It’s been a busy couple of years for Josh Tillman. Of course, he’s better known by his boisterous, swashbuckling musical identity, Father John Misty. By this time last year, he was celebrating the release of his critically acclaimed album, Pure Comedy. It would later go on to receive Grammy nominations for best alternative album and best recording package, the second of which he was awarded with the golden horn. As the third full-length offering in his catalog, Pure Comedy serves as a critique on the human existence – a product of society’s contempt turned on itself for the imperious and exorbitant grandeur of its ways. Misty’s persona has often been known to embody both sides of this dichotomy – frequently praising himself while at the same time calling out his own bullshit, as he does on “Leaving LA,” conceding, “Oh great, that’s just what we need / Another white guy in 2017 / Who takes himself so goddamn seriously.”
“I think I’m gonna be sad. I think it’s today, yeah. The girl that’s driving me mad – is going away. She’s got a ticket to ride… But she don’t care.”
It’s long been known that the concert ticket industry has some peculiar, under-the-table, and definitely questionable selling strategies, especially when it comes to selling tickets for major artists at some of the largest venues in the world. Concert and event ticket conglomerate Live Nation, along with its multiple subsidiaries including Ticketmaster, is easily the largest in the industry, and they’re no stranger to controversy. Now they’re even being investigated by the DOJ for possibly violating established antitrust laws, pressuring venues in multiple US cities to adopt Ticketmaster as the primary selling utility or risk losing the opportunity to host major acts, and, more specifically, lose out on the revenue that they bring.
In a lot of ways, 2017 was a year of controversy, turmoil, destruction, and devastation. I don’t even need to add any links because I know you know what I’m talking about. Although there’s plenty of reason to drag your feet and hang your head as you enter a new year after one that brought pain almost every week, there were also plenty of events that redeemed society through encouraging acts of kindness, rising star power, and positive social change, and these were also exhibited in various ways through music. Today we’re focusing on the fuller half of the glass and reflecting on the great music events that lit up the stage instead of the land.
While there were some major events that brought people together and took the big issues of the day head-on, others were simply there to provide some small form of escapist joy in this recurringly depressing world, and we can use all these examples to spring ourselves forward into a better 2018. Scroll below and take a look through the year of hilarious stage antics, huge wins for underdogs, and more. Continue reading “It Wasn’t All Bad! Part I – Going into 2018 remembering the brighter side of a bad year”