Every intense music fan presumes he or she has what it takes to be a TV or film music supervisor, and they have a box of clattering mix tapes from high school to prove it. Yes, it was clever how you started with "Please Come Home Baby" by Tom Waits and finished with Mel Torme's "Comin' Home Baby," but there's more to the job than making "High Fidelity" lists.
Or is there?
Meet Gary Calamar, a man whose hilltop home has a garage with sliding shelves three-deep to handle just the old stuff in his CD library. Calamar is a sort of Mr. Sunday Night when it comes to handpicked music; there's his KCRW-FM (89.9) show "The Open Road," and it's also the night HBO airs "True Blood," the vampire show that has music in the, uh, spooky vein but also songs speaking to the Louisiana setting.
"True Blood," which has its season finale tonight and has been renewed for a second season, is part of a string of shows Calamar has worked on, along with "House, M.D.," "Six Feet Under," "Weeds," "Dexter" and "Entourage."
On some, such as the 1970s-steeped "Swingtown," he looks for time-capsule hits viewers will recognize instantly, but with something like the quirky "Weeds," the soundtrack is far more of a pop-culture safari.