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PJ20 Soundtrack Liner Notes

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Cameron and Ed in the Studio...

We have a little Journalism treat for you today. It’s the complete liner notes from the Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack. In addition to Cameron’s introduction, he share his thoughts on each track. Enjoy!

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Mar 1, 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

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

Listen: Jónsi’s “Gathering Stories”

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NPR premiered the brand new song from We Bought A Zoo entitled “Gathering Stories”. The song is a collaboration from both Jónsi and Cameron. Have a listen, we hope you like it.Here’s Cameron discussing how Jónsi and his music inspired the film and how he ultimately became involved. These are part of the liner notes for the soundtrack which will be released on December 13th. (Amazon.com or iTunes)

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.”

Cameron Crowe
October 2011

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Nov 15, 2011

We Bought A Zoo Soundtrack

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We’ve got the details for the We Bought A Zoo soundtrack courtesy of jónsi’s official site.

The soundtrack that comprises of over 30 minutes of brand new music from jónsi – the soundtrack comprises of two new songs from jónsi: “ævin endar” (life ends) & “snærisendar” (end of a rope) as well as nine shorter “theme” pieces, plus reimagining’s of songs from jónsi’s debut solo album “go”. the soundtrack also includes “hopipolla” by sigur rós.

Here is some words about the soundtrack recording process:

“[jónsi] arrived from iceland with a toy sampler keyboard and a headful of ideas,” says cameron. “within a week, [he] 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. the instinct that made the movie come full circle.”

cameron’s relationship with jónsi and sigur rós goes back almost as far as the band’s position in the international spotlight, to 2001 and the director’s much-noticed inclusion of three of the band’s songs in the hugely successful tom cruise film ‘vanilla sky’. cameron has long heralded the band and their filmwork, to the extent that the secret project name for we bought a zoo was, in fact, ‘heima’ in honor of the band’s 2007 tour film.

“early on it was obvious that [sigur rós’] music would have a profound effect on the making of we bought a zoo,” says cameron. “in preparation for making the movie, we gave all the actors and crew members a copy of sigur rós’ transcendent documentary, ‘heima’.”
even ahead of getting jónsi on board as composer, we bought a zoo was broadly ‘temped’ with jónsi’ solo material. it’s an open secret that cameron would encourage matt damon, scarlett johansson and the other actors on the movie to listen to specific songs by the band to create the right energy for a scene.

“the actors listened to the music during their takes; it quickly became part of the film’s dna,” says the director.

perhaps even more potent is the fact that the closing scene of we bought a zoo is a cinematic homage to a specific moment in ‘heima’ when gleeful crowds stream in a sigur rós show in the far north of iceland or, in this case, the newly opened zoo.

among the original score and new songs is ‘gathering stories’, a song co-written by jónsi and cameron, in something of a collaborative first for the notoriously private icelander. orchestral arrangements on the score have been handled by previous jónsi working partner, and ‘reader’ soundtrack composer, nico muhly, who brings his quixotic genius to the string and brass sections.

here is the tracklisting for the soundtrack:

  • why not?
  • ævin endar – jónsi *new track
  • boy lilikoi – jónsi
  • sun
  • brambles
  • sinking friendships – jónsi
  • we bought a zoo
  • hoppipolla – sigur rós
  • snærisendar
  • sink ships
  • go do – jónsi
  • whole made of pieces
  • humming
  • first day
  • gathering stories – jónsi *new track

The soundtrack will be out on December 13th. The movie hits theaters on December 23rd.

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Nov 3, 2011

Pearl Jam Twenty – A Primer

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Are you ready for Pearl Jam Twenty? The documentary hits movie screens all over the world beginning September 20th. In some places, it’s a one night affair, while longer runs will be happening in select theaters. Look for a screening near you over at PJ20.com. The soundtrack curated by Cameron will also be released on September 20th. More details on the soundtrack are available here. Here’s one more peek at the trailer:

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Sep 16, 2011

PJ20: Soundtrack Tracklisting!

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You’ve been waiting patiently and the tracklisting for the Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack was unveiled throughout yesterday via a Twitter scavenger hunt on PJ20.com. These clues were scattered all over the world and the first person to correctly identify a song was awarded with a limited edition PJ20 poster. Here’s a pic of the clue for “Black” which was displayed at Times Square. Kind of a Vanilla Sky moment, huh?

The soundtrack features 29 songs spread over two CD’s when it’s released on September 20, 2011.  A vinyl version is also forthcoming. Disc one is dedicated to songs featured in the film, while disc 2 focuses on demos and rarities. The soundtrack was curated by Cameron and will feature his liner notes and track by track thoughts. Here’s the details:

Disc 1 – From the Film PJ20

  • Release – Verona, Italy (9/16/06)
  • Alive – Seattle, WA (12/22/90)
  • Garden – Zurich, Switzerland (2/19/92)
  • Why Go – Hamburg, Germany (3/10/92)
  • Black – MTV Unplugged, NYC (3/16/92)
  • Blood – Auckland, New Zealand (3/25/95)
  • Last Exit – Taipei, Taiwan (2/24/95)
  • Not For You – Manila, Philippines (2/26/95)
  • Do The Evolution – Monkeywrench Radio, Seattle, WA (1/31/98)
  • Thumbing My Way – Chop Suey, Seattle, WA (9/6/02)
  • Crown of Thorns – Las Vegas, NV (10/22/00)
  • Let Me Sleep – Verona, Italy (9/16/06)
  • Walk With Me (with Neil Young) – Bridge School Benefit (10/23/10)
  • Just Breathe – SNL, New York (3/13/10)

Disc 2 – Rarities and Inspiration . . . 

  • Say Hello 2 Heaven – Temple of the Dog Demo, 1990
  • Times of Trouble – Demo, 1990
  • Acoustic #1 – Demo 1991
  • It Ain’t Like That – Demo 1990
  • Need to Know – Demo, 2007
  • Be Like Wind – McCready Score 2010
  • Given To Fly – McCready Instrumental 2010
  • Nothing As It Seems – Demo 1999
  • Nothing As It Seems – Seattle, WA (10/22/01)
  • Indifference – Bologna, Italy (9/14/06)
  • Of The Girl – Instrumental 2000
  • Faithfull – Pistoia, Italy (9/20/06) (Soundcheck)
  • Bu$hleaguer – Nassau, NY (4/30/03)
  • Betterman – New York City (5/21/10)
  • Rearview Mirror – Universal City, CA (10/1/09)

 

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Aug 18, 2011


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