KCRW Premieres Iggy Pop + Bethany Cosentino Duet
for True Blood — “Let’s Boot and Rally”
Stream it on the KCRW Music Blog now and tune in at 10:20am to hear the radio debut on Morning Becomes Eclectic
KCRW DJ Gary Calamar co-wrote the track which will air on the July 8 episode of the HBO show.
SANTA MONICA, CA, July 5, 2012 – Los Angeles public radio station KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) is premiering “Let’s Boot and Rally”, a duet by Iggy Pop and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino recorded for the July 8 episode of HBO’s True Blood. The track, co–written by KCRW DJ Gary Calamar, can be heard right now on KCRW’s Music Blog. Calamar also shares the story behind how the collaboration came about.
Calamar will join KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley to debut the track on air on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 10:20am this morning.
“To me, it sounds like classic punk rock Iggy. And Bethany’s vocals take it over the top. They sound beautiful together,” said Calamar.
Calamar has music supervised all five seasons of the show and has put together notable collaborations in the past. Neko Case and Nick Cave teamed up to do The Zombies “She’s Not There” and Karen Elson and Donovan took on “Season Of The Witch“.
This was a case of a tight deadline breeding inspiration. Each episode of True Blood is named after a song used in a show and rather than change the name of an episode called “Boot and Rally”, Calamar called on his friend, songwriter James Combs, to help craft a tune that would work.
Pop had already declared himself a fan of the vampire drama and signed up after hearing a demo. Best Coast‘s LA-based frontwoman jumped at the chance to sing with the punk hero and the rest is history.
Calamar received Grammy Award nominations three years in a row for his work on the True Blood soundtracks. His weekly KCRW show airs Sundays from 6 to 8pm PST.
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