i first became acquainted with neko case when my then-housemate, ben, picked up "blacklisted" when it was first released way back in 2002. he was completely obsessed with the album at the time and made me a copy. i listened to it, but i wasn't too fussed over it. a few months later, i'd kinda forgotten about it and ben mentioned that she was going to be playing here. we decided to go check it out. seeing her live completely struck a nerve for me. let's see, voice of honey. check.
stage presence. check.
wicked sense of humor. yup.
h0ttt. oh yeah.
what's not to love? i went back home with a newfound appreciation for blacklisted, and quickly picked up the rest of the albums that i could find. since then, i think i've seen her about 8 or 9 times. this past summer, i flew out to denver to see her play a pair of gigs at the bluebird theater. very cool.
these are pretty much all of the regular releases, so i'll list those (in order of release) and my favorite tracks. so what you need to do is open up another browser (or tab), get your credit card out, log onto your favorite online music shop, and do a search for "neko case" and add all of these albums to your shopping cart. seriously, you can't go wrong with any or all of these.
"the virginian": check out "bowling green", "misfire", "thanks a lot", "high on cruel", and "the virginian".
"furnace room lullaby": check out "set out running", "twist the knife", "thrice all american", "whip the blankets", "south tacoma way", and "bought and sold".
"canadian amp": check out "dreaming man", "knock loud", "make your bed", "in california", and "favorite".
"blacklisted": check out "deep red bells", "tightly", "look for me (i'll be around)", "stinging velvet", "i wish i was the moon", and "runnin' out of fools".
"the tigers have spoken": check out "if you knew", "soulful shade of blue", "this little light", and "wayfaring stranger".
i also have a copy of an appearance she made on the john peel show back in 2000 which is fucking superb. her new album is coming march 7th. it's on anti and it's titled "fox confessor brings the flood".
neko case @ anti.com
www.nekocase.com (hasn't been updated in quite a while)
album reviews @ allmusic.com
tonevendor cool online (US based) music store. i recommend them, they're nice people.