Kicking things off, TwentyFourBit has learned that the eternally awesome Nick Cave has teamed up with his Grinderman, Dirty Three and Bad Seeds bandmate and "The Road" co-composer Warren Ellis, to tune up the Peter Jackson-prodcued, Amy Berg-directed "West of Memphis." Of course, as you know, the film is an in-depth chronicle of the saga of the West Memphis Three, with the film bringing forth fresh evidence pointing toward the real perpetrator of the crimes. But that's not the only movie where we'll be hearing music from Cave, as last year he confirmed he'd been tuning up "The Wettest County" for longtime collaborator John Hillcoat. Two movies with music from one of our favorite musicians? 2012 is looking up already.
Keeping in that indie spirit, Fruit Bats member Eric D. Johnson and Vetiver leader Andy Cabic have teamed to score the festival sensation "Smashed," the alcoholism drama starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul. Johnson has been busy in the past year on composing work, contributing to Max Winkler's "Ceremony" and last year's Sundance crowd pleaser "Our Idiot Brother." And pairing up with folk styling of Cabic fits right in his already roots-driven wheelhouse.
Former Luna bandmates Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips continue their foray into film scoring (which has included Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale"), by composing the tunes for "Price Check." The Parker Posey-starring film finds her playing a supermarket chain pricing executive who shakes up the life of her employee, whose dreams of working in the music industry are fading.
Final notes: The hunger-in-America documentary "Finding North" has tunes from T. Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars (who both feature on the "Hunger Games" soundtrack); short film "Long Distance Information" has an assist from Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys while the long awaited Paul Dano drama "For Ellen" has a score from minimalist Icelandic composer and producer, Johann Johannsson.