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Jon Brion: I Heart Huckabees

Jon Brion: I Heart Huckabees

Yeah, indie kids all over salivate when they talk about "Huckabees" and rightfully so. It's a frickin awesome movie. But, all too often, we watch a film without appreciating the music within. When it comes to film scores, Jon Brion is the all powerful, the all knowledgeable, the Yoda, the Mr. Miyagi, the no one does it better than him guy. Have I convinced you yet? This is a must have.

  • Is it wrong to recommend music via YouTube? Well, I just want as many people to listen to this in it's entirety. I haven't been in love with a movie's original score since Yann Tiersen and his work with Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie... Is it wrong to recommend music via YouTube? Well, I just want as many people to listen to this in it's entirety. I haven't been in love with a movie's original score since Yann Tiersen and his work with Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain. If you haven't watched Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, please do. Perhaps this piece by Jon Brion will move you enough to do so. Edit: Coincidentally, I just saw that choreographer Sonya Tayeh (love her) did a routine to this piece for So You Think You Can Dance? last week! Definitely worth a look.

  • "Attention to detail" doesn't necessarily sound like the secret ingredient to brilliant rock & roll, but in Spoon's case, it comes second only to inspiration. Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, and company keep finding ways to challenge thems... "Attention to detail" doesn't necessarily sound like the secret ingredient to brilliant rock & roll, but in Spoon's case, it comes second only to inspiration. Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, and company keep finding ways to challenge themselves and their listeners by working within the same basic, streamlined sonic framework they crafted on Girls Can Tell, adding a few new twists here and there with each album. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga just might be the most winning update on this approach since Girls Can Tell itself: each song is as carefully and creatively pruned as a bonsai tree, with nothing fussy or superfluous to mar the clean lines of the songwriting or arrangements. This is especially impressive considering that on this album, Spoon works with their widest array of sounds yet. Everything from kotos to chamberlains to horns straight out of Motown are fair game on Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, but they're used so deftly and judiciously that they never feel like window dressing. As on Gimme Fiction, the band maps out Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga's territory within the first three tracks. "Don't Make Me a Target" is a sleek yet gritty prologue designed to draw listeners in like Fiction's "The Beast and Dragon, Adored," and its seductive pull only heightens the impact of "The Ghost of You Lingers." All pounding pianos and fleeting, fragmented verses, the song initially feels like it's all buildup and no release, but this insistent yet incomplete feeling is what makes it haunting and brilliant: its circling thoughts and echoes upon echoes feel like you're chasing the song -- or its subject -- to no avail. Even if "The Ghost of You Lingers" almost perversely avoids hooks, "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb"'s homage to blue-eyed soul delivers them in abundance. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga's songs are svelte, especially compared to Gimme Fiction, yet they're far from starved. Interesting details decorate the margins of these songs, whether it's the studio chatter that revs up "Don't You Evah" or the fascinatingly fragmented lyrics of "Eddie's Ragga" ("there ain't no getting over Joanie Hale-Maier"). Jon Brion pops up bass, chamberlain, and production duties on "The Underdog," one of Spoon's bounciest, brassiest nods to classic pop in a long time, and a perfect contrast to the exotic, spooky minimalism of "My Little Japanese Cigarette Case"'s shivery kotos and Spanish guitars. Concise and lively ("Black Like Me" is as close as the album gets to a ballad), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is a remarkable blend of focus and creativity; even if Spoon's modus operandi seems overly regimented on paper, the results are just as elegant as they are fun. ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide « less… more »

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  • With his soundtrack for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Jon Brion has carefully crafted music every bit as quirky (and fascinating) as the movie itself.

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  • In the spirit of honesty, I don't think I had any idea who this guy was until this weekend. I was at a Jon Brion show. He asked for request and people passionately wanted to here some tracks of this, Eno's '74 debut. He played a c... In the spirit of honesty, I don't think I had any idea who this guy was until this weekend. I was at a Jon Brion show. He asked for request and people passionately wanted to here some tracks of this, Eno's '74 debut. He played a couple tracks, prefaced by an endorsement of the album that was strong enough to download it as soon as I got home.

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  • Honestly, I probably haven't listened to this album since th year it came out. However, I title track is so amazing that it still occasionally appears in my head.

  • They're the 5th most popular novelty band from New Zealand. If you like the quirky comedy act that we call Flight of the Conchords, you'll love this album. It features some of their most popular songs. I saw the duo open for Jo... They're the 5th most popular novelty band from New Zealand. If you like the quirky comedy act that we call Flight of the Conchords, you'll love this album. It features some of their most popular songs. I saw the duo open for Jon Brion a little bit ago and they were litterally the most entertaining show I've ever gone to. Immediately, I had to get this album

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  • In the film world, people freak out about the blue lens flare achieved in this movie. To me, it has one of my favorite scenes of any movie, of all time. That is, the silhouette scene -- beautiful. Not to mention that the score by ... In the film world, people freak out about the blue lens flare achieved in this movie. To me, it has one of my favorite scenes of any movie, of all time. That is, the silhouette scene -- beautiful. Not to mention that the score by Jon Brion is lovely.

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  • We all love Punch Drunk Love. If you don't, then you've either never seen it or you have no taste in movies. Like everything Job Brion touches, it turns to gold (at least in my mind). This is no exception.

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