"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, Jim Whitaker (the founder of outdoor retail behemoth REI), 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 accent of an uncharted peak in Canada, environmentalism and social justice.

Interested yet!? 

Believe it or not, all of these things actually do relate to each other in a pretty fascinating way and you can see the trailer below for for more on that 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, Dion and Mogwai.  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 apart of.  This is a visually gorgeous movie starring Andrew Garfield 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 abut 17 songs were performed on camera in one way or another. 

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Rich Vreeland (Disasterpiece) provided an enormous sounding "golden era" Hollywood score with a 40 piece 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 June 22nd 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. www.cabaretvert.com 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”

Trailer release! “Brand: A Second Comming”:

On Thursday Yahoo.com premiered the first trailer for the film I spent the better part of last year music supervising. “Brand: A Second Coming” is an intense and hilarious documentary about firebrand comedian and activist Russell Brand, directed by 2 time Sundance winning director Ondi Timoner.  

This film has been in the making for over 8 years, initially conceived of and set in motion by Russell himself along with Oliver Stone, it ended up changing hands a few times before landing with Ondi to complete.  

Russell is plenty entertaining on his own but there are also some incredible appearances by the likes of Mike Tyson, David Lynch, Noel Gallagher, Stephen Merchant, Katy Perry, Oliver Stone and more.

This is my second time music supervising for Ondi and the projects are always as inspiring as they are grueling. I’m really excited for this film to be in wide release in October. Apparently after that it will have it’s TV premier on Showtime.

Also, the soundtrack is great… duh! I’ve got songs in here by Radiohead, Depeche Mode, John Lennon, T. Rex, New Order and a number of great indies.  

The original score for this film was a unique challenge as it was woven together by contributions from 8 different artists/composers rather than just one. Most of the score was composed by Brian Zack Lewis (a regular go-to for me) as well as a fantastic ambient rock group out of Eugene Oregon called This Patch Of Sky who I rather serendipitously stumbled upon early in the process. If you dig artists like Explosions In The Sky you’ll love these guys.

Mike Turner at CMW 2015:

I’m going back to Toronto!  I love that town so I’m excited to participate in Canadian Music Week again this year.  They had me up to speak a couple years ago and it was a blast so I’m sure this year will be equally enjoyable.  

I’m looking forward to catching up with my Canadian music friends and meeting some new ones.  If you’re in town for the even’t try and catch my panel on the 9th.  I’ll also be doing some more intimate artist consultations later in the day.

Best Soundtrack award winner ISA6 2015!:

I’m pretty unbelievably excited to report that I won an Indie Series Award for “best soundtrack” last week!  It was quite unexpected but very flattering. The award came via a very cool digital series called “Wallflowers” that I’ve been involved with for a couple years. The show was nominated for 7 awards that night which was partly why I didn’t think mine would be the one to take it.  But lo and behold we won for best soundtrack and I got a shiny crystal award and I’m pretty happy about it.

I put a little video clip below of our acceptance from the live stream of the event.  I was a little too shocked and unprepared to say anything very cohearant so I’m glad Kieran (the creator) did all the talking.   

“Brand: A Second Coming”premiers at SXSW 2015

The premiere was a blast and so far the press has been pretty great. Unfortunately Russell was a no-show writing a diplomatically worded “open letter” as to why he was not only ditching the premier but also his duties as the keynote speaker of SXSW interactive. This was a source of more than a little controversy but it certainly didn’t hurt the publicity of the film coming out of the weekend.  Here’s a solid review from The Hollywood Reporter: 

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And here’s a red carpet shot of me and my lovely date for the evening, Neph Basedow, star music writer for the Austin Chronicle: 

Mike Turner guest DJ set on Hunnypot Radio

Last week I was invited to come on to the “Hunnypot Radio” show as the guest DJ. It was pretty fun!

If you are unfamiliar, Hunnypot Radio is a live and archived webcast/podcast/videocast show which has been broadcasting about twice per month for the last 10 years or so here in LA. It’s hosted by music industry veterans John Anderson and Jeff “Pesci” Grey and features guest DJ sets and live bands at The Mint night club. It’s a fun (and free) event so folks kinda drift in and out during the live stream.

It’s kind of an all night thing so I just snipped out my section of it to post here rather than the full evening’s worth of audio. I played about a half hour of music that I’ve been digging lately and just kinda shot the shit and had some drinks.

Here’s what I played:

“Waiting For The Heart To Beat” / Lights On
“Rush Hour Soul” / Supergrass
“Nature” / Walla
“Visions Of You” / ROOM8
“Come Alive” / FMLYBND
“Make Our Move” / Le Concorde
“Dreamers” / Scavenger Hunt
“ON/OFF/ON” / PLS PLS