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A Playlist Shortlist

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Cameron shares some of his favorite songs from his own films for the March issue of Shortlist magazine. Without further adieu…

Film: Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Track: “We Got The Beat” by The Go-Go’s

“It says many things about life, love, hormones and the power of a mighty groove.”

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Film: Say Anything…

Track: “Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns” by Mother Love Bone

“I also used it again in Singles. It’s like a recurring character.”

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Film: Singles

Track: “Drown” by Smashing Pumpkins

“Corgan’s reaction was, ‘Sh*t! That’s the one I wanted to keep for myself.’”

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Film: Jerry Maguire

Track: “The Horses” by Rickie Lee Jones

“This gets me feeling the emotion on Renée’s face.”

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Film: Vanilla Sky

Track: “Freur” by Doot Doot

“This had lived in so many of my mixes, it deserved to reach the big screen.”

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Film: Vanilla Sky

Track: “Nothing Song (aka njósnavélin) by Sigur Rós

“Found on a bootleg.”

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Film: Almost Famous

Track: “Cabin In The Air” by Nancy Wilson

“Never on an album, but I’m always asked for an MP3.”

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Film: Elizabethtown

Track: “Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams

“One of the best songs from the past 30 years.”

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Film: We Bought A Zoo

Track: “Go Do” (Remix) by jónsi

“jónsi is the Brian Wilson of his era, and this is proof.”

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Film: Vanilla Sky

Track: “Rez” by Underworld

“Every mix needs a song that says ‘keep driving’.”

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Mar 25, 2012

We Bought A Zoo – Soundtrack – Liner Notes

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Both with Sigur Rós, and in his solo work, Jónsi has always made music that captured the human adventure. Early on, it was obvious that this music would have a profound effect on the making of “We Bought A Zoo.” In preparation for making the movie, we gave all the actors and crew members a copy of Sigur Rós transcendent documentary, “Heima,” (Icelandic for “home”). We all watched the film and listened to the music, and it quickly seeped into our own journey in filming the real-life story of Benjamin Mee’s book. The actors listened to the music during their takes; it was immediately part of the film’s DNA. Even the signs guiding our crew members to the set revealed our inspiration “Heima.” During filming, I sent Jónsi a photo of one of the signs. He wrote back with characteristic enthusiasm. On our last day of shooting in April, I contacted Jónsi again and asked him if he was interested in scoring the film. I sent him a copy of the script, and a Quicktime of one of the scenes. The story affected him. He’d already begun composing new music for the film when he arrived from Iceland with his toy sampler keyboard and a headful of ideas.

His first theme for the movie fit perfectly. Within a week, Jónsi had composed a series of themes that would reflect everything we’d hoped for. In his music were all the highs and lows and passionate in-betweens of the film itself. Over the course of several visits to Los Angeles, Jónsi sculpted and orchestrated a soundscape with elements I’d never had in a movie before: bells, strings, cymbals, toy pianos, even melodies played through a small Dictaphone. The instinct that began the movie had come full circle. On a warm fall night in October, we finished. The e-mail he sent last night before boarding the plane back to his home in Iceland says it all: “It was such a blast.” And so it was. Here, with thanks from an inspired director, and special gratitude to Alex Somers, who helped shine it through a prism of love and wonder, is Jónsi’s first score for film. This is his music for “We Bought A Zoo.”

October 2011

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Jan 28, 2012

Led Zeppelin: First Rolling Stone Cover

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Backstage at the recent We Bought A Zoo soundtrack event, Cameron tells jónsi the story of trying to get Led Zeppelin to do the cover of Rolling Stone (after the magazine famously trashed their first album).

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Jan 4, 2012

We Bought A Zoo – Complete Soundtrack

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In addition to jónsi’s score, we thought you might like to see the entire soundtrack listing for We Bought A Zoo. If the movie hasn’t arrived in your country yet, you might want to avoid if want to be surprised.

  • “Don’t Come Around Here No More” – Tom Petty
  • “Do It Clean” – Echo & The Bunnymen
  • “Airline To Heaven” – Wilco
  • “Don’t Be Shy” – Cat Stevens
  • “Go Do” – jónsi
  • “Living With The Law” – Chris Whitley
  • “Last Medicine Dance” – Mike McCready
  • “Buckets of Rain” – Bob Dylan
  • “No Soy Del Valle” – Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno
  • “Sinking Friendships” – jónsi
  • “Like I Told You” – Acetone
  • “Ashley Collective” – Mike McCready
  • “For A Few Dollars More” – The Upsetters
  • “Hunger Strike” – Temple Of The Dog
  • “Ævin Endar” – jónsi
  • “Mariachi El Bronx” – Mariachi El Bronx
  • “Haleakala Sunset” – CKsquared
  • “Boy Lilikoi” – jónsi
  • “Cinnamon Girl” (Live) – Neil Young
  • “Holocene” – Bon Iver
  • “Throwing Arrows” – Mike McCready
  • “Work To Do” – The Isley Brothers
  • “All Your Love (I Miss Loving)” – Otis Rush
  • “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” – Randy Newman
  • “Hoppípolla” – Sigur Rós
  • “Gathering Stories” – jónsi
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Dec 29, 2011

“Gathering Stories” Music Video

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Check out the new jónsi music video “Gathering Stories” from the We Bought A Zoo soundtrack. The video was directed by Crush Creative. Enjoy!

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Dec 28, 2011

Cameron & Jónsi Q & A: Livestream!

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In celebration of the We Bought A Zoo soundtrack release today, Cameron and jónsi are doing a live Q & A at Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York. They will be discussing their collaboration and signing copies of the soundtrack. The event starts at 7pm (EST) and we will have a live stream right here!

 

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Dec 13, 2011

Listen to the Entire We Bought A Zoo Score Now!

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Jónsi’s entire score for We Bought A Zoo is now streaming exclusively at Rolling Stone. Don’t forget that the soundtrack will be released on Tuesday, December 13th. You can order yours at Amazon (U.S.), Amazon UK or iTunes.

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Dec 11, 2011

WBAZ Related Upcoming Appearances

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If you want to hear the principals speak about We Bought A Zoo, there will be quite a few opportunities in the coming weeks. The film will have its world premiere in New York on Monday, December 12th. In addition, here’s some of the other notable press:

  •  12/8 – Elle Fanning and Colin Ford – The Rosie Show
  • 12/12 – Maggie Elizabeth Jones – Ellen
  • 12/12 – Scarlett Johansson – Late Show With David Letterman
  • 12/13 – Cameron and Jonsi Q & A/Soundtrack Signing – Barnes & Noble (more on this next week!)
  • 12/14 – Cameron and Matt Damon – The Charlie Rose Show
  • 12/15 – Matt Damon – The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • 12/15 – Elle Fanning – The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

 

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Dec 7, 2011

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