Neko Got a Lot of Nerve

One of the warming thoughts this winter is provided by Neko Case. Her album Middle Cyclone comes out on 03/03/09.

In even better news, there’s a preview track available. It gets yet better, with this news from Anti-, Neko’s label. “Every time a blog reposts ‘People Got A Lotta Nerve’ by Neko Case, we will donate five dollars to the Best Friends Foundation.” That’s an animal rescue charity, in keeping with Neko’s ongoing efforts to help dogs in need. As if I needed any convincing to post the track here.

Via Stereogum, one of the many other sites to have already done its thing for charity by posting about its thing for Neko.

The Wolf Way

For some reason, there’s a whole lotta lupine on my mind at the moment. “Hey, there there’s such tender wolves ’round town tonight” is a line from “Star Witness,” a track that illustrates why Neko Case is my current favorite singer. It’s on the tremendous Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.

The Boston Globe reported that the animal that killed 13 sheep and lambs last year was an Eastern gray wolf. The wolf did the killing, and then was itself killed, last year. The confirmation that it was indeed a wolf came earlier this month. Thanks to phodge100 for the photo of an Eastern gray wolf.

My favorite picture of wolves is Adam’s drawing of the Good Little Wolf accepting a ham sandwich from his big bad uncle. You can see a thumbnail of it, with links to a larger version and to the story it illustrates, at an earlier post.

Candidates for a closing musical number include Los Lobos and Sergei Prokofiev. I’ll embed one video and link to another.