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Some of the best moments in television come with the opening sequences, titles, credits or introductions for our favorite series on the box. From dramas, to comedies, it seems that HBO shows put a lot of effort into their openers and set up what’s usually a fantastic series, and now True Blood’s opening credits have made a list of the 15 best credits since the year 2000.

Who can forget the fabulous opening sequence of True Blood? Even before we met our favorite vampires, those credits let us know that something special was about to begin. They are iconic in how they totally reflect the feeling of the show and Jace Everett’s song was probably the greatest find in TV history. His song,‘Bad Things,’ combined with the scenes from the opening credits, let’s you know you’re in for more than just your run-of-the-mill, small town, backwoods story.

Alan Ball found the song on ITunes after listening to hundreds of songs.  He originally intended it to be a “filler” until he found a better song, but after it was mixed with the video, he decided to keep it.  We’re so glad he did. 

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True Blood’s creator, Alan Ball is quoted as saying:

Title Sequence (Digital Kitchen, Seattle) – “I didn’t want actors’ faces paraded in front of me.” He described trying to evoke “a sense of tension” of “getting drunk and doing something with someone you wouldn’t normally do” and the craziness of the Bible Belt. That tension between the religious/spiritual and our primal natures. “Both represent a longing for a transcendent experience.” As for those critters and nature shots, Mr. Ball suggests that here, “the supernatural is a deeper manifestation of Nature, and that humans have lost the ability to receive.

Digital Kitchen did those opening credits, and I thought it was great. They just got nominated for an Emmy, so it’s apparently not just my opinion. The song helps the images, but the images help the song just as much. I think they did a phenomenal job.

Gary Calamar, music supervisor for True Blood told the story at the Sync Up Conference a few years back at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Speaking of “Bad Things” Calamar said, “It was a placeholder, it was my job to find the song.“ What is news to us is what Calamar shared about the runner up.  He said that one of the songs seriously considered for the slot was CC Adcock’s “Bleed 2 Feed,” which Adcock had personally submitted for the production’s consideration.

Of Adcock, Calamar said, “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,” Calamar said. Alas, “Bad Things” won out.

At the end of the day, we could not beat it,” Calamar said. “It had the right mix of menace, humor and sex.“ “Bleed 2 Feed” did end up in an episode, and on the show’s first-season soundtrack album. ”We were able to repurpose it,” Calamar said.

As we go into the final season of our favorite show, let’s remember the magic that happened in September 2008 when True Blood aired it’s first episode on HBO.  When I saw those opening credits, I knew this was going to be a great show.


True Blood Nominated for a Guild of Music Supervisors Award

Posted by Lynnpd On February - 13 - 2014

True Blood’s music supervisor, Gary Calamar has done it again. True Blood has been nominated for Best Music Supervision in Television Drama.


Here’s the list of nominees for the award:

1. American Horror Story – P.J. Bloom
2. Boardwalk Empire – Randall Poster
3. Breaking Bad – Thomas Golubic
4. Parenthood – Liza Richardson
5. Reign – Madonna Wade-Reed
6. Scandal – Alexandra Patsavas
7. True Blood – Gary Calamar
8. The Vampire Diaries – Christopher Mollere

The fourth annual awards ceremony will take place Feb. 26 at Mack Sennett Studios in Hollywood. The awards show recognizes music supervisors in 15 categories covering film, television, games, trailers and advertising.

To learn more about this award and to see the nominees in the other categories, go to:

Congratulations to Gary Calamar and to True Blood!

The Vault Wishes Gary Calamar A Happy Birthday!

Posted by Lynnpd On October - 12 - 2013

The Vault wishes Gary Calamar (True Blood’s Music Supervisor) a Happy Birthday – October 13.

True Blood Season 6 Music Episodes 1 & 2

Posted by Lynnpd On June - 25 - 2013

episodemusicsquareEach season we highlight the great music that Gary Calamar, True Blood’s Music Supervisor selects for each episode and True Blood Season 6 is no exception. As you know one song becomes the episode title, and below are the songs that were featured in the first two episodes of True Blood as listed on the web site. We have provided links where you can purchase the songs or albums on Amazon and ITunes.


True Blood Episode 6.01 – Who Are You Really?

Episode 6.01 – Who Are You Really?
316SuM0p3bL._SL500_AA280_ Who Are You, Really?”by Mikky Ekko Amazon

True Blood Episode 6.02 – The Sun

Episode 6.02 – The Sun
61hNX2VktKL._SL500_AA280_ “I Lost My Job of Loving You” by Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale Amazon
“This Kinda Party” by Big Bad Johns - No download available. No download available.
51EZC2O99cL._SL500_AA280_ “The Sun” by The Naked and Famous Amazon


True Blood is known for including excellent music to go along with the story. The music is all handpicked by music supervisor Gary Calamar who also consults with the writers and Creative and Executive Producer, Brian Buckner. Gary has turned lots of fans on to great music that may never have been heard before.

garycThis season, each week Gary will be sharing information about the week’s episode music choices. Why not check out what Gary has to say about the song choices for episodes 1 and 2 by clicking on the links below:

Gary Calamar on: Episode 1 – “Who Are You Really?”
Gary Calamar on: Episode 2 – “The Sun”

Also, you can purchase the official True Blood Soundtrack CD’s.  There are currently 4 volumes which include music from all the current seasons as well as two seasons of Nathan Barr’s lovely background music. Click on the links below to purchase each CD.
At Amazon

At ITunes


sources: 61-who-are-you-really/music 62-the-sun/music.html

Gary Calamar and Todd Lowe talk Music and True Blood

Posted by Lynnpd On June - 13 - 2013

gary and toddTrue Blood’s Music Supervisor, Gary Calamar and Todd Lowe spoke to ExtraTV about the music in True Blood and it’s new season in the video interview below. Gary talks about the songs that make up the title of each episode and how sometimes that can cause a problem when the title of the episode is changed at the last minute. Todd discusses how his character of Terry Bellefleur is still suffering from what happened last season, and what will happen for Terry in Season 6.


282394_10151551803063563_363412575_nAs you may know, we’re currently running a givingaway of some True Blood Original Music Volume 4 CD’s. We thought you might like to hear what the Gary Calamar thinks about his job and what its like choosing the music for the show.

Below is an excerpt of the interview Gary did with Rolling Stone Magazine about the new CD.

For the past five seasons, Gary Calamar, the disc jockey turned award-winning music supervisor has anchored the hit HBO show’s music department, recruiting an A-list set of musicians to soundtrack the twisted adventures of Sookie, Bill, Eric and the other blood-sucking inhabitants of Bon Temps.

It is probably my most rewarding show that I work on,” says Calamar, who also serves as music supervisor on Dexter. The latest volume in the sexy vampire show’s collection of Grammy-nominated soundtracks, True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume 4, released today, features newly recorded tracks from Iggy Pop, My Morning Jacket and the Animals’ Eric Burdon, in addition to a deep cut from the Flaming Lips and a track from breaking L.A. rockers Deap Vally.

Calamar says his work on True Blood is distinct from other shows in that each episode is named after a particular song. “So when I receive the script early on, it has a title, sometimes of a song that is well-known and sometimes a song that I’ve never heard of,” he explains.

He recalls a recent instance when he received a Season Six script entitled “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” its name derived from the much-covered song recorded by Nina Simone and the Animals, among others.

“So immediately I started running with it and we eventually made a new recording with Eric Burdon and Jenny Lewis,” he says. “I put those two together, and they did an amazing version.”

Burdon was happy to take part. “The True Blood recording has a really fresh feeling to it,” he says. “It’s way different than the first recording with the Animals.

As luck would have it, the episode’s title has been changed. “Now we’re finding a new spot for that song,” Calamar says, laughing. “It’s just the way crazy television works.

Read the rest of this great interview by going to


And, be sure to enter our giveaway which ends on Thursday, May 30 at 12 noon P.D.T.  It’s “easy peasy” to enter, just tell us why you like True Blood music.  

Click on the image below to enter the giveaway.


True Blood's Original Music CD Volume 4I loved the original version, but this remake by Eric Burdon with Jenny Lewis of the song “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” is even better. The song is featured on True Blood’s Music from the HBO Original Series Vol. 4 which will be available everywhere on May 28, 2013.



You can purchase the CD at on iTunes here: or at Amazon.


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True Blood Music Volume Four will be out May 28

Posted by Lynnpd On April - 29 - 2013

trueblood-306-1367004517The next soundtrack volume of True Blood music will be out just in time to listen to before Season 6 begins on June 16. 

The songs included are those used in True Blood, and are hand picked by Music Supervisor, Gary Calamar. It will be available for purchase on May 28.

While there have been 5 seasons of True Blood, this is only the fourth volume of music to be released for the show and includes songs from both Seasons 5 and 6.

Iggy Pop, My Morning Jacket and the Flaming Lips will quench their thirst for blood on this next installment and also features Alabama Shakes, Los Lobos, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, Eric Burdon and more.

Alabama Shakes dust off the Boys and Girls bonus track “Pocket Change,” and Burdon and Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis add their duet “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” Iggy Pop and Cosentino team for “Let’s Boot and Rally,” which was released last year and was written specifically for the show, and My Morning Jacket add “Turn Turn Turn.” The Flaming Lips dig up their old outtake “Your Face Can Tell the Future.”

Here’s a better photo that includes the back of the CD:


Here’s the full tracklist:

1) “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” – Eric Burdon with Jenny Lewis –  title of Season 6, episode 1
2) “Let’s Boot and Rally” – Iggy Pop with Bethany Cosentino – episode 5.05
3) “What Makes a Good Man?” – the Heavy – episode 5.11
4) “Smokestack Lightnin’” – Howlin’ Wolf – episode 5.08
5) “Pocket Change” – Alabama Shakes - episode 5.04
6) “Authority Song” – Bosco Delrey – episode 5.02
7) “Turn Turn Turn” – My Morning Jacket – episode 5.01
8) “Your Face Can Tell the Future” – the Flaming Lips
9)  “The Sun” – the Naked and Famous
10) “Undertow” – Warpaint - episode 5.05
11) “I Wanna Be Your Man” – Mobley
12) “(She’s a) Wanderer” – Deap Vally
13) “Whatever I Am, You Made Me” – Koko Taylor – episode 5.03
14) “We’ll Meet Again” – Los Lobos – episode 5.02


buma-music-motionA chance for the Dutch Truebies to get a taste of True Blood in Amsterdam. Gary Calamar, True Blood’s Music Supervisor, has been confirmed to speak at the Buma Music In Motion conference that will take place on May 16th at Pakhuis Willem De Zwijger in Amsterdam.




The man who chooses all the music for True Blood, it’s Music Supervisor Gary Calamar moves his intimate Mimosa Music Series out of his Laurel Canyon living room and into North Hollywood’s beautiful Federal Bar. Come on down for a bagel, mimosa and some great music.  So, if you are in Los Angeles this weekend go on over and listen to some great tunes!

The event takes place Sunday December 2 at the Federal Bar and promises a delicious brunch with musical guests LoveyDove (11am) and Kate Earl (12:30). all-ages are welcome!


source: Mimosa Music on

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