Posts Tagged ‘T Bone Burnett’

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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Lera Lynn – The Only Thing Worth Fighting For

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It was one year ago this week when HBO released the first trailer to the highly anticipated season two of True Detective. This week’s tune (with lyrics by Rosanne Cash, music by T Bone Burnett and Lera Lynn) racked up millions of views as it gave fans the first glimpse of the second season’s characters and a plot that revolved around a murder, three Southern California-based law-enforcement officers, and a career criminal (played by Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn).

From the series’ inception, music director T Bone Burnett helped elevate the show’s intense drama with an incredible mix of haunting, original roots music and powerful voices. Three gorgeous originals in all (The Only Thing Worth Fighting For, My Least Favorite Life, and It Only Takes One Shot) were written by the trio of Cash, Burnett, and Lynn and all can be heard throughout season two as well as on the official soundtrack album. The stirring set stretches over both seasons, including cuts by Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, John Paul White, The Handsome Family, and Bob Dylan. Get yours HERE.

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Contact & Licensing info:
Master controlled by Harvest Records/Universal Music Group (310)865-0770.
Published by: Chelcait Music (BMI)/Measurable Music LLC (BMI)
contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Published by: L-T Music Publishing/Songs of Universal.

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