J. Tillman: Singing Ax
J. Tillman's 7th full-length record is called "Singing Ax" and was recorded in three days, February 2010, by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Bob Weston mastered the album. If you are pressed for time, tracks 2 "Diamondback", 4 "One Task", and 6 "Tillman's Rag", should give you a general idea what the record's about. Very few of the songs feature accompaniment, though a few include mellotron and drum machine (track 1, "Three Sisters", for example). There is something of a drum explosion at the conclusion of track 11 "A Seat At The Table". The lyrics are predominately third-person narratives, save for a few stock-in-trade existential musings, such as the title track.
J. Tillman: Wild Honey Never Stolen / Borne Away On A Black Barge
These two tiny songs, one being "Wild Honey Never Stolen" and the other being one called "Borne Away On A Black Barge" are little stories about a post-apocalypse landscape and a reworking of the last stand of King Arthur, respectively. Both were meant to be more or less sing-alongs, the idea of including lyrics and sheet music was considered, but it was ultimately decided that that would be pretentious and weird. Josh plays guitar, piano, bass, banjo, mandolin and a lot of drums and Bill Patton plays ukulele. This limited edition 70 gram 7" record features original artwork by Toby Leibowitz.
J. Tillman: Year In The Kingdom
Year In The Kingdom unravels some kind of galactic wilderness. Tillman's 6th album lyrically borders on mystic; proffering a transcendent union, an effortlessness. Strange and honest, this song cycle inhabits it's own idea-scape; one seemingly obsessed with wrestling death. These are afterlife dialogues of a mysterious future. Celestial badlands. YITK sounds liberated; it is far and away Tillman's most joyful work. Created with little input or context, it is seemingly disinterested in communicating much else than a meditation for the few who allow themselves to listen with an open heart.
J. Tillman: Vacilando Territory Blues
Vacilando Territory Blues is Joshua "J." Tillman's new album. This album's ten songs (including "No Occasion", "Firstborn", and "Barter Blues") followed by three more songs, all feature Josh Tillman playing guitar and singing. Even this bio was written by him. Bios are an important tool that music journalists mine for POI's (points of interest) to be included in record reviews. For instance, journalists would never know this album was recorded only on Thursdays under a full moon, unless it was noted here. Buyers at record stores also use bios to discern how many copies of an album they should stock. Bios are rarely read by the music-buying public, as exhaustive liner notes have long since gone out of fashion.