Sunday, April 17, 2005

The Midas touch

For such a quiet and unassuming musician/producer, Jon Brion's been in the news a bit lately. Kanye West recently announced he was calling on Jon Brion to work with him on some tracks on his next release. Meanwhile, Brion's production of Fiona Apple's latest (Extraordinary Machine) is in the midst of a ongoing battle with Sony to see it's proper release. Sony seems to think that the album doesn't have a marketable single and won't release it, but, much like the drama 4 years ago with Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, it's been leaked on the web and is getting serious buzz, much in thanks to Brion's production.

There are a couple musician/producers who have the Midas Touch in the music world today, and truly only one is as prolific is Jon Brion. Not only does he produce (the aforementioned Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, Macy Gray, Rufus Wainwright, Robyn Hitchcock, Lisa Marie Presley, Eels, and many more) he's a great session musician that's called upon by many artists to give a song a more interesting spin w/ his instrumentation (Peter Gabriel, Beck, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Elliott Smith, Marianne Faithful, The Crystal Method, Melissa Etheridge, Mary Lou Lord, the list goes on and on!) Before that, he also was briefly members of the bands The Grays, Jellyfish and The Wallflowers. Brion brings a unique sound with him, mostly his use of the chamberlain. He's parlayed his sound into motion pictures with his great soundtrack scores to movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I Heart Huckabees, Magnolias, and Punch Drunk Love.

Here's a playlist of songs that have Jon Brion's hands all over them, and thus, are all unique pop masterpieces.

2 comments:

drake leLane said...

Jon Brion's Hands
"Criminal" - Fiona Apple
"I Try" - Macy Gray
"That's Just What You Are" - Aimee Mann
"April Fools" - Rufus Wainwright
"I Feel Beautiful" - Robyn Hitchcock
"Knock Yourself Out" - Jon Brion
"Beautiful Freak" - Eels
"More Than This" - Peter Gabriel
"Thankful" - Glen Phillips
"Your Cheatin' Heart" - Beck
"City Of Quartz" - Marianne Faithfull
"Lights Out" - Lisa Marie Presley
"Gentle Hum" - Finn Brothers
"Lullaby" - Uma
"Bottle Up And Explode!" - Elliott Smith
"Bad Stone" - The Crystal Method
"Sebrina, Paste And Plato" - Jellyfish
"Three Marlenas" - The Wallflowers
"Mama I'm Strange" - Melissa Etheridge
"Braver Newer World" - Jimmie Dale Gilmore
"Two Boats" - Mary Lou Lord
"World Of Summer" - Love Jones
"Murder (Or A Heart Attack)" - Old 97's
"Phone Call" - Jon Brion
"Fine How'd Ya Do" - Grant Lee Buffalo
"Animals On Wheels" - Sam Phillips
"Blood" - Lauren Hoffman
"Terrible Vision" - Rhett Miller
"Fast As You Can" - Fiona Apple
"Dreamville" - Tom Petty
"I Should've Known" - Aimee Mann
"Little Head" - John Hiatt
"The Philospher's Stone" - Robyn Hitchcock
"The Beginner" - Miranda Lee Richards
"Lily-A-Passion" - Grant-Lee Phillips
"Olana" - Marc Cohn
"Happiness" - Elliott Smith

drake leLane said...

Crimeny... comment tool is a freakin' uh... TOOL today!

Here's some more info on Fiona Apple vs Sony that's appeared in the past couple days online.
Slate
Pitchfork
Newsday