You might think this is silly, but a lot of music makes me all sentimental. OK Go reminds me of the excellent show I went to, and how cool the band was afterward. Amos Lee makes me pissed off (don’t ask). And then there’s a whole group of music that I didn’t even know about a few years ago that now comprises most of what I listen to–Calexico, Neko Case, 16 Horsepower, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Friends of Dean Martinez, Califone (I actually don’t even remember what I listened to prior to this time…a lot of Coldplay, I suppose. And My Chemical Romance.)–and these remind me of mellow times on the US-Mexico border. I like remembering that!
Anyhoo, when I heard my beloved Neko was coming out with a new album (Middle Cyclone, out March 3), I obviously became rather excited! And the first single from the album, “People Got a Lot of Nerve,” is a clearly delicious number with her lush vocals taking front-and-center. It’s definitely a song you can bop your head to (slightly), and I can see myself singing along in a few more listens. And, surprisingly, her repetitious line “I’m a man eater,” isn’t nearly as awkward and outrageous as Nelly Furtado’s song (I’m sorry, but every time I heard that song, I wanted to hurt myself).
What’s more, for all those in the blog-o-sphere, every time someone blogs about it (and it’s available for free download here), Neko Case and lable ANTI- will donate $5 to the Best Friends Animal Society, an animal-rescue foundation. Don’t want to blog? You can help out by adding the song to your iLike. For every add, she will donate $1 to the same cause.
So, yes, it’s slightly gimmicky, but it’s going toward a good cause, so I think it’s endearing. Oh, Neko! You rule!
Find more information on the original MySpace blog.
Thanks to Kim for turning this on to me.