Entries tagged with: Jon Brion
by Andrew Sacher
...then there's people like Emitt Rhodes, who's a cult hero for no good reason whatsoever. Far from obscure, his music is loaded with melodic charisma, that essential ingredient that makes you want to hear some records over and over again. Often called a musical dead ringer for Sir Paul McCartney, Rhodes is really the Macca we all wish Macca would be: an incredible pop tunesmith without all the gooey sentimentality and overflowing cuteness. The crown jewel of Rhodes' small body of work is his self-titled debut album. Released to critical acclaim and modest commercial success in 1970, Emitt Rhodes has since taken on mythical status among power-pop and '70's rock aficionados. The album is a tour-de-force: just like McCartney on his first solo album, Rhodes played all the instruments and sang all the vocals himself. But even more impressive are the songs. Only 20 years old at the time, Rhodes had already absorbed the best of '60s rock and matched it. Lennon/McCartney certainly weren't writing songs the caliber of "Somebody Made for Me" or "With My Face on the Floor" at that age. This precocious, good-looking kid should have been unstoppable. [Steven Hyden for 'Perfect Sound Forever,' 2001]Cult musician Emitt Rhodes was a drummer in '60s pop group The Palace Guard and then a member of psych-pop band The Merry-Go-Round (whose single "Live" was covered by The Bangles on their first album) before releasing four solo albums in the early '70s. His most classic, as the above quote points out, was his McCartney-esque self-titled debut. Now, 43 years after the release of his last album (1973's Farewell to Paradise), Emitt is returning with album #5, Rainbow Ends. It's due February 26 via Omnivore Recordings.
The album has a handful of impressive guests too, including The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, Aimee Mann, Nels Cline and his Wilco bandmate Pat Sansone, Jon Brion, members of Brian WIlson's band, and more. And the backing band includes New Pornographers drummer Joe Seiders. Chris Price produced it, and he says:
I view this as a continuation album, meaning it isn't meant to be recreating the sound from his first record, but instead what he might have sounded like after his third album, Farewell to Paradise, if he kept making music in the mid-to-late '70s.Emitt adds:
I had a spurt there, you know. I just wrote a whole bunch of songs. I'm just gonna write what my heart tells me, because that's the only thing that really matters, isn't it? Sometimes you don't know, and then the light goes on and you do know.We've got the premiere of the album's first single, "Isn't It So," which has Emitt in fine form. Like Chris Price said, it does sound right out of the mid-to-late '70s, but it doesn't sound dated, partially because that sound had a bit of a moment this year (thanks to Father John Misty, Matthew E White, Natalie Prass, etc). Listen below. Various pre-order options are at PledgeMusic.
Emitt is set to play SXSW, and more dates are TBA.
Blake Mills at the Cap in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Blake Mills, a frequent tourmate and collaborator of Fiona Apple, will release his new album, Heigh Ho, on September 16 via Verve/Record Collection. The album's single, "Don't Tell Our Friends About Me," features Fiona, along with Jon Brion (who's produced multiple Fiona Apple albums, Kanye's Late Registration, and more, and scored Magnolia, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and more), Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons, Sufjan Stevens) and Gabriel Kahane. Stream that song, with another track from the LP, below. Another song on the album, "Seven," will feature Fiona as well.
Blake is going on a tour following the album's release which hits NYC for shows on October 1 at Le Poisson Rouge and October 8 at Rough Trade. The Rough Trade show is with National/Bon Iver/Dirty Projectors/etc collaborators yMusic. Tickets for LPR and Rough Trade go on sale Friday at 10 AM and noon, respectively.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Arriving on the mid-'70s London scene as a rough'n'ready product of the pub-rock era -- an R&B- loving Nick Lowe with a sharper, more ambitious pen, as it were -- Parker predated Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, both of whom would second his illustration that the singer/songwriter idiom could be recharged, giving intelligent rock fans an excitable and energetic alternative to (slightly) older guardsmen like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Randy Newman and Van Morrison. - [Trouser Press]Last year, pub rock survivor Graham Parker reunited with his old band, The Rumour, to make Three Chords Good, their first album together in 31 years. You can stream the album below via Spotify.
Graham and the Rumour are currently touring the record in America and will be playing the previously mentioned NYC show at Concert Hall at the NY Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday (12/1, tickets) with openers The Figgs, and then The Paramount Theatre in Long Island on Sunday (12/2, tickets) which is a co-headling show with Ian Hunter. All tour dates are below.
Parker's had a long career, and had college radio hits with his 1988 album The Mona Lisa's Sister and has kept on going since. He may be about to get another moment in the spotlight as fan Judd Apatow tapped Parker to not only contribute songs to his new film, This Is 40, but also appear in the film. The comedy, a sideways sequel to Knocked Up (about Paul Rudd's character from that film) will be out in theaters December 21. The soundtrack was produced by Jon Brion and also features Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Lindsay Buckingham, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Wilco, Loudon Wainwright and more. Tracklist is below, as is the trailer for the film.
A list of tour dates, album stream, videos, and the This Is 40 trailer and soundtrack tracklist, below...
Best Coast at LPR (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Best Coast are "Beyond thrilled to announce that the incredibly talented Jon Brion will be producing the next Best Coast album. Recording begins in a few weeks in LA. More news on the way."
Upcoming public/regular shows for Best Coast include two LA shows, one of which is on New Year's Eve with Wanda Jackson, and a trip to Australia in January for the Big Day Out Festival.
Upcoming weird/private shows for Best Coast include two in NYC. The band will play a private Ray Ban party this week with Johnny Marr & The Healers and Mona, and you can catch Bethany DJing on Friday, October 14th at the Rose Center in the American Museum of Natural History. Tickets are on sale.
Jon Brion recently played his fourth and final show at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/9.
All tour dates and some videos below....
photos by Eric Townsend
"I hope he adds a fourth too," I exclaimed when the third Jon Brion show at Le Poisson Rouge was announced. That third show was last night (10/4), and today our wish came true! Brion has added a fourth (and final?) show Le Poisson Rouge on 10/9 (four days from now). Tickets are on sale. I hope he adds a fifth! (it worked last time!)
Brion's three performances at the venue so far were with October 2nd, 3rd & 4th. On the third he was joined by female indie hip hop artist K-Flay. Pictures from that show are in this post along with videos from two of the shows and the 10/2 setlist.
Not long before Brion got to NYC to play LPR (his new NYC regular spot?), he played a show at his regular LA spot the Largo (on 9/30):
Jon picked up an acoustic guitar for the next couple of tracks: first, the Smiths, trailed by his own song. Then he asked for requests. Alas, I didn't get one in this evening -- that is, I tried, but it didn't make the cut. (Come on, there's gotta be another "Boys of Summer" fan lurking in the readership!) As for Jon's final selection, I'm going on context clues because I can proudly say I've never listened to "Freebird." But after hearing the audience shout-out and Jon's fair warning at the outset of the performance (on vibes, by the way), then seeing him flip off the requester at the end of the tune, I put the pieces together.Pictures, vidoes and setlist from NYC, below...
The next choice was Jon's, as he built up "Walking Through Walls," but this wasn't any old performance -- it brought out Grant-Lee Phillips from the shadows! Matt Chamberlain was also called to the stage, but he didn't actually show up. I would've welcomed his appearance, but honestly, Jon and Grant are all you need to know for a good time (though it never hurts if, say, Robyn Hitchcock hangs around too).
Grant's first two songs were both Bowie tracks, but only one ("Cracked Actor") was delivered in anything resembling a traditional approach. The other selection was channeled through Willie Nelson, which should be familiar to anyone who's seen Grant at Aimee Mann's Christmas shows. Grant called it Willie Stardust, aka the Thin White Red Headed Stranger, and you could barely believe your ears as he works both characters at the same time.-[easily fooled]
We mentioned that it's unfortunate that Jon Brion's rare show at Le Poisson Rouge on October 2 coincides with ATP NJ. Those hoping to catch both are now in luck. Jon added a second date at the same venue happening on October 3. Tickets are available for both shows.
In related news,
Two-time Grammy Award-nominated composer Jon Brion has signed to create the original score for LAIKA and Focus Features' animated comedy thriller ParaNorman, currently in production at LAIKA's Oregon studios for nationwide release by Focus on Friday, August 17th, 2012. Following LAIKA and Focus' groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, ParaNorman is only the second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D.Jon is also part of that new "Rave on Buddy Holly" tribute album. He and his old friend Fiona Apple took on "Every Day". Listen to the song and check out the full tracklist below...
Joining the voice cast of ParaNorman are Tucker Albrizzi (Good Luck Charlie), Alex Borstein (Family Guy), and Jodelle Ferland (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse). ParaNorman is being directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler, from Mr. Butler's original screenplay. Mr. Fell was director of The Tale of Despereaux and Flushed Away. Mr. Butler was storyboard supervisor on Coraline and storyboard artist on Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.
Mr. Brion's original score for Focus' Academy Award-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album, among other honors. He was previously a Grammy nominee in the same category for scoring Magnolia. A highly accomplished singer/songwriter, arranger, and conductor, Mr. Brion is renowned for his production work. He holds co-writing credits on albums by such artists as Kanye West, Beck, Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, the Eels, and Dido.
Mr. Knight said, "Jon Brion is so prodigiously gifted it's almost unseemly. His virtuoso compositions are at once moody and imaginative, clever and subtle. Jon's inventive, genre-defying musical storytelling will provide the perfect accompaniment to ParaNorman's groundbreaking visuals and emotionally resonant narrative."
Mr. Brion stated, "I've been waiting for the right animation project for some time now. This production and the people at LAIKA and Focus have an inspiring amount of heart. One can't help being swept up in the passion."
In ParaNorman, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak
with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.
In addition to those actors previously mentioned, the voice cast includes Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show), Jeff Garlin (Toy Story 3), John Goodman (Monsters, Inc.), Bernard Hill (Titanic), Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Leslie Mann (Rio), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (How to Train Your Dragon), and Tony and Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch (30 Rock).
Producer, solo artist and just general musical genius Jon Brion will play a rare show at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on October 2nd, 2011 (which is unfortunately the same date as ATP in NJ). Tickets are on sale.
DOWNLOAD: Of Montreal - Coquet Coquette (MP3)
Of Montreal @ Highline Ballroom in January (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
False Priest, the forthcoming record by increasingly glammy and theatrical Of Montreal, will be their tenth album. It's due September 14th through their label Polyvinyl. The record's first single, "Coquet Coquette," above. A second track, "Hydra Fancies," which will also be part of The Believer's Music Issue, has also turned up online.
The album, co-produced by Kevin Barnes and Jon Brion, features contributions by indie/pop crossovers Janelle Monáe and Solange Knowles. Both have been known to perform with Of Montreal at the band's gigs (at Terminal 5 even). And there's good odds the band will jam with Janelle, the confirmed opener, at their brand-new Terminal 5 dates on Friday, September 17th and Saturday, September 18th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at 11am. General sale starts Friday at noon. Who knows, maybe Susan Sarandon will even show up to spank people again.
All tour dates, appropriately weird album art and tracklist are below...
DOWNLOAD: James Husband - A Grave in the Gravel (MP3)
Of Montreal @ Lollapalooza 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
The anticipated new of Montreal album may or may not be complete. Kevin Barnes says it all depends on how some upcoming sessions with Jon Brion work out. Barnes, who's always worked at home, alone, will meet up with Brion in early spring to work on the 16 songs that will likely make the new record. "If I wasn't going to go out there with Jon then they'd basically be done. They could be done. If I go out there with Jon and we both decide it's not working or whatever, I'll still have an album. And if I go out there and figure this is really great, then I'll have a different album," he says. Either way, the album won't be Skeletal Lamping over again. Barnes says the band is using this break to rethink their live performances, and have made an album that accommodates that. His plans are ambitious: he'd like to get rid of of Montreal's pre-recorded backing tracks, and round out the band line-up to ten or so musicians. "We're going to try to do something closer to the kind of bands that Curtis Mayfield or Stevie Wonder had in the '70s," says Barnes. [Stereogum]Of Montreal's follow-up to Skeletal Lamping will include "cameos from Solange Knowles, Janelle Monae and "one or two other people..."
More importantly, Of Montreal is launching a last minute tour in Baltimore on January 25th. They hit NYC's Highline Ballroom the very next day (1/26). Tickets go on sale at noon. All dates are with James Husband "which features longtime of Montreal band members Husband, alongside Dottie Alexander, and Davey Pierce". All dates below...
by Andrew Frisicano
William Parker Quartet
New York Guitar Festival, with shows between January 8th and February 4th, has already been mentioned here in a few different contexts. The "Silent Film/Live Guitars" portion is certainly a big highlight, with one-off performances by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Steve Kimock, David Bromberg and Marc Ribot, Alex de Grassi and James Blackshaw, and the fest closers Chicha Libre and Gyan Riley. Tickets are still available for all but the Vernon/Kimock show.
There's more on the schedule too. World Financial Center Winter Garden hosts a free opening show on Friday, January 8th with Hindustani slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya. There are also theme nights, with Barbes holding Django [Reinhardt] A Go Go (1/24) and 92nd Street Y hosting a Bach Guitar Marathon (1/31).
And LPR has two shows for the fest as well - a night headlined by James Blackshaw (with Max Ochs, Ben Hall, and Nick Jonah Davis too) on January 26th (tickets) and a previously mentioned show with the stellar pairing of Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Skeleton$ (possibly in Big Band form). A video of the Skeletons Big band from their December show at the Stone is below. Tickets for Marc Ribot/Skeletons show are on sale.
(Le) Poisson Rouge is also one of the main spots for the NYC Winter Jazz Festival this Friday and Saturday, when it hosts Jenny Scheinman & Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer Trio, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and others. Other Village venues are well-stocked with talent too (and getting better - Saturday's Sullivan Hall lineup just added William Parker Quartet). Tickets to day one and two (or a two-day pass to both) are still on sale.
Iyer is also at the Stone this weekend, on Sunday (1/10), as is Tyshawn Sorey, who plays there Friday (1/8) (and plays the Winter Jazz Fest on Saturday).
While on the topic of Iyer, a few other excellent, top-of-their-game, consistently original pianists have shows in the same week (could be called the 'inadvertent piano fest'). McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Gary Bartz are at Highline Ballroom on Friday, January 8th on a latin-tinged bill with Francisco Mela's Cuban Safari, Jon Batiste Band and Alfredo Rodriguez. Tickets are still on sale.
The full schedule for the NY Guitar Fest and videos are below...
Of Montreal & Janelle Monae @ MHOW (more by Tim Griffin)
Of Montreal just had an exciting weekend. Jon Brion (who they have collaborated with) opened for them at the Fox Theatre in Oakland on Friday (7/24). Then they (and Dengue Fever) opened for Grace Jones at Hollywood Bowl on Sunday (7/26)...
"Kevin Barnes, the Georges Bataille-reading, polyamorous frontman, turned in a focused performance with an occasional feisty edge. Though the Athens, Ga., band is a keen, aesthetic fit with Jones, its circus-like hysterics and verbose lyrics didn't seem to capture the audience, who seemed mostly unfamiliar with the band and impatient for the main act." [LA Times]Janelle Monae joined Of Montreal on stage during their Hollywood Bowl set for "For Our Elegant Caste" and the Bowie cover "Moonage Daydream". Janelle did the same when she opened for the band at all three of their Brooklyn shows in April (all three were at Music Hall of Williamsburg).
Of Montreal's next NYC show is about to be announced, and that will take place on September 18th at Terminal 5. Tickets will cost $25 in advance ($30 day of show).
Janelle Monae's next NYC show is with Erykah Badu on Governors Island.
Of Montreal's new video for "Mingusings", some videos from Hollywood Bowl, and all tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Of Montreal - If I Faltered Slightly Twice (MP3)
The Jon Brion Remixes album will include this track, two JB versions of the rapturous "An Eluardian Instance," a longer version of this "Gallery Piece" remix, and an instrumental version to boot. It comes out 1/6 digitally and 1/27 on CD/LP via Polyvinyl. [Stereogum]Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Of Montreal show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn in December.
Of Montreal also just announced a whole bunch of 2009 international tour dates. A video of a group performing an Of Montreal song A Capella, and all dates, below...
by Klaus Kinski
When it rains it pours, and by golly there's a freakin' monsoon happening over at good ole' Chunklet right now. Where to begin.... Well, first off, Chunklet's milestone 20th Issue is done, printed, and on a pallet bound for Chunklet HQ any second now. It's been three years in the making, but this sucker looks well worth the wait. Readers are greeted by another amazing cover designed by Chris Bilheimer who's done the last 9 covers and who, incidentally, is REM's art director. Inside?
.... it promises to be the most brutal issue yet. Featuring interviews with Paul F. Tompkins, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Glaser and Sublime Frequencies. There are also features involving Whirlyball with Arcade Fire, The Shins, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Lips, Deerhunter, Death Cab for Cutie, Mogwai and countless others. Features also on music journalists, drug appreciation, good guys/bad bands and the usual array of Chunklet insanity (or inanity depending on your outlook).And not only is Issue #20 about to hit the streets, but so is a Chunklet limited edition 7" that is sure to become a classic. For Side A, Zach Galifianakis joined up with comedian AD Miles, record producer Jon Brion and Fiona Apple to record the ultra-danceable track "Up In Them Guts". Side B features a studio version of the classic Scharpling and Wurster anthem "Rock'n'Roll Dreams'll Come Through" performed by Ted Leo and The Pharmacists. You can get this bad boy as a picture disc, yellow vinyl, or black vinyl and is only available if you purchase something else from the Chunklet store.
You can hear the original, classic Scharpling and Wurster WFMU version on the CD New Hope for the Ape-Eared. A while back Ted Leo did his own version of this tune on the Tom's show. You can hear that version, set to fan made animation, below. This is also not the first time Fiona and Zach have worked together.
Speaking of Ted Leo, did you know that Ted Leo and the Pharmacists put out a downloadable 4-song EP via Touch and Go Records for charity? It's true. The EP costs $4 and all proceeds go to Democracy Now and Minneapolis Food Not Bombs. Ted has a pretty long and engaging explanation about why he did this and you can read that here.
I am also happy to report that Chunklet is celebrating its 15 Year Anniversary! And what better way to celebrate the life and times of this most iconic music and comedy rag than with some supremely ballsy shows at the 40 Watt in Athens, GA. On October 10th Chunklet has lined up Deerhunter, Twin Tigers, Gentleman Jesse & His Men with comedian Brent Weinbach (TIX). Then on October 11th thrill to the majesty of Mastodon, Brian Posehn, It's Casual, and Brent Weinbach (TIX). That Posehn/Mastodon/Weinbach show is like a dream. I am jealous. That should be a national tour.
And last, but absolutely positively not least, I am thrilled to report that The Rock Bible IS AVAILABLE. Penned by Chunklet founder, DJ, promoter, record producer, tour manager, booking agent, cool dude Henry Owings this 144 page masterpiece is basically a rulebook full of dos and don'ts for musicians, wannabe musicians, and rock fans of all ages. And if there's one person I trust to write a book of this nature, it's Henry. Get it on the cheap here and here.
More pictures of this stuff and video below...
Pat Sansone, John Stirratt, Jon Brion, and Britt Daniel perform "I Feel Fine" at the Harris Theater in Chicago on New Year's Eve [ilamya]* Petra Haden is playing The Stone
* The Killing of John Lennon opens at IFC
* Big Brother and The Holding Company is at Knitting Factory
* INVITE THEM UP @ Rififi
8:40 PM doors, 9 PM show, $5What else?
With Bobby Tisdale and Eugene Mirman
Featuring: Chris Jurek, Tig Notaro, Greg Johnson, Rob Cantrell, Nick Kroll, and special guests.
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Fiona Apple (again) & Nickel Creek are playing Central Park Summerstage in NYC on August 14th, but it gets better (or worse) than that:
The members of Nickel Creek and Apple met several years ago in Los Angeles, and began occasionally working together at the club Largo - an intimate and magnetic music club that has become legendary for stellar lineups and surprise appearances. A loose and friendly musical exchange began with Apple sitting in on Sean and Sara Waktins' ‘anything goes' "Watkins Family Hour," and with either Thile or the Watkins returning the favor whenever possible.As you may know, club Largo in LA is also where Jon Brion does his weekly shows - sometimes with Fiona, and some times with Chris. I assume that's where the above video was taken. Jon was just on tour with Nickel Creek. Fiona starts touring with them on August 2nd. Before that Nickel Creek have Glen Phillips opening, and it's important to note that this will be Nickel Creek's farewell-for-now tour. All tour dates below....
For the August dates, fans will be treated to an expansion of those collaborations developed at Largo. Naturally, material will be pulled from both artists' solo catalogues, but fans can also expect to hear anything from pop standards to country classics to modern rock covers. Apple's presentation will be unique in that she will rely on Nickel Creek for back up during her set.
DOWNLOAD: Spoon - Mountain To Sound (MP3)
They are definitely on my good side right now. Last time I saw Spoon was not only a complete surprise, it was as opener (and honored to be doing it according to Britt Daniel) for Roky Erickson at the 'Ice Cream Social' at Threadgill's during SXSW in Austin this year (March 15, 2007):
Small shows, free shows, suprise shows, Roky Erikson....can Spoon get any cooler right now? Yes - their upcoming album ("Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" out July 10 on Merge) has one track produced by none other than Jon Brion.
More pics (including the coolest one of all) & tour dates below....