Get Ready: True Blood Report Returns Monday

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Rocks Off is super-excited that we'll once again be bringing you coverage of the music featured in Season 4 of Alan Ball's HBO adaptation of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels. The fourth book is our favorite in the series, and as each season sequentially corresponds with the books (roughly), it's to be hoped that this batch of episodes will live up to their literary inspiration.

We already know we're going to get witches and an amnesiac Eric Northman, so there's some reassurance right there. On the other hand, we had some rather severe problems with the Ren-Faire fairy crap that ended Season 3 on a very "meh" note. Boobs and blood abound as much as ever, so no complaints from our nether regions, but what can we expect from the music?

So far Joan Jett has been showcased in previews with her cover of Donovan's "Season of the Witch." Nick Cave and Neko Case have confirmed that a cover of "She's Not There' will also be featured in the first episode. We see this as a somewhat ominous audio development. Nothing wring with covers, of course, but the thing that birthed this column in the first place was some of the amazing lesser known acts and songs that made their way onto the show. We'll off hold judgment, though, for the time being.

To get you ready for the season, we thought we'd bring you our five favorite cuts from the past three years. In no particular order, they are.

Sister Gertrude/DJ King Britt, "I've Got the New World in my View"

Gertrude Morgan gave up normal life and turned to street preaching in the 1950s. In 1970, she recorded an a capella album that almost everyone forgot about. Not DJ King Britt, who remixed the whole thing and rereleased it in 2005. The song served as the entrance music for Louisiana vampire queen Sophie-Anne.


Cat Power, "Half of You"

Cat Power stole our hearts with her soulful little tune while Vampire Bill was stealing Sookie's virginity while listening to the same song. Quick question, though: How come no one pops their cherry in silence in television and movies?

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