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Meet the man behind the 'awesome' sounds of 'The Lego Movie': DEVO's Mark Mothersbaugh

“I kind of wrote two scores,” Mark Mothersbaugh admits to EW, who spoke to him about providing the music for this week’s surprise box office champion The Lego Movie. But it wasn’t indecisiveness; the former frontman of ’80s new wave icons DEVO and now prolific film and television composer knew he had to push the musical boundaries as aggressively as the animators were pushing the visuals.

“We were looking for sounds that created a universe for the LEGOs that was unique,” he said. “I started assembling a sonic palette off of old analog synths that I used with DEVO and newer circuit bent things that I got in the past three or four years and then just kind of borrowing from electronic music through the years.”

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Guess who auditioned for 'Inside Llewyn Davis'? Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst

And it wasn’t for the role of the cat.

In a new Interview Magazine Q&A, Conor Oberst and Oscar Isaac hop on the phone to discuss various facets of the well-received Coen brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis — including the fact that Oberst himself auditioned to be the star.

“I know I told you this when we met, but I tried out for your role in Inside Llewyn Davis,” Oberst says to Isaac. “And thank God for everyone that I didn’t get it. But they auditioned a lot of musicians and actors for this part, to the point where I heard the Coen brothers and T Bone Burnett say that they had more or less given up on the idea of finding someone. And then you appeared.”

Interesting! How different would the movie have been if the onetime king of the “Emoha” scene had the title role? And would he have “Roar”ed for Jimmy Fallon?

John Legend, Hans Zimmer talk '12 Years A Slave' soundtrack featuring Alicia Keys, Gary Clark Jr. and more

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, adapted from the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free New York musician drugged, chained, and sold into Southern slavery in 1841, has already earned some of the year’s highest praise from critics and movie-goers alike.

Tasked with creating an audio companion, R&B singer John Legend — along with famed film composer Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight, Inception), enlisted an all-star lineup of artists, including Alicia Keys, Gary Clark, Jr., Laura Mvula, Alabama Shakes and Chris Cornell to contribute powerful renditions of inspirational songs.

For Legend, the project was intensely personal — his ancestors actually suffered a similar fate: “There’s a very close connection between what happened with Solomon Northup and with some members of my family, being kidnapped as slaves from Ohio back to the South,”  Legend told Entertainment Weekly. It wasn’t until 2011 that Legend found out about this revelation via Henry Louis Gates’s PBS documentary Finding Your Roots. (A record of the order still exists.)

Of his own contribution to the soundtrack, Legend says, “I wanted to do “Roll Jordan Roll.” a capella so that it was somewhat reminiscent of how slaves might have sung it back then. Everything we did for the album, I wanted it to be stripped down production-wise… I wanted it to be just my voice.”

Zimmer says he applied the same artistic vision to the score: “I think part of what was really important was to not have a heavy hand, not to sentimentalize everything,” he told EW. “Just like the cinematography, there’s a beauty about those images. And I thought if I use a very light touch to just open this door, it doesn’t tell you what  to feel, it just allows you to feel something. I think most of the music is really intimate and stays in character, and I really didn’t to get in the way of the performances, because I think some of the performances stand up for themselves.”

“We need this film as a reckoning for America to understand how horrible the institution of slavery was,” says Legend. “We shouldn’t sugarcoat slavery.”

“I think that we’ve gotten really good at not speaking about things, not speaking to each other in the eye, not really acknowledging our past and so it’s sort of echoes into our present,” adds Zimmer. “One of the things I know of this movie is that it deeply scares people, and I think that’s what good movies are supposed to do. They’re supposed to provoke conversation, empathy, change and love.”

The soundtrack to 12 Years A Slave is available now on iTunes; the physical release will be out November 19. You can also listen to samples here.

Justin Bieber keeps a #smile on in new 'Believe' clip

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Justin Bieber wants you to know he always keeps a #smile on his face — even when his heart is aching, or a neighbor is alleging that he was threatened by the 19-year-old star.

Bieber continued the promotional trail for his upcoming documentary Believe Friday, unveiling a new clip called “#Smile.” In it, Bieber sits down with the director of the film, John M. Chu, and explains how he maintains his upside-down frown even through some of his toughest moments — and while performing in front of millions.

Watch the clip below:

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The new 'Carrie' soundtrack feat. the Civil Wars, Haim, Vampire Weekend and more: Stream the full album here -- EXCLUSIVE

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The world’s awesomest prom queen returns Oct. 18 — and this time, the Stephen King classic gets an appropriately 2013-y soundtrack update.

Among the constellation of alt stars on the album, due Oct. 15: Lord Huron, Haim, the Civil Wars, Portugal. the Man, Vampire Weekend, and Cults, plus a new, unreleased track from Matrimony.

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Hear Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo's entire 'Prince Avalanche' movie soundtrack -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s been nine years since Austin post-rockers Explosions in the Sky did the soundtrack for Friday Night Lights, but now they’re at it again for another Lone Star State movie.

The band, who are hitting the road this fall with Nine Inch Nails, teamed up with fellow Austinite David Wingo to score Prince Avalanche, a movie written and directed by fellow Texan David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, George Washington).

The movie, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, comes out August 9, while the soundtrack hits streets August 6 — but you can hear it now exclusively here.

Take a listen to the full soundtrack below, and read on for our chat with Explosions member Munaf Rayani:

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First look: New Emily Wells music video features footage from upcoming movie with Neil Gaiman, Jeff Bridges, and more

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In the not-too-distant future, Here Is Something Beautiful (etc. — an animated movie based on the life of influential underground writer and poet Richard Brautigan — will be hitting the festival circuit, and not without some fanfare.

The movie, directed by Anthony Lucero and Paul Swensen, will feature evocative rotoscoped animation (see: the Richard Linklater films Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly), and will feature appearances from Jeff Bridges, Neil Gaiman, Wim Wenders, and more — as well as an original score from acclaimed NYC singer-songwriter Emily Wells.

As a preview, Wells’ has a new video for her single “Darlin’” that features a full scene from the film, and you can watch it exclusively here. Like the movie itself, the video’s directed by Anthony Lucero and animated by Jun Awakawa, offering fans a first look at the movie’s visuals. The scene is inspired by Brautigan’s short story “Times Square in Montana,” taken from his book The Tokyo-Montana Express. The song itself (taken from her recent album Mama Acoustic Recordings) is simple and spare, with Wells’ quietly compelling voice nicely complementing the scene’s absorbing animation.

Take a look at the video below:

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Listen to Edie Brickell's 'Way Way Back' soundtrack song 'For the Time Being': EXCLUSIVE

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Edie Brickell‘s been having a good year: In addition to releasing an album and currently touring with funnyman-slash-bluegrass dude Steve Martin, she’s got two new songs on the upcoming soundtrack for The Way Way Back, starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, and Sam Rockwell — one of which, called “For the Time Being,” you can hear exclusively here: READ FULL STORY

Hear Santigold's 'Rock This' for the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy comedy 'The Heat'- EXCLUSIVE

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy aren’t the only bad girls bring The Heat this summer. Their buddy-cop comedy hits screens this Friday, but the movie’s soundtrack drops tomorrow, with renegade ladies Kreayshawn, Angel Haze, and Kimbra supplying some of the top tracks.

Also on it? Santigold‘s brand-new original “Rock This,” which you can hear exclusively here:

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'Spring Breakers' soundtrack streaming online: Skrillex, Rick Ross, more

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The soundtrack for Spring Breakers, the upcoming movie from arty-bizarro cult-favorite director Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo), doesn’t hit streets until next Tuesday, but you can listen to its soundtrack now thanks to a stream at Pitchfork.

As promised (warned?),  Skrillex produced the original score for Spring Breakers, which also brings in Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Wacka Flocka Flame, and, interestingly, a collaboration between James Franco and Florida rapper Dangeruss.

Their duet, titled “Hangin’ With Da Dopeboys,” supports Franco’s claim that Dangeruss — not reality star turned rapper and real-life irreality star Riff Raff – served as the inspiration for his Spring Breakers character Alien, a white, spectacularly corn-rowed rapper from Florida.

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