I’m a huge fan of NPR’s awesome musical content. Last week brought a super great Halloween NPR Tiny Desk Concert with Neko Case singing her heart out in a gorilla suit.
Neko performed a few great numbers (like Local Girl) from her album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (listen to it on Spotify here) with Kelly Hogan and Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf.
Anyone else reminded of the Funny or Die parody Neko and her band did called ‘Dressing Room’?
I’m loving the new album and will do my best to see her when she makes it to Houston next time around:
The Worse Things Get is made of the same metal as Middle Cyclone, but fashioned into a much sharper object. The languid, mid-tempo ballads that occasionally made Cyclone sag have been replaced by songs that are shorter, tighter, and more cutting. Not a single one overstays its welcome, from the bracing, minimal self-help credo “Afraid” to the wistful “Calling Cards”, a quietly devastating tale of long-suffering long-distance longing. “We’ll all be together, even when we’re not together,” Case’s voice swells, finally landing on a bittersweet image that rings out long after the song fades: “I’ve got calling cards from 20 years ago.”
Check out some more great Neko / gorilla photos on Brightest Young Things here and fall in love with a new collection of pretty, lilting Neko-ness. Sweeter than trick-or-treat candy 🙂