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When Josh Tillman released Fear Fun back in May of 2012, he also started doing little shows around town to promote the Sub Pop release. By the summer, this current Angeleno (and former member of Fleet Foxes) had graduated to the festival circuit mid day slots. At the end of the year, he had conquered the US and Europe, and landed on several Best of lists, making his sold out homecoming show at the El Rey that much more celebratory.
Bringing a string section to join this already razor sharp band for the special occasion, Tillman kicked off with the opening crooner, “Funtimes In Babylon,” which repeats the now prophetic, “Look out Hollywood, here I come.” The album is extremely LA centric, both in loving and jesting ways, and the audience was thrilled to be a part of his lyrical fun. “I’m Writing a Novel” had folks dancing and “Nancy From Now On” remained a number to make them swoon. Tillman is entertaining whether he is singing or speaking – his stage banter is now legendary, a Dean Martin for the indie set tossing off wicked one liners and charmingly self-deprecating comments. But at the end of the night, it’s all about the music, and the closing the set with his big track, “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” inspired everyone to sing-a-long while the band went nuts with a guitar freakout of the ages.
Father John Misty has been performing inspired covers during his sets too, and this night brought an encore that closed the night with a Canned Heat track, “On the Road Again.” Appropriate, as they are about to get back on tour opening for the Walkmen. But for now, he’s still ours.