On January 27 I’m happy to be participating in a roundtable discussion on Music & Film at Sundance with Scott Z. Burns, the director of THE REPORT. There’s a good grip of bad-ass composers who I feel fortunate to have the chance to share the stage with, including my pals Heather McIntosh and Will Bates, thanks so much to Doreen Ringer Ross at BMI for inviting us to do it and I’m really looking forward!
THE REPORT Premiering at SUNDANCE
Very happy to “report” (ZING!) that Scott Z. Burns’ THE REPORT, which I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to spend the last couple of months scoring, will be premiering at Sundance this year. Produced by Scott’s longtime collaborator Steven Soderbergh and starring Adam Driver, Annette Benning, and Jon Hamm, it centers on the almost decade-long investigation into the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program after 9/11. I couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of a film as important and timely as this one and can’t wait for Sundance!
STATE LIKE SLEEP out now
Happy new year everyone, happy to announce that the film STATE LIKE SLEEP that I scored with the illustrious Jeff McIlwain (L’usine) is out now in theaters in NYC and LA (with more to come in the coming weeks) and iTunes. It’s been a long road on this one and am happy that it’s finally out there, link below…
Kidding premieres on Showtime September 9
I am happy to report that I have been holed up all summer working on the score for this incredible new Showtime show from Dave Holstein! It’s the first thing Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry have made together since Eternal Sunshine! I am still getting my head around the fact that sweet old Fortuna has granted me the the ridiculous opportunity to work with Michel Gondry. Get outta here. How the hell. Anyway, we’re still right in the middle of it all but it’s premiering next Sunday September 9…I’m having such a great time working on it and can’t wait for the world to see and hear it. Trailer is below:
STATE LIKE SLEEP @ Tribeca/WRESTLE @ SFFF
I’m happy to announce the premieres of two films I recently scored with a couple of old friends this April at two of my favorite film festivals.
The first is a documentary called WRESTLE that I just completed work on with one of my oldest friends, Graham LeBron. Graham has played in a ton of great bands over the years including Rogue Wave, Album Leaf, Port O’Brien, and currently Fruit Bats, and makes his own music under the moniker Golden Gram. He is also incidentally the person who taught me how to play my first song on guitar (Social Distortion’s cover of RING OF FIRE if you must know) when I was a mere 14 years old! So to say a collaboration between the two of us is a long-time coming…that means, like, since the EIGHTIES long-time coming, and almost 30 years later I’d say we found a great vehicle to finally give it a go. It’s Lauren Belfer’s first feature documentary and is a sensitively-told and moving story revolving around the season of four high-school wrestlers and their coach in Hunstville, AL. It’s very timely and I really hope a lot of people get to see it, I’m proud to have been involved with it. It’s premiering at San Francisco Film Festival on April 6 and tickets are available for purchase at the link below:
And the second is STATE LIKE SLEEP, premiering at Tribeca on April 21. It’s Meredith Danluck’s first feature film and I worked on it with my longtime collaborator, Jeff McIlwain (who’s the man behind some of the best electronic music you’re ever gonna hear as Lusine)…this is our fourth score we’ve collaborated on, our previous 3 being for David Gordon Green. It’s a super atmospheric, Euro-noir type film with great performances from Michael Shannon and Katherine Waterson and I’m really proud of the music we made for it and am super excited for the world to see and hear it. Meredith was so great to work with and was always open to anything and everything we did and I can’t wait to see what she does next.
BARRY Premieres on HBO on 3/25
Very happy to announce the premiere date of the new Bill Hader tv show I was fortunate enough to provide music for on 3/25 at 10:30 on HBO. This was my first TV series I got the chance to work on and it’s a doozy, I definitely feel lucky to to have gotten to work on such an amazing project with such a great team and a great cast. The trailer is below, looking forward to everybody seeing this one…
I’m a little delinquent in posting this but I had the extremely good fortune and pleasure of getting to make music for the new Amazon pilot, SEA OAK. It’s written and produced by my favorite author in the world George Saunders and was a true dream job for me. Not only that but it was also directed by the incredible Hiro Murai (ATLANTA) and stars Glenn Close, I couldn’t feel more lucky to have had the opportunity to work on it and am really excited that people are finally getting to see it. Link to watch is below, check it out and help us get a full series out of it!
BRIGSBY BEAR SOUNDTRACK OUT TODAY/IN THEATRES IN NYC & LA
I’m very happy to announce the release of the movie Brigsby Bear that I scored today in theaters in NYC and LA (it’ll be opening more widely in the coming weeks). I’m super proud and humble to have gotten to work on a movie I love as much as this one and can’t wait for people to see it.
And Lakeshore has released the soundtrack today as well, it’s available to buy or listen to on all the sites that do such things…
Budweiser Super Bowl Ad
I was very happy to contribute the track Proposal from my Loving score for this great Budweiser Super Bowl ad. It’s ended up having more views online than any other Super Bowl spot, really happy to have been a part of it.
The Playlist’s Top 30 Soundtracks of 2016
Much thanks to The Playlist for putting BOTH Midnight Special and Loving at the #17 spot on here. A ton of extremely good company to be keeping here, to say the least.
LOVING soundtrack out today
The Loving soundtrack is out today folks. Thanks so much to Charlie Kramsky, Satoshi Mark Noguchi, Jay Weigel, Alexis Buffum, Paul Wesley Reikert, and everyone else who contributed their immense talents to make it happen. The movie also opened in a ton of other cities today. If you’re needing a dose of kindness and decency to counteract the hole you’re feeling in your gut then I highly recommend seeing it this weekend. And see Moonlight while you’re at it.
Morricone Island on WFMU tonight
I’m very psyched to be on Morricone Island again tonight on my favorite radio station in the universe, WFMU. He’ll be talking to me and playing some of my film music from 7:00-8:00, check it!
Because my self-promotion game is strong, here is an interview I did with GQ about Midnight Special from over four months ago. Better late than never? I think? There’s probably a statute of limitations on that concept to where at a certain point it’s late enough that never would have been the preferred option. Hopefully I haven’t crossed that threshold here. Also, I am referred to as a wizard in the URL. Enjoy!
The LOVING trailer is here, check it!
VARIETY OSCAR CONTENDERS
Wow, a real honor to be listed in this article for Best Score for Midnight Special. Thank you Kristopher Tarpley and Jenelle Riley!
David Wingo’s collaborations with director Jeff Nichols have gone sorely underpraised over the years. What he worked up for “Midnight Special” was another subtle mixture, but one that nailed the requisite atmosphere. It was also a nice ode to the lo-fi genre films that served as an inspiration for the film, the kind of soundtrack you might expect to hear pulsing at a drive-in theater.
LOVING at Cannes
I’m happy to report that Jeff Nichols’ new film LOVING that we just finished mixing the score for is playing in competition at the Cannes International Film Festival on May 16! This is Jeff’s third movie that I’ve worked on to play there, along with TAKE SHELTER and MUD and we all couldn’t be more excited for it to premiere there.
I was really excited to be able to record the score here in Austin at 12th Street Sound this time around with a 14-piece string ensemble comprised of local musicians. Thanks to Alexis Buffum for organizing the group, to Jay Weigel for once again conducting and orchestrating, to Charlie Kramsky for engineering, to Paul Riekert at 12th Street Sound and to all of the players, I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out. Some pics below from the scoring session…
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL out today in LA/NYC/Austin
I have been so excited for so long for everyone to see this movie and the day has finally come! It’s been really exciting to read all the great reviews coming in and can’t wait to hear what everyone I know thinks about it. It’ll be in more cities soon, promise!
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL OST out today!
More good soundtrack news to share, my score for Midnight Special is out today on WaterTower Music, really excited for everyone to hear it and to see the movie when it comes next week!
Amazon – http://smarturl.it/midnightspec_a
iTunes – http://smarturl.it/midnightspec_i
Mondo release of MUD OST on vinyl
I am very psyched to let everyone know that the amazing people at Mondo have put the MUD soundtrack out on vinyl with amazing artwork by Tomer Hanuka! It just went up for sale today, check it out…
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS OST out today!
Manglehorn OST available for pre-order on LP and CD
My soundtrack for David Gordon Green’s fantastic MANGLEHORN that I had the good fortune to once again collaborate on with Explosions In The Sky is coming out on vinyl and CD later this year, you can pre-order it here:
Our Brand Is Crisis soundtrack out 10/23
I am very happy to report that WaterTower Music is releasing the soundtrack for OUR BRAND IS CRISIS on 10/23, a week before the film’s release date of 10/30. You can pre-order it from Amazon now. I’m very happy to be working with them for the first time and for everyone to hear the music so many people worked so hard with me on. We recorded the score at the beautiful Esplanade Studios in late-June with Jay Weigel orchestrating and conducting and Misha Kachkachishvili engineering. We were lucky to have our music editor Jay Richardson down there with us and our score mixer Satoshi Mark Noguchi was actually in town mixing concurrently since we were backing right up to the final dub of the film. It was an intense few days as we were all working around the clock and I have eternal gratitude to everyone involved, I’m so happy with the final results and I hope they all are too. Casey Contreary took some great pics those days and I’ve included a few of them below.
Maggie OST out now
I’m happy to announce that my soundtrack for the movie Maggie is available now courtesy of Varese Sarabande Records. You can find it on iTunes here:
And Amazon here:
MANGLEHORN in theaters and iTunes/OST with Explosions In The Sky out today
Back from the internet void again to let everyone know that David Gordon Green’s newest film Manglehorn that I co-scored with Explosions In The Sky again came out in NYC and LA on Friday and is on iTunes as well. It’s coming out in several more cities this weekend and next so keep an eye out, this one’s definitely one of my two or three favorites of David’s movies and I can’t wait for the world to see it. And the soundtrack came out today digitally and will be out later in the summer on vinyl, check it out below:
THE GREAT INVISIBLE OST on iTunes now
Happy to announce the release of my score for The Great Invisible on Lakeshore Records, available on iTunes. And go see the movie in one of the several cities it’s now playing if you haven’t already!
REMOTE AREA MEDICAL at IFC Center today
NYC friends, I hope some of you get the chance to see the doc REMOTE AREA MEDICAL that I scored while its playing the IFC Center this week (11/28-12/4). I was working on this what feels like a lifetime ago (or two years to be exact) and am really happy to see it finally making its way out into the world. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more eye-opening and human doc this year…I included a couple of thoughtful reviews below.
THE GREAT INVISIBLE out now/Cinema Eye Nomination
I am completely honored to have had my score for Margaret Brown’s THE GREAT INVISIBLE nominated by Cinema Eye for Outstanding Achievement In Original Music Score for 2014! Especially considering the esteemed company I am in, including two long-time musical idols of mine in Warren Ellis and Nick Cave for their beautiful score for my favorite film of the year so far, 20,000 Days On This Earth. Quite the honor, thanks so much to the voters. You can look at these as well as the rest of their nominations here:
And speaking of The Great Invisible, I am delinquent in putting out the word here that it is now out in theaters in select cities and will be hitting more over the next several weeks. So happy that people are finally able to see what I think is one of the more important and crucial documentaries of the last several years. You can see below if you live in a city or it is or will be playing.
TAKE SHELTER – Vinyl Release
Back from the internet void again to tell everybody the exciting news that Milan Records has reissued the Take Shelter soundtrack in a limited edition of 500 on vinyl! Acclaimed illustrator Jay Shaw did the lovely artwork and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Here’s a link to Milan’s online shop to order:
Alex Of Venice at Tribeca Film Festival
Friends in NYC, Chris Messina’s debut feature Alex Of Venice that I composed the music for is premiering tonight at Tribeca Film Festival. It’s got a couple of other screenings too, I’m not able to be there unfortunately but hopefully some of y’all get a chance to check it out!
JOE is hitting the theaters in over 20 cities today, if you’re in one of them hopefully you can go check it out this weekend!
The Great Invisible – SXSW Grand Jury Prize
I’m very happy to report that The Great Invisible won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Features at SXSW! Everyone involved on this film put so much time, effort, and heart into it and it’s very gratifying to see that it resonated so much with people, I’m very proud to have been a part of such an important and eye-opening film. Here’s a link to a great Variety review that also has a nice mention of the music:
SXSW screenings/Meet The Insiders session
Long time no tending to social media/website. Been working away, lots of movies coming out this year that I had the good fortune to be a part of, two of which will be playing SXSW Film Festival this year. Both are premiering this coming Sunday, Margaret Brown’s documentary THE GREAT INVISIBLE will have its World Premiere at The State Theater at 4:15 and David Gordon Green’s JOE (which I collaborated on with Jeff McIlwain) will have its US Premiere at The Paramount at 2:45 that day. I couldn’t be any more proud to be a part of these two films and can’t wait for people to see them. Here is their respective pages with more info and other screening times:
I am also excited to be doing a Meet The Insiders session alongside fellow Austin composer Graham Reynolds that will be hosted by Austin filmmaker Kat Candler (whose film HELLION will be playing SXSW, can’t wait to finally see it). Come say hi and listen to me try and sound like I know what I’m talking about!
Thanks to Stephen Deusner and Paste for including us in their latest issue, with both a thoughtful article on Ola Podrida as well as me writing about some film music I like. Enjoy!
Prince Avalanche mural in Brooklyn
This mural for the Prince Avalanche soundtrack went up the other day on the wall outside The Turkey’s Nest in Greenpoint, pretty awesome! Check out the time-lapse video that captures the painting of it below…thanks to Jeremy at Temporary Residence and of course Esteban Rey for his lovely art.
PRINCE AVALANCHE OUT TODAY!
Prince Avalanche opens today friends! If you are in one of the 16 cities it’s opening in please go see it this weekend, I could honestly not recommend it highly enough. Here’s the theaters:
New York: IFC Center 5, Lincoln Plaza
Los Angeles: Nuart Theatre
San Francisco: Opera Plaza Cinemas 4
Washington, DC: West End
Minneapolis, MN: Lagoon Cinema
New Orleans, LA: Prytania Theatre
Berkeley, CA: Shattuck Cinemas 10
San Diego, CA: Hillcrest Cinemas
Santa Ana, CA: South Coast Village 3
Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
Portland, OR: Living Room 6
Royal Oak, MI: Main Art Theatre
Tempe, AZ: Valley Art 1 Theatre
PRINCE AVALANCHE SOUNDTRACK OUT TODAY
I’m happy to let everybody know that the Prince Avalanche OST that I did with Explosions In The Sky came out today on Temporary Residence. Really excited for everybody to hear it and to see the movie, you can order it here.
Pitchfork premieres track from Prince Avalanche OST
Pitchfork has premiered a new track from mine and EITS’ score for Prince Avalanche…it’s called Join Me On My Avalanche, check it out here.
Prince Avalanche Soundtrack
I’m excited to let everybody know that you can now pre-order the Prince Avalanche Soundtrack that I collaborated on with Explosions In The Sky. Temporary Residence is putting it out, here’s a link to order.
And here’s a short video for one of the tracks that Steve Pedulla and Jeremy Devine put together:
Ola Podrida West Coast Tour
Very psyched to tell everybody that Ola Podrida just kicked off its first west coast tour ever in support of Ghosts Go Blind along with our pals The Radar Brothers. Kicking things off tonight in LA at The Satellite, the rest of the tour dates and ticket links are linked to below, come say hello!
Here’s the archived episode of Morricone Youth on East Village Radio that I was on last weekend. Thanks so much to Devon for having me on the show!
Austin Chronicle feature
Well look at who’s all fancy on the cover of a damn newspaper!
Prince Avalanche Soundtrack w/ Explosions In The Sky
Last summer I got together with my friends in Explosions In The Sky and spent a few weeks making some music for David Green’s new movie Prince Avalanche. I could not be more proud to have been a part of this and am excited to let everybody know that Temporary Residence is releasing the soundtrack on August 9. Excited for everyone to see the movie and to hear our music.
EAST VILLAGE RADIO/OLA PODRIDA TOUR
Ok, it’s time to face that I completely suck at blogging. A lot has happened in the last month (MUD came out, MUD got crazy-good reviews…Ola Podrida’s new album Ghosts Go Blind came out, also got some stupendous reviews, we’ve been on tour for a week, etc etc) and nary a word here. I’m gonna take some blog classes at ACC when I get back, we’ll see what we can do about this blind-spot I’ve got. Anyway, all that aside I am now informing you that I’ll be appearing on East Village Radio’s Morricone Youth show tomorrow at 2:00. They’ll be playing a bunch of music from my scores as well as Ola Podrida and interviewing me, should be a good time.
And yes, Ola Podrida is currently on tour. Check out the dates here, if you’re in NYC, DC, Chapel Hill, Atlanta or New Orleans then you my friend have some Ola Podrida shows going on near you in the next 6 days.
MUD Soundtrack – 4/23 on Lakeshore Records
I have obviously been neglecting this here blog but today it stops! Happy to announce that the MUD Soundtrack will be coming out on Lakeshore Records on 4/23. I’m really proud to have my music included alongside songs by Dirty Three, Lucero and Ben Nichols, and Jeff McIlwain. This will be just 3 days before the release of the movie on the 26th, can’t wait for everyone to see it!
Mud trailer and release date
The trailer for MUD is now up, check it!
Happy to report that Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions will be releasing it on April 26, can’t wait for the world to see it.
Man oh man, what a Sundance that was! Wish so bad I could have stayed longer and seen a lot more films but the little time I had was great and the premieres of both MUD and PRINCE AVALANCHE could not have gone better. So awesome to finally see both of them with audiences for the first time, such great energy in there. MUD already received all its love in the press when it premiered at Cannes back in May but below are some of the amazing reviews rolling in for PRINCE AVALANCHE…so glad to see the world is diggin it like I do!
MUD and PRINCE AVALANCHE at Sundance 2013
Hello all, I am happy to report that both of the last two films I worked on have been selected to play at Sundance this coming January. Mud will be premiering 1/9 @ 8:30 at MARC and Prince Avalanche (which I collaborated on with the fine gentlemen in Explosions In The Sky) will be premiering the next day 1/20 @ 2:30 at The Library. Below are all the screening dates for both, can’t wait!
Thank you WSA and Ghent International Film Festival
Got back from Ghent yesterday, what a great great event. Met a ton of fantastic and talented people and I felt super fortunate and humbled to have been nominated alongside all my fellow nominees. Congrats to the winners and I can’t wait to go back again!
WSA Discovery Award
David has recently had the honor of being nominated for the WSA Discovery of the Year Award for his score to Take Shelter. Past winners and nominees for this award include Gustavo Santaolalla, Michael Giacchino, Jon Brion, and Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. He will be attending the awards ceremony on the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival so if you are attending the festival find him and say hello! From their website’s press release:
The five nominees for the Discovery of the Year Award, via which the World Soundtrack Academy rewards up-and-coming talent from the previous year, have been announced. The award will be granted during the World Soundtrack Awards & Concert on 20 October at the Kuipke Events Centre in Ghent.
Through the Discovery of the Year Award, the WSA aims to reward young, talented composers and encourage them to develop further.
The nominees are:
Brian Byrne – Albert Nobbs
David Wingo – Take Shelter
Fall On Your Sword – Lola Versus, Nobody Walks
Lucas Vidal – The Raven, The Cold Light Of Day, Mientras Duermes
Trevor Morris – Immortals