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Jon Brion at The Sunset Tavern in Seattle (photo by Nadja Dee Tanaka)
Jon Brion at The Sunset Tavern in Seattle (photo by Nadja Dee Tanaka)

Jon Brion (born 1962) is an American rock and pop multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer. Image File history File links John Brion, American musician, at The Sunset Tavern in Seattle Sep 26, 2004 (photo by Nadja Dee Tanaka, used with permission of Nadja Dee Tanaka) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links John Brion, American musician, at The Sunset Tavern in Seattle Sep 26, 2004 (photo by Nadja Dee Tanaka, used with permission of Nadja Dee Tanaka) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ...

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Biography

Jon Brion was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He came from a musical family: his mother was a jazz singer, his father a band director at Yale, and his brother and sister became a composer/arranger and violinist, respectively. Brion had difficulties in high school and at the age of 17 left education for good, opting instead to play music professionally. Map of Glen Ridge in Essex County Glen Ridge is a borough located in Essex County, New Jersey, USA. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough had a total population of 7,271. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... Yale redirects here. ...


Brion was a member of the band The Bats in the early 1980s, and in 1987 he 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. In 1994, joined Dan McCarroll, Buddy Judge and Jellyfish guitarist Jason Falkner in the short-lived pop supergroup The Grays. Brion played numerous instruments on Sam Phillips' 1996 release Omnipop (It's Only A Fleshwound Lambchop). Boston is a town and small port c. ... Aimee Mann (born September 8, 1960) is an American rock guitarist, bassist, singer, and songwriter. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The band on the cover of their debut album, Voices Carry. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... San Franciscos short-lived power pop band Jellyfish was a project of drummer/singer/songwriter Andy Sturmer, keyboard player/multi-instrumentalist Roger Joseph Manning Jr. ... Jason Falkner (born June 2, 1968) is an American pop and rock musican. ... The Grays were a short-lived supergroup comprising of singer/songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Jon Brion, Jason Falkner, Buddy Judge, and Dan McCarroll. ... Leslie Phillips, aka Sam Phillips, (born January 28, 1962) is an American singer and a songwriter. ... Omnipop (Its Only A Flesh Wound Lambchop) is the eighth (studio) album from American singer-songwriter Sam Phillips. ...


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. Lava Records was established in 1995 as a joint venture between Jason Flom, who began his career with Atlantic Records. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label that operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Meaningless is the debut solo album of singer and songwriter Jon Brion, who has previously made a name for himself producing records and playing multi-instruments for hit pop artists Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple and Rufus Wainwright, among others. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


He has played various instruments on numerous albums, and branched out into production on then-girlfriend Mann's 1993 solo debut, Whatever; he has also produced albums by Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Eleni Mandell, Rhett Miller and Evan Dando. He is a film composer, garnering Best Score Soundtrack Album Grammy nominations for his work on 1999's Magnolia and 2004's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Whatever is the title of the first studio album by the American singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, released in 1993. ... Fiona Apple (born September 13, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter. ... Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. ... Eleni Mandell is an American singer-songwriter based out of Los Angeles, California. ... Rhett Miller is the lead singer of the alt-country band the Old 97s and has also had a successful solo career. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media has been awarded since 1960. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... It has been suggested that Magnolia (album) be merged into this article or section. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an Academy Award-winning 2004 romance film by Michel Gondry that uses a science fiction element to explore the nature of memory and love. ...


Brion frequently works with director Paul Thomas Anderson, with whom he has a preferential working relationship. In addition to scoring almost all of his films, Brion contributed music to Boogie Nights and had a cameo in the film as a moustachioed guitar player. Paul Thomas Anderson at Cannes 2002 Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970 in Studio City, California, USA) is an American filmmaker. ... Boogie Nights is a 1997 film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ...


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 the occasional guest. He dated comedic actress Mary Lynn Rajskub for five years until they broke up in the fall of 2002. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Largo is a nightclub and cabaret in West Hollywood, CA, known informally as Café Largo or Club Largo. ... Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O Brian Mary Lynn Rajskub (prounounced RICE-cub or in IPA: ) (born June 22, 1971) is an American comedic actress from Trenton, Michigan. ...


Soon after, he 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, though heavily tweaked, where the album gained a cult following long before its official release [1]. Extraordinary Machine is the third album by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple. ... Mike Elizondo is a well-known hip hop producer. ... Brian Kehew is a Los Angeles-based musician and music producer. ...


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. Another remarkable work by Brion in the same year was co-producing Kanye West's Late Registration album. Marianne Faithfull on the cover of her album A Secret Life Marianne Evelyn Gabriel Faithfull (born December 29, 1946 in Hampstead, London) is an English singer and actress whose career spans over four decades. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kissin Time is Marianne Faithfulls 2003 studio album. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Before The Poison is the twentieth studio album by Marianne Faithfull, recorded in 2003 and released in 2005. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Late Registration is the second major label album release from Roc-A-Fella hip hop artist and producer Kanye West. ...


Brion set out on a "tour" of sorts, though in a mid-2005 show he said "don't call it a tour. I'm just going to be moving myself around and playing different cities for weeks at a time". He is also working on his second solo full-length album at Abbey Road Studios.


In April 2006, recurring tendonitis in Brion's right hand forced him to cancel all of his upcoming Largo shows. As a temporary 'farewell', he played his most recent show only using his left hand, even looping his songs as he normally does and playing the drums with one stick.


Recalling his approach to the Largo shows with Chicago Tribune music editor Lou Carlozo, Brion said: "I taught my hands to follow whatever was coming into my head-—and wherever my consciousness would go, I had to push my hands to follow. And at some level, you just had to abandon any concern about how you’d look. Performing without a set list: That was special."


Brion was hired at the last minute to write the incidental music for The Break-Up. The Break-Up is a Universal Pictures film that was released on June 2, 2006. ...


He is now said to be working with British pop performer Dido on her latest album. Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong (born December 25, 1971 in London) is a Brit Award-winning English singer who performs under the name Dido. ...


Discography

With The Bats

  • How Pop Can You Get? (1982)

With The Grays

  • Ro Sham Bo (1994)

Solo

Meaningless is the debut solo album of singer and songwriter Jon Brion, who has previously made a name for himself producing records and playing multi-instruments for hit pop artists Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple and Rufus Wainwright, among others. ...

Film scores

Hard Eight is a 1996 film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson. ... Michael Penn in a promotional photograph for his 2005 album Michael Penn (born August 1, 1958, in Greenwich Village, New York City) is an American singer and songwriter. ... Magnolia is the score soundtrack to the Paul Thomas Anderson film of the same name. ... Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ... The soundtrack album for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was released by Hollywood Records on March 16, 2004. ... I ♥ Huckabees (pronounced I Heart Huckabees, or alternatively I Love Huckabees) is a film released in 2004. ... The Break-Up is a Universal Pictures film that was released on June 2, 2006. ...

As producer

Aimee Mann (born September 8, 1960) is an American rock guitarist, bassist, singer, and songwriter. ... Whatever is the title of the first studio album by the American singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, released in 1993. ... Aimee Mann (born September 8, 1960) is an American rock guitarist, bassist, singer, and songwriter. ... Im with Stupid is the second studio album by the American singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, released in 1995. ... Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. ... Rufus Wainwright is the self-titled debut album of Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. ... Eleni Mandell is an American singer-songwriter based out of Los Angeles, California. ... Look up wishbone in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Robyn Hitchcock (born March 3, 1953) is a rock and roll singer-songwriter, psych folk artist, and occasional actor. ... Robyn Hitchcock (born March 3, 1953) is a rock and roll singer-songwriter, psych folk artist, and occasional actor. ... Fiona Apple (born September 13, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter. ... When the Pawn is the second album by American singer/songwriter Fiona Apple, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... Brad Mehldau (born August 23, 1970) is an American jazz pianist. ... Largo has multiple definitions and can mean: In musical notation, largo means the music is to be played at a slow tempo An album called Largo which pays tribute to said type of music featuring contributions by Joan Osbourne and Cyndi Lauper. ... Rhett Miller is the lead singer of the alt-country band the Old 97s and has also had a successful solo career. ... The Instigator is the second studio album by American country/rock band performer, Rhett Miller, lead singer of the Old 97s. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Fiona Apple (born September 13, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter. ... Extraordinary Machine is the third album by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Late Registration is the second major label album release from Roc-A-Fella hip hop artist and producer Kanye West. ... Marjorie Fair is an American band formed by musician Evan Slamka, and based in Los Angeles, California. ... Self Help Serenade is the debut album by LA-based rock band Marjorie Fair, first released in the United Kingdom and Europe on May 31, 2004 (see 2004 in music) and in the United States on July 19, 2005 (see 2005 in music). ...

See also

Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen


External links


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Brion was a member of the band The Bats in the early 1980s, and in 1987 he 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.
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.
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 the quite frequent surprise musical guest.
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