True Blood’s Todd Lowe and The LA Hootenanny

November 2, 2011

A Truebie Encounter with Todd Lowe:

Our friend @ArleneFowler shares her recent experience with us:

This past week, I went to see Todd Lowe in ‘Day Drinkers’ at the Odyssey Theatre in LA, and was fortunate enough to catch him alone in the lobby after the show.  He was quite personable and graciously chatted with me and my friends.  In the course of the conversation, he told us he had a ‘gig’ that night.  Well, we already knew that and told him we planned to follow him to Villains Tavern on Palmetto Street where The LA Hootenanny would be playing on the first of a two-night ‘Dark Halloween Party’.

So off we went to make our way through some pretty bad traffic to a rather seedy part of downtown Los Angeles.  After getting lost a few times, and almost ready to give up, we stumbled upon a kind LA policeman who offered to escort us to the right street.  The stage is open-air, and we could hear Todd singing as we approached from several blocks away.

I must say that I didn’t expect Todd Lowe and The LA Hootenanny to be as good as they were.  They were wicked awesome!  Todd plays guitar and did most of the vocals; he was dressed for the occasion in a black Halloween jacket with pumpkins on the lapel and guess what… no zombie make-up!  The show was an absolute ‘hoot’.  Apparently the band consists of a revolving group of musicians but frankly, all I cared about was seeing Todd Lowe from True Blood.   (He’s almost as handsome as @TerryBellefle! *wink, wink*)

The whole evening was pretty awesome!  Being there for a Halloween party with Todd Lowe and The LA Hootenanny was a blast and a really good time.

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Many thanks to @ArleneFowler for the submission! Remember Truebies, if you have any True Blood related news, send it our way!

Source and photos: @ArleneFowler

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“Bad Things” Singer Jace Everett Has a New Album!

October 17, 2011

Mr. Good Times:

Jace Everett’s Mr. Good Times albumTruebies, if you like the True Blood theme song “Bad Things”, written and sung by Jace Everett, here is your chance to hear more of his music — he has a new album out titled “Mr. Good Times”. I for one would like to hear it.

The album dropped on September 27, 2011. His previous release was “Red Revelations”, in 2009, which includes as a bonus the True Blood theme song, “Bad Things”. You can listen to a sneak peek of “Mr. Good Times” via soundcloud.com and you can purchase the album at amazon.com.

Let us know if you plan on buying the album, or if you have it,  let us know what you think by leaving a comment in the comment section below.

Sources: soundcloud.com, amazon.com

(Photo: amazon.com)

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True Blood Soundtrack Volume 3 Review

September 23, 2011

True Blood Likes Its Music!

True Blood Soundtrack Vol.3The third True Blood soundtrack, True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series, Volume 3 was released on September 6. BlogCritics.com posted a review, and in it, author Amanda Stonebarger states:

“If ‘Southern Gothic’ were a musical genre, the term could be used to describe True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series, Vol. 3. For the latest soundtrack, music supervisor and soundtrack producer Gary Calamar cherry-picks from different branches of Southern music and spins a sinister thread throughout, creating a mixture of country, rock, and soul straight out of the Louisiana swamp or a seedy vampire bar.”

In the CD’s booklet, Alan Ball talks about music being important in creating the show, and how it helps the writers set the tone of the show each week. The music also provides episode titles, and this volume includes songs from Season 3 and Season 4. The first song on the album is “Season of the Witch” by Karen Elson, featuring Donovan, which I think had almost the same reception as “Bad Things” by Jace Everett, which is the show’s theme song.

Other songs on the album include “Hitting the Ground” by Gordon Gano and PJ Harvey; “Spellbound” by Siouxsie and the Banshees; Damien Rice’s “9 Crimes”; Gary Louris and Jakob Dylan’s “Gonna Be A Darkness”;  as well as the covers “And When I Die” by The Heavy and “She’s Not There” by Nick Cave and Neko Case.

The deluxe version of the album includes four different versions of songs on the standard album — “Bad Things”, covered by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and three covers of  “She’s Not There” by Dick Isreal and the Soothsayer, L’Avventura, and Paper Pilots.

I, for one, like all the songs on the album and can’t wait to purchase it. What about you, Truebies? What do you think of the music on the album? Let us know by commenting below.

Source: blogcritics.org – Music Review: True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series, Vol. 3

(Photo: HBO, Inc.)

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True Blood Music: Season 4, Episode 7 – “Cold Grey Light of Dawn”

August 10, 2011

Soundtrack for a Somber Episode:

Anna Stephen Alex HBO S4 promoAnd so they are to meet the sun…

The vampires, under an intense spell cast by the spirit of Antonia and some fellow witches, were desperate to burst free from their protective silver chains and greet the daylight. Poor Jessica made it to the door, even though Jason made a mad dash to save her. Sam realized exactly what made Tommy so sick… and he was not happy about it. Debbie questions Alcide‘s feelings for Sookie, Tara hurts Naomi to protect her, and Sookie refuses to let Eric meet the sun.

Anybody else sad that we’re more than halfway through the fourth season?

Below is the soundtrack used in episode 7 of True Blood’s fourth season, “Cold Grey Light of Dawn.”

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at HBO.com)

Steven Casper and Cowboy Angst – Where You Are
Pam tries to kill Tara outside of Merlotte’s. Naomi struggles.

The Black Angels – Yellow Elevator #2*
Plays on the boom box while Debbie and Alcide are in the woods.

Patti Scialfa – Town Called Heartbreak*
Naomi and Tara sit in their truck outside Merlotte’s. They may be breaking up.

Alejandro Escovedo (feat. Bruce Springsteen) – Always a Friend*
Jason fantasizes about Jessica. Hoyt comes home and Jason feels awkward.

Steve McComb – Come See Me*
Sam visits Luna.

The Shake – Dyin’ Ain’t the End of the World*
Sam and Luna talk at Merlotte’s and things are starting to change.

Scott Hall – Send Mary a Letter
Alcide and Debbie are in bed.

Nick Lowe – Cold, Grey Light of Dawn
Plays over end credits.

Source: HBO.com 

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True Blood Music: Season 4, Episode 6 “I Wish I Was The Moon”

August 5, 2011

Soundtrack for “I Wish I Was the Moon”:

TB Season 4 poster-redJason and Jessica shared stories in the woods, Debbie joined the pack without telling Alcide, and Tommy walked a mile in Sam‘s… skin…

We learned the truth behind the spirit possessing Marnie, which makes the Spanish Inquisition a lot more interesting. But let’s not kid ourselves. This episode started and ended with Eric and Sookie. And below is the soundtrack to take you back through the events as they unfolded.

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at HBO.com)

El Son Que Faltaba – Las Olas Del Mar*
Don Bartolo tells Jesus to bring him a sacrifice.

Lance Miller – What’d I Do*
Sam (Tommy), fires Sookie.

Brooks & Dunn – Brand New Man*
Sam runs into Mrs. Fortenberry at Merlotte’s and she tells him to tell Tommy that he is dead to her now.

Hayes Carll – Hide Me*
Alcide and Debbie argue over joining the pack after Marcus suggests that they do.

John Hatton – The Soul of a Man Never Dies*
Naomi and Tara are having a bite to eat at Merlotte’s. Jessica senses Jason’s fear.

The Spares – KMA Mexico*
Pam goes after Naomi and Tara in the parking lot of Merlotte’s.

Neko Case – I Wish I Was the Moon*
Sookie and the vampire make love in the woods/ End Credits.

Source: HBO.com

(Image credit: HBO, Inc.)

 

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The Spares Featured on HBO’s True Blood

July 30, 2011

On the Soundtrack for “I Wish I was the Moon”:

True Blood LogoCHICAGO (July 27, 2011) — The hit HBO vampire drama True Blood will feature a song by Chicago Americana group The Spares in its July 31 episode, officials from the show announced.

“The haunting twang and dark sexiness of The Spares mixed very nicely in the world of True Blood,” says Gary Calamar, the show’s Grammy-nominated music supervisor. True Blood was also nominated for four Emmy Awards earlier this month.

Calamar chose the song “Mexico” to include in an episode entitled “I Wish I Was the Moon” (Season 4, Episode 6). The track was written and recorded by The Spares in 2005 for the group’s first CD, Hand Me Down. “Mexico” was also named “Country Song of the Year” in 2006 by the Independent Artists Company.

“‘Mexico’ is about someone who is frustrated with day-to-day life, and who dreams of making a dramatic change to shake up that routine,” says Steve Hendershot of The Spares, who wrote the song along with lead vocalist Jodee Lewis. “What I had in mind at the time was wanting to quit my job at Northwestern University to be a musician. But I can see how it would apply equally well to the people and vampires of Bon Temps, Louisiana.”

The Spares have released three CDs since Hand Me Down, including Beautiful and Treacherous Thing in 2007 (a finalist for “Americana Album of the Year” in the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards) and 2010’s Everything Is Easy, released last August at a sold-out concert at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.

True Blood’s Calamar was introduced to The Spares by Brooke Blocki of KMA Licensing (http://www.kmalicensing.com), a Chicago-based music licensing company that helps musicians gain television, film and advertising placements.

“We’re thrilled to be able to introduce The Spares to millions of people worldwide,” says Blocki. “This will also draw national attention to the great independent music that comes from Chicago.”

The Spares’ original acoustic music has been described as “hauntingly gorgeous” (Maverick Magazine), “simple, aching and hearty” (NewCity Chicago), and “somewhere in heaven between Gram Parsons and Alison Krauss” (Smother Magazine). “Their sound kind of tracks their personal journeys in encompassing the range of the American heartland,” says Alison Cuddy of WBEZ (Chicago’s NPR affiliate). “That may be why, in spite of the literal spareness of their music, it can be hard to categorize.” Indeed, The Spares’ songs fuse country, folk, blues and rock. The lyrics are thoughtful and honest, just as the music is raw, beautiful and compelling.

Listen: “Mexico” is available for purchase via iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other Internet music retailers. The song is also available for streaming at http://www.thespares.com/listen/

Upcoming Performance by The Spares: The Spares’ next Chicago performance is Friday, Aug. 19 at the Biograph Theater (2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago). 9:30pm, all ages, $15, tickets at thespares.com.

About the Spares: Jodee Lewis and Steve Hendershot formed The Spares in 2005. They write and sing twangy, bluesy, roots music about characters who are desperate and hopeful, buoyant and brokenhearted—sometimes all at once. The stories hint at love and truth in ways that the characters themselves don’t always recognize. For more information, visit www.thespares.com.

About Gary Calamar: Gary Calamar, True Blood’s Grammy-nominated music supervisor, runs Los Angeles, CA-based Go Music Supervision.In addition to his work on True Blood, Calamar also handles music supervision for House and Dexter, and hosts a radio show at Los Angeles NPR-affiliate KCRW. (http://www.gomusicsupervision.com/)

About True Blood: True Blood, the latest hit series from Emmy Award-winner Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), delves into the meticulously crafted world of novelist Charlaine Harris. The show tracks the lives of vampires and humans who coexist uneasily in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The show, which stars Anna Paquin as waitress Sookie Stackhouse, was nominated for four Emmy Awards earlier this month. (http://www.hbo.com/true-blood/)

 

Contribution credit: The Spares

(Image credit: HBO, Inc.)

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True Blood Music: Season 4, Episode 3 – “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”

July 14, 2011

Soundtrack for Episode 3:

TB Season 4 poster-redIn an episode that put Pam in a tizzy over Eric’s erased memory, and left Jason helpless as he was forced to breed werepanthers, we have a solid music list to back it all up. Alcide reappeared for the first time this season, but with Debbie by his side. And Bill’s professional relationship with Portia Bellefleur expanded to a sexual relationship, at Portia’s request. Tara protected Lafayette and caught up with Sam. And Marnie sacrificed her own blood, offering herself as a vessel for another spirit.

Below is the soundtrack for the third episode of season four, “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at HBO.com)

J. Novak – The Wreck of Us
Pam feeds on Jethro at Fangtasia.

Boxing Gandhi’s – If You Love Me (Why Am I Dyin)*
Lafayette, Tara and Jesus have a beer and discuss their next move regarding Eric.

Ohio Sound Machine – Montgomery Moonlight
Sookie visits Alcide.

Michelle Malone – Restraining Order Blues*
Tara enters Merlotte’s and asks Sookie to talk to Eric. Sam comes over.

G. DaPonte – Nowhere
Sam and Tara talk at Merlotte’s.

Astrud Gilberto (Thievery Corporation remix) – Who Needs Forever*
Upscale restaurant, Bill leaves Eric a voicemail; Portia Bellefleur rejoins him at the table and they discuss the nature of their relationship.

Dave Pezzner – Child’s Play
In Fangtasia’s basement, Pam speaks with Lafayette about Eric’s memory issues.

Karen Elson – Season of the Witch*
End credits.

Source: HBO.com – True Blood Music

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True Blood Music: Season 4, Episode 2 – “You Smell Like Dinner”

July 8, 2011

The Soundtrack for Episode 38:

Stephen Moyer as King of Louisiana Bill ComptonAfter last week’s “one year later” catch-up, we were treated to stories from the past and the present. Bill‘s underground punk days in London in the 80’s reveal his history with Nan Flanagan, the main vamp behind killing Queen Sophie-Anne. Sookie is fighting Eric for control of her house, but Eric is not in a fighting mood. After all, he built himself a hidey-hole. Jessica is acting out from the difficulty of her home life and Sam‘s new interest Luna reveals she can shift into a lot more than a horse. Poor Jason was chosen to breed with Crystal (on account of Felton‘s infertility), but he’s got to become a werepanther first. Ouch.

Long list of music in this episode. Below is that very list, from episode 2 of season 4, “You Smell Like Dinner,” along with the correlating plot point, courtesy of HBO.

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at HBO.com)

Zack Tempest – Dominatrix
Pam emerges from Fangtasia.

Flying Lotus and Thom Yorke – And the World Laughs With You*
Lafayette and Jesus are in the kitchen late at night.

See Spot Kill – Trash This Place*
(London, England Early 80’s). Bill is at an underground punk rock club looking for someone to feed on. He chats up the bartender Marcus.

John Etkin Bell & Mike Farmer – Lift Off
(London Punk Flashback continues). Plays at the underground club with Bill and Marcus.

John Etkin Bell & Mike Farmer – Make Some Noise
(London Punk Flashback continues). Outside the club, Bill feeds on Marcus.

N/A – A Life On the Ocean Wave*
(London Punk Flashback continues). Drunks sing at the bar. Nan Flanagan talks to Bill about “mainstreaming” vampires.

Tom Heyman – Fat City*
Sookie is back at work at Merlotte’s.

Eric Corne – Trampolines*
Sam carries booze to the office at Merlotte’s. Luna is waiting for him.

Kanude – Wheels-Part One*
Tommy and James think Luna is pretty.

Craig Campbell – Family Man*
Jessica decides to drive over to Fangtasia for some excitement.

DJ Acucrack – Clown Darker*
Protesters are outside Fangtasia.

DJ Acucrack – Coming Down
Jessica walks in slow motion towards her prey.

Jenny O – Well OK Honey*
Tara calls Naomi. They miss each other.

N/A – Shoot First
Sookie goes into the girls room at Fangtasia to find Jessica.

Jinx Titanic and the Super 8 Cum Shots – You Smell Like Dinner*
End credits.

What song will you download?

Source: HBO.com – True Blood Music

(Photo credit: HBO, Inc.)

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True Blood Season 4 Music: Episode 1 “She’s Not There”

June 30, 2011

 

Soundtrack for the First Episode:

Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman (4.1)Happy Season 4, everybody!

And what a way to start. After spending “10 or 15 minutes” in Faerie World, Sookie returns to Earth a whole year later. Jason is now officially a cop and is still looking out for the Hot Shot kids. Arlene is monitoring baby Mikey’s every move, Sam is hanging out with a new group of shifters, Jessica and Hoyt are dealing with domestic life as best they can, and Tara‘s got a new hobby and a new relationship. Bill has moved on to bigger and better things, while Eric takes advantage of Sookie’s situation. Oh, and witches! Jesus and Lafayette join Marnie‘s group for some meditation and spell-casting. Fun all around.

Below is a list of songs from True Blood‘s episode 1 of season 4, “She’s Not There,” along with its correlating plot point, courtesy of HBO.

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at HBO.com)

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Real Wild Child
Tara is fighting at a lesbian bar.

Soda Jerk – What’s On Your Mind
Plays outside the Lesbian bar in the alley in New Orleans.

Danny Wilde – Better Get On
Sookie is back at Merlotte’s. Arlene welcomes her and tells her about the baby. Lafayette has a few updates as well.

Misisipi Mike Wolf – Calling the Shots
Maxine enters Merlotte’s.

Blakroc (Feat. Billy Danze, Jim Jones, and Nicole Wary) – What You Do To Me
Tara and Naomi make love.

El Camino – Dues
Portia and Sookie chat at Merlotte’s.

Slick Idiot (remixed by Schneider of Rammstein) – Xcess
Jessica dances at Fangtasia. She has an admirer.

Neko Case and Nick Cave – She’s Not There*
End Credits.

This is only the beginning. What did you think?

Source – HBO.com – Season 4 Music

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)

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Abri van Straten to Perform June 5th

May 28, 2011

Catch the Van Stratens at Trip in Santa Monica:

Kristin Bauer van Straten, the lovely actress who plays vampire Pam on HBO’s True Blood, has shared that her husband Abri will be performing in Santa Monica on June 5th.  Here’s the info:

TRiP (presented by Hollow Body)

2101 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90405

8:30-9:30 pm

$8, $6 w/ flyer, 21 and up. Free street parking. Full bar. Now serving deli sandwiches!

Please note that the venue is just south of Pico & the 10.  Also, TRiP has installed a live streaming web cam. When acts play, their set can be viewed worldwide at www.tripsantamonica.com 

Abri van Straten performance June 5th
Source: www.kristinbauer.com

 

 

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