Monday, November 24, 2014

Song of the Day: Neko Case - Man (2013)

When I lived in Indianapolis my favorite music store was Indy CD & Vinyl, and their artist labels often had nicknames or various sub-headings written in by the staff. The Neko Case section heading read "Neko Case--Alt. Country Goddess!!" So I always think of that when I'm listening to her. 

Case's discography is remarkably consistent. She's been releasing albums about every three years since the late-'90s and every single one of them is a B+. You definitely get the feeling that she hasn't made her masterpiece yet, but every album is very good and absolutely worth having. She straddles a good meeting point between indie rock, alt. country, and singer/songwriter, and she combines a beautiful voice with very wry and witty lyrics, of which this track from her latest album is a great example. 

Three more fun facts about Neko: 1) She moonlights as the co-lead singer in the Canadian indie-rock collective The New Pornographers, who are also quite good. 2) She openly laments that she doesn't have any groupies and wishes she did. And 3) Her backing band is called "Her Boyfriends," so the marquee at her shows always reads "Neko Case & Her Boyfriends." She's a keen chick.

This was originally written and posted on Facebook on June 15, 2014

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