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Neko Case

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Biography

Singer/songwriter Neko Case won a large and loyal audience for her smoky, sophisticated vocals and the downcast beauty of her music. A fiercely independent creative mind who left home when she was 15, Case cut her musical teeth playing in punk rock bands in the Pacific Northwest, but her career began in earnest while she was studying art in Vancouver in the '90s. She played with the band Maow and the Weasles, and then launched a country-influenced solo project with her backing band the Boyfriends. The debut album from Neko Case & Her Boyfriends, The Virginian, arrived in 1997, followed by 2000's Furnace Room Lullaby. Released in 2002, the critically celebrated Blacklisted found her dipping into more atmospheric and personal musical territory with less obvious country influences. While dividing her time between her solo career and working with the New Pornographers and the Corn Sisters, Case was starting to approach mainstream recognition, and she signed to the respected indie label Anti- Records, who issued 2006's ambitious indie rock exercise Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. After a pair of well-crafted solo efforts, Case took time out to record a collaborative album with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs that was released in 2016, but she returned as a headliner with 2018's Hell-On. Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Case moved around often as a child, spending the largest part of her youth in Tacoma, Washington. She left her parents at age 15, and three years later she started playing drums for several bands on the Northwest's punk rock scene. Case moved to Vancouver in 1994 to enter art school, and simultaneously joined the punk group Maow, which released a record on the Mint label. She also played with roots rockers the Weasles and eventually formed her own backing band, the Boyfriends, which initially featured alumni of the Softies, Zumpano, and Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. Case released her solo debut, The Virginian, in 1997, delving wholeheartedly into traditional country via a mix of covers and originals. She went on to perform with Carolyn Mark in the old-timey side project the Corn Sisters and began a long-running affiliation with the Vancouver indie supergroup the New Pornographers. Case completed her studies in 1998, and with her student visa expired, she returned to Washington and began work on her second solo album. The lovely, melancholy Furnace Room Lullaby was released on Bloodshot Records in 2000 and won high praise for its dark compositions, all of which were written or co-written by Case. Case subsequently relocated to Chicago, home of a thriving alt-country scene, and released the home-recorded Canadian Amp EP in 2001. Its moody, late-night ambience carried over to 2002's Blacklisted, a darker yet more eclectic affair. Blacklisted garnered Case her strongest reviews yet, making many year-end critics' polls and landing her a tour slot opening for Nick Cave. In 2004, Case signed with Anti Records in the United States and released a live album, The Tigers Have Spoken, which was recorded during several dates with Canadian surf-country band the Sadies. She then returned to the studio to work on another studio album, a move that required her to take a break from the New Pornographers (with whom she had recorded and intermittently toured with since the band's inception). Fox Confessor Brings the Flood followed in 2006 and fared moderately well on the Billboard charts, peaking at number 54 and introducing a wider audience to Case's dark, country-noir style. The concert recording Live from Austin, TX was released one year later, capturing a 2003 performance for Austin City Limits, and Case contributed vocals to the New Pornographers' Challengers before returning to her adopted hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Recording sessions for a new album took place in that home environment, as well as Brooklyn, Toronto, and Case's newly purchased farm in Vermont (where songs were tracked in a barn). The resulting album, Middle Cyclone, was released several months later in March 2009. The year 2010 saw the release of Together, the New Pornographers' fifth long-player, followed by Case's fifth solo outing, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, in 2013. In 2015, Case took a look back at her solo career to date with the box set Truckdriver Gladiator Mule, which collected all her solo releases from 1997 to 2013. In 2016, Case released a collaborative project with fellow Canadian country-pop vocalist k.d. lang and celebrated singer and songwriter Laura Veirs. Titled case/lang/veirs, the album featured material written together by the trio; the singers joined forces for a joint concert tour in support of the release. In 2018, Case released her first solo album in five years, Hell-On, which she also produced. Her case/lang/veirs colleagues Laura Veirs and k.d. lang made guest appearances on the album, as well as Beth Ditto, Kelly Hogan, Mark Lanegan, Joey Burns, and John Convertino. ~ Steve Huey & Mark Deming
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  2.   Hold On, Hold On
  3.   Star Witness
  4.   People Got a Lotta Nerve
  5.   I Wish I Was the Moon
  6.   Dirty Knife
  7.   Man
  8.   Middle Cyclone
  9.   This Tornado Loves You
  10.   Set Out Running
  11.   Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
  12.   Don't Forget Me
  13.   Vengeance Is Sleeping
  14.   The Next Time You Say "Forever"
  15.   John Saw That Number
  16.   That Teenage Feeling
  17.   Atomic Number featuring Laura Veirs
  18.   Magpie to the Morning
  19.   Margaret vs. Pauline
  20.   Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
  21.   Bad Luck
  22.   Maybe Sparrow
  23.   Night Still Comes
  24.   Lion's Jaws
  25.   At Last
  26.   Furnace Room Lullaby
  27.   Pretty Girls
  28.   High on Cruel
  29.   Curse of the I-5 Corridor
  30.   Calling Cards
  31.   Red Tide
  32.   Buckets of Rain
  33.   Oracle of The Maritimes
  34.   Last Lion of Albion
  35.   Things That Scare Me
  36.   Dirty Diamond
  37.   The Needle Has Landed
  38.   Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth
  39.   Deep Red Bells
  40.   The Tigers Have Spoken
  41.   The Train From Kansas City
  42.   Timber
  43.   Honey and Smoke
  44.   City Swans
  45.   Wild Creatures
  46.   Nearly Midnight, Honolulu
  47.   In California
  48.   Lady Pilot
  49.   My Uncle's Navy
  50.   Halls of Sarah
  51.   Ragtime
  52.   I'm from Nowhere
  53.   Ghost Wiring
  54.   Madonna of the Wasps
  55.   Song for Judee featuring Laura Veirs
  56.   Where Did I Leave That Fire?
  57.   Hell-On
  58.   Yon Ferrets Return
  59.   The Virginian
  60.   I'm an Animal
  61.   Local Girl
  62.   With Bees (Outro)
  63.   Pitch or Honey
  64.   Runnin' Out of Fools
  65.   Prison Girls
  66.   No Need to Cry by Neko Case & Her Boyfriends
  67.   Stinging Velvet
  68.   This Little Light
  69.   Bowling Green
  70.   Sleep All Summer
  71.   I Want to Be Here featuring Laura Veirs
  72.   1000 Miles Away featuring Laura Veirs
  73.   Best Kept Secret featuring Laura Veirs
  74.   The Tigers Intro
  75.   Afraid
  76.   Bracing for Sunday
  77.   Nothing to Remember
  78.   Santa Left a Booger in My Stocking
  79.   The Pharoahs
  80.   The Pharaohs
  81.   Polar Nettles
  82.   Marais La Nuit
  83.   Fever
  84.   Behind the House
  85.   Wayfaring Stranger
  86.   Rated X
  87.   Loretta
  88.   Hex
  89.   Soulful Shade of Blue
  90.   If You Knew
  91.   Blacklisted
  92.   I Missed the Point
  93.   Look for Me (I'll Be Around)
  94.   Tightly
  95.   Knock Loud
  96.   Favorite
  97.   Alone and Forsaken
  98.   Make Your Bed
  99.   South Tacoma Way
  100.   Whip the Blankets
  101.   We've Never Met
  102.   Thrice All American
  103.   Guided by Wire
  104.   Karoline
  105.   Bought and Sold
  106.   Twist the Knife
  107.   Mood to Burn Bridges
  108.   Supermoon featuring Laura Veirs
  109.   Brown-Eyed Hansome Man
  110.   Greens of June featuring Laura Veirs
  111.   Why Do We Fight featuring Laura Veirs
  112.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  113.   Georgia Stars featuring Laura Veirs
  114.   Blue Fires featuring Laura Veirs
  115.   Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
  116.   Behind the Armory featuring Laura Veirs
  117.   Poor Ellen Smith
  118.   Duchess
  119.   Winnie
  120.   Andy
  121.   A Widow's Toast
  122.   That's Who I Am (with Dialog)
  123.   Dreaming Man
  124.   Thanks a Lot
  125.   Down featuring Laura Veirs
  126.   Gumball Blue
  127.   Misfire
  128.   Honky Tonk Hiccups
  129.   Rolling Stone
  130.   Jettison
  131.   Somebody Led Me Away
  132.   Porchlight
  133.   Lonely Old Lies
  134.   If I'm Gonna Sink (I Might as Well Go to the Bottom)
  135.   Delirium featuring Laura Veirs
  136.   Danny's Song
  137.   Honey and Smoke featuring Laura Veirs
  138.   Best Kept Secret featuring Laura Veirs
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