:: a new music guide by DJ & music supervisor Tricia Halloran ::

Monthly archive February, 2011
Loopy for Lou Barlow

Loopy for Lou Barlow

I recently had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours chatting with Lou Barlow for a yet-to-be-announced project. Dream assignment! I would definitely call that a highlight of my last twelve months. In addition to being a talented indie rock ICON, he’s intelligent, well-spoken, well-informed, AND well-versed in indie rock from the 80’s right...
Castle Goes Euro With Pink Martini

Castle Goes Euro With Pink Martini

This episode got a little worldly when Castle met up with a Syrian diplomat in a Euro-style coffee bar. (Of course he saved the day.) To bring in a little of that ‘Casablanca’ feeling, we used Pink Martini’s song “Sympathique” from their album Hang On Little Tomato. This episode was titled “Setup” and first aired...
Even The Rain

Even The Rain

Wow. I just saw an absolutely phenomenal film. Forget the Oscar nominees, this one blows them all away. Great concept, first-class screenplay, world-class acting, stunning cinematography, and a timeliness vis-a-vis the current Middle East rebellions that the filmmakers couldn’t possibly have forseen, but that drives their point home all the more. Not an indie rock...
A Dream Vacation With Neutral Milk Hotel

A Dream Vacation With Neutral Milk Hotel

If I say “December”, on the English coast, in a town called “Butlins”, it might not sound immediately like a dream vacation. But a festival has just been announced that will be curated by Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, who made one of the best albums of the 1990s, (In An Aeroplane Over The...
Arcade Fire Wins Grammy "Album Of The Year"

Arcade Fire Wins Grammy “Album Of The Year”

If I would have had any INKLING that indie band Arcade Fire was going to win “Album Of The Year” at the Grammies, I definitely would have watched that silly show. It would have been worth sitting through the many mainstream pop acts just to feel that moment when maybe, just maybe, there was hope...
Valentine's Day on Castle

Valentine’s Day on Castle

EVEN though Beckett has a hot, studly, boyfriend, apparently she was not too busy on Valentine’s Day to take her buddy Castle out for a drink. They cruised off into the NYC evening to the sounds of “I’ll Go Anywhere With You” by The Seventeens. This episode, “The Final Nail” first aired on February 14,...
Daniel Ahearn "Long Way Home"

Daniel Ahearn “Long Way Home”

Daniel Ahearn is one of Los Angeles’ best kept secrets (not his favorite boast, I’m sure), and I was happy to see an extensive interview and article with him in Kevin Bronson’s wonderful blog Buzz Bands LA. Kevin is a talented writer who loves L.A. and has excellent taste in music. It’s well worth five...
Bangers & Cash for Beckett & Castle

Bangers & Cash for Beckett & Castle

In the episode titled “Lucky Stiff” that first aired February 7, 2011, Castle and Beckett went late-night undercover and things got a little steamy on the dance floor to “Loose” by Benny Blanco & Spank Rock from their EP Bangers & Cash. Earlier in the episode, Castle & Beckett tracked some suspects to a recording...
Adam Haworth Stephens (from Two Gallants)

Adam Haworth Stephens (from Two Gallants)

This is my new favorite album. I somehow overlooked it when it came out in late September last year. It is definitely one of the best of 2010 though. Slightly more sophisticated than his Two Gallants albums, but still that amazing voice that carries emotion so well, and his incredible songwriting. We Live On Cliffs,...