Words of wisdom from Neko Case

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Post by blackshoestring » Mon Jun 19, 2006 6:14 pm

beginthebegin wrote:Perhaps this has been discussed elsewhere...
We talked about it in Love or Like 06 but it' hard to weed through all of that sometimes. Still in heavy rotation for me.

Great interview - love her comments about the rampant use of auto-tune.
There was a nice spot with her on A&E's Breakfast With the Arts where she talked about having this a-ha moment when she was writing - instead of repeating the most powerful part of a song over and over, she throws it in there one time, like Freddie Mercury would do.

So that's why I can' get enough of "Lions Jaws"...

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Post by Dawg » Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:30 pm

I'm planning on buying "Fox Confessor" soon, primarily on the recommendations here. I got "Twin Cinema" (New Pornographers) and fucking LOVE that record, and am especially fond of Neko's songs on the CD.

I was listening to some samples of her stuff on itunes, and noticed she reminds me a lot of Kelly Hogan, another alt-country / torchy songstress that used to live and perform in Athens (I even noticed the Pine Valley Cosmonauts as a backing band, and I believe Hogan had them backing her on her last CD.)

I believe she moved up to Chicago; does anyone up there know of her? We really miss her in Athens. Her old jazz group, The Jody Grind, was my first small foray into local / indie music back in high school. Anyway, if you like the Neko, search out the Kelly Hogan stuff too. I think you'd be pretty happy.

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Post by jaimoe0 » Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:37 pm

If I'm not mistaken, Kelly Hogan and Neko perform together frequently. She also sings with Carolyn Mark sometimes. Actually, Kelly Hogan is all over Fox Confessor...

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Post by miss carol » Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:12 pm

jaimoe0 wrote:If I'm not mistaken, Kelly Hogan and Neko perform together frequently. She also sings with Carolyn Mark sometimes. Actually, Kelly Hogan is all over Fox Confessor...
Yet another selling point...

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Post by booker » Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:47 pm

What do y'all think of Furnace Room Lullabye? I like it's straight alt-country better than what I've heard on Blacklisted. Anyone happen to agree, or am I alone on this one?

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Post by blackshoestring » Tue Jun 20, 2006 3:39 pm

booker wrote:What do y'all think of Furnace Room Lullabye? I like it's straight alt-country better than what I've heard on Blacklisted. Anyone happen to agree, or am I alone on this one?
Those two are a tie for second, in my book, with "Fox" in first. I would recommend the live one too (Tigers Have Spoken), since there are no double tracks on it. Find a big room with wood floors and crank it.

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Post by Fester Von Zesterberg » Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:19 pm

The Grizzlies Have Spoken

They shot the grizzly on his chain
In a field behind the cages
He walked in circles ’til he was crazy
And he lived that way forever
And he lived that way beside them,
Separate from the other grizzlies
He did not know another grizzly

They shot the grizzly on his chain
In a field behind the cages
He walked in circles ’til he was crazy
And he lived that way forever
And he lived that way forever
Just as long as he could remember
If he’d wanted to remember

It was the last time he had felt alive
When he saw that brown-haired lady
She fed him with a bottle as a baby
And he recalled her face and smile
They shot that grizzly on his chain

They shot the grizzly on his chain
They shot the grizzly on his chain
They shot the grizzly on his chain
They shot the grizzly on his chain

RockN'Roll Power!

LITA OUT!

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Post by O! » Wed Jun 21, 2006 12:44 am

I caught Neko Case on Letterman the other night. She and her band were simply amazing! I don't have the record yet, but it's next on my list.

Of course, if you like Neko Case, you must also check out Tarnation. They are sparks of the same torch.

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Post by beginthebegin » Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:38 am

booker wrote:What do y'all think of Furnace Room Lullabye? I like it's straight alt-country better than what I've heard on Blacklisted. Anyone happen to agree, or am I alone on this one?
They're about even to me, but "Twist the Knife" from Furnace Room Lullabye is definitely the standout between those two albums, with "Ghost Wiring" from Blacklisted running not far behind.

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Post by Little Timmy » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:20 am

I like Blacklisted. Neko had that "country-noir" thing really going on throughout it. I actually like her rhythm guitar playing on Blacklisted, not to mention Jon Rauhouse's pedal steel, which I miss on Fox Confessor. I'll take the stripped-down, 3 a.m. sound of her Blacklisted tour ensemble over the Sadies anyday. It puzzles me a little that Neko is finally getting some well-deserved attention after Fox Confessor, which I find downright dense in places. Reminds me a little of Wilco; it took YHF to make 'em popular. Go figger.

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