No, I'm not referring to the recent spate of vampire-themed movies, books, and tv shows. (Readers of this blog will know that I am in fact obsessed with said trend.) I'm referring instead to the excellent new single, on the soon-to-be-released album All Eternals Deck by The Mountain Goats. You can get a free download of "Damn These Vampires" here. I love way the lyrics and music combine to deliver a song that is at once witty and serious. When John Darnielle sings "God damn these vampires/for what they've done to me," he seems to be both recounting an apocalyptic western fantasy and delivering a damning statement on popular culture.
Bonus: Mountain Goats' frontman Darnielle recently posted a version of the classic "Power in a Union" in support of the current struggle in Wisconsin.
Power In A Union from JD on Vimeo.