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Couldn't find a Neko Case thread. Anyone see her at Southpaw last night?

Linoleum Blownapart (calstars), Thursday, 17 June 2004 12:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No, but I dig her work. I actually prefer her albums to anything the New Pornographers ever put out. I particularly like the slight Lynchian ambiance on Blacklisted.

James Slone (Freon Trotsky), Thursday, 17 June 2004 13:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Blacklisted is utterly great, the other albums of hers, not so much so. The backing band has a lot to do with it.

Matt Maxwell (Matt M.), Thursday, 17 June 2004 14:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I like her lots, although her songs aren't always up to the standards of her singing. She's someone I'd really love to hear do an all-covers album -- classic country tunes, new wave chestnuts, whatever she felt like singing. I saw her at Bowery Ballroom last year, she was very good.

spittle (spittle), Thursday, 17 June 2004 15:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Neko Case is a force of unparalleled glory and beauty, in every respect.

Neb Reyob (Ben Boyer), Thursday, 17 June 2004 15:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Furnace Room Lullaby is fantastic as well. Canadian Amp is well worth checking out if you can find a copy (although I think it might be back in print).

Gear! (Gear!), Thursday, 17 June 2004 15:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

there have been a lot of Neko threads BTW, I'm surprised you missed "this is the thread for honoring Neko Case's fire"

Gear! (Gear!), Thursday, 17 June 2004 15:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"it looks a lot like engine oil and taste like being poor and small and popsicles in summer." dont know what i means but i like it

ladyintheradiator (ladyinradiator), Friday, 18 June 2004 01:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

great voice, uneven songwriter, better in the New Pornographers than on her own.

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Friday, 18 June 2004 01:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was told by a certain Pornographer that her vocal work in that band is totally scripted.

Which I guess means that, like a great actress, she makes the words come alive.

dan carville weiner, Friday, 18 June 2004 02:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Isn't she, when solo, basically Syd Straw for a new generation?

Ian g, Friday, 18 June 2004 03:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
The Tigers Have Spoken - anyone?

57 7th (calstars), Sunday, 24 October 2004 19:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's a very good little live album. She does two new songs, one of which, "If You Knew", I really love. Great covers of Freakwater's "Hex" and the Shangri-La's "Train From Kansas City", too. The Sadies are her backing band on the cd, and they're as great as they always are.

a. begrand (a begrand), Sunday, 24 October 2004 19:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

YOU BASTARD! YOU'VE HEARD IT!! YOU MUST SHARE!!

Jimmy Mod always makes friends with women before bedding them down (ModJ), Sunday, 24 October 2004 20:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There's the covers people were hoping for.

Piers (piers), Sunday, 24 October 2004 22:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Blacklisted is utterly great, the other albums of hers, not so much so. The backing band has a lot to do with it.

My sentiments exactly. I doubt she'll ever top that. And "Deep Red Bells" is one of the best songs ever.

Salvador Saca (Mr. Xolotl), Sunday, 24 October 2004 23:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The live disc is totally great. Lots of interesting covers and no overdubs. My favorite after "Blacklisted."

ng, Monday, 25 October 2004 00:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

CAN SOMEONE IM these to me -- I'm in need of a neko fix

Jimmy Mod always makes friends with women before bedding them down (ModJ), Monday, 25 October 2004 00:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I mean, I'm gonna buy it, but until then...

Jimmy Mod always makes friends with women before bedding them down (ModJ), Monday, 25 October 2004 00:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think one the files may be corrupt - somewhere in the middle my mp3 player reset itself -- it must have messed up the drive. I had to reformat it.

57 7th (calstars), Monday, 25 October 2004 00:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You there! Abe Grand! Hook me up!

Jimmy Mod always makes friends with women before bedding them down (ModJ), Monday, 25 October 2004 00:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

Jimmy Mod always makes friends with women before bedding them down (ModJ), Monday, 25 October 2004 01:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Can't rip them, sorry. The advances have been out for nearly two months...hasn't this been leaked on slsk yet?

a. begrand (a begrand), Monday, 25 October 2004 02:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

WHY CAN'T IT BE OUT THIS WEEK LIKE IN CANADA.

Jimmy Mod always makes friends with women before bedding them down (ModJ), Monday, 25 October 2004 02:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Is this at, like, other music in NYC as an import?

It's twooooo wwwweeekkkksss

Jimmy Mod always makes friends with women before bedding them down (ModJ), Saturday, 30 October 2004 01:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I can't believe I have not posted to this thread, for I think her BLACKLISTED a mistrepiece.

the bellefox, Saturday, 30 October 2004 09:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm really pleased to see you write that PF! (I think it is too)

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Saturday, 30 October 2004 14:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

None of you people can answer my question, eh?

Jimmy Mod always makes friends with women before bedding them down (ModJ), Saturday, 30 October 2004 17:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

do you have a gmail account, ModJ? I don't have IM but I could e-mail them to you.

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Saturday, 30 October 2004 17:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

if you buy this from Insound you get a signed Neko Case poster(!)

Riot Gear! (Gear!), Saturday, 30 October 2004 17:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

OMG MILO I LOVE YOU

richardgin@*that gmailplace*.com

Jimmy Mod always makes friends with women before bedding them down (ModJ), Saturday, 30 October 2004 17:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

IT'S ROCKY!

Jimmy Mod always makes friends with women before bedding them down (ModJ), Sunday, 31 October 2004 01:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I got it today! Promo copy! It's great!

Riot Gear! (Gear!), Friday, 5 November 2004 05:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was told by a certain Pornographer that her vocal work in that band is totally scripted.

not exactly a state secret; they tend to boast about that. and still it tops anything on her own records -- though, to be fair, it's such a different sound and vibe that it's like comparing buzzards and roosters, as dan rather might say.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 5 November 2004 06:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I like the New Porns but they don't hit me in the sweet spot like Neko's work does. If the NPs never released another album, I'd shrug. If Neko never did, I'd be rather sad.

Riot Gear! (Gear!), Friday, 5 November 2004 08:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

After going to one of those tapped shows I still haven't wanted to listen to any of her albums.

I'm very excited about the Neko Case and the Sadies live album
Neko Case live album on Anti
Why hasn't the Neko Cse live album leaked yet?

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Friday, 5 November 2004 15:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've had this for, like, 2 weeks! The Sadies and Jon Rauhouse are some kinda awesome!

Huk-L, Friday, 5 November 2004 15:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

if you gmail it to me, i'll be your best friend forever

Shmool McShmool (shmuel), Friday, 5 November 2004 18:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Someone should still talk about how great BLACKLISTED is. It's incredible! The first track alone!

the bellefox, Friday, 5 November 2004 18:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I still haven't listened to Blacklisted a second time. I burned out on her while writing a review of Canadian Amp, and am only now starting to come back to my senses.

Huk-L, Friday, 5 November 2004 19:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

nice

omar little, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 18:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

Someone should still talk about how great BLACKLISTED is. It's incredible! The first track"Deep Red Bells" alone!
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Turangalila, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

Okay, here's where I tell my Neko Case story. I saw the Newpies at the Knitting Factory in L.A. A.C. told some long story about how he'd run into some very minor celeb on the street and how cool it was. Neko says, witheringly, "Carl's crazy for celebrities." A.C. says, "Yeah, I'm gay for fame. Except, I'm not really gay." Someone in the audience yells back, "Too bad!" A.C. turns 10,000 shades of red and Neko says, "Hey wait, I thought I was the vixen in this band."

mottdeterre, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

death proof homage?

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

Cougar?

nickn, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

The Newpies?

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 22:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

anticipating

Every Day Jimmy Mod Is Hustlin' (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 22:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

new pornographers, no?

Edward III, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 22:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

"behind the reservoir of collarbones / forms two private lakes" she's also one of the best lyricists going rn

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 15:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

She is a crazy talented writer for sure. "Margaret Vs Pauline" sketches out a whole world in under three minutes.

Simon H., Monday, 4 June 2018 15:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

god yeah, 'one left her sweater sitting on the train / the other lost three fingers at the cannery' is just such a perfectly telling juxtaposition

and TOWERS MONACO as 'seaman' (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 4 June 2018 15:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"star witness" is my favorite lyric of hers, it is just incredibly vivid from line to line. the second verse alone ("trees break the sidewalk and the sidewalk skins my knees / there's glass in my thermos and blood on my jeans / nickels and dimes of the fourth of july / roll off in a crooked line / to the chain-link lots where the red tails dive" breathtaking)

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 15:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

just remembering the way her voice dips when she sings 'dive' there gives me goosebumps, honestly

and TOWERS MONACO as 'seaman' (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 4 June 2018 15:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

pro tip: fox confessor is also a great album to fall asleep to

and TOWERS MONACO as 'seaman' (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 4 June 2018 15:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

we've never done a fox confessor or albums poll, just sayin'

Simon H., Monday, 4 June 2018 15:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Heard some of this in someone else's house last night! Sounded even better following that Kanye krap.

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 4 June 2018 15:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

'red wine is fast/at the lip of your glass/and I'm going to ruin, everything...' A minute and a half of utter perfection.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this album is extremely good, I rank it highly in her discography. prefer it to the last couple (which i also really love admittedly.) the Crooked Fingers cover/duet is really astonishing.

omar little, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's taking longer to sink in than expected; every time I listen to her I have to accustom myself to long verse lines settling into or occasionally fighting the melody, not to mention her sudden key changes. "Gunball Blue" and "Winnie" and "Pitch or Honey" are the standouts. Had no idea she was singing "mercurochrome and merthiolate stains, oh" on "My Uncle's Navy."

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

she seems to sing about love a lot more on this album than in the past

Joe Gargan (dandydonweiner), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

every time I listen to her I have to accustom myself to long verse lines settling into or occasionally fighting the melody, not to mention her sudden key changes.

^This is very well put...

I am enjoying this more than her last few, on first listen... but she's prob. not the kind of artist to form impressions based on "first listen, at desk while working" (if that's fair to any artist!).

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(I dug the Case/Lang/Veirs album, but it felt like Laura Veirs led the charge on that one.)

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

she definitely did, once it got going. whenever they needed songs, they went to her considerable well. (Veirs writes dozens and dozens of songs per album.)

alpine static, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, I dipped into her catalog after that album – it’s so extensive!

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

when ppl say “better than her last few” are you including middle cyclone? because that is her best album

sciatica, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yep

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Personally, yes -- it never clicked w/me. But I'm open to the idea that I should revisit it!

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 19:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it clicked w/me but i just prefer the new one. it's very hard to choose favorite, though. or to really place the albums in much of an order.

i think her most underrated one these days might be The Tigers Have Spoken, that's a killer.

omar little, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 19:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Blacklisted->Tigers->Fox Confessor is one of those astonishing trios of albums, I just value them so highly. I try not to get "locked into" a certain era of an artist's work, and I have given her subsequent albums a fair shake... but for whatever reason, those three have remained the untouchable totem for me.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 19:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Lukewarm take blacklisted ->tigers->fox->cyclone is as good as Led Zeppelin 1-4

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 19:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You can go Funrace room instead of tigers if you want to separate live/studio but

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 19:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

middle cyclone has her best lyrics imo, that’s what puts it over the top for me

haven’t spent much time with the new one but the wordiness Alfred points out is really bugging me, she’s less focused on concision it seems and that was one of her greatest strengths, three or four albums in a row of perfect miniatures. also Bad Luck sounds like lol Cults

sciatica, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 19:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

idk what made Middle Cyclone attractive to me on first listen is that she got down to business in the first three songs: her immediate hooks, that huge voice, the perfect instrumental accompaniment.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i got issues with middle cyclone's pacing. otherwise fantastic

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm halfway through a "Middle Cyclone" re-listen... I feel like a bum insisting on a negative assessment, but these songs do not hold a candle (IMO) to those on the preceding albums(!!) (To each their own, tho!!)

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"The Pharaohs" is a really nice song, in a classic Neko mode (almost sounds like pastiche of earlier songs).

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

“i’m an animal” is easily my favorite song of hers

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"This Tornado Loves You"!

Love the Nilsson cover too.

"The Pharaohs" is too spacey for me.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ends w/half-hour of crickets! Forgot about that...

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Nilsson cover ("Don't Forget Me") is great, I agree

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

“Red Tide” is real nice, and I love the opening of “Fever.”

The last album is good but kind of hurts to listen to in places, there’s something so desolate about most of the songs. “Ragtime” is a great closer though.

JoeStork, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 22:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Forgot Magpie to the Morning

"He laughed under his breath because you thought that you could outrun SOOOORRROOOOOWWWW"

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 22:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I do wish more of her recent uptempo songs featured the Sadies.

JoeStork, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 22:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, I like a lot of the songs on the new one but some of the instrumentals have that anono-studio-band vibe she managed to avoid for a long time

Simon H., Wednesday, 6 June 2018 22:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My only problem with Fox Confessor is that it makes me feel let down listening to her other records. They just don't have that same magic for me.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 23:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

She's on Conan tonight.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 23:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thx for the tip!

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 23:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

> lol Cults
> anono-studio-band vibe

Just getting started with this record but the shifting production styles in bothersome, and makes a song like Bad Luck a total drag. The wordiness keeps drawing me deeper though, and I'm blown away by much of the writing. She mentions extinction a few times, yet finds a away to grapple with big themes though small specific images. It's really effective and making this more intriguing for me than the last two. The record seems political in a non-literal way.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Thursday, 7 June 2018 11:00 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah, I don't hear the "wordiness" but I suspect it's the kind of thing I'd like anyway

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 7 June 2018 13:44 (one week ago) Permalink

I feel like I did Alfred a disservice, he wrote a perceptive and subtle post which I abbreviated as “wordiness,” which is a terrible word.

Listened to this a bunch yesterday and it’s still not opening up for me, I miss her oblique lyrical approach, the unexpected imagery. I’ll keep listening for her voice if nothing else which is still incredible but I don’t see this one becoming a favorite.

sciatica, Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:41 (one week ago) Permalink

There are lots of unexpected conceits in this album, I think.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Not sure why I held off on giving this a focused listen. It am doing so now - I think it’s great. I wasn’t crazy about “Bad Luck” or “Curse of the I-5 Corridor” in advance of the album, but they are both beginning to win me over. The duet toward the end is the only track that’s not connecting for me. Perhaps that will change.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 8 June 2018 16:08 (one week ago) Permalink

She and Conan looked like brother & sister standing next to each other, lol

I think “Bad Luck” (at least in that performance) seemed to go on a bit too long, given its “pop” simplicity and the degree of repetition in its songwriting – though the bridge really stood out for me.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 8 June 2018 16:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Just finished first play of Hell-On. Of the tracks that weren't trailed in advance, "Dirty Diamond", "Winnie" and "Pitch or Honey" were the stand-outs for me. I'll probably go back to the LP at year-end but not before.

Jeff W, Sunday, 10 June 2018 13:22 (one week ago) Permalink

I met her today! At record store signing thing, but still.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 10 June 2018 19:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Cool! (She retweeted me once, which I thought was awesome enuff... LOL)

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Sunday, 10 June 2018 19:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Pitch or Honey might be my fav.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 10 June 2018 21:10 (one week ago) Permalink


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