Neko Case @ 9:30 Club Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 $30?
If you were really interested in how this show went down, you'd have gone somewhere else for a more timely review. But like most of the other things I write on this space, this is more for my own benefit and failing recall than anything else.
Having sacrificed the Brian Jonestown Massacre (with Joel!) in favor of a lop-sided NCAA championship game, and having settled for yet another viewing of the best worst movie ever made - rather than making it out for a night of music - this week's (make that last week's) Rock Club adventure featured the musical stylings of neuvo pornographer, Neko Case.
I have seen Neko Case once before, at Austin City Limits. Allow myself to quoth myself:
I will say, however, that Neko Case is the kind of artist that would be good to see whilst on a date with a young lady. Upright spooning could ensue.Funny to read that now, as I was actually on a date of sorts this time around, though no upright spooning ensued. Ironically, it was my lack of an actual spoon earlier in the evening that was instrumental in the date debacle. So let's just say that I enjoyed the Neko Case Experience [on my own]- just me and Neko (and the other lady who sings and talks a lot on stage).
I have previously compared Neko Case to the Indigo Girls with super fans reacting as though I poured rubbing alcohol in their eyes. I'm just saying that there is that midwestern - country sound that sticks out for me, and there was plenty of it evidenced in the show on Wednesday. Lots of tunes about animals and the environment with a sample of her frog noises - "Marais la Nuit" - to open the set. Images projected in the background of whales and tigers and the like, and a giant owl head keeping a watchful eye over the edge of the staging highlighted this meme and was the part I could have lived without.
That said, Neko Case's voice makes everything okay - even when there's no upright spooning. "Deep Red Bells" was one of the few tracks that I truly recognized, and it was delivered in such a way that it haunts me days later. I didn't care for the tracks that she described as spooky, but she kept my attention the whole night through. I look forward to hearing her play some summer evening at Wolf Trap 15 years from now. I can't say the same about the Indigo Girls.
Things I learned from this concert:
- Neko Case was born in Alexandria, VA. She didn't mention this, but I looked it up after the show.
- Neko Case is tight with the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
- CVS is not the same as 7-eleven.