Music: The Producer: And Brion Blooms Too

Jon Brion's album Meaningless could have been one of 1999's best solo debuts--but you may never get to hear it. Lava/Atlantic, Brion's label, decided the CD wasn't sufficiently marketable and never released it. "I was treated as if I had handed in my 'art record,' as if I had intentionally done some horribly self-destructive thing," says Brion. "I thought I handed in something that was reasonably commercial."

This month the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter gets his chance to be heard. Brion, 35, composed the introspective instrumental score to Paul Thomas Anderson's film Magnolia (Anderson is a longtime friend of Brion's) and produced...

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