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True Blood soundtrack lures likes of M. Ward, Beck

on May 11, 2010, 9:56am

What is it about vampires and musicians? First, the sparkly kind from Twilight got the likes of Thom Yorke and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Now, the vampires of True Blood, those sexualized, less melodramatic fiends of the night, have put together a soundtrack of new songs from the likes of M. Ward, Beck, Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello, and The Band’s Robbie Robertson. Yeah, this should leave you feeling drained.

The Beck track (“Bad Blood”) sounds like a perfect fit for the album, while the Williams and Costello duet (“Kiss Like Your Kiss”) will probably mirror some of that dark, bluesy sexual tension that seeps forth from the show. Meanwhile, Robertson’s “How to Become Clairvoyant” has us giddy with joy as to what the legend will pull out with such source material. But arguably the most impressive song is M. Ward‘s cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Howlin’ for My Baby”. If that isn’t amazing, you can exsanguinate us.

True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume II is due out May 25th via Elektra Records. Tracklist below (via P4k). Here ends our bad vampire puns.

True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume II Tracklist:
01. M. Ward: “Howlin’ for My Baby”
02. Jace Everett and CC Adcock: Evil (Is Going On)
03. Beck: “Bad Blood”
04. Robbie Robertson: “How to Become Clairvoyant”
05. Jr. Walker and The All Stars: “Shake and Fingerpop”
06. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: “Frenzy”
07. Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello: “Kiss Like Your Kiss”
08. Buddy and Julie Miller: “Gasoline and Matches”
09. Chuck Prophet: “You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)”
10. The 13th Floor Elevators: “You’re Gonna Miss Me”
11. Eels: “Fresh Blood”
12. Thievery Corporation: “The Forgotten People” (Bon Temps Remix)
13. King Britt and Sister Gertrude Morgan: “New World in My View”
14. Bob Dylan: “Beyond Here Lies Nothin'”
15. Jace Everett:”Bad Things (Acoustic)” *
16. Jakob Dylan: “Ain’t No Invisible Man” *
17. Stone Temple Pilots: “You Can’t Drive Me Away” *
18. Headbone and Bubba Kendall: “Dig” *

* = digital only bonus track