Jon Brion
American musician
Jon Brion
Jon Brion is an American rock and pop multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer.
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Music Video Premiere: Lovett Presents 'Don't Freak Out,' an All-American Song With a Universal Theme
Huffington Post - 4 months
Lovett's catchy "Don't Freak Out" seems made for these times. In fact, America should adopt it as the nation's theme song for this insane election year, no matter who wins the presidential race. Written specifically for a project called The Asheville Symphony Sessions, which includes contributions from some of Western North Carolina's top musicians, Lovett's song begins with his pleasant plinks on a toy piano. With the symphony conducted by Daniel Meyer, it develops into a full-fledged collaboration that includes sweeping orchestral arrangements, a children's chorus providing Beach Boyish (and girlish) harmonies and the buoyant spirit of a singer-songwriter-composer-producer who will warm your heart. Yet, Ben Lovett, who goes by only his last name professionally, had no political motives or heavy-handed messages to deliver when he wrote "Don't Freak Out." It's one of eight songs on the album released in May that, according to Asheville Symphony Orchestra Executive Director David ...
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The Engadget Podcast is live at 2PM ET!
Yahoo News - about 3 years
A day early and a dollar -- well, just a day early, actually. We missed last week, seeing as how we were all busy shoveling turkey in our respective mouths, so we're coming back with a day to spare. Join Brian, Dana and Terrence as we burn through the tryptophan haze for another exciting week of tech news.
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Dear Diary: Going on Record, Dido Opens Up With <i>Greatest Hits</i>
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Ultimately, Dido believes her upcoming collection of songs is "the crazy diary of my life" rather than a greatest hits record. Dido's Greatest Hits, available on November 25 through RCA Records in standard and deluxe editions, covers almost 15 years, beginning in 1999 with the release of No Angel. That and her three other studio albums, including last March's Girl Who Got Away, are nicely represented on this 18-song compilation, along with treats such as the Academy Award-nominated "If I Rise" (with A.R. Rahman) and "NYC," a lively new dance track that was released in October. Eminem's "Stan," the rap single that put the UK woman who only needs one name on the U.S. map thanks to her sample of "Thank You," is also there, signifying the start of a remarkable global adventure. The deluxe edition adds 13 remixes of some of her most popular songs, including a previously unreleased version of "White Flag (Timbaland Remix)." Such examples provide proof that she was destined for g ...
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The Engadget Podcast is live at 3:30PM ET!
Yahoo News - over 3 years
We'd write something about being well rested after another successful Expand, but we don't want to lie to you. The gadget news, she never sleeps. Still, we're back in the studio with plenty to talk about. Join Brian, Peter and Marc just after the break for some Engadget Podcasting action.
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The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: 'Working Class Hero' Playlist
Huffington Post - over 3 years
John Lennon Song: Working Class Hero Album: Lennon Legend Genre: Rock Buy: The Real Efforts of Real People Song: On the Sunday Before Labor Day Album: Half Truths-EP Genre: Alternative Buy: Roy Orbison Song: Workin' for the Man Album: 16 Biggest Hits: Roy Orbison Genre: Rock Buy: Lucinda Williams Song: Fruits of My Labor Album: World Without Tears Genre: Singer/Songwriter Buy: Al Green Song: It Ain't No Fun to Me Album: Let's Stay Together Genre: R&amp;B/Soul Buy: Woody Guthrie Song: Talking Hard Work Album: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1-4 Genre: Folk Buy: Marvin Etzioni Song: Son of a Carpenter Album: Marvin Country! Genre: Country Buy: The Cure Song: The Last Day of Summer (LP Version) Album: Bloodflowers Genre: Rock Buy: Lucy Walsh ...
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WATCH: Lost Footage Of Elliott Smith Performance Unearthed
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Lost performance footage of the late indie rocker Elliott Smith surfaced on YouTube Thursday, and fans will shed a tear listening to the crooner perform some of his most popular songs in this up-close-and-personal venue. The VHS footage was uploaded to YouTube by director Paul Thomas Anderson, who had directed a VH1 pilot for the "The Jon Brion Show" in 2000, reports the Los Angeles Times. The show was never picked up by VH1. To describe the video on YouTube, Anderson writes, "I tore up the floorboards at H.Q. the other day and came up with this little number on VHS. She holds up well. Love, Al." She holds up very well indeed. Both bashful and meticulous during the performance, Smith takes the time to ask if he can start a few songs over after he thinks he messed up the intro. For "Bottle Up And Explode," for instance, Smith has to play the intro twice before he's satisfied. Viewers will also enjoy his low-key humor and raw, almost ragged singing style. During ...
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Paul McCartney & Yoko Ono Collaborate, Sort Of
Huffington Post - over 4 years
It's not every day that Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono work on the same project, but music fans have Judd Apatow to thank for making just that happen. The two music legends have both contributed songs to the soundtrack for Apatow's "This Is 40," joining a stellar line-up that includes Paul Simon, Fiona Apple, Ryan Adams, Norah Jones and many more. Ono's song is called "I'm Your Angel" while McCartney's is titled "Lunch Box Odd Sox." The latter tune was first released in 1980 as a bonus track on a Wings album, as NME notes. The two recently made headlines when McCartney said that Ono was not to blame for the Beatles' breakup, refuting a long-standing rumor. (He did, however, say that it was difficult to always have her around.) "Dull Tool," Apple's contribution to the soundtrack, marks the first time the singer has crafted an original song for a film. "This Is 40" is the sequel to "Knocked Up" and features an ensemble cast that includes Megan Fox, Lena Dunham, Jason S ...
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See Giordano Dance Chicago at College of Lake County Tonight
Buffalo Grove Patch - over 4 years
To kick off a year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Giordano Dance Chicago will perform at the College of Lake County at 7 p.m. tonight, Sunday, Oct. 7 in the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. This special dance event includes a preview of two world premiere pieces that will formally debut on Oct. 26 at the Harris Theater for Music &amp; Dance in Chicago. Giordano Dance Chicago is a captivating dance company that displays the powerful performance of high-energy, high-impact dance. The company exhibits a unique style that expands the boundaries of American jazz dance. Dance Magazine calls the company “A burst of sheer dance joy that left the audience breathless and ready for more.” For more information, visit Giordano The company was founded 50 years ago in Evanston by Gus Giordano. His daughter, Nan Giordano, serves as artistic director, and Michael McStraw is executive director. Dancers in the ...
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Music Review: Jon Brion - ParaNorman
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Music Review: Jon Brion - ParaNorman Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 3:15 p.m., Sunday, August 19, 2012 With Brion's resume, a stop-motion animated family film (about a misunderstood boy who can see and speak with ghosts) at first glance seems like a bit of a stretch. The film weaves its way through genres ranging from adventure, comedy, and ultimately, horror, giving Brion everything he needs to set the tone for what starts out as a melancholy affair for the film's protagonist to even pull some heartstrings during the climatic showdown in the finale. While most children's fare seems to take advantage of whatever pop songs are currently playing from Justin Beiber and Katy Perry, it's nice to have a family film take a cue from the likes of Pixar Animation Studios, who rarely use songs, save for the ...
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'Take This Waltz' Review: A Look At The Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams Indie Flick
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
Today, audiences have the ability to check out all the latest releases from the comfort of their own home. The world of indie film has especially benefited, giving viewers the chance to watch buzzed-about movies that can only afford to play in a handful of theaters. This week, Moviefone offers a special look at the world of indie cinema, with the release of "Take This Waltz." "Take This Waltz" Starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Luke Kirby Directed By: Sarah Polley What's It About? Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen play Margot and Lou, a happily married young couple living a hip life in Toronto, Canada. For Lou, everything seems to be going perfectly, but during a weekend business trip, Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), a handsome and witty artist, who just happens to be their next-door neighbor. "Take This Waltz" explores the complicated relationship that develops between the three individuals over the course of a sweltering summer. What's the Verdict ...
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Another bite of Fiona Apple's 'Idler Wheel'
LATimes - over 4 years
Fiona Apple takes her time between albums, which explains the seven-year wait for this week’s release of “The Idler Wheel.” It’s only the fourth collection from the Venice-based singer-songwriter, whose current tour brings her to the Hollywood Palladium on July 29 and the Greek Theatre on Sept. 14. But she keeps busy during the years in between, obsessing over non-musical projects and endless self-examination, which ultimately fuels these alluring, eccentric songs. Apple, interviewed in this Sunday’s Calendar, had more to talk about than could be squeezed into a single article. Here is some of what got left out from our recent afternoon talk about the new album and where she’s been: On her reaction to completing “The Idler Wheel”:"When we finished the record, I remember telling a friend of mine, 'Oh, it's the best thing I've ever done,' being so confident, being so happy, being so excited. I feel like I can die now. I've done the record I feel like is me.” On her occasional perf ...
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Album review: Fiona Apple's 'The Idler Wheel ...'
LATimes - over 4 years
You learn a lot about Fiona Apple by what she chooses to reveal in the lyrics to her new album, “The idler wheel is wiser than the driver of the screw and whipping cords will serve you more than ropes will ever do.” A songwriter whose greatest flaw is evidenced in the extended title, the Los Angeles singer and pianist has on her latest record ironically offered her most focused, refined and best-edited album in the 16 years since her (one-worded) debut, “Tidal.”  Over the course of a perfectly sequenced 42-minute album, Apple describes herself as “a still life drawing of a peach,” “all the fishes in the sea,” “a fugitive too dull to flee,” a tulip in a cup, a dewy petal and a moribund slut. These sorts of reveals are nothing new, of course. Apple, 34, has always been a first-person songwriter unafraid of sharing intimacies and speaking in absolutes. But because this is only her fourth album since 1996 and her first since 2005’s “Extraordinary Machine,” few had any idea of the ways ...
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826LA adds Pee-wee Herman to Judd Apatow benefit
LATimes - almost 5 years
The Los Angeles branch of the literary nonprofit founded by Dave Eggers, 826LA, counts among its star supporters writer-director/producer Judd Apatow. He hosts the occasional live event to raise funds for the organization, called the Judd and Jon Comedy Music Hour(s). The Jon is musician Jon Brion, who leads the music part of the show. On Tuesday, 826LA announced two guests who will be on the bill: Pee-wee Herman and Ray Romano. It's hard to imagine the comic minds of laconic Romano and antic Pee-wee meeting, but that may be the point. It had already promised to be entertaining, with Apatow, Brion and Peter Frampton (yes, that Peter Frampton) confirmed. Expect more surprise guests (one previous event included Lindsey Buckingham, Randy Newman, Garry Shandling, Ryan Adams, Aziz Ansari and Maria Bamford). The event is scheduled for June 14 on the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. However, rubbing shoulders with Apatow and friends isn't cheap: Regular tickets are $250, and VIP tickets, ...
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Tonight in Music: Julia Holter and Best Coast
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
JULIA HOLTER, JIB KIDDER, CLOAKS (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Renaissance pop curio Julia Holter is known for communicating more with the plaintive pace and silence of a single song than certain louder artists might yield in a lifetime, and her breakthrough record Ekstasis is an exquisite balance of such tense, threadbare moments. There's an emphasis on emphasis there, and a sense of devotion one might even call liturgical—no wonder Holter's been referred to as this generation's "savior of reverent music." But for all this talk of vibe and structure, what sticks most in the end is Holter's talent for intent, elegant melodies, and clinically orchestrated pop songs. CHRIS CANTINO Also see My, What a Busy Week! BEST COAST, JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD (Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Best Coast's 2010 debut, Crazy for You, captured people's souls because it was so rooted in place. Sunny surf pop played by a lo-fi garage band just sounds like SoCal. Not since Red Hot Chili Peppers or ...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
Music previews for the week of May 17-23. THURSDAY 5/17 SCHOOLBOY Q, CASSOW, EMMORAL (Peter's Room at Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Don't get the name twisted: LA's Schoolboy Q is not some backpack-wearing conscious rapper. Though he earned the moniker from an older member of the Hoover Crip gang (with which he was once affiliated) for earning good grades and starring in multiple sports in high school, Q excels at gritty street raps with enough lyrical chops and flow switches to avoid the repetitive hole some of this stuff falls into. His second official full-length, Habits &amp; Contradictions, was front-to-back solid, and remains one of the strongest rap releases I've heard in 2012. MIKE RAMOS WIZARD BOOTS, OBJECTS IN SPACE, SLUTTY HEARTS (Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) Christopher Elsken has been keeping his far-out band Wizard Boots going for years, creeping out of the woodwork just enough to keep everyone looking over their shoulders. And with ...
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Album review: Best Coast's 'The Only Place'
LATimes - almost 5 years
Fans concerned that Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, who perform under the moniker Best Coast, would succumb to the pressure of high expectations can relax. On their sparkling second album, the Los Angeles duo, whose 2010 debut, “Crazy for You,” brought them international sing-along acclaim, offers little evidence that they care about impressing critics or alienating the less commercially-attuned. Personal expectations, however, are another story, as Cosentino throughout the new album dives into hopes both dashed and fulfilled involving love, life and her future with both. Unlike “Crazy for You,” which was buried under a protective layer of distortion, on “The Only Place” a confident Cosentino stands at the front of the stage, seemingly unconcerned with judgment or ambivalence while she sings. With a voice that strives to hit Neko Case and Martha Reeves territory but which more often than not is in the Belinda Carlysle and Suzanna Hoffs range, Cosentino’s strength as a vocalist doe ...
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Garbage’s Shirley Manson Working With Sky Ferreira
Idolator - almost 5 years
“I’m going through a reinvention phase, where I’m trying to figure out where it is I want to go next,” the continuously disappearing-reappearing pop star Sky Ferreira told Rolling Stone in August 2011. Though her first few singles were definitely dance-pop, the 19-year-old singer has been hoping to mature and expand her sound by working with producers Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence + The Machine) and Jon Brion (Fiona Apple). The collaboration that has piqued our interests the most, however, is Sky teaming up with Sky Garbage‘s Shirley Manson for a track on her debut album, Wild At Heart. “She’s got a beautiful voice, Sky,” Manson tells Popjustice in a recent interview. “She’s smart. She really is. I think she’s something else, actually. Greg Kurstin and I wrote [a] song together for her, and it’s so cool to try and help someone amazing like that along.” “She’s like my little sister,” Shirley adds, when asked if she sees a little bit of herself in Sky. “And I do feel a certain kind ...
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Today in Streams: Beach House’s Bloom and Best Coast’s The Only Place
Chart Attack - almost 5 years
The potentiality for beach/real state/summer/water/sand/weed related metaphors in this post are so up the wazoo that if used could cause some sort of rift that would destroy any subsequent news article in the future. So, I will have to try and refrain from oppressing you with said metaphors and just give you the facts. Beach House and Best Coast have records coming out May 15 and they are both available to stream right now over at NPR. Beach House’s latest Bloom is that album you’ve been waiting for since you learned what dream pop was, which for me was just yesterday. The Jon Brion-produced The Only Place is Best Coast’s follow-up and is another half hour of pop bliss. Telling you about these albums is redundant, because ya’ll are smart and know everything already. You can stream Beach House here and Best Coast here, which are both perfect music to listen to while not hanging out on the beach with your boyfriend, dipping your toes into the sand as the sun gets in your eyes and t ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jon Brion
  • 2016
    Age 52
    In March 2016, Brion performed his score for Punch-Drunk Love with Wordless Music Orchestra in both Los Angeles and New York City, at the Ace Hotel and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details Norah Jones provided guest vocals in New York and Joanna Newsom in Los Angeles. With Nels Cline
  • 2012
    Age 48
    Brion also produced Best Coast's second album which was released in early 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 46
    More recently, Brion has produced recordings by British pop performer Dido, Spoon, and Keane, as well as 2010's False Priest by Of Montreal.
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  • 2006
    Age 42
    Brion worked and performed on some of the tracks for Sean Lennon's 2006 album Friendly Fire.
    More Details Hide Details Lennon said that working with him was "how I would imagine it's like to work with Prince. It's like having a weird alien prodigy in your room."
  • 2005
    Age 41
    He has also produced albums by Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Eleni Mandell, Rhett Miller, Robyn Hitchcock, Brad Mehldau and Evan Dando, and co-produced Kanye West's Late Registration in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details In the fall of 2002, Brion began producing the album Extraordinary Machine with Fiona Apple, but she later brought in producers Mike Elizondo and Brian Kehew (a friend of Brion's) to complete the album. Brion's versions leaked onto the Internet, where the album gained a cult following long before its official release.
  • 2003
    Age 39
    Brion is featured as keyboardist and drummer on Marianne Faithfull's 2003 album, Kissin Time, and co-wrote a song, "City of Quartz", for her next work, 2005's Before the Poison.
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  • 2002
    Age 38
    He dated comedic actress Mary Lynn Rajskub for five years until they broke up in the fall of 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Brion is renowned for his regular Friday-night gigs at the Los Angeles club Largo, which feature covers and original songs, a variety of instruments and occasional guest musicians and comedians. He works without a set list, instead using audience suggestions as a jumping-off point. His extraordinary use of layered loops and frequent adoption of a "jigsaw puzzle" approach to performing songs (starting often with drums, then adding piano, bass, guitar, and vocals in turn) have captivated the capacity crowds at Largo and earned Brion a strong following. Recent shows have featured spontaneous appearances with singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, Gillian Welch, vocalists Fiona Apple and Rickie Lee Jones, singing old jazz standards like "My Funny Valentine", with upright bassist Stephen Patt (ex-Chambers Brothers), percussionist Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos), bassist Sebastian Steinberg (ex-Soul Coughing), and fiddler Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek).
  • 2001
    Age 37
    Brion also works as a solo artist and released his debut solo album, Meaningless, in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Brion was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He came from a musical family; his mother, LaRue, was an administrative assistant and singer, and his father, Keith Brion, was a band director at Yale. His brother and sister became a composer/arranger and a violinist, respectively. Brion had difficulties at Hamden High School and at the age of 17 left education, opting instead to play music professionally. From 1980–85 Jon was part of the band The Excerpts, along with Stephen Harris, Dean Falcone, Jim Balga, Bobby Butcher & Spike Priggen. In the early 1980s, Brion and musician/producer Bill Murphy began a writing collaboration in New Haven, Connecticut. They eventually enlisted bassist Don "Riff" Fertman and together formed The Bats, (not to be confused with the New Zealand group of the same name). The Bats released a single, "Popgun" and one album How Pop Can You Get?, on Gustav records in 1982. The recordings had much critical acclaim, but little commercial success, and the trio eventually disbanded.
  • 1999
    Age 35
    He has earned Best Score Soundtrack Album Grammy nominations for his work on 1999's Magnolia and 2004's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
    More Details Hide Details Brion was hired at the last minute to write the incidental music for The Break-Up. He has also scored the films and provided original music for I ❤ Huckabees, Punch-Drunk Love, Step Brothers (with help of fellow musician Chris Thile), Paranorman, The Future, and Synecdoche, New York. He also did live composition for a musical commentary on the Step Brothers DVD. He also did the soundtrack to Disney Pixar's latest short film, The Blue Umbrella, working alongside Sarah Jaffe.
  • 1997
    Age 33
    Brion was signed to the Lava/Atlantic label in 1997, but was released from his contract after turning in his solo debut album Meaningless; the album was released independently in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He is rumored to be working on his second solo full-length album at Abbey Road Studios. Brion is an accomplished film composer, having started scoring by frequently working with director Paul Thomas Anderson, with whom he has a preferential working relationship. In addition to scoring many of his films, Brion contributed music to Boogie Nights and had a cameo in the film as a moustached guitar player. Particularly in his film soundtracks, Brion is noted for his use of early analog sampling instruments, particularly the Chamberlin and Optigan, to create near-realistic emulations of certain instruments.
  • 1996
    Age 32
    Brion played numerous instruments on Sam Phillips' 1996 release Omnipop.
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  • 1993
    Age 29
    After being recognized as an accomplished session player, Brion branched out into production on then-girlfriend Mann's 1993 solo debut, Whatever, and its follow-up, I'm With Stupid.
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    He contributed guitar work to Jellyfish's 1993 album Spilt Milk, and in 1994, joined Dan McCarroll, Buddy Judge and ex-Jellyfish guitarist Jason Falkner in the short-lived pop band The Grays.
    More Details Hide Details He also played guitar on The Wallflowers' hit song "One Headlight."
  • 1987
    Age 23
    In 1987, Brion moved to Boston, where he played solo gigs, formed the short-lived band World's Fair and became a member of the last touring version of Aimee Mann's new wave band 'Til Tuesday.
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  • 1963
    Born on December 11, 1963.
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