Unboxing videos are hell boring. Except when Father John Misty does them.
This clip is of Father John Misty showing off his new LP, Pure Comedy, is probably the best unboxing video ever.
His new record Pure Comedy is due out April 7 on Sub Pop and comes in both deluxe and standard edition LPs, both which look pretty bloody mint. The packaging on the deluxe edition of the record is particularly awesome, with a clear outer sleeve, a die-cut inner sleeve, a variety of booklets, marbled vinyl and a bunch more.
If you’re hanging out for the release, you can get a first look thanks to an unboxing video from Misty himself, backed by a few tracks from the album. You’d think that three minutes of watching a moustached man take an LP out of its packaging would get extremely boring, but it’s actually hilarious.
He also recently spoke with the New York Times where he discusses micro-dosing acid, his strict religious upbringing and his own pretentiousness. Read a snippet below:
“I have a pretty good idea of what it looks like on the internet today about me,” he said. “I’m symbolic of a thing white people really hate about themselves. And the fact that I appear to be enjoying it is a bridge too far. It’s like, ‘You should be sitting around, hating yourself on Twitter, like all of us.’ Interpretive thinking, as an art form, is dying. We enjoy the dopamine rush of outrage so much more than the slow-burning nutrition you get from thinking with nuance.”
Mr. Tillman’s nearly apostolic enthusiasm for art and ideas — when he talked to me about “the isolation of late-era capitalism,” he wasn’t joking — is likely to be the residue of a late bloom. For instance, he didn’t hear the Beatles until he was 18. (When he did, “I was like, ‘This is [extremely] incredible.’”) His childhood in Rockville, Md., was dominated by religious instruction and fear. “Fourth through eighth grade, I was having demons cast out of me, speaking in tongues, and learning Zionist propaganda at a Pentecostal messianic Jewish cult school.” He said his parents and teachers instructed him to ignore the material world and focus on End Times, which were imminent; his sense of humor was proof that he was possessed by demons.
“I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD by three therapists,” he said. Mr. Tillman has such severe depression and anxiety, he can’t take vacations. In lieu of anti-depressants, he self-medicates with micro-doses of LSD. “Acid really helps,” he said. “I probably shouldn’t talk about this, because Jeff Sessions will come after me.”
Pure Comedy is out April 7th via Sub Pop.