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Father John Misty

By Bob on June 20, 2013 4:36 AM

I used to think I knew a lot about music until the birth of our son, Cole. This kid came out of the womb with an encyclopedic knowledge of every musical genre from Robert Johnson to Daft Punk. I gotta confess it's 50% intimidating / 50% enlightening. But, it's also damn cool when he turns me on to a new performer like Father John Misty.

Father John Misty-300.jpgFather John Misty (real name Joshua Tillman) is an American folk singer, guitarist, songwriter who's been putting out a steady stream of recordings since 2004.

He's a former indie rock phenom who was a member of Saxon Shore and Fleet Foxes and toured with Pacific Northwest artists Damien Jurado, Jesse Sykes and David Bazan.

The 32-year-old has a terrific Gram Parsons/Neil Young/Dwight Yoakum/Chris Isaak-esque voice that's powerful, melodic and often haunting. He's a wonderful songwriter with an ear for catchy lyrics that'll make you think - and sometimes even make you think you can dance (never a good idea for me).

Father John's latest album, Fear Fun, was released last May and it's available on iTunes, Amazon and his website. If you don't have a son/daughter who's hip to this stuff, then take it from me, by way of my savvy son - and download some Father John Misty today.

I'll tell Cole you said "thanks."

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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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