- Actor Amanda Seales pushes back on #FreeRodneyReed movement Monday 10:58 PM
- Netflix thriller ‘Earthquake Bird’ can’t solve its own mystery Monday 4:45 PM
- Goop is selling an expensive ‘restraining arts’ BDSM kit Monday 4:17 PM
- Body positivity actress Lili Reinhart calls out Photoshopping app Monday 3:42 PM
- ‘Rick and Morty’ zeroes in on connections and leans into familiar territory Monday 3:30 PM
- People are sharing photos of how much they’ve changed in a decade Monday 2:30 PM
- A few of our favorite things on Newegg are on sale for Black Friday Monday 2:15 PM
- Disney adds ‘Bob’s Burgers’ movie back to release schedule after accidentally yanking it Monday 2:02 PM
- Ocasio-Cortez launches petition demanding Stephen Miller’s resignation Monday 1:24 PM
- Prince Andrew’s defense against child sex crimes stokes conspiracy theory flames Monday 1:20 PM
- More people may be looking to cancel Disney+ than Netflix Monday 1:09 PM
- Monday Night Football: How to stream Chiefs vs. Chargers live Monday 1:00 PM
- After days of deadly protests, Iran implements ‘largest internet shutdown ever’ Monday 12:55 PM
- ‘Disney Plus and thrust’ is apparently the new Netflix and Chill Monday 12:32 PM
- Woman fired, sued after coworker shared their sexts Monday 12:22 PM
Father John Misty just trolled Taylor Swift with a ‘Ryan Adams cover’
This sounds oddly familiar.
Never one to be out-trolled, dark prince of indie rock Father John Misty just released his “reinterpretation of the classic Ryan Adams album 1989.”
For those who have been living under a rock, without access to Facebook’s Trending Topics, Ryan Adams released a track-for-track cover of Taylor Swift’s chart-topping 1989 LP on Spotify today. No one’s quite sure what to make of it—it’s a rather sincere effort from one of rock’s most unpredictable personalities, inspired in part by Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska—but on first listen, it’s surprisingly good.
What makes Father John Misty’s meta-cover so great is not only its overbearing style—in the vein of Velvet Underground’s iconic debut—but how he subtly divorces Swift from the equation. You can almost hear all of the fangirls firing up their Tumblrs to call him out on his obvious typo.
This is the sort of layered commentary at which Father John Misty excels. To preview his new album, I Love You, Honeybear, he launched a Spotify parody called SAP, a “new signal-to-audio process by which albums are ‘sapped’ of their performances, original vocal, atmosphere and other distracting affectations so the consumer can decide quickly and efficiently whether they like a musical composition, based strictly on its formal attributes, enough to spend money on it.”
“We’ve gotten to the point where we only talk about the value of music monetarily,” Josh Tillman, the songwriter behind Father John Misty, told the Kernel at the time. It’s made everything a cliché: The artists have turned into these cranky, luddite, money-grubbing elitists, and the consumers are the dim-witted, mouth-breathing opportunists. The whole thing is just ripe for satire.”
More recently, Father John Misty has been giving a master course in Instagram trolling that will make you think twice about your next Crema-filtered post.
Screengrab via Father John Misty
Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.