New Sounds Goin' Round...

The really cool new tunes just keep flooding in - I literally cannot keep up with all the songs that I want to post. So tonight you get a whole bunch. New ones from Neko Case, Asobi Seksu, and M. Ward (ft. Zooey Deschanel) all started hitting the web today. This post is keeping me from posting a few other songs I’ve been meaning to get to, but whatever - these are too good to sit on.

Neko Case will release Middle Cyclone through Anti on March 3. The song’s brash chorus makes clear to us dudes what we’ve known for years - Neko’s a man man man-eater. “People Got A Lotta Nerve” is one of her catchiest songs to date - a driving country rock song with a, um, killer chorus. The nicest part is that by hosting this song I’m helping some of my little furry friends - for every blog that posts the MP3, Case and her label will donate $5 to animal welfare charity Best Friends Animal Society.

MP3 :: People Got A Lotta Nerve
(from Middle Cyclone. Info here)
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Asobi Seksu is a Brooklyn based indie-pop band that received some high praise for their last album, 2006’s Citrus. The band returns very soon with Hush, and the first single, “Familiar Light”, is a deliciously sweet, lushly recorded track that overflows with shimmering melodies. Hush drops 2/17 through Polyvinyl.

MP3 :: Familiar Light
(from Hush. Info here)
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The services of M. Ward are in high demand these days, what with all sorts of side projects and tours supporting Norah Jones. He finds some time for himself though with his latest solo record, the upcoming Hold Time. You may have seen the video that was going around a few weeks back for the title track, but on the official first single he’s teaming up once again with his buddy and She & Him partner Zooey Deschanel. And why not? Last year they put together a nice little record of her songs that featured Ward, for the most part, behind the curtain. Here he is though singing lead on a spirited, shuffling rocker, with Zooey providing the harmony, on a song that sounds pretty much like vintage Ward. Hold Time comes out via Merge on 2/17.

MP3 :: Never Met Nobody Like You
(from Hold Time. Info here)
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