Tuesday, December 02, 2008 ... 2:51 PM

Neko Case + 200-yr-old barn + "piano orchestra" = good news from Paste.

I think it's awesome that a poor young woman can get rich enough to buy a farm in Vermont by making spooky music with Bigsby-bent guitar lines all reverbed out, and oblique lyrics about the ghosts of woodland animals. I wonder if a poor young guy can get rich enough to buy a farm in Iowa by blogging about her.

Well, anyway. In the meantime, I'm trying to think of what albums were new this year that I would put in the "best of" stall at the county fair. I don't think I'm gonna come up with ten. Help me out.



That's exciting. I saw Neko in Chapel Hill on the Fox Confessor tour. She said she had a cold but none of us could tell with that (still intact) powerhouse voice. Loved every minute of it.

I'm not an expert in barn music, and I'm sure there are qualifiers I'm breaking left and right, but I'm going to throw these in the pot for debate:

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Sunday at Devil Dirt
Giant Sand - proVisions
Calexico - Carried to Dust
Rodney Crowell - Sex And Gasoline

and I just got the Sugar Mtn 1968 live release from Neil Young but haven't listened to yet...

off topic, and are you guys going to the Tyler Ramsey show at the Muse Saturday? Scott & I are debating it (if only for time/money reasons). I'm still going to try to make it tomorrow morning, too, just haven't had much time to give everything a good read yet.

By Blogger Emily A. Benton, at 12/05/2008 2:26 PM  

Some of those albums I've heard and some I haven't. Of the ones you listed I liked Giant Sand the best, but Howe needs a female voice to balance his drone and to keep the melody from just dissolving, and whenever he sings alone I start to lose interest.

I've seen Neko twice, and both times she said she was sick. And I've heard from just about everyone who has seen her live that she was sick the night they saw her. She said in an interview a few years ago that she is insecure about her voice, which I'd guess leads (happily) to her beautiful monstrous reverb and (unhappily) to her always telling audiences that she's sick.

By Blogger Brendan, at 12/19/2008 11:13 AM  

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