The Weekly Comet hosts Tamara Conniff & Jonathan McHugh welcome “Vegas” music supervisor John Houlihan and quintet a cappella innovators Sonos are here to perform their genre bending tunes. Plus, KCRW DJ Jason Kramer’s Pick of the Week!
Veteran music supervisor and music producer John Houlihan takes The Comet Couch and talks about working on the new CBS show, “Vegas,” starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis premiering September 25; his recent film “Looper” premiering September 28; and feature documentary for Sundance and A&E titled “Super Mensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon,” directed by long-time collaborator Mike Myers.
John has helped shape more than 50 feature films, and dozens of popular soundtrack albums. His work has generated worldwide hit songs and music videos by Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, Pink, and Destiny’s Child. Highlights include his music supervision of all three “Austin Powers” films, both of the “Charlie’s Angels” films, and “Training Day” which earned a Best Actor Academy Award for Denzel Washington.
John has built a diverse set of credits including “13 Going on 30,” “Assault On Precinct 13,” “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’,” “Mortal Kombat” 1 and 2, “The Lake House,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Nacho Libre,” “All About Steve” and the 2009 re-make of the movie musical “Fame.” John re-teamed with “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua for the street life thriller, “Brooklyn’s Finest.”
Emerging in the fall of ’09 from the Los Angeles vocal scene, Sonos turned the a cappella genre on its head with bold vocal+electronic interpretations of popular indie material. On their Verve Records debut “SonoSings” the group reinvented artists like Radiohead, Bon Iver, Bjork, Fleet Foxes, Imogen Heap, Jazzanova, and dazzled with a dark, trip-hop take on a Jackson 5 classic.
Special appearances over the past three years include live radio sessions on NPR, KCRW, BBC America, and Sirius/XM. Sonos also made an appearance for millions of viewers on season 3 of “The Sing Off” on NBC.
The band is currently writing and recording a new album of all original music, which will be independently produced by the group’s Christopher Given Harrison.