True Blood Score Featured At SD Comic-Con 2012

July 9, 2012

Lisbeth Scott to Discuss Providing Her Voice to the Music of True Blood:

alcide-postcardHBO’s series True Blood will be a topic of multiple discussions at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. ‘Behind the Music with CW3PR: Perfect Sound for TV & Film’ is a panel highlighting singer and composer collaborations that create memorable music in TV and film. One panelist is singer Lisbeth Scott, who has lent her voice to the score of True Blood, among other notable projects (Avatar, Iron Man 2).

Ms. Scott will join top composers and singers from TV and film to discuss the singer and composer collaboration. Topics that will be covered are: how these dynamic partnerships work, how they are essential to create poignant and memorable music, and how a singer’s voice can amplify an original score. Ms. Scott is one of only two singers featured, along with four composers.

The panel featuring Ms. Scott and her work on the score of True Blood will be held at SD Comic-Con on July 15th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in room 7AB of the San Diego Convention Center. Attendees of the panel will receive exclusive giveaways. They will also be the first to see and hear surprise sneak peeks from upcoming projects of the panelists. A fan-led Q&A will follow, as per usual.

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True Blood Composer Represents at WonderCon

March 31, 2012

Nathan Barr Attends 3rd Annual “Behind The Music” Panel:

One of the most impressive things about True Blood is the music. Not only the various songs borrowed from other artists, but the original compositions as well. Who doesn’t remember the beautiful Sookie and Bill theme?

Nathan Barr has traveled the world and studied music extensively from a very young age. This definitely comes out through his compositions. True Blood has had some truly unique music over its four seasons. During the panel at this year’s WonderCon, Barr and many other Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Animated television series composers discussed with fans the ways in which they evolve and elevate music composition to new heights.

Also in attendance at the panel was Ellen Greene, star of ABC’s “Pushing Daisies” and Warner Brothers’ “Little Shop Of Horrors,” Jim Dooley (FX’s “Wilfred”), Robert Duncan (ABC’s “Castle”), Mark Isham (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”), Danny Jacob (Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb”), David Ari Leon (Disney XD and Marvel Entertainment’s “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”), and Blake Neely (CBS’ “The Mentalist.”).

WonderCon 2012 Behind the Music Panel

Source: CW3PR

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True Blood Auction – Studio Tour with Nathan Barr

December 16, 2011

Proceeds Go to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG):

Nathan Barr (composer from HBO's True Blood) eBay AuctionIt’s auction time again for HBO’s True Blood. This time, on offer, is a studio tour with True Blood composer, Nathan Barr. Barr has composed the music for all four seasons of our favorite hit HBO TV series.

This item is being auctioned on eBay and there is not a lot of time left! Barr has worked with the likes of Alan Ball and the master or gore-horror, Eli Roth. Not only does Barr compose the music – he plays it too! And not just your everyday items, he has in his studio amongst other peculiar items, the following: a human bone trumpet from Tibet, dismantled pianos and gourd cellos.

Make sure you bid on this item before it gets away. All proceeds will go to helping out Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and their fabulous (and award winning) children’s literacy programs, BookPALS and Storyline Online. Plus, benefits will also go to the Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and the Actors Center.

You can bid on the item here. Let us know how high you go!

Source: eBay – “True Blood” Composer Nathan Barr Gives Personal Studio Tour

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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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True Blood Meets Faux Blood in Louisiana Halloween Weekend

October 20, 2010

Faux Blood Music Festival Plans To Do Bad and Evil Things with Jace Everett and C. C. Adcock

Faux Blood Festival to showcase Jace Everett and CC AdcockLouisiana is about to get even bloodier.  Well, if that’s even possible.  True Blood music contributors Jace Everett and C. C. Adcock will celebrate Halloween by trekking out to the swamp and playing at the inaugural Faux Blood Festival at the Magnolia Cafe in St. Francisville, Louisiana.  The festival, which showcases local musicians, will take place Saturday, October 30th through Sunday, October 31st, 2010. 

Although Everett isn’t actually from Louisiana, thanks to True Blood, he’s become an honorary cajun local.  Everett’s song “Bad Things” is the theme song for the hit series, and his duet “Evil (Is Going On)” with C. C. Adcock is part of the True Blood Volume 2 soundtrack.

Adcock, on the other hand, was born and raised in Lafayette, LA.  Notoriously known as a swamp rocker with an affinity for reptilian foot wear, Adcock and his band appeared in Season 1 of True Blood, playing at Arlene and Rene’s engagement party at Merlotte’s.

Everett is excited about the festival and posted the following comment on Faux Blood’s MySpace page earlier this month:

Looking forward to getting Swamp fever, biting a gator, roping an inmate and annoying a Prophet. Good times people, good times…

Festival tickets are $20 for one day and $30 for a weekend pass. Magnolia Cafe is located at 5689 Commerce Street, St. Francisville, LA, 70775. For more information, call 225-721-7003.

Sources: MySpace– Faux Blood Music Festival

Jace Everett – Tour Dates

(Photo Credit: Faux Blood Music Festival)

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True Blood Items for Amnesty International Auction

September 29, 2010

True Blood Goodies for Charity Auction

Season 3 promo shot of the True Blood Cast

What could be better than owning a piece of memorabilia from season 3 of HBO’s True Blood?  How about knowing that your purchase also counted as a donation for charity?

Items up for  bid for the Amnesty International auction include: True Blood drawstring bag, season 3 8 pack of mini posters, dvd of the season 3 “minisodes”, an Eric Northman dog tag, promotional notebook handed out to HBO employees and volume 2 of music from the series. Winning bids from the US will enjoy free shipping.  Foreign bids are allowed, but there will be a shipping charge if you win.

For details and information on all the items please visit http://skarsgardnews.com/?page_id=8457

SOURCE: http://skarsgardnews.com/ — True Blood Season 3 Collectibles

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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Music to Vamp By: An Interview With Gary Calamar

September 21, 2010

A picture of Gary Calamar.Gary Calamar is the music supervisor for HBO‘s hit series True Blood. In an interview with IFC, Gary explained that the specific songs and music are a delicate balance when chosen for an episode, or scene location. For example, tunes for Merlotte’s is “upbeat bar music, rockabilly, southern rock”.

For the most part, Gary says the music for True Blood “has sort of a dark undercurrent to it like a lot of New Orleans blues seems to have. Those classics – Slim Harpo, Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf – those are what really kind of speak to me as the sound of Bon Temps.”

Asked if it was true that show creator Alan Ball said he did not want opera music in a vampire show, Gary could not confirm it. However, Alan did tell him he wanted non-traditional music without the overly dramatic type heard in previous vampire movies.

Actually, Alan found Jace Everett‘s “Bad Things” to use as the theme music and Gary said they got lucky with it. During a writing break, Alan found it on iTunes.

“We all liked it but we all kind of thought that we would eventually find the one. But the more we placed other songs against it we realized that it actually was the one. It was perfect and it had just that right combination of menace, romance, sexiness, and humor to it.”

Every episode of True Blood is named after a song. According to Gary, this is difficult due to budget concerns. Some licensing can be too expensive or just not available. In a few cases, the episode titles were changed because the song didn’t work out as planned. But, as music supervisor, this touch makes his job more fun and interesting.

And it’s actually the writers who provide the song ideas. With the mood they set, sometimes they’ll write a song into the script.  But it doesn’t work 100% of the time. Gary said that putting the song up against the picture will sometimes show it’s just not a good fit. That’s when Gary provides the “Plan B” music.

In one example, Gary talked about a song titled “Hitting the Floor”, which was to play during a scene of an actual severed head hitting the floor.

“But the song was not working. Well, I actually knew of a great song by P.J. Harvey called “Hitting the Ground.”  So, we changed the title [from “Floor” to “Ground”] and it still worked thematically.”

Working at night as a DJ, Gary listens to a lot of music, which helps him with ideas for True Blood. Now that he has the feel for what the series ‘sounds like’, it’s a little easier for him to read the script and find the right song to recommend. Once the music is approved by Alan, it’s Gary’s job to check on the license and negotiate the deal for use.

Nathan Barr is the show’s composer for original score and often it’s a song that leads into the score. So both Nathan and Gary need to be in sync. But what about the show’s characters?

“Yeah, each character definitely has their own taste and their own type of music that might be playing along with their theme. It depends on what’s going on in the scene, but Jason‘s taste is much different than Sookie‘s and Sam’s taste is much different than Lafayette‘s.”

In discussing the budget for music, Gary sighs when he thinks about a Led Zeppelin song that worked perfectly for a particular scene.

“But they’re just way too expensive and you know, don’t really do television unless you want to pay them an exorbitant amount of money. No TV show could really afford to have Led Zeppelin. Then it’s my job to find something that’s even better for a fraction of the price.”

I, for one, think he’s doing a really fine job.

Source: ifc.com (1st part2nd part) – The Man Behind the Music of HBO’s “True Blood”

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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 HBO.com)

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.

Source: HBO.com

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)

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VIDEO: Behind the Scenes to Recording of Episode 12 “Evil is Going On” Song

September 3, 2010

HBO has released a behind-the-scenes video into the making of the song , “Evil is Going On” that is the title for the season finale of True BloodAlan Ball discusses how every episode is named after a song and how this song is a collaboration between Jace Everett and C.C. Adcock. A wonderful video into the making of the music behind True Blood. Enjoy!

Inside The Studio: Evil (is going on)
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True Blood Season 3 Music: Episode 11 “Fresh Blood”

August 31, 2010

Anna Paquin, Sookie StackhouseIn episode 11 of True Blood’s season 3, titled “Fresh Blood,” everything started coming together, brewing for the finale. Who can you trust at this point? Relive the episode with this soundtrack list. Here is the complete list of songs used in Episode 11, “Fresh Blood,” including artist, song title, and plot point when each song was played.

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

Toro Y Moi – Blessa*
Lafayette and Jesus talk about their experience on V.

Nathan Barr – You Are My Sunshine
Eric and Russell are interrupted by a cell phone.

Wanda Jackson – Tears Will be the Chaser (For Your Wine)*
Tara shows up at Merlotte’s and confronts Andy about the cover-up.

Karen Elson – The Ghost Who Walks*
Sam fires Tommy and kicks everybody out at Merlotte’s.

Beto Villares – Africa La*
Lafayette wakes up frightened by his religious dolls.

BB King & Eric Clapton – Help the Poor*
Sam and Tara have late night drinks.

Eels – Fresh Blood*
End Credits.

One more, baby.

Source: HBO.com

(Photo Credit: Screencap by James)

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