman was tripping over his own pocket dictionary.  I loved that Marc jokingly confronted him as someone who could take themselves too seriously.  Also, Jay’s jealousy toward how many more records Mumford and Sons sells was uncomfortable at best.  Still enjoyed the episode, but Tillman is just a little too hard to take for me.