Posts Tagged ‘T Bone Burnett’

Sam Phillips – Reflecting Light

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In April 2004, Sam Phillips released the second of what would become a trio of excellent albums for Nonesuch Records, A Boot And A Shoe. It’s an album that was aptly described by the Los Angeles Times as delivering “deft, powerful strokes” and Billboard proclaimed it: “A disc of graceful beauty”.

You may recognize its’ sixth track, the stunning “Reflecting Light” from a now iconic scene in Netflix’s 2016 relaunch of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life just released on DVD and Blu-ray this week! This gem was also featured in the 2009 film and soundtrack to, Crazy Heart. The film earned Jeff Bridges an Academy Award for Best Actor and is one of our all-time faves. Sam sings and plays guitar, T Bone Burnett plays bass, it’s Patrick Warren on piano and pump organ and the great Section Quartet (Eric Gorfain/violin, Daphne Chen/violin, Richard Dodd/cello, Leah Katz/viola) on strings.

Not that I’ve worn out, I’ve worn out the world
I’m on my knees in fascination
Looking through the night
And the moon’s never seen me before
But I’m reflecting light

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Contact & Licensing info:
Sam Phillips is published by Eden Bridge Music/Some Kind Of Music, LLC (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing – contact: Sean McGraw seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master controlled by Nonesuch Records/Warner Music Group.

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Sam Phillips – Zero Zero Zero!

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Big numbers go by
I close my eyes
I never count a large amount
My lucky number is below one
You never know when you might need a zero

When Sam Phillips and producer T Bone Burnett entered the studio to follow up her hit Grammy nominated Martinis & Bikinis album, they enlisted a bevy of A-list players such as Jon Brion, Jim Keltner, Matt Chamberlain, Don Heffington, Greg Leisz, Jerry Scheff and Marc Ribot, among many others, to craft an original musical soundscape – a retro-futuristic pop collection dubbed “Omnipop.”

Among Omnipop’s often overlooked gems include a co-write with REM (“Slapstick Heart”), and, an enduring favorite, “Zero Zero Zero!” Perhaps “Zero” is channeling the likes of Esquivel and his ilk, we don’t know… what we do know is that this pop nugget puts a big smile on our faces whenever we hear it.

So, on this 20th anniversary week of its’ release, take a peek into what we think Sam Phillips’ space-age bachelor(ette) pad might sound like. You never know when you might need a zero…

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Contact & Licensing info:
Sam Phillips is published by Eden Bridge Music/Some Kind Of Music, LLC (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing – contact: Sean McGraw
seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master controlled by Universal Music Group.

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Sam Phillips – Holding On To The Earth

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“I have a lot of questions; asking questions is part of any artistic endeavor. But the real challenge is to be brave enough to allow the questions to be unanswerable. It’s that process that inspires me to write”.

Sam Phillips is an artist whose process always inspires us to listen and one who defies any attempts of pigeonholing. It was during the summer of 1988 that Sam would score a Top 30 Modern Rock hit with this week’s tune “Holding On To The Earth”. The song appears on her debut Virgin Records album, The Indescribable Wow . Often described as a modern version of 60s psychedelic rock or acid pop, it was the first time Phillips recorded under her childhood nickname, Sam.

T Bone Burnett‘s production straddles both the past and the present, for all the 1960s nods of the Beach Boys-like “I Can’t Stop Crying” or the Beatlesque “Remorse”, The Indescribable Wow never sounds dated or retro, just timeless”. – Jason Ankeny – Allmusic

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Contact & Licensing info:
Sam Phillips is published by Eden Bridge Music/Some Kind Of Music, LLC (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing – contact: Sean McGraw
seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master controlled by Universal Music Group.

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Sam Phillips – Lying

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It was this week back in 2011 when Sam Phillips gifted us with a collection of songs from her stunning year-long subscription series The Long Play. Capping off a particularly fertile period of creativity to her fans, Solid State highlighted 13 of 42 songs she released over the course of five EPs and a full-length album.

This week’s tune is one of our faves of the collection, a stripped down version of “Lying” Sam originally recorded for her 1991 album, Cruel Inventions (and featured Elvis Costello on guitar!).

On Solid State “Phillips makes every word count…doling out images with precision. She sings about compromises, frailty, coping mechanisms, and tiny flaws that define a life. Phillips sounds like she’s rejuvenated – and never better.” – Greg Kot – Chicago Tribune.

Solid State: Songs from the Long Play – a “best of” from the Long Play sessions is currently available at samphillips.com

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Contact & Licensing info:
Sam Phillips is published by Eden Bridge Music/Some Kind Of Music, LLC (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing – contact: Sean McGraw seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master controlled by Sam Phillips.

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