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Entropic
Feb 21, 2007





Neko Case: Alt-country-ish singer-songwriter, tenor guitar enthusiast, honourary Canadian. She has a lovely voice. You should listen to her!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJjsft2gTPg

Neko came up in the mid '90s Vancouver music scene, drumming and singing in a whole bunch of bands that mostly never released any records, like Del Logs, the Propanes, Cub and Maow, before joining up with The New Pornographers, where she first came to wide notice as the singer on a bunch of their early hits like Mass Romantic and Letter From an Occupant. She's continued to collaborate sporadically with the band over the years, but since 2000 or so she's mainly been a solo artist. To indulge in an analogy, if The New Pornographers are the Broken Social Scene of the west coast, then Neko Case is their Feist.

Her first two albums, 1997's The Virginian and 2000's Furnace Room Lullaby were released as Neko Case & Her Boyfriends, and were probably the most Country albums she's released. She cites Loretta Lynn and Buffy Ste Marie as two of her biggest influences. Her work has definitely become less 'country' with each subsequent album, but be careful: she can be a gateway drug. Work backward through her discography and before you know it you'll be listening to Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. You've been warned.

As a starting point I'd recommend either her 2009 album Middle Cyclone or 2006's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FhVbyeWFvo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXl870NoF4E


Neko Case's new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You drops today!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unNa-9qGkfI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhnFl3Y2FVI
You can stream it on the Guardian website here: http://www.theguardian.com/music/mu...P=ILCNETTXT3487

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CroatianAlzheimers
Jun 15, 2009

I can't remember why I'm mad at you...


I am deeply, madly, and truly in love with Neko Case. I've been a huge fan of her influences like Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn forever, and I got into her music around the same time I got into Gillian Welch. Here's a couple of my favorites.

John Saw That Number
Margaret vs. Pauline

Entropic
Feb 21, 2007



I'm really digging the new album so far. The only miss for me is "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu" which just seems a bit off. It doesn't quite pull off the stripped-down vocal thing that "A Widow's Toast" did. It just seems like it could have been produced in a way that sounded way better.

Most of the rest I'm loving, though. Especially the first three songs and "Where Did I Leave That Fire".

CroatianAlzheimers
Jun 15, 2009

I can't remember why I'm mad at you...


Yeah, those samples you threw in the OP are definitely pushing all my buttons. Her lyrics are always so...I don't know...inscrutable. I love the way she writes songs.

Mr Wind Up Bird
Jan 23, 2004

i'm a goddamn coward
but then again so are you


For a really good Neko Case song you might have missed check out Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. There's a lot of really great talent on it, but her song is probably the best.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEpnkmttwgM

She was also pretty funny on the most recent Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast.

El Gallinero Gros
Mar 17, 2010


Fox Confessor is a bonafide classic. Middle Cyclone is real good too, and I always liked Cub. I pre-ordered the gently caress outta this record and have no doubt it'll be good.

P.S. I highly recommend the oral history book written about Mint Records that covers her previous acts and basically explains that Mint is practically The House That Neko Built.

CroatianAlzheimers
Jun 15, 2009

I can't remember why I'm mad at you...


Holy poo poo, Bracing for Sunday. That's a hell of a story in that song.

Entropic
Feb 21, 2007



Cool interview on the CBC yesterday http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2013/09/03...-fights-harder/

TheQat
Oct 19, 2003



MY WIFE was listening to the new album all day yesterday. It's really loving good, I love how unrestrained the lyrical choices are in the new material.

UninterestedWisdom
Aug 7, 2013


Never heard of this artist until now honestly, I'm gonna listen to the 2006 album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, to see what I think. It would probably be the best of the recommended starting points in this thread.

CroatianAlzheimers
Jun 15, 2009

I can't remember why I'm mad at you...


UninterestedWisdom posted:

Never heard of this artist until now honestly, I'm gonna listen to the 2006 album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, to see what I think. It would probably be the best of the recommended starting points in this thread.

I'd also recommend you check out Blacklisted. It's pretty dreamy.

UninterestedWisdom
Aug 7, 2013


CroatianAlzheimers posted:

I'd also recommend you check out Blacklisted. It's pretty dreamy.

I will check that one out as well, I'm a big fan of traditional and alt-country. I wanna start listening to the genre more however, who knows this might be the thing to do it for me.

CroatianAlzheimers
Jun 15, 2009

I can't remember why I'm mad at you...


UninterestedWisdom posted:

I will check that one out as well, I'm a big fan of traditional and alt-country. I wanna start listening to the genre more however, who knows this might be the thing to do it for me.

You are or are not generally a fan of alt-country? If you're looking for a gateway into it, you can do worse than Neko Case. Also, Gillian Welch is an excellent gateway drug for alt-country. That woman is the queen of hopeless, desolate songs about heartbreak and alcoholism.

Big Bad Voodoo Lou
Jan 1, 2006


CroatianAlzheimers posted:

I'd also recommend you check out Blacklisted. It's pretty dreamy.

I've heard and loved almost everything Neko Case touches (except for some of her early obscurities like Maow and The Corn Sisters, which I've never tracked down), but Blacklisted is still my favorite album of hers. "Deep Red Bells" is so drat haunting, especially because it's about the Green River Killer. I've described the entire album as "country-noir," and most of the songs wouldn't sound out of place in a David Lynch or Tarantino movie.

I'm annoyed I don't have her new album in hand yet. I preordered the deluxe CD from Amazon last week, and for some reason, they pulled it off the site a few days ago. So with the listing completely removed, they missed the ship date and Tuesday's arrival date, and now they're saying it SHOULD arrive on Saturday the 7th, but it still hasn't shipped yet.

I feel lucky to have seen Neko live a few years ago, at her first-ever show in Florida. It was an incredible experience -- easily one of the best concerts I've ever attended. I've been a fan of hers for over a decade now, and she's one of the only artists I'll still buy CDs from, as opposed to just paying to download their new albums. (I think Tom Waits, Jenny Lewis, and Portishead would be the only others.)

Here's a treat: Neko and Nick freakin' Cave doing a duet of the Zombies' old "She's Not There," from the True Blood soundtrack, complete with a zydeco-sounding accordion:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBX4H06FWd8

EDIT: Neko's regular background singer is Kelly Hogan, another terrific singer in her own right:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMgySVvw4P8

Big Bad Voodoo Lou fucked around with this message at Sep 5, 2013 around 03:22

CroatianAlzheimers
Jun 15, 2009

I can't remember why I'm mad at you...


Big Bad Voodoo Lou posted:

EDIT: Neko's regular background singer is Kelly Hogan, another terrific singer in her own right:

That Nick Cave/Neko duet is amazing. As for Kelly Hogan, yeah, that woman can sing. I got hip to her from her rendition of Rubber Duckie off The Bottle Let Me Down.

Chamberk
Jan 11, 2004

when there is nothing left to burn you have to set yourself on fire


UninterestedWisdom posted:

Never heard of this artist until now honestly, I'm gonna listen to the 2006 album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, to see what I think. It would probably be the best of the recommended starting points in this thread.

That's one of my all-time favorite albums. Hope you like it.

The new album is excellent as well - "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu" really threw me off at first listen but now I love it.

CroatianAlzheimers
Jun 15, 2009

I can't remember why I'm mad at you...


Big Bad Voodoo Lou posted:

"Deep Red Bells" is so drat haunting, especially because it's about the Green River Killer. I've described the entire album as "country-noir," and most of the songs wouldn't sound out of place in a David Lynch or Tarantino movie.

poo poo, it is? I had no idea. Honestly, I don't know anything about the Green River Killer, so I'm not surprised it went over my head. Also, "Country-Noir" is a perfect description of Blacklisted.

Cometa Rossa
Oct 23, 2008

I would crawl ass-naked over a sea of broken glass just to kiss a dick

I always loved her voice in the New Pornographers but I just started listening to her solo stuff and holy poo poo.

Entropic
Feb 21, 2007



I think "Where Did I Leave That Fire" is my favorite track on the album. I just want that middle buildup section (starting around 2:00) to last forever.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxW6A892M8g

a kitten
Aug 5, 2006



I got introduced to Neko back when a Seattle radio station kept playing "Letter From an Occupant" by The New Pornographers and her voice just about knocked my drat socks off, after seeing them live I went out and grabbed Furnace Room Lullaby and have been hooked ever since.

I think Blacklisted and Furnace Room are probably my favorites overall, but Fox Confessor is so drat good too, that it's a very near thing. I might just think of those as my favorites simply because I heard them first.

Despite just saying that those earlier two are my favorites, "Hold On, Hold On" off of Fox Confessor Brings the Flood might be my favorite of her songs, and is one of my favorite songs in general.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0vk5SGmw3w

"Maybe Sparrow" is kind of amazing too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vgIcklGKQs


So far, I really like the new album a hell of a lot. It also has the best hidden track ever! Well, I'm not sure if it really qualifies as a hidden track, but the very, very end of the last song, after all the music is over is just great.

Pro tip: for an instant and very easy, and very good playlist, put all the Neko Case and Elliott Smith you got together and hit shuffle.

a kitten fucked around with this message at Sep 15, 2013 around 22:31

Bourbon
Sep 17, 2006



a kitten posted:

I think Blacklisted and Furnace Room are probably my favorites overall

Same here, both are fabulous! I stumbled upon Furnace Room Lullaby, Blacklisted, and The Tigers Have Spoken all at once, way back when. Fell in love. Felt disappointment in 2006, 2009, and 2013...I guess I just keep hoping for another Blacklisted. Her latest is growing on me, though.

But for positive content- a great Neko track is her cover of Tom Waits' "Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis" :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgTPo4zRI2Q

Malaleb
Dec 1, 2008


Mr Wind Up Bird posted:

She was also pretty funny on the most recent Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast.

I was really surprised. They don't often have people who are not comedians or comic actors, but she held her own for sure. I especially enjoyed her version of "Santa Baby."

Entropic
Feb 21, 2007



Tour Dates!

http://nekocase.com/tour/

quote:

23
JAN
GRANADA THEATER
3524 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX BUY TICKETS

25
JAN
BASS CONCERT HALL
2350 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin, TX BUY TICKETS

26
JAN
HOUSE OF BLUES
1204 Caroline St, Houston, TX BUY TICKETS

27
JAN
CIVIC THEATRE
510 O'Keefe Avenue, New Orleans, LA BUY TICKETS

28
JAN
IRON CITY
513 22nd Street South, Birmingham, AL BUY TICKETS
30
JAN
THE VOGUE
6259 N. College, Indianapolis, IN BUY TICKETS

31
JAN
HILL AUDITORIUM
825 North University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI BUY TICKETS

27
FEB
FLY BY NIGHT
Fremantle WA - Australia BUY TICKETS

01
MAR
MELBOURNE ZOO
Melbourne, VIC - Australia BUY TICKETS
02
MAR
CORNER HOTEL
Melbourne - Australia BUY TICKETS
03
MAR
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Sydney - Australia BUY TICKETS
05
MAR
THE HI-FI
Brisbane, QLD - Australia BUY TICKETS
07
MAR
BOTANIC PARK
Adelaide, SA - Australia BUY TICKETS

08
MAR
MEENIYAN TOWN HALL
Mossvale, Victoria - Australia BUY TICKETS

09
MAR
GOLDEN PLAINS FESTIVAL
Meredith, Victoria - Australia BUY TICKETS

12
MAR
NZ FESTIVAL
Wellington - New Zealand BUY TICKETS

12
MAR
NZ FESTIVAL
Wellington - New Zealand BUY TICKETS

14
MAR
THE POWERSTATION
Auckland - New Zealand BUY TICKETS
16
MAR
MOSAIC MUSIC FESTIVAL - ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL
Singapore BUY TICKETS
12
APR
THE RIALTO THEATRE
318 E. Congress St. Tucson, AZ 85701 TICKETS ON SALE 1/10/14 - 10 AM MST.

13
APR
THE ORPHEUM THEATRE
15 West Aspen Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Kaboobi
Jan 5, 2005

SHAKE IT BABY!
SALT THAT LADY!


Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I won a contest I forgot entering a few months ago!





El Gallinero Gros
Mar 17, 2010


Kaboobi posted:

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I won a contest I forgot entering a few months ago!







I am mildly disappointed it doesn't say "Make Love, Get Down".

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foutre
Sep 4, 2011



Guess she just really wanted to visit Australia.

I would definitely reccomend listening to her early stuff -- the song New York City by Cub is a classic, and Maow is pretty seminal as well. Both bands are awful important in relatively early indie pop/twee.

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