True Blood Shapeshifter Actress Shares Her Musical Creativity

November 26, 2012

Janina Gavankar Releases a Creative Music Video Showcasing Her Musical Side:

janina-gavankar-billboard magActress Janina Gavankar plays shapeshifter Luna Garza on HBO series True Blood. Ms. Gavankar has released a single and accompanying music video for her song, “Waiting for Godot”. A very creative artist, Ms. Gavankar plans to release a video for each track on her upcoming EP, and has consciously tried to break unstated rules of both music and video production.

Ms. Gavankar studied classical music and percussion as a child. Her EP is still in production with Randy Jackson’s label, Dream Merchant 21. She is unsure what the rest of the tracks will sound like, but has completed at least one other that she talks about in this way:

“very strange, all a cappella, and no moment is like the moment that came before it.”

While acknowledging it as a lofty goal, Ms. Gavankar intends to produce a music video for each track on her EP.

“But I really feel like it’s what I’m supposed to do. It’s the way that I think, it’s the way that I create. It’s all kind of one and the same. I don’t know how to do anything small-scale, much to the dismay of some of the people around me.”

Adding to her creative credentials, Ms. Gavankar produced the “Waiting for Godot” video herself. It was directed by her friend, Caitlin Pashalek. Several years ago, Ms. Pashalek also helmed the video for Ms. Gavankar’s cover of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown”.

“One stake we set in the ground from the get-go with this was this it wasn’t going to be a ‘regular music video.’ I don’t give a sh** about following any sort of norms. I don’t really care if people think I’m hot. I really set out to make something beautiful that had a strong narrative.”

Ms. Gavankar believes that all people are complex and multi-sided. Music and videos are ways in which she expresses the duality of her own nature. While most of her True Blood cast mates know about her musical side, Ms. Gavankar says she has not outwardly advertised it, but she knows most are aware. She believes her music videos are evidence that, as an actress, she is able to bring true creativity to her performances.

You can watch Ms. Gavankar’s music video here:



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

(Photo: HBO, Inc.)


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

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.



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

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.


(Image credit: HBO, Inc.)



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 (, 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

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

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

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. (

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. (


Contribution credit: The Spares

(Image credit: HBO, Inc.)


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

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: – True Blood Music


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

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: – True Blood Music

(Photo credit: HBO, Inc.)


True Blood Season 3 Music: Episode 12 “Evil is Going On”

September 15, 2010

Bill Compton at Fangtasia, Stephen Moyer, True BloodWhat a finale – revelations, characters from the past, Sookie harnessing her powers, Eric covered in cement… and of course, an awesome soundtrack to back it up. Below you’ll find  the tracks used in episode 12, season 3, “Evil is Going On,” along with the artist and plot point during the episode at which the song was played.

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at

Rapture 7 – Somebody’s Knockin’
Tara walks in on her Mother and the reverend.

Jace Everett & CC Adcock – Evil (Is Going On)*
Sam walks through Merlotte’s and is very angry.

Morcheeba – Blood Like Lemonade*
After the mayhem, Sookie and Alcide talk at Fangtasia. A wounded Russell eavesdrops on their conversation.

The Ramblin’ Souls – Late Nite Horizon
Lafayette is freaking out while Jesus tries to calm him down.

Elton Anderson – Bye Bye Little Angel*
Tara does a Merlotte’s drive by before she skips town.

Jace Everett & CC Adcock – Evil (Is Going On)*
End Credits.

That’s all folks! We’ll see you in season 4.


(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)


True Blood Season 3 Music: Episode 9 “Everything is Broken”

August 16, 2010

James Frain True Blood Franklin Mott As we saw in Episode 9, “Everything is Broken” the title fits well with what happened with many being broken.  Talbot, Eric, Pam, Franklin and even that poor anchorman broken in more ways then one. So if you what to know what songs were played during last night.

Below you’ll find the rest of the tracks used in episode 9, season 3, “Everything is Broken” along with the artist and plot point during the episode at which the song was played.

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at

Robbie Robertson – How to Become Clairvoyant*
Lafayette and Jesus share a romantic moment.

Disposable Youth – Tricked Out
Sam and Terry talk on the phone; Arlene yells at Terry.

(Courtesy of Bosshouse Music) – Be My Queen
Sam comes home to find Tommy and a scantily clad girl messing around.

Galactic – Heart of Steel*
Lafayette‘s mother notices something different about her “La La” – Jesus gives her a ride home.

Jim Bianco – So Far So Good*
Background music in Sam‘s office at Merlotte’s.

Brit Savage – Holding on Too Tight
Jessica sees Hoyt walk into Merlotte‘s with his new girlfriend.

Alejandro Escovedo – Faith*
Jesus visits Lafayette, Jessica apologizes to Hoyt and they discuss how Hoyt hates Summer and Tommy yells at Hoyt for making Jessica cry.

James Combs and Joey Peters – Heaven Knows*
Crystal‘s dad shows up angry to Merlotte’s; Sam starts to lose it.

Los Infernos – Dead and Gone
Sam goes nuts and beats Crystal‘s dad half to death.

Bob Dylan – Everything is Broken*
End Credits.


(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)


True Blood Season 3 Music: Episode 8 “Night on the Sun”

August 9, 2010

Episode 8 of True Blood‘s third season, “Night on the Sun,” was really a carnal experience. Sex, death, break-ups, make-ups, hook-ups… And we’ve got the list of songs to remind you of it all. And bonus – quite a few are available for download from Below you’ll find soundtrack list from episode 8, season 3, “Night on the Sun,” along with the artist and plot point during the episode at which the song was played.

Eduardo Ponsdomenech – Tea Biscuit
Russell confesses to Talbot about the Magister.

Eilen Jewel – Till You Lay Down Your Heavy Load*
Lafayette comforts Tara.

Fred Eaglesmith – Dynamite and Whiskey*
Tara has a flashback about meeting Franklin. Arlene talks with the new waitress at Merlotte’s – there is something strange about her.

The Sadies – Another Year Again*
Hoyt enters Merlotte’s, Tommy picks a fight.

Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello – Kiss Like Your Kiss*
Jason and Crystal have a heart-to-heart after becoming intimate.

Deer Tick – Straight Into a Storm*
Crystal‘s dad and boyfriend show up at Merlotte’s looking for her.

Beto Villares – Nacao Postal*
Eric plays chess with Talbot. Talbot becomes bored and tells Eric to remove his clothes.

Iron Horse – Night On the Sun
Jason enters the shack and sees blood on the walls and follows the music into the back, where he sees someone eating a deer.

Otep – Head*
Hoyt drives off upset, Jessica attacks a Werewolf. Sookie and Bill make crazy love. End credits.

How about that last song? Crazy is a good way to describe the whole episode.


(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)


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