Directed by Laura Plansker. From Hell-On, out now on Anti.
After releasing a couple of short little one-minute spots (“Hell-On”, “Bad Luck” and “Curse of the I-5 Corridor”), Neko Case has finally released a full-length video from her latest album, Hell-On. I originally thought these shorts were teasers for real videos, but Case insisted that these were the whole thing: “They are commercials for commercials.”
“Last Lion of Albion” features our eponymous hero roaming the earth and gazing at the heavens.
Last lion of Albion
They’ll use you for centuries to come
They’ll steal your patents for the sun
And you’ll feel extinction
When you see your face on their money
Case told Spin: “It’s just one of those things that when you’re somewhere and you’re looking at a flag, you’re thinking, How did that image get on that flag? There’s a lot of lions associated with England, and yet lions are completely extinct in England. It makes you feel sad inside, and then you realize how every culture everywhere has that, and I was just kind of meditating on that thought.”
The New Pornographers are one of those bands that I probably wouldn’t have discovered if not for Glorious Noise. The fervor of some of this site’s regular bulletin board contributors was so intense for this band at one point that you actually felt you had to buy a New Pornographers album as admission to reply to any post.
I’d like to know how many of those same supporters feel about this band since 2005’s Twin Cinema, because in my ears, there’s a sense that Carl Newman and company have lost bit a steam in their bid for power-pop perfection.
This was my first trip back to Chicago since moving to Portland, Oregon in December 2008. As much as I love Portland, there is a large piece of my heart in that city by the lake. It’s where I was born, it’s where I formed my favorite band, and it’s where my son was born. It’s still my city.
So it was with great excitement and anticipation that I returned to see friends, drink a lot of beer and catch some live rock and fucking roll. I’d been planning and thinking of this trip since before we even moved so you’d think I’d have had all the details ironed out like the Arctic Monkeys‘ fitted shirts. You don’t know me well and the Monkeys no longer wear Fred Perry, but more on that later…
This is one is less poppy than the previous track Anti gave away, and it showcases her voice with a simple acoustic guitar backing with toy piano. “Baby, why am I worried now? / Did someone make a fool of me / ‘fore I could show ’em how it’s done.” Patsy Cline‘s got nothing on this lady.
Charity alert: Neko Case and Anti will donate five dollars to Best Friends Animal Society for every blog that posts “People Got A Lotta Nerve” and one dollar for every user of iLike that adds the song to his/her profile (up to $4,000). Very nice.
The song is poppier than a lot of Case’s recent solo stuff. Not quite New Pornographers poppy, but you can’t deny the jangle of the Rickenbacker!
Bonus material for the updated version of Fox Confessor will boast a previously unreleased demo version of the song “Behind The House,” plus a four-song sampler that includes full-length versions of Blacklisted excerpts “Deep Red Bells” and “I Wish I Was The Moon,” plus the title track from Furnace Room Lullaby and the album’s first cut “Set Out Running.”