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“Evil Is Going On” and the Tunes of HBO’s “True Blood”

“Evil Is Going On” and the Tunes of HBO’s “True Blood” (photo)

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Warm up your listless glamour slave, the season finale of “True Blood” is coming up this Sunday September, 12th. In anticipation of this I sought out music supervisor Gary Calamar, who is the force behind “True Blood’s” incredible music.

It’s not a secret, but many people don’t know that each episode of “True Blood” is titled after a song that’s featured in that episode. So last season’s finale, “Beyond Here Lies Nothin'” is titled after the Bob Dylan song of the same name, which is used in the episode. This season’s premiere was “Bad Blood,” after a Beck song of the same title, and so on.

These title and song ideas grow out of the writing at early stages and it’s not always an easy task to have all the pieces fall into place in the end. But Calamar, veteran music supe of “Weeds,” “Six Feet Under,” “House M.D.” and others, makes it happen each week. This is on top of generally nailing the job of setting this sexed-up creep fest in the deep south to great music, often using local music legends to capture the vibe.

Watch for a full interview with Calamar here next week. In the meantime, this coming season finale is called “Evil Is Going On.” It’s titled after “True Blood” soundtrack regulars, Jace Everett and CC Adcock’s, collaboration of the same name.

Jace Everett & CC Adcock – “Evil (Is Going On)”

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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