Thursday, March 16, 2006 ... 3:49 PM
I've been listening to Fox Confessor pretty continuously, and yeah -- it's fantastic. It's as dramatic delicate strong and emotionally bared as a candlelight vigil. If I'm being honest with myself, I think I still prefer Blacklisted; the sound of it just warms like a good jacket late in the autumn. But the new "Star Witness" and "Dirty Knife" hold that sense memory potential. We'll see how the feeling ages. Fox Confessor is a summer album, for sure. It casts long shadows and deep reds, like the magic hour in a Malick movie.
We're still unpacking the new hut and scrubbing down the old cave, but until later here are a couple of Neko videos.
Neko Case on Jay Leno
Check this out while you can; about a minute ago, youtube yanked it. The band sounds terrific. I'm happy to see the return of John Rauhouse, Neko's longtime banjo/steel/guitar picker. He's the guy plucking the antique archtop at stage right. I'm hoping all these folks take the stage at the Atlanta show.
Music video for "Maybe Sparrow"
I don't much care for music videos -- the lip synching, the listless strumming. I'd really rather watch true performance footage. But the animation here (by spooky artist Julie Morstad, who also illustrated the album cover) is pretty, if a bit too literal.
I've reconciled myself to the fact that while the album is full of 4 star material all over, it still leaves something lacking. Maybe it's just a free beer?
I finally remembered to check the Leno video; fortunately it hasn't been yanked yet from Prefix. If things were reversed, though, and Prefix had been the one to pull the the video, I might not have bothered. I get really frustrated with YouTube. There's some good stuff on there, but the clips takes forever to build a suitable buffer. Anyway, you're right, the whole thing sounds great. Thanks for the heads up, and just so you know, I love your blog.
Hey thanks Gunter. My wife noticed that just before it was yanked, Neko had the Leno clip on YouTube linked from her homepage. So who requested the yank? NBC I guess, or maybe YouTube pre-empted a complaint. You can still find the clip there under a different heading. Streaming video still looks and sounds so poor to me, like ancient VHS tape, so I'm ambivalent about the whole thing.
Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas
(Novello Festival Press, April 2008)
includes my essay, "Link Wray"
Flop Eared Mule
The Celestial Monochord
Dig and Be Dug in Return
Modern Acoustic Magazine / Blog
The Old, Weird America
Honey, Where You Been So Long?
The Greensboro Review
Fried Chicken and Coffee
Mungo (This was the blog of my friend, the late Cami Park. Miss you, Cami.)
Cat and Girl
Film Freak Central