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Jon Brion


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Producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion grew up in a musical family: his father was director of the Yale concert and marching bands, his mother sang in jazz bands, and his siblings, Randy (a conductor/arranger in L.A.) and Laurie (a violinist), were both avid music students. Young Jon didn’t deal with instruction or practice well, but his natural affinity for improvisation and melody more than made up for his impatience. Unwilling to conform to the conventional school system, Brion attended special education class at Hamden High School in New Haven, CT, and the day he turned 17, he left school for good. Moving to Boston in 1987, the young musician formed many bonds that he would keep long into his professional career, including producer Mike Denneen (owner of Q Division, Boston’s premier studio and record label) and ‘Til Tuesday vocalist Aimee Mann. Also while there, Brion tuned his improvisational musical abilities: “I used to watch TV with an unplugged electric guitar, on the couch, and commercials would come on and I’d try to play along. It was one of the prime things I concerned myself with for several years, getting to the point where if I heard it, I could play it. Then I started working on getting my brain to do multiple things at once. And having my hands translate them.” This proficiency led to increasingly frequent studio work on the West Coast, eventually resulting in his move to L.A. While in California, he and Jellyfish guitarist Jason Falkner formed the Grays, an underground superstar group which released the 1994 album Ro Sham Bo, before quickly fading as the other members (Falkner, Dan McCarroll, and Buddy Judge) went on to individual musical success.


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  • OctopusGuy

    Meaningless is such a gem.

    12 Mar 12:47pm Reply
  • BrutalWarCry

    The Magnolia score is incredibly moving and effective. A fitting score for my favorite movie :)

    28 Sep 2014 Reply
  • BeenInsane

    Much as I love Jonny Greenwood, I wish Brion was still scoring PTA's pictures.

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • PinkM0nster

    We need another solo album Jon!

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • phhhin

    The score for The Blue Umbrella is just precious!

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
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  • KommisarK

    Everything this man touches...

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • enitaalva

    Happy birthday!

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Punk-Fiction

    The ParaNorman score is pretty nice. As usual.

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • orpheusandsons

    he needs mee~~ he needs me~~

    4 Jun 2012 Reply
  • DuelingViolins

    I've unknowingly been a fan of Jon Brion's work for many, many years. Recently, I re-watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (one of many great films' which score Brian has composed). I'd always wondered who was responsible for creating this wonderful music—music that, over the course of several years, I'd become so emotionally invested in. I decided to Google Jon Brion. Incidentally, it turns out that he is responsible for not only some of my favorite film scores (Eternal Sunshine, I Heart Huckabees, etc.), he's besides collaborated with / produced records for several artists that I've long-since loved and listened to (i.e., Spoon, Elliott Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Eels, Fiona Apple). It's not as if I've discovered a new artist that I'm fond of, because as I've stated, I've been quite fond of his music for several years—I just didn't know it. It feels more like I've found a new friend with whom I have an unthinkable amount of absurdly unique things in common.

    15 May 2012 Reply
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    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • talbernaz

    Good Shit Jon Brion. I love I believe she's lying.

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • RenlyTyrell


    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Arcanin-ex

    He really needs to release the Future OST!

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Nellybfreshz

    Keeps me alive tbh

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
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    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • KommisarK

    y no u listen to Meaningless. It's incredible.

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
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