Tuesday, June 27, 2006

So, that last post was so depressing and exhausting that I feel the need to shine a little bit of sunshine.

Saw Neko Case last night at Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco. My man and I got there early enough to snag a corner table and have some delicious Niman Ranch hot dogs with fries, and some ice cold pale ales. We sat politely but without much interest through her musically talented but lyrically bland opener, San Franciscan John Vanderslice, and enjoyed a rare evening out together.

Then Neko Case took the stage. Neko’s voice is breathtaking. It is amazing to me that sounds like that can come out of a human being; her voice can make you weep. Her entire band, cobbled together from musicians all over Northern America, were tight. Her banjo/slide guitar player was phenomenal.

She was so warm and friendly, bantering with the crowd and the band between songs. She did a very nice span of songs from the new album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, favorites from Blacklisted, (I Wish I was the Moon, Deep Red Bells) a couple of songs from Furnace Room Lullaby, a few things I didn't recognize, and a Buffy Sainte-Marie cover.

We bought one of her "exclusive for the tour" CDs and she signed it for us and we chatted a bit. She's very down to earth – the hubby and she exchanged cookie recipe secrets!

Definitely check her out if you have any inclination toward that haunting but sweet and beautiful melancholia that inhabits old soul country music.


Blogger CJKnaak said...

Ha ha- Neko-- an interesting person by reading her intro in her site. Doesn't seem to have lost touch with herself at all- or the big wild ride out there either. Amazing. I need to find some tunes to peruse the expressions that must come from such a source-

June 28, 2006 at 4:33:00 PM PDT  

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