Tuesday, October 20, 2009

For Those Long Nights at Sea

This is a nice and recent photo of Neko Case (source), taken soon after a discussion with The New Yorker's Sasha Frere Jones:

She opted for cowboy boots over heels. Her red hair was untamed, and had a kind of stage presence of its own.

Case, it turns out, prefers to answer questions with metaphors ... overlapping allusions to masonry, cobras, and diesel machinery. When the conversation shifted to Grace Jones' comeback tour and the giant strawberry Jones is prone to wear on her head, Case stressed the importance of each performer discovering his or her own gargantuan fruit. Her interviewer was overwhelmed: "I'm going to have the most fucked up dreams tonight," Frere-Jones said.
It's safe to say Neko Case has this effect on people.

But don't take my word for it -- not on that or anything else. Here's a performance of "Mood to Burn Bridges" from a few years back, taped in a small venue that I really think she could destroy with her voice if she had a mind to:

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