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Tricia Halloran

Tricia Halloran

Tricia Halloran is a new music junkie and a music supervisor for Film & TV, currently “Castle” and “The Big C”. From 1992 to 2007, she hosted “Brave New World” on KCRW, a destination for many emerging artists during the decade when the artists, music, and scene known as ‘indie...
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Take Me To The Augustines' Cruel City Anytime

Take Me To The Augustines’ Cruel City Anytime

Once upon a time there was a band called Pela. Pela captivated me with their 2007 album Anytown Graffitti, regrettably released just when my show at KCRW was ending or I would have played the hell out of it there. As it was, I included their song “Lost To The Lonesome” on my “Best of...
Another Indie Rocker Gets His Due On Mainstream Awards Show

Another Indie Rocker Gets His Due On Mainstream Awards Show

You might have missed it since Bono and his moving words about Nelson Mandela were next up on stage, but longtime Los Angeles indie rocker Alex Ebert won the Golden Globe last night for Best Original Score for Robert Redford’s film “All Is Lost”. Alex was the genius behind Ima Robot from 2003 to 2010...
Best Albums Of 2013

Best Albums Of 2013

Some people spend December making lists of gifts … I spend it making lists of albums. First a “definitely best of” list … then a “possibly best of” list … then a “better listen to that” list. Many headphone hours later, I always arrive at a clear cutoff point between the albums I am willing...
Awesome Music As Featured On NBC's Camp!

Awesome Music As Featured On NBC’s Camp!

I was delighted to work with Liz Heldens (Mercy, Deception) on Camp this summer although it meant I didn’t really get a summer vacation! But I did get to watch a lot of summer fun, which is almost as good as going away. Also, I was able to put a lot of my favorite bands...
Big C 2013 Playlist On Spotify

Big C 2013 Playlist On Spotify

I am really pleased with the music I placed in “The Big C: hereafter” as we closed out this wonderful series. Most especially William Elliott Whitmore, who I wrote about here, and who deserves so many more fans than he has. And also the divine Bob Mould, I love getting a Minneapolis artist into this...
Holy Shemp! Making Real Music for TV Bands on Castle

Holy Shemp! Making Real Music for TV Bands on Castle

Andrew Marlowe, the top dog and creator of Castle, sent me the script with a brief note: “Call me.” I could see why – the (brilliant) script centered around a band and the murder of their lead guitar player. In Castle tradition, we would need to make everything as authentic as possible, that meant creating...
Eight Quick Picks: DB+St.V, Grizzly Bear, Two Gallants, Field Report, Cat Power and more

Eight Quick Picks: DB+St.V, Grizzly Bear, Two Gallants, Field Report, Cat Power and more

Hi, I’m back from a maternity break – doubled the size of the family by adding twins! I still found plenty of time to listen to new music, mostly while feeding them. They’re the most musically up-to-date newborns around! Here’s eight quick picks on recent new releases to make up for my absence, go on,...
Pick Of The Week: The Dig "Midnight Flowers"

Pick Of The Week: The Dig “Midnight Flowers”

This is The Dig’s second album and if I would have blogged more in 2010, their debut would have received a recommend as well. The album is flawlessly produced and every song has some interesting texture to it, I love that. But I don’t love it if the songwriting is not there to back it...
Pick Of The Week: Everest

Pick Of The Week: Everest

I think if a song can start off sounding like a Johnny Marr riff, segue into a grungy power pop Strokes vibe and then wind up sounding like the Doors, thats a great song. Such is “Rapture”, the first track off Everest’s new album Ownerless. And many more treats await you after that track. Most...
Pick Of The Week: Glen Hansard solo album

Pick Of The Week: Glen Hansard solo album

Spectacular Irish band The Frames, heart-stopping duo The Swell Season, and the hugely affecting movie Once have exactly one thing in common – Glen Hansard. He has an almost supernatural gift for live performance that is solidly backed up by first-rate songwriting credentials. A lot of Irishmen, Bono included, think Glen and his band The...
"Birds Fly Away" Closes The Big C Season Finale

“Birds Fly Away” Closes The Big C Season Finale

Ah, another season concluded on The Big C. It went so fast, right? I was told fairly early on that the season would conclude with Cathy diving/escaping into the ocean, so I had some time to find the perfect song. I love this piece by Theresa Andersson, she always has unique and interesting arrangements on...
Pick Of The Week: Patti Smith "Banga"

Pick Of The Week: Patti Smith “Banga”

I’ve listened to this album about eight times in a row now. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t just being nostalgic, or ‘old’, or clinging to the past. But it’s just a damn fine release from one of the greatest artists of all time. Unlike many of her peers, she remains interesting and vibrant...