“Bad Things” is True Blood

July 22, 2010

Jace Everett, who is the writer and performer of the True Blood theme song, “Bad Things”, will be performing today, July 22nd, as part of the Twilight Dance Series in Los Angeles. He will be performing along with Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux and Italian superstar, Jovanatti.

Jace had no idea when he wrote “Bad Things” that it would be the perfect opening for True Blood. Alan Ball who created the show typically takes breaks while writing scripts and hops on iTunes to do some exploring and then return to his scripts.

While taking one of these breaks Alan came across Jace and his song, “Bad Things”.  Alan thought the song was amazing but still wasn’t sure if it was “the one”.  So Gary Calamar, who is the music producer for the show, went and started looking for some other options.  Gary and Alan listened to some great songs but the whole time they admit Jace’s lyrics, “I wanna do bad things with you”, was still blazing in the back of their minds.

It became clear that “Bad Things” was the perfect song for True Blood.  It has a great mix of sex, menace, romance, and humor.  Gary believes the song even helped Alan and the writers find that unique tone for the show and he believes “Bad Things” will go down in history as one of the best television theme songs ever! I for one happen to agree completely!

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Talking Music with Jace Everett, Nathan Barr and Gary Calamar

July 14, 2010

Music is the universal language; no matter who and how it’s played, musicians and music fans alike will talk for hours about this wonderful craft. Jace Everett, Nathan Barr and Gary Calamar are no different. APM Music created three podcasts with these musicians, better known for their musical work on the HBO hit show True Blood All three men discuss their music, their success, and the future of their musical endeavors.

Though only six minutes long, Jace Everett shines in Podcast 65. He not only discusses how he got involved with True Blood, but he also explains how the show inspired his new album “Revelations.”  The first thing Jace mentions is that while having his song, “Bad Things” be the theme song for True Blood, he must tread lightly; he doesn’t want to be known for the rest of his life as the True Blood guy.

However, True Blood has been a great opportunity and he was lucky that Alan Ball found his song. While writing, Alan Ball took a break and while searching through iTunes, discovered Jace‘s song, which he had wrote and released years ago. Alan Ball gave the song to Digital Kitchen and asked them to add visuals to the song; when the finished product was made, Alan Ball knew this was the mood and tone of the show. Jace believes having Alan Ball find his song was like a jackpot and really pulled his career out of the stagnant place it had been.

With being part of True Blood, Jace was able to create and push his new CD quickly; many of the new songs are inspired by the first season, but don’t have to be literary taken. “Burn for You” is based on the scene where Bill walks out under the sun in order to save Sookie, while “Damned if I Do” can be taken as a love song between a human and a vampire. However, the songs transcend the show and the genre of vampires.

Even if people aren’t into vampries, they can enjoy Jace‘s songs. The inspiration of a song is not always what the songs can represent. For example, “Bad Things” was inspired by a time when Jace was living in Nashville working as a bass player for someone who was pursuing a record deal. The guy owed Jace money and he was a little upset about not getting it. The original song was based on Jace doing bad things to this guy, like moving his furniture around. Soon though, he realized the idea was ridiculous and the song held more of a sexual mood than a menacing one.

Currently, Jace is on tour on the West Coast for the next ten days and moving through the country gaining fans. He does sing “Bad Things” but not surprisingly fans leave with a lot more favorites by Jace Everett than just the True Blood theme song.

With Podcast 66, Gary Calamar discusses his job as music supervisor for True Blood, the differences between “Six Feet Under“and True Blood, the Southern influences of the show and its music, as well as how the show has influenced his own work. He also gives us an inside view of Alan Ball as a songwriter.

After serving as the music supervisor for “Six Feet Under”, Gary is now working with True Blood, “House“, and “Dexter.” He also chose the songs for the feature film “Varsity Blues“, which won him a gold record. He hosts a hit radio show on KCRW in Santa Monica California every Sunday. He is also in the process of writing a book about the rise and fall of the record store, which will be released on record day.

It seemed natural for Alan Ball and Gary Calamar to work together again. However, there’s a difference between working on “Six Feet Under” and True Blood. While Alan Ball is still meticulous about the music, he seems to want to have fun with the music for True Blood. Gary felt like perhaps his initial music choices were too serious and Alan Ball reminded Gary that the show was about vampires, giving them license to get crazy with the music.

There is a strong Southern influence as the show is set in Bon Temps, Louisiana. For Gary, it makes it easier to choose music; there is such a rich music that comes out of that region, old artists and new. Gary gets to use twisted rockabilly Southern rock in Merlotte’s, while bringing in some dark and heavy death metal in Fangtasia. Gary is allowed to explore different types of music and be creative in the choices he makes in order to create a true atmosphere for True Blood.

Gary appreciates working on True Blood; given the large budget, Gary is allowed to use five to ten solid songs in one episode, which gives him a lot to work with. Other shows don’t give too much money or thought on the music of a show. While they do end up sounding fantastic, they rely heavy on the score, while True Blood is allowed to combine score and different artists to create something interesting and new.

Speaking of new and interesting, Gary tells a great story about Alan Ball and his song writing abilities. In Season 2, there was a party scene where they wanted to have a unique sound attached to it, rather than a song that was overly exposed. Alan Ball collaborated with the music editor to create a rough song called “Dig“. The song somehow managed to make it on the end credits; though initially a joke, the song ended up causing a flurry of inquiry from fans. No one thought the song would be such a success, but it is now a part of the second volume of the True Blood soundtrack.

When asked about the end credits and how the songs played at the end seem to be connected to the last gotcha of the show, Gary noted that the last song of every episode usually come from a collaboration, between himself, Alan Ball, and the writers. In the end, it truly is about having fun and creating intrigue in their fans through music. By using fun and inspiring music, fans get to view True Blood in a different and exciting way.

In Podcast 67 in the APM Music Podcast Series, Nathan Barr explains how he got involved with True Blood, what inspires the music for the show and how he has created the sonic themes for each season, and his views on himself as a musician as well as his collaboration with Lisbeth Scott.

Composer Nathan Barr has scored more than 24 feature films, including the “Dukes of Hazzards” and his most ambitious project to date has been composing the music for each episode of True Blood. His score for “Hostel” was used for the temp in the pilot, which placed him on the short stack of composers Alan Ball was considering for the show. Though he was proud of his work in “Hostel” he didn’t think it fit the mood of True Blood and gave Alan Ball a CD of his other work, which won him the job as composer for this hit show.

When it comes to inspirations for the show, Nathan wanted something that had a small and intimate feel; the show is always revolving around human interactions: couples, or close friendships. Nathan wanted to keep it very simple, using instruments such as acoustic guitar, cello, and the piano to name a few.

The best part of working for the show is that Nathan plays his own instruments, which allows him to be a part of the musical process 100%. He composes by improvisation and he finds that he can completely be involved in the process and truly infuse himself into the music and show.

Other than the instrumentation, the sonic theme of the show consists of the characters and their relationships. Bill and Sookie‘s theme, the love theme or as Stephen Moyer puts it “Bill‘s Lament” is the most famous and comes up throughout the season. Many of the characters have a musical themes: Godric, Eric, and Sam.

When he started this project, Nathan bought a few new instruments in order to mix up the way he writes and show him new ways of thinking about music. When he first saw the pilot, he new the sounds he wanted to create would be dark and scary. He had a piano sawed in half in order for his to have access to the hammers and strings.

However, Nathan doesn’t write and play alone. For the show, he’s collaborated with his ex-wife Lisbeth Scott. As dear friends and collaborators, they worked together to really create great texture in music and add lyrics that showcase the emotion of the show. Nathan praises Lisbeth’s unique voice and her talent as a singer.

Currently, aside from True Blood, Nathan is working with Anna Paquin’s brother on his first feature film “Open House“, as well as working with Eli Roth on a film titled “Cotton“. He is also composing for a film called “Mother’s Day” (starring True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll) and a dramedy called “Peep World“. With so many projects that Nathan will be infusing his musical skills and talents into, fans will be able to truly experience the emotion of these films.

Three podcasts with three talented musicians, who are the best in the business of film, television, advertising, and video game music. APM Music has given fans a chance to really learn and experience the music they hear in the background of their favorite dramas in a whole new different way.

The podcasts shed light on the creative process as well as inspire young musicians to look for collaboration opportunities with visual projects. These are only three out of a number of amazing interviews. Of course, because they revolve around True Blood‘s great musicians, Truebies will sink their fangs into these interviews a little faster than the rest!

To listen to the Jace Everett’s podcast click here.

To listen to the Gary Calamar’s podcast click here.

To listen to the Nathan Barr’s podcast click here.

SOURCE: apmmusic.com

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Charlaine Harris Talks True Blood and Sookie’s Future

June 26, 2010

Charlaine Harris co-headlined the Metro Library Network’s Out Loud! Author series in Iowa City with Jace Everett, singer of the True Blood theme song “Bad Things” on June 17th. Harris sat down with the Huffington Post and answered questions about True Blood, what her kids think about her writing and what’s in store for the ending of the Sookie Stackhouse books. Before signing books Harris answered some fan questions but started the question period off joking:

“Yes, I’m happy with Alan Ball‘s production of my novels. Also, if you ask me where I get my inspiration, I will spit on you.”

During the interview Charlaine reveals that her male fan base has grown since the release of the True Blood television show. The Sookie Stackhouse novels already had a larger male fan base than her previous books but after the show came out more men showed up to her book signings. She may have fans all over the world but when asked what her kids thought of her very sexual books Charlaine replied:

“The show has given them brownie points with their friends, but only one of my kids reads my work.”

One thing sure to get fans all worked up was Charlaine‘s comments at RT Booklovers Convention this year where she hinted that there is no happily ever after for Sookie. The Huffington Post asked her about this and she replied:

“I don’t write absolutes. I don’t write the kind of “happily ever after” that romance readers enjoy. I’m not saying that “happily ever afters” are a bad thing, and I’m not saying Sookie will never be happy … but she’s not going to settle down and start a family and have the white picket fence.”

Harris has said in the past that she will not “turn” Sookie so that leaves fans wondering how exactly this series will end. We know there are at least three more books to come in the series so hopefully the end is not something we will have to think about for a while!

Source:  Huffington Post

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Jace Everett Talks About His New Album

June 19, 2010

Want something to be a hit or a trend? Get a vampire to endorse it. This is exactly the kind of marketing that made Jace Everett’s song “Bad Things” such a hit. Back in 2006, “Bad Things” hadn’t even been considered as a single music producers wanted to push because it wasn’t considered radio-friendly. However, even with the more contemporary country song “That’s the Kind of Love I’m In” on the radio, Everett’s career seemed like it was at a stalemate. That is until Alan Ball found “Bad Things” and introduced it to a little vampire show with a big bite: True Blood. Everett insists:

“It’s embarrassingly simple…Alan Ball is an iTunes junkie. He discovered the song, and I won the lottery.”

Though it’s more than that. The growl in Everett’s voice matched up perfectly with the opening images of True Blood, which suggested sexuality and religious fervor all into one. The song itself is lyrically and audibly heavy with Everett’s experiences and the dues he’s had to pay as a musician. Over the years Everett has had a number of awful jobs from digging ditches to cleaning bricks. Through it all, music was a constant for him, especially in church.

Nowadays, Everett is creating music that he is creatively behind and like “Bad Things” all of his songs are  full of dark brooding songs that match his molasses like voice. With the help of his band-mates and producers Dan Cohen and Chuck Prophet, Everett has been able to create an album that is too roots rock and dangerous to be radio-friendly. His first album, self-titled, was the opposite and was an album his music label pushed, rather than what was creatively inspiring for Everett. With “Red Revelations,” however, Everett has created an album he is proud of.

Every song in this new album is about taking the normal and throwing it on its head. Cliches are rearranged. Characters that seem to be passive, like in the song “Possession,” have different things on their mind. For Everett, the songs are about the characters. As he puts it:

“I like to think this album features a collection of screwed-up and untrustworthy guys…I think they’re the most riveting characters.”

Right now, Everett is concentrating on touring. He hopes that fans who love “Bad Things” will also fall in  love with the entire album “Red Revelations.” With True Blood burning up our screens, Everett will be on our minds as well as all the bad things we can do.

SOURCE: Chron

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Jace Everett’s Four-Legged Music Partner

June 18, 2010

Recently People Pets caught up with Jace Everett in his home/musicstudio with his Schnauzer-Welsh terrier mix Teddy, who Jace rescued from a hoarder. Jace is known for singing the hit theme song “Bad Things” for HBO‘s series True Blood. However, did you know that Teddy is also musically inclined? Jace reveals:

“Every time we do a demo you can usually hear his collar being shaken and his toenails clicking on the hardwood floors.”

Jace’s dog seems to have taken an interest in music and is always attracted to a guitar being played. These two friends have been collaborating musically for over two years now.

Though Teddy loves to listen to Jace’s tunes, he doesn’t go on the road for tours, which can be hard on them both. Recently Jace has been traveling non-stop to promote his new album “Red Revelations,” which means he’s been away from his home and his dog. No need to worry though, because Jace’s son has been keeping an eye out for Teddy. The three of them regularly get in touch through Skype, though it tends to bring out the scaredy cat out of Teddy. As Jace puts it,

“He’s basically a big old coward…he startles really easily.”

Teddy gets so startled that even a Chinese lantern swaying can spook him out. Not to fear, Jace was there to save the day and show Teddy there’s nothing to be afraid of. With Jace around, it’s good to know this dog won’t have to worry about bad things happening to him.

SOURCE: peoplepets.com

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How Jace Everett Got His Blues On

June 5, 2010

As Jace Everett wryly notes on his Twitter Bio most people know him as that “True Blood guy”: the guy that sings the dark, sexy song Bad Things under the opening credits of HBO’s True Blood. Listen to his new album Red Revelations and you’ll soon realize that there is a thread of dark moodiness throughout his work incorporating, as it does, themes of intelligence, power, energy, spirituality, sex. So where did the darkness come from?

Jace recently spoke with Yong Lee of Celebrity Café about what has influenced his music and as you’ll see he is not afraid of calling a spade a spade.

Jace emphasizes that the comment on Twitter was tongue-in-cheek -well, he actually says: “I was just being a prick” – and that he extremely grateful for the celebrity status that being associated with the hit show has brought him.

He says about True Blood:

I am a fan. I thought the intro was awesome: it was ridiculous and sexy and fun. I liked it.

His early musical influences growing up in the “diamond buckle” of the evangelical Bible belt in Texas included Elvis, Waylon Jennings and Willy Nelson, but his musical tastes are broad, demonstrated by his current favorites The Roots (Hip Hop/Soul/Funk) and Chuck Prophet (who produced Red Revelations).

Of his musical style he explains that:

I don’t like anything that’s too pure. I think it’s the American way, to bastardize things. So I like to do that with my music, take a little from everything.

His first single was pure country, but it wasn’t one of his own compositions. He explains that the producers had the idea he’d be country music’s next big thing, but it wasn’t to be. Not that he regrets the album at all.

I’m not ashamed of any of it, but it’s a younger, less mature time. I’d never been me yet, but then I moved up to Nashville, went through a divorce, got f’d up in the head a little, tried to figure things out. That’s what lead me to where I am now.

Jace jokes that he started playing the guitar to pick up chicks, but is now a more serious sort of guy, not into the rock and roll lifestyle:

You know, I don’t like bullshit, I don’t like wild parties. To me, I’d rather stay home and read Kierkegaard than go to a frat party. That’s more fun.

And does he have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Yeah, don’t do it! If you’re compelled to do it, and you sincerely want to make music, then go for it. Just know that you’re going to have to work very, very hard. But if you’re doing it to become a star, then you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. You’ve really got to check your motivations.

Jace is in the middle of a long tour that has taken him to Europe, England and Ireland and now back to the States. Following the tour Jace will be back in the studio in August. The new album will be a on the same theme as Red Revelations, but “something heavier, closer to the bone.”

Jace Everett Tour Dates:
June 5: Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
June 11: Exit/In, Nashville, TN
June 15: The Cedar, Minneapolis, MN
June 17: Englert Theater, Iowa City, IA
June 18: The Blue Shop, Burlington, IA
June 19: Canopy Club, Urbana, IL
June 22: Martyrs, Chicago, IL
June 24: Nathan P. Murphy’s, Springfield, MO
July 22: Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series, Santa Monica, CA

Jace had a lot to say in the interview, so please go to TheCelebrityCafe.com to read the rest of the interview!

SOURCE: TheCelebrityCafe.com

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True Blood’s Season 2 Soundtrack Track List Released

May 13, 2010

For those of us enjoying the unique musical score of True Blood Season 1, HBOhas released the track list for the Season 2 soundtrack to accompany the release of Season 2on DVD May 25. The soundtrack will include new material and classics as well as an acoustic version of the show’s bluesy theme by Jace Everett, “Bad Things“. If the vampire and supernatural-inspired names of the songs alone don’t tempt you, music by such renowned artists as Beck, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bob Dylan should.

The tracks include –

Howlin’ for My Baby by M. Ward

Evil (Is Going on) by Jace Everett and CC Adcock

Bad Blood by Beck

How to Become Clairvoyant by Robbie Robertson

Shake and Fingerpop by Jr. Walker and The All Stars

Frenzy by the Screamin’ Jay Hawks

Kiss Like Your Kiss by Lucinda Williamswith Elvis Costello

Gasoline and Matches by Buddy and Julie Miller

You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp) by Chuck Prophet

You’re Gonna Miss Me by The 13th Floor Elevators

Fresh Blood by the Eels

The Forgotten People (Bon Temps Remix) by Thievery Corporation

New World in My View by King Britt and Sister Gertrude Morgan

Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ by Bob Dylan

Bad Things (Acoustic) by Jace Everett

Ain’t No Invisible Man by Jakob Dylan

You Can’t Drive Me Away by Stone Temple Pilots

Dig by Headbone featuring Bubba Kendall

Get your iPods charged for continuous play to get you in the mood for the debut of Season 3 on June 13!  (The Season 2 soundtrack will be available via HBO’s Shop, Amazon, and iTunes.)

(Source: EW.com)

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VIDEOS: Jace Everett on Swedish TV

May 9, 2010

Jace Everett best known for his rendition of “Bad Things” on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood is currently on tour in Europe and was recently interviewed on Swedish television.  Below are several interviews with Jace where he discuss his success with True Blood and performs some of his songs.

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No “Bad Things” for Jace Everett

May 9, 2010

The popularity of True Blood in the UK and Europe has really paid off for Nashville bluesman Jace Everett.

The singer/songwriter, best known as the composer of Bad Things, the opening theme-song of the hit HBO series, wowed UK critics and caught the attention of Ian Ashbridge of Wrasse records.

In press release published recently on Earthtimes, Ashbridge said:

We researched and noticed that the new album was not released in Europe and quickly arranged to release the album in October 2009, to coincide with the Channel 4 opening of ‘True Blood,'” said Ashbridge. “‘Bad Things’ instantly went on the radio 2 playlist where it stayed for over 6 weeks — and Red Revelations went on to sell over 50,000 units throughout Europe, over 20,000 alone in the UK.

The response to the album in Europe was so good that Universal Music will re-release Red Revelations on June 8 in the US  to coincide with Season 3 of True Blood.

Jace is currently touring Europe, Ireland and the UK before returning home for dates in the US in late May, June and July.

If you want to check out some of Jace’s other songs, go to his website or MySpace page.  If you like country-blues-rockabilly with an edge of darkness, it’s really worth a listen.

Jace is also tweeting (@JaceEverett) while on tour (and had been playing with a broken finger – ouch!).

Tour dates
May 9th: The Maze, Nottingham
May 10th: The Boardwalk, Sheffield
May 12th: The Chattery, Swansea
May 13th: Errigle Inn, Belfast
May 16th: Whelan’s, Dublin
May 18th: St. Bonaventure’s Club, Bristol
May 19th: The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
May 20th: Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool
May 21st: Manchester Academy, Manchester
May 22nd: Civic Theatre, Bedford
May 31st: Iota Club, Arlington, VA
June 1st: World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
June 5th: Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
June 11th: Exit/In, Nashville, TN
July 22nd: Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series, Santa Monica, CA

SOURCE: Earthtimes

Picture credit: Jace Everett Facebook

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True Blood Almost had Alternate Opening Song

April 29, 2010

The opening sequence of True Blood has become an integral and recognizable aspect of the show. For fans, the sequence is a humorous mixture of menace, sexuality, and of course, anticipation. Interestingly, the use of Jace Everett’s Bad Things” was originally just a temporary track that Alan Ball liked, while Gary Calamar, the music supervisor for True Blood, searched for the perfect song.

This little tidbit of information was discussed at the Sync Up Conference in New Orleans that ran simultaneously to Jazz Fest as a local professional-development outreach endeavor by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Gary Calamar’s panel, “Creating Music For Film and Television“, included Treme music supervisor Blake Leyh, Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin, and “Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense” producer, John W. Comerford.

While the visuals were created for the opening sequence by Digital Kitchen, it was up to Calamar “to find the song,” while Jace Everett’sBad Things” was considered just a temporary track. Calamar discussed that C.C. Adcock, a New Orleans Jazz Festival favorite, was in the running with his song “Bleed 2 Feed“, which Adcock submitted himself. Calamar notes:

He’s a great musician and a great – I don’t know if hustler is the right word — hustler in the best sense of the word.

Of course, as we all know, “Bad Things” went from being a temporary placeholder to one of the most recognizable aspects of the show. Luckily, C.C. Adcock’s song was later used in the first-season’s soundtrack.

In the end, True Blood fans received the best possible outcome: “Bad Things” as our episodic sing-a-long and “Bleed 2 Feed” on the soundtrack Calamar facilitated.

SOURCE: Nola.com

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