A Neko Case Primer, Part 2

Yesterday, I talked about how awesome Neko Case was, and I listed five of her 10 best songs.

Today, the earth-shattering conclusion. If the whole YouTube video layout is annoying for you, or if you want to hear other Neko Case songs, just go to Spotify. You really can't go wrong anywhere, but her later stuff is more readily accessible

5. "The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism" from Mass Romantic by The New Pornographers.

Case's vocals on "The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism" are entirely backing, but they're still probably the best thing about this song, which is also awesome in every other way. That's how good Neko Case is. I'm telling you.

4. "Crash Years" from Together by The New Pornographers

I love how Neko Case's voice gets on fast songs, like it's strung tight as a violin. Until "Man", I thought this was her best pop song.

3. "Man" from the upcoming The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

Like I said, her best pop song, and the way she sings "Then I am the man in the fucking moon" is probably the best musical word of the word "fuck" outside of hip hop.

2. "I'm an Animal" from Middle Cyclone

When I first heard this song, I listened to it on a loop for about 20 minutes. Animals are an ongoing theme in Neko Case's songs, and one gets the sense she likes them considerably more than people. This is a totally understandable stance.

1. "Star Witness" from Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

While this list didn't have any other Fox Confessor tracks, I'm convinced it's her finest album, partly because this is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. In fact, according to my iTunes, I've only played three songs more: Feist's "1234" (Lana's favorite song as a baby), Cat Power's "The Greatest", and Blitzen Trapper's "Furr". Enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. Here's a list of my favorite Neko Case songs in no particular order (New Pornographers tracks notwithstanding):

    "Lonely Old Lies" (The Virginian)
    "Set Out Running" (Furnace Room Lullaby)
    "South Tacoma Way" (Furnace Room Lullaby)
    "Deep Red Bells" (Blacklisted)
    "I Wish I was the Moon" (Blacklisted)
    "Runnin' Out of Fools" (Blacklisted)
    "Star Witness" (Fox Confessor Brings the Flood)
    "That Teenage Feeling" (Fox Confessor Brings the Flood)
    "Maybe Sparrow" (Fox Confessor Brings the Flood)
    "This Tornado Loves You" (Middle Cyclone)
    "People Gotta Lot of Nerve" (Middle Cyclone)
    "I'm an Animal" (Middle Cyclone)

    Damn. I love Neko Case.