Movie Music Vol. 2 compiles all of Braid's compilation tracks, all of its cover songs and five previously unreleased tracks. The first 11 songs feature the original Braid line-up, which included drummer Roy Ewing (Very Secretary, Days in December, Mary Me).
Songs were taken from the following compilations:
Ghost Dance 2x7" (Slave Cut Records) 1993 | Punk TV LP (Red Dawg Records) 1995 | Emo Schmeemo 7" (Liberty Park Records) 1995 | Ooh Do I Love You 2xCD (Coreforcare) 1996 | Cover the Earth CD (Mud Records) 1996 | Ground Rule Double CD/2xLP (Divot Records) 1996 | Direction CD/LP+7" (Polyvinyl Record Co) 1996 | In Words of One Syllable LP (Catchphrase Records) 1997 | No Idea #12 CD/2xLP (No Idea Records) 1997 | ABC's of Punk CD (Whirrled Records) 1997 | World Domination in 13 Easy Steps CD (Stratagem Records) 1997 | Post Marked Stamps CD (Tree Records) 1999 | There is a Light CD (Red Jaguire/Grimm Tree) 1998 | Where is my Mind (A Tribute to the Pixies) CD/LP (Glue Factory/Big Wheel) 1999 | Braid/Burning Airlines Split 7"/CD (DeSoto/Polyinyl) 1998.
In addition, two songs were recorded at Steve Albini's pad, another remixed by Travis of the Dismemberment Plan, and there are a handful of eighties covers -- including Braid's cover of the Pixies "Trompe le Monde."
From their inception in 1993, Braid released nearly as many songs on 7"s, split 7"s, and compilations as on its three albums. The idea of finding all of the original masters to the songs and releasing them was conceived by Braid as early as 1997. Many of the songs were crowd favorites live, yet the releases they appeared on were dropping out-of-print. The demand continued to grow with the number of unavailable songs.
In August 1999, Braid decided to part ways after six years. The desire to digitally document the early releases was again voiced by the band. In October 1999, after two years of tracking down all of the original source tapes, Braid re-mastered each of Movie Music's 36 songs direct from the original masters. Movie Music was then broken into two separate releases to make room for lyrics and liner notes for all 36 songs along with nearly 100 photos.