Neko Case

Episode 372: Hell-On - Neko Case

Episode 372: Hell-On - Neko Case

Over the course of her almost twenty-five-year career, Neko Case has proven time and time again that she is a fierce force of nature to be reckoned with, which makes it a little weird to say that Hell-On is her most powerful work to date. Built on the literal ashes of a recent personal tragedy (her Vermont home/studio burned to the ground) and bursting with love over the joy found in even the darkest parts of our lives, Case's latest is a potent reminder of how deeply honest art can change the world, one listen at a time. 

PLUS! Kingsley Flood is back with Neighbors & Strangers, there most poignant LP to date, and we're spinning a new single from it to help you fall in love with this raucous Boston/DC band all over again!


Episode 27: Pizzagasm


In this week’s episode, the rawk basement is reclaimed, the Pixies are back (?), NIN goes schmucky with the "remix" and we say goodbye to Thor..for now. PLUS!!! Reviews of new albums from Neko Case and Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt!!!

EPISODE 27: Pizzagasm






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    TRACKING: Saintseneca - "Acid Rain"

    TRACKING: Saintseneca - "Acid Rain"

    SOUNDS LIKE: Punky indie folk.
    WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Saintseneca recently signed to Anti Records, home to Wilco, Neko Case, and many other Chunky favorites. 

    Ohio’s Saintseneca is one of those just-slightly-off-the-radar bands that is waiting to take its place in the spotlight. And as Anti Records’ newest signee, Saintseneca’s rise from playing the house show circuit to the likes of Black Cat is just around the corner.

    Although now a couple years old, Saintseneca’s full-length debut Last, and the opening track “Acid Rain” in particular, declare the band’s flair for crafting catchy indie folk, punk-tinged tunes with profound lyrics. However, in the live setting is where Saintseneca truly shines. Frontman Zac Little and fellow band members Maryn Jones, Steve Ciolek, and Jon Maedor bring songs like “Acid Rain” to vibrant life using instruments like the mandolin and bağlama, stomping on wooden boxes for percussion, and harmonizing beautifully. 

     

     

    Be sure to keep Saintseneca on your radar as the band begins its journey with Anti. Surely a new release and a quick rise to fame are on the emerging band's horizon. 


    Daily Watch: "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around " - My Morning Jacket w/Neko Case AND Kelly Hogan -

    Ok. So I said that the My Morning Jacket show last week might change you, and apparently it's changed us into raving fanboys. But we just can't seem to resist any cover that they're choosing to tackle right now...especially when you throw Neko Case AND Kelly Hogan up in the mix. It's a sort of sickness, but I'm not sure that we are looking for the cure.

    Check out the video below to see the whole gang absolutely KILLING Tom Petty's classic "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around". Then ask yourself why you haven't seen this tour yet and figure out how you're going to correct that problem.


    My Morning Jacket w/ Neko Case at Merriweather Post Pavilion - 8/12/11

    My Morning Jacket w/ Neko Case at Merriweather Post Pavilion - 8/12/11

    It’s been said that a My Morning Jacket concert has the ability to change you. That’s a bold claim. Rock you? Sure. Energize you? Most definitely. But change you? Pre Friday night, that assertion sounded to me as if it were uttered from the lips of the ultimate My Morning Jacket fanboy. Now, two days after, I have to say: I think they may have been right.

    Before we get to all that though, let’s give the opener Neko Case and her band their due. Beautiful. Magestic. Heartfelt. Impeccable. Those are all words that could be used to describe Case. Possessing one of the strongest, most recognizable voices in music today, any chance you have to see her perform should be considered special.

    Playing to the quarter-full pavilion (shame on you MMJ fans) as if they were playing to the sold out audience that they performed for in Charlottesville, Va. the night before, Case and her band delivered a quick set (40 minutes) that covered songs from most of her career, including a personal favorite “Knock Loud” from Canadian Amp. It was short, sweet and to the point. And for attendees who were smart enough to make it in time to catch her set, it was a remarkably intimate performance considering the size of the venue. It demonstrated that no matter where she plays, Neko Case is able to put you under her spell with grace and ease.

    It should also be noted that enough praise cannot be heaped on Case’s current band, especially Kelly Hogan. Hogan’s voice, though not as recognizable, is also one of the strongest voices in music today. Case has been lucky enough to have had her by her side for pretty much her entire career.

    Let’s also give Ms. Case her due for being spot-on about what was coming up . Remarking at the end of her set, “You won’t be the same afterwards,” “You’ll know what you’re supposed to do with your life.”, Case echoed the sentiment I had heard before and again, they were bold words. Only this time they came from someone who might know better than most...


    Daily Watch: Neko Case AND My Morning Jacket LIVE at MPP tonight

    In case you didn't know, the big show is coming to Merriweather Post Pavilion tonight. My Morning Jacket by themselves would be enough to say that this will be the best rock show you see all week, but then they had to go and throw Neko Case up into it. You read that right. Tonight's show just went from potentially epic to potentially epic-ER.

    There's really not much to say about either artist that hasn't been said, so we'll just leave it at "KICK ASS" and let them convince you that it would be a mistake to not to pick up your ticket right freaking now!

    First some Neko Case for your ass:

    And then how about some My Morning Jacket

    oh..and then there's this...

    Resistance is futile folks. FUTILE!