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As fans of Paul Thomas Anderson already know, the early part of his career found him in fruitful collaboration with producer/musician/genius Jon Brion, who scored the director's first four films. And while Brion is very well regarded as a producer (working with Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Of Montreal and many others), he's also earned great acclaim as a live musician, particularly through his concerts at famed venue Largo. Coupling an almost savant-like multi-instrumental ability with an encyclopedic knowledge of music history, Brion has dazzled many with his shows, and somebody thought his talents would be good for TV. That somebody was Paul Thomas Anderson. Right around 1999/2000 Anderson helmed a pilot for VH1 entitled "The Jon Brion Show" (natch), that was a test run at a variety show that would be led by Brion. They called in some musical guest favors with Elliot Smith and Brad Mehldau appearing (Brion »

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