NO ACTIVITY, Season 2 premiers Thanksgiving day

That’s a wrap on season 2 of NO ACTIVITY! CBS All Access begins rolling these out on Thanksgiving day and It’s hard to imagine but this season might be even funnier than the first.

This has never been a very song heavy show but I really appreciate how co-creator and director Trent O’Donnell likes to make what we do use count. There are a handful of really great song moments in this season and they all really stand out. I got to find a great end title placement for the T. Rex classic “Cosmic Dancer”, and the Rostam and Leithauser jam “In A Blackout” underscores a cock fight just to name a couple of highlights.

Don’t sleep on season 2 folks! Dig the new teaser below:

Sneak peek clip: MAPPLETHORPE

Well, they still haven’t dropped an official trailer yet but here’s a special clip that was just released for the up coming Robert Mapplethorp biopic that I music supervised. Directed by Ondi Timoner, It stars the incomparable Matt Smith (The Crown, Dr, Who) in the titular roll and it will be coming out theatrically in December in time for awards season from Samuel Goldwyn Films after it’s premier at Tribeca and a subsequent run of film festival awards.

In this scene, the infamous Sandy Daley gives Robert his first camera. The song is “I Tell No Lies” by 1960s garage soul rockers The Escapades

AIMP Nashville event, this Tuesday

The nice folks at the Nashville chapter of the AIMP invited me down to participate in this panel discussion/showcase event for some of the clients of their publishing members next week.  So, if you're in the area and feel like hearing me toot my own horn for a while the details are below.

Also!  If you click on the flyer it'll take you to the AIMP event page with more info  

"Return To Mount Kennedy" premiers in Telluride

I had the unexpected pleasure recently of being recruited to sort out the music department on a truly remarkable documentary film by filmmaker Eric Becker called "Return to Mount Kennedy."  

This film weaves a tale that spans decades and ties together elements that most would never expect to see linked in any way.  For example: John F Kennedy, the founder of  REI (Jim Whittaker), Robert F. Kennedy, the genisis of Seattle's "grunge" scene, R.E.M's long time tour manager Bob Whitaker, Illinois senator Chris Kennedy, the ascent of an uncharted peak in Canada during the 1960s, environmentalism and social justice.

Interested yet!? 

Believe it or not, all of these things ARE actually connected in a pretty fascinating way.  You can see the trailer below for for more on how but what really drew me to the project was the ambitious soundtrack.

It's pretty rare for documentary films to have much muscle in the soundtrack department because lets face it, music is expensive and docs are usually pretty cheap but this project was a real convergence of music, culture and activism in a way that produced fantastic creative results on screen.

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We had Eddie Vedder doing much of the original music in the film as well as classic songs from R.E.M., Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mudhoney, Lord Huron, Soulsavers & Mark Lanegan, Mogwai and even the 60s crooner Dion.  Sub Pop Records will be releasing the soundtrack commercially and the film premiered Friday at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival 

Take a look at the trailer below featuring the gorgeous song "Winter Is Passing" by Australian artist Luluc.

"Affairs of State", official trailer release.

The official trailer for "Affairs of State" finally dropped the other day but I'm just now finally getting around to posting it.  This is a really fun little action movie directed by my pal Eric Bross. Given the fact that they were wrapping production on it just before the 2016 presidential election it's surprisingly timely as a political thriller as well.  I suppose anything involving politics, back stabbing (literal and figurative), salacious affairs and power hungry playboys will always be perennially timely but something about this one seems a little more urgent in the Trump era now.  

There's a really nice score by Justin Bell and Johnathan Levi Shanes and a handful of nice song moments including "Feel The Steel" by the LA hip hop legend Mellow Man Ace (of Cypress Hill fame) and a great end title placement of the song "Hypericum" by the Sub Pop/Hardly Art band Gem Club. 

This is a Lionsgate/Grindstone release and it'll be in select cities theatrically as of June 15th!

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IT'S TRAILER DAY!! (Under The Silver Lake)

It's hard to communicate just how happy I am that this trailer has finally been released.  I've been working on Under The Silver Lake now for well over two years and it is without a doubt the most musically ambitious film I've ever been a part of.  This is a visually gorgeous movie starring Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough and directed by David Robert Mitchell who is most known for his 2015 breakout horror hit "It Follows." It has style for days and shades of Lynch, Hitchcock, The Cohen Brothers and even a little Polanski. It's pretty difficult to concisely sum up what the film is about so I won't try and you can just watch the trailer below but it's basically an LA noir suspense, mystery thriller with enough of a wink to make you chuckle here and there. 

What I WILL say is that music plays a huge roll in the story line of this film. As you'll glean from the trailer it becomes apparent that the age old paranoia of hidden messages in pop music features in a big way around the unfolding mystery.  For this reason, planning for specific music was a big part of the pre-production process on this film before even shooting a frame and then pretty much every step of the way through post.  I licensed nearly 60 music cues in this movie and about 17 songs were performed on camera in some way. 

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Rich Vreeland (Disasterpiece) provided an enormous sounding "golden era" Hollywood score with a giant orchestra recorded at The Bridge Studios in Glendale. It's like a Bernard Herman Hitchcock score with occasional infusions of early 90s video game soundtrack overtones.  I know that's difficult to imagine but you'll get it once you see this movie. 

The film premiers at Cannes and comes out in wide(er) release December 7th and I think it's bound to be an instant cult hit.

Le Cabaret Vert Music Festival (France) licenses classic John Terence Turner image

This post doesn't have anything to do with music supervision but it IS music related and it's something I'm excited about.

In addition to music supervision I also oversee the management of my late father John Terence Turner's photography estate. My dad was a pretty globally recognized photographer in his time shooting major advertising campaigns and creating iconic images for brands like Nike, North Face, Patagonia, K2 Skis, Raleigh, Cummins Engines and Boing just to name a few, as well as for publications like Sports Illustrated and National Geographic.  In the 70s he took some of the most classic ski photos of the era at a time when skiing was a much bigger deal and places like Sun Vally and Aspen were like "winter Hollywood." My dad was also an amazing skier himself and got me into the sport as soon as I was able to walk.  I became a ski racer and the sport of skiing had one of the biggest impacts on my life of anything I can think of apart from music.  

I was delighted to recently receive a request to license one of my dad's classic ski images of the 1970s to a very cool music festival in Charleville-Mézières France called "Le Cabaret Vert" -now in it's 13th year and with a great line-up I might add! 

They wanted to use his iconic image of 70s "hotdogger" and freestyle skiing pioneer Wayne Wong which had initially been an ad campaign for K2 Skis and then ultimately became a sort of ubiquitous bedroom poster among teenagers in the 70s. The skiing style that he developed whereby the skier would ride the tails of the skis with the tips way up in the air became known as "skiing the Wong way" and it became a bit of a craze for a while in the 70s.  After that, Wayne even became a spokes-athlete for Pepsi for a while and was ultimately inducted into both the Canadian and US skiing hall of fame and he's still out there as an advocate for the sport today. 

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Anyway, I can't think of a cooler more serendipitous way to merge my childhood growing up skiing with my dad and my current adult life as a music supervisor than having this cool French music festival (with Phoenix headlining no less) using one of my father's more famous photos as the center piece to their marketing campaign. Life is pretty weird like that sometimes.  

The new 2018 Cabaret Vert festival poster is below!

Also, check out this promo video they produced featuring all kinds of wacky-ass 1970s freestyle skiing flair.  Pretty funny stuff! 


Programmation du Cabaret Vert 2018 - Les 19 premiers noms. Rendez-vous du 23 au 26 août 2018. Réalisation : Schlep & David Meugnot Musique : DJ SNAKE

Inside the music licensing process

My friends at 5 Alarm Music which is one of my favorite production and score libraries asked me to help them with this very realistic and serious re-enactment of their process when it comes to finding just the right piece of music for imminently reasonable clients such as myself.  I like picturing this going down every time I call them now.


Ever wondered how we execute top-notch music searches in record time? Watch for an exclusive behind the scenes look. Starring award winning music supervisor Mike Turner.

"No Activity" coming soon to CBS!

Here's a look at the new trailer for the CBS All Access show "No Activity."  This show is crazy funny and it's actually a US remake of a popular Australian show by the same name.  Will Farrell and his team brought it to CBS for an American audience and it has an incredible cast of comedy stalwarts including Will Farrell himself, Tim Meddows, JK Simmons, Jake Johnson, Amy Sedaris, Michaela Watkins and Bob Odenkirk as well as Patrick Bramall who starred in the original Australian version. To top it all off it's directed by Trent O'Donnell who directs The New Girl.  

I was very fortunate to be brought on to music supervise this season by the same producers who also created American Vandal for Netflix. The musical highlight of the series for me is definitely the theme song by El Vy (Matt Berninger of the National) "Happiness Missouri."  Not many TV series these days get to license theme songs by iconic artists because it's typically much less expensive to create an original theme song that the network can then own the rights to, so that ends up being a little more common. 

Show premiers November 12th! 

American Vandal, trailer release

It's trailer day!  The first trailer for the hilarious new Netflix series "American Vandal" just dropped today.  You're not going to want to miss this.  It's basically an eight episode dick joke disguised as a true crime documentary.  It's a co-production between CBS, Funny Or Die and Netflix and I came on during production as a music consultant to advise on a few things.  Obviously the true crime genre has been a big winner for Netflix so I suppose it was only a matter of time before the genre parodies started rolling in.  I think this one will be hard to top though 

From co-creators Tony Yacenda (Pillow Talking) and Dan Perrault (Honest Trailers), and showrunner Dan Lagana (Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous), American Vandal is a half-hour true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalized with phallic images.

Pee-wee's Big Holiday Soundtrack

I really should have posted this when it came out last May but I didn't and I just thought of it so I'm doing it now.  Get the incredible Mark Mothersbaugh soundtrack for Pee-wee's Big Holiday here!  (click the image below to link to iTunes) 

Hollywood Reporter review / Imperfections

The Hollywood Reporter published a review today of cool little indie film that I worked on called "Imperfections" made by my old Chicago pal David Singer.  Lots of backhanded compliments in here but it seemed like they basically liked it.  There's some great old school soul tracks in this film not to mention a really tight original score full of gems (pun intended) by David himself.  The film opens theatrically in select cities on the 28th and then on demand everywhere after that.  Check it out!  (click image below for article) 


Music In Film Mega-panel (update)

All things considered I think it was a success! Nobody fell asleep out of boredom and I couldn’t have been happier to listen to the war stories of my fellow panelists.  Here’s a little shot of all of us together. Thanks to Jojo Villanueva, Amanda Krieg-Thomas and John Houlihan for joining me, Michael Faye for moderating and the Musicians Institute of Hollywood for hosting us! 

Here’s where I’ll be on July 19th:

Hi folks!  Just thought I’d share this incase you’re in the LA area and feel like seeing me and some other MUCH fancier music supervisors talk about music in film.

I’m pretty happy to share a stage with this lot, and I might even say something interesting!  

The 1st Pee-wee trailer is out!:

Finally!  After much anticipation Netflix has just released the very first teaser trailer for Pee-wee’s Big Holiday and it’s as goofy as you would expect.  

I had the great pleasure of music supervising this film for Director John Lee (co-creator of my favorite short lived show Wonder Showzen) and producers Judd Apatow and Josh Church over the last several months.  Although I’m admittedly biased I think it’s hilarious and a great return to form for the Pee-wee character.  

The film co-stars Joe Manganiello who hilariously plays himself as well as some other fun cameos that I won’t spoil for you.  

There is a fantastic score done by the always incredible Mark Mothersbaugh who, as a matter of fact was the original composer on the Pee-wee’s Playhouse series and I managed to squeeze in a handful of fun songs in a few scenes as well.

In one part I even got to make a mashup of “I Love Rock n Roll” and “The Oogum Boogum Song” so that was interesting. 

Top albums of 2015:

The Rollo & Grady website was nice enough to include me in their survey of music supervisors year end top albums of 2015 list.

Nice to be nestled among such a talented group!

NOTE: There’s a type-o in that first album listed there… not sure if that was my fault or theirs but obviously that FJM record should read “I Love You Honeybear”