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Like last year's teaming up of Neko Case and Nick Cave, HBO series 'True Blood' brought together two musicians to record a song for an episode, this time with Iggy Pop and Best Coast (who play Terminal 5 this month) singer Bethany Cosentino. While Neko and Nick put their spin on The Zombies' "She's Not There," Iggy and Bethany recorded a new song, co-written by 'True Blood' music supervisor Gary Calamar, called "Let's Boot and Rally." The song was written for the episode, "Boot and Rally," which airs this Sunday (7/8). The two sound pretty great together, and you can hear it for yourself by streaming the song at KCRW or purchasing it on iTunes. Here's what Gary had to say about the collaboration:

Now, I have always been a weekend songwriter. I can bang out a handful of chords and I must say I've written a few stone classics over the years....in my mind anyway. Back at my office I break out my trusty rhyming dictionary and I start thumbing through it....mmm, one thing leads to another and I started getting, how you say, inspired. At this point I called my very talented friend and brilliant songwriter, James Combs and asked him to collaborate. We got down to business and came up with a song "Let's Boot and Rally". As many songwriters say, "the song just wrote itself", "I was just a vessel". That's what happened, kinda.

Meanwhile, to backtrack a little....Iggy Pop, or should I say Iggy's people, had reached out to me saying he was a True Blood fan and if any opportunities come up, to please keep Iggy in mind. What ? Music to my ears. We sent Iggy the demo of "LB&R". He loved it and said sign me up.

So, as I was listening to my favorite song this summer, "The Only Place" by Best Coast, and I thought maybe Bethany might like to join in the fun of "Let's Boot and Rally". Nah, she's too busy with her fabulous new album her great fashion line and being the cover girl for all the hip mags. What the heck (I don't talk dirty) I said. Why not give her a call. "Hullo Bethany" ....She dug the song the most and jumped at the chance to sing with Mr. Pop.

The rest, as they say, might be history....

Meanwhile, Iggy Pop has been up to a handful of other stuff as well. As mentioned, he teamed up with Joe Jackson for Joe's upcoming Duke Ellington tribute album, which came out at the end of last month. You can stream that whole album below.

Iggy also released his own album earlier this year, Après, which is mostly made up of covers of French songs, in addition to covers of The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Fred Neil, Yoko Ono and Cole Porter. You can listen to that album and hear Iggy talk about it in a YouTube playlist below.

In more recent news, he was interviewed by the NY Times last week, during which he dissed The Clash and talked about his penis. Here's an excerpt:

Many date the birth of punk rock to a show the Stooges played in London in 1972, which was seen by founding members of the Clash and the Sex Pistols. What did you think when the punks started releasing music a few years later?

I reacted to it better than I had to the hippie thing. As it developed, I couldn't stand the sincere punks. I never believed them. Still don't.

The sincere punks?

Like the Clash were going to make the world politically correct for everybody's benefit -- but only if you kept buying Clash records. I never really went for the righteousness. I went more for the profligate, sneering groups. I also realized that it was good that I wasn't doing that sort of music anymore. In penile, postpubescent rock, the generation is five years; it's not 25 years. It would have been worse if I was still knocking out stuff that sounded like my first record but not as good.

It's interesting that you call it "penile rock," because your penis seems central to your image. You're known for having had a lot of sex.

I wish I could have had more.

Really?
Well, theoretically. The problem is that it leaves you so little room to do other things.

Has your relationship with your penis changed?

I would characterize it sort of like a powerful interest group within a political party at this point. It used to be the entire political party.

In other news, the upcoming CBGB film (which stars Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal), has revealed some other figures who will be portrayed in the film, including Iggy Pop. Keeping up their trend of interesting actor choices for the film, Iggy's character will be played by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. You can kind of see it.

Streams and a list of all Iggy & the Stooges dates are below.

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Joe Jackson - The Duke

Iggy Pop - Après

Iggy & the Stooges -- 2012 Tour Dates
Fri, 07/06/2012 Barcelona, Spain Cruilla Festival
Sun, 07/08/2012 Sofia, Bulgaria Sofia Rocks Festival
Fri, 07/13/2012 London, U.K. Hard Rock Calling
Fri, 07/27/2012 Verona, Italy Castello Scaligero Di Villafranca
Sun, 07/29/2012 Berlin, Germany Greenville Festival
Thu, 08/02/2012 Avenches, Switzerland Rock Oz'Arènes Festival
Sat, 08/04/2012 Katowice, Poland OFF Festival
Wed, 08/08/2012 Colmar, France Theatre en Plein Air de Colmar
Fri, 08/10/2012 Stockholm, Sweden Gröna Lund
Sun, 08/12/2012 Brussels, Belgium Brussels Summer Festival
Sun, 09/16/2012 Chicago, IL Riot Fest
Sun, 10/14/2012 Austin, Texas Austin City Limits Music Festival
Sat, 11/24/2012 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center w/ Morrissey

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Comments (55)

Tiddays!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 5:16 PM

Like Joe Strummer he was an actor in a Jarmusch film.Let's focus on the positives..

Posted by Steven Tyler | July 5, 2012 5:26 PM

The Clash is the only band that EVER mattered!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 5:30 PM

That is a great penis analogy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 5:39 PM

The Clash are easily the most overrated band in the rock/punk "cannon".

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 5:50 PM

i agree with 5:50

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 6:08 PM

Iggy is a douche.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 6:11 PM

"Has your relationship with your penis changed?"

Good question, NY Times.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 6:15 PM

I used to have such a crush on Taylor Hawkins in High School...

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 6:18 PM

The Clash worst song > Iggy's career

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 6:30 PM

I agree with 5:16

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 6:58 PM

I love Iggy but this lounge shit like "Apres" really blows.

"It would have been worse if I was still knocking out stuff that sounded like my first record but not as good." -- that would be Skull Ring-- it was an abomination.

If you bought a Clash record, believe me Iggy, you got your money's worth

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 7:46 PM

iggy pop is a midget. he is about 5 feet tall. maybe not even 5 feet.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 10:57 PM

the howl that Iggy lets go at the very beginning of TV Eye > everything the clash ever released combined (this is a fact)

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 11:23 PM

6:30 has never been more right. Iggy Pop sucks and the people that go to see him *still* are fucking idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 11:32 PM

pretending to be a vampire does not excuse the murder of innocent animals

Posted by hardline warrior | July 6, 2012 12:27 AM

bullshit track

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 1:02 AM

It was hardly a 'diss'.. He was just speaking how HE felt about the punk shit as a whole at that time. I'm sure he doesn't think the Clash were a useless group, just not entirely his idea of what he likes in a "punk" group.

By the way, I love both Iggy AND The Clash. Such is life.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 1:38 AM

"Disses" The Clash
"Collabs" with 'Best Coast'

Wow..

"Jesus.. This is Iggy." And I have sinned.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 1:58 AM

total loser

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 3:39 AM

i wouldnt have believed the sex pistols either. the clash rules though. iggy rules too. sucks he disses the clash but "...i never really went for the righteousness." is pretty astute.

"Iggy Pop sucks and the people that go to see him *still* are fucking idiots."

why dont you just go ahead and call tom waits washed up and prince a has been. kings will always be kings.


oh, and best coast + iggy pop.....thats blasphemy. shoulda been jay reatard and iggy pop.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 6:09 AM

My personal favorite collaboration is hummus + pita triangles.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 8:08 AM

How big is Iggy's dick?

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 8:24 AM

"Has your relationship with your penis changed?"

File under "trying too hard to be "edgy"".

"why dont you just go ahead and call tom waits washed up and prince a has been."

Certainly. Tom Waits is washed up and Prince was never really THAT great anyway. You're welcome.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 9:36 AM

Tom Waits washed up ? hardly.

Prince not that great- absolutely. see "overrated"

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 9:44 AM

Gramps needs to call it a night and hang up his loafers

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 9:56 AM

"Prince not that great- absolutely. see "overrated""

Agreed. Although I like a few songs by him.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 10:10 AM

Prince > Micheal Jackson

Iggy and the stooges > the clash

Rolling Stones > The Beatles

-these 3 claims should be recognized by all and not a cause for any debate.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 10:23 AM

Gramps can still put on a killer live show.

When 9:56 is 65 he'll bald, arthritic, and wearing a diaper.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 10:30 AM

"Iggy Pop collabed w/ Best Coast"

I guess cause it's the "in" thing to do...

"dissed The Clash"

ok

"talked about his penis"

Well, who doesn't?

"Foo Fighters drummer playing him in CBGB film"

How edgy.

"these 3 claims should be recognized by all and not a cause for any debate."


I only agree with the last one. Sorry.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 10:45 AM

The difference between Iggy Pop and Tom Waits, Prince is that they're sincere about their music. I've seen Iggy Pop at least 5 times over the last 25 years and he's going through the motions of being a rock star. Tom Waits and Prince are artists who cannot help but create music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 10:49 AM

IIIGGGGGGGGGGGGGYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 10:53 AM

SSSSSSUUUUUCCCCKKKKSSSS!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 12:35 PM

10:23

disagree massively. on all accounts. and i'm a fan of all of those listed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 1:17 PM

I agree with the Prince part...but the rest is hogwash

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 1:24 PM

"I've seen Iggy Pop at least 5 times over the last 25 years and he's going through the motions of being a rock star."


God I want to punch you in the face so fucking hard for making such a stupid insane comment. My guess is you have never seen Iggy Pop in concert you fucking troll. Anyone who says they have seen Iggy in concert and he is just going through the motions is probably both blind and deaf.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 1:41 PM

The most annoying thing about this article is that spiel by Gary Calamar. Jesus fuck that guy sounds like he drips cheezy, fake douche.

As for Iggy, after you've become creatively dead like he has and you've decided to not just die or become slave to dysfunctional addictions or retire from the business then you're left with nothing but doing shit for money and fame. So we end up with him doing a duet with phony of the week Bethany Cosentino and doing private, corporate sponsored shows and taking photos with some fat CEOs wife and generally eating shit for money.

Eh, it's a way to live I guess. But I can maybe see why The Clash upset him; anything involving ethics or principals would; since he has none. Though yeah, The Clash were hypocritical pieces of shit when it came to that stuff later on... Though I think Strummer meant well, he was just too dumb to actually do the right thing from 83-86.

Finally, anyone insulting Tom Waits can fuck off. The guy is still making albums as good as he was 35 years ago somehow. Cheers to him.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 1:51 PM

1:41 sorry new jack, the last three times I've seen him he did virtually the same set, same antics, same spiel. Completely uninspired horseshit. Couple that with his endless shilling of his past recordings for lame commercials and you have a soulless rockstar going through the motions for silly rubes like yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 2:38 PM

I like when people get bothered by opinions here based on PERSONAL TASTES.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 2:47 PM

LULZ 2:38, the only rube on here is you and your buddy above. You are a complete idiot. But I will play along. Ok so when were the last 3 times you saw him play? Please list the shows and venues so i can then mock your stupidity.

Trust me moron, this "new jack" has seen way many more shows than you will ever have.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 2:54 PM

Oh and 2:47, personal taste is one thing. Making completely ill informed, clueless and nonsensical statements like 2:38 did is just wrong.

To claim a performer like Iggy is uninspired or does some kind of routine antics is ridiculous.

That man, no matter how many times he performs the same songs, leaves it all out there on the stage.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 2:57 PM

No, you're a rube... and I've seen more shows than you... boo hoo. Face it, dingleberry you're an imbecile.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 3:05 PM

^Good comeback 2:38. Thank you for proving my point. Night Night dummy

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 3:08 PM

^ Thanks, it was good!

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 3:13 PM

Well, maybe HE FEELS LIKE Iggy is uninspired, not the fact that he necessarily is. I do agree that saying something like that as if it were an absolute fact and not an opinion is not the way to go.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 3:14 PM

The doors created punk...

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 3:23 PM

punk sucks and always has

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 4:21 PM

I love Iggy no matter what, but let's face it, he's creatively spent. if he could write original material he would, like say John Lydon, but he can't and he's doing these dumb ass cover songs that for the most part just don't work. good luck to him tho, I'm hoping he has at least one killer album, rock or otherwise, left in him.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 7:21 PM

Hummus based snacks > Corn based snacks

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2012 4:40 AM

My dick is growing into tree.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2012 6:37 PM

1:51

"hypocritical pieces of shit"

name me a human being who lives life and dies without ever being hypocritical. it's a part of the human condition.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2012 1:48 AM

Agreed completely with 7:21 and 1:48.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2012 3:17 PM

I agree completely with 4:40am

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2012 4:16 PM

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Posted by jocuri | September 3, 2012 6:36 AM

iggy pop is just plain amazing.

Posted by jordon | July 27, 2013 3:43 PM

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