It’s a big day for Father John Misty, who is currently the subject of three separate bits of culture news. (Other musicians for whom it’s a big day: Janet Jackson and the Pope). The first of said bits is in regards to the music video for “The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment,” in which Josh Tillman picks himself up at a bar and proceeds to engage — again, with himself — in a one-night-stand. Today, Funny or Die accused the musician (perhaps in jest…sort of?) of stealing the idea from their Dave Franco-starring video, Go F*** Yourself. Tillman also recently released a hilarious spoof cover — in the vein of Lou Reed — of Ryan Adams’ covers of Taylor Swift’s 1989, which have now been taken down. Father John Misty hinted at the obvious reason for their removal on Facebook, explaining that, in a dream, Lou Reed appeared to him in a blob “on a catwalk hand-cuffed to supermodels who had adopted babies handcuffed to them and Lou said, ‘Delete those tracks, don’t summon the dead, I am not your plaything. The collection of souls is an expensive pastime.'”
“Then,” Father John Misty concludes, he “woke up.” So that’s settled. Meanwhile, the singer shared a new track, titled “The Memo,” which Spin calls “a scathing, incisive lashing out at media and modern pop culture,” and which at least thematically responds to some of the very issues that seem to have plagued him this week. Listen to it here.
In other stories of ownership debates, PETA has filed a lawsuit, accusing photographer David John Slater of, according to Hyperallergic, “falsely claiming ownership of [a macaque named] Naruto’s selfies” — which the monkey had taken with Slater’s camera. “Naruto has the right to own and benefit from the copyright in the Monkey Selfies in the same manner and to the same extent as any other author,” states the lawsuit. And, in similar news, the Batmobile has now officially been declared a copyrighted character.