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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...
Internet Talk Radio Interview

Internet Talk Radio Interview

Who knew there was an internet radio show devoted to Castle, and more specifically, the lovely Stana Katic? Well there is, and as Castle’s music supervisor, the show hosts Pam and Sheryl deemed me worthy of an interview. They were totally cool and we had a fun time talking about Castle, music, music supervising, and...
Louis Armstrong Sighted On Castle

Louis Armstrong Sighted On Castle

Even though I’m die-hard indie rock girl, 40s and 50s jazz is a secret passion of mine so working on this episode was quite a thrill! It was fun (and nerve-wracking) to try to find the right Louis Armstrong recording that matched the era as well as the band members we would have on-stage. Kudos...
Have A Pink Martini With FeFe Dobson on Castle tonight!

Have A Pink Martini With FeFe Dobson on Castle tonight!

  Such a fun episode! No better song than the charming “Lilly” by Pink Martini to start off our dog-themed show. Pink Martini are one of the hardest working indie bands in show biz, they’ve released six studio albums and have performed endless charming live shows to enchanted audiences during their long tenure together. Lucky...
Castle is "Super Bon Bon" Tonight!

Castle is “Super Bon Bon” Tonight!

Judging from the twitter feed, Castle fans are loving the 1996 Soul Coughing flashback! Good excuse to get out this excellent album and return it to rotation. And while you’re at it, Mike Doughty has a new album out so you can get on that as well. Soul Coughing – “Super Bon Bon”: Amazon ::...
J. Mascis Rules Castle

J. Mascis Rules Castle

I’m kinda proud of this one, music fans. It’s the first TV show placement for this album that came out in March of this year. J. Mascis has been an integral part of my musical life since I was enlightened to the wonderful and mysterious world of indie rock via Dinosaur Jr’s seminal 1987 album...
Castle Links The Chain Gang Of 1974 and Jen Hirsh

Castle Links The Chain Gang Of 1974 and Jen Hirsh

Q: What artist named his band after Ryan Adam’s birth year plus a Raveonettes song? A: The Chain Gang of 1974. If OMD is one of your guilty pleasures, like mine, you will be into this band. Despite the band name, the music is not at all 70s-influenced, and doesn’t bring to mind jail or...
Gaga For Ladies Night on Castle

Gaga For Ladies Night on Castle

Two awesome female singers were featured in Castle’s “Pretty Dead” episode – one has millions of fans and the other you can say you were among her first. A beauty pageant dance number clearly called out for Lady Gaga “Born This Way” as the opening song right before the poor dead girl was discovered. Close...
Beckett to Castle: "Come And Find Me"

Beckett to Castle: “Come And Find Me”

A little background … it was likely the summer of 2000, 10 years ago now, that I was experiencing the perfect summer night in Los Angeles. The Frames had probably just played somewhere to about 5 people (this was pre-Swell Season) and people were gathering at someone’s house in the valley. They had a hot...
Jon Spencer Burns It Up on Castle

Jon Spencer Burns It Up on Castle

Sometimes you just need a little gritty blues rock to kick off a noir-influenced detective series. Blues Explosion fits the bill this week with “Burn It Off” as Castle and Beckett delve into a mystery involving competing pizza franchises in NYC. Closing out the episode, the lovely Lindsey Ray and the talented A.M. team up...
Castle Hopes This Gets To Her

Castle Hopes This Gets To Her

It’s a very sweet moment as Castle wraps up tonight – Castle is getting strategic as he woos Beckett, letting her think she is informing him about a cool film screening at The Angelika, when he’s been wanting to go all along. Clever man! We sent them off into the elevator to the sounds of...
Takin' Care Of Business With Castle

Takin’ Care Of Business With Castle

There’s always room for a little classic rock on Castle – what better song to accompany Martha’s spring-cleaning binge than “Takin’ Care Of Business” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive?! This episode is titled “One Life To Lose” and first aired on March 21, 2011. Bachman-Turner Overdrive: Wiki :: Amazon :: iTunes