Punch Brothers in This Is 40

This Is 40Among the many new films set to debut during the Christmas season is This Is 40, written and directed by Judd Apatow, with a bevy of hot Hollywood stars set to splash across the screen. Paul Rudd, Megan Fox, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow and Albert Brooks are all featured within a large ensemble cast.

From the trailer, it would appear that the film trades heavily in the sort of crude humor very much in vogue these days, but regardless of your taste in cinema, This Is 40 has one major attraction for fans of acoustic string music. The score and soundtrack include a healthy portion of music from Punch Brothers.

The soundtrack album was released yesterday, produced by Jon Brion, who served as producer for the last full Punch Brothers album, Antifogmatic. He has become a friend of the band, and when the time came to record the movie soundtrack, he called upon the Brothers to serve supporting roles behind the big name pop artists whose voices are out front. Listen for them providing accompaniment for Fiona Apple, Norah Jones, Lindsay Buckingham, Graham Parker and Wilco.

They are also featured in a number of places in the score, written by Brion, which you will hear should you catch the film after its December 12 theatrical release.

The Avett Brothers also have a song on the soundtrack. Check it out in iTunes.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • j.t. shealy

    What we don’t need more of today is “coarse humor”: too bad the Punch Brothers participate in this garbage. j.t.

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  • The trailer didn’t offer much in what I consider to be “bluegrass.” And an R rated film doesn’t appeal to those of us that like to take our kids along. I guess I’ll watch it late one night when it shows up on DirecTV….

  • j.t. shealy

    As a Bluegrass promoter in Central Florida, R rated Bluegrass is not welcome here. jtsbluegrass.com

  • Jefferson

    It’s not the case that bluegrass music is the exclusive domain of puritanical demagogues. Some of us honestly like raunchy humor and not only do we not owe anyone any apologies for this, we are exactly no less deserving of excellent acoustic accompaniment than those who don’t. Here’s one voice raised aloud for more hilarious, secular, virtuosic Americana sounds and less pervasive proselytizing.