Father John Misty Covers Ryan Adams Covering Taylor Swift, in the Style of The Velvet Underground

"Blank Space" and "Welcome to New York" from "the classic Ryan Adams album 1989."

Sep 21, 2015 Bookmark and Share


Father John Misty (real name Josh Tillman) has shared two covers of songs from the "the classic Ryan Adams album 1989." No wait, that's not right. Tillman has released two songs in the style of The Velvet Underground. Well, actually, no, they are covers of two songs by an obscure pop singer named Taylor Swift. Okay, here's what's really going on: Father John Misty has covered Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift, but he's done it in the style of The Velvet Underground. On Soundcloud Tillman describes it as: "My reinterpretation the classic Ryan Adams album 1989." Tillman's wry sense of humor remains intact.

As you've probably heard, Adams just released a Taylor Swift-approved album covering Swift's megahit 2014 record 1989. Now Tillman has decided to make a little fun of the whole celebrity love fest and also garner himself some amusing headlines like the one above. So far he's shared covers of "Blank Space" and "Welcome to New York," both which you can stream below, as well as artwork that is simply the Andy Warhol cover for The Velvet Underground and Nico with the title 1989 written on it. Questions abound. How long did it take Tillman to record these covers? Does he really plan on covering all of 1989? Is he recording more covers as I write this? Will Adams and Swift find it funny, even though Tillman has kind of upstaged them?

Check out the covers below, followed by Father John Misty's upcoming tour dates. Also be sure to watch last week's amusing "The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment" video, in which he has a one-night-stand with himself. Father John Misty's I Love You, Honeybear is out now via Sub Pop. Also read our recent print article on Father John Misty and our recent bonus Q&A with Tillman (also read our 2012 interview with him).

Update: The songs have now been taken down from Soundcloud. Perhaps Tillman only intended this to be a quick joke or had second thoughts? Or perhaps he was pressured to take them down? Who knows. It was fun while it lasted.

 

Father John Misty Tour Dates:

Sep. 18 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre #
Sep. 19 - Shakopee, MN - Festival Palomino
Sep. 20 - Madison, WI - Orpheum #
Sep. 21 - Covington, KY - Madison Theatre #
Sep. 23 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavillion **
Sep. 24 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre **
Sep. 25 - Rochester, NY - Anthology **
Sep. 26 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling
Sep. 28 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live **
Sep. 29 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz **
Sep. 30 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre ** [Sold Out]
Oct. 01 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City **
Oct. 03 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
Oct. 05 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom #
Oct. 07 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant #
Oct. 08 - Louisville, KY - Palace Theatre #
Oct. 09 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall #
Oct. 10 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
Oct. 12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre **
Oct. 14 - Los Angeles, CA - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Outdoor stage)
Oct. 15 - Las Vegas, NV - Pool at the Cosmopolitan **
Oct. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern ** [Sold Out]
Oct. 17 - Los ANgeles, CA - The Wiltern ** [Sold Out]
Oct. 18 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
Oct. 22 - Galway, IE - Roisin Dubh
Oct. 23 - Belfast, UK - Mandela Hall
Oct. 24 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street [Sold Out]
Oct. 26 - Sheffield, UK - Plug  [Sold Out]
Oct. 27 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction [Sold Out]
Oct. 28 - London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]
Oct. 29 - London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]
Oct. 31 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
Nov. 01 - Bologna, IT - Locomotiv
Nov. 02 - Munich, DE - Strom
Nov. 03 - Weisbaden, DE - Schlachtof
Nov. 04-08 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 06 - Wangles, DE - Weissenhauser Strand
Nov. 09 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Nov. 10 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belguique
Nov. 11 - Nantes, FR - Stereolux
Nov. 12 - Lyon, FR - Epicerie Moderne
Nov. 13 - Koln, DE - Luxor
Nov. 15 - Stockholm, SE - Berns Hotel
Nov. 16 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega [Sold Out]
Nov. 17 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega [Sold Out]
Nov. 21-22 - Mexico City, MX - Corona Capital Music Festival
Dec. 03 - Auckland, NZ - St. James Theatre
Dec. 05 - Berry Park, AU - Fairgrounds Festival
Dec. 06 - Brisbane, AU - Max Watt's
Dec. 08 - Sydney, AU - Sydney Opera House
Dec. 09 - Melbourne, AU - Forum
Dec. 10 - Melbourne, AU - Forum [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 - Geelong, AU - Meredith Music Festival [Sold Out]
Dec. 11-13 - Perth, AU - Disconnect Festival
** w/ Mikal Cronin
# w/ Tess & Dave



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